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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…

Supply Drop!

19.08.2009

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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…

Second Wave

15.06.2009

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Battle Brother Cantis chanted a warrior’s catechism as he leapt from the roof of the shattered warehouse. With a torrent of sound his jump pack ignited, thrusters straining to lift more than a ton of Astartes and armour. Propelled by the raw power of his jump pack the Marine became a blur of red across the sky before he landed amongst the Orks still chanting the catechism, chainsword swinging and the ancient plasma pistol entrusted to him belching sunfire at greenskins.

The orks, feral and ill-equipped even for their kind, answered his battle chants with their own guttural roars. Blows clattered on his armour, the crude blades of the howling mob turned aside at each stroke by blessed plate whilst Cantis’ every stroke shattered limbs, cracked skulls or took the life from an enemy. Almost as one the ferals broke and fled in the face of the Marine’s fury, Cantis lunged after them, his jump pack skittering him forward close to the ground, a torrent of debris thrown up in his wake. Two thruster augmented dashes were enough for him to catch up with the xenos and a handful of strokes and plasma blasts enough to finish the beasts off.

Cantis paused, shaking the blood from his chainsword blade, revving it in short bursts to free chunks of gristle from the saw teeth. The delicate systems of the plasma pistol cooled with metallic pops and hisses as he surveyed the shattered hive structures around him. He triggered his vox.

‘The Emperor’s Light will be a long time returning to this place Brothers.’

Muttered agreement came across the squad channel. The voice of Brother-Sergeant Arcolin cut across those of his squad.

‘Who better to bring the Emperor’s Light than we who have seen the darkness and returned from it to serve him once more?’

Cantis smiled grimly beneath his helm, Arcolin was right, there was no one better suited to such a task than the Battle Brothers of the Exorcists Chapter…

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So, the second wave of reinforcements have arrived. This wave will consist of a small force of Exorcist Marines, the first unit will be the 5 man Vanguard squad, simply because I like the models. The base for each has been simply altered to look more Imperial/Urban ruins, though with the mini below that was easier said than done, there were a lot of Eldar curves and smoothness to get rid of here. Each model will also be accompanied by a servo-skull. I figure the Exorcists, with their murky practices, would be subject to extra scrutiny and who (or what) better to provide that scrutiny than the unblinking eyes of the sacred dead?

Battle Brother Cantis of the Exorcists Chapter:

And the rear view:

I’m always a little worried about painting black so I’m not looking forward to the jump pack, but the best way to learn is to give it a go, right?

On the other hand I’m quite happy with the red, rather than my usual multi-multi-multi highlight layer approach I’ve tried to make this guy easier and quicker to paint by using lots of washes and glazes. So far it’s working out, I won’t win a Golden Daemon but I think the squad will look quite sharp when (if) I finish it.