Thursday, September 29, 2011

Down but not out!

Sorry for the lack of updates but the combination of several work related trips and my computer dying, have kept me out of contact for a couple of weeks.  If you have been following Red Corp's blog you will have seen that the vote tally came in for the create a character competition for his fan dex.  I have to say that when I saw the final results on the competition I was ecstatic that I got second place.  Thanks to all of you who voted for my entry and thanks to Jack for providing an incentive to get my creative juices going (so to speak). 

Unfortunately I haven't had much progress on my Red Scorpions Deathwing count-as.  I have only one squad painted so far.  As I said before, work has been pretty hectic lately, and my 11 year old now wants to start playing orks.  So as the Warhammer geek and dad that I am, I'm putting together a small ork army for him (500 - 750 pts).  I may post some pictures of the 'ard boyz I've been working on later.  Hopefully I'll soon have more updates on the Red Scorpions' First Company. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Finally a painted model

After spending most of my hobby time putting the final touches on my entry for Red Corps special character competition I had some free time this weekend to put some paint on my first test model and continue painting the interior of the Land Raider Crusader.  The test model took me a little longer than I wanted, but I was deciding which colors to use as I was painting him. I'm hoping the next 25 will not take as much.

The base now only needs a couple of weeds or dying grass sprouting from the edges of the rock and I think I can call him complete.  One of the things I don't like about him is the Red Scorpions chapter symbol.  I just can't get the detail to look quite right.  Has anybody else had a similar problem?  What did you do to ensure your painting gave justice to the great detail on the FW shoulder pads?

Having said that, I had no problem getting the details on the left shoulder "Crux Terminatus".  I really liked how this turned out.  Well now that I have finished my test model, hopefully I'll be able to start cranking them out a little bit faster.  As always please let me know what you think,your critiques are highly welcomed.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Brother Aslan takes shape.

I can't believe it's been twelve days since my last update.  Real life has a way to get in the way of my plastic addiction.  Unfortunately there hasn't been much progress in the terminator modeling/painting side.   On the other hand I have finished modeling three terrain pieces for my cities of death table:  a bombed out factory, a leaking oil reserve tank, and a small ork bastion.  I'll probably post pictures later in the week. 

I have made some headway on Brother Aslan's background/fluff. As I said last update he's going to be my entry into Jack's FanDex special character competition (over at Red's Corps Red Scorpions Blog), and I want to come up with a suitable back-story to be included in the codex.  I have saved it as a pdf please take a look at it and let me know what you think.  Cleansing of Kaspion IX.  As always critiques are always welcome.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

More Terminators on their way

It has been over a week since my last update but real life has again got in the way of my plastic addiction.  I did manage to put together another Terminator Squad. 

This time it's my first Assault squad.  Unfortunately I suffer from OCD when it comes to  putting models together. I can't stand seeing a great paint job ruined by mold lines on the model.  I spend way too much time cleaning every last bit of flash and mold lines, even in areas that people will never get to see. So it takes forever to get a squad ready for paint.

I have also started on my Terminator apothecary conversion for the command squad.  I really liked the new Grey Knights terminator apothecary arm but it just didn't feel right.  My apothecary will be armed with lightning claws so if I had used the termie apothecary arm it wouldn't have had the right feel, plus it wouldn't be WYSIWYG. 

I started the conversion with a power armor apothecary plastic arm.  I cut off all the power armor parts and shaved the inside of the Narthecium/Reductor until it almost fit on the outside of the left lightning claw.  I then had to shave off a little bit from the lightning claw to make it a perfect fit.  Even though it still needs some green stuff work on the inside arm, to completely connect the power cable from the shoulder pad to the Narthecium/Reductor, I really like the final result.

Finally, most of my time has been spent either painting the inside of the command squad's Land Raider Crusader or working on Brother Aslan.

Brother Aslan is the Red Scorpions' Vexillarius Primus (Chapter Standard Bearer) and will also be my entry into Jack's FanDex special character competition (over at Red's Corps Red Scorpions Blog).  Let me know what you think.  As always critiques are always welcome.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

First Company taking shape

Here is a quick update, of what I have been up to lately.  The first two squads are almost complete.  They just need to be based with some sand and they'll be ready for priming.  Unlike most lists I've seen floating around the internet, I actually like the assault cannon on my ranged terminators.  Don't get me wrong I have plans to include two CML in my list but I just don't like the thunder hammer cyclone missile launcher spam that I'm seeing everyone use. 

As some of you might have noticed, these are a mix of regular terminators and AoBR terminators.  I have a total of 25 terminators in various stages of assembly on my desk with 10 of them being AoBR and the other 15 being regular or assault terminators.

I have also done some work on one of my 1st company dreadnoughts.  I just love the look of the regular Forgeworld dreadnought.  In my opinion, the FW dreadnought has so much more character than the standard plastic dreadnought without being too gaudy like certain chapter specific dreadnoughts.  Weapons have been magnetized so I can exchange them at will, also the helmet has not been glued yet so I can paint it separately from the sarcophagus.

Last but not least is my Belial count-as.  Definitely going for the thunder hammer / storm shield version to make him more survivable since he lacks an iron halo or eternal warrior.

I wanted to make him stand out from the standard metal space marine terminator captain so I added the pauldron to his left shoulder pad, and sealed the banner slot at the back of his armor with brown stuff.  I also shaved the skull from the storm shield and added Red Scorpion brass etching to it, added one more power cable from the storm shield, added some height to his boots with plasticard and raised him on a bigger salient rock just so he didn't seem that small when compared to the other terminators.  My real goal is to get Forgeworld's Lufgt Huron in terminator armor and use him as the base for a major conversion of my Red Scorpions First Company Captain.  Let me know what you think.  See you with an update in a couple of days.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

First Post for the First Company

This is my first attempt at a blog.  I've always had a soft spot for the Dark Angels, they were my first 40k army.  Actually I built an Angels of Absolution army that I still have and plan to update whenever the next Codex Dark Angels comes out.  But this time I wanted a Deathwing army, only I wanted to make it my own, something slightly different from the standard DW armies out there.  So I decided on an army that's been done many times over but I've never seen done like this: the Red Scorpions first company.  With their predilections of employing apothecaries in most of their squads, a terminator apothecary for the 1st company command squad seems like a perfect fit.  Here is the beginning of my new army and my new blog.  Hopefully you'll like the "Stingwing"