28 September 2009

Inquisitor (Part 2)

Well I'm still waiting on the bits to finish my chimera's but while digging around the celler I did find the book that belongs to my Inquisitor so I was able to get him finished up. Below are the pics...

I have the loved the idea of an Inquisitor in blue armour ever since I saw the original artwork for Hand. In fact I kick myself quite often for getting rid of him years ago, why oh why oh why... Anyways, I guess this makes up for it a little bit... I used the picture of Hand in the "Inquis Exterminatus" book as a reference to try to paint the face.

Seeing that this Inquisitor is going to be part of the Ordo Xenos I tried painting a Tyranid inside the book. I'm not the best at free hand but I think it look ok. At least I think it "looks" like some sort of creature, which was the point of course. Now he'll get put on the shelf to collect dust until I get around to finishing up the DW Kill team that will go along with him.

22 September 2009

Visitors and info

Well as of yesterday I have enough visitors to fill the stadium.

First off I'd like to say thanks for all the visitors, 313th just went over 20k visitors and the number is still growing. My biggest thanks has to go out to Ron over at From the Warp, in the time that I've been part of the FTW blogger group I have seen my traffic quadruple, I have made contacts throughout the 40k community, and have even had the pleasure of meeting a couple of fellow 40k bloggers. So thanks Ron for coming up with the Blogger Group. Now what I don't know is if anything I put up is really useful...

Which brings me to the next point. Some of you may have also noticed I changed the layout of the blog a little bit. I added a Followers widget and a recent comments area, additionally I removed my old links area and made a few of them into images lower down. I think or hope, that by allowing followers it'll give me, the blogger, that push to actually update the blog more often, and hopefully connect with a few more of you. On that note I hope to get a few more posts lined up to present my views on modeling, and blogging. (yup, FtW has given me a few ideas lately that I'd like to write about.)

see ya'll next time.

++and as I posted this another thanks to "The Engineer" for being my first follower.++

19 September 2009

Vergnitz IV pattern Chimera’s (part 4)

**** Sorry about the earlier unfinished post, the problem has been fixed...

Well here's the latest on my Chimera's. I knocked up a turret for the 3rd Chimera this morning, and added Hvy Bolters to each of the turrets as well. Although I screwed up part of it, it still came out looking OK I just had to add a plate of the greenstuff and call it "battle damage". I also added some "L" shaped plastruct to the front and rear, and the headlights and headlight guards.

You can see in the above pic that I added the wheel cover thingy's on the side like most GW tanks. I really don't know the technical term for them, but thingy's works for me. I'm hoping that after the rivets are added they'll look better because I'm not overly impressed with them as it is. Below I cut an Aquila in half and added half to each side of the door.

And a new shot of all three together.

Tonight I'll sit down and make a ton of rivets and over the next few days I'll glue them all in place. After that these guys will be back on hold for a few weeks as the bits I need still haven't arrived. It's not that bad though as I found the missing book from my Inquisitor so at least I'll have a few things to do.

18 September 2009

Marshal Argos (Part 3)

Here he is finished... There's not much I can say about him other than the fact that I really like the way he came out. The more I look at him the more he reminds me of a Napoleonic era General. I'll try to get some close ups done here soon if anyone is interested. Now I just have to get on and finish his bodyguards...

Oh, and seeing that yesterday was the birthday, my wife got me this....

I think she got tired of me leaving models all over our office and house.

16 September 2009

Vergnitz IV pattern Chimera's (part 3)

..... 1 Year Later....

Well it's been a whole year since I touched these guys and I finally decided to pull them out and get'em finished. As you can see from the pics no two actually look the same, just one of the many items on my list to correct. The one in the middle is probably the closest to being finished, as it was also the first of the 3 to be built.

The paint job on them was done in one night about 10 months ago because I wanted to use them in a game and I refuse to use unpainted models so... They'll have to be touched up as well. None of the doors or hatches have finished hinges, and the sides look horrible.

Ah yes... Here's the sides I was referring to. There's almost no detail on the sides and that's something I would like to fix over the next week or so. Additionally the chimera on the right has a different turret than the rest. Yes this will also be rectified, I think, I haven't decided on that point yet.

So in the end I have my work cut out for me. I'm currently waiting on bits I ordered, and some items from "Old Crow Models" as I want to be able to use one of these as a Manticore as well. That's going to mean creating a removable back plate to cover up the rear cargo points... We'll see how this all works out....

06 September 2009


Well here's the finished Psyker or Astropath. For the time being he is tasked out to the Imperial Guard as I search for the missing parts of my Inquisitor and his warband. I don't think think he is exactly great but he meets the table top standard and that is the most important part of painting for me.

Ok, so maybe TT standards isn't exactly the most important, but I believe that if a mini hits the table it needs to be painted. Hence the reason it's taken my 4 years to build up my current IG army, and the 1k or so points of unfinished models waiting to be painted. Heck, I've had my Black Templars army since the '98 and still have models that haven't been used because I don't feel the paint job on them meets "MY" table top standard.

Next up: I finished Marshal Argos*

* that means sometime in the next 7 days I'll post the pics...

03 September 2009

Unfinished Projects

So I sit here thinking what shall I work on next, and as I look around my desk, it dawns on me that I have a crap ton of unfinished projects. That said I decided to dig deeper and looked in the box's under my desk and in my carry bag to see what else I have to finish. Here's a list of what I found:

3 Vergnitz IV Pattern Chimeras: 1 is 80% finished while the other 2 are sitting around 60%, I'm thinking of making one so that it could double as a Manticore.

DH Inquisitor and Retinue... Oh I'd guess the whole group is about 70% done.

Marshal Straun and Bodyguard: about 90% finished. With the new IG codex this guy will take the place of Creed.

2 Storm Trooper Squads: Oh, they just need to based and have the unit marking painted on but it's still an eye sore when I look at them.

Projects that are still under 30% completed:

2 Squads of IG

1 IG Veteran squad

Commissar Gaunt model

The new IG advisors.