Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lone Pilgrim Painting Points

Browsing some of the other 40k Blogs out there I stumbled across this...

An inventive system for tracking one's progress painting and compare it with others was posted awhile back on Lone Pilgrim. It is a cool system that is being picked up by some blogs, so I have decided that I will join in the fun.The basics of the system are that a participant earns points for each model painted. The number of points earned depends on the size of the model.

Infantry = 1 point
Cavalry, bikes, or 40mm Monsters (Ogryns) = 2 points
Heavy Weapons Team = 3 Points
Monster or Dreadnought = 5 points
Vehicle = 10 points
Superheavy vehicle = 20 points

Special Thanks to Lone Pilgrim for introducing such a fun idea to the 40K blogsphere.

So far this year I have...0 Points.
I do have 50 points sitting on my painting table at the moment. All Guard. 3 mortar teams, 11 Stormtroopers, 10 Mordians, 10 Veterans, and one Leman Russ. All started after Jan 1st.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Silly Putty and Tanks...

I debated for a long time how to paint up the Leman Russ and Chimeras that I have for the 95th Rifles. I decided to just do the standard Cadian camo scheme that you see in all the books.

I have always brush painted my tanks, but a friend suggested that I try a different approach. He suggested two cans of spray paint and some silly putty. Here are the first three steps I have done so far.
Step #1: Spray whole tank with base color (Tan) and apply Putty.

Step #2: Spray Secondary color (Green)

Step #3: When Dry, remove Putty.

From here I have to brush paint the tracks black.

Detail the Guns, hatches and treads.

Wash or Dip the whole tank in a dark brown.

Dry Brush the whole tank.

Apply decals.

So yeah I have a LOT left to do on this tank. I'll post more when I have made progress.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Found a command figure...sort of.

So I have been looking and looking for the right guy to represent the commander of the 95th. I think I might have found him.

Currently I have two guys swapping duty, depending on how I equip them. (These pics are pulled from the GW site and not my paintjobs, just showing them for the mini)

The first...
By the book...Mordian Officer Mini. I could be happy with this guy, but he just seems to portly / Old. Those of you who have watched the movies...I think he looks too much like Obediah, which kinda ruins the while Sharpe's Rifles theme to the army. Plus he has a Chainsword. Really want a Power Weapon on my commander.

The Second...
Yeah I know he is Valhallan and not Mordian, but the hat fit the army theme, so did the epaulets. Close enough to pass for a Mordian Officer. But he has a Hand Flamer (weapon that is not even in the game any longer), I've been calling it a Plasma Pistol, and again with the Chain Sword. Plus he looks like a dork with buckteeth, ok maybe that is just the paintjob they gave him.

I did a little looking and found two possible options to represent "Sharpe".


Colonel Ibram Gaunt...looks the part, power sword and all. not sure if I like the cape though.


Death Korps Commisar from Forgeworld. I would have to mod this guy, chopping off that head, and trying to save that awesome Hat. The Jacket and the Uniform are too nice on this mini to pass up.

Just some random thoughts... What do you guys think?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Worst Unit in the Imperial Guard.

I'm in the middle of a game, teaching a new player the game. I started him with the Marines, and I took the Guard. We have left the game set up down in the Bullpen, so most all of my Mordians are on the table.

I had a little free time today, so I figured I would put some paint on some minis, and grabbed the squad of Orgyns, that got a basecoat of flesh many months ago. Why on earth would I paint the Orgyns, them being the worst unit in the Guard? Well one to be different. Two, I hope they get a little bit of a bump in the new Codex that is due out in May. They are the best close combat option the Guard...they just suffer from a statline that does not match the figure or the point cost to field them.

Getting back to my paint scheme. With the rumors of the new codex, and the much lower cost of basic guard...I might not have enough basic Imperial Guard troopers. At $35 for 10 metal Mordians...getting a new full platoon will be very expensive. However I could get 20 Cadians for $35. So keeping the 95th Rifles theme...I guess I will just paint the Mordians in the green coats, and everyone else in the standard british uniform redcoats, white pants, black boots and hat. By everyone I mean Stormtroopers, Cadians if I get them, Commisars, Psychers, Ratlings, Tank crew...and Ogryns. Yep red tattered T-shirts for the big boys. No pics at this point, just got the basecoat of red done and about 1/3 way through the blacklayer on them.

I do plan on keeping this whole army simple, and dipping them for details. I'll be making a detailed post of how I dip my minis with detailed pics at a later date.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Starting Point...

Ok here is what I have to work with.

  • One Platoon of Mordian Iron Guard, numerous special weapons, lots of extra crouching HW crew that I have been using for Vox carriers.
  • One Command Squad
  • Three Lascannon teams
  • Three Hvy Bolter teams
  • Three Mortar teams
  • Three ratling snipers
  • Squad of orgyns
  • Sqaud of the really old Stormtroopers with extra sgt and two plasma guns
  • Three Commisars
  • One Psycher

Now for the Tanks...
  • Three Leman Russ Main Battle Tanks.
  • Three Chimera armored transports.
  • One Leman Russ Executioner Battle tank.
  • One Baneblade battletank...(ignore the eldar stuff)

More to come...

Friday, March 13, 2009

The 95th Rifles?

I'm a big fan of the Richard Sharpe Series, both the books and the Movies. So when it came time for me to choose a color scheme for my Mordians, the choice was easy. I was very tempted to do them up as U.S. Marines in their dress Blues, but i just could not pull the trigger on that one.

So here is the look I was going for...

And here is how the test subject came out...

Got some work to do painting up the rest of these guys, and all their tanks. But I think got some help to paint those up.

More to come...

Three Army Project...Day #1

Hey Folks,

Welcome to my Three Army Project. I have over the years collected many miniatures for the tabletop wargame Warhammer 40k. The three being Eldar, Imperial Guard and Space Marines.
So I have created three blogs, one of each army in an effort to kickstart my painting again. You will see links to the other blogs over to the right.

When I started this blog project I would say I'm 60-70% finished with my Eldar. The Mordian Iron Guard are assembled and primed, and one whole figure has been painted, of the 60 or so that I have. The Space Marines are about 25% done.

With each of these sites, I intend to write a little background fluff for each of the armies. Give reasons for why and how I collected and painted the minis. To show off my works in progress, and to hopefully inspire my friends to do the same. Finally to have a historical record for my kids to look at when they choose one of these armies for their own.

Hope you enjoy...