Thursday 30 January 2020

Squaduary 2020 - Adeptus Custodes Vertus Praetors

Somehow it's that time of year once again. That's right, Squaduary is back and this time it's personal! For those that are unaware, Squaduary is an annual event hosted by Rory over at Stepping Between Games which encourages participants to paint up a squad of toy soldiers in February. 

As you may know, I've been doing this for a few years now and have made some good progress by doing so. Hopefully this year will be no exception.

The Vertus Praetors will use this colour scheme.
I painted this chap as a test model for the squadron of Vertus Praetors I intend to build and paint during squaduary. These will form the starting point of a new Adeptus Custodes force for Warhammer 40k.

Honestly, I am slightly daunted by the prospect of painting up three Praetors in a month. They are large and detailed models and I want to do them justice. I hope, that by using the scheme above, I will be able to complete them all to a good standard in time.

Slightly blurry detail of the cloak.
Come back next week when hopefully I will have made a good start by building the squad.

Monday 20 January 2020

Necromunda Goliath Gang - Painting in progress

For a while now, one of my hobby resolutions has been to make some progress painting my Goliath gang and to play some games of Necromunda. Over the last couple of weeks I've been making some progress towards that by painting up a few more gangers.

Welcome to the Underhive.
I have to say, I'm really pleased with the way these guys are turning out. I think they hit the vibe between fluorescent 90's punk and gritty underhive pretty well. It's also a lot of fun to paint with so many bright colours.

Check out that stubble.
I finished painting the chap above yesterday and I think he's the best of the bunch so far. I relished the opportunity to paint his shotgun red, just like all the miniatures from original Necromunda and second edition 40k.

Johnny Nitro. Probably my favourite ganger name.
As for this guy, having a juve armed with two stub guns is just too funny to pass up. He couldn't hit the broad side of a barn! But he's cheap and will probably eat plenty of bullets for my more useful gangers. His hazard stripes are a bit wonky, but I'm determined to keep trying and improving.

As for the gaming side of things, I'm currently working on a loose narrative campaign along with Tabletop Apocalypse. So stay tuned to see what we get up to. 

Tuesday 7 January 2020

Belated Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I know it's only a distant memory now, but better late than never, right? I hope you all had a delightful and productive holiday. I thoroughly enjoyed having a break and got a good bit of painting done to boot.

First up, I painted a Kastelan robot to add to my ever growing squadron (brigade? phalanx??).

Punchy fists for a change.
It was nice to paint another one of these guys, so much so in fact, that I completed a second one over the weekend. No photos of that one though, so you'll have to make do with a different angle on the first one.

He also has a flamer do discourage unwanted chargers.
I figure, adding a pair of punchbots to my force gives me some different options and a more aggressive Mechanicus list might be fun to try. I have a game lined up tomorrow evening, so we'll see how that pans out.

As for painting, adding some transfers and static grass tufts to these chaps really sets them off nicely. I'm still not 100% happy with the lenses, but they'll do I suppose.

Next up, I painted a random Electropriest and a Skitarii who were hanging around the painting table. Both of these are part of squads which I intend to finish this year, so it's a step in the right direction.

A bit random, but nice to have them done.
And finally, some time before Christmas, I painted up a couple of Ursarax to add to my growing Mechanicum contingent. Here's one of them that hasn't appeared on the blog before now.

Multi-panel shot. So classy!
That's about it. A selection of nice new models to get the New Year off to a (hopefully) flying start. Judging by the sneak peeks we're getting from GW, there should be plenty of fancy new models to add to my Adeptus Mechanicus army. I'm pretty excited to see what this year will bring!