Saturday 31 August 2013

New Plastic Farseer on Jetbike

Having had a think about the Farseers suppoting role in the army, it seemed to make sense that he be given the extra mobility of a Jetbike, also for the points he gains a point of toughness and a very respectable 3+ save making him more resilient. So without further ado here is my newly converted and painted Farseer on Jetbike aka 'Jetbike Geoff'.

As you can see I've made the model from the new plastic Farseer model and the standard Jetbike kit, I'm really pleased how it came out and using all plastic models really helped. The Jetbike looks a little too yellow and plain at the moment, once the other Jetbikes are complete I'll decide what to do iconography wise. This was also my first attempt at a NMM (non metallic metal) weapon, I went with a blue to white theme, similar to that of the 'force lightning' of the Farseer on the front of the Codex.

Sunday 11 August 2013

The Wraithguard Have Been Awoken

In a flurry of successful hobby this weekend I have managed to build a unit of Wraithguard and paint them up. These are some of my favourite models in the new range, I really like the clean lines and much more dynamic poses.

I've chosen to give them D scythes for the AP2 template with distort rule :-) At 210 points they're not cheap and I'll need to add a Wave Serpent at some point to get the best out of them but I just couldn't resist the 5 template weapons in a single unit! I'm also considering adding a Spiritseer to make these guys a troops choice! 

Up next will be the Crimson Hunter, I expect it'll take a good while longer than these did to make and paint so the next post may be a WIP....

Monday 5 August 2013


Well I promised it wouldn't be long before I posted up a WIP shot of Karandras so without further ado here he is.

He's painted in the same colour scheme as the scorpion squad, using matt grey as a primer and goblin green as a base colour for his armour gradually building up in stages to scorpion green. The red is blood red, highlighted with fiery orange and a touch of bad moon yellow to finish. As with the Farseer, Karandras is treated to a custom 'warpstone' resin base.

Striking Scorpions Incoming

So after a bit of a pause, I've managed to complete a squad of 8 striking scorpions, in 6th edition they seem to be a better bet in general instead of banshees, as much as it pains me to say that. I may still end up painting a unit of banshees just because they are so cool, in the mean time here are the scorpions.

8 might seem like an odd number to go for, but 6 isnt enough by the time they've weathered a round or two of shooting, I may expand the unit to 10 at a later date, but currently 8 seems to work well. You may even notice the 'Exarch' is a newer (but still not current) scorpion model, the whole unit is now out of production (OOP). This was mostly because I wanted metal models, but I may also use other OOP units for nostalgia to go along with the green bases!

WIP photos of Karandras soon....

Tuesday 16 July 2013

The Finished Dire Avengers

I had quite a productive weekend painting, in between sitting out enjoying this heatwave here in the UK! Heres the finished unit and a more detailed 'how to' below.

Note most of the citadel colours I'm using are from the 'old' set, as they run out I'm replacing them with the current paints.

The models were undercoated with Humrol matt grey
The blue was painted first with Citadel Blue Wash 
A thick line was painted around each armour plate in Enchanted Blue
A finer line was painted with a 50:50 mix of Enchanted Blue and Ice Blue
A final fine line was applied to only the uppermost areas of Ice Blue.

Guns are painted with a base coat of Karak Stone this is highlighted up first by adding Bleached Bone then up to a very fine line of skull white.

Gems are painted using crescent shapes with Mechrite Red, Blood Red, Fiery Orange, Sunburst Yellow and Skull White reflections.

Below is a side profile so you can see the plumes more clearly. 

Oh and yes I painted the base edges Goblin Green, I was feeling nostalgic painting Iyanden Eldar, I have fond memories of the 1st plastic guardian squad being proudly advertised in White Dwarf's from the early '90s painted in the Iyanden colours and couldn't help myself.

Friday 12 July 2013

Dire Avengers

As I said in my previous post, I intend on keeping the momentum up so here is the first Dire Avenger model. I'll be painting this one as a test model to see if I'm happy with the colour scheme and techniques.

I'm using a blue wash over a humbrol matt grey undercoat, this gives good blue coverage and at the same time provides the first stages of highlights and shadows, its also fairly quick. From the photo you can also see the bone coloured shuriken catapult, the colour I'll be using for all of the armies weapons.
At this stage, the armour is complete, as is the gun, just the helmet, plumes and few other details to go.
I'll be painting the unit in two further groups, the next group will be five avengers and the second group will be four avengers including the Exarch.

Sunday 7 July 2013

My first blog article

So here it is, my first article for my new blog, I'm going to document the rise of my Craftworld Iyanden, Eldar army.

I'm going to aim to create a 1500 point force quite quickly and 1850 shortly after that. As I play games with the army, no doubt it will evolve and some more units will be added. Lets see how it goes...

To start off here is a picture of my Farseer, Trevor. OK so I know its not a very Eldary name, but he seems to like it and it suits him.

The Farseer was painted with a mixture of new and old citadel paints, appropriately the yellow starts off as Iyanden Darksun and gradually is highlited up to Badmoon yellow. I've chosen to paint much of the weapons of the force in a wraith bone colour as apposed to the black seen elsewhere, for no real reason other than I prefer it.

Next up will be a unit of Dire Avengers, fortunately I picked up a box when GW kindly gave us 10 models in a box!