These suckers got their basecoat a couple of months ago as they are now nearing completion, it's worth catching up on some posts...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
Fitting and assembling a squad display / storage board from Tablewar... since I now have a couple of units gathering dust on the shelf, it makes sense to finish up a couple of trays and tuck the marines safely into the display case on my floor.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Two bits that came together in a post today - I recently picked up one of the excellent Macromat background sets from Tablewar and got a chance to test it out with an SLR camera rather than my standard mobile phone approach.
As one of the mats (there are 3 included in the kit) is a gradation from white to blue... it also seemed fitting that the first test subject as a 'showcase' would be my old tactical squad from ~1993 that I found in the cupboard over Christmas.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Rhinos are starting to come together. Interior weathering has been finished up and the hulls have been glued together just about ready for priming and base coating.
Going through the assembly process definitely highlighted some wasted effort - there are a few interior surfaces that you really, really can't see unless you put a miniature camera inside the tank. Good lessons for any future construction :-)
Monday, January 30, 2017
It turns out there are an awful lot of parts to a rhino if you intend on painting them thoroughly and including an interior. It took the best part of an afternoon to paint the interiors of the group - although to be fair, that was for 3 tanks, including some extra wash drying time for the large amount of agrax that went on the floors. It was the first time I have painted a rhino of any form, and in hindsight I can see a couple of shortcuts and things I wasted time on that just plain won't be visible.
The end result for the control stations is probably a good image to lead the post with...
Thursday, January 19, 2017
I've never really been a tank person in gaming - even on the PC, out of ~500 hours logged in Battlefield 2, less than 5 of those would have been in tanks. My Eldar army begrudgingly had a single falcon in the late 90s; partly as they were a rather annoying thing to paint (at least without an airbrush back then - some cool/quick effects are possible now) and partly as I always preferred extra ground pounders or at least a wraithguard/dreadnought addition before vehicles.
Net result, since 1993 I haven't bought or assembled anything using the iconic rhino hull - no predator, no razorback, not even a rhino itself. My brother had a rogue-trader era marine predator (the one with the square, metal-part gunner turret and the old school round hatches on the sides), which was almost unrecognisable as a marine vehicle after it had been modified with bits to fit a chaos army.
So think of me as a 40k tank virgin with this post.
Friday, January 13, 2017
I bought this case a while ago but worth a post now - the excellent folk at Tablewar have opened up an AU-based operation this week (tablewar.com.au) with their range of cases, accessories and mats now being sent locally from a distribution hub in Australia.
Previously, given the size/weight of the cases, the only option was to go with a freight forwarding company to ship from the US to Oz, with something in the ballpark of $200 for postage alone (with a bit extra for the forwarding service).
Saturday, January 7, 2017
I've got a bunch of productive pics of assembly, priming and airbrushing a heap of new blood angels but after putting primers and red base on ten devs, ten assault and 3 tanks (and finishing two tac squads) I found myself keen to work in another colour for a short break. The librarian is the first character model I've painted in 15 years so wasn't expecting perfection - it's also a good test of several techniques that weren't really possible back then.