Thursday, 23 June 2016

10 "speed painted" Space Wolf drop pods

Good whatever it happens to be in your part of the world

So I want to run a Blackmane list, I decided so BEFORE the new FAQ came out by the by...

So I needed to paint up enough pods. I really didn't fancy normal painting so tried airbrushing instead

In total I think each pod took about 2 hours. Which compared to my normal paint speed is dam quick...

I used GW's airbrush paints as I wanted the colours to match my other models

I borrowed ideas from lots of places but hopefully streamlined the process

Here's how I did it


1 - I put all the doors together but kept the fins, engine and harnesses separate

2 - I spray painted the insides, engines and the harness silver

3 - Outsides and fins were spray painted black.

4 - I then airbrushed the insides of the fins.

Averland yellow took 2 coats to get a nice coverage. I then washed it with Riekland fleshshade along the insides for shadow (I didn't like the airbrush shadowing I had tried).
With a big brush it didn't take too long. This ended up being pointless after weathering anyhow so don't bother

I covered the yellow with a cover I made of green stuff. I know most use tape but there was no way in hell I had the time or patience to do that for 10 pods.
To make the cover I put greenstuff on a bare plastic pod. Don't do it on a painted one as it doesn't want to come off after...
I used Fenris grey and Russ grey to highlight.

It worked well. I just needed to make sure it was held down on the later fins as it did weaken and let a little paint through along the edges if not

I followed buy painted's way of highlighting the pods except I added 2 lines across the top as it looked a little blank to me otherwise 

5 - Doors. I used iron breaker over the sprayed silver. This gave a great broken effect that I wasn't expecting!

Outsides. I did the yellow first again as I had made a cover for the top

To save more time I had divided the pods into groups of colours. So all yellow was done at once for example

Middle parts were next. For this I did use a tape stencil but this was easily reusable. For all the doors I needed only 3 for the stickiness to last.

I used the 2 little squares where the icons affix as a guidline

Then I did the bottoms of the doors using another cover to protect the middle

Again all highlighting was done as in the above video

6 - Bases. Using a piece of card I then covered the doors and did the bases.

Here they are looking all nice and clean. I was a little worried at this point as I wanted dirty...

7 - Runes. I used a stencil from Freehand airbrush effects to do the runes. The template is called ancient Viking Runes.

8 - Transfers are from the new sw sheet. I used a matt varnish on these as soon as they were dry. Do this or watch them fly off when you start weathering!

9 - Airbrush first stage.  I put the pods upside down and then used a very light spray at an angle to blacken the bottoms.

Then coming about 8 inches away I gave the entire outside a light spray

10 - Pigment stage. I used secret weapon weathering pigments. Exhaust Balck and Black. Using a nice big soft brush I pushed it where I wanted it. I had to be firm in places but after a bit of practice it was quick.

Make sure you use a nice big piece of card and a box to put them in afterwards as it goes everywhere! It will also get up your nose without a mask on...

11 - Fixing stage. Using the secret weapon fixer I first of all tried using a brush for this but I ruined the effect I had just done. It was also very slow...

So instead I used my airbrush. It comes out really easily. I did 2 light coats and also coated the insides as pigment got in there and for Russ I couldn't get it all out by blowing and brushing...

Use a mask here folks. This stuff doesn't feel good when breathed in...

And that's it! 10 pods done relatively quickly

Now I just need to decide 2 things

1 - What to put in them

2 - Whether to exploit the FAQ to the max or be a nice guy!

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Some new Wolf Guard for my Blackmanes

I'm going to try out a Blackmane drop pod list with Wulfen Allies and some Thunder Cav.
As the elite choice I'm taking these guys to put some hurt on any ap2 stuff.
The fist is there a) because it looks cool and b) so they're still a threat after they've shot their load. They can hunt a tank or monstrous creature maybe.
They'll be joined by their Battle Leader with a power weapon too. Not sure of what type yet...

The idea is to give my opponent too many targets to choose from so at least something will survive to combat

Hopefully menacing and purposeful...

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Egil Ironfist conversion

Not sure if anyone is still reading this but here I go anyways

I'm toying with a list combining the Blackmane company and the Iron Company. So I need a Wolf Lord to lead one of them. I have the old metal Ragnar but thought I'd give myself the option of taking Egil as well

So here he is

The new iron priest's body. Wulfen claws and decoration. Space wolf head with the topnot, but cut off obviously. I also trimmed his hair back to give him a slightly older look. Then green stuff bionic eye. I hope it paints up ok
Bionic leg is from the Deathwatch marine and the foot is from the Thunderwolves kit. I had to trim it though as it was too big

Will have some painting to show soon I hope

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Space Wolf Sicaran

It's taken me ages but I'm finally happy with it.  Still tweaks to add but I'm stuck so any suggestions are welcome

I wanted to make it look revered and not just a Sicaran painted SW gray with Space Wolf parts stuck on.  So I stuck a LOT on...

I also wanted to replace the tracks with Landraider ones but they are molded on to the sides.  I have no tools here so it would have been a nightmare to try and take them off with a knife so I left it

And when I finally get my 3D printer working I want to add some decorative twiddly bits to it as well to match up with the Stormfang

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Plastic Harald Deathwolf + friends...

3 new Thunderwolves enter the fray for my tournament in the summer.  I have 2 more to make up and paint but these took me 3 weeks along with a nearly finished dred

This chap is Harald Deathwolf

The axe head is from the Dark Elf Executioners and the cloak is from the beastmaster on chariot.  I was worried it would look a little small but I think it's fine.

I kept him with a green theme.  It's obviously Logan's head

This guy is a Battle Leader with the Armour of Russ

He's here for infantry mincing goodness.  I gave him a Dark Elf Corsair cloak as he has been helping Harald hunt Kraken.  Makes a change from fur for once.  Helps identify this unit from my other one too

And this is another Battle Leader

He's armed with the Black Death for +D3 attacks if he's outnumbered.  I think it's fair to say he will be most of the time...  He's got a kraken cloak as well

These 2 wolves are from Logan's sled.  There's no way I'm using that thing, I'm plundering it's bits instead.

I have my dreadnought to finish and then a Sicaran battle tank to put together and 2 more wolves before I get back to my new army

Sunday, 22 March 2015

New Army - Blood Angels successor chapter

New Army time! I never got properly motivated with the Chaos Dwarves. They're sat unloved back in the UK. I love power armour too much.

I was tempted to start Blood Angels when they released the Sanguinary Guard but didn't. But now with the new tactical squad, the amazing Sternguard models and simply stunning Sanguinary Priest I was sold.
Please don't read too much into all the nipple armour...

I'm going to make my own chapter. As a Space Wolves player I'd consider it a bit of a betrayal to do pure Blood Angels.  Not sure on a name yet but the colour scheme will be thus:

Tactical - Black Armour with white weaponry.
Death Company - Dark red armour with black head and shoulders
Sanguinary Guard & Captain - Silver with black detail
Chaplain - Black with red shoulders
Sanguinary Priest - White armour and black robes

I've converted Dante and Mephiston these seem the only characters worth taking.  They will just be a captain and a librarian mainly though

So here are the models so far

 Captain Dante / Normal captain

 Chaplain with BA bits added.  The wings are magnetized so I can put on his normal one if I don't want him flying about

 Sanguinary Priest.  He will have wings but I left them off to make them easier topaint

 Mephiston.  I need to do something about the arm with the plasma pistol but I'm not sure what.  It just looks wrong

 Librarian.  Might do some sort of power coming from his hand

 Sergeant from the tactical squad.  I love how the level of detail has gone up so much now that this guy could have been a captain years ago

Sternguard.  I actually didn't use many Sternguard bits

Put some green stuff bits on the legs.  I used instamold

Dreadnought in process of being painted.  I added extra bling.  It's an earing I saw whilst in a queue in a clothes shop for 50p.  Bargain

Tuesday, 9 December 2014


I was going to wait until the new year to start up again but why not now hey?  Hopefully it will give me more impetus to get things done.  I've done more but don't have them with me/didn't take pics

Here is what I've taken pictures of in 2014

 Slanesh character, Space Wolves Iron Priest and Dark Elf Lord.
The green stuff cable will be attached to the hammer not left like that

3 Dark Elf Sorceresses

 Based on Hellbron

 Harpy head on sorceress body.  I read somewhere that harpies were once sorceresses who grew too beautiful and the Dark Elf goddess became jealous and turned them into Harpies.  This one grew too bold too and was taught a lesson...

My take on the Space Wolf Black Reach model.

Wanted to do these for a while! Can't take em unless I ally but they were fun to make