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Friday, August 4, 2017

Tutorial: U'zhul the Skulltaker - Skulls for the Skull Throne!


U'zhul the Skulltaker - appointed Sacred Executioner of Khorne. He seeks out the mightiest enemies on the battlefield so that he can slay them with his Hellblade. Here is a great painting tutorial that I used to paint this figure from a blog that is now no longer updated. 

I am saving the steps here to keep the tutorial alive and match it with today's GW paint range.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bloodfuelled Prayers to Khorne - Khorne Slaughterpriest Painted


I wanted to display a model that I finally finished recently - the Khorne Slaughterpriest! Here, I will talk a little about the painting process for this beautiful model. My next post will be devoted to talking about using this monster in Warhammer 40k.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hive Fleet Leviathan Gargoyles Painted with Tips



I wanted to take some time to show off some Tyranid gargoyles that were painted in a Hive Fleet Leviathan theme. I wanted to talk about some of the scheme and how I adapted it keeping in mind that I have hundreds to paint and I am not that fast of a painter. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hive Fleet Leviathan Skin Tutorial - A quick approach!


Steve here, ready to show you a quick take on Games Workshop's style of painting Hive Fleet Leviathan Skin. With this strategy, I was able to paint up the skin on 10 gargoyles within an hour or so - maybe two when you take into account drying washes. Overall, this was very easy.

This really worked out for me because I have a horde of Tyranid models to paint, while at the same time I collect multiple armies. If you are in the same boat, you might be looking into ways to paint a bit faster. This should work on any splinter fleets of Hive Fleet Leviathan.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Land Raider Terminus Ultra - Tactics and Comparisons


I was really excited to see the Land Raider Terminus Ultra in the Imperium Index 1. It is a whopping 30 Power Level and at *updated* 400 points, filling a lord of war slot. I bought this Terminus Ultra Job Lot a couple of years ago. Now I have a reason to revive this mistreated hero.

How can we make this lord of war worth the points? How does it compare to the awesome Predator Annihilator or a Knight Paladin? Let's also take a look at how to fix up this model.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Dark Imperium Set WIP - Do you love painting gold trim?


If you have ever played disc golf or golf, you may know how I feel here. I am speaking of when you throw the disc (or hit the ball) and you are pretty impressed, only to stand at your ball or disc and look back at the tee-off area to see that you did not throw it that far at all. That is how I feel this week about my painting.

I have been hard at work on assembling and painting my Dark Imperium set. I have spent about 6 hours this week painting, and the amount of time needed to paint all the trim with Balthasar Gold has exceeded my expectations.

Let's take a look:

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Dark Imperium Review - Thoughts on the post-Indomitus Crusade World

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Dark Imperium Review

Thoughts on the post-Indomitus Crusade World


I finished reading Dark Imperium by Guy Haley just a few days ago, and I wanted to share some thoughts that this book drew out for me, and of this new age for Warhammer 40,000.

If you have not had a chance to read the book, you can pick it up here at the Black Library. (link) I picked up the hardback on release day and was not disappointed.

Here are some thoughts about some particular topics within the book. I would love to know what you think - please comment below if you have a different take.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Iron Warriors Mk III Tactical Squad - Now more irony!

Notice the difference between the (new) more irony version and the darker (old) version on the right.

Steve here, and I wanted to show you an upgraded version of my Iron Warriors Tactical Squad (or veteran squad in Horus Heresy). I decided to lighten them up after some feedback across different sites. Here is a link to my original post (link).

I take comments and critiques to heart and decided to make a quick adjustment based off of feedback last week. I see this as a benefit that being part of the community provides.

Please let me know what you think!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Iron Warriors Tactical Squad Complete - Iron Within! Iron Without!


Let's take a look at some MK III Iron Warriors painted in a style found in the Golden D6 issue 6 (link). Surprisingly, this is the first time I EVER painted a tactical marine squad. Iron Within! Iron Without!

More after the break:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Slaanesh Subjugator Titan WIP - The Awesome Power of Excess


Steve here, with a post about a project that I have had on my plate for a long time - the Slaanesh Subjugator Titan! This is my first large-scale conversion project, other than my Snakebite Ork Cyber wyvern, which is a post for another day.

I plan on working on this model a lot during the summer and keep up with the progress here. In this post, I will introduce the model, the process I took to create it, and my inspiration. I hope you enjoy. Critiques and comments are very welcome.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Our most memorable hobby mistakes - A Legion Moritat Story




Steve here, with a fun start to the weekend by asking a fun question: What are some of your best hobby mistakes? This is a light-hearted post.

The premise here is that I was in the middle of destroying one of my new Legion Moritats that I bought from Forgeworld (link) and I grew nostalgic thinking about all of the models I have screwed up in the last year or so. Sad at the time, but fun to think about now.

Below are some of my recent failures, what are some of your recent hobby fails?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Change is coming! Herald on Burning Chariot Painted with guide


Steve here and all I can say about this model is finally! I forgot how long single models take to paint compared to squad level painting as easy as Horrors! The Burning Chariot marks the completion of three models that take me beyond my painting totals for 2016 - up to 49 models. I am very proud of that achievement.

I spent a lot of time on the Burning Chariot. I came away from it very pleased, save for a few parts that I could have agonized over for awhile - mainly the staff glow. I really loved the model and some of the neat challenges that it brought to the table. Let's take a look, and I will talk about how I approached different parts of it.


The Herald:

Monday, May 1, 2017

Ulantor, the Red Doom Appears! - A House Taranis Imperial Knight Showcase


Ulantor is the pilot of the Red Doom, a famous Knight Paladin for House Taranis. Today, I wanted to showcase the model and tease a later set of posts about my Slaanesh Subjugator Titan.

Improve your painting game with Mengel Miniatures - Battle Brothers #3


"The Master said, (the good man) does not grieve that other people do not recognize his merits. His only anxiety is lest he should fail to recognize theirs." - Confucius from The Analects

Mengel Miniatures

Our community has a lot of enthusiasts that make this hobby better for all of us. These gamers and painters help us with forging the narrative, converting our armies and painting them.

I will keep a running list and summary of these allies in a button page link to the right on the site. Thank you for all that you do.

Today, I want to recognize Mengel Miniatures, a great site for reviews of Games Workshop background as well as amazing painting tutorials and miniature showcases.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Brimstone Horrors of Tzeentch - Flame on and paint quick!


Steve here with some finished Brimstone Horrors of Tzeentch. These are new models that can be found in both the Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower and in a box set with Blue Horrors.

In the fluff, Pink Horrors are the jovial automatons of Tzeentch, and when they are dealt a mortal wound, they split into two Blue Horrors which are much more vindictive and spiteful. When these Blue Horrors are mortally wounded, they split into two Brimstone Horrors. This is new to the fluff as of the Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower release of 2016.

With each Pink Horror producing two of these models, we have the likelihood to be painting two of these bases for each of the Pink Horrors you use, with two painted Blue Horrors in between. That means that we need an efficient way to paint these guys.

Below is the process that I went through. It mirrors Games Workshop's February 2017 White Dwarf Magazine of a reverse highlight, which is what I do for all of my Horror flames.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Love Painting Pink Horror Skin and Burning Chariot WIP - 'Oh, the Horror!' Day 5


Oh, the Horror! week is wrapping up. I wanted to get some last posts up showing painting progress on my Herald of Tzeentch riding the Burning Chariot and show off the painting steps for Pink Horror skin. I will create a tutorial once this is complete. This piece is very important to me because it marks the 47th model I have painted this year. I only completed 46 models in all of 2016 and beating that number in April of 2017 fills me with pride. I have Squaduary to thank for a lot of that. Also, the shot in the arm from Kaptain Von speaking about arm's reach painting.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Horrors of Tzeentch and Chariot Painting WIP Oh, the Horror! Day 4


Steve here, I hope that you have had a great holiday weekend if you celebrate. Tonight I wanted to show you a set of WIP for Oh, the Horror! week as I build a detailed painting guide for my Herald of Tzeentch on a Burning Chariot and more Pink Horror models.

Let's get started with progress on the Burning Chariot.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Horrors of Tzeentch - 25 years of evolution - Oh, the Horror! Day 3

Steve here, In today's post about Horrors, I want to look at how the rules for Horrors have evolved over the last 25+ years. I love going back through the rules to find where these models were in the minds of the developers in the past and to see how things have changed over time.

Horrors drew up a minor uproar when the new split mechanic with Brimstone Horrors came about last year. This does not seem to have been too much of an issue. How did we get there? Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

Realms of Chaos - The Lost and the Damned (1st edition 1990)


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Blue Horrors of Tzeentch Oh, the Horror! Day 2: Petty Automatons


Pink Horrors are the Lesser Daemons of Tzeentch. They are described as gleeful, and sing and dance as they make their way up the battlefield. They will kill you, but will do so with a happy demeanor. These creatures are tough to completely kill - when they are finally destroyed, they split into two halves, which shape themselves into smaller Blue Horrors. Unlike the Pink Horrors, Blue Horrors of Tzeentch are vindictive, vengeful, and petty.

Please have a look at a completed set of 14 Blue Horrors after the jump for Oh, the Horror! Day 2.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pink Horrors of Tzeentch Oh, the Horror! Day 1: Happy Automatons


Steve here, and I have been looking forward to this moment. This is the first day of a group of Horror-themed posts that should carry through for the week or so. I call it - Oh, the Horror!

This is day 1 of this set of posts, the completion of a group of 10 pink horrors!

Future days will include blue horrors and the new brimstone horrors, as well as painting guides for each.

I will also be tracking the history of the horror and look at their rule changes over time to get a feel for what horrors truly are in the world of Warhammer 40k.

So, please enjoy a week of horror at Fortress Erioch!




Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bringing the Best Battle Reports - Winters SEO - Battle Brothers







Follow Winters SEO Youtube Channel. You will not be disappointed.

Winters SEO

Our community has a lot of enthusiasts that make this hobby better for all of us. These gamers and painters help us with forging the narrative, converting our armies and painting them.

These Battle Brothers posts will help recognize some of the amazing work that these people do to help our miniature gaming hobby.

I will keep a running list and summary of these allies in a button page link on the site. Thank you for all that you do.

Today, I want to recognize a YouTuber, I present to you Winters SEO.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Humble Bundle Amazing Deal! - Horus Heresy Novels 1-15 for $15

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Humble Bundle Amazing Deal!

Horus Heresy Novels 1-15 for $15. Extras included.

I have not seen this advertised too much on the blog rolls, but Humble Bundle is currently having a Horus Heresy Book Bundle (link here). You get books 1-15 of the Horus Heresy for $15. That is an amazing value. while writing this, I have had to keep control of my exclamation points. It reminds me of a Seinfeld episode. You know the one.
You also receive Horus Heresy Wallpapers, 2 audio books and some 40k comics. Grab the deal before the bundle runs out.
How far have you read into the Horus Heresy? I love the books, and am currently collecting the hardbacks. A slow process. This keeps the story going in the mean time.
More information below:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bloodthirster with Magnetised Bloodletter Base - Glory to Khorne!

Bloodthirster of Khorne Showcase with Magnetized Bloodletter Base

Steve here, and taking a moment to show off a model I have completed and the method that I go about creating wound markers for larger figures. I present to you the Bloodthirster of Unfettered Fury!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Battle Brothers #1 - Allies of our Hobby - Broken Paintbrush


Broken Paintbrush

Our community has a lot of enthusiasts that make this hobby better for all of us. These gamers and painters help us with forging the narrative, converting our armies and painting them.

These Battle Brothers posts will help recognize some of the amazing work that these people do to help our miniature gaming hobby.

I will keep a running list and summary of these allies in a button page link on the site. Thank you for all that you do.

Today, I want to recognize a blogger. First, I will start off with Broken Paintbrush.

Joe at Broken Paintbrush does an amazing job at building our community. He is very active and there is a great back-and-forth between he and his subscribers through e-mails or blog posts. Dreadtober 

Monday, March 13, 2017

See what the Rage is about - Iyanden Wraithguard Painting Guide


This is a step-by-step guide showing you how to paint Iyanden Wraithblades in an alternative fashion that makes them look a little more battle damaged and alien to match their fluff. To read more about my rational, see last night's post here (link). These were completed for the #Squaduary challenge.

The Body: 

I started with a wash of Casandora Yellow over the white prime job that I did. This mostly worked wonders, but offered challenges as I made mistakes with the blue and black that I was later adding to the model. I corrected this with coats of Averland Sunset followed by top coats of Yriel Yellow to match the original color. This works about 80% well. I decided that with the battle damage that I wanted to show on the models that I would have mixes of areas that are more dark than others. This really worked well in showing the wear on the figures.

Next, I did some targeted washes of Agrax Earthshade to add some contrast in areas. I continued later with some drybrushed highlights of Yriel Yellow followed up with a drybrush of Ceramite White.


The Head:


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Completed Iyanden Wraithblades - They are all the Rage!


Painting guide coming later this week =)

Steve here with a guide that I wanted to put up for some time. This is the one success that I had with #Squaduary. As I speak, I have at least two dozen models surrounding me on my painting table. At least these ones have been moved to the Eldar cabinet.

Here we have a set of five Eldar Wraithblades from the Iyanden Craftworld. I have painted them in an alternative style to fit in with some of the fluff that I have read about them. Below is the background with what led me to paint these awesome models in this style. I would love to know what you think.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Increase awesome with vehicle damage tables

I look forward to posting a final #Squaduary update in the next few days. In the meantime, I wanted to talk about some homebrew rules that take us back to a flavorful time - 2nd edition 40k!

I am always looking for ways to improve our game and hobby through looking at the great ideas in other games and previous editions. Highlighting these are a priority for this blog.

In this example, I will be looking at the Leman Russ Battle Tank. This set of rules should apply to all variants.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

#Squaduary Update - So Many Unique Models. Spread that Love!



A lot going on to start this week with painting. Sadly, I am slightly delayed on week 2 of our #Squaduary challenge from Stepping Between Games (link). The flu got me.... I will be combining posts on week 2 and week 3. Being a teacher and a natural rule follower, I have been stressed out about not making the deadline for week 2. I will strive to improve!

Here is what is on my table:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

#Squaduary - Dark Angels 10th Company: Update 1


Dhrakk's #Squaduary update post #1. Decent progress has been made this week, which includes applying a base coat to each model. These will definitely look better once washes / layer paints are applied (they look really flat to me right now)


Monday, February 6, 2017

#Squaduary Update - Can Wraithblades look too awesome?


Spoticus here with my week 1 update for #Squaduary (link) from Stepping Between Games. This has been a busy week, and I would like to be a day or two ahead of where I am with posting about my progress. At first I was concerned that these Wraithblades looked too stylized (read: awesome) to match the ghost warrior slowly advancing up the field, but apparently these warriors are unlike their wraithguard brethren in the fluff.

My goals for this week are to create a squad of Wraithblades and a squad of Iron Warriors. I might have a few last minute builds tomorrow before week one runs it's course.

Behold the mighty Klaivaulch!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

#Squaduary - Dark Angels 10th Company: Reinforcements en Route



This month, Dhrakk will be putting together two boxes of scouts, and a made-to-order Veteran Sergeant Naaman for his #Squaduary challenge.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Can 8th Edition be Streamlined and More Diverse? Hope!



Many of the news sites I follow for our hobby have writers and supporters that have expressed the desire for a simplification or streamlining of Warhammer 40K for 8th edition.

They are clear that they do not want another Age of Sigmar, but the current rules are so bloated that parts need to be simplified or cut.

Streamlining Warhammer 40K for 8th edition can be a good thing, as long as they work to diversify rules and mechanics to fit more within the world they have created in fiction.

In 8th edition, this is what I would like to see:


Friday, January 27, 2017

Spotlight - Fun with the Game - Rules for Deadpool in 40k


The Premise:

The Imperium comes across a Xenos planet that is populated, but some have exceptional powers. The Imperium decides that the planet is worth bringing into the Emperor's Light, but these mutants and abominations must be eliminated first.

Slowly, I will build up a group of models from Knight Models (link) for painting purposes. Why not use them on the tabletop for a non-serious game from time to time?

Want a painting guide for this Deadpool model? I created one here (link).

The Rules:

I started with the rules sheet for Deadpool that came with the model (model link). I also used started with some stats from the Officio Assassinorum Codex.

Here is what I came up with - let me know what you think. Remember - this is for fun and suggestions are welcome.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Introducing Deadpool from Knight Miniatures with Painting Guide


This is my first painted miniature from Knight Miniatures - Deadpool (link). He was quite affordable, coming in at under the cost of a character model from GW, and came in metal. The casting was not perfect, and did require green stuff around certain joints, but it was manageable even for my amateur level of green stuff skill.

Painting Guide:

Monday, January 23, 2017

#Squaduary Squad Building and Painting Challenge - Accepted!



Next month, I am joining in for a painting challenge I found over on Stepping Between Games - #Squaduary. Check out his blog and join in!

This painting challenge is set up to have us complete one part of the painting process across the four weeks of February. I really like this idea because it challenges me at my weakest point - painting troop models. I love painting characters and centerpieces, but my will to paint troops and squads is severely lacking. If I want to exceed my painting total of 42 models in 2016, this is a positive step!

Here is #Squaduary's plan:

Assembly: 1st - 7th
Basic painting: 8th - 14th
Clean up and details: 15th - 21st
Basing: 22nd - 28th

Here is my goal:

1 squad of Wraithguard as Wraithblades (swords)
I was going to start with Singing Spears that I have already assembled and basecoated from a previous article here on how to improve their look from their old kits. After reading the goals for #Squaduary, I decided to start with something on sprue to work though that pile on my shelf.

These will be painted in Iyanden colors.


1 squad of Iron Warriors (Mk III - Prospero)

I bought this set off eBay after seeing a really neat tutorial for Iron Warriors on The Golden D6 magazine. I wanted to make a squad of them to perhaps use in Kill Team.

Should look really great and be my first foray into CSM.





Piece of cake, right? I hope so! 15 of these guys will make up about 35% of my total output from 2016. I will also try to complete some of my individual models during this time.

Take a look at Deadpool from Knight Miniatures coming along.

I will straighten out those weapons, I promise!

I'm prepping a painting tutorial for him, and I will even have some fun 40k assassin rules to play with him.

Anyway, looking forward to it!



Saturday, January 14, 2017

Converting the Arch-Maniac of Calverna! Bigger is Better!


I wanted to show off a piece that I converted some time ago to represent a character from Bell of Lost Souls campaign set - The Macharian Crusade. This campaign is very old, and some information is tough to get a hold of after 9 years - though the current link I have there is good as of today.

There is a lot of flavor to the crusade document, and while it has some rough edges at times, it is worth a download.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Warhammer: Modifying IKEA's DETOLF to Store Your Amazing Models


Continuing on the hobby tools theme, I wanted to talk about how I store my miniatures in way that is presentable and easily accessible. I present to you the modified DETOLF black/brown glass door cabinet. Thanks for all of your comments on that post!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Amak tu amat Slaanesh! - Warhammer Ignorant Armies Review


I really enjoy digging into the origins of both the Warhammer and Warhammer 40k lore. I spend a fair amount of time looking at old posts from the Realm of Chaos 80s: Warhammer blog and recently came across a post about some of the earliest publications in the Warhammer World. Here we have Warhammer: Ignorant Armies.

I was able to pick this up for about $10 used and it has eight short stories in it. Here is a summary of the first two stories that I have read and some thoughts:

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Warhammer: Great Hobby Tools that Help Me Every Day



In 2016, I have become a better painter. I imagine I will say the same at the end of 2017. Last year, I added many painting tools and aids to my game, and I wanted to share these with you.

I was able to paint 42 miniatures in 2016. I hope to double that in 2017, so I believe that I will have to focus on speed above all else, especially for troop type models.

Anyway, here are the tools that helped my hobby game in the last year or so.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Eldar Shining Spears - Making these Old Kits more Lively

Glad to be posting again after a few days sick. In this post, I will show how to update the older Shining Spears kits - either metal or resin to be a little more modern.