Posts Tagged "Astartes"

Some progress on Venator Faisal, my first Hunter of Sirius:

Basecoat all over, a quick Badab Black wash and some highlights everywhere except the left arm which is basecoated only.

The P3 paints are proving a little awkward to work with, or perhaps just different to my usual GW/Vallejo paints. They go on smoothly, consistently and with reasonable, if not great, coverage, all perfectly acceptable until at some magic instant the dreaded chalkiness appears mid stroke.

I’m thinning the paints with my usual retarder/flow aid/acrylic medium mix and it works fine fresh from the pallette but I have to work very quickly and wash the brush out much more often compared to other paint brands to avoid chalkiness. As you can probably see from the mini that’s making Faisal here look a little low rent and making highlighting my usual way (lots and lots of slightly lighter layers covering progressively smaller areas) a little tricky to pull off with consistency.

Still, I like the colour scheme, the grey-green and bone works nicely and the leather is OK, a little rich maybe, I’ll try to leach a little life from it with some washing and shading I think. Altogether I think it’s quite a suitable scheme for the Astartes.

But the real question is what colour the sword should be, I like the red pistol, I’m keeping that but I based the front of the sword purple on a whim and I’m not so sure it works. I had planned to try out the old ‘lightning’ effect on the purple to indicate the power-swordiness of it but the alternative might be a deeper, richer and glossier purple to try and achieve a crystalline effect.

Some progress on the Exorcist:

Just the details left, plasma coils, a final highlight for the jump pack and the details on there (purity seals etc.) also need doing. The servo-skull also needs a highlight or two.

OK, so it won’t win a Golden Daemon, even here in Australia,  but I think it’ll end up a few steps above table top and I’ve learnt from painting it so I’ll finish it, take some decent photos and move on…

To this guy:

Not much to see, a couple of licks of Privateer P3 Bastion Grey and a slathering of Badab Black wash and that’s it so far. Doesn’t seem anywhere near as brown as the hex code I found for P3 Bastion Grey does on the Space Marine Painter image in the previous blog…

I am, justifiably, well known on the B&C for a complete inability to complete a painting/modelling project. And so it proves once more, I can’t face the red/black of the Exorcists, I like the scheme, I’ve almost finished the first model but I’ve no real stomach for more.

I’ve also tried the Marines Malevolent but yellow/black is no better than red/black. So the search begins for a good looking, simple to paint scheme for Space Marines. At the same time I don’t want to do anything too common and I’d like to link it to Armageddon of course.

Which brings me to the Hunters of Sirius. I’ve decided to break from my own traditions of only painting official GW Chapters and to try and create a Chapter of my own from scratch. Here’s the first draft of the colour scheme, an assault Marine ‘cos that’s what I’ve got undercoated and ready to go.

Sirius is the brightest star in the sky and in mythology was the canine companion of the hunter Orion. On top of all that it’s a nice word to say out loud. Give it a go, it’s wonderfully sibilant and lends itself to drawn out, whispered utterings.

For the story behind the Chapter I’m thinking that the following will characterise the Chapter:

  • The Chapter are renowned Ork hunters, they specialise in eradicating Ork infestations from Imperial worlds
  • Given eradication takes years, decades or even centuries the Chapter essentially sets up home on the planet its cleansing (recruiting, armour/weapons/ammo production etc.) and moves on when a planet is cleansed
  • The Chapter always, no exceptions, deploys 100% of its strength to a planet for cleansing
  • The Chapter is fresh from the Scouring of Wyngarden, a 30 year long struggle to cleanse Orks from a swamp planet, it’s strength is approximately 700 and rising as it recovers from the carnage of the recent cleansing, always the hardest
  • The Astartes of the Hunters of Sirius swear to cleanse a planet or die, the Chapter command realises that in the case of Armageddon it is a case of ‘them or us’ such as they’ve never faced before especially as they have yet to receive recruiting permission from Armageddon Command

Look for the first WIP pics of the first Hunter soon…

Supply Drop!



Another day, another post, I think I might finally be getting the hang of this blogging business!

Nothing major today, I ducked into town on an extended lunch break today to grab some supplies, you can see today’s goodies below together with an up to the minute pic of JO-D:

On the left is one of the P3 pseudo-sable synthetic brushes that’ve been around for awhile that I’ve had an itch to try out. I’ve used synthetic brushes forever and a day, Taklon is a good friend of mine, but Brother Argos swears by W&N’s 7 series brushes and on his urging I picked one up ages ago and never really got around to trying it out until this week. Long story short, despite the near mythical status of the 7 series I didn’t enjoy the transition from Taklon to sable at all and I’m hoping the P3 brush will help ease me across the border in the coming months. We’ll see…

Top right is JO-D, fully assembled and with some green stuff gap filling done. The join at the rear torso is abominable, there’s a difference of 2 or 3mm in thickness between the end of the fuselage and start of the tail assembly. As a result they look awfully mismatched and I’ve been trying to minimise the difference with some GS bodging.

In the end JO-D’s maintenance flaws may switch from cracks in the rudder to the loss of the entire tail unit as a result. It was an actual problem for early models of the Hawker Typhoon in WW2 actually, the whole tail section would come away under stress and occasionally even under normal loads due to structural issues and poor quality joins and glues so it’s not unbelievable poor maintenance could cause such issues here.

Below JO-D is some GF9 ‘concrete’ I picked up on a whim. The container has a nice mix of fine ‘dust’, slivers, chips, lumps, bricks and giant lumps of ‘concrete’. The broken areas have a nice texture too, though the intact bits are maybe  a tad smooth.

Finally we’ve got some Testors Dull Cote, I love this stuff but damn it’s hard to find sometimes! And alongside it are some P3 paints that I think might work well as the base colours for JO-D’s camouflage pattern. Is P3 the old Citadel paint line? Or is that Cote D’arms? Or someone else. Either way, it’s a nice grey-green and a muddy brown I’m looking forward to testing out…

And finally, I picked up the Series 7 this evening for one last try:

As usual I hate highlighting black and getting the back pack to stay on was a complete pain in the fundament. I also stuck the servo-skull back to the base so this guy is finished modelling-wise, now to knock over the painting details…

And I also picked up the new Black Library book ‘Emperor’s Mercy‘. I’m digging the new style of cover, the embossed silver title looks great. I’m intrigued by the ‘A Bastion Wars Novel’ tacked on the front too.

I’ll let you know if it’s any good soon…