Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Reclaimation assignment...

So no sh*t, there I was when a buddy whipped out a badly beaten FW dread he had gotten in a trade. The thing, as you can see below, was poorly painted, poorly modeled and just generally in a sad state. I got the dread from my buddy with the intent to return it to it's former resin-y glory. As for the pic above, this Forgeworld kit is now my venerable Dreadnought Maximus Tertius, 4th dread of the Howling Griffons venerated first company. Below is his refurbishment and return to the imperial fold.
This is the sad state to which I received poor 'ol Max. The black lines are actually deep grooves someone cut into the resin. More on that later.
Heavy flamer addition and a replacement cable from guitar wire. Note deep cut "Chaos" symbol in the arm.
Assault cannon repaired and as you can see, needed additional stripping. No less that 5 heavy coats of paint were on this model.
Refurbished cannon, more deep grooves in the upper arm.
The legs, where to begin...this is mostly brass pins now for repair and stability.
More replaced cabling.
Leg grooves now filled in with Squadron Green Putty.
Filled assault cannon.
Filled chaos symbol cuts.
The back. More filled grooves.

And now the completed and repaired Venerable Maximus Tertius, 4th Dreadnought of 1st Company Howling Griffons.

painted banner back.
I ordered the waterslide transfer paper for my inkjet printer. It will be here this week and this arm will get a Howling Griffon decal to match the terminator squads in the army.
Nothing like a codpiece to make you feel safe.
Banner front.
srs bizness!

So there you have it. All told took about 3-4 days to repair and repaint this model. I magnetized it so I can swap weapons if I need to. I don't really use dreads in my normal army list. But when I saw this awesome model and it's sorry state I immediately imagined back story:

Honored Sergeant Maximus Tertius (1st co. 2nd Sternguard Squad) was mutilated at the claws of Warboss Shagnazzty at the battle of Fort Colossi on Rhinoth IV. The warboss was leading the Waaagh! of Da Red Orkz on a pillage coreward toward the Forgeworld of Rhinoth Prime. The defense of Fort Colossi lasted for three months until the walls were breached by a rampaging squiggoth herd. After the collapse of the walls the fighting in the primary promanade became a charnel house of pulped PDF troops and the red and yellow livery of the hastily assembled Howling Griffons. It took five days before a recovery team could be spared to gather any geneseed or war materiel for refurbishment. Amongst the wreckage of a battlewagon, a lone surviving marine was found. His armor rent and torn, body shattered beyond recovery, the near-corpse of Honored Sergeant Tertius still lived and was sent abruptly to the orbiting battlebarge "Rage of Mancora". Although his body was beyond the techno-science of the Chapter Apothecaries, the decision was made to inter Maximus in the sarcophagus of a dreadnought where he fights on for the Chapter to this day.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Howling Griffons Tankapalooza!

Touched up the quartering and blacked out.
1st Co. 3rd Sternguard Squad Rhino "Crucible" w/ HQ insignia (front/side)
2nd Co. 1st Tactical Squad Rhino "Courageous" (front/side)
2nd Co. 3rd Tactical Squad Rhino "Purgator" (front/side)
1st Co. 3rd Sternguard Squad Rhino "Crucible" w/ HQ insignia (top)
2nd Co. 1st Tactical Squad Rhino "Courageous" (top)
2nd Co. 2nd Tactical Squad Rhino "Vengeance" (top)
2nd Co. 3rd Tactical Squad Rhino "Purgator" (top)
1st Co. 3rd Sternguard Squad Rhino "Crucible" w/ HQ insignia (rear/side)
2nd Co. 1st Tactical Squad Rhino "Courageous" (side/rear)
2nd Co. 2nd Tactical Squad Rhino "Vengeance" (rear/side)
2nd Co. 3rd Tactical Squad Rhino "Purgator" (rear/side)
2nd Co. Vindicator Siege Tank 305 "Godsmote" (front)
2nd Co. Vindicator Siege Tank 305 "Godsmote" (side)
2nd Co. Vindicator Siege Tank 305 "Godsmote" (rear)
2nd Co. Vindicator Siege Tank 305 "Godsmote" (side)
2nd Co. Vindicator Siege Tank 305 "Godsmote" (siege shield)
2nd Co. Vindicator Siege Tank 305 "Godsmote" (top)

After some intense masking I am pretty happy with the way the quartering on the tanks came out. When I black out the tanks for the metallics and weathering I purposely add a little paint wear with the basic black. I will now go in and sponge on some additional wear and tear. I have just received my set of weathering powders from FW and I am looking forward to testing them out on these vehicles.
The trick will be to add weathering but I want to keep them much cleaner in appearance than my IG tanks. In my mind the Marines are more for rapid insertion, whereas the IG are in for the long hauls. Nonetheless, since my theme is the long, grueling grind of the Badab Schism, the vehicles would have certainly bore the brunt of multiple engagement damage and wear. See you soon!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Grind

So now that the yellow is done on the Griffons it is on to the quartering. Bleh!
20 Tactical marines and 2 more termies...
Sternguard squad is quartered.
Close up of a beaky Sternguard.
"Things! Things are happening over there!"

At the time of this post I have only 10 more tac marines to quarter. Once the quartering is in place I can highlight the red and put on the final yellow highlight. I always find the base coloring to be the most tedious of the painting process. I much prefer the detail work, as intensive as it is it seems to hold my attention better. I will probably paint them in blocks of 5 at a time in order to not go crazy. See you in a bit!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Let me show you on the doll where the BA touched me...

So I played a game vs Dave's Lamenters (Blood Angels) army. It was definitely not my day. We played 2k capture and control w/ DoW setup.
My break away unit surrounded and wiped.
4 turns of the Librarian and termy fighting a dread.
The Angels in my base...killin my dudes...
The green tape is ablative armor...
The dead pool rising.
End game contest from the Stormchicken.
Dave's Stormraven closes in.
This is not daunting at all.
The game set up.
Turn 1 sees the Land Raider off...
Just a terrain shot.
Terminators surrounded the Stormraven...and did nothing...Whoo hoo!
The yellow surfer!
Mid scrum!

All in all it was an awesome game vs. a good opponent. The biggest hindrance on the table was my dice. I literally rolled 4 ones to wipe out my termy squad. Two of the squads melta-guns did not hit even once this game. These things happen; now I have to do better in the upcoming rematch.