Defiler Knights

Defiler Knights

I wanted a couple Knights to accompany my Chaos Marine forces into battle, but couldn’t see paying $140.00 each for a kit I would have to heavily modify. So I picked two defiler kits from local game stores and used Hortwerth’s amazing Mechanicus Knights as inspiration.

Work in progress Leviathan

I’ve been working on this commission for some time. A few months ago a friend approached me and asked if I could scratch build a Leviathan. I had always wanted to make one, but playing Orks, it didn’t fit into my army theme at all. I agreed to the project, but under the condition that it be built on the chassis of a Baneblade. I have seen larger Leviathans, but wanted to keep this one small and mobile. Small is a relative term, as it still reaches thirteen inches high! He also wanted it to be open on all levels to allow HQ and Princeps minis to be placed inside. This would mean constructing three floor levels supported by their own internal frame. The forward cannon room is the only closed area of the build.
This has been my favorite build so far. I look forward to facing it across the battlefield!



Terrain Day!

The local game store has been short on terrain. One of the patrons built a large amount of foam core ruins, but didn’t have the time to paint them all. My friend Dan and I have also had a bit of foam sitting around, and after seeing Rubbish in Rubbish outs video on easy texturing foam blocks, we decided to paint them all at the same time! We knew we needed a paint sprayer, but Dan’s airbrush compressor wouldn’t cut it. So, off to the magic land of Harbor Freight we went.
The first Compressor we got matched the psi requirement for the sprayer, but couldn’t maintain the pressure long enough to be useful. So back we went and found that the horse power wasn’t high enough. So, Dan purchased a 2.5 HP, 8 gallon compressor and we were in business. What follows is a series of pictures during our two day foam and paint fiasco. Thanks go out to my wife for not batting an eye at the mess we left in our wake(in the garage).

First we cut down and scraped a good deal of foam. Not all of it I’m afraid, I needed to save a few pieces for a future project!

This left quite a mess that had to be cleaned before painting began.

Then it was time to paint! We did a fast coat over the ruins, then coated them in plaster dust, then a top coat of paint. I’m glad I remembered where my dust masks were!

The hills were easier to paint, but there were a lot more of them!

I still need to put a top coat of brown paint on the hills. The ruins will be going back to the shop today. The hills I’m keeping will be getting dry brushed and flocked.
I’m glad we painted everything in one go, but even smaller future projects will still be a lot easier with a proper paint sprayer. Any hills I make later will be “gooped” around the edges to seal up the foam against chipping and wear.

Update: 5/01/11
Finished coating tops with brown paint! they are a little plain texture-wise, but quick and easy terrain needs to be just that. The amount shown in the pictures is about two-thirds of the total. This really is the easiest way to make massive amounts of hills. Some of them were cut down ice hills that had been left at the shop, they had a bit of ice flocking on top, but very steep sides.

Grotsnagga needs paint!

My Big Mek with Shokk Attack Gun is finally assembled. I kit-bashed him together from an array of parts. The base is the Assault on Black Reach Warboss. The gun is the warboss’ gun combined with a las-cannon. The spinner bits built from styrene tubing, metal pins, the heads of the pins drilled through then pushed and glued to the middle. The left arm and leg are scratch built from styrene tubing and rods. The telly-porta backpack is a mix of gas tank from a Trukk, spot lights and an ammo crate.
I magnetized his gun to make painting and storage easier. It’s so heavy I had to add a second magnet to the tube leading into the gun to hold it up!

I have used him in two games recently where he did NOT warp himself and everyone near him away. Rolling his random weapon strength(and the chance for craziness) is the funnest part of the game.

I’ll get him primed tonight and start paint tomorrow. I’ll post more pics of all the stuff I’ve been working on soon. I’m waiting for the GW foundation paint set to arrive at the local game store I ordered it through. I need to update this blog more, it really helps me focus on getting models done instead of half-finished.

edit: If you’re curious, the name grot snagga comes from the weapons function. It sucks up the smaller ork-like creatures called grots, fires/teleports them through a hell-like warp and they arrive back on the battle field crazed out of their mind and clawing out of the person/vehicle they find themselves teleported into.

Paint Fest 2011!

I recently decided to finish painting my army in small groups, Paint Fest 2011 has begun! It started with a black primer to all of the walkers and troops that hadn’t been primed yet. I will post shots as soon as I get the metallics on and washed. I’m really excited to see these guys come together. I have over 3000 points of Orks to paint, so working in small batches is the only way I’ll ever get done. This means a lot more updates to the blog! But, this also means all of my updates will be paint related, so the modelling side will have to wait.

Battle Wagons paint in progress

I’ve been painting like a mad man the last week or so, and I’ve gotten quite a bit done. The two kit Battle Wagons are almost done. Just need to do a bit more detailing and wear. I’ll be finishing all of the vehicles before moving onto troops. they are easier to paint, and have the biggest visual impact, sine I run a heavily mechanized force.

Scratch Built Hydras/Basilisks/Medusae

A friend of mine needed a few Hydras and enclosed Basilisks/Medusa proxies for 40k. I think these turned out rather well. The chassis’ are all magnetized, so he can swap between any of the variants. The Basilisk and Medusa turrets aren’t supposed to turn for the game rules, but leaving them facing forward isn’t too much of a hassle. The Basilisk and Medusa cannons are also magnetized for easier storage and transportation. On the way to deliver them, my wife and I added up the number if individual pieces it took to make just the Hydras and chassis’. Not including rivets it ended up being over 500! In the future I will advise people to buy the 40k kit, and I can scratch build the turrets.