Ravenwing Black Knights - More Plasma Talons

Ravenwing Black Knights - More Plasma Talons

Warhammer 40,000 – I remember when bitz boxes the world over were filled with left over Space Marine Plasma Guns. It was always a weapon that would kill your own gun at the most inopportune of times, which meant any other special weapon would see more play on the table. Eight Edition made it a choice to supercharge your plasma and risk killing your own guy rather than happening every time they fire their gun. Suddenly plasma guns are all the rage and you see them on everything.

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Shrouded in Secrets - More Ravenwing

Shrouded in Secrets - More Ravenwing

Warhammer 40,000 – I just wrapped up more iconic Ravenwing models. Like most of the Space Marines Chapters the bulk of their army is made up of units that are shared with the main codex with some minor variations. Each of the chapters with their own codex then have several unique units that only they can access. The Darkshroud and Black Knights are both examples only the Dark Angels have access to.

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Ravenwing ... Basic Black

Ravenwing ... Basic Black

Warhammer 40k – Black is one of those colors I have a love/hate relationship with. When it's done right it looks amazing on the table, but even then it's hard to get credit for the amount of time it took to get to the level of detail you put in. On the other hand when doing a basic three color paint job it's super easy to put down two thin coats of black and call it a day. I've also figured out a nice dark gray mix that when washed with Nuln Oil makes a nice substitute for painting black and edge highlighting. 

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The Primarch's Return

Warhammer 40,000 - The last set of the Gathering Storm models is probably my favorite. Although I can't stand the Ultramarines in general it's pretty cool to see Robute wake up and do the action hero thing. It's also cool to see Cypher doing the Clint Eastwood, Man with No Name pose for the new kit. The Grey Knight Grandmaster is the weakest of the models but he still looks pretty amazing.

Grand Master Voldus is a typical Grey Knight model. Lots of details all over the armor but other wise its a similar pose to other terminator characters. For this one I painted to match the clients other Grey Knight models which don't use metallic silver for the armor.

Roubute Guilliman is an imposing Monsterous Creature. About the same size as a Daemon Prince he's an imposing figure. My client asked that I paint him a pale blue so that it looked better with his Salamanders and Grey Knights. I'm happy with how the blue looks next to the gold it feels a little more regal to me than the traditional blue and gold. For the sword and torches I used fluorescent paints with a yellow wash to get that bright flame effect.

Who watches the Deathwatch?

Who watches the Deathwatch?

Warhammer 40,000 – I'm still keeping my head above water, it's crazy every spring I seem to get flooded with a bunch of new commission work, typically it's for a game that just released the previous season or that has recently seen a upsurge in popularity. As of late i've been seeing an awful lot of 40K models come across my table. This seems odd to me as if you believe the interwebs that game might as well be on it's last legs with the amount of "new" games; that play better, are cheaper and generally better designed; that are stepping up to knock the champ off it's proverbial golden throne. 

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On the painting table ... Ravenwing

On the painting table ... Ravenwing

Warhammer 40,000 – It just doesn't end, the Dark Angels just keep coming. In this batch we have the remainder of the Ravenwing contingent of his force. This consists of a bunch of bikes and a Landspeeder Typhoon. Painting the Ravenwing is one of my least favorite jobs, don't get me wrong they look amazing on the table top but painting black is difficult to make look right. It's not like you can just wash it to get a nice shade so most of the detail comes from what you do with the highlighting.

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On the painting table ... Stompy Robots

Warhammer 40,000 – Thump, Thump, Thump stomping onto my painting table is a "standard" Dark Angel Dreadnought. This piece should be about the end of this commission as I believe my client has just about every option he may need built and painted for this force.

It looks like he built this using a few parts from various kits. Painting Dreadnoughts is always interesting because so much of the model is gunmetal. I like painting these parts as it's really easy and looks great when it's done. I've just started blocking in the colors on this and will follow the same process as I've done in the past with these Dark Angels models.

In other stompy robot news I did have a chance to pick up and assemble one of the Knight Titans. This is a very impressive kit, however I won't go on and one about it as every other blog on the internet has already beat this one to death. It's a shame there weren't more options in the kit but for what you get it is a pretty substantial model. (Although my Reaper Cthulu is the same size and signifcantly bulkier than this and it only cost me $15 ... so your mileage may vary)

I'm working on a base to match my space marines as this particular unit will join up with them more often than not when I need access to a Rapid Fire Battle Cannon and Strength-D Close Combat option. It fills a unique hole in my forces and I'm looking forward to trying it out first hand on the tabletop soon.

I'm not sure if I'm going to opt for one of the Studio Paint Schemes on this to match up with the decals included with the kit or if I'm going to develop my own Freeblade Knight with his own backstory. With all the other stuff I need to wrap up it might be a while before I can make a decision on the paint.

Plastic Thunderhawk Complete

Plastic Thunderhawk Complete

Warhammer 40,000 – I finally wrapped up the paint job on the Plastic Thunderhawk. The piece is very large and bulky so it took a bit longer than normal to finish. Overall I'm really happy with how it turned out. In the future with big pieces like this I might opt to use an airbrush for the base coating to save some time. The edge highlighting took what seems like forever. I think part of the problem was my hand would get tiered from holding it up so I could only do small portions at a time.

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On the painting table ... Plastic Thunderhawk

Warhammer 40,000 – This beast is finally done. Massive models like this are tricky because it's much more difficult to hold it in place when you're doing the detail work. Edge highlighting took forever because I had to space it out so I could keep my arm from getting fatigued. 

Having seen this in action on the table I'm not super impressed with what it can do. Once it's on the table it's pretty impressive but in the game I saw it in action it didn't come in until turn 4 or 5 and at that point it was able to take out a titan but the damage had already been done by the super heavy that started on the table.

If GW ever makes a true plastic kit of this I'll be first in line to pick one up just for the coolness factor. 

On the painting table ... Who's Fallen?

Warhammer 40,000 – Dark Angels you seem to have no end. One of my regular clients recently provided me with some more models to paint up for his Dark Angels/Marine Equivalent force. It sounds like his goal is to have a complete Deathwing, Ravenwing and I dunno ... Plainwing force with all the options from either book that he may want to use. He also seems to be following the "Rule of Cool" by looking at a unit entry and deciding if it's a modeling project he wants to undertake rather than just picking the most broken combos to make (although there's probably a bit of that as well)

First up is a Ravenwing Command Squad, with this one he designed some custom weapon mounts that he had 3D printed. The look like a grav gun and a melta gun mounted to the front of the bike. He then made some twin linked bolters that he has the riders holding. The way he explained it is this way he has all the options he might want WYSIWYG on the model. This makes sense to me as it saves cash and provides unique looking models. Hopefully his opponents share my opinion.

Paint on these is fairly simple, block in the base colors, wash with black, brown or green then go in to highlight the details.

Next we have his take on the Legion of the Damned. These are a weird unit in Codex: Space Marines that represent the ghost riders of the Imperium: Hellish flaming marines that appear in times of need. The flaming skull thing wasn't up my clients alley so he decided to do a fluffy representation of them as remembers of the Fallen. Dark Angles that were sucked into the warp during the Heresy who may or may not be the true loyalists.

Going with this idea he asked me to paint them in a Pre-Heresy color scheme without the red bolters that are featured in the rest of his force. I always thought the Pre-Heresy color was black and repainted to green post heresy however my client insists that it was actually a really deep green that was almost black. The customer is always right so I went about crating a really dark green for these models.

On the painting table ... Plastic Thunderhawk Conversion

Warhammer 40K – More Dark Angel stuff on the table this week, my client is focusing on getting his Deathwing and Raven Wing wrapped up so I have some larger projects that need to get a tabletop paint job.

First up is a converted Thunderhawk, my client wanted to have something that he could field in an apocalypse game and didn't want to pay/wait for Forgeworld so he built this himself. From what I can tell this consists of two Storm Ravens, a Rhino, some Cities of Death bits, Dark Angel Flyer and some 3D printed parts. As with previous commissions I've painted for him he likes to design his own stuff in 3D Max and have it printed through Shapeways. He got a slightly better finish on these parts but there is still a definite texture to the final finish, not to hard to hide with the paint job but not the same as injection molded plastic.

I still have to detail out the cockpit and do the edge highlighting but I'm excited about the project so I wanted to share an in progress look at it.

've had a Thunderhawk on my wish list for ages as I really like the Forgewoeld model, however the cost to use ratio never did it for me. From what I can tell this is a pretty good approximation of the model and will work just fine in game. With paint on it it looks really sharp.

Next he sent along a Landraider Crusader that is a Deathwing Transport. My guess is he's realized that deepstriking isn't always the best option and having a way to haul slow moving terminators to where the action is is a safe plan. This model has some minor conversions to it as well mostly the addition of some Cities of Death bits to mimick what he did with his Landspeeder conversion and the details he added to the Thunderhawk.

On the painting table ... A stern look

Warhammer 40K – Anytime a new power armor book comes out it seems like a get swamped with new commission work. This is a good thing, so I'm looking forward to all the supplemental codexes that are coming out hopefully they'll have some cool unique units that my clients will want to add to their forces.

On the table now are some Sternguard Veterans to go along with the Dark Angels army I'm been painting for the same client. His goal is to have a nice looking tabletop force without breaking the bank. Which means all I'm doing it applying paint, I have to repeat this any time I post things for this army as personally mold lines and flash drive me crazy. However to keep the project within budget I have to remind myself that these were provided "ready to paint."

Anyway the new Sternguard plastics are pretty nice. They have all "ten pieces of flair" just like the old metal/finecast versions as well as all the weapon options in the kit for the basic entry. Looking at the way he's assembled these models I definitely want to pick up the set for the extra parts there are plenty of cool bits to make some unique models from this kit.

Painting is pretty basic a green base with a wash for the armor. I went in with gold and tan to pick out the robes and bling. Then gunmetal and red on the weapons. Once that was done I went in and picked out some of the highlights on the models and applied the single sword decal my client is using to denote veterans.

Also in this batch is his custom version of Ko'soro Khan on foot. I guess he's working on the mounted version as well so the two models will look the same. In an effort to make the most out of his power armor models I'm painting him as a master of the Ravenwing. My client likes to run a Codex: Space Marine list for his bikes with Kahn and pairs them with an allied detachment of Dark Angels. 

On the painting table ... Shrouded

On the painting table ... Shrouded

Warhammer 40K – On the table this week is a converted Dark Shroud to go with the Dark Angels commission I worked on earlier this year. My client realized this is a great piece to ally with his Codex: Space Marines White Scars list. He however hated the stock model and decided to build his own using some plasticard and a landspeeder storm.

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