Sunday, 5 February 2017

The 'Home' Theme Round is Now Up for Viewing!

 Hello Everyone!

The 'Home' round is ready to be viewed over on the Theme page. This was another great showing of imaginative talent by our Challenge participants. There are both funny and poignant interpretations of the theme which I think you will all enjoy. My thanks to all those who participated.

For myself, I decided to combine this weeks submission with one of my thank you gifts to this year's Minions. This one is for DaveB in recognition of all his work as our Thursday Minion. You can read more in my entry in the gallery, but I want to take this time to thank Dave again for all his help this year. My hat's off to you Darth Brom!

As a final note, please remember to take the time to vote for your favourite entries for 'Home'.

Enjoy the gallery!

Imperial Stormtroopers(45 points)

Yup, I caught a bug. I've been under the weather for the past few days. I did make it down to the mancave today and tried to finish a few things including "Home", but I missed the deadline.
I did complete these nine stormtroopers from Fantasy Flight Games "Imperial Assault"

They beagan with a black undercoat followed by successive grey layers till completed with a white final highlight. Black-coalblack-medium grey-french blue- eggshell blue- and then white.
To seperate the troopers into fire teams, I painted some stripes onto the shoulders of two fire teams.
One got red racing stripes and the other got blue to represent the 501st"Vader's Own". I did paint stripes on the helmets too, but they did not look quite right s I had to redo the layers and "erased" the markings.

I will add to them at some point as you can never have enough troopers. Thankfully a heavy stromtrooper and an Imperial Agent exist to spice up the pose variety and add more functionality to them. There will be further additions to the 501!
Just a small appetizer of nine troopers for now.

Indeed, you can never have enough Imperial Stormtroopers, especially when those pesky rebels keep blowing up hundreds of thousands of them at a time on purely defensive space stations. Another 45 points and I hope that your bug clears up quickly.


From DavidB: Death Guard 40k (135 points)

This Is the fellow who started this little force. He was painted when I got back from my last deployment. A friend gave him to me and he seemed a good candidate for the infamous Death Guard and an opportunity to try painting tarnished metal and the "lighting-strike" power sword effect. I used a tourqoise over the armor then layered tinbitz then brazen brass with  small highlight of shining gold leaving the tinbitz and torqouise to show the filth and tarnish. He(being the force commander) was used as the starting point and color choice for the force. With GW technical paints adding Typhus Corrosion, Nihilakh Oxide, and Ryza Rust a lot of steps got removed. The oxide is a thick ink that coats, so the layered approach wasn't needed. It took a moment to figure that out though!

The force in entirety except for a few that are still in progress.

The helbrute came with the Dark Vengence box game and is an impressive model. He is packed with detail. I like that you can pick out various details on this one model to represent any or all of the 40k dark powers.

I used the "blood for the Blood God" to shine up the mouths that are sprouting all over him.

He was supposed to be in  the Armor round, but I kept getting sidetracked by the detail.

Since he is turning into a demonic beast, I coated the cables in blood for the blood god and used Nurgle rot to tranisiton from machine to flesh and bone. Plus it is a death guard machine and Nurgle rot kinda fits

The Chosen Marines are also from the boxed game and like the helbrute, they are packed with detail and can be readily painted to match any chaos power or all of them. This lightng claw equiped marine has Shoulder plates that seem pitted with rot.

The marine to the left has plaguebearer demons erupting from his armor and his helmet horn seemed to also be a good fit for "Papa Nurgle" The Champion next to him has an Inquistor  Head mounted on his backpack.

The Chosen Marines are armed for bear with all of them having bolters/combi bolters and hand to hand weapons. To bring them up to the sacred number of seven, I put in an old champion with a power fist.

Squad one has a mixture of second edition metal hybrids and a plasma gunner. The Champion has a plague sword. All the plague knives were given a coat of nurgle rot and the cables were given the blood god coating. I also coated the sores and wounds the technical paint as well.

This squad had all of it's models undercated white so I used pale greens and browns then steaked the armor with the Typhus Corrosion ink.

The bases wee coate with martian ironearth which cracks like dry soil then flocked.

A second edition Icon bearer and two plastic marines from a very old set...that set used to be really neat, but they are poor compared to the newer stuff.

The plastic marine to the left of the Icon bearer was the test model for all the ones painted with the newer technical paints including the basing.
I will add the icon bearer to one of the squads, but tthe two plastic marines will be used to lead the chaos cultist squads.

A couple of my favorite older deatrhguard marines.

The second squad has a champion with a plasma pistol and a melta gunner. They were undercoated black and I went from darker greens and browns till they were also hit hit the technical paints. They still look similar to the 1st squad, but have enough of a difference to tell them apart.

This force was actually used as a "tinboy"(unpainted) force in December. A three way 40k game for the fisrst dice rolling session in the new house. They are also the first time I played a chaos force.

I have another hero, a war machine and a couple of cultist squads still on the table being worked on.
hopefully they will be up shortly, but I'm still under the weather and have to perform military duty later in the week.
Still three squads of seven, a dread, and three extra marines make a pretty good force!

Nice work David! I'm going to count the Hellbrute as a vehicle (it only seems fair after scoring Miles' purple worm and tortoise dragon as vehicles),  so 135 points for you. Unless the Snowlord decides I've been over-generous of course...


From MilesR: Ode to Armor (105 Points)

 After a grueling week of high level strategic like business sessions, it was good to get back to the painting workbench in wintery Maryland.  I've pulled together a little impromptu armor expose for you.

First up are two WW2 tank Destroyers - a US M-18 Hellcat and a German Jagdpanther.  Both models are 28mm resin kits from Trenchworx and the are simply superb - just a joy to assemble and paint up.

 The M-18 Hellcat is one of my favorite US WW2 vehicles.  It was a very fast (50 mph) but lightly armored tank destroyer that mounted a high velocity 76mm gun.  First deployed in Italy over 2,500 vehicles saw service against the Germans.

 The Jagdpanther was a monster of a tank destroyer. It mounted a 8.8cm anti-tank gun on a Panther chassis - so had mobility, hitting piers and relatively good armor.  415 vehicles were produced during the war.  It dwarfs the M-18 (the grid in 1cm squares).

 Next up is a modern take on armor with a Soviet bloc BTR-80A that I purchased from Age of Glory Miniatures.

It's a good basic IFV for the African and middle eastern theaters.

 Lets move on to some Fantasy armor in the form of a Dragon Tortoise and Purple Worm from the Reaper Bones line.  As I've indicated earlier, the Bone s material really does work well for larger figures like these which were fun to put together and paint up.  I'll likely add some more highlighters to the Dragon-Tortoise before the Challenge is over.

You may ask "Why a Dragon Tortoise?" I say "why not?"!

The business end of the worm - I bet that will leave a mark.
 Lastly, some 28mm armored skeletons from the Northstar Miniatures Frostgrave line.  I did two up in red just for fun.

lastly, a group shot of todays work.  I've been away from the paint desk fro a week, so I'm a bit rusty.  Hopefully my productivity will increase once I get back from the UK next weekend.

Tamsin: I'll go with you judgement on points but there are 3 28mm vehicles (45points), 6 28mm figures (30 points).  The worm is essentially a vehicle (15) but the Dragon-Tortoise is ???.   I'll trust you to decide what it's worth.  All were fun to paint and that's what matters.

I can't imagine the horrific and grueling nature of those ten hours of business meetings over six days in the Turks. You poor thing - you must have been bled dry. What kind of boss would inflict such tortures?

I'm glad to see that you managed to get some work done while you were away from base. For the scoring, as worms have been scored as vehicles in the past and the dragon tortoise is a similar size I'll score that as a vehicle as well, which will give you 105 points for this entry.