Painting Guides by Codex

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.