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Monday, September 29, 2014

Scout Hold

There are some rumors circulating that when the Blood Angels are released, GW will take the opportunity to update some model kits from the primary Space Marine line that need to be updated.

Now, Blood Angels could definitely benefit from plastic version of some of their HQs, but they have a pretty solid assortment of plastic kits already.  Between the Baal Predator, Sanguinary Guard, Death Company and Furioso Dread kits, they're not really missing anything.

There were some rumours a bit ago about GW having new Scout sculpts finished and ready to go, but just waiting on a good time.

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that replacing the 2 $25 Scout Boxes with a $33ish 5 man new Scout Box would be a standard GW move.  As such, I'm going to put the Scout army on hold until the Blood Angels are released (theoretically soon).

What should I work on in the meantime?

These guys are looking pretty sweet to me.  I'm looking forward to the Codex because I want to see what options the Wracks and crew have for self sufficient armies.  I'm really looking for a themed army to work on.  I tend to have more fun assembling and painting when there is a theme.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pig Iron Studios Helmets

As you can see from the below photo, I decided that my Scouts should have helmets.  Well, some of them at any rate.  I do plan on doing some Wolf Scouts with appropriately bare heads, but I generally like the ideas of helmets to go along with my Scout Armour.

The only bit of fluff I could find regarding Scout Helmets is in a Black Library short story about a Wolf Scout who is piloting his own space ship on some sort of mission.  I completely forget the name of the story, but at some point the Scout makes a comment about how he doesn't like wearing the helmet because the face plate is all glass and they tend to shatter and cut up your face.

Given this, I wanted glass faced helmets.

Sample Scouts with Glass Front Helmets
I finally found what I was looking for on the Pig Iron Studios website.  The helmets are called HD.19 System Trooper Alternative Heads and come in packs of 20 for 5 GBP.  That's around 8 dollars US for those of you who don't like doing math.  Pig Irons has a TON of different, cool looking minis and sells most of the heads separately.  The heads are made of metal, so I did have to pin them, but this definitely makes them a little cheaper than resin options.  Since there really isn't much detail, I wasn't worried about the lack of detail.

I'd definitely recommend you check out the website and give them a shot.

Pig Iron Studios HD.19 System Trooper Alternative Heads

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Storm is Brewing

A Land Speeder Storm, that is!  Har, har, har.  I crack myself up sometimes.

Seriously, though.  I did some actual painting yesterday.  I'm was going for a 70's style pleather vibe for the seats and I think I pulled it off.  I still have lots of work to do, but I'm happy with how it's looking so far.  I did realize that I need to go buy some more paints, and with my local GW store having closed...  that can be sort of a pain.

There is a gaming store on the Main Street of my local town, but it's run by sweaty neckbeards who seem almost hostile towards gamers, so I prefer not to give them any money whenever possible.  I'll probably have to make a drive to the next town over to get what I need.

Here is the latest update pic.  More to come!  If you look there, you can see my completed test Scout wearing his bitchin' Pig Iron Studios helmet.

Land Speeder Storm Work in Progress - All Base Coating is Complete, Highlighting Commences

Next I really need to work on the line highlighting, a little wear and tear battle damage and then glaze the whole thing in the yellow glaze.  Makes it pop!  Oh, and the gun isn't going to be silver.  That's a base coat.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I'm Back!!!

I'm back from the Big Apple!

Posts should recommence this week.  I've got a couple of things to post about.

The first is that I'm working on a gaming table.  The local GW store here in Delaware closed recently and I'm left with two choices.  I can either travel 45min to an hour to a store with basically no community, but a couple of gaming tables...  or I can build a table myself.

I did a little research and ended up deciding to use the same tables that Dropzone Games in Glen Burnie, MD uses.  The tables are pretty easy to work with.  You purchase a set of 4 legs for about $60 US.  You can order them from Lowes in the US or or wherever you can find them.  You then need to come up with a number of 2x4s and some 4'x6' plywood or MDF surfaces.  It supposedly takes about an hour to assemble once you have everything in hand.

2x4Basics Table

Once assembled, I'll put together a series of 2'x2' segments to allow me to swap out and rearrange the table.  The first set will most likely be a sort of standard wilderness table with accompanying terrain.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Quick Upate - Land Speeder Storm

I have just a couple of seconds and a reliable connection to post what I'm working on right now.  It'll be painted using the Aurora Chapter color scheme in the Citadel How to Paint spiral bound book/dvd combo that came out a couple of years ago.

Should be fun.  I slapped a little paint on it already, but just base coat stuff.  It'll be a much brighter green when it's done.