Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Showcase : Ultramarine terminator sergeant

Pictures time!
Not a lot of hobby time lately so here's a few picture of one of my Space Hulk terminators.
Still not happy about the lighting for the photos, I need some way to have less reflections.

Time to reload!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ultramarine rhino : a few adjustments

Following comments on my warhammer-forum thread, I decided to make a few adjustments to the rhino:

Switched the mesh pattern on the sides to a checkboard pattern and reduced the front lamps OSL.
I also corrected the front thread where I had forgotten a spot under the mud-guard.

Time to reload,

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Showcase : Ultramarine rhino

I finally finished the first rhino with my new color scheme.

Notice the XIII in trompe l'oeil on the door! The only conversion here is on the storm bolter, fattened to a quad-bolter. I play it as 2 storm bolters for extra soft comp!

I'm not too happy about the front OSL which look slightly too big, I'll do better next time.
Time to reload!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Industrial battlefield : bases tutorial

 Here is a short tutorial on how I make and paint my Ultramarine bases.
1) The location
Before starting your basing efforts, I think it's best to imagine your force in action,
where are they fighting? How long have they been fighting for? Who are they fighting?

I first started my Ultramarines on swampy bases. I pictured them fighting toe to toe with tyranids in a forsaken swamp, knee deep in the mud and brackish water. I started a few bases then painted a whole batch in a hurry for a tournament.
Here's my best effort:
Here's what my rush job looked like

They sucked!
I realised that I needed good looking bases, with a fast painting and modelling time.
The swamp bases could look good, but I had trouble transfering the process from 40mm to 25mm and they just took too long to paint and blend.

I could take the time to blend a few items on a base, but the main technique would have to be drybrushing.

I imagined that my Ultramarines were defending an old industrial complex.
Part of the force has been fighting for days in the complex, weathering several assaults and bombardments,
waiting reinforcements for a counter-attack. The other part of the force would be the reinforcements.

The main feature of the bases would be metal decking (to match with some of my space hulk terminators),
and concrete slabs to represent the walls of the complex. I would also sprinckle some other items : cables, tubes, lines,
to make them more interesting.
plastic base
cork sheet (for the concrete slabs)
 fine plastic mesh (for the metal decking)

  1. Cut rough pieces of cork the size of the plastic base
  2. Glue them to the base, using PVA glue or a glue gun (recommended for speed)
  3. Cut the mesh into small pieces about the size of your cork, glue them to the cork, using either PVA glue or a glue gun. Beware this step might prove difficult as the plastic has a tendency to curl up, you might need small clamps.
  4. Glue random stuff to the base: sand, plastic strips, plastic tubes...

You should get something like this:
Prime black:
Dry brush (chaos black+shadow grey, shadow grey, shadow grey + white), and metal on the decking:
Now you should paint the small bits you glued during step 4.

Finally apply rust colored pigments :
 I use pigments in 2 ways : first as a paste (Brown iron oxyde by Vallejo + a dark brown called Terre de Cassel), mixed with white gas (Essence F in France), this will represent thick deposits, second with a dry brush for highlights with a lighter pigment (Dark red ocre by vallejo).

 Time to reload!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

TOZ - Action shots!

The TOZ was a great event, and I had 5 really great games.
Here are a few pictures of the 4th Company fights and opponents.

First game deployment against Sebvoinot and Krissa from the godzilla team:

Toeing the line!
The relic
Kansen's side
 Sadly we drew this game due to really bad moves on our part, going from a 5-0 score at the beginning of turn 5, to a 2-2 score at the end.

Game 3 against Vink SW and Valdor Eldars with hlegentil, with a killpoint objective, our opponents refused flanked us and the Ultramarines carried the brunt of the fight.

End of turn 2, most of our heavy weapons are gone,  it's getting desperate.
Outnumbered and outclassed a desperate charge to win some time
Due to some poor rolling on my opponent side, the 3 ultramarines lasted 4 turns of combat before going down, taking 4 ennemies with them.

We finally lost the game on turn 4 by one point as the SW managed to kill of the last specter and the eldar took linebreaker.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

TOZ - photo dump

The Throne of Zhobby is over! 160 players in teams of 4 competed this week-end in Coubron for fame and glory. The tournament was a serie of 5 games in a 2vs2 setup, each player bringing 1000 pts to the table.

By luck and with a small contribution to the painting juge swiss account, my team and I got to 5th place!
Two of us even placed into the top 16 best painted armies.

Here is what I took:
5 terminators with cyclone missile launcher,
2 squads of 10 marines in rhino and razorback,
Nemo the Mortis Contemptor

Pictures of my team mates armies:
Kansen's army
H-le-gentil army
I'm sorry but I forgot to take pictures of Blair-o's Necron force.

And now some eye candy : the 2 best painted armies at the tournament:

First C17 awesome Grey Knight force with a spartan theme and his team display:

Then my personal favorite and tournament best painted, Cagn dark eldars:
Cagn army
Zoom on  the carnifex carriers
 As usual you can click on the images for a larger display.

Great tournament as always by the JBS.

Time to reload!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Objectif TOZ - Contemptor Finished!

After  a week of painting, the Contemptor is finally finished!
Less  than one week left to level my other models!


Both arms are magnetised under the shoulder to allow weapon swaps.
The cyclone is also removable.

You can vote for him on coolminiornot : http://www.coolminiornot.com/326997

Time to reload!

Objectif TOZ : Contemptor WIP 3

The Relic Contemptor is almost finished, just a few markings left and light weathering.

Relic Contemptor Mortis Ultramarine WIP

Left todo:
 - add Ultramarine symbols and scribble lines on the armour.
 - light weathering with sponge and pigments

Time to reload!