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Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Surgery today, so there might not be any decent posts for a week or so.  I'm hoping it doesn't take that long.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Adeptes Custodes... I wants

I'm seriously debating getting a small force of Adeptes Custodes...  maybe 1000 points or so.  With how expensive, points-wise, the models are, we'd be talking about a pretty small force.  They just look so pretty.  These suckers just hit this weekend...

Should I do it?  I especially like the Terminator dude with the axe.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Space Wolves Wheeled Rhino Chassis Painting WIP

I finished the bases for the HQs, but still need to do a bit more detail work.  The tank is coming along nicely.  I'm having to do things the old school way with absolutely no drybrushing.  As this is 3D printed, drybrushing accentuates the printed layers.  Old school basecoating and layering almost completely hides the layers.

I still have to do the hatch, turret and some details like the Storm Bolter.

This one will probably end up as a Razorback for a Grey Hunters squad.  I'm not sure. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Space Wolf HQs

I cranked out some painting over the weekend and have MOSTLY finished two of my HQs from my work in progress Space Wolves army.  I'm following GW's paint guide for Space Wolves via their YouTube channel.  It's not hard, but it is a bit time consuming.

I haven't quite decided how to do the bases.  I'll probably stick to the snowy/rocky theme.  I also need to finish the weapons.  They definitely shouldn't be straight metal.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Slim Predator Turret

I decided that I like the look of the more streamlined, fixed turrets.  I reworked my predator turret in this fashion and I'm pretty happy with the results.  I'm working on putting some paint down on this sucker.  As you can see, I also widened the wheel base a bit.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Wheeled Rhino Mk3

I did quite a bit of work recently.  The sides were redesigned to have more detail, including headlights and a rim around the wheel wells.  The turret was completely redesigned and is about 4-5mm shorter than the old version.

Versus the initial version from two weeks ago, I think this one definitely has a Space Marine aesthetic.

More to come!!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Storm Bolter Bit

Nice quick post here.  I made a small Storm Bolter bit that slots into the hatch holes on my wheeled Rhino design.  It rotates freely.

Next up, I'll be doing a new version of the sides with headlights and increased detailing.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Wheeled Rhino Mk2 w/Predator Turret

I designed a Predator turret to go with my wheeled Rhino.  I wasn't interested in going with the standard design, but I did want to retain the Space Marines aesthetic.  I think this was a good attempt, but the turret is WAY too big.  It looks almost comical to me.  I'll definitely be redesigning it as a slim line version.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Wheeled Rhino Mk2

This is sort of a teaser image because I've done a TON of work on improving this design in the mean time.  I have Rhino, Razorback and Predator versions all designed at this point and needing to cycle through the printer.

Some initial feedback I got is that the detail is too limited and the wheels are too close into the body.  I'll post the next version on Monday, which includes a Predator turret.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wheeled APC/Rhino Mk1

This is my initial attempt at making a wheeled Rhino chassis.  I've been learning a lot about using Google Sketchup to design and print objects.  Overall, I was pleased with the result, but I think the aesthetic is a little off.  It looks more like a generic sci-fi transport to me than it does a Warhammer 40k transport.  The front in particular doesn't scream Space Marines to me.

I did include one photo of the un-assembled model.  It's hard to see, but there are tabs on the side of the body and slots on the side of the side pieces.  You don't have to line up anything...  just dab glue on the slots/tabs and stick together.  The goal was to make these EASY to assemble and somewhat modular.  I had to print the sides flat to eliminate any overhangs.  3D printers don't like overhangs!

Monday, January 8, 2018


I have so much new stuff to post.  I started a new job recently, which took ALL of my time and effort.  I joined a new team that had recently been formed to resolve what I can only describe as a circus of garbage.  Combine that with my brother having a spine surgery and then a second surgery to fix the results of the first surgery AND my wife having a particularly nasty and lasting stomach flu (I mean, really...  the flu is supposed to be a couple of days max!).

BUT...  I think things are under control now.  My goal is to queue up a good two weeks worth of Mon, Wed, Fri posts so that I can get back into the swing of things.

First up is something that's coming out soon.  GW just announced more Custodes models with a proper Codex and HQ options and what not.  I'm seriously considering building a 1000pt force.  1000 points seems manageable and given the elite nature of the army, would probably be only about 15 models!

Here are some of the pictures from Warhammer World Open Day.  The one Contemptor Dread looks like the basic plastic one with a really goofy wing bit glued onto the front.  I hope that's not an official plastic variant.  Looks pretty bad.