Adeptus Mechanicus

I’ve been a bit quiet online lately. Real life has taken over a lot of my time and I’ve attended a couple of events so my online updates have been sporadic at best. Hoping to change that!

After many  a late night I got my Adeptus Mechanicus done for The Norris 1000, a 1k event in Melbourne, Australia each year that I use as a reason to get a new Warhammer 40,000 army done. It times nicely with Armies on Parade so it’s a two birds, one stone, situation.

Without further preamble, lets get into it!

Colour Scheme

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I wanted to do something outside the norm for the army, so I straight ruled out red as a colour for the army. I wanted to do something that looked ‘dirty’ so I varied my painting style a little and I think it came out okay.

I’ve gone with Bone and Black for the main colours and then put that against the brightly coloured lava bases and blue weapon glows.

Dominus

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The Dominus was fun to build and paint. I wanted to add some kind of banner for two reasons. Firstly to make him unique, and secondly because the event I attended gave you a point for having character banners or similar. Gotta work for those points!

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Rangers and Vanguard

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Once I played my first game with these guys I realised that I got the weapon load out wrong. The Alphas have a backpack banner to add a little flair… and more points.

Destroyers

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My actual 1000 point army only has 4 of these in it, but I put all of them together. My original plan was to use magnets to allow me to swap weapons but I was short on time in the end so I just made 3 of each – grav cannons and plasma.

Dunecrawlers

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These two were a challenge to paint. The theme I was going for didn’t translate well onto the larger models initially so I had to adapt a little bit by adding the weathering. These two are fully kitted out with magnets so I can swap between the different weapons.

Future plans

For now I’m going to set these aside as I have a few other projects on the go – both hobby wise and real life. I have a couple of Forge World kits buried in my cupboard of shame somewhere that I’ll do eventually and I’d like to do basically one of each unit that I don’t have and a Cawl as well.

Thanks again for stopping by.

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Display board flooring 101

Over the past few weeks I’ve been slowly chipping away at my display board for The Norris 1000 (a small hobby-focused 40k event I plan on attending) and Armies on Parade 2017. I’ve put a few pics up on Twitter and wanted to put together a post explaining the process and construction method I’m using in a bit more detail – specifically the flooring tiles.

Planning, planning, planning…

Before I built anything I spent at solid week just planning things out. After the rough initial plan was sketched out on paper I moved on to working out how I was going to achieve the look I wanted for the floor of the raised area on the display board.

I knew I wanted something that looked like the Games Workshop Industrial scenery.

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I did briefly entertain the idea of actually using these pieces, but given the area I was looking to cover I would have been spending over $1000 to do it… pass!

Last year for Armies on Parade I had some MDF pieces cut on a CNC laser cutter. The end result was really cool and I learned a lot along the way. I decided to go down this path again this year and started drawing the designs for my floor.

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The flooring pieces are shown on the left in the image above. The basic plan was to have a bunch of ‘grid’ pieces cut and then other bits and pieces underneath them so that it resembled the Games Workshop terrain pieces.

Additional pieces include an assortment of plastic strips, diamond plate plastic card, guitar strings, and the off-cut pieces from having the grids cut.

So with all my goodies in hand, it’s on to the assembly.

Step 1

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First up I glued down a large grid of 2mm high strips of plastic that the CNC’d pieces could sit on them and leave a ‘void’ underneath that I can fill with detailed pieces.

Step 2

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Next I somewhat randomly add a bunch of stuff that will be partially visible once the grid piece is laid over the top. In this first one I’ve added a couple of round pieces to resemble pipe, some guitar strings to look like cables, some random pieces of plastic and a small sheet of diamond plate plastic card.

Step 3

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Done… for now.

The top piece isn’t glued on. I’ll be painting the bits underneath and then gluing the grid pieces over the top. It won’t be a terribly detailed paint job – just a spray, some washes and a drybrush or three – but it should result in a decent effect once it’s all done and dusted.

I am considering adding some strips to the grid pieces to give the whole thing another layer, time pending.

Now all I need to do is repeat all this another 30 or so times…

Hopefully once this is all done and combined with some of the Games Workshop industrial terrain it will blend together nicely.

If you’re keen for more updates they’ll be on Twitter. Alternatively if you’d like to see and details on any other components of the display board let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

If you’ve made it this far then thanks again for reading.

How to: Lava Bases

Decided to put together a little post detailing how I’m doing the lava bases on my new Adeptus Mechanicus army. Lava bases are nothing new. I’m following a fairly standard formula really but for anyone interested, read on!

I didn’t remember to take actual step-by-step photos, so in some steps I may jump a few stages at a time.

Step one

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Good old cork comes first. I use a couple of different thicknesses to create a tiered look on the larger bases. After that a bit of filler to merge some of the gaps.

To create ‘bubbles’ in the lava I roll small balls of greenstuff, wait for them to harden, and then cut them in half.

After all that is dry the flat area of the base is covered in two or three layers of Vallejo water texture. Credit to @TerryPike84 for advise on using this product. You could use simple PVA glue if you wanted as well.

Step two

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After a hit with Black Undercoat I then spray on two different colours. The first is Gris Grafeno and the second is Graphite by Scale75, the former is a solid coat and the latter is done from a higher angle.

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Step three

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Next we move onto the reds. Khorne Red first, Mephiston Red second, and then finally a hit with Troll Slayer Orange. Originally I added a layer of yellow after this but I found it made the whole effect too bright.

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Step four

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At this stage I attach the models to the bases. I kept them separate up until now as I didn’t want over-spray issues with the airbrush when I did the bone on the models themselves. Once they’re attached I added a layer of Astrogranite Debris.

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Finally a quick drybrush of Dawnstone and then Longbeard Grey. Base edges are done in black although I am considering a change to a a dark grey of some kind.

I will be adding a layer of Gloss Varnish over the lava but it will be the last thing I do after I paint the models themselves. I might also look for some small burnt grass tufts. I’ve used them before and I think they will go well on these bases.

If people want more of this kind of stuff then please let me know! Ask questions about something you see that I’ve done and I’ll do my best to explain.

That’s it for now. If you’ve made it this far then as always thanks for reading.

Armies on Parade 2017

Armies on Parade has been announced for 2017 and I for one am excited. I really like this event. I find it a good motivator to complete some new models. I also really enjoy the display board aspect of this as building terrain has always been something I’m excited about.

Unfortunately I don’t really have very many photos of my 2016 display. This is what I put together.

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The board itself is 550mm square, made mostly out of MDF and foam and a whole lot of filler. You can see several Games Workshop kits included as well – a Bastion, Aegis Defence Line, Gun Emplacements and a few bit of Promethium Pipe.

The pieces I got the most questions about was the flooring and the walls. They’re made of MDF cut using a CNC laser cutter and I think I’ll be using this method again for 2017.

Plans for 2017

This year I’ll be putting up my Adeptus Mechanicus and I already have some ideas for the display board.

I’ll be going for a lava-theme on the bases and extending that onto the board. I am basically looking at a Adeptus Mechanicus facility built into on a lava world of some sorts.

The new Industrial Machinery will definitely come in handy for this. I’ll use several of each kit.

This is what I’m aiming for.

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My scribble is probably a bit hard to understand, but the short version is the angled bit the takes up most will be the ‘floor’ of the facility. It will sit raised about a plain of rock and lava and be built into a mountainside. Some machinery in one corner, a road down the middle, some containers, a few weapon emplacements.

One thing I’m looking at is the floor of the facility and how to decorate it. I like the look of the flooring pieces that come with the new industrial machinery, but I can’t really justify the cost of buying enough kits to cover an area that large.

This is where my adventures with a CNC laser cutter are going to come back into play.

I’ll follow the build of my display board in detail over the next few months leading up to the event.

Once again thanks for reading!

Primaris Review and Step-by-step

With the release of Dark Imperium I was keen to get my hands on some Primaris Marines and bring some reinforcements to my Ultramarines army.

I put some WIP shots on Twitter but had a few questions about how I painted them, so decided to throw together a little step-by-step guide.

First Impressions

The models in the Dark Imperium box set are simply really nice for starter set models. they mono-pose so they have some limitations that come with that. Aside from the limited freedom in how you assemble them, the sculpts occasionally sacrifice detail for the sake of allowing the models to go together. They are still extremely impressive however.

The only other thing I noticed was that the plastic seemed softer than normal. When I was assembling the first Primaris Marine I found that my normal use of a file resulted in more material being removed than normal.

Overall very impressive. Onto the good bit!

Assembly

I wanted to add shoulder pads from the Ultramarines Upgrades Kit to give my Primaris Marines a bit of character.

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The stock shoulder pad was removed with clippers and filed to allow the shoulder pad to fit in place. Nothing too strenuous but a bit fiddly to get the shoulder pad to sit correctly.

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Here the arm holding the Bolt Rifle is temporarily attached. I’ve always painted my marines without their weapons in place if they cross their chests because I want to make sure the Imperial Eagles are easy to get to.

Painting

Heads up – I don’t paint my Marines quickly by any stretch. If you’re looking for speed you may want to look elsewhere!

Step 1: Undercoat with Chaos Black and Macragge Blue.

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Step 2: Paint Drakenhof Nightshade into the recesses of the armour.

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Note that I covered the whole model here by mistake. I used to do this originally but later changed to just painting into the recesses. It doesn’t really make any difference to the end result, it just makes the next step a bit easier.

Step 3: Panel the power armour with your chosen shade of blue.

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I say ‘chosen shade of blue’ here because I am still using the old Ultramarines Blue paint. I’m doing this because the rest of my Ultramarines army is done this way so I want it to match. Macragge blue would be the obvious alternative in the new paint range.

This is the slowest part of this process. On normal marines I can do a single model in about 30 minutes. This guy took a little longer as I was still learning the armour.

Step 4: Highlights and the other colours.

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I should have taken a few more photos here but I got excited to finish this and kind of just forgot… woops!

  • Blue highlights are done in two stages – Calgar Blue and Fenris Grey. The later is lighter than the former.
  • I paint my Ultramarines in the classic Second Company scheme so they get Yellow shoulder pads – Averland Sunset base, Yriel Yellow over that, then two highlights with some white mixed in.
  • Everything else on the model is then blocked in with Black.
  • Incubi Darkness and Mechanicum Standard Grey highlights on the black.
  • Doombull brown on the pouches with some Skrag Brown and Deathclaw brown highlights.
  • Weapon casing and eye lenses are Khorne Red, Mephiston Red and Wild Rider Red highlights.

*EDIT* Forgot the metal!

  • Leadbelcher, Nuln oil, ironbreaker over most of the area but leave some bits showing, then a final highlight with Runefang Steel.

    Bases in my case are done to match the rest of my Ultramarines army.

    The end result

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    I have his four mates to work on next and then I’ll try my hand at a Lieutenant I think. I do have a couple of other projects to work on though so there isn’t really a rush on this.

    As always, thanks for reading!

    Farewell to Heelanhammer

    As I am sure most people reading this will know by now, Dan and Wayne over at Heelanhammer have put their show into a slumber. Like many others I put a reply up on Twitter saying thanks for all their hard work, but with only 140 characters to play with I decided to do a quick write up here as well.

    About 18 months back I got back into the hobby after a few years of doing not much at all other than painting a Bloodbowl team and half doing a fantasy army.

    When I decided to get back into the hobby one of the biggest issues for me was motivation. I am geographically separated from all my mates who play the game and I find it really hard to sit down and paint solo.

    A good friend of mine recommended Podcasts as a way to keep some hobby motivation going and introduced me to Heelanhammer and Facehammer simultaneously.

    I highly doubt I would have been able to get even half the hobby done that I have in the past 18 months if it wasn’t for those two podcasts and the shows wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the hard work that individuals put in to make it happen.

    It’s sad to hear that you’re signing off for now but completely understandable. My son was born 3 weeks ago and I can totally appreciate the difficulty in balancing work/life/hobby.

    So thankyou to Dan and Wayne for your hard work. On a more individual note a huge thankyou for your assistance in making my trip to the South Coast GT happen earlier this year. It was difficult to organise things at such a long distance and your help was invaluable in making that a smooth process.

    Hopefully we’ll see you both back at some point, but if not then I wish you all the best and will hopefully get to catch up at South Coast in 2018.

    My Hobby Space

    For any of you who follow me on Twitter, you may be aware that the last couple of weeks for me have been occupied largely by a small, noisy human following the birth of my son. Due to that event my hobby time has understandably been somewhat limited.

    I have managed to sneak in a few hours here and there, but for the most part I haven’t done much actual hobby but rather I’ve spent the last week or so since we got home from the hospital working on tidying up a few areas of the house. This includes my hobby room.

    Now that it’s in a semi-presentable state I thought I would put up a quick post showing off the space where I work.

    My half of the room

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    I share this room equally* with my wife. A couple of years back I made a wrap around desk with matching drawers that runs around the room.

    This is my basic setup – shelves and drawers on the end, painting table, computer in the corner, TV on the wall.

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    The shelf / drawer combination on the right is an Ikea job, but for the ones I actually made they have internal divisions for tools and individual paints.

    I try to keep the shelving space above the drawers limited to current projects… ‘try’ being the important word there.

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    Painting area, including multiple tiles and a wet palette. Window frame contains various supplies and more important the mix-mash of adhoc miniatures I’ve decided I want to paint for a variety of reasons. They’ll get done one day, I swear!

    The monitor arm mounted over the desk has a Webcam attached. More on this in the future I hope.

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    This is my current assembly line area filled with the various components of my Adeptus Mechanicus army. I’m very picky when it comes to assembling models so everything gets cleaned, filled, filed and sanded over several sessions until I’m happy with it.

    I also like to keep things organised in the build phase. The two plastic containers under the notebook are filled wtih Skitarii Ranger and Vanguard bits grouped by individual model.

    It no doubt make the whole process a lot slower but old habbits are hard to break!

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    Finally I have my cupboard of shame. By many standards it’s not too bad at all. There are only 3 large-scale Forgeworld models in there and only about half a dozen unopened and largely pointless boxes of models. I think I’m doing fairly well!

    Anyways that’s it for today. I promise to put some actual hobby related content up here shortly. I plan on actually laying down paint on some models early next week so there will be some WIP shots of a few things for sure that I will carry on documenting through to completion.

    Thanks again for reading, and if you’re in the UK you should check out Element Games for all your hobby needs.

     

    * to be fair ‘equally’ in this case means I take up about three quarters of the available space and frequently store things ‘temporarily’ on her half of the room… woops.