Friday, 21 June 2019

RoC warband: World Eater Traitor Legionnaires

Hello and let's start,

On my previous post you saw the champion that I created. Next on the list are the 6 World Eater Traitor Legionnaires, Assault squad that I rolled up.

Sergeant profile:
Personal attribute: Spits Acid BS S3 attack
Equipment: Power armour, Chainsword, 2 x Bolt pistol, crack & frag grenades, Bio scanner

Grunt profile:
Dominant attribute: Fangs +1A H2H
Basic equipment: Power armour, Chainsword, Crack & Frag grenades, Bolt pistol.
Standard equipment: 2 with extra Bolt pistol, 1 with Hand flamer, 1 with Plasma pistol, 1 with Autocannon.

All suffer/benefit from Frenzy when enemy within 12".

I wanted these guys to look as ragtag as possible. My reasoning being that Chaos Marines would not have access to new gear, they'd have to salvage what they could from their victims and make do with what they had. To that end I raided my bits box and created them from many different sources.  I could list all the parts I used to make them, but I won't because I can't be arsed.

One thing I wanted to try to do to a few of them was to make their armour look like the old Chaos Renegades armour used to. You know, with the recessed ribs and piping like in the pic below:

To this end, with my rudimentary sculpting skills, I thought I'd try and cheat a little. So I bought a length of Ultra ATA IDE ribbon cable, cut it into small sections and stuck these to the legs.

Then I tried sculpting over the top of it. You can see the results of my toil below:

My skills are pretty ordinary when it comes to sculpting and this was much more than I had ever attempted in the past. There's plenty of gaps, poorly blended areas and mismatched proportions. In my estimation they look great viewed at arms length on the tabletop. Any closer and you'll say "oh!" when you see all the flaws. Saying that though, I did have a lot of fun making them.

Fats forward a month or so and I came to my senses, they looked terrible. Well, two of them did anyway. So I cut them off and had a rummage around and found two likely candidates.

The offending legs.
Space Crusade CSM's.

I cut one standard mini and the sergeant in half and transplanted their legs onto the now legless subjects.

Now the next issue was paint. How was I going to make them look like a coherent unit with all of their varied appearances? I just decided to cross my fingers and hope that the Khorne colour trifecta would tie them all together. Here's hoping.

So that's how they ended up. What do you think?

Next post will be the lvl 0 Psyker

RoC on fellas!

Friday, 14 June 2019

Jes Goodwin MK1 Terminators

A long time ago, 1988 to be exact, GW released a single version of this Terminator sculpt. Which was quickly followed up by two more iterations the following year. I much preferred the first one though, wishing that they'd made more with some variation with the pose. But, they never did, it was just a prototype.

Fast forward 31 years (eek, I'm really bloody old!) and coming to the realisation that GW, and by extension Jes Goodwin, were never going to do that especially for me I decided to give it a crack myself. Here's what I came up with:

I was spurred on to make these and get them ready by Nico. He's going to be brining his awesome custom SH table to BOYL this year. This was the perfect opportunity to get a squad ready for the game, and I thought why not a unique squad while I'm at it?

Anyway, I better get a move on with the rest of the minis I'll be needing for the event.

Cheers :)

Thursday, 25 April 2019

RoC Warband Champion.

Hello all,

In the previous post I blogged about the objective marker that I had made for this years RoC game at BOYL. In this post, and the one's that will follow over the coming months, I will be blogging about each retinue member/unit that I'm making to play said game. Almost all of the minis will be converted to a lesser or greater extent. So I thought it might be fun to document the project, one retinue roll at a time. Let's begin........

First I generated my champion and then gave him four rolls on the retinue table. The chaos patron I chose for my warband was Khorne because blood, guts, bone and gristle are disgusting. Here's the basic warband that I rolled up:

1 x Champion, Beastmen Minor Hero.
1 x Psyker lvl 0
1 x Psyker lvl 2
7 x Squats
6 x World Eater traitor legionnaires, assault.

And here is the champion in detail:

Renegade Leader: Johnny Darvo
Beastman minor hero
Mark: Chaos armour
Rewards: Pseudo Daemonhood (flyer 1M, +1A,+F5), Short legs(1/2M), Silly walk(-1M, -1F).
Fear pts total: 4
Equipment: knife, lasgun, plasma pistol, flak armour, communicator, eye protectors, rad counter.

Due to some abysmal rolling on my part he can only fly at 1" and walk at 1". Therefore I figured that his followers must have taken pity on him in the past and procured some sort of basic mode of locomotion for him. To that end I decided to make a tracked vehicle with the basic movement rate of a human for him to ride on. He'll at least be able to engage the enemy in hand-to-hand, instead of just hurling insults at them from a distance.

His name is a mashing of two on-screen references. The first is from the movie Short Circuit and the second is from Dr Who. They were both chosen after he was built. The reasons will become obvious later on, trust me.

The mini I chose for the basis of my champion was a late edition GW Bloodletter.....3rd iteration I think. The vehicle is a tracked wheelchair from Ramshackle Games.

I began by butchering the donor mini to match his new physique, cutting down his legs to shorten them as much as possible. Pretty fiddly, but worked out in the end. I then cut the hands away from the axe and placed a plasma pistol in one (drilling out the barrel because Chris) and in the other hand I took the pommel from the axe and inverted it's position so that it was on top of his hand. This was to give the appearance of a control stick used to operate the wheelchair.

I carved a chunk of resin away from the top of the tracked vehicle to become the seating area for Johnny and then used a seat section from an old plastic Eldar bike, I think, to make the padding. Once I was happy with the positioning I pinned & glued the sucker in place.

His communicator/rad counter was combined into one unit. I thought a mahoosive boombox (a part from a Ramshackle bike) on the side of his head would be a fitting piece of equipment for a worshiper of Khorne, blasting commands at his minions at full volume! I used a bit from a mechwarrior toy to act as the mounting arm for it as well.

His wings were some old school Reaper wings donated to me by my mate Chris....the other, not you.....the OTHER one! Thanks a lot for them "Chris" :)

His lasgun was stowed in a cut down plastic straw, mounted on the side of the wheelchair with bent up paper clips. The combat blade was from the RTB-01 SM weapon sprue. I mounted that on the opposite side to the lasgun in a cut up and folded piece of cardboard. The eye protectors were just made with a bit of putty......nothin too flash.

All that was left for me to do was add a few other details like cables and pipes, then a bit of putty work here and there and he was ready for paint. I was remiss in taking a photo before I started to paint him. All I have is this silly little video clip that I'd shared with my mates though, so this will have to suffice:

My son pointed out to me after I had built him that he looked a lot like a rock star because he has a boombox, something that looks like a microphone beside his head, holding what appears to be a microphone in his hands and yelling at the top of his lungs......all well spotted! I actually quite like that image, rocking in the realms of chaos :D

And here he is post paint:

So, what do you think, did I capture what I rolled up? Does he look ridiculous? Would you run from this creature if you came across him or would you stop, point in his direction and laugh? If you answered yes or no to all of these questions then you have failed basic logic because one of those questions was double barreled :P

Anyway, I'm really happy with him, hope you guys like him too :)

Next up will be the Traitor Legionnaires squad.


Monday, 15 April 2019

RoC Objective marker.

In a few months time I'll be heading off to BOYL again. And as part of that there have been quite a few games that have been planned, one of which is a RoC Renegade fracas. For said game we have all been tasked with making an objective marker. It could be anything, just as long as it was something that a Chaos patron or God might want to confiscate/desecrate.

The idea that I came up with was to have an RTB-01 marine, skewered above the ground with a pool of his own blood gathering underneath him.....oh, and an Tzeentch sorcerers skull resting in amongst it, soaking up all the goodness.

So this is what I made:

It was fairly straight forward to make, just found the worst bits of my marine collection and started carving them up to add severe battle damage. The exposed face was fun to make, hollowed out a helmet with a grinding bit and then placed an undead head inside it. The stakes were cut down cake toppers. The sorcerers head was something that I'd removed from one of my minis years ago, but had never found a use for. Here is the Chaos Champion I took him from if your interested:

Then came the paint, basing and blood pool.

So, that's one mini project for BOYL down, the first of many to come. Hope you like him....what's left of him anyway :P

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Vrooom vroom!!!!

Hi all,

Decided to make a few RT civilian cars out of 1:43 scale toys. I found a few cheap from a local guy and set about converting them for tabletop use. Read along if this is your sort of thing.

Group shot of how they were when I bought them.

Pulled to bits.


Filing the wheel arches.

Carving and stuff.

Yeah, and more of the stuff.

Added some headphone doodads for engine pods.

Yes, can see.

Added some greeblies.

More of the greeblies and undercoat.

Base coat and black in wash.

Highlights and then details.......

I decided that I was getting a little bored with my beach backdrop so I had a think about it and came up with another one. Not sure if it's got the same impact as the beach one, and I think it might be a little too dark, but it's a changer nonetheless, what do you guys think?

I actually used these as a bit of a test for a windscreen effect. I wanted something a bit cartoony and easy to replicate. Stumbled across an old tutorial online and copied it. I'm pretty happy with the results and I'll be using it on my spaceship.....when I eventually get off my arse and finish it that is.

Forgot to mention that I mounted them on horsey bases.

Anyway, that's it for now guys.

Cheers :)