Sunday, 29 January 2012

Necron Scarab base fillers?

When I start any new army (or even just think about starting), I like to do my research. While I don't take everything I read at face value, it's always good to see other people's take on things. Anyway, if you fulfil the dual criteria of 1) being alive and 2) being on the internet you'll know how much everyone seems to love Scarabs. I don't know if they're as good as people say, but they look cool and I want some.
Getting enough bases can be problematic, however. You get 3 bases per 12 warriors, and that's just with 4 scarabs per base. I want something a bit more swarm like, but I'm not sure I want to go the casting route, as cool as that looks.
I had a look around for alternative miniatures, and discovered that some of the recent Tomb Kings releases came with scarab beetle decorative bitz. While they decidedly non-robotic, I figure they'll look pretty good painted up the same as the regular scarabs; maybe an alternate make or model or something. I ordered some, and they arrived recently. Unfortunately they were a little smaller than I was anticipating, but I think they still might work scattered amongst the bigger bugs. What do you think?
I think they might be enough to let me spread my scarabs out a bit whilst still looking suitably swarm-like.
Bases are from Voodooworx by the way. I've not used resin bases before, but these ones were cheap enough to be affordable whilst also being pretty great quality. I am very impressed.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Rise of the Necrons

Like many of you, I can't resist starting a new army, and like many of you, Necrons broke through my self restraint barrier and began pillaging my supplies of money and hobby time.
They ticked all three boxes for me. They had cool miniatures (finally), they had cool background (finally) and their playstyle looked both fun and a change from my usual preference for glass cannon types.

Anyway, I received a load of boxes for Christmas, but I have been waiting to have everything I need before I get started. For the first time ever I am trying out resin bases (I finally got sick of glueing sand to stuff), and they arrived a few days ago. I've begun the slow process of assembling my robotic forces, so expect some Necrons to show up on the blog sooner or later.
Necron Ambassador. Look, he brought a gift! It's either a rez orb or a delicious red apple.

I'm getting a little ahead of myself. Most of my Necron army was a gift from my ever generous brother, and he included the following Lord, painted up in the scheme of his own Necron Dynasty. He also wrote a whole load of in character notes to go along with the gifts, because we are both huge nerds and that is how we roll.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Pain Tokens

I was out and about in Tokyo today, and spotted these things in the arts/crafts superstore Tokyu Hands.
Red/Orange plastic decoration...things. To be honest I'm not really sure what they're meant to be for, but they look a bit like blood drops, so I thought they would make neat pain tokens for my Dark Eldar.
I've been meaning to make some custom pain tokens since I started the army. Seeing as I have yet to make good on that, I figure these will be an improvement over a dice or whatever else I have to hand.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Unit Finished - Talos

This guy took me ages. All the vials, bones, fleshy bits, it just seemed to go on forever. Of course, now he's done, I want to do another one.

I'm normally pretty careful while painting, but this guy ended up with quite a few accidental fingerprints during his paint job.
More pictures after the jump!

Monday, 9 January 2012

Unit Finished - Wyches

Here's my first squad of Wyches. As mentioned before, each of my Wych squads will have different coloured hair to make them easy to differentiate on the battlefield. In my experience by about turn 3 I often have a few minis left from one Wych squad and 5 or 6 from the other all in one combat, so it will be good to be able to tell the units apart easily. These guys are pink, obviously, and the next unit will be green.

 More pics after the jump

Monday, 2 January 2012

Unit Finished - Plastic Haemonculus Conversion

Happy New Year everyone!
Let's start 2012 off with a good one. A painted HQ choice!
I painted the robes all fleshy to begin with, but that just ended up looking weird. And by weird I mean terrible.
 More pictures and a quick how-to after the jump.