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Title: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 04/05/2017)
Post by: stretch_135 on July 15, 2008, 03:50:34 AM
So I finally managed to get my hands on my family's camera (always a challenge) and get started on making a blog (what's a blog without pics right?). I imagine this will become a rather odd meandering through my mind, going from pics of models in progress to various bits of fluff I've half written to battle reports. Maybe I'll even stick to one topic for two or three posts in a row!

On a more serious note, I'm still getting the camera optimised for taking decent quality pics that won't chew up a months worth of download for you fine people. So apologies for the fact that this one is ~80k (It was originally 2MB, then I got it down to 200k, now it's here at 80k...still seems huge :-o. There are several more to go with it, but I'm going to experiment in Photoshop with those before they go up :-))

These guys are a unit of 25 Heavy Halberdiers (count-as Greatswords). I was inspired by the fact that no one fields Halberdiers but the fluff goes on and on and on about them being the 'backbone of the Empire'. Hence, I figured I should have at least one unit, and this way they might actually see a game or two!

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0333web2.jpg)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog
Post by: orcyboy on July 15, 2008, 05:46:09 AM
I like the sergeant.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog
Post by: offroadfury88 on July 15, 2008, 05:58:18 AM
Very nice use of both new and old plastic sets, I cant wait to see them painted. :happy:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog
Post by: stretch_135 on July 25, 2008, 11:45:19 AM
Yay for updates  :-D. This one was taken at the same time as the last one, but gives a slightly different angle on the standard. The laurels at the top of the pole are Laurels of Victory from the Elector of Talabecland for valour on the battlefield, while the parchments are lists of glorious victories and bitter retreats. I have several more pics from various angles, but they're on the camera and I haven't had a chance to move them over yet  :-(

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0337web.jpg)

I still need to give him a final run over with a fine file to make sure I've got any dust/glue/mould lines I've missed.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog
Post by: Siberius on July 25, 2008, 11:57:36 AM
It looks like he is the lone survivor in a particularly brutal battle!  :-P

Cool pose though.  8-)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog
Post by: stretch_135 on July 31, 2008, 02:47:07 AM
Yay for updates  :-D. I *think* I've got my compressions right so that each image is down to ~30k. If it works for this post, I'll be a very happy individual :)

First up we have the *really* work in progress pic. This is how I assembled the unit, each body and Halberd separately in groups of five, then glued them to the legs and made sure they ranked up with the guys in front.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0366web2.jpg)

I skipped a few pics here (just showed the unit assembled without heads). The heads were the last thing added as they didn't really affect how the unit ranked up. Shot of the unit from above:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0403web2.jpg)

Shot of the unit from a vaguely oblique angle:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0404web2.jpg)


Now to mould armour plates and get on with the other projects I also have on the go...
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog
Post by: Ad A Dglgmut on July 31, 2008, 03:43:48 AM
Not your fault, but man a whole unit, where every figure is holding their halberds like that looks pretty meh to me (especially since I wouldn't swing a halberd like that :roll:).  Reminds me of the 4th/5th edition single pose plastics. 

I do like how you used the 6th edition bodies, but I must ask, why not the 6th edition halberd arms?  That standard bearer is spiffy looking to. :happy:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog
Post by: stretch_135 on July 31, 2008, 06:38:47 AM
I used the 6th Ed. bodies because I had ~20 lying around and went 'hmm, these could become those Heavy Halberdiers I've been thinking about...'. I used the 7th Ed. halberd heads because I thought they looked better than the 6th Ed. ones...longer shafts, and more interesting heads. And you're right, I was thinking about it while I assembled them...you just wouldn't swing a halberd like that. But I figured they look a little like they're about to receive a charge, so I'm guessing they'd hold them to resemble spears at that point. The standard bearer's gotta be my favourite part of the unit so far :)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog
Post by: Ad A Dglgmut on July 31, 2008, 06:47:42 AM
I do agree, the new halberds look heftier and overall cooler looking.  Cool idea with the heavy halberdiers, just such a shame we can't give them HA in game :icon_cry:.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog
Post by: stretch_135 on August 17, 2008, 02:44:01 AM
Yay for updates  :-D. Unfortunately, current updates aren't of the Heavy Halberdier unit that I know you were all hanging out for (lol  :roll:). They're going to remain on hold for a little while while I obtain/mould the armour plates for their legs - if anyone has any of the plates from the 6th Ed. soldiers box, I'd be very interested! (I need at least another 12 pairs, preferably a few more).

So, onto other projects...I don't think I've ever had a time when I've had less than two or three projects on the go at once lol. I've had ideas about doing Karl Franz on a dragon (pure cheese, I know) since the new Empire army book came out, but time/money constraints have always stopped me. The other week I was taking a stroll through our local gaming club seeing if anyone was free for a game when I came across a father/son game (Empire/O&G IIRC). The father had a box open on the table with some random models in it, and I spotted this rather battered looking Wood Elf dragon on top, so I asked if I could have a look. He agreed, and we got to talking about the amount of work it would take to rebuild it (we're talking legs off, wings off, no pins used at all in assembly, etc). Then he mentions he's looking to sell it, and I go hmm....

So after thinking it over for a little while, I ended up picking up this rather battered Wood Elf dragon for $A20. Doing a little research now, I'm fairly sure this is an OOP one, because the only dragon in the WE section of the online store seems to be the Sisters of Twilight one, which is similar but not quite the same.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0438web.jpg)

The wing that's not there now was originally glued on, but came loose when I wiggled it a couple of times, so I figured I'd pin and reglue it to make sure it wouldn't shift again. I punched a few pins into the shoulder joint, then pinned and glued the section of tail that was loose.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0450web.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0452web.jpg)

Random pic of the Lord that comes with the Dragon....for sale or trade if anyone wants him.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0433web.jpg)


Closeup of the pins in the shoulder joint. I cut them a little shorter before gluing the wing into place.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0440web.jpg)

After the wings are glued into place.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0471web.jpg)

Plan for this model is to create an armoured dragon for KF (inspired by Eragon - terrible writing style that ripped off a fair few people, but I like the idea of an armoured dragon - why wouldn't you protect such a valuable resource with everything you've got?). Haven't quite decided what I'm going to use for KF himself yet, except for the fact he's going to have some shockingly huge banner - which reminds me, anyone know some good tutorials/tips for creating paper-based banners? I'm wondering if I could use watered down PVA glue to help it hold it's shape.

I've got some pics of some more projects I've got on the go (FC detachments, Space Marine Dreadnought, Captain Lysander of the Imperial Fists), but I don't want to go overboard and chew up everyone's bandwidth  :-D. I'll post them up in a few posts time.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog
Post by: Your Mother on August 17, 2008, 12:17:39 PM
Thats pretty nice there. About the banners. I'm no expert but pva glue will tend to liquefy again when it gets wet. (at least my does its regular Elmer's glue.) I've seen banners on this website made of metal and such so you might wanna try browsing around.

                                                                                                                                 Your mom

Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog
Post by: Arcano on August 17, 2008, 12:25:38 PM
I used the 6th Ed. bodies because I had ~20 lying around

I wish i had that too since my swordsmen unit is only made up of 19 guys, needs to be 25 for my purposes.
You don't happen to have some more of them just lying around?
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog
Post by: stretch_135 on August 17, 2008, 11:30:28 PM
Thats pretty nice there. About the banners. I'm no expert but pva glue will tend to liquefy again when it gets wet. (at least my does its regular Elmer's glue.) I've seen banners on this website made of metal and such so you might wanna try browsing around.

                                                                                                                                 Your mom

Oooo, I hadn't thought of that one. That would be perfect, cheers.

I used the 6th Ed. bodies because I had ~20 lying around

I wish i had that too since my swordsmen unit is only made up of 19 guys, needs to be 25 for my purposes.
You don't happen to have some more of them just lying around?

Unfortunately, no. I'd picked up one of the old Battalions cheap at a GW auction and I used up all the bodies on the HH unit. Sorry!
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog
Post by: Arcano on August 18, 2008, 09:14:57 AM

Unfortunately, no. I'd picked up one of the old Battalions cheap at a GW auction and I used up all the bodies on the HH unit. Sorry!

Ah well, i guess i'll have to buy them on Ebay then anyway  :biggriin:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog
Post by: stretch_135 on August 19, 2008, 06:31:43 AM
Yay for updates  :-D. First off, thanks to everyone who's responded so far. Reading back, I noticed I've been a bit of a rude bugger and haven't said anything. I shall go and do something in penitence if anyone has any good suggestions  :engel:.

Today I had a couple of hours free due to a minor bout of food poisoning which meant no work/uni. Funnily enough, I was over it by lunch time after being laid out since mid-afternoon yesterday...fickle are the ways of the human stomach!

Now onto the interesting part: more pictures! First up, we have Captain Lysander of the Imperial Fist Space Marines. (As a note, just a little about me: It would kill me to have only one project on the go. So I decided to have two on the go. Except I also like to assemble models, so I just keep assembling different things...I promise that I'll show progress on previous projects!)

(This post is going to be fairly pic heavy)

Lysander in pieces, with his shield arm glued.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMGP0456web.jpg)

Next stage, with hammer arm glued, and glued to base.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMGP0502web.jpg)

Icon glued to armour, ready for painting. I intend to paint him before gluing the shield on, simply to make my life a little easier.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMGP0509web.jpg)




Now, I know I should just continue working on all the other projects I have going, but these poor Knights of Minas Tirith have been sitting there in their box screaming "At least assemble us!" since I picked them up at a GW auction. So I decided to take pity on them...

Straight out of the box.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Gondor%20Pics/IMGP0510web.jpg)

I thought lances were meant to be straight?

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Gondor%20Pics/IMGP0514web.jpg)

Straight lances after a bit of work.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Gondor%20Pics/IMGP0540web.jpg)

Horsies!

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Gondor%20Pics/IMGP0534web.jpg)

Now to glue the lances on...tricky part will be the fact that the wrist joint looks like it'll be too thin to pin; then again, I thought the same thing about the Dragon's ankles and they *seem* to have worked.


At about this point, I heard a car pull up and stuck my head to behold...a post truck! My Termie's from Duce (legend) had arrived! So of course, everything else went on hold while I unpacked them...

Box!

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMGP0519web.jpg)

(Suitably edited to remove personal details...)

The contents of said box.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMGP0520web.jpg)

Customs form (again suitably edited to remove personal details; however, very funny Duce :p)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMGP0542web.jpg)

Contents of said box suitably arranged on my table (which mind you, is actually meant to be my gaming table and not my work table...)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMGP0532web.jpg)

Slightly closer pic of Terminators.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMGP0530web.jpg)


Much fun is going to be had converting/painting these guys. First trick is going to be putting them on new bases, which I intend to pick up next week.

I also punched some holes in the Dragon's legs today ready for pinning the feet, but unfortunately the pics of that particular little endeavour didn't come up so well.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: Duce on August 19, 2008, 10:14:59 AM
Firstly nice empire minis man, keep the updates coming.

Glad you got the termies, excuse the painting it was done when i wa smuch much younger and didn't know any other techniques than paint and play.

Yeah jigsaw  :icon_lol: The woman asked what was inside and i was sure she wouldnt understand if i said terminators (Or she might have nabbed them for her army) so i said jigsaw and said you loved them, especially the ones form ireland as their softer to touch.

after a weird look I nodded and walked off

Hope your happy with them
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on August 19, 2008, 11:14:59 AM
Firstly nice empire minis man, keep the updates coming.

Glad you got the termies, excuse the painting it was done when i wa smuch much younger and didn't know any other techniques than paint and play.

Yeah jigsaw  :icon_lol: The woman asked what was inside and i was sure she wouldnt understand if i said terminators (Or she might have nabbed them for her army) so i said jigsaw and said you loved them, especially the ones form ireland as their softer to touch.

after a weird look I nodded and walked off

Hope your happy with them

Haha, cheers. And when you think about it, they are *kinda* a jigsaw. Tehe. And what's this about jigsaws from Ireland being softer to touch?  :engel:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: Ad A Dglgmut on August 19, 2008, 05:23:48 PM
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Yeah jigsaw   The woman asked what was inside and i was sure she wouldnt understand if i said terminators (Or she might have nabbed them for her army) so i said jigsaw and said you loved them, especially the ones form ireland as their softer to touch.

Just put what I also put, metal/pewter figurines.  Some other ones I use are: game figures, plastic/metal toys, and assorted game figures.

I do have to admit, that jigsaw bit is kinda funny. :laugh:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on August 28, 2008, 12:07:16 PM
Yay for updates  :-D. First up, we have my list for our local tournament in two weeks. It's basically your standard battalion setup. I see my biggest weakness as heavy magic, but I intend to use my Captasus aggressively in attempt to thwart casters before things go sideways.

Characters

Warrior Priest
   Great Weapon
   Heavy Armour
   Barded Warhorse
   White Cloak
   Sigil of Sigmar
      = 162

Warrior Priest
   Great Weapon
   Armour of Meteoric Iron
   Icon of Magnus
      = 144

Captain 50
   Pegasus
   Lance
   Full Plate Armour
   Enchanted Shield
        Aldred’s Casket of Sorcery
   = 162


Core

25 Swordsmen
   Musician
   Standard Bearer
   Duellist
      = 175
9 Free Company (Detachment)
         = 45

5 Knightly Orders
   Musician
      = 123

5 Knightly Orders
   Musician
      = 123

Special

25 Heavy Halberdiers (count as Greatwords)
   Musician
   Standard Bearer
   Count’s Champion
      =280
9 Free Company (Detachment)
         = 45

5 Outriders
   Outrider Champion
   Hochland long rifle
      =126


Rare

Helstorm Rocket Battery
   =115

Total = 1500


The tournament is 1500 pts, with a scoring system of:

· Battle 4 games x 6 Battle Points = 24 points (modified)

· Army Presentation 4 games x 4 painting points = 16 points – peer voted

· Army Composition 4 games x 4 Composition Points = 16 points – peer voted

· Sportsmanship 4 games x 4 Sportsmanship Points = 16 points – peer voted

The scenarios are creative though, and influenced my composition a little:

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All 4 rounds will use the Pitched Battle Scenario

All 4 rounds use the normal Victory Points (henceforth VPs) rules, unless stated otherwise.


Round 1 – Pitched Battle

As per scenario in Warhammer basic rule book.


Round 2 – Vendetta
The enemy general did something not so nice to you general, THEY MUST PAY!
Army generals have hatred but give away double Vps (Cost only)


Round 3 – Kill ‘em all

They insulted your mother, Make them pay!!
The aim is to kill as much of your opponents army as possible.
No Victory Points (VPs) for units reduced to below half strength or table quarters. VPs for standards and general as normal.


Round 4 – Outpost of Chaos

Both armies have fallen upon a strange outpost and for some reason they cannot explain must control it!!

Whoever controls the outpost at the end of each GAME turn receives 50 Vps (Total 6 x 50 = 300)

OUTPOST special rules

Outpost phase: At the beginning of each player turn roll a D6 to determine the effect of the outpost.
Outpost Effects: D6 roll 1) Unit/model has frenzy
2) Unit/model receives a 6+ wardsave or increases wardsave by 1 (max 3+)
3) Unit/model is teleported 2D6 inches in a random (scatter die) direction, if contacts enemy unit/model counts as charging. Determine new facing by rolling scatter die. A roll of a hit when determining distance just changes facing.
4) The outpost whirls with mystical energy and casts a random spell. Each player picks one of the eight lores from the warhammer rulebook and then dices off to see which lore is used. The tower then casts a random (roll a d6) spell from that lore at irresistible force.
Spells that do not need a target (comet of cassendora) land 6D6 in the direction shown, or on the outpost if a hit is rolled on the scatter dice.
5) Unit/model takes D6 st3 hits but receives regeneration.
6) Power vortex- Each player rolls a D6 for every power and dispel die they gat that turn on a roll of a 1 they lose a die on a 6 they gain a die.

Chaos outpost targeting
Once the effect has been determined roll the scatter die, measuring from the centre of the outpost the 1st Unit/model that intercepts that line will be the target of the effect. If a hit is rolled on the scatter die every unit/model within 12 inches will be effected.

Because of the extra VPs available in game 3, I made sure to protect my general fairly heavily. The Outriders give me enough shooting to hopefully deal with anything big and nasty before it gets too close, and I wanted to include a Helstorm after it's efforts last year. No cannons, as I copped a lot of flack last year when I brought along two cannons and a Helstorm (mind you, that was my only shooting).

Onto my current modelling work:

I've started working out what I want to do for the base of my Dragon. Basically, it's gonna be a large rock with a dead Chaos Warrior on there (anyone have one spare they want to trade my way?  :-)) So the base is 2 monster bases glued together:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0617web.jpg)

The parts

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0618web.jpg)

Holes cut along the top edges (pic didn't come out too swell)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0621web.jpg)

Glued together

I still need to greenstuff the gap on the top - I filed the edges back so they fit fairly closely together, but it's not perfect.

Next up, we have a Dark Elf Sorceress. The model originally comes on a Cold One, but I already have one like that, so I figured I'd convert this one onto a Dark Steed.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Dark%20Elf%20Pic/IMGP0609web.jpg)

Parts

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Dark%20Elf%20Pic/IMGP0613web.jpg)

The original rider, up for trade.

Hmm, thought I had some in-progress shots...will post them when I find them.


Last, but definitely not least, we have my new Outriders that I picked up today for the tournament. First up was converting the Champion to have a HLR:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0631web.jpg)

Bits in all their glory!

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0634web.jpg)

The Champion in progress. I was a little worried about this one, as the arms didn't seem like they were going to fit perfectly, then I wasn't sure if the rifle was going to be poking the guy next to him in the head. Luckily, the guy next to him is a muso, and so didn't have a long barrel to get in the way.

And just to prove that I actually do paint the models I build:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0602web.jpg)

Free company WIP

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMGP0600web.jpg)

Dreadnaught from behind

Well, this post become pretty heavy pretty fast lol. Cheers folks.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: Your Mother on August 28, 2008, 10:40:35 PM
coming along nicely


Round 3 – Kill ‘em all

They insulted your mother, Make them pay!!
The aim is to kill as much of your opponents army as possible.
No Victory Points (VPs) for units reduced to below half strength or table quarters. VPs for standards and general as normal.




                                                 WHO HAS INSULTED ME!!
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on August 28, 2008, 11:40:04 PM
My opponent in Round 3  :engel:. The tournament seems to have a mixed bag of armies coming along, though there's at least three Daemon and three Dark Elf armies in the 40 competitors.

EDIT: I just had a read over the tournament entries (they're posted in a thread in my clubs forum). In a field of 40 (only 37 entries so far, but they'll fill up pretty fast I imagine) there's 6 Dwarf armies, 4 Empire armies (including me), 2 DE armies, 2 VC armies and a smattering of basically everything else. Surprisingly, there's only 2 Daemon armies so far - one that's heavily Slaanesh (she used to run Daemonic Legion, so has been playing around with Chaos for a while) and another one that's just a new 'generic' Daemon army. There's also 9 people who haven't posted what army their running yet, so I'm expecting more Daemons to show up   :x.

I've never faced Dwarves before, but I'm wondering how I'll play counter-artillery with my list. I suppose the best way to weather it will be send my Captasus up as quickly as possible and try and take out an artillery piece a turn staring in turn 2. At least I won't be worrying about mage hunting at the same time. On the plus side, I've never managed to face the majority of these armies before :)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on October 07, 2008, 01:39:17 AM
Well, this has been a long time between updates...apologies to all, I've been outrageously busy with work and uni, and just never quite got around to writing any updates. Results from the tournament: 3 massacre losses against Dwarves, Lizardmen and Skaven, and a solid loss against Tomb Kings. Just wasn't my day haha, but good soft scores meant I came in second last instead of repeating the wooden spoon result of last year. I even scraped a vote for best army (which I couldn't believe, considering how little of my army was actually painted!). Hopefully next year will be a little better, as I intend to take along my recently obtained Skaven army (and I promise that this had nothing to do with the fact the top three finishers were Skaven this year!). Painting/modelling updates of current on-the-go projects forthcoming.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: Dihenydd on October 10, 2008, 04:58:41 AM
Just a quick note re: banners.  I've found a nice and easy way is to create them using Hi-Res photo's etc and then just print them off on a nice colour printer.  Then its just a fold and glue and presto - fantastic banner 100000x better than anything I could paint.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on November 10, 2008, 11:58:15 PM
Quick update with a before and after of the Terminators I'm stripping. These boys have been on hold for a while, but I'm optimistic that I might be able to get something done on them this summer.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMGP0703web.jpg)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on January 15, 2009, 11:23:45 AM
You know you've left your blog for too long when the forum warns you that you might be committing threadmancy...

For once, I'll actually be showing off some pics of work that has shown up in this thread before. Getting these Free Company finished ended up being my New Year's resolution (pretty poor I know...after all, coulda been something like become a diplomat and end the Middle East crisis...), and so far they seem to be coming along pretty well. These pics were taken using my new Christmas present, so are a little blurry (haven't quite got the macro setting on this one nailed down; I keep getting pretty sharp shots of the paint pot behind the models I'm trying to shoot).

To paint these guys, I did the red and yellow across all 24 models and then split into two groups depending on whether or not they were wearing armour. The armour guys won the toss and elected to be painted first:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/PICT0021web.jpg)

These three were the first three to be finished:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/PICT0035web.jpg)

And the first five:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/PICT0046web.jpg)

Since these pics were taken, I've finished the first ten of the two units (all the models you can see in the first pic except for the two with crossbows).


In other news, I've also been putting some time into my Dreadnaught. I'll try to get some more updates up in the next couple of days. Make sure you hassle me to get it done folks  :wink:

Oh, and I've also finished stripping and rebasing all of the metal termies bar two I need to find weapons for. Came up looking quite nice; will also try to include some pics of these guys.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: Merrick on March 15, 2009, 10:52:51 PM
Can't tell from the (blurry  :wink:) pics....but did you wash those models?
If not, they'd look far better with a wash.
Very neat flat colours though.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on April 06, 2009, 11:01:55 AM
Can't tell from the (blurry  :wink:) pics....but did you wash those models?
If not, they'd look far better with a wash.
Very neat flat colours though.

No, I haven't experimented with washes for my Empire models. It's something I've debated doing, especially with the yellow sections - the red I find works fine with Blood Red over Scab Red.

Unfortunately, no new pics at the moment. I've come to the rather sad conclusion that my camera isn't that flash for taking model pics (the macro feature is more like a macro failure). I'll have to try and 'borrow' the family one. In current news though, I've finished the militia detachments and moved on to a unit of Reiksguard. To be honest, they're well on the way to being finished. See what happens when you don't get around to updating a blog?
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on April 15, 2009, 03:13:27 AM
Hey, a blog post where the forum *isn't* warning me about threadmancy!

I went back to the family camera, after coming to the conclusion that mine really didn't cut it for close up work. As a result, these pics are somewhat better. Since New Year, I've finished the two Detachments of Free Company, an Inner Circle unit of Reiksguard and started putting in the time needed for my conversion contest entry and my War Altar.

First up, some semi-decent pics of the Free Company:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0780web.jpg)

My photography skills still let me down; the camera seems to wash out any sense of depth that I manage to work into the yellow. Same problem with the red, though it's not quite as bad. One of those "it looks better in the flesh kind of things".

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0751web.jpg)

This image of the second detachment is worse, because I had the flash on. I experimented with the flash on and off for most of the pics to see which one works better (no flash), but didn't take any no-flash shots for this one. *sigh* As such, they look pretty washed-out.

Next up, we have the Inner Circle Reiksgaurd, with the Kurt Helborg model I painted some time last year.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0757web.jpg)

No work in progress shots for these guys unfortunately. I was overall pretty pleased with them, though I reckon if I do another lot of them I might experiment with some NMM techniques; large amounts of armour done with metallics isn't really working for me. I was pretty happy with the freehand symbols on the SB and Muso, but the close up pics aren't that crash hot :/

Updated pic for the Terminators I was working on aaaaaages ago.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMGP0711web.jpg)

I rebased them all onto the 40mm Circulars, and I like the way they turned out. The plan for the moment is to expand each squad out to 10, using a mix of plastics and metals - I don't find the slight size difference to be to much of a problem. Mostly the difference is the fact that the plastics are posed slightly more openly, which makes them look larger.

And last but not least:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0769web.jpg)

Lector for my War Altar conversion. Fairly simple, but looks pretty good. The War Altar is currently under construction, along wih my conversion contest piece. The Altar is based around one of the old War Wagons (how original!) that I took the sides off. Will hopefully have updates for it later this week.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: Soren on April 17, 2009, 06:54:09 AM
Sweet looking WP, I hope you put him in the "Badass WP" thread.

Also, if you kill the flash, you mini's will look better.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on April 20, 2009, 10:47:55 AM
As a continuation from last time, pics of my recently completed War Altar conversion

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0809web.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0791web.jpg)

Amazingly enough, I only glued my fingers together three times putting her together. The main 'altar' piece that the angel is built onto is not GW, in case anyone was wondering - it's a Reaper model. Next challenge is getting this darling painted...oh, and painting the conversion contest entry I finished today :) (Yes, it's behind the blacked out section in the photo :))

While I'm at it, I should post the Lector in that other thread shouldn't I....
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: Toni on April 20, 2009, 10:53:01 AM
Awesome looking war altar and WP. Good job.  :icon_biggrin:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on April 20, 2009, 11:41:17 AM
Awesome looking war altar and WP. Good job.  :icon_biggrin:

Thanks :). I was wondering for a while if I wouldn't be able to pull this one off haha :)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on June 18, 2009, 01:31:35 AM
Annnnnnnnnd we're back  :-D

Between a minor disaster of a computer security project and the various other facets of life, I've been trying to spend as much time as possible painting recently. As such, my War Altar is gradually coming together:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0836web.jpg)

While the detail on the altar itself is a little hard to make out due to me not doing anything above the deck yet, she seems to be coming along quite nicely. I glued the wheels on after painting them and the lower part of the carriage, and had a few problems getting them perfectly square. As it turns out, I *think* the actual frame of the carriage isn't perfectly square - testament to GW's use of old moulds for this casting. Of course, it could be just that I screwed it up *shrug*.

Wood work and metals are pretty straightforward; the wood is Bestial over Scorched, and the metals are Chainmail over Chainmail/Chaos Black. The griffons were fun, and I'm fairly happy with how they turned out. I used Chainmail, then Gold, then washed with watered-down Bestial Brown and I think it was Blood Red? May have been Scab Red, I don't recall. Overall, I was happy with how they turned out.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0838web.jpg)

This is the big bad Lector who gets to ride around on the War Altar. Not particularly happy with how this pic came out. The model itself is coming together quite nicely though. Since this pic was taken, I finished off the wood on the inside of the shield, and moved on to the metal reverse-side. Still not quite sure what colour to do the mace though....I'm debating picking up some Brass but I haven't quite decided yet.

The other part of this project which isn't shown here due to some terrible photos is the horses in front of the altar. I used a dark red colour scheme for the barding, similar to the Lector's robes. Funnily enough, they'll be finished before the actual altar part.


Also, due to my multi-tasking tendencies, I've also been working on the second and last Warrior Priest for my 2000 point army. Similar scheme to the Lector. As usual, the pic is terrible.  :laugh:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0839web.jpg)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: Psycho Pirate on June 18, 2009, 04:15:14 AM
Alot of great work that I'm sure will look even better with paint.

That last wp looks odd with how he is holding the hammer though.  Not a very natural pose.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: Soren on June 18, 2009, 06:03:58 AM
Sweet war altar and warrior priests.......  :::cheers::: Did you put it in the Gathering of War Altars thread? And the WPs in the Badass Warrior Priest Conversions thread? Hint, Hint Hint.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on June 18, 2009, 07:32:19 AM
That last wp looks odd with how he is holding the hammer though.  Not a very natural pose.

Yeah, I wasn't too sure about it, but couldn't come up with an effective solution short of rebuilding the whole arm...the hammer just wasn't designed that way.

Hopefully I'll be able to get some better pics once they're finished, and I'll add them over in the other threads :).
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on August 18, 2009, 03:48:08 AM
Wow, has it really been two months since I last posted here? That is incredibly poor form...

I finally finished my War Altar! I was quite shocked actually...it seemed like one of those projects that would just go on forever. Unfortunately, not many of my pics came out very well. I plan to go and reshoot some this afternoon and see how it goes.

Those pics that did come out:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0867web.jpg)

Front view. The little cherub on top of the statue kind of gets lost in the background...I might try setting up a sheet in the background or something for the next lot of pics. You can see the angel on the altar itself is quite dark...I tried to capture the look of a stone statue but I'm not entirely convinced it worked out...it still looks like a skeleton dressed in a robe about to scalp someone.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0869web.jpg)

This is a slightly more close up shot from the same angle. The black blocks around the edge are me trying to cut back on data in Photoshop to cut the image size down. Not pretty, but it works. You can kind of see the text on the statue in the background...I was quite happy with how that turned out. I didn't think my hands were quite steady enough to make decent looking text. Also, the brown on the Lector's base isn't meant to be profoundly different to the deck underneath him....the picture seems to have caught the light wrong.


More pics soon!
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on August 18, 2009, 04:12:44 AM
One thing I've been meaning to get around to is cleaning up the movement trays I put together for my various units. I made them out of leftover cardboard and masking tape, so they're quite cheap and pretty much replaceable if they get lost/damaged/I decide I want to change unit sizes.

This is the earliest WIP shot I have of any of them. This particular tray is for a five man cavalry unit. The base is cardboard from a regiment box (might be Orc boys? Don't recall right at this moment). I then glued down corrugated cardboard around the edge (I think I went with a 5mm border for show) and then used strips of masking tape to raise the edges slightly on the inside. The next step was a layer of masking tape to give me a smooth layer for painting/flocking, which you can see has been done on the left hand side only so far.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0880web.jpg)

This shot shows the underside of a larger tray I'm making for my Inner Circle Knights unit that I posted back in April (I'm planning on running them in a local tournament next month). The cardboard for this particular tray came from a Militia boxset and you can see the strips of masking tape I used around the edge (hopefully my explanation before makes a little more sense now...I barely understand it myself!).

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0891web.jpg)

Once that was done I applied a strip of masking tape lengthways along the edges to give me a smooth layer for painting.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0892web.jpg)

The edges are painted using Goblin Green, and then will be flocked once that is dry.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0897web.jpg)

And that's it. I need to get a few of these done for the tournament next month, but I'll need to finalise my list first. That is, if the TO's ever get around to confirming it's even on, but that's a story for another post...
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on August 20, 2009, 02:21:15 AM
As a follow up to last time, here's the final step of the movement trays. I've flocked them the same way I do all my bases, so they actually worked out better than I expected.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0898web.jpg)

And with a unit on board.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0908web.jpg)

I'm really happy with the way these turned out. I think I've got another five to finish off, at which point I'll have enough for all the major blocks in my army. At the moment their mostly at the third stage, with the first layer of masking tape on.

I still haven't gotten around to taking any more shots of the War Altar...hopefully that'll happen today before work (fingers crossed  :lol:)



Oh, and as a post-script to my last post....the TOs have got around to confirming that the tournament *is* on this year. Bad news: it's only three weeks away. I'm assuming I'll have the Outriders I've just started to the minimum paint standards by then, but I'd prefer to have them completely finished. Less time on here might be the answer methinks....
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on August 25, 2009, 02:10:31 AM
And to prove these trays are quick to put together, here's another four I put together a couple of days ago.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0923web.jpg)

I promise I'll now go and get some better pics of my War Altar  :laugh:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic heavy) (War Altar update 25-08)
Post by: stretch_135 on August 25, 2009, 07:06:00 AM
Success! I finally managed to take some semi-decent pictures of my War Altar by jury-rigging up some sort of fancy backdrop.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0930web.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0932web.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0935web.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0936web.jpg)

All right, maybe not that fancy a back drop. Far more effective though.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on September 01, 2009, 12:57:21 AM
A minor-text only update:

Now that I've completed my War Altar, it was time to pick something else to paint. One thing that's kind of annoying me at the moment is the sheer number of unpainted models I have lying around at home at the moment. As such, my choice of next project was based on three factors:
1) Empire
2) Number of models
3) How quickly I could get them painted (i.e. how much thought I would have to put into the colour scheme)

I decided to stick with my Empire models as opposed to Skaven or SM due simply to trying to stick to one army at a time. Based on Criteria Two, I had the option to go with a unit of 30 Swordsmen, 30 Flaggelants or 24 Free Company. (Other models which got the cut here included 2 Karl Franz's, General on Griffon, Outriders, Pistolliers, Artillery, etc). Finally, I decided to go with the Swordsmen; I've painted two units already so the scheme is well thought out and it would simply be a matter of painting them.

Of course, the best-laid plans are always the first to go awry....I finished the first layer of yellow on the uniforms only to finally get confirmation that Onslaught (my local tournament) was on this year. In three weeks. Hmm.

As I wanted to run my Outriders there and there was a ten point bonus for fielding an army that was completed to a three-colour-and-based standard, the Swordsmen were promptly put to one side and the Outriders started. Currently (with ~a week and a half before Onslaught) I've finished the red and yellow on the riders uniforms and started their armour. The horses have all been basecoated with their colours, and the highlighting is finished on 3/5. Pics will be forthcoming, but it's going to be an interesting couple of days.

Once the Outriders are finished I plan to go back and finish the Swordsmen, then paint the Flaggelants. My exams finish about a month earlier than my friends this year due to some creative scheduling at my university, so I'm planning on dedicating those ~three weeks to doing as much painting as possible. The plan for the moment is to get at least the Swordsmen finished, with the Flaggelants hopefully well on their way.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on September 08, 2009, 11:13:26 PM
Three days out from Onslaught, the Outriders are actually starting to look like they might be completely finished before the day starts. I'm nearly falling over in shock.

Currently I still need to paint the weapons, flesh, hair and helmets on the riders, and finish of the details on their horses. One thing that will slow me down however is university assignments...some cruel individual set a cryptography assignment to be due the Monday after the tournament. I'm less than impressed.

Pics will probably follow later this afternoon. I promise!
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on September 10, 2009, 04:26:10 AM
All right, so it was actually a day later when I've finally got around to posting some pics up. My bad. Since my last update, I've started the flesh on the riders, as well as starting some clean-up work on a mounted wizard and Helblaster crew for Saturday. I'm hoping tomorrow I'll have enough spare time to finish all these guys off, though I'm not liking my chances.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0954web.jpg)

At this point I'd finished the red and the yellow on the uniforms and the armour. Not happy with how the yellow shows up in this picture...our camera really seems to struggle with it for some reason.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0957web.jpg)

I then did a layer of Bestial Brown on the cloaks.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0963web.jpg)

Followed by Bleached Bone. (I'm really glad that colour was never withdrawn from sale like originally reported).

Since then I've done the wood on the weapons and started the flesh. I've also put some work into the horses, so I'm basically up to doing the details on them and they'll be finished. There's still an outside hope that I'll finish the whole unit for Saturday (two days away), but with classes tomorrow and work this afternoon, I'm not liking my chances.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: mousekiller on September 10, 2009, 01:32:05 PM
That war alter is a pretty sweet conversion mate.  Also, those movement trays rock... very economical...
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Rapidly becoming pic heavy!)
Post by: stretch_135 on September 13, 2009, 02:26:09 AM
That war alter is a pretty sweet conversion mate.  Also, those movement trays rock... very economical...

Thanks :) I put the trays through their 'trial by fire' at yesterday's tournament, and they pulled through really well....unlike my Helblaster, which didn't last beyond turn three in any of my five games.

A quick tournie report:

Outpost Onslaught 2009

Outpost is my 'local' gaming club (it's actually the second closest, but I prefer the crowd down there) and each year they have their Onslaught Fantasy tournament in September. It's a 1500 pt, five game tournie which rewards good comp and sportsmanship. I've played the last two years, winning the wooden spoon my first year and coming second-last last year (only because I had good painting scores...could have spooned two years in a row....*sigh*). In both years, my best result was a solid loss in one game (every other game being massacre losses) This year I went in with the goal of at least drawing one game of the five...

My list:
Heroes
Warrior Priest
   Great Weapon
   Warhorse
   Barding
   Heavy Armour
   Shroud of Magnus
      = 162

Warrior Priest
   Great Weapon
   Armour of Meteoric Iron
   Icon of Magnus
      = 144

Battle Wizard
   Level 2
   Warhorse
   Rod of Power
      = 140

 
Core
24 Swordsmen
   Musician
   Standard Bearer
   Duellist
      = 169

9 Free Company Detachment
      = 45

25 Swordsmen
   Musician
   Standard Bearer
   Duellist
      = 175

5 Knightly Orders
   Musician
      =123

Special
5 Outriders
   Musician
        Champion
   Hochland Long Rifle
      = 134

9 Knightly Orders
   Inner Circle
   Musician
   Standard Bearer
   War Banner
   Preceptor
      = 299

Rare
Helblaster Volley Gun
      = 110

Total = 1500

This is a lot harsher list than I usually play...I like playing he traditional Empire infantry heavy list, which is possibly why I get butchered so much. Oh, and my dice rolling sucks. That might contribute.

Game 1: Outpost of the Old Ones vs. Dark Elves
I was hoping to avoid the big three in my first game, so of course I drew a game against DE. I've played against them a few times before, so I kind of knew what to expect. This particular scenario had a building in the middle which allowed the unit closest to it to randomly cast certain spells. My notes are a little vague, but I'm fairly sure this was a fairly soft DE list; RBT, no hydra, medium magic, Spear elves, RBX, can't remember what else. In any case, I was massacred 20-0. Nothing seemed to go right for me, including my Helblaster blowing itself up first turn (which soon proved to be a common occurrence).

Game 2: Pitched Battle vs. Chaos
At this point I was a little demoralised, but determined to turn my luck around and scrape out a win. Drawing a Chaos player didn't really help my confidence. His list was cavalry heavy; two units of knights, two of marauder horsemen, two of hounds, a unit of ogres, plus characters. I don't recall the specifics of the battle and my notes aren't to detailed, but he split his army into two and I sent my knights off to hunt his knights. He then proceeded to play keep away, and my knights did squat for the battle. Hmm. My two infantry blocks fought the other unit of knights and the ogres to a standstill before they broke right at the end of the game. Hmm. My dice hate me. Result was a 15-5 loss for me, whcih up to that point was my best ever result in a tournament game.

At this point I started making threats to my dice in an attempt to get them to behave themselves. It didn't work.

Game 3: Pitched Battle vs. Tomb Kings
My notes suck, but from memory this army had a Bone Giant, a unit of three Ushabati, two units of skeletons, a unit of Chariots, plus something else I can't think of. I've only played TK's once or twice before against one of the guys at the club, but I knew their magic phase can be quite nasty. Again, my Helblaster blew up first turn. This was exceedingly unhelpful, as it turns out the Ushabati I was shooting it at were out of range by about half an inch. I was less than impressed. I'm fuzzy on  the details of the rest of the game, but I *think* I kept his magic under control, but still got hammered. Result was an 18-2 loss.

Game 4: Pitched Battle vs. Lizardmen
I made absolutely no notes for this game, so I'm very vague on details. I do know the Helblaster went up in flames turn one (again) after opening fire on a unit of skinks (it was one of those there's no other targets moments), rolling two misfires and killing one skink in total. I was very disillusioned with the Helblaster at this point. Can't really recall much more of the battle...I remember Saurus cav and infantry, but don't really remember details. In any case, this game resulted in a 12-8 win for me! First ever tourney win, so I was quite happy.

Game 5: Pitched Battle vs. High Elves
Final game was against the youngest competitor in the field - he's actually the son of the guy I bought the dragon I'm using for my KF conversion off. The army consisted of (from memory, as my notes are thinner than Lindsay Lohan) Silver Helms with hero, Spear Elves with mage, Archers, Eagle, Bolt Thrower, Shadow Warriors with hero, Phoenix Gaurd. (That's it I think?) I'd call this a pretty soft list really. My knights with WP ended up taking on his Silver Helms and hero; his hero killed mine in a challenge but I broke the unit anyway (capturing their banner) and ended up chasing them to the edge of the board where they rallied...where I broke them in a later turn. I felt bad for doing it haha. His Eagle went pop in a cloud of feathers when my Outriders opened fire on it, and the Helblaster annihilated the Shadow Warriors and hero. My unit of Swordsmen with WP knocked off the Phoenix Guard and captured their banner. It wasn't all that one sided, as he ended up knocking off my Outriders and got half points for a few units. We ended up running out of time and having to call it at the end of turn four, with my knights poised to run riot through the remainder of his army. Final score was a 13-7 win for me.

So, overall I placed 14th out of a field of 21. I'm really happy with that, as my goal for the day was to draw at least one game, and to walk away with two wins is fantastic. I received a few compliments for my army, and at least two votes for best army which is awesome. Next year I'll be back, though I'm thinking about fielding either Dark Elves or Skaven instead of my Empire for a change. We'll see how it goes. I actually took the camera along to take some pics of the tournament, but entirely forgot about it, so I'll take some pics of my army in the next day or two when I get a chance.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Tournie report 13/09/2009)
Post by: wardenmunger on September 13, 2009, 10:05:07 AM
Congratulations on your wins! I have suffered a similar fate at recent tournies as well, and got 2 boobie prizes in the offing.

However, in the latest one I have entered, I have won 3 in 3, and have scored 2 massaceres in those games. One tip I will give you is in the use of your Hellblaster. Don't just fire it for firings sake! if it can only shoot at skinks, let them be, as you will only do hitting them on 6's at that range, and will get back 7 points per skink. In other words, you need to kill alot of skinks to get your points back.

What I like to do is set up my swords men, then place my hand gunner detachment 3" to the side on the parent. I then drop the hellblaster in the gap. If any nasty enemy unit comes near my swordsmen(usually at short range) I let them have it, hitting on 4's(or 3's for hydras, giants ect). If they survive it, when they go into combat with the swordsmen, I should have the upper hand.

By doing this I can avoid the Hellblaster failing spectacularly! hope this helps for the future.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Tournie report 13/09/2009)
Post by: stretch_135 on September 13, 2009, 10:53:43 AM
Congratulations on your wins! I have suffered a similar fate at recent tournies as well, and got 2 boobie prizes in the offing.

However, in the latest one I have entered, I have won 3 in 3, and have scored 2 massaceres in those games. One tip I will give you is in the use of your Hellblaster. Don't just fire it for firings sake! if it can only shoot at skinks, let them be, as you will only do hitting them on 6's at that range, and will get back 7 points per skink. In other words, you need to kill alot of skinks to get your points back.

What I like to do is set up my swords men, then place my hand gunner detachment 3" to the side on the parent. I then drop the hellblaster in the gap. If any nasty enemy unit comes near my swordsmen(usually at short range) I let them have it, hitting on 4's(or 3's for hydras, giants ect). If they survive it, when they go into combat with the swordsmen, I should have the upper hand.

By doing this I can avoid the Hellblaster failing spectacularly! hope this helps for the future.

Thanks for that :) This was the first time I've run a Helblaster under 7th, and it rapidly became apparent that you really have to pick your targets for it carefully now. I'm wondering if the Helblaster wasn't *really* the right tool for the job this time around, and if a second unit of Outriders would be a better fit. Same range, slightly more expensive, but more reliable. Something to experiment with in a few games :)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Tournie report 13/09/2009)
Post by: stretch_135 on October 06, 2009, 03:01:19 AM
And I'm back....how remiss of me to not update for a month.

First up, here's the pics I promised after my tournament results.

The 1500 pt. Army I took along to Onslaught:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0979web.jpg)

(Lighting isn't the greatest...need to work on that).

An angle shot on the Knights with the mounted Warrior Priest:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP0989web.jpg)

And the Outriders:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP1006web.jpg)

Now that the Outriders are complete, I've gone back to the Swordsmen I started before the Onslaught tournament announcement. I'm trying to get a fair chunk of the unpainted Empire stuff I have lying around done so I don't feel to guilty when I get stuck into Skaven after their release (that Doomwheel is awesome). I'm currently working on the armour on the Swordsmen after completing the red and yellow on their uniforms. Funnily enough, I'm actually getting more painting done during exams than before - I'm finding that taking an hour off here and there between study to paint is keeping my head on straight. The most up-to-date picture I have is no very up-to-date at all...this was taken just after the first layer of yellow (and as usual, our camera didn't take to the yellow to well at all).

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP1018web.jpg)

That's it for the moment...hopefully more updates soon :)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Tournie report 13/09/2009)
Post by: stretch_135 on December 18, 2009, 10:44:00 AM
So it's been nearly three months since I last posted. Yeah, I know. *sigh*

On the bright side, I'm currently working full-time during my summer break from uni. On the downside, it means I have basically no time to paint. I'm pretty sure I haven't touched my models since late October. I currently have my Flaggelants and Swordsmen on the go - the Flaggelants were a spur of the moment beginning just before my interview for a summer spot with GW (which was unsuccessful). Hopefully I'll have some more news + photos just after Christmas.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Tournie report 13/09/2009)
Post by: Duce on December 18, 2009, 12:52:36 PM
better have painted those jigsaws you got  :evil:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Tournie report 13/09/2009)
Post by: stretch_135 on December 18, 2009, 10:59:38 PM
better have painted those jigsaws you got  :evil:

They're next in line  :-( I want to go absolutely hard-core on my SM once I finish the Swords/Flaggies, but time, time, time.....*sigh*

Hey, why aren't I painting *right now*?

BRB.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Tournie report 13/09/2009)
Post by: stretch_135 on January 02, 2010, 02:27:21 AM
Hopefully I'll have some more news + photos just after Christmas.

Well, that didn't happen. I'm still working on my Flaggies in whatever spare time I can scrounge together, but the flesh areas are incredibly fiddly. I've signed up to the 2010 painting challenges thread, so I'm hoping it'll encourage me to spend every spare waking moment I have painting this year. At a rough guess I won't really get anywhere until uni starts again in early March....the irony being I'll have more spare time while I'm studying. Long shot goal: Flaggies and Swords finished by then. Wish me luck!
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Tournie report 13/09/2009)
Post by: stretch_135 on January 17, 2010, 09:31:57 AM
And we're back. In latest updates:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMGP1076web.jpg)

Yeah. Take that productivity.

In all seriousness, that jar is stripping a SM Librarian and the Missile Rack from one of the previous edition Whirlwinds. The plan for the moment is to go hardcore on SMs once the unit of Swords and the unit of Flaggies are finished. Probably Dreadnaughts/Tacticals/Rhinos to start with, but we'll see.

Speaking of the Swords and Flaggies...my goal for this month (Linky (http://www.warhammer-empire.com/theforum/index.php?topic=31869.msg468642#msg468642)) was to finish the flesh and eyes on the Flaggies/Swords. My recipe for flesh is Bestial Brown->Dwarf Flesh->Bronzed Flesh->Light Coat (almost a glaze) of Elf Flesh (this being to dampen the slightly yellowish hue from the Bronzed Flesh). I've been pretty happy with how this has turned out on the units I've used it on so far.

Currently I've finished the Dwarf Flesh step on the Flagellants (damn they have a lot of small, fiddly areas of flesh):

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP1068web.jpg)

Afraid you can't really see much due to only the flesh being worked on so far. Next months goal will more than likely be to get the robes and possibly the weapons done (depends how inspired I'm feeling come the end of January  :icon_lol:)

I'm halfway through doing the Dwarf Flesh on the Swords. The ones at the front are done, the ones at the back may or may not get done this week (depending if work behaves itself).

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMGP1067web.jpg)

Two weeks to go for this challenge...we'll see how it goes!  :icon_eek:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Short Australia Day battle report)
Post by: stretch_135 on January 29, 2010, 10:19:03 PM
So I intended to spend a good chunk of Australia Day Night painting, but that didn't happen. Instead I got a 2000 pt. game in against the son of one of my Dad's mates. He run a pretty nice O&G list (Wyvern, BSB, Black Orcs x1, NGx1, Orcsx1, Wolf Ridersx1 Bolt Throwers x2, various magi and other bits and pieces). I run my standard 2000 list that I've been playing since the start of 7th Ed. (AL on WA with MoH/DA, 2x 30-man Swordsmen with det., 1x 30-man Flaggies, Knights, Captasus, Cannons x2, Helstorm). I used my Pegasus to tie up his Wolf Riders (he killed the off too....I was somewhat surprised) and my Knights to threaten the Orcish flanks. This meant he was pretty hesitant to move forward...I think he overrated the ability of my Knights.

The Flaggies were absolute machines....they chewed straight through the NGs, then straight through the Orcs and kept going. I nailed the Black Orcs with a Helstorm shot that hit every single one in a 25-man unit. Killed off 15 of them, they panicked, and took the BSB with them. I pretty much massacred him from then on, though I lost out on the massacre win due to suffering a rush of blood to the head in turn six and charging my AL into his wounded lord on Wyvern. Needless to say, the AL died and I missed out on a massacre by 60 points. MOTM honours go to the Flaggies....two banners in addition to the points they scored for kills, plus sheer bad-assery.


I'm hoping to get a good couple of hours in painting today, so hopefully I'll have some good news on the painting challenge front tonight.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Short Battle report 30/1/2010)
Post by: peraturabo on January 30, 2010, 11:56:21 AM
I really like your empire force,exept of your greenish yellow
Its too bright and it hurts in my eyes in a strange way...but I really prefer your red
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Short Battle report 30/1/2010)
Post by: stretch_135 on January 31, 2010, 07:57:24 AM
Yeah, yellow's pretty nasty to paint, and this camera doesn't capture it very well :-/ I might have another play with the settings and see if I can get a more accurate picture.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Short Battle report 30/1/2010)
Post by: stretch_135 on February 27, 2010, 12:10:16 AM
So another month rolls around, and I haven't done squat in the way of painting. It's somewhat depressing, as I'm back to uni as of the week after next and I'll still be working two jobs. This is cutting my painting time down to next to nothing, which I'm really starting to hate :-/

On the plus side, I did get another game in a week or two ago against Dwarves at our local club....SV (again short of a massacre by about 60 points) which gives me a winning streak for the first time in a loooooooong time. Got a 1K match lined up against OK at our next club meet, so we'll see how that goes. In the mean time, time to get some painting done!
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Short Battle report 30/1/2010)
Post by: Valetus on February 27, 2010, 12:46:18 PM
That war alter conversion is excellent, one of the best I have seen as it actually looks "realistic" and not simply a way to make one on the cheap
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy)
Post by: stretch_135 on July 19, 2010, 06:29:24 AM
So as anyone who's looked at the monthly painting challenges knows, I'm focusing on getting my Swordsmen painted at the moment. And it's going kinda/not that well. Finding time to paint in between uni, two jobs and some semblance of a social life is proving more of a challenge than I'm used to. It's terrible. Heartbreaking even. So, in latest news...the Swordsmen are to the point that I'm doing mostly detail work on them now. Everybody loves the fiddly bits on 7th Ed. State Troops don't we? Hopefully they'll all be finished by the end of the month so I don't fail my painting challenge. Again. Anyone have any good ideas for penance if I do?
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Short Battle report 30/1/2010)
Post by: stretch_135 on August 05, 2010, 09:40:01 AM
OK, definitely looking for that penance now. Those swords *still* aren't finished, and I've bought a...few...new models. :-/
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Short Battle report 30/1/2010)
Post by: stretch_135 on September 05, 2010, 12:08:06 AM
So, that time of year's rolling around again wqhere I play at our 'local' club tournament. This year it's been upped to 1700 pts, and lists are due today. Guess what I haven't written yet?  :engel:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Short Battle report 30/1/2010)
Post by: red bull on September 05, 2010, 08:23:52 AM
Do you still have to guess the range of mortars and helstorms with the new rules.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Short Battle report 30/1/2010)
Post by: stretch_135 on September 05, 2010, 10:41:19 AM
Do you still have to guess the range of mortars and helstorms with the new rules.

I probably would've posted this question in the Elector's Forum, but no. Helstorms/Mortars follow the rules for Stone Throwers per the FAQ. Per pg. 114 of the rulebook, Stone Throwers don't have a guess range - you place the template and scatter.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Short Battle report 30/1/2010)
Post by: red bull on September 05, 2010, 11:51:13 AM
Ok, then I definately need more in my army. Damn, it was much simpler otherwise.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Short Battle report 30/1/2010)
Post by: stretch_135 on January 09, 2011, 01:41:17 AM
So, after a breakup and a looooooong couple months with uni and work, I'm finally getting back into a bit of building and painting. Just to mix things up a little, I've been building a few Rat Ogres and an Assassin for my Skaven army, and I'm now painting a few Rat Swarms. Pics will *hopefully* start coming in the next few days...
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy)
Post by: red bull on January 13, 2011, 09:32:52 PM
Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy)
Post by: stretch_135 on July 24, 2011, 02:24:01 AM
So, yeah. Rat Swarms. Lol.

After a layoff from the man-dollies for a few months (unfortunately partying>women>work>man-dollies at this point), I've been getting back into the swing of things. I did a mass assembly job on some Minas Tirith wariors I had for WOTR to get the juices flowing again. I've had a half painted Screaming Bell sitting around for a while, so I figured I'd put it away and get the ball rolling with a smaller project like the 6th Ed. WP with GW (my all time favourite model) I've had sitting around screaming "paint me!!". Looking at the SB though I kind of realised that there was a bunch of small parts that would go missing easily, so it would be best if I glued them on first. To do that, I needed to paint a couple of bits....you can see where this is going.

So, currently I'm working on the stonework for the SB. One last bit to highlight, then I'm doing the bronzed metal on the stonework prongs and the yoke. At this point I'll re-evaluate how I'm going and either shelve it to do something smaller or finish it. Probably leaning towards finishing it - and getting some pics to put in here.  :closed-eyes:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy)
Post by: stretch_135 on February 05, 2014, 10:27:54 AM
Not often a post immediately after one that's two and half years old is relevant, but in this case it is - I finished the Screaming Bell some time ago but never posted pics or really wrote about it again. Was quite proud of how this one turned out - I followed the old GW guide from their website (which I had to track down from the deep dark corners of the Internet after they reorganised their website and deleted anything referencing the old paint range). Will make for a very nice centrepiece when I get around to painting the rest of the rats (apologies for some of the pics, still getting back into the swing of taking decent ones...plus I'm using an iPhone....hardly the pinnacle of camera technology.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Skaven/IMG_0661.jpg) (http://s324.photobucket.com/user/stretch_135/media/Skaven/IMG_0661.jpg.html)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Skaven/IMG_0662.jpg) (http://s324.photobucket.com/user/stretch_135/media/Skaven/IMG_0662.jpg.html)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Skaven/IMG_0666.jpg) (http://s324.photobucket.com/user/stretch_135/media/Skaven/IMG_0666.jpg.html)

I'm particularly happy with how the Rat Ogre turned out - for what is essentially a block of flesh colour with a few patches to break it up it turned out quite nicely. Will definitely be following that part of the guide when I paint up a couple of units of Rat Ogres.

The next model I painted after this was a Land Raider Crusader for my Imperial Fists army...will try to get some pics of that up in the next couple of days, along with some pics of the Empire Warrior Priests that I'm working on now (which would be, you know, slightly more relevant to the interests of this site). Also will outline my goal for staying "in the red" when it comes to models this year....stay tuned!
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy)
Post by: stretch_135 on February 05, 2014, 09:51:48 PM
2014 Painting Vow

For the calender year 2014, I vow that I will stay "in the red" across all games and systems.

So what does that actually mean?

I'm borrowing a little bit of accounting parlance for this one - any models that I purchase or trade for (incoming) will be scored as black and anything that I sell, trade away or paint (outgoing) will be scored as red. (However, for me being in the red is good as opposed to say Wall Street who spent far too much time in the red).

Models are weighted based on size and complexity of painting - obviously this will be somewhat subjective, but I'm only cheating myself I choose to bend the rules. As a rough outline:
Infantry Models: 1pt each (so a unit of 30 Swordsman is worth 30pts)
Cavalry Models: 2pts each (10 Knights is worth 20pts)
Mounstrous Infantry: 3pts each (4 Rat Ogres is worth 12pts)
Small tanks/monsters: 5pts each (Space Marine Rhinos, Steam Tank, Empire Griffons)
Large tanks/monsters: 10pts each (Space Marine Land Raiders, Dragons, Hell-Pit Abominations)
Characters count as double points for whatever unit type they fall under (eg infantry character is worth 2pts, cavalry character is worth 4pts, etc.)

Currently I'm only including models in this vow - you could quite easily include books, gaming items, etc but I've chosen to focus on models only as my main goal is to cut down on unpainted stuff.

I'll be shooting for a combines score rather than breaking down by system - so if I buy say a Hell-Pit Abomination for my Skaven I can off-set that by painting 10 Tactical Marines for my Imperial Fists. Any suggestions around the weighting system are welcome :)

Current Log
Incoming
Fulgrim +2
5 Phoenix Terminators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
10 Devastators +10
5 Assault Terminators +5
5 Deathwing Knights +5
3 Centurions +9
1 Land Raider +10

Outgoing
:(

Total: +56

So, uh, not a good start. On the plus side, plenty of 2014 left to bring that number back towards a negative.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy)
Post by: Midaski on February 06, 2014, 02:00:10 PM
Hey Stretch - that sounds like a good system .................

Pause


Just totted mine up:

Current Log
Incoming:
37,643

Outgoing:
0

Total + 37643

 :icon_redface:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy)
Post by: Darknight on February 06, 2014, 02:29:04 PM
I do just the same thing - I have a little table and everything. I just break it down by humanoids and quadrupeds (separate totals).

I am, like, totally in the black :)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy)
Post by: Midaski on February 06, 2014, 03:05:49 PM
I do just the same thing - I have a little table and everything. I just break it down by humanoids and quadrupeds (separate totals).

I am, like, totally in the black :)

.......... and didn't we just know you would be ....................

I bet you were little Mister GoodyTwoShoes in school as well - "here's your apple, teacher"
and hand straight up for any questione  "Me, Me, Me, Miss!"

Huh - in the black ....amateur.

 :engel:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy)
Post by: Darknight on February 06, 2014, 03:36:39 PM
You realize "in the black" is where you and stretch are, too, right? That is, more unpainted than painted?
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy)
Post by: Midaski on February 06, 2014, 04:21:36 PM
You realize "in the black" is where you and stretch are, too, right? That is, more unpainted than painted?

That's it - go ahead and ruin my humourous post by pointing out I am an idiot .........................  :engel:

Edit:
Actually you must be lying as there is evidence here on this site that you DO paint stuff and recently too ..........

Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy)
Post by: Darknight on February 06, 2014, 04:29:19 PM
You realize "in the black" is where you and stretch are, too, right? That is, more unpainted than painted?

That's it - go ahead and ruin my humourous post by pointing out I am an idiot .........................  :engel:

Edit:
Actually you must be lying as there is evidence here on this site that you DO paint stuff and recently too ..........

I don't paint enough . . . .

I am seriously considering just focusing on the unit of skeletons (which is dipped :) ) to bring my numbers up :)

Gotta get the 2nd Round Pleasant Surprise done, though.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy)
Post by: stretch_135 on February 06, 2014, 09:18:13 PM
Thanks guys, my work monitor now has water all over it haha   :icon_lol:

Mids: Get painting :p
DK: How far in the black are you?
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy)
Post by: stretch_135 on February 10, 2014, 10:26:38 AM
So I got to sit down for half an hour this evening and finished up the two Warrior Priests I'd been working on (managed to do the shield for one during the hockey last night). Pretty happy with how they turned out - pics will have to wait until tomorrow when I can get them shot under some better light.

However, also received in the mail a couple more Mk II marines for my EC army...so actually *increased* my score for today :(

Incoming
Fulgrim +2
5 Phoenix Terminators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
10 Devastators +10
5 Assault Terminators +5
5 Deathwing Knights +5
3 Centurions +9
1 Land Raider +10
5 Mk II Space Marines +5

Outgoing
Warrior Priest with Great Weapon -2
Warrior Priest with HW and shield -2

Total: +57

However, hoping my next painting project will put a sizable dent in that...(hint: I can hear the scratching of claws and there's a nasty smell of pestilence hanging around my desk...)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy)
Post by: stretch_135 on February 11, 2014, 07:58:04 AM
So, back again - managed to turn out some viewable pics, but when you're working with an iPhone I wouldn't expect the greatest of detail...

First up is a Warrior Priest with Great Weapon. This is one of my favourite models and took quite a while for me to track down as they were removed from sale a week before I was going to buy one....doh. Took me most of the space of 7th Edition to track one down then most of the space of 8th to paint it.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMG_0685.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMG_0690.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMG_0688.jpg)

Pretty happy with how he turned out.

At the same time I did the WP with HW and Shield of the same vintage

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMG_0684.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMG_0691.jpg)

Again, pretty happy with how he turned out. The shield is a freehand as I traded away the original shield that came with him. My freehand isn't the greatest but the comet came up OK.

Overall these guys were pretty quick...I knocked out the cloth, flesh and armour in a Sunday then did the details and fiddly bits during the evening over a couple of days. A good start to the year, but there's more painting to do...got a large infantry block on my desk that might see a spray can tonight if I get time....
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 11-2-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on February 17, 2014, 10:23:23 AM
Received another package today...a few more chracters for my ever-increasing pile of pre-heresy EC (will actually have to put a brush to them soon). Score:

Incoming
Fulgrim +2
5 Phoenix Terminators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
10 Devastators +10
5 Assault Terminators +5
5 Deathwing Knights +5
3 Centurions +9
1 Land Raider +10
5 Mk II Space Marines +5
1 Legion Champion +2
1 Legion Master of Signal +2
1 Mk IV Legion Captain +2
1 Mk IV Legion Standard Bearer +2

Outgoing
Warrior Priest with Great Weapon -2
Warrior Priest with HW and shield -2

Total: +65

So let's not talk about how ugly that's getting and move onto things that might actually out me in the red...

I went a bit mad last week and finished off cleaning up and undercoating 60 Plague Monks for my Skaven army. Yes, six-zero. Proof:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Skaven/IMG_0698.jpg)

As I sat back and looked at my handiwork (and contemplated how I was going to paint the little bastards without going completely off the deep end), I realised I'd made on small but fatal error: I'd used regiment bases (four wide) on the side where there was space to deploy the Plague Furnace which was to be next up on my painting table:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Skaven/IMG_0698lines.jpg)

(Arrows show which four have the regiment bases) No amount of fiddling gave me a way where they'd all rank up, so will have to take a knife to them and shift around a few bases....regiment ones might end up on the right hand side of the unit. Also did a bit of a test with the Screaming Bell in the PM unit in place of the PF and found that some of the rats didn't rank up thanks to their ridiculously oversized weapons, so will have to change a few of them up to. Lesson from this one: don't assume stuff ranks up without testing it. And always dryfit before taking a brush to a unit...saved me the heartache of hacking away at my painted unit afterwards! Hoping to get this all cleaned up and some painting started later in the week...
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 27-2-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on February 27, 2014, 07:00:00 AM
Good news everyone! Plague Monks have been rebased, looks like everything will now fit. Bad news...I got suckered into building my Plague Furnace so I can be 200% sure everything will rank and fit. Worse news...I'm keeping it in sub-assemblies to paint, so I need to at least do some basic paint work on it so I can glue it together (not going to dry fit as last time I tried that I snapped off the little pegs that hold it together...nightmare). Worst news...I ran out of spray paint while undercoating it:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Skaven/IMG_0712.jpg)

So planning a quick run out to get spray after my physio appointment later (lucky for me it's Games Night at the local GW...yes I still use GW primers), then going to get this show on the road over the weekend.

Oh, and before the guilt eats away at me too much: another 10 Mk II Marines arrived today for my EC army....reeeeeeeally need to get these plague monks done so I can get a little red on this chart! (someone slap me if I obtain anything more!)

Incoming
Fulgrim +2
5 Phoenix Terminators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
10 Devastators +10
5 Assault Terminators +5
5 Deathwing Knights +5
3 Centurions +9
1 Land Raider +10
5 Mk II Space Marines +5
1 Legion Champion +2
1 Legion Master of Signal +2
1 Mk IV Legion Captain +2
1 Mk IV Legion Standard Bearer +2
10 Mk II Space Marines +10

Outgoing
Warrior Priest with Great Weapon -2
Warrior Priest with HW and shield -2

Total: +75
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 27-2-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on March 02, 2014, 05:42:43 AM
Update time...I didn't have a chance to go to GW on Thursday as I felt like hell after the physio (nice head cold kicked my butt). Inspired by Pandemonium (see his work here http://warhammer-empire.com/theforum/index.php?topic=48203.0) I decided to try and paint up the old plastic Fire Mage (I think this one was from Talisman?)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMG_0720.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMG_0721.jpg)

Pretty happy with how he's coming along....the challenge being to get him done this afternoon so I can get on with the Plague Furnace this week (spray painting being completed yesterday).
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 02-03-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on March 16, 2014, 05:21:11 AM
Slightly delayed update, as I've been prioritising painting over basically everything else at the moment. As a result, the fire mage is done:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMG_0744.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMG_0746.jpg)

The pics have washed him out a little bit, but overall really happy with how he came out, especially in what was (for me) a pretty quick turn around time. Was a fun model to paint too. So good news for my chart there - bad news is I picked up a couple more Centurions for my Marines, so still going backwards. Plenty of year to catch up I guess...

Incoming
Fulgrim +2
5 Phoenix Terminators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
10 Devastators +10
5 Assault Terminators +5
5 Deathwing Knights +5
3 Centurions +9
1 Land Raider +10
5 Mk II Space Marines +5
1 Legion Champion +2
1 Legion Master of Signal +2
1 Mk IV Legion Captain +2
1 Mk IV Legion Standard Bearer +2
10 Mk II Space Marines +10
3 Centurions +9

Outgoing
Warrior Priest with Great Weapon -2
Warrior Priest with HW and shield -2
Fire Marge -2

Total: +82

Since finishing the mage, I've been going all out on the Skaven Plague Furnace. Today I finished the wood and metal work on the chassis, so now turn to the stonework and then probably the ropes and other details so I can glue the chassis together in preparation for a game next weekend. Only downside is that I need to assemble a few more Clanrats for said game, which will cut into painting time. Oh well, who needs sleep anyway? :)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Skaven/IMG_0748.jpg)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 16-03-2014)
Post by: Warhammer-Weib on March 16, 2014, 10:22:31 AM
Very good progress, and I love the way you painted the wizard's cloak! :eusa_clap:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 16-03-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on March 16, 2014, 08:51:51 PM
Very good progress, and I love the way you painted the wizard's cloak! :eusa_clap:

Thanks, I'm pretty happy with how it came out :) The red was pretty straightforward - Scab Red, Devlan Mud wash, 1:1 Scab to Blood Red, Blood Red. The white I worked up from brown through bone to white and the flames are yellow to white. I did a bit of research on painting the flames as I wanted to go for 'realistic' flames along the back of the robes apparently the trick is to go white at the very center (the hottest part of the flame) then  work out to yellow and, if the flame is large enough, red. Neat trick I'll have to remember if I ever get around to painting my Flagellant horde.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 16-03-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on March 16, 2014, 09:06:25 PM
A couple of bonus pics I found in my photobucket - this is the Screaming Bell that I painted a while back. I'm following the same painting guide for the Plague Furnace so I'm hoping it comes out as well

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Skaven/IMG_0661.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Skaven/IMG_0666.jpg)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 16-03-2014)
Post by: StealthKnightSteg on March 17, 2014, 08:13:05 AM
Looks good! Though I would love to see a more vibrant color for the warp. As it is now it looks a little pale.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 16-03-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on March 17, 2014, 09:03:51 AM
Looks good! Though I would love to see a more vibrant color for the warp. As it is now it looks a little pale.

Thanks :) I think it lost a little vibrancy in the pics, but I might push it a little further when I'm doing the Plague Furnace...plenty of warpstone to pick out there haha.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 16-03-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on March 20, 2014, 08:28:37 PM
Not much painting this week, as I've been madly assembling Skavenslaves for a 2500 point game against my brother's mate's Lizardmen. The list I'm tinkering with is as follows:

Lords
Grey Seer
Screaming Bell
Warpstone Token
Warpstone Token
Shadow Magnet Trinket
500

Heroes
Plague Priest
Plague Furnace
Dispel Scroll
275

Warlock Engineer
Level 2
Warp-Energy Condenser
120

Warlock Engineer
Level 2
100

Cheiftain
BSB
Great Weapon
Warpstone Armour
104

Core
50 Clanrats
Spears
Shields
Musician
Standard Bearer
Clawleader
270

Weapon Team: Poisoned Wind Mortar 65

50 Clanrats
Shields
Musician
Standard Bearer
Clawleader
245

Weapon Team: Poisoned Wind Mortar 65

25 Skavenslaves
Spears
Shields
75

25 Skavenslaves
Spears
Shields
75

25 Skavenslaves
Shields
62.5

25 Skavenslaves
Shields
62.5

Special
60 Plague Monks
Musician
Standard Bearer
Bringer-Of-The-Word
Plague Banner
475

Total 2494

Not the most optimised list, as I wanted two big blocks of Clanrats and a big block of Plague Monks. This will be the first time I've actually played with my Skaven, so curious to see how it's going to go. Plan is to throw magic at any big nasties on the table, then grind down his Saurus blocks in true Skaven style - with sheer weight of numbers. May struggle with cold-blooded and not having any leadership debuff spells, but working on the theory it'll be a blast anyway :)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 16-03-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on March 23, 2014, 09:56:18 AM
Quick update, as I'm madly working on the Plague Furnace - played my first game with Skaven yesterday, had a blast doing it. The Bell and Furnace double making two units unbreakable is nasty, probably meant the BSB was overkill. Struggled a bit to support the Bell's unit, which meant they were ground down to toast by the Temple Guard unit after the Slann died to a lucky spell (failed Look Out Sir, failed initiative test, disappearing Slann). Thought I would roll the Lizards after that, but struggled to get going against four units of Skinks. Thinking I need some chaff hunters (maybe Rat Ogres) to protect my flanks


In other news, I flipped a spare Space Marine Codex for a box of Devastators and some cash; also done a little detail work on the Plague Furnace this afternoon - hoping I'll be able to get into the priest and crew this week.

Incoming
Fulgrim +2
5 Phoenix Terminators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
10 Devastators +10
5 Assault Terminators +5
5 Deathwing Knights +5
3 Centurions +9
1 Land Raider +10
5 Mk II Space Marines +5
1 Legion Champion +2
1 Legion Master of Signal +2
1 Mk IV Legion Captain +2
1 Mk IV Legion Standard Bearer +2
10 Mk II Space Marines +10
3 Centurions +9
5 Devastators +5

Outgoing
Warrior Priest with Great Weapon -2
Warrior Priest with HW and shield -2
Fire Mage -2

Total: +87
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 16-03-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on April 03, 2014, 09:19:19 PM
Quick update - life has managed to get in the way of painting the last week or two, but I managed to finish off the smoke on the Plague Furnace last night (waaaaay too many layers on that), so down to the crew, priest and a few details like ropes. Hoping that I'll be able to get at least the skin and robes done on the crew/priest this weekend, but we'll see.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 04-04-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on April 22, 2014, 10:44:27 PM
Another quick update (no pics unfortunately as I'm at work) - crew and priest are both basically done, with a final highlight on the ropes on their robes needing to be done at the same time as the rest of the rope work. Hoping I'll have time to get that done tonight....very time consuming though as I'm highlighting each raised bit on the rope. Looks great, stupidly time consuming. Then have to paint the embedded warpstone symbols in the wood, assemble, base and she's finished. Yay :)

While trying not to get ahead of myself, been contemplating what I'll work on next...at this point I'm leaning towards finishing a Steam Tank I bought a while ago that was half painted by the previous owner. The remaining parts are mostly detail work and the iconography, so should be an easy win and help bring my numbers down. After that, it's into Marines...priorities there are going to be Rhinos and Assault Marines, but that's subject to change. One step at a time.

Also, silly me bought more Marines. I swear one day I'm going to drown in a mountain of unpainted plastic.

Incoming
Fulgrim +2
5 Phoenix Terminators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
10 Devastators +10
5 Assault Terminators +5
5 Deathwing Knights +5
3 Centurions +9
1 Land Raider +10
5 Mk II Space Marines +5
1 Legion Champion +2
1 Legion Master of Signal +2
1 Mk IV Legion Captain +2
1 Mk IV Legion Standard Bearer +2
10 Mk II Space Marines +10
3 Centurions +9
5 Devastators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
1 Stormtalon +5

Outgoing
Warrior Priest with Great Weapon -2
Warrior Priest with HW and shield -2
Fire Mage -2

Total: +102

Never had any luck getting rid of the Deathwing Terminators that I don't have any use for - could put them up in a trade thread here, but anyone interested? Happy to flip them for just about anything Marine, Empire or Skaven.

Next update I promise will have pics of a completed Plague Furnace
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 04-04-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on April 27, 2014, 05:53:05 AM
Good news everyone - Plague Furnace is done, though had to do an emergency run to pick up some more brown paint to complete the base. Without further ado:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Skaven/IMG_0777.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Skaven/IMG_0778.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Skaven/IMG_0779.jpg)

The pics have washed out a little, but you get the idea. The majority of it was painted following GW's guide for the Screaming Bell, plus the guide from the Lustria book for the Plague Monks (who turned out really well - good signs for the 60 I need to paint...).

I also managed to touch up a Space Marine Librarian I picked up in a lot deal a while ago - didn't need much, just the eyes, chapter badge and the base as the rest was already painted. The chapter badge transfer was a bit of nightmare...was a bit rusty with the technique and didn't manage to get it cleanly across. Cleaned up OK though.

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_0774.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_0775.jpg)

So more red to the list this week, which is good.

Incoming
Fulgrim +2
5 Phoenix Terminators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
10 Devastators +10
5 Assault Terminators +5
5 Deathwing Knights +5
3 Centurions +9
1 Land Raider +10
5 Mk II Space Marines +5
1 Legion Champion +2
1 Legion Master of Signal +2
1 Mk IV Legion Captain +2
1 Mk IV Legion Standard Bearer +2
10 Mk II Space Marines +10
3 Centurions +9
5 Devastators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
1 Stormtalon +5

Outgoing
Warrior Priest with Great Weapon -2
Warrior Priest with HW and shield -2
Fire Mage -2
Skaven Plague Furnace -5
Space Marine Librarian -2

Total: +95

Good progress, but always need to get more done. The Steam Tank is going to wait and I'll get cracking on the Rhinos. Hoping they'll be quick, ut we'll see....
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 08-05-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on May 07, 2014, 10:18:07 PM
Quick update...I've finished the internal metal on the Rhinos, now need to do the detail work (I'm building them so the rear ramps open, so need to do all the internals). Then do the tracks and glue the top down...will probably put them on hold then and focus on getting going with the Pleasant Surprise...got a few ideas kicking around but want to trawl through my victim's target's giftee's posts a little more.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 12-05-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on May 11, 2014, 10:54:58 PM
Another quick update...finished the internal of the Rhinos, just need to drybrush and wash the tracks now

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_0788web.jpg)

Hoping to get that done Wednesday and order the Pleasant Surprise Thursday.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 12-05-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on May 15, 2014, 09:29:29 AM
So the week's running away on me again...time for some updates though.

Tracks are finished on the Rhinos. These were done with a Tin Bitz base, drybrushed heavily with Leadbelcher (Boltgun Metal) and then washed with Agrax Earthshade (good old Devlan mud). This pic was taken after the top was glued onto the Rhino, hence the funny angle:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_0794web.jpg) (http://s324.photobucket.com/user/stretch_135/media/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_0794web.jpg.html)

Tops are now glued down and waiting for them to dry...rubber band needed on the left one due to the ridiculously small contact between the top of the Rhino and the bit above the front tracks

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_0791web.jpg) (http://s324.photobucket.com/user/stretch_135/media/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_0791web.jpg.html)

GW suck and didn't answer my phone call today to confirm they were open, so having to put of ordering the Pleasant Surprise model until Saturday morning...in the mean time, I get to play with the new toys my wonderful girlfriend got me for my birthday last week :)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/IMG_0792web.jpg)

Basically everything that came in the GW toolkit that I was eyeing off, just 2/3 the price with 3 times as many options. Quick run down left to right:

-Razor saw and scalpel set
-File set
-Cutters
-Pin vice with bits 0.3mm-2mm
-Sculpting set

So all in all, I'm a very lucky man. To give the tools a test, been building the Harry the Hammer model that GW released for the 25th Anniversary celebrations a couple of years back...gave my girlfriend the choice of what I built with the new tools, so keen to see how he turns out :) So will be splitting time between Harry, the Rhinos and the Pleasant Surprise for the next few weeks...going to be busy!
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 27-05-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on May 27, 2014, 08:11:30 AM
Been a busy time at the moment - work is out of control, but still finding some time for hobby. First up, traded out the Deathwing I picked up in the Space Marine lot for a variety of Empire...which actually added more black than red to my list. Though if anyone's interested in a Talisman Fire Mage (This Guy (http://www.collecting-citadel-miniatures.com/wiki/index.php/File:Tal-78.jpg)), let me know and we can talk trades. Pretty much new off sprue, mould lines and all. Nice model, but I've already painted him this year haha. To the list!

Incoming
Fulgrim +2
5 Phoenix Terminators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
10 Devastators +10
5 Assault Terminators +5
5 Deathwing Knights +5
3 Centurions +9
1 Land Raider +10
5 Mk II Space Marines +5
1 Legion Champion +2
1 Legion Master of Signal +2
1 Mk IV Legion Captain +2
1 Mk IV Legion Standard Bearer +2
10 Mk II Space Marines +10
3 Centurions +9
5 Devastators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
1 Stormtalon +5
1 Talisman Alchemist +2
1 Talisman Fire Mage +2
1 Talisman Chaos Mage +2
1 Talisman Shaman +2
1 Talisman High Priest +2
1 Talisman Astronomer +2
1 Luthor Huss +4
1 Blazing Sun standard bearer +2
1 Blazing Sun Grand Master +4

Outgoing
Warrior Priest with Great Weapon -2
Warrior Priest with HW and shield -2
Fire Mage -2
Skaven Plague Furnace -5
Space Marine Librarian -2
5 Deathwing Knights -5

Total: +112

So, err, not good. I also have an Emperor's Children lot coming my way that's going to add another 30-ish points when it arrives. On the red side a few updates:
-Harry The Hammer - base is put together and waiting to be gap-filled. Then need to assemble Harry and undercoat the next time I get decent weather
-Pleasant Surprise - model is purchase and waiting to be built. May aim to get that done next week.
-Rhinos - put to one side for the moment
-Pistoliers - while waiting for Harry to dry, I pulled out some Pistoliers I started working on ages ago. I have two units I was working on at the same time (one of the 6th ed. metals and one of the 7th ed. plastics) and I decided to focus on the metals and get them done. I'd already done the main parts (weapons, armour, uniforms and some of the horses) so been smashing out the rest at a great pace for the last few days. Now down to details (sword hilts, details on the horses and feathers) then will base and put a pic up...hoping that will happen in the next day or two as I'm away next weekend (no painting time :( )

So, totally self-inflicted hit on the list this week...thinking ahead I'm debating doing some 30K Emperor's Children to start cutting into the masses of unpainted resin I have lying around. Probably won't happen until August at least at this rate haha. Stay tuned, hoping to have some more positive updates soon!
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 03-06-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on June 03, 2014, 08:28:30 AM
Very close to a good news update - Pistoliers are nearly done, just have to do the lips and teeth on the horses and the feathers on the riders and they'll be done (bases are easy, so they don't count haha). Was hoping to get them done last week, but ran out of time and then was in sunny Sydney for the weekend (well, 50% of the trip was sunny...Saturday reminded me of Melbourne).

Not quite a good news update, as my EC shipment showed up to add more black to the list. Unpacking this has left me wanting to get painting on these guys more than ever...the Palatine Blades, Kakaphoni and Phoenix Terminator models are all absolutely gorgeous. I may just abandon 40K and move to 30K full time at this rate...

Fulgrim +2
5 Phoenix Terminators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
10 Devastators +10
5 Assault Terminators +5
5 Deathwing Knights +5
3 Centurions +9
1 Land Raider +10
5 Mk II Space Marines +5
1 Legion Champion +2
1 Legion Master of Signal +2
1 Mk IV Legion Captain +2
1 Mk IV Legion Standard Bearer +2
10 Mk II Space Marines +10
3 Centurions +9
5 Devastators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
1 Stormtalon +5
1 Talisman Alchemist +2
1 Talisman Fire Mage +2
1 Talisman Chaos Mage +2
1 Talisman Shaman +2
1 Talisman High Priest +2
1 Talisman Astronomer +2
1 Luthor Huss +4
1 Blazing Sun standard bearer +2
1 Blazing Sun Grand Master +4
10 Kakaphoni (Chinaforge) +10
10 Palatine Blades +10
10 Phoenix Terminators +10
Fulgrim (Chinaforge) +2

Outgoing
Warrior Priest with Great Weapon -2
Warrior Priest with HW and shield -2
Fire Mage -2
Skaven Plague Furnace -5
Space Marine Librarian -2
5 Deathwing Knights -5

Total: +144

I'm really not going so well here. Tonight's plan is into the Pistoliers...hoping to get the horse details done at least. And banning myself from any trading forums for the foreseeable future!
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 11-06-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on June 11, 2014, 08:06:00 AM
Good news update :) Pistoliers are done (to a much better standard than my photography skills to say the least). Comments welcome:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMG_0975.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMG_0978.jpg)

Happy with how they came out...the faces on these guys were absolutely horrible, I don't know what GW were thinking. The Outrider was a lot of fun though, I think it's an old 5th ed. one but I'm not 100% sure.

Incoming

Fulgrim +2
5 Phoenix Terminators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
10 Devastators +10
5 Assault Terminators +5
5 Deathwing Knights +5
3 Centurions +9
1 Land Raider +10
5 Mk II Space Marines +5
1 Legion Champion +2
1 Legion Master of Signal +2
1 Mk IV Legion Captain +2
1 Mk IV Legion Standard Bearer +2
10 Mk II Space Marines +10
3 Centurions +9
5 Devastators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
1 Stormtalon +5
1 Talisman Alchemist +2
1 Talisman Fire Mage +2
1 Talisman Chaos Mage +2
1 Talisman Shaman +2
1 Talisman High Priest +2
1 Talisman Astronomer +2
1 Luthor Huss +4
1 Blazing Sun standard bearer +2
1 Blazing Sun Grand Master +4
10 Kakaphoni (Chinaforge) +10
10 Palatine Blades +10
10 Phoenix Terminators +10
Fulgrim (Chinaforge) +2

Outgoing
Warrior Priest with Great Weapon -2
Warrior Priest with HW and shield -2
Fire Mage -2
Skaven Plague Furnace -5
Space Marine Librarian -2
5 Deathwing Knights -5
5 Pistoliers (metal) -10

Total: +134

So a step in the right direction. I'm going to spend tonight and tomorrow night building Skaven (game on Saturday, so I'd like to have models on the table rather than blank bases) and then hopefully do a big spray session over the weekend (Harry The Hammer, Pleasant Surprise and Clanrats).
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 15-06-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on June 15, 2014, 02:14:54 AM
Spent yesterday at the gaming club and ended up playing Zombicide as fantasy is not real popular around there at the moment (much anti-GW rage). Great game, highly recommend it to people looking for an easy pick up and play board game. We probably could have played 3-4 games of it, but we talked so much crap we struggled to get through one. Painting up the game tokens as well adds a huuuuge amount of fun to gameplay.

I took along my box of stuff to get rid of as well and managed to sell of the SM codex, Talisman Chaos Mage, Talisman Fire Mage and Chinaforge Fulgrim - so it was a great day out for me and my painting list!

Fulgrim +2
5 Phoenix Terminators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
10 Devastators +10
5 Assault Terminators +5
5 Deathwing Knights +5
3 Centurions +9
1 Land Raider +10
5 Mk II Space Marines +5
1 Legion Champion +2
1 Legion Master of Signal +2
1 Mk IV Legion Captain +2
1 Mk IV Legion Standard Bearer +2
10 Mk II Space Marines +10
3 Centurions +9
5 Devastators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
1 Stormtalon +5
1 Talisman Alchemist +2
1 Talisman Fire Mage +2
1 Talisman Chaos Mage +2
1 Talisman Shaman +2
1 Talisman High Priest +2
1 Talisman Astronomer +2
1 Luthor Huss +4
1 Blazing Sun standard bearer +2
1 Blazing Sun Grand Master +4
10 Kakaphoni (Chinaforge) +10
10 Palatine Blades +10
10 Phoenix Terminators +10
Fulgrim (Chinaforge) +2

Outgoing
Warrior Priest with Great Weapon -2
Warrior Priest with HW and shield -2
Fire Mage -2
Skaven Plague Furnace -5
Space Marine Librarian -2
5 Deathwing Knights -5
5 Pistoliers (metal) -10
1 Talisman Fire Mage -2
1 Talisman Chaos Mage -2
Fulgrim (Chinaforge) -2

Total: +128

Today I'm working on Harry The Hammer and the Pleasant Surprise to hopefully get them sprayed...going to abandon the Clanrats for the moment in the interest of actually getting things done!
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 15-06-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on September 01, 2014, 02:33:07 AM
Short update...I got sidetracked during the depths of winter by Xbox games (sank waaay too much time into XCOM). Had a realization about two weeks ago that I'm running out of year however, so back into painting. In between work on the Pleasant Surprise I've been prepping up some Rat Ogres ready for painting (I think they'll be fairly quick to do as I'll be following the same guide I used when doing the one on the Screaming Bell). The PS itself is coming along really well, hoping to get it in the mail by the end of the month :)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 03-11-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on November 03, 2014, 12:26:13 AM
Another short update - I finished off the PS and mailed it out last week, really happy with how it turned out :) I've also moved house recently (moved into an apartment with my gf M) so that burnt a week or two getting everything sorted out...funnily enough I actually have more time to paint now as I'm not getting distracted with the Xbox (M loves Skyrim, so I paint while she plays). Moving also meant I sorted through my entire collection and rationalized a few things down (sold off an EPIC (the game, not the adjective) Eldar army I bought up when GW discontinued the specialist games, dumped a Land Raider body I picked up in a lot deal earlier in the year that wouldn't have amounted to much more than the basis of an Ork vehicle). I did buy a Skaven Warlord Spinetail off a mate of mine, so it's not all red this week.

Fulgrim +2
5 Phoenix Terminators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
10 Devastators +10
5 Assault Terminators +5
5 Deathwing Knights +5
3 Centurions +9
1 Land Raider +10
5 Mk II Space Marines +5
1 Legion Champion +2
1 Legion Master of Signal +2
1 Mk IV Legion Captain +2
1 Mk IV Legion Standard Bearer +2
10 Mk II Space Marines +10
3 Centurions +9
5 Devastators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
1 Stormtalon +5
1 Talisman Alchemist +2
1 Talisman Fire Mage +2
1 Talisman Chaos Mage +2
1 Talisman Shaman +2
1 Talisman High Priest +2
1 Talisman Astronomer +2
1 Luthor Huss +4
1 Blazing Sun standard bearer +2
1 Blazing Sun Grand Master +4
10 Kakaphoni (Chinaforge) +10
10 Palatine Blades +10
10 Phoenix Terminators +10
Fulgrim (Chinaforge) +2
Warlord Spinetail +2

Outgoing
Warrior Priest with Great Weapon -2
Warrior Priest with HW and shield -2
Fire Mage -2
Skaven Plague Furnace -5
Space Marine Librarian -2
5 Deathwing Knights -5
5 Pistoliers (metal) -10
1 Talisman Fire Mage -2
1 Talisman Chaos Mage -2
Fulgrim (Chinaforge) -2
1 Land Raider -10
EPIC Eldar Army -50

Total: +70

The score for the Eldar army is entirely arbitrary but I think it's about fair. Definitely running out of year to break even however. I'm currently working on a couple of Rat Swarm bases for my Skaven army as they've been really quick - did all the fur in one mass, then did the stonework underneath to beak them up. Now picking out details, then do the flesh and eyes and they'll be done :) After that I'm thinking of doing a mass assemble and undercoat of Empire and Skaven Characters plus Clanrats and Slaves - should give me a fair bit to work on over the summer. Photos to come of the Rat Swarms :)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 15-06-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on November 16, 2014, 12:44:23 AM
Better late than never...took me a few days longer than planned to finish these guys up (real life is so annoying sometimes - why can't we just paint 24x7?). The Rat Swarms were a pretty quick job - the fur is just a base, wash, drybrush. After that I picked out the flesh, stone, skulls and metal. Nice and simple - not sure if they'll ever actually make it to the tabletop thanks to the terrible rules for them

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Skaven/IMG_1092web.jpg)

So that leaves the list at:

Fulgrim +2
5 Phoenix Terminators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
10 Devastators +10
5 Assault Terminators +5
5 Deathwing Knights +5
3 Centurions +9
1 Land Raider +10
5 Mk II Space Marines +5
1 Legion Champion +2
1 Legion Master of Signal +2
1 Mk IV Legion Captain +2
1 Mk IV Legion Standard Bearer +2
10 Mk II Space Marines +10
3 Centurions +9
5 Devastators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
1 Stormtalon +5
1 Talisman Alchemist +2
1 Talisman Fire Mage +2
1 Talisman Chaos Mage +2
1 Talisman Shaman +2
1 Talisman High Priest +2
1 Talisman Astronomer +2
1 Luthor Huss +4
1 Blazing Sun standard bearer +2
1 Blazing Sun Grand Master +4
10 Kakaphoni (Chinaforge) +10
10 Palatine Blades +10
10 Phoenix Terminators +10
Fulgrim (Chinaforge) +2
Warlord Spinetail +2

Outgoing
Warrior Priest with Great Weapon -2
Warrior Priest with HW and shield -2
Fire Mage -2
Skaven Plague Furnace -5
Space Marine Librarian -2
5 Deathwing Knights -5
5 Pistoliers (metal) -10
1 Talisman Fire Mage -2
1 Talisman Chaos Mage -2
Fulgrim (Chinaforge) -2
1 Land Raider -10
EPIC Eldar Army -50
4 Skaven Rat Swarms -8

Total: +62

Baby steps!

Today I'm going on a bit of an assembling binge (the plan was to do that during the week so I could spend today spraying...hey, the best laid plans...). The plan after that is to get into some characters or, if I get really ambitious, Plague Monks...
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 16-11-2014)
Post by: Zak on November 16, 2014, 01:51:40 AM
 :icon_eek:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 16-11-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on November 16, 2014, 02:58:19 AM
:icon_eek:

I'm not sure how to respond to this haha.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 16-11-2014)
Post by: Booah on November 16, 2014, 11:22:25 AM
I love the scale you have used, I may have to do something like this myself next year. I always remember a conversation about 18 months ago where it was decided that your grey miniatures represented your mortality.  This was with the local gw manager so was probably a rouse to get me to buy more, however I like to believe in immortality. Good luck with breaking even.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 16-11-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on November 16, 2014, 08:59:48 PM
I love the scale you have used, I may have to do something like this myself next year. I always remember a conversation about 18 months ago where it was decided that your grey miniatures represented your mortality.  This was with the local gw manager so was probably a rouse to get me to buy more, however I like to believe in immortality. Good luck with breaking even.

I believe there's more than a few of us out there that are definitely functionally immortal then haha. Thanks :)

With the year coming to an end (I have to stop thinking of 2015 as a long way away) I've been having a bit of a think about what I'm going to do with the scale. At this point I'm imaging that I'l probably have about 60 points roll over onto next year - currently I'm thinking that these rollover points will get multiplied by 1.5 (so the 60 points will need 90 points of painting clear the slate). I did think about having a hard rule in place that I can't buy or obtain anything more until those 60 points are painted, but the Skaven End Times release is set for early next year... :engel:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 29-11-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on November 29, 2014, 04:16:17 AM
Short update...some more pictures of my PS from Zak:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMG_1102web.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Empire%20Pics/IMG_1104web.jpg)

Really love this guy...I'm going to have to have a long hard think about what Order of Knights to paint up to accompany him...reading a little more I'm debating doing the Order of the Fiery Heart as they'll fit in nicely with my Talabeclanders...decisions, decisions...

Other updates...I'm still assembling Clanrats...hoping to have them done today, but we'll see...

Fulgrim +2
5 Phoenix Terminators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
10 Devastators +10
5 Assault Terminators +5
5 Deathwing Knights +5
3 Centurions +9
1 Land Raider +10
5 Mk II Space Marines +5
1 Legion Champion +2
1 Legion Master of Signal +2
1 Mk IV Legion Captain +2
1 Mk IV Legion Standard Bearer +2
10 Mk II Space Marines +10
3 Centurions +9
5 Devastators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
1 Stormtalon +5
1 Talisman Alchemist +2
1 Talisman Fire Mage +2
1 Talisman Chaos Mage +2
1 Talisman Shaman +2
1 Talisman High Priest +2
1 Talisman Astronomer +2
1 Luthor Huss +4
1 Blazing Sun standard bearer +2
1 Blazing Sun Grand Master +4
10 Kakaphoni (Chinaforge) +10
10 Palatine Blades +10
10 Phoenix Terminators +10
Fulgrim (Chinaforge) +2
Warlord Spinetail +2
Engineer with telescope and repeater handgun +2
Halfling with spear +1
Halfling with sword +1

Outgoing
Warrior Priest with Great Weapon -2
Warrior Priest with HW and shield -2
Fire Mage -2
Skaven Plague Furnace -5
Space Marine Librarian -2
5 Deathwing Knights -5
5 Pistoliers (metal) -10
1 Talisman Fire Mage -2
1 Talisman Chaos Mage -2
Fulgrim (Chinaforge) -2
1 Land Raider -10
EPIC Eldar Army -50
4 Skaven Rat Swarms -8

Total: +66
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 29-11-2014)
Post by: Zak on November 29, 2014, 02:13:46 PM
 :::cheers::: :::cheers::: :::cheers:::
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 29-11-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on November 29, 2014, 10:39:16 PM
 :::cheers::: to you Zak :)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 29-11-2014)
Post by: stretch_135 on December 07, 2014, 09:30:20 AM
The deep breath before the plunge...94 Clanrat shields primed and ready to go...

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Skaven/IMG_1110web.jpg)

(Terrible image is terrible).
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 01-01-2015)
Post by: stretch_135 on January 01, 2015, 06:03:53 AM
First update for 2015! (will admit it is now late afternoon as the hangover this morning was something to behold)

First up....more progress on the Skaven shields. The wood is complete, and I've done the first layer on the metal rims. After that comes the warpstone icons and they'll be complete:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Skaven/IMG_1184web.jpg)

Pic is a little washed out as I'm still adjusting the new desk lamp. Hoping I'll be able to complete them soon, before I get distracted by my Xmas present from M: A Spartan Assault Tank for my Emperor's Children, which I got straight into cleaning up this afternoon:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1193web.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1194web.jpg)

Can't wait to do this one - going to look awesome in purple and gold. This will be the first big resin kit I've put together so I'm a little nervous, but pretty excited about it :)

So at years end, my list is as so:

Fulgrim +2
5 Phoenix Terminators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
10 Devastators +10
5 Assault Terminators +5
5 Deathwing Knights +5
3 Centurions +9
1 Land Raider +10
5 Mk II Space Marines +5
1 Legion Champion +2
1 Legion Master of Signal +2
1 Mk IV Legion Captain +2
1 Mk IV Legion Standard Bearer +2
10 Mk II Space Marines +10
3 Centurions +9
5 Devastators +5
10 Tactical Marines +10
1 Stormtalon +5
1 Talisman Alchemist +2
1 Talisman Fire Mage +2
1 Talisman Chaos Mage +2
1 Talisman Shaman +2
1 Talisman High Priest +2
1 Talisman Astronomer +2
1 Luthor Huss +4
1 Blazing Sun standard bearer +2
1 Blazing Sun Grand Master +4
10 Kakaphoni (Chinaforge) +10
10 Palatine Blades +10
10 Phoenix Terminators +10
Fulgrim (Chinaforge) +2
Warlord Spinetail +2
Engineer with telescope and repeater handgun +2
Halfling with spear +1
Halfling with sword +1
Spartan Assault Tank +15

Outgoing
Warrior Priest with Great Weapon -2
Warrior Priest with HW and shield -2
Fire Mage -2
Skaven Plague Furnace -5
Space Marine Librarian -2
5 Deathwing Knights -5
5 Pistoliers (metal) -10
1 Talisman Fire Mage -2
1 Talisman Chaos Mage -2
Fulgrim (Chinaforge) -2
1 Land Raider -10
EPIC Eldar Army -50
4 Skaven Rat Swarms -8

Year end total: +81

So at the end of the year, not as successful as I'd hoped. I think it was a drop off in painting during the middle of the year that did me in - not so for 2015! I want to at least get 160 Skaven infantry, an Empire Griffon, four Space Marine vehicles and some infantry done - ambitious, but hey.

Painting Log 2015
Carry over
+122 (rounded up from 121.5)

Incoming
0

Outgoing
0

Total +122

Bring it on :)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 01-01-2015)
Post by: stretch_135 on March 10, 2015, 10:10:39 AM
Wow, can't believe it's March already. The Spartan is coming along well, the interior is finished and the sides built (dem tracks...the horrors...). Glued down the top today, so will be ready to undercoat the sides and the main body tomorrow night-ish...then to start painting the tracks, then the main body...lots of purple to come. I've also been working on the Skaven shields still (slowly) while waiting for the epoxy on the Spartan to set. The plan for them moment with the shields is to get them painted and put them aside until the dust settles on 9th. The metal is now done and I've started on the first layer of the icons.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 15-05-2015)
Post by: stretch_135 on May 15, 2015, 08:23:40 AM
Picture updates this time!

Attaching the tracks - each section was epoxied and held in place for 24 hours with (lots of) rubber bands:
(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1211web.jpg)

Sprayed and tracks/engine exhausts done:
(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1345web.jpg)

Base layer of grey on the lascannons (these have been finished since):
(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1346web.jpg)

Internals done and top epoxied in place:
(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1347web.jpg)

Base layer of purple done on one side (it's not that blue in reality) (EDIT: Actually, looking at this on a different screen and looks the same as the model - must be the screen on my laptop):
(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1369web.jpg)

The large black sections will be white, with gold trim on the little rectangular bits. Very slowly working through this, but very happy with how it's coming up.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 21-07-2015)
Post by: stretch_135 on July 21, 2015, 07:48:18 AM
Yay, updates! Not a good sign when you get the 'not posted in 60 days warning'....

Still working away on the Spartan - the purple is now done and I'm working on the white, which is slow and tedious - so glad I didn't do White Scars. Current plan is to get the white done then get on with this year's Pleasant Surprise, as I'm waaaaaaaaaaaaay behind the eightball on that. While I was waiting for the purple to dry I also based a Centurion I picked up (was already painted, just needed basing):

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1407web.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1408web.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1409web.jpg)

So I can claim at least one finished model for the year!...except I also picked up a Terminator Librarian before they were pulled from the shelves (curses). So back to where we started for the year:

Painting Log 2015 (July 21st)
Carry over
+122 (rounded up from 121.5)

Incoming
1 Space Marine Terminator Librarian +2

Outgoing
1 Mk IV Legion Captain -2

Total +122

Time to get cracking on the PS!
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 21-07-2015)
Post by: stretch_135 on August 12, 2015, 02:46:40 AM
More an update so that I don't forget my numbers - PS is prepped for painting, Spartan only needs a few more details done and I can do the final assembly. Picked up some Apothecaries for 30K, sold off some LOTR stuff.

Painting Log 2015 (August 12th)
Carry over
+122 (rounded up from 121.5)

Incoming
1 Space Marine Terminator Librarian +2
2 Apothecaries +2

Outgoing
1 Mk IV Legion Captain -2
2 LOTR Mordor Trolls -10

Total +114
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 21-07-2015)
Post by: stretch_135 on August 26, 2015, 10:13:01 PM
Finished the Spartan last night (had some issues getting the last sponson to adhere properly) - very happy with how it came out. Will post some pictures next week as I'm out of town for the weekend. Also flipped some more LOTR stuff for Fantasy (EEFL) and had another order from Forgeworld come in (still haven't got the hang of this paint faster than you buy thing)

Painting Log 2015 (August 27th)
Carry over
+122 (rounded up from 121.5)

Incoming
1 Space Marine Terminator Librarian +2
2 Apothecaries +2
Steam Tank +5
Eidolon +2
15 Mk IV Assault Marines +15

Outgoing
1 Mk IV Legion Captain -2
2 LOTR Mordor Trolls -10
Spartan Assault Tank -15
43 Moria Goblins -43

Total +78

So I'm ahead of my pre-penalty score from last year, which is always a good sign. Next on the agenda is this years Pleasant Surprise, which I've started doing some basic work on while finishing the Spartan. Will be dedicating the next few weeks to that, then back to the EC's.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 21-07-2015)
Post by: stretch_135 on September 16, 2015, 07:56:57 AM
From George, this year's pleasant surprise:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Skaven/IMG_1454web.jpg) (http://s324.photobucket.com/user/stretch_135/media/Skaven/IMG_1454web.jpg.html)

Thanks again :)

Still madly working away on my one, gradually getting closer to finished. Might post up some pictures of the Spartan if I have time later.

Painting Log 2015 (September 16th)
Carry over
+122 (rounded up from 121.5)

Incoming
1 Space Marine Terminator Librarian +2
2 Apothecaries +2
Steam Tank +5
Eidolon +2
15 Mk IV Assault Marines +15
1 Skaven Warp-grinder team +2

Outgoing
1 Mk IV Legion Captain -2
2 LOTR Mordor Trolls -10
Spartan Assault Tank -15
43 Moria Goblins -43

Total +80
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 08-10-2015)
Post by: stretch_135 on October 07, 2015, 09:04:50 PM
Working away on the surprise still - starting to come together pretty nicely now. From my last project - My EC's Spartan:

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1451web.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1450web.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1449web.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1447web.jpg)

I also picked up a couple of older Empire models, so the list is *sill* going in the wrong direction - need to get cracking before Fallout comes out and I bury all my time there haha.

Painting Log 2015 (September 16th)
Carry over
+122 (rounded up from 121.5)

Incoming
1 Space Marine Terminator Librarian +2
2 Apothecaries +2
Steam Tank +5
Eidolon +2
15 Mk IV Assault Marines +15
1 Skaven Warp-grinder team +2
5th ed. Ludwig Schwartzhelm +4
6th ed. Griffon rider +2

Outgoing
1 Mk IV Legion Captain -2
2 LOTR Mordor Trolls -10
Spartan Assault Tank -15
43 Moria Goblins -43

Total +86
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 08-10-2015)
Post by: The Architect on October 11, 2015, 02:57:17 AM
Spartan looks great.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 08-10-2015)
Post by: stretch_135 on October 11, 2015, 11:32:06 PM
Thanks mate :)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 08-10-2015)
Post by: Zak on October 12, 2015, 02:25:58 AM
very nice paint job dude
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 08-10-2015)
Post by: stretch_135 on October 12, 2015, 08:44:04 PM
Thanks Zak...took a while, but definitely worth it in the end.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 08-10-2015)
Post by: stretch_135 on January 15, 2016, 05:08:50 AM
New year, new goals...finished off the Pleasant Surprise for 2015 (probably will sit out 2016s iteration due to my inability to hit a deadline) and started working on more ECs. Want to get Palatine Blades, Phoenix Terminators and some characters done this year. Currently building Palatine Blades and painting a Master of Signal, which is a cool little model.

Same as last year, carry over penalty is worth 1.5 - so I'm slightly behind where I was to start last year. Methinks less Witcher and Fallout distractions this time around...

Painting Log 2016 (January 15th)
Carry over
+129

Incoming
0

Outgoing
2015 Pleasant Surprise -5

Total +124

Pleasant Surprise counts this year as it was a model(s) from my backlog rather than something purchased for the PS challenge. More updates as I get purple on things!
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 07-02-2016)
Post by: stretch_135 on February 07, 2016, 12:40:54 AM
Finished off my Master of Signal for my ECs yesterday

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1627web.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1628web.jpg) (http://s324.photobucket.com/user/stretch_135/media/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1628web.jpg.html)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1629web.jpg) (http://s324.photobucket.com/user/stretch_135/media/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1629web.jpg.html)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1630web.jpg) (http://s324.photobucket.com/user/stretch_135/media/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1630web.jpg.html)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1631web.jpg) (http://s324.photobucket.com/user/stretch_135/media/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1631web.jpg.html)

Pretty happy with how he came out, though I struggled a bit getting the white correct - the gold on the shoulder pad symbol wasn't the best either. Wondering if that's due to the technique not translating down to the smaller symbol (I used the same techniques as the symbols on the Spartan). Will have to experiment a bit on the next one.

I picked up some of the now OOP FW Mk IV Marines to round out a tac squad for the ECs so I didn't get left with a bunch of unusable parts. Now I just need to get them painted...

Painting Log 2016 (February 7th)
Carry over
+129

Incoming
15 Mk IV Space Marines +15

Outgoing
2015 Pleasant Surprise -5
1 Legion Master of Signal -2

Total +137

Next on the agenda is going to be a couple of weeks of assembly and finishing off bits I have lying around (looking at you Skaven shields) before I head overseas for a couple of weeks - don't really want to start anything and leave it half done for a while (lol). More updates as they come
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 07-02-2016)
Post by: Shadespyre on February 07, 2016, 01:18:33 AM
Is that the old metal model, or did they make a new version as part of the WH30k range? I don't have mine to hand to compare! Either way, nice to see someone else doing some space marines.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 07-02-2016)
Post by: stretch_135 on February 07, 2016, 08:49:13 AM
The MoS? He's on of FW's 30K range, what does the old metal one look like? I don't think I've ever seen one, but would be keen to check yours out :)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 27-03-2016)
Post by: stretch_135 on March 26, 2016, 10:25:47 PM
Quick update, more for housekeeping than anything else - sold off a few more older models that were never going to get done.

Painting Log 2016 (March 23rd)
Carry over
+129

Incoming
15 Mk IV Space Marines +15

Outgoing
2015 Pleasant Surprise -5
1 Legion Master of Signal -2
1 Witch King on Fell Beast -10
1 Ring Wraith on Fell Beast -10

Total +117

Been back for a couple of weeks now and working on ten Palatine Blades for the ECs - initial detailing is done and now working on the purple.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 27-03-2016)
Post by: stretch_135 on April 25, 2016, 10:56:48 PM
More housekeeping - picked up Betrayal at Calth and the anniversary marine over the weekend. Currently alternating between painting Palatines and building Phoenix Guard

Painting Log 2016 (April 26th)
Carry over
+129

Incoming
15 Mk IV Space Marines +15
30 Mk IV Space Marines +30
5 Catapharacti Terminators +5
Contemptor Dreadnaught +5
Chaplain in Power Armour +2
Praetor in Cataphracti Terminator Armour +2
30th Anniversary Space Marine +2

Outgoing
2015 Pleasant Surprise -5
1 Legion Master of Signal -2
1 Witch King on Fell Beast -10
1 Ring Wraith on Fell Beast -10

Total +163

The anniversary marine will eventually become a Vigilator for my ECs and the whole BaC set will also be ECs - probably another tactical squad and a heavy weapons squad. Might skip the tac squad and do support squads or something, haven't made up my mind yet.

Also played my first game of 30K over the weekend against a mates Dark Angels army at 2500 points. I learnt one very important lesson: running your troops on foot into the teeth of an enemy gunline will not work, no matter how cute you try to play it. Next time around, I'm thinking a Maru Skara list and outflanking terminators and Palatine Blades while anchoring with tac squads - just means building and painting quicker!
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 26-04-2016)
Post by: stretch_135 on June 09, 2016, 03:41:25 AM
More housekeeping....picked up some Seekers to go into a Daemon allied detachment for my ECs (not technically allowed by the rules at the moment, but our gaming group is pretty loose). Palatines are nearly complete, just swords and final details to complete. Next on the agenda will be a 20 man tac-blob

Painting Log 2016 (June 9th)
Carry over
+129

Incoming
15 Mk IV Space Marines +15
30 Mk IV Space Marines +30
5 Catapharacti Terminators +5
Contemptor Dreadnaught +5
Chaplain in Power Armour +2
Praetor in Cataphracti Terminator Armour +2
30th Anniversary Space Marine +2
15 Seekers of Slaanesh +30

Outgoing
2015 Pleasant Surprise -5
1 Legion Master of Signal -2
1 Witch King on Fell Beast -10
1 Ring Wraith on Fell Beast -10

Total +193

Next update should have pictures!
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 26-04-2016)
Post by: stretch_135 on July 20, 2016, 12:29:29 AM
Long time between updates - good news is that the Palatine Blades are now finished (done a week or two ago).

First five with the Prefector with power sword in the middle

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/IMG_1741web.jpg)

Second five

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/IMG_1742web.jpg)

Prefector

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/IMG_1746web.jpg)

He's doing a superhero landing! (or shoulder charging through a group of loyalists)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/IMG_1745web.jpg)


White hair is common amongst ECs

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/IMG_1744web.jpg)

I've now rolled into building a lot - finished building a unit of Phoenix Guard, the Limited Edition Praetor that was available at GWs the other week and started building a Heavy Support squad with Lascannons for dealing with pesky things like Land Raiders. A mate and I are playing a short campaign at the moment and his armour is causing all sorts of havoc, so hoping that will help.

Painting Log 2016 (July 20th)
Carry over
+129

Incoming
15 Mk IV Space Marines +15
30 Mk IV Space Marines +30
5 Catapharacti Terminators +5
Contemptor Dreadnaught +5
Chaplain in Power Armour +2
Praetor in Cataphracti Terminator Armour +2
30th Anniversary Space Marine +2
15 Seekers of Slaanesh +30
Ltd Ed FW Praetor in Terminator Armour +2

Outgoing
2015 Pleasant Surprise -5
1 Legion Master of Signal -2
1 Witch King on Fell Beast -10
1 Ring Wraith on Fell Beast -10
10 Palatine Blades with Jump Packs -10

Total +185

The plan for now is to focus on painting ten man power armour squads - so the Lascannons are next, then probably a Kakaphoni, a Volkite Charger Support Squad and a Plasma Gun Support Squad. I might throw a character or two in there to break things up as well - hopefully there's less time between updates as well (famous last words)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 20-07-2016)
Post by: Doc J on July 20, 2016, 03:19:21 AM
They look outstanding, I like how every color is separate and distinct.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 20-07-2016)
Post by: stretch_135 on July 20, 2016, 09:50:51 PM
They look outstanding, I like how every color is separate and distinct.

Thanks :) I've kept them quite clean as befitting ECs...can't have our armour getting dirty in battle!
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 20-07-2016)
Post by: Xathrodox86 on July 21, 2016, 08:17:38 AM
Incredible work. Those EC's are truly worthy of Fulgrim's hair. :smile2:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 20-07-2016)
Post by: stretch_135 on July 21, 2016, 10:21:06 PM
Incredible work. Those EC's are truly worthy of Fulgrim's hair. :smile2:

Thanks :) Fulgrim's hair (and the rest of him) is on the list to be done at some point, but plenty to do before that.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 20-07-2016)
Post by: stretch_135 on November 29, 2016, 11:40:44 PM
Long time between updates. In between a heavy workout schedule (did my fourth Tough Mudder endurance event a week ago) I've been building various models for use in 30K (Knight and Sicaran chief amongst them). Also got my first fantasy game in about two years in as well which was good fun - fought out a very bloody draw between my Skaven and my brothers Goblins. Currently on my workstation is the Lascannon Heavy Support Squad (need to do one more layer of purple then onto the white), as well as 20 Seekers of Slaanesh which are being built as part of an allied force for my ECs - forgot how much easier plastic is to work with in preference to resin. Planning on a mass build of Daemons while still painting PA armoured ECs.

Painting Log 2016 (November 30th)
Carry over
+129

Incoming
15 Mk IV Space Marines +15
30 Mk IV Space Marines +30
5 Catapharacti Terminators +5
Contemptor Dreadnaught +5
Chaplain in Power Armour +2
Praetor in Cataphracti Terminator Armour +2
30th Anniversary Space Marine +2
15 Seekers of Slaanesh +30
Ltd Ed FW Praetor in Terminator Armour +2
Knight Paladin +20
Sicaran Battle Tank +12
40 Daemonettes +40

Outgoing
2015 Pleasant Surprise -5
1 Legion Master of Signal -2
1 Witch King on Fell Beast -10
1 Ring Wraith on Fell Beast -10
10 Palatine Blades with Jump Packs -10

Total +257

Have a 4K Heresy game coming up this weekend, so plenty to get on with before then.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 30-11-2016)
Post by: Xathrodox86 on December 01, 2016, 08:16:02 AM
Good to see you back! Out of curiosity - can the 30K EC ally with Daemons? I thought only Word Bearers can do that at this moment.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 30-11-2016)
Post by: stretch_135 on December 01, 2016, 09:21:41 PM
Good to see you back! Out of curiosity - can the 30K EC ally with Daemons? I thought only Word Bearers can do that at this moment.

Thanks :) Officially the rules are only WBs can have ally Daemons at the moment....but we're calling rule of cool on this one. We're ignoring the WB only part of the rule, so one of my Consul upgrades for my list is a Diabolist, which then allows for Daemon allies, and I'm only taking Slaanesh Daemons. I'm sure FW will eventually allow all traitor-aligned armies to take Daemon allies but that's gotta be at least three or four books away at the moment.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 30-11-2016)
Post by: Xathrodox86 on December 02, 2016, 10:54:29 AM
Cool stuff! Yeah, I reckon that during the siege of Terra, almost all of the traitors could summon the Neverborn. Good on you for creativity. :smile2:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 30-11-2016)
Post by: stretch_135 on January 12, 2017, 12:13:07 AM
New Year, new goals!

So 2016 goes down in infamy as a year in which basically NOTHING was painted. Poor form. <best politician voice> I promise that 2017 will be a different year, a better year </politician voice>

In seriousness, this year I'm planning to focus more heavily on getting brush to model. The Lascannon unit is coming along at the moment (doing metal details, then the lascannons, then the gold details). After that, the plan is my two Sicarans and then probably more infrantry as I'm starting to get a good system down for ECs. The carry over penalty is going to hurt though - same as last year, it's 1.5x the remaining points:

Painting Log 2017 (January 12th)
Carry over
+386

Incoming
Sicaran Venator +12

Outgoing
Wood Elf Lord -2
Wood Elf Mage -2

Total +394

I sold off some Wood Elf characters that were never going to see a brush (loved the idea of a winter theme - just no time to paint them!). If anyone wants to buy a Dark Elf army also have one of them going!

More updates as they come.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 12/1/2017)
Post by: Rowsdower on January 12, 2017, 03:47:50 AM
Good to see someone else collect pre-heresy Emperors children
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 12/1/2017)
Post by: stretch_135 on January 12, 2017, 04:16:17 AM
Good to see someone else collect pre-heresy Emperors children

How are yours going? Any links :)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 20/3/2017)
Post by: stretch_135 on March 19, 2017, 10:28:27 PM
Late update....finished off the Lascannon squad (photos haven't uploaded yet unfortunately) - learnt a very nasty lesson about bending resin cables into place: you should always do this prior to painting and not keep the models in sub-assemblies. Bending them into place without damaging the existing paint is a PITA. Looks good when done though.

Painting Log 2017 (March 20th)
Carry over
+386

Incoming
Sicaran Venator +12
5 Palatine Blades +5
5 MKIV Assault Marines +5
5 MKII Heavy Support Marines +5

Outgoing
Wood Elf Lord -2
Wood Elf Mage -2
10-man MKIV Heavy Support Squad with Lascannons -10

Total +399

Picked up some Palatine blades so I can model them up with Phoenix spears and really ruin people's days. At the moment I'm building a MKII tactical squad and painting a Legion Champion with jump pack - doing some basic metal work, then onto the purple. After he's done I'll either paint the tac squad or both Sicarans - finishing him will almost equal my entire output for last year!
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 20/3/2017)
Post by: RE.Lee on March 20, 2017, 07:34:09 AM
Nice blog, I've enjoyed all the projects shared. The Skaven "Two Towers" are most impressive!  :eusa_clap:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 20/3/2017)
Post by: stretch_135 on March 20, 2017, 10:09:43 PM
Nice blog, I've enjoyed all the projects shared. The Skaven "Two Towers" are most impressive!  :eusa_clap:

Thank you :) I'm pretty proud of how they came out, now I have to paint the rest of the army to that standard! 30K is taking priority for me at the moment though.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 20/3/2017)
Post by: stretch_135 on April 10, 2017, 03:10:23 AM
Yay, 1000 posts - fitting that it should be in my blog noting that I haven't finished anything new  :engel: On the plus side, the Legion Champion is progressing nicely - the purple and white are both done, currently working on some platinum detailing on the shoulder guard before moving onto all the gold detailing....which could take a while (seriously, it's a lot of gold).

I'm also still building the MKII Tac Squad - currently cleaning the arms up at the moment. Will attach them next, followed by adding texture to the bases and they'll be ready for undercoating.

Plan still remains that the next models up will be the two Sicarans - I'm hoping they should be straight forward as I have the recipe down from the Spartan and I'll following a pretty similar style.

And some late photos of the Lascannon squad - first up is an in progress shot, I think just prior to final assembly

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1903.jpg)

And a completed shot with the painted cables in place (terrible lighting however)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1922.jpg)

Thanks for looking :)
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 10/4/2017)
Post by: Xathrodox86 on April 10, 2017, 08:08:00 AM
Fabulous photos of a fabulous legion. Awesome! :::cheers:::
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 10/4/2017)
Post by: stretch_135 on April 10, 2017, 09:42:19 PM
Fabulous photos of a fabulous legion. Awesome! :::cheers:::

Thanks :) I'm hoping that rules for "Fabulous" Bile get released one of these days...
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 10/4/2017)
Post by: Xathrodox86 on April 11, 2017, 08:20:34 AM
Fabulous photos of a fabulous legion. Awesome! :::cheers:::

Thanks :) I'm hoping that rules for "Fabulous" Bile get released one of these days...

I'd like to see 30K Lucius' model. Compare it to the 40K one.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 10/4/2017)
Post by: stretch_135 on April 11, 2017, 09:50:40 PM
Fabulous photos of a fabulous legion. Awesome! :::cheers:::

Thanks :) I'm hoping that rules for "Fabulous" Bile get released one of these days...

I'd like to see 30K Lucius' model. Compare it to the 40K one.

Considering the age of the 40K one I think a FW one will hit it out of the park! I think it's the lash on the 40K one that bugs me, something about it doesn't sit right.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 10/4/2017)
Post by: Xathrodox86 on April 12, 2017, 11:58:24 AM
For me 40K Lucy is way too static. Also his face looks goofy.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 04/05/2017)
Post by: stretch_135 on May 04, 2017, 03:49:16 AM
New update - finished off my Legion Champion with Jump Pack and power weapon

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1957web.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1958web.jpg)

(http://i324.photobucket.com/albums/k323/stretch_135/Space%20Marine%20Pics/IMG_1959web.jpg)

Nice to smash out a small model for a quick accomplishment :)

Painting Log 2017 (May 4th)
Carry over
+386

Incoming
Sicaran Venator +12
5 Palatine Blades +5
5 MKIV Assault Marines +5
5 MKII Heavy Support Marines +5

Outgoing
Wood Elf Lord -2
Wood Elf Mage -2
10-man MKIV Heavy Support Squad with Lascannons -10
Legion Champion with jump pack -2

Total +397

So, still ticking in the vaguely correct direction. Since my last update I've finished prepping both Sicarans and put them to one side for now - I found a good guide for painting plasma coils so wanted to do them while it was still fresh. So currently I'm working on a ten-man squad, with the plan to do Fulgrim following them as my mates want to start getting Primarchs on the table.
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 04/05/2017)
Post by: Xathrodox86 on May 05, 2017, 10:22:00 AM
Very nicely looking mini. EC with white hair look just right. :smile2:
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 04/05/2017)
Post by: stretch_135 on May 07, 2017, 10:33:18 PM
Very nicely looking mini. EC with white hair look just right. :smile2:

Thanks :) Hopefully I can get the same effect on Fulgrim haha...
Title: Re: stretch_135 Blog (Pic Heavy) (Updated 04/05/2017)
Post by: Xathrodox86 on May 11, 2017, 08:54:38 AM
Very nicely looking mini. EC with white hair look just right. :smile2:

Thanks :) Hopefully I can get the same effect on Fulgrim haha...

Can't wait for your rendition of the Phoenician.