Tuesday, November 20, 2018

'Fellowship': Challenge IX Begins December 21st

The Ninth Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge has just been annonced. Head over to the Challenge blog to get the details. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

'From the Prairies to the Trenches - Part V: Amiens, Armistice and Aftermath, January 1918 - June 1919'

If you have a moment, please check out the concluding chapter of my team's 5-part video series which focuses on Saskatchewan's involvement in the First World War:

Saskatchewan Remembers.

Monday, October 29, 2018

A Candy-Apple Reaver Titan, Proxy Carapace Weapons and Some Terrain

In my last post I had a Warhound scout titan sporting a candy-apple paint job, so this time out I have a Reaver medium war engine decked-out in a similar scheme.

The inspiration for these came from an excellent YouTube airbrush tutorial I sourced from Moggy's Miniatures. I was so impressed by how he achieved the effect that I wanted to give it a go with a few of my Legio Mortis titans. 

Though definitely not as adept as Moggy's work, I think the graduated gloss red combined with the brass edging gives a suitably decadent, Chaos-y look.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the Reaver kit strangely does not offer the same level of magnetization options as its larger Warlord cousin, so the hobby saw came out for some quick service in order to allow the swapping around of the various weapon bits.

Reaver Power Fist
In addition to the Reaver, I've made up a new set of carapace weapons for my Warlord titans in the form of a brace of Mars Pattern Laser Blasters. 

GW continues to be asleep at the switch in providing support for Adeptus Titanicus, so I printed these from 3D files I found on Thingiverse (thanks Stroganoff!). The edge detail is a bit soft, but I think they're excellent on the whole. 

Again, I popped in some magnets so they could be swapped-in to replace the stock missile launchers. Good to go!

The Mortis Family:

To finish off, here are a few more pieces of terrain that I've added to the collection.

A reactor complex...

...and a set of shield generators.

That's it for now, folks! Thanks for dropping in and have a great week!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A Pack of Warhounds for Adeptus Titanicus

For any who have been following my recent posts, it's fairly easy to see that I've been swept up collecting and painting stuff for the recent release of Adeptus Titanicus. This time out, I have a hunting pack of 'light' Warhound titans (yes, a wonderful contradiction in terms) all done-up and ready to stalk prey on the tabletop.

While the big Warlords and medium Reavers are all fine and good, my favourite titan design remains the Warhound. There is something wonderfully predatory about its hunched stature and digitigrade legs that really appeals to my lizard brain. The Adeptus Titanicus rules help encourage the use pack tactics of the Warhounds by allowing them to activate as a group, 'share' void shields and to concentrate their fire on specific targets. Very evocative of the GW fluff.

But, GW being GW, it has decided to be infuriatingly lackadaisical in its release schedule for follow-on 'engines' for Titanicus (really, follow-on anything for that matter). Tired of waiting for the Warhounds to be made available (and not particularly enthused about the cost), I snooped through my favourite go-to open-source 3D design site, Thingiverse, to see if anyone had posted anything that I could use as proxy. Well, lo-and-behold a VERY talented chap going by the handle of 'Stroganoff' has made available a series of excellent prints for the Warlord, the Warhound and a lot of other handy things. 

They are absolutely brilliant designs, with each having several weapon options and limb variations. Furthermore, he's cleverly provided the Warhound in the alternate 'Lucius' pattern to make it different from the ubiquitous 'Mars' used by both  GW and Forge World.

Completely chuffed, I printed off four kits of which I have three done-up here today.

Each 'kit' only has nine parts (another credit to the overall design), so the assembly is pretty straightforward stuff.

The kit minus the two weapons.

You can see with each of these models that the legs can be positioned into many different action poses. I particularly like the trotting Warhound, with it's one foot suspended in mid-stride. 

I've painted two in the austere grey livery of Legio Cerberus, giving each a different colour accent to help identify them on the tabletop. I've been enjoying seeing the work of others, especially my friend Greg, with them contrasting the colour of the head/cockpit with the body -  so I've given all my Cerberus titans distinctive white cockpits (something for the heretics to zero on, I suppose).  The decals are a mix of designs from the Warlord and Reaver kits.

I wanted to paint the other Warhound as a nasty Legio Mortis engine, so I thought I'd have a bit of fun with the airbrush and give it a decadent candy-apple red paintjob. 

It's a bit over-the-top, but I quite liked how it turned out on the whole, and  besides, we all know red vehicles go faster, right? I've used this same colour scheme for my upcoming Reaver, which I'll post up soon.

For a bit of visual interest, I put in a recessed footprint into the basework of one, and a wrecked hovertank (another 3D print) on another. 

Otherwise, the bases have been done in my usual post-apoc, ash-grey motif, accented with some rubble and a few scorched trees and bushes.

Finally, I have to give a shout out to my good friend Byron, as while I was in the midst of building these models I discovered I had no bases to mount them on. Nevertheless, Byron (who is the proprietor of Northern Lights Terrain) came to the rescue and quickly sent me a set of 80mm MDF bases. Thanks so much Byron!

Well, that's it for today folks. Thanks for dropping in - have a great week everyone!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Adeptus Titanicus - Reaver Titan 'Canis Lex'

My Adeptus Titanicus riff continues with the addition of a Reaver medium titan, a half dozen Imperial Knights and a few more bits of terrain.

To be honest, I'm not a big fan of the Reaver. I've never really taken to the quasi-reptilian 'head/cockpit' design and the legs always struck me as a bit ponderous looking, but I admit that it is a nice kit to work on - lots of great detail and relatively easy to assemble.

One thing that that did have me a bit perplexed with the kit was that, unlike the Warlord, the Reaver model is fairly limited in the easy integration of magnets to the weapon mounts. Only the carapace missile launcher has a pair of magnet insets, whereas the various weapon/arms are left for the modeler to figure out. 

This I did with a bit of judicious sawing and gluing (including magnetizing the waist to allow the torso to twist) - not really a big deal, but a little disappointing in light of GW's great debut with the Warlord.

For a bit of visual interest, I posed the right leg so it's in the midst of stomping on a poor Leman Russ Demolisher tank. To give the impression of the foot articulating around the hull of the destroyed tank, I cut off the 'toes' so I could reposition them downwards.

Similar to my recent Mortis Warlord, the rubble groundwork is made up of leftover bits from the Civitas building set. I added a street light by cutting a paperclip and putting a blob of superglue on the tip to simulate the light casing. A bit silly, but the overall effect works okay.

I kept the paintjob fairly minimalst, just a grey, black and white scheme, which suits my tastes just fine. I've created a small interlinked series a games centered around a titan force called 'Demi-Legio Cerberus' (a nod to the multi-headed hound who guards the Underworld). This Legio will be composed primarily of fast striking Warhounds, supported by their larger Reaver brethren. This fella I've named 'Canis Lex'. 

The Imperial Knights are stock builds. As a bit of a facepalm, I remembered just after they were assembled that I should have magnetized their weapons like their larger cousins - my bad. Oh well, I'll have to remember to do this with the next set I get.

And to end the post, another trio of buildings to help bolster my terrain collection. The two wrecked factory structures are from JR Miniatures, whereas the apartment block with the  diagonal 'open plan and outdoor exposure' is a 3D print. 

That's it for now. Thanks for dropping in folks - have a great day!