I spent a good part of the three day weekend assembling a Fire Raptor. It was a royal pain in the butt, but here it is; mostly assembled.
The last 2 weeks has been busy. I’ve been working on my Space Wolves for LVO, helping Darklink with an Eldar army that we’re giving away at my upcoming tournament, and helping another friend try out a color scheme for his Dark Eldar army. Add in the upcoming Harlequin release, moving our club into our new game room, work, and family, and there hasn’t been much time for getting in games.
Being a 49ers fan, I casually watched the big game today. This allowed me to finish assembling my Whirlwind Scorpius, finish kitbashing my Rune Priest on bike and lay down some color on a Wraithknight and five Wraithguard. Pictures follow in no particular order.
I’m working on my Space Wolves army for 2015. A bit of a New Year’s resolution to stay focused on one army until I complete 2500 points. I’m playing in a 6 event escalation tournament this year that starts at 1250 and works its way up by 250 point increments. It does not allow Forge World, so I’ll end up going over 2500 points as I’m also taking Space Wolves to the Las Vegas Open in February.
In a recent game, I decided that I wanted to try out a Wolf Priest on bike with a large Thunderwolf Cavalry “death star.” There are some tradeoffs to be had, but this article is about the modeling and painting and not the tactics. So, without further ado, this is what I did over the weekend.
I’m finding that my Tzeentch daemons have taken a large Nerf bat to the head. While the masses are screaming about Malefic conjuration being OP and broken, I’m seeing that psychic powers in general have been relegated to a different role. Witchfire is now supplemental, rather than a replacement for shooting attacks. Anyways, I’m having to branch out of my comfort zone to find an army that is competitive for my next tournament. I’m trying out a Slaanesh army with some Tzeentch support. I’m planning on running 2 Slaaneshi heralds on foot and a third on a seeker.
I spent Father’s day enjoying myself and doing little of importance. After How to Train Your Dragon 2 I was inspired to assemble three Beasts of Nurgle and a set of ten Plague Bearers. My beasts are older metals kits, back when they came on 40mm bases. Only 1 of them still was in the blister pack. Anyway, out of all of them, the model in the blister was missing a piece, the small elbow. A quick call to GW customer service this morning and I’m expecting a replacement piece in the mail in 8-10 days.
For all of the things I don’t like about the compnay, Games Workshop has always had top notch customer service. It is the one thing that makes me willing to buy product and keep in on the shelf so that if/when I want it later I have it. I know that as long as the product is current they will stand by the model and fix any problems.
Since I’m currently putting together a Deathwing force for the 2014 HPC, I thought it might be prudent to get a Belial model and paint him up. Unfortunately, this model is only available in the much loathed finecast material. The internet is abound with horror stories about how bad finecast models are, and with good reason. The models are quite pricey and often have many problems. This issue is compounded with the fact that GW stores don’t stock many finecast models that aren’t brand new, so picking through a pile for the best example is often not an option. On the bright side, the material is reasonably easy to work with, and from what I’ve heard GW has a great return policy on them if you aren’t satisfied. Aside from returning models ad nauseam though, you’re likely to settle on an imperfect model. Here are some tips to get it into tip-top shape.
Some models really shine when they have unique, custom bases. Today’s tutorial comes to us from a new writer, Anthony Adamo. Anthony is also from Northern California, just about 2 hours from the home base of LUMP. Please let him know that you like his tutorial and he might just write some more. You can find out more about Anthony, and the rest of the writers on our About Page here. Continue reading
While the wargaming community has a split opinion on whether or not painting models is fun, very few people enjoy the tedious task of prepping models. Unfortunately, ignoring a mold line or other casting limitation distracts the viewer from an otherwise great paint job. In pursuit of making preparation as easy as possible, I tried a group of sanding products from Alpha Abrasives and their sub-brand Flex-I-File.
As I search through the endless blogs and myriad forum threads I occasionally come across some really interesting pictures, painting techniques or modeling ideas. Here are a few that I think you all might be interested in. I found these back in December, but with the holidays I got delayed in posting them up.
Probably the coolest set of Khorne daemon conversions and grim-dark object-source lighted (OSL) models I’ve seen in the last few months.
Hey everyone. I’m Erik, the newest contributor to LUMP. I started war gaming back in about 1988 when Rogue Trader was still out and continued to play 40k until shortly after 3rd edition was released. During this period, the internet was virtually non-existent, and the only place to learn to paint seemed to be White Dwarf. Because of this lack of insight, I was painting right out of the pot with terrible Testors brushes. Needless to say, my results were less than spectacular. After 15+ years without gaming I noticed a GW store open up right near my home a little over a year ago. I couldn’t resist checking it out and now I’ve once again been bit by the 40k bug. This time, I’m using the internet to become the painter I always wanted to be.