Saturday, 30 May 2009

Leviathan Repaint Part 3

Hi!

Alas I didnt get much done today but have stated work on my lesser goblin wartower. Thus far its more a case of fixing the air bubbles but hopefully over the next couple of days I will be able to add his armoured hide and other assorted goodness!


Progress!

The next step will be to start adding some larger scales and some armoured patches!

All the best!

Friday, 29 May 2009

More Finds!

Hi!

Well its been a reasonably constructive day thus far! Ive been continuing to rummage round my parents attic and have found a ton of useful stuff!

Ive got another dozen goblins (admittedly plastic but giving my orc horde some much needed ranged firepower!
3 really large orcs to use as Goraths chosen.
4 dwarves to give me either a small new unit or re enforcements for an existing one!
2 Resin Mammoths (these guys are getting converted to mid sized warbeasts for my barbarians if I ever finish anything else!)
1 Void resin warbeast: this is going to be the basis for my barbarian wartower project as it really fits the concept art!
50+ assorted metal barbarians!
30+ metal dark elves: These guys look more inkeeping with the background as they are pretty elegant in a gothic sort of way and may well form the core of my elven force.
4-5 metal dark elf raptor riders (as with much of my finds they were produced by grenadier and sculpted by Mark Copplestone)
Several Snotlings to use as lesser goblin conversion fodder!

Theres a ton more bits and bobs kicking around but I havent looked through it yet!

I will post some pics of the WIP of the lesser goblin wartower tomorrow!

All the best!

Thursday, 28 May 2009

A Leviathan Repaint Part 2

Hi!

Well the model has been sat soaking in Mr Muscle oven cleaner for hours and Ive had at it with a toothbrush to remove as much loose paint as possible:


A Partly Stripped Model!

Ive noticed theres a bit of an air bubble problem on the carnosaur as his spines are missing their tips and a large chunk of his tail is missing altogether! This isnt too much of a problem as hes going to be getting a fairly hefty amount of conversion work done to him.


Another Pic!

The paint has come off the surface of the model quite well but the carnosaur has some really deep crevices in its skin making cleaning a bit of a pain! Ive stuck him back in the cleaner and will leave him till this evening and then have another go at cleaning the remainder off.

At present I am planning on lengthening his tail and adding some spikes and possibly even some armour plates (I really want to have a go at making him a spiny devil, covered in armour and spikes. These will be a mixture of his natural hide and riveted pieces of plate added by the lesser goblins) Another possibility is to lengthen his jaw a bit making him a bit more predatory.

The howdah itself will have a suitably large banner pole, crows nest and hopefully some extra bits and pieces to help identify it as a command unit.

I will get some thumbnails worked up and will post them along with an update of the cleaning process in the morning!

All the best!

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

A Leviathan Repaint!

Hi!

Ive been having a rummage in my parents loft and have found an old Leviathan lesser goblin wartower I painted when I was about 16. Needless to say it looks pretty poor so I thought as the poll I am running is hinting that people would like to see a lesser goblin wartower painted up this would be the perfect time to start!


A Poorly Painted Monstrosity!

I plan on converting this chap a bit once Ive stripped off the paint and turning him into a command unit for my wartowers. Ive found an assortment of useful material ranging from cocktail sticks to balsa wood and plasticard in the same box and will be posting my progress while Im up here in Scotland!


Another Depressingly Poor Shot!

The first stage is going to be stripping the paint off him. As Im not sure what effect paint stripper will have on him I am going to attempt to use Mr Muscle Oven Cleaner which I have been informed will do the job (if somewhat more slowly as it will take a couple of days to lift the paint)

As this is the first Grendel miniature I ever bought I plan on spending a bit of time on him making him look as good as possible and he may form the basis for a small sub force I have been pondering (Essentially a horde of lesser goblins consisting of nothing but wartowers and lesser goblin rabbles!) I may have to add some troop choices in but I quite like the idea of a horde of diminutive goblins rushing around causing mayhem!

Hopefully I will be able to show a stripped version of the model by the weekend!

All the best!

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Heavy Metal Review!

Hi!

Ive had to make an unexpected visit to my parents which means I cant get any painting done for a bit but have found that an order I placed on ebay fro some MK2 War Golems has arrived here so have decided to write a review of them!

So without further ado heres the MK2 War Golem Black Thunder. The kit arrived in a big blister pack and I was very pleased to find that despite having been shipped to the US at some point and then back here, the model is in perfect condition! The only defect in it is a small bubble on one shoulder but it makes the machine look like its taken a glancing blow in battle and actually looks quite good.


Black Thunder Bits

The kit itself comes in seven pieces, the main body, hips, legs, both arms and the cannon barrels. First off its worth mentioning the detailing on the model is excellent. Of special note is the external ammo hoppers on the arms and even the cannon barrels have some nice work on them!


Black Thunder Rear Detail

The rear of the model even has some nice bits on it including a retractable ladder allowing the crew access to the cabin.

This has thus far been one of the best kits Ive got from the Leviathan range and I can see myself fielding large numbers of golems in my dwarf army. Its a far better kit than the MK1 war golem which suffers from tons of flash and a generally unlovely look. I Intend to try using the MK1 arms with their hammer and mace on MK2 bodies to represent MK1 golems! (Its also worth noting that the MK1 is slightly larger than the MK2 and once Im back in Worcester I will take some comparison pics)

Next off is the Mk2 War Golem Firestorm Its another nice kit which comes in five pieces, the body, hips legs and both arms. This is a nice fire support beast armed with rocket launchers and while not quite as impressive looking as the Black Thunder is also nicely done. Like the Black Thunder it has the same legs and hips and the body is similar enough to make swapping parts easy. Its also in really nice condition and has only a couple of nicks in the resin.


Firestorm Bits

As its got lots of exposed piping on its arms I suspect its rules will have to show it having a lower armour level than some of the other golems but as its a fire support unit that doesnt really matter! On a side note any 40k player could use the MK2 golems as space marine dreadnaughts as they are suitably boxy and quite gothic looking (they are however twice the size and less than half the cost!)


Firestorm Rear Detail

The boiler on the firestorm seems to have some sort of supercharger as theres a ton of extra exhaust pipes emerging from it which looks really nice (I may add a new ability to it when I write up its rules allowing for an extra burst of speed!)

All in all I am really pleased with both the kits and am now looking forward to finishing my orc horde so I can start work on my dwarves! While on the subject of orcs I have started a poll on what I should paint next and its currently looking like the goblins are favourite for my next task! As the votes currently spread between Lesser Goblin wartowers, Carnodons and goblin infantry I may have a bit of an epic paintathon when I get back and attempt all three! (I may even have a go at a new goblin faction I have been thinking about!)

Hopefully now Ive got some holidays I will be able to get some work done on painting and rule writing!

All the best!

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Lack of Updates!

Hi!

Apologies for the lack of updates over the last month or so but Im still run off my feet with uni work! I am hoping to get a chance to catch up on some serious painting once my holidays start though and plan on finishing my orc horde over the course of the next couple of months (saying that I still want to get another two necrosaurs and work on some conversions of new orc warbeasts ranging from spiny devils to fire spitters!) First things first though as I need to get my eye of Gorath completed as hes been sitting looking belligerent but sadly unfinished for over a month now!

I will also spend a large chunk of my time writing up the earthpower supplement and getting it put together as a pdf!

Till then its back to uni work (so much for the easy life of the slovenly art student!)

All the best!

Sunday, 3 May 2009

An Update!

Greetings!

Dan (aka mr mrwigglesworth over on the scotia forum) Has kindly sent me some pics of some of the great orcs for leviathan so without further ado heres the pics:


Great Orc One

Great orc 2

At first glance they dont look fantastic but I am sure like much of the Leviathan range they will look FAR better when painted. Its just a bit of a shame that they couldnt have been closer to the concept art which ad them as hunched and massively muscled, troll like creatures. Still they are nice and cheap and should loom over their smaller kin quite nicely!

Alas theres still no more painting being done for Leviathan but I have managed to get a large chunk of uni work finished now which is just as well as the deadlines are soon!

Im off to do some illustration work!

All the best!

Friday, 1 May 2009

Competition Results!

Hi!

Well I got second place in the painting competition and am well chuffed! It may be a couple of weeks before I get chance to update my blog as university is getting towards hand in time and Ive got tons of work still to do! Hopefully after the last submission of the term in three weeks time I will be able to crack on with a bit of painting!

Im hoping to have the rest of my orc horde painted over the summer and then get on with my dwarves!

Till then all the best!