Thursday, August 20, 2009
I have a few things in the ovens right now, focusing on either building new models or completely painting entire units.
First up is an attempt at a Silver Tower of Tzeentch. Right now it is very pink and very phallic. I used a small toy, about the size of a marine, as a 'relic' on the top. I decked the rest out in chains, chaos vehicle symbols, and some dwarven bucklers with ominous runes. I have used a book to add a Tzeentchian flare to it and I am thinking about taking some plague monk models I have lying around and making some sorcerers for the tower. I am happy I could whip this thing up, but it is altogether too thin for my liking. I could either hope it looks better fully painted, or try to fix it. I remain at that crossroads for now while I tend to other projects.
I no longer struggle to save the ill-fated batch of dunking. A little bit of colour really makes the models playable again. That means I will soon have 5 more marines done and maybe enough confidence for another go at dunking.
One of my little pride and joys is an old pattern Land Raider. I traded a chaos biker for this puppy, which was horribly painted and badly converted into a cyclopian nurgle...thing. It had more pva glue and greenstuff on it than it had plastic. However, I have carefully cleaned away what I could and replaced the cardboard top with plastic card. I have found that I may be able to save the thing by painting over it in black. After a couple of months in a Simple Green bath, part of the tank I tested has proven that the paint is not GW paints....it didn't come off. I am going to use some vehicle sprues to patch up some holes and pimp out this raider. This is about the only time I will convert old models. I hated the fact that my old dreadnought is incomplete, but this raider is going to be a loving restoration....certainly a work in progress though.
And finally, my chaos horde will finally have some competition. Yes folks, loyalists are en route in the form of Space Hulk and I am tempted to paint my chaos terminators red so that when I play apocalypse, I can throw down 30 terminators in dread claws (which I play on converting...hopefully with more success than my Silver Tower...). Now, I know I have more than enough to paint without making more work for myself (read: biting off more than I can chew) but I could not resist. Space Hulk is, well, if I have to explain it to you, then you should probably come back here when you learn about it yourself. However, limited edition nostalgia aside, the game comes with a large assortment of specially sculpted models, including a host of terminators. Coupled with my brother's old terminators (which I have stolen once again) and his three dreadnoughts (which I am appropriating after seeing my friend's dreadnought. Really cool plastic kit) I will have a reasonable loyalist contingent.
So that is the update. Nothing too exciting on the modeling front, but there is some progress. And SPACE HULK!!! Its just like eating an elephant...one flame-broiled endangered morsel at a time....