Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dice for the dice gods

I'm back from the business trip I took last week and I have to say I'm really excited!  I took some models with me to paint during my free time, and even though I wasn't able to finish them (some details need to be finished) I did get a big jump on finishing my troops selection.  I have three almost fully detailed squads.  Two more and I'll have all the troops I'm planning to need for games up to 2000 points.

Still to finish are the highlights on the ranged weapons casings, metal features on the weapons, the black circle around the red scorpion icon, and painting the bases.  Also the Sgts need their faces painted.  I'll probably take my time on those since painting flesh has never been my forté.

Now to my great surprise when I got home right there on the front door waiting for me were my custom ordered dice.  These dice are not cheap but they are worth it in my opinion and tie the army theme together.  They are a very dark grey (just like my termie's armor) and include the "Red Scorpions" symbol on the 6 side.  Although the pips are not quite the same color hue as the symbol, I have to say I'm very pleased with how these came out.  

As always all constructive criticism is welcomed.  Any tips to make me better at modeling and painting are appreciated.

Monday, February 20, 2012

On the Fly!

Quick update from Dallas/Fort Worth.  I’m currently at the airport waiting for my next connection, and yes I know, work related traveling on a holiday is not much of a holiday.   I won’t be able to post any WIP picture updates for the next 10 days while I’m on this business trip so I’ll add a quick one now that I have some free time.  Last weekend I pulled an all nighter and finished the second landspeeder conversion to make sure they were ready for the local tournament.  I’m actually quite content on how these two came out.  I added some base coating to the new landspeeder and touched-up the first one to make them look identical.

Besides that, there has been not much progress on the rest of the army.  It has been a busy week at work and home which pretty much puts a hold on hobby related activities.  I managed to paint a base coat on the predator, which now is ready for highlights, shadowing and weathering.

Fortunately I was able to squeeze a couple of Terminator squads and some paint into my luggage so I’ll use my spare time to hopefully get them done.  If everything goes to plan I should have two more painted squads for the next update.

Friday, February 10, 2012

More work in progress pictures

When I originally built my Landspeeder Tempest conversion I had planned to include two of them on my army list.  While I was working with the plasticard conversion parts I measured and cut two sets in case I ever decided to build the second one.  I've recently acquired a second landspeeder and have now begun the process of converting it into my second Tempest conversion.  Unfortunately I only cut two sets of conversion plasticard parts so I won't be able to reproduce identical versions of these for my army.  There's still lots more work to do on these; plasticard, green stuff, Forgeworld "Red Sorpions" etched brass symbols, and adding some GW bits I cut and converted for the multi melta.  Let me know what you think.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I'm Baaaaaack!

Hello one more time from the land of the seriously sporadic posters!  For those of you that know me, you'll understand that military life is seldom predictable and sometimes you have to put life on hold for a bit.........  And although I've been back for a while I haven't had the time to update this blog, so again I apologize.  Of course I haven't been idle all this time I've finished putting together 25 terminators for the First company (pictures to come) and have started painting the second and third squad of terminators.  I've also painted the inside of their Land Raider Crusader and finished the conversion for the Dreadnought right arm TL Autocannons.  Having said that, most of my limited hobby time has been spent in modelling and conversions.  Here is a sampling of two conversions I made inspired by some great "Forgeworld" kits.

The first one is my version of a Pre-Heresy Predator Destructor Mk-III.  After seeing Forgeworld's awesome pre-heresy kits for both the "Predator" and the "Rhino", I decided to take a stab at converting my own pre-heresy predator.  I didn't like very much the original Mk-I Predator (although FW's version looks really good) so I decided to convert my own Mk-III Predator Destructor inspired on both the original metal Destructor kit and the new FW resin Mk-I kit.  Let me know what you think?

I also love the Landspeeder Tempest model.  I really liked the enclosed cockpit configuration, so I decided to convert one of my old Landspeeders into a Tempest but with weapons that were allowable in the current DA codex. 

As always any and all constructive criticism is welcomed.  Again sorry for the lack of updates, but with me back on track on finishing this army, and the rumors that DA are getting a new codex soon, the Red Scorpions first company will rise again!