Scenery is a vital part of every battlefield, and as a club we have talked about making themed terrain pieces for our armies. With Tyranids this poses a few interesting challenges, what does a Bug-infested world look like?Having had a long think about it (and watched Aliens a few times) I figure i’m going to try and attempt 5 distinct pieces of scenery. These are as follows:
- A Spore Funnel
- Digestion Pool
- Egg Cluster
- “Hived” facility
These will likely increase in complexity the further down the list I work.So, Brainstorming time!
So, after waiting for the undercoat to dry thoroughly it’s time to grab the Bleached Bone and a tank brush. Slightly thin down the paint and get a slappin’, cover all the areas of “flesh” not worrying about getting the bone on the carapace, your fingers, family pets or anything else. Give it a couple of thin coats rather than one thick one, and don’t worry too much about getting every last tiny bit of the model. If you can’t see it to get a brush to it, it’s probably not going to be noticed on the tabletop.
Once the bone is dry (thoroughly) find some Devlan Mud, for some reason this stuff always STINKS. really bad. It’s like Old Spice, if by spice you mean “feet”. Continue reading
As Gaz has pointed out, motivation to paint can often be the biggest obstacle. Well, as it turns out, writing this blog is an excellent motivator. Last week’s painting projects are all done and there’s new ‘Nids on the table already.
How to paint my ‘Nids. Stage by stage. (Just in case i forget 😛 )
So… Stage 1 – The Undercoat.
GW would lead you to believe that Chaos Black (or Skull White) spray is the only way to undercoat your models. This is in fact a lie! Personally i use any old Matt black spray i can lay my hands on. Usually car body spray from Poundland.
Really as long as you shake it properly (so it doesn’t dry too shiny) anything will do. It’s a damn sight cheaper too, and let’s face it, very little (if any) of it will be visible on the finished model.
A properly ventilated area is a must (unless you like paint-fume induced headaches…). I usually arrange the “target” models on an old box lid and then spray it from approximately a foot away, rotating the box 45 degrees between each blast. this means that you get all the fiddly bits without overly saturating the model.
Leave it to dry.
More to follow….
(when the undercoat dries)
On the painting table this week: Trygon, 15 “Devilgaunts”.
Now I’ve just read Superman Is A Douche… and it also got me thinking (must be that time of the year), how do you motivate your self into painting, modelling etc?
I can spend all day thinking ‘when i get home, I’m going to paint my Wraithlord’ and I have all the best intentions in the world of doing it, until I sit down to do it, then for some stupid reason I can’t seem to be bothered!
Take for example my High Elf army, I’ve been collecting this army since I first started playing Warhammer (that’s over 20 years) and what have I painted from it? The cloak of a mage and the armour of 4 horsemen, that’s it, why? because i cant be bothered!
Its not that I can’t paint, I can (I think), but just find any motivation.
Funny how a random comment can set the mind to thinking…
In Matt’s last post he mentioned his shed as a “Fortress of Solitude”. This got me thinking. Most, if not all of the guys I’ve spoken to much prefer to paint/model/assemble in the company of others. Chatting over the painting table at GW or just with a mate or two at the dining table.
I know that in the past, ideas have been exchanged about current projects and many potentially disastrous project-stopping problems solved with a cuppa and some glue. So what happens if you haven’t got any friends? or if for some unfathomable reason they’re not available?
Personally I find that it helps enormously to have some sort of “background noise” while i paint and model. usually a DVD or music. While I’m working on my bugs for example I find that having Starship Troopers or Aliens keeps me focused, when I was painting Orks i listened to a lot of Ramones and Green Day.
So, my question is thus: what do you guys do to keep your attention focused on the job at hand while staving off the boredom of gluing sand to bases?
That’s what I thought, the day I first clapped my eyes on GW’s big lead monster, The Thunderhawk Gunship. Then low and behold they released the Forge World one, what was a man to do (a man with 3 kids and not much in the way of spare cash)?
Now I wanted one, but wasn’t going to part with the best part of £400 to get one, so like any other good tight wad, I started to hunt the web to see what I could find.
Now their are loads of sites out there, offering many different types of ‘Template’ designs, but trust me, most of them are crap!
I did find one set that I thought with a bit of chopping and changing I could work with, many moons ago I had built “Bessie”, a 40k scale Reaver Titan, made out of foam board and card, she managed to scare the hell out of my opponent before she meet a untimely end under the wife’s vacuum cleaner, so the plan was to make Bessie MK2 stronger than her former partner in card.
After lots of mucking around with photo’s and drawings (see the Internet is useful) I had some workable plans to play with, now the only major difference between my Thunderhawk and GW’s one (apart from the price) is that I wanted it to carry a Rhino or Razorback inside, so that i could use it like a real drop ship (see Aliens), this just involved making it slightly wider than the norm.
Now I had the plans and the ideas, off I went to the local craft shop to pick up 2 sheets of A3 foam board, pack of A4 card, some PVA glue and the sharpest craft knife I could find. The first task was to make the basic shell of the Thunderhawk (2x sides plus various top and bottom sections) making sure I had a rhino to had to make sure it was the right width.
It was now a case of just filling in the different gaps with pieces of foam board till the basic shape was complete. The next thing to sort was the wings (easier said than done), the small front wings were just a case of cutting out and pinning to the front sides and then covering the exposed sides, but the main rear wings were a challenge, they had to be light enough to not break the foam board they were pinned to, but look chunky enough to look like they could support the weight of a flying Thunderhawk.
This was done by cutting out 4 wing sections and then gluing 2 of each together giving me the same shape as the templates but at approx 1cm thick, these were then giving the same treatment as the front wings, where I cut a long strip of card, 1 cm thick and glued this over the exposed sides.
But wait, I forgot the engines!
Going back to the web, I had a look at other home made Thunderhawks and found that a lot of them had used to engine pods from Anakin Skywalkers Pod racer (toy not the real thing), so a quick rummage through my kids toy boxes (great place to find stuff) and a hunt on E-bay turned up with nothing, so it was back to the drawing board. I finally decided on just making the engines like solid tubes with intakes on the front and exhausts on the rear, believe it or not these are made from the tops of Fruit Shoot bottles (with the pull up cap taken off).
How to attach the engines, do I go for the under slung approach or do I go for the between the wing and the body look?
I decided on the between idea, this meant I could attach them to the main body by pinning them through the main body and into the end of each wing, which would then be supported by the upper wings.
Now with the main body and wings done, I filled all the gaps with every modeller’s friend, poly-filler, this was left for a couple of days to dry, then I sanded it smooth-ish.
To make it look more like a 40k vehicle, I then covered the thing with squares of card and plasti-card (margarine tub lids), to give the appearance of panels, I also added doors and hatches from rhino and land raider kits (see kids, never throw anything away).
Next item was guns, now the official Thunderhawk is armed with 4 twin-linked heavy bolters, but after some time, and the fact that I didn’t have any spare heavy bolters, I opted for 2 twin-linked Lascannons and 2 twin-linked assault cannons, why?
Well as any veteran player of 40k will tell you, a heavy bolter can struggle to get through the armour of a Eldar war walker (Av10) never mind another space going vessel, where a lascannon can cause quite a lot of pain to anything it hits, and when said Thunderhawk has landed (saying it has taken out all the big tanks and gun emplacements near it), its next biggest threat will be from Squads where the leader has a power fist/melta bombs etc, so lots of anti-personnel fire was needed, there fore, twin-linked assault cannons mounted on the front.
Okey dokey, Here goes…
Among my many (many) projects on the go, this week I’ve been concentrating on Nids. As some of you may remember I said at the start of the year this would be a “Bug” year. I was looking at getting hold of some Chapterhouse Tervigon conversion kits and working from there, a plan that was completely derailed by the release of the Tervigon/Tyrannofex last weekend by GW.
So, the Tervigon (for that is what i built) it’s…big. Very big! Literally the thing FILLS one of those large oval bases. It’s so tall it’s not going to be hidden by any of our current club scenery, no cover saves for this baby…. unless… it turns out a Venomthrope is completely hidden by this beasty’s bulk tentacles and all, mutual cover saves ftw!
The kit itself is not to shabby either. All the parts fit together smoothly (new mould’s) and the assembly instructions are pretty straight forward. They even (shock horror) have part numbers (mumble mumble Trygon). The sprues are pretty light on extras, all the weapon options are on there and the obligatory scrotum/venom sacs, but would it really have hurt to squeeze a ripper or two on there?
One issue I did encounter was the adrenal glands, in the instructions the pic just shows them sort of diagonally plopped onto the thing’s back legs, which looks stupid! However after fiddling around with it for a few minutes it really is the only place to put them. There’s NO free space on the damn thing…
Now, GW recommend “paint before assembly” but screw that. I want to be able to USE my £35 model before it’s done… the simple answer? I haven’t glued it to the base, suddenly i can get to the underside and all the nooks and crannies (and we all know how hard it is to paint a cranny)
On the painting table this week: 3 spore mines, 1 Termagant, 3 Shrikes and a Hive tyrant…
Yes, you guessed it; it’s a welcome post to introduce the blog.
What can you expect? Well, hopefully a selection of posts from different members of the White Eagles Wargames Club on a whole manner of topics including terrain, painting, modelling, gaming and well anything else related to the Wargames and Miniature hobby.
The plan is to have regular posts to show the differing stages of projects that people are working on.
Well, that’s it, an introduction, short, sweet and to the point.
Hopefully you’ll like what we have to say, happy reading!