Tuesday, June 30, 2020

40k Adventurers - Techs - Cyborgs

My June Adventurers entry is a group composed of the scientific and cyborg types.

Test-bed Slave, Talisman Scientist, Tech-Priest Zon, Converted Zon, Tech-Priest Schlan, Talisman Cyborg, and the Adventurers range Cyborg.

Schlan and servitors setting up a force field generator. 

I had an extra Tech-Priest Zon, and I felt the urge to convert him and paint him up like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who has been getting a lot of media exposure. The encased bioform in the background is from Dragon's Rest, it's a 3D print with a tealight to produce the underglow.

Might as well show some other 'tech types' I painted a few weeks ago that I forgot to post.

"Dr. Diana" from Warzone/Mutant Chronicles.

Servitor from Wargames Exclusive and a 'Tech Wizard' from Brother Vinni.  

More or less on target for the year :)

Monday, June 29, 2020

Inquisitor Lord Hector Rex - 40k Forge World

My June Inquisition entry is Hector Rex and his retinue, produced by Forge World. I enjoyed painting the acolytes more than the Inquisitor himself.

I painted the icon bearer in blues, to suggest that he was formerly of the Order of the Ossuary. The Sword bearer is black to match his master, and the third guy seemed like an astropath, so he received the traditional green robe and white staff.

The building in the background is an Arbitratorum from Kromlech. Kromlech was running a discount package deal with free shipping on some of their hive city terrain so I picked it up to go with my non-ruined Imperial sector stuff. I'll be showing that group of terrain in a future post.

Monday, June 15, 2020

The Baroness

This miniature, "The Baroness" by Joe K minis, has been lingering around my 'soon to paint' queue for a while. I bought it for no particular reason a few years ago- I'm sure I was purchasing something for a specific project and added a few items to make the shipping seem less painful :)

This is a very nicely detailed resin miniature and was pretty quick to paint. I'll probably use her as a 'wandering soul' for the game Rangers of Shadow Deep.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Rogue Trader Ordo Malleus and Adeptus Arbites

Here's my latest entry for my Inquisitor project, an Ordo Malleus Inquisitor and some followers.

The Inquisitor is from the old Rogue Trader Ordo Malleus blister pack. The two followers are "Mourning Wolves' Warzone/Mutant Chronicles miniatures. They seem to fit very well with this guy. Along with my other Rogue Trader projects, I based the oddball color scheme on a Moebius concept illustration.

Grey Knights were one of my favorite armies back in the olden days, and one of their unit types in Slaves to Darkness was an Arbites squad. I was always a little resentful that GW didn't make any Arbites for the Grey Knights list. These versions were released right as 2nd Edition was dropping, and were  replaced not long after by another variation.

I've been collecting Arbites for a long time, and it seemed like another case of 'now or never', so I decided to make a street-legal Arbites squad according the the list in Slaves to Darkness to guard the Inquisitor. A couple years ago I decided I needed a grenade launcher for my RT Arbites, and sculpted one that looked like the ones used by the Imperial Guard, I also sculpted a web gun, since they were stock on the Arbites list. I cast a bunch of them in resin.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

40K Adventurers - Pilot - Psyker - Ornithopter

The May installment of the Adventurers project is the Pilot. I decided the female Psyker could be his on-and-off again love interest, so I painted her up too.

For color inspiration I found a neat illustration of a pilot by Phil Noto that was done as a Moebius tribute.

I'd been stalling on the Psyker for a while. I knew I didn't want to go with how I'd painted her in the past- which was the same as the advert. I decided to take a risk and committed to using the first picture of a 'gypsy' that came up on Google. I got lucky I think :)

The ornithopter in the background has been a long time in the making. The model came from Ramshackle Games. I saw a pic of it on the Oldhammer forum and decided I needed one in my life. It wasn't up for general releases because of the wing joints- the proprietor didn't think that the design worked well and hadn't put it up for sale. I, being an 'experienced modeler' stated that was not a problem and the very cool Ramshackle shipped me an ornithopter. 

Once I had it built, it sat for about two years as I didn't have a good solution for the wings!!! Truth told, one of the main reasons I bought a 3D printer was so I could design some wings for this thing.

When someone picked the Pilot for this month's adventurer, I decided to complete the project. The fact that GW is releasing an ornithopter provided further impetus.

The first step was scanning the wings provided. They were printed onto clear acetate. Then I traced them in Adobe Illustrator. The idea was to provide support for the flimsy acetate wings while using the original design.

Next, I imported the vector shape into Tinkercad (an online 3D modeling program) and added some simple surface detail. I also designed some new wing joints. 

Here you can see the wings all printed out and basecoated. I punched some holes in the obscured areas of the acetate so that the wing components would glue together well.

All that remained was to magnetize the wing joints so it can be stored easily, and on to painting.


Pretty much done- I may gloss coat the canopy.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Mantic Plague Zombies

I recently acquired a new sci-fi rule set, "Planet 28", that is made for low model count warband action. It has a solo and cooperative supplement with a small campaign outline. It calls for rebel miners and some mutants. I didn't have either of those ready to go, so I built the Mantic Plague Zombies I had stashed to use for mutants.

I wasn't super excited to paint these, so I challenged myself to speed paint them and get them done in four hours. I was pretty close, maybe only an hour off. The brush was flying! I decided to go with a campy sci-fi Scooby Doo green to give them an irradiated look. I've painted so many zombies in the past I didn't want to do the same old same old. I also used some fluorescent paint and a bit of glow in the dark pigment. It doesn't have good brushability so I didn't fight it.

These should be good for a variety of generic things, I could even see them show up in Space Hulk.

Random Sci-Fi - Mean Machine - Eyebot - Creature

As with my recent 'random fantasy' entry, I had some oddball sci-fi laying around as well that kept getting bumped from the short queue.

"Cyborg Pirate" from Knightmare Miniatures:

I painted his back to have a design my son's punk rock band "No Thanks" uses on their T-shirts.

Drone from Brother Vinni's. I bought it because I liked it, and later discovered it looks like an Eyebot from Fallout.

Not sure what this last one is meant to be, other than a feral looking alien creature. This one is from the Akula Space Opera range, currently OOP.