Thursday, January 9, 2014

Getting ready for the big game

This Saturday, we have a huge game of 40k going on.  This is not Apoc, just a 8-man, 3000 point per person battle.  We're doing Chaos vs. Imperium.
I will let you know how it goes afterwards.  For now, here is a pic of my army.  I still need to remove about 100 points, most likely just the chaplain. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

White Scars Standard Bearer Painted

     I got the standard bearer for my Bike Army finished!!!   Essentially the same procedure for converting this guy as I did for the Champion.  I didn't like the banner that comes with the Command Squad box because it looks too static.  It's made to hang straight down, and this guy is driving too fast for that.  So what I did was to take a piece of the brass rod from my pinning set and cut is to length for the cross bar that the flag hangs from.  Then I added glued it in place, and added a HUGE drop of glue where they meet so it would hold as long as possible without breaking off.  I have a better ideas for the actual banner to come.  After that, it was the standard paint job.  Here are the other pics I took.

     I have a sheet of Banners that are printed on canvas.  I'm going to experiment with gluing them in a dynamic pose and then get one on the bike.

     Thanks for checking it out.  The other two dudes are coming along nicely and should be up soon.  My work is shut down for the 3rd shift starting at midnight.  If they call off everyone tomorrow, I'm gonna get them BOTH painted!!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

White Scars Champion Painted!!!

     I had a little time over the break.  Between family and parties and friends and a sick wife and getting my face drilled at the dentist, I managed to finish the champion for my command squad.

     Pretty basic conversion using standard biker legs and the bits from the command squad for the top half.  I did have to chop off the bottom of the torso that hangs below the belt so he could fit.  Now the little shrine belt buckle thingy sits right on top of the gas tank.  Other bits I used were from the old metal Scout Bikers including the Shotgun in a holster on the front wheel and the gear on top of the rear wheel.

     The fairing in front of the handle bars is from the White Scars Commander bike, and the Plasma Talons are the actual bits from a Dark Angels Ravenwing Command Squad.  (I showed how I modified them to fit on a standard bike fairing in an earlier post.)  I also have been mounting the antenna/skull thing on the right side of the seat instead of behind it.  I like the lower profile and having it at an angle, too.

     I'm certainly hoping the rest of the squad will be easier to paint since they have fewer details.  However, I have a feeling I might need to magnetize a few arms here and there to get all the options I want.  Next up is the Standard Bearer.  I can use my custom made cloth banner with him and I hope it turns out looking as good as the rest.

     Here is my HQ for the Dark Angels list so far....

     Thanks for checking out my stuff!!!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

White Scars Apothecary Finished

White Scars Apothecary

     So after months of not painting, I finally got back into it.  Here is my completed Apothecary.  It will be fielded using the Dark Angels rules, hence the Plasma Talons mounted to the bike.  I had a blast painting this guy.  Being a veteran, he had way more red on him than the average biker.  This let me get some practice in with shading using the crimson wash.  It is actually pretty easy to get to the level I did, since I didn't bother with any oranges for hi-lights.  The red sawtooth pattern on the fairing and his left greave was something I'd been wanting to do for a while, but I wanted to save it for the Veteran and Command models.  

     I was finally able to make use of a bunch of bike bits I had from the old scout bikers.  There is the bolter mounted to the side of the front wheel, complete with a shovel and some shotgun shell looking things.  On the back is a piece from a random set of ATVs that I picked up forever ago.  (I made one of them into a scout biker sergeant, but I didn't like the overall look.)  The piece looks like a teleport homer and has that cool camo netting rolled up.  One day, I will own the proper colors needed to paint everything, but that will do for now.  I'm currently also working on converting a Librarian and a Techmarine for my White Scars, and both are nearly ready for the painting table.  They, however, will have to wait in line behind the rest of Sammael's command Squad.  I'm looking into having one or both painted by either of my gamer friends who are far more talented than I am.  I'll be sure to get some pics up ASAP.  Let me know what you think!

Sunday, August 18, 2013


     I have recently become addicted to Dropzone Commander. If you haven't heard about it, check it out on their website at

     They have just announced a new product. There is a two player starter set coming out at the end of September. The set includes two full armies, the full size rule book, and some cool 3D buildings with a map to put them on. All this is cheaper than I paid for my original one army. Check out this product at

     Speaking of my army,  I have it assembled and finally got in a game.  Here are some pics. 

     This is the Post Human Republic. They are essentially part androids who have superior technology over the standard humans, but much smaller numbers. 

     Here are my Phobos anti-air walkers with their dropship. They are needed to shoot down enemy flyers and dropships. 

     These are the Ares anti-tank walkers. They have a high strength railgun to take out armor.

     Next is two squads of Immortals with their Juno APCs. Theses guys are necessary for going into buildings and searching for objectives. The soldiers embark in the Juno, which is then carried by the Neptune dropship. 

     Last is a squad of Sirens. These all female infantry are truly badass in close quarters battles inside buildings. They have a A2 type Juno with anti-infantry guns. 

     I'm excited about the new starter set, as I will buy it so I can get more people a chance to try out the game. I know it won't be long before everybody is as hooked as I am!

Friday, July 26, 2013

I'm Back

     After a long vacation from this blog, I'm finally back into putting up posts.  Kind of a crappy excuse for why, but our house got robbed.  They took my laptop, among other items, and I haven't been motivated to write since.  But since I just got an offer for a new job, I'm feeling more like myself again.  SO, WHAT TO POST??????

     I know, I finished my main HQ.  Sammael of the Ravenwing, or as he's know in my White Scars army, Samm'E Khan!!!!  aka Sammy Hagar, aka Sammy Davis Jr., aka your worst nightmare......

Samm'E Khan

     So to build the conversion, I started with the Sammael model in Finecast.  And yes, it sucked.  None of the parts fit together and they all had to be run under hot water and then held together as they cooled.  I am glad, however, that the thing weighs less than 15 pound like the metal model.  That thing could break a flight stand just by breathing on it.

     The next step was the conversion work.  First, I removed the head, which felt kind of heretical.....  Then, I had to cut out the left shoulder pad to make way for the White Scars one.  This was somewhat difficult due to half of it being "underneath" the cape.  I didn't want to have to completely hack off the arm to do it, so there was some skill (read: blood) involved.  Then, I did a simple removal of the eagle head on the front of the bike to make room for the lightning bolt, which was cut from a piece of plastic stock.  The bolt mounted nearly flush with the front of the bike with a little trimming, and I put the head back on to resemble, somewhat, that the eagle was coming thru the bolt.  It ended up cheesier than I had hoped, but it is the good kind of cheese.  Like how everything in 40k is exaggerated.  I then had to remove a few small Dark Angels symbols from the model, but that was easy due to their small size and being raised instead of recessed.

     To add to the White Scars/Mongolian feel, I obtained some bits from the Fantasy Chaos Marauder Horsemen box set.  The heads on about 4 or 5 of these guys scream Mongolian.  From the Fu mustache to the single braid coming from a shaved head.  I got my buddy Brandon to paint the face, as that is clearly a weakness in my painting and I wanted my centerpiece to stand out.  There was some green stuff required to prop his head high enough for the mustache and braid to clear the armor.  I also inserted on of the metal White Scars shoulder pads on the left arm and two round shields that come with the White Scars Bikers on either side of the bike.  I didn't like the feel of the giant book on the top in front of the handle bars, so I scrapped it for use on my Librarian Bike (soon to come) and replaced it with a standard stowage that comes with the DA attack bike.  Finally, I hacked the sword off just above the pommel and added one of the White Scars blades to complete the feel.

     Painting was not too hard, and I didn't try anything fancy.  I spent the most time on the cape, as I can do the look I want, but it takes forever.  I was sketchy on doing the gold thing, but now that it's finished I feel that it is the appropriate level of gaudiness that a Captain should have.  I am not at all happy with the way the sword turned out, so I'll be redoing it when I get a chance.  It's possible it just needs white in it to separate the green from the black, but I don't know.

     So I finally have ONE MODEL in my bike army painted to the standard I'm looking for.  I have been working on my command squad 10-15 minutes here and there in between job searching, apartment searching, and going crazy from living with my in-laws.  Now that we found a place I should have plenty of time and far fewer excuses.  I hope to be able to show off the command squad with thier fancy Plasma Talons and Corvus Hammers soon.  Tell me what you think, why don't ya.....

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New Larger Ravenwing Command Squad? Why, Yes I Will!!!

     I was reading through the new FAQs that were recently posted on GW's website.  In the Dark Angels one, they have added the option for adding up to 2 more bikers to the Ravenwing Command Squad.  This is a very good bit of news.  First, I had been taking a Librarian just to increase the number of wounds that my command squad could lose before getting rid of the Standard of Devastation.  Second, with a 5-man unit of Knights escorting my Eternal Warrior, AP2 wielding HQ, I do believe that I will finally have another close combat unit. 

     Now, for 40 points each, they are a bit expensive to be using simply as extra wounds.  But, these guys come with twin-linked plasma guns and +1S, Rending close-combat weapons to go with their 2 attacks.  This unit can charge and has 6 Hammer of Wrath auto-hits at I10, then Sammy's 5 AP2 attacks at I5, followed with 19 S5 Rending attacks.  I think I like it...

     Now the question is, do I still use a Librarian?  He is incredible when I roll Invisibility for his Psychic Power.  I love Bikes with a 2+ cover save.  I don't know if I have the points to spare, unless I want to shrink my model count by even more.  I guess I need to start on a new list!  CAN'T WAIT!!!