Saturday, September 20, 2014

Nagash

Nagash is the reason I started playing with plastic men.  Originally I got the old Undead army book for Fantasy for some background info for a Warhammer Fantasy RPG I was running.  The amount of story and fluff in that old book got me hooked.  It started with just getting a few models to paint (first amongst those was Nagash who was the coolest character in the book by far) and then before you knew it I had an undead army...and then a high elf army, then a skaven army and then a Vampire Counts army and then I got into 40k and got a nurgle army, and then a tyrannid army and then I stopped caring about little soldiers for 6 years.

So with the new Nagash End Times stuff out for Fantasy I picked up the book.  I would love to see GW go this direction with 40k...not necessarily moving the story towards the end of existence (which wouldn't be bad) but a cool narrative campaign book with new units, army formations and models.  This book is essentially GW doing their Forge World impression and its damn good.  300 pages of fluff and 100 pages of rules, its pretty great.  If you're not into undead then maybe this wouldn't be a great purchase, but I'm loving it.

I also got the Nagash model.  Although part of me wants to paint up an army similar to what I used to have I don't think thats in the cards.  I would love to paint all the characters, monsters and weird undead constructs but I have no desire to paint 100 zombies or skeletons.  I have the same problem with my other Fantasy love, Skaven.  So many cool characters and crazy units but painting 100 clan rats?  Probably not going to happen.

Anyway, I got the Nagash model for two reasons, one nostalgia, and two with some minor changes I think he will make a much better C'tan for my Necrons then the current Dr. Manhattan one they have now.  This guy will take some time (its a huge model) so I'll post some progress pics as I go forward on this project.

First off, here is a pic of my old Nagash model circa 2005?  The picture is awful and the paint job is hideous...but so was the model.


Here's the first pic of my new one.  Originally I was going to add a bunch of necron bits to him to make him look a touch more futuristic, but as I assembled the model I saw there was just too much detail that I didn't want to fuck with.  So instead, I just removed the overtly fantasy elements of the model (like the books and giant hat).  My goal is to paint him similar to the GW C'tan (all glowy green).

assembled, primed black, and then airbrushed up to white the parts that I want to glow

After the base coating, my first task was to get the robe black and then dry brush a little bit of green on it and gradually increase the green until I got to the white spirit parts, then I switched to washing with green and yellow to blend it together.


dry brush/green highlights complete and first green wash

I did some more green washing after this, but the desired effect is taking place

Adding some yellow helped give the spirits depth.  After this I plan on doing some white highlights on the spirits and then a few more shades of green wash
Thats it for the big guy right now.  After the final coats of wash dry I plan on hitting up his armor next.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Grave Wardens

Since I got ahead on the HPC I've been dicking around trying to get ALL my DG done by the time the challenge ends in November.  By now I've painted around 60+ individual infantry models in the same scheme so I'm getting real quick at it.  First up I finished off my 10 Grave Warden Terminators...









Now, these chaps need a leader...a strong man to guide them.  So I painted up my Typhon (who becomes Typhus in 40k) model also.



sinister lighting

On Display base



With these guys done, I'm painting up a 10 man Sternguard squad and that leaves me with my Fire Raptor and Big Daddy left.  The Fire Raptor is my final commitment and I'm hoping to start that by October, after that I'm hoping to spend all of November on Mortarion.  I'm getting real excited to line all this shit up and see how much I end up getting done in a 10 month period.



Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

winning...

Here's a quick glimpse at the fruit of my labors...the sweet KR case I won for the first part of the HPC!  Although its nice, I really like the case...I'm not sold on the foam, its a bit flimsy for me.  I don't trust putting my 40k guys in there, however I've got no problem loading it up with my x-wing!  PEW, PEW!!!



Monday, August 18, 2014

Almost there....

1 challenge left after this guy...although to be honest I'll most likely finish off a few other random DG heresy things I collected for the next few months.  After that, I've a got a desire to finish off the few Necron vehicles I've got laying around and call that army complete.






Friday, July 25, 2014

Spartan

I finished up my Spartan Assault Tank.  Although this isn't on my list for the HPC I wanted to do one more vehicle before I returned to do more infantry.  I've got enough of a time cushion built up that I can dick around with some of this stuff.  Speaking of the hobby progress challenge, I was one of the lucky winners for the first half!  If you listen to episode 105 of The Independent Characters I get a nice little shout out at the end.

Besides painting, I haven't nerded it up much lately.  I got a few of the wave IV ships for X-Wing, but have not had a chance to play with them yet, so not much to report there.  Work has been extremely busy the last few weeks but some of the crazy is dying down so hopefully I can get a game or two of that in soon.