Shadowspear Unbound!

Exclusive News regarding the future of the Shadowspear models

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So Friday some friends and I went to Warhammer (New Games-workshop rebranded store name). One thing led to another and I asked if they had Shadowspear. He said no, but we got to talking and I mentioned how I hated that they had those awesome new models that you could only get in that box, which few stores had and was always selling out online. I said how I was really upset that GW didn’t just sell those models separately rather than doing it like the Dark Vengeance chosen models and heavy cultist.

And that is when he let is slip. He said I didn’t here it from him (which is why I am not naming him or the store location… though reading my other post it’s not hard to determine the location lol) but Games-workshop is in fact going to be selling the individual models such as the Venom Crawler, Obliterators and yes the Greater possed

This also means that for you loyalist scum you will likely be able to buy the Primaris Vanguard Marines as separate units as well

All of this is set to be released he said, some time in July, likely mid July. So if you are in the same boat as me and have been wanting the awesome chaos (or loyalist) units in Shadowspear bit didnt want their counterparts, or to cough up that much money, you are in luck!

Update and Questions

So the terrain showcase is going to have to wait for two reasons. One the spray adhesive can I got was a dud, so I cant finish flocking the trees. And two I have just gotten a commission from a friend to paint his space wolves reivers Kill Team. And on that note I have some questions to ask that I would very much appreciate advice on.

How Much is Too Much or Too Little?

So he is going to pay me for the work, but I am not sure how much to charge him. So here are some details of the commission.

He bought 3 of the paints needed for the blue armor, and anything else I need I will use of my paints. Also I will be doing all of the assembly and priming of the models as well.

What I am Thinking

There are five (5) models and I am thinking of charging him $5-$10 per model ($10 per model roughly equates to $2.50 an hour). We have not discussed prices at all he just said he would pay. So am I high balling or low balling the price? I dont want to charge him more than the models cost to paint them, but I also dont want to get ripped off on the labor/pay ratio. For anyone who has taken or paid for commission I would be very grateful for you advice.

Easter Eggs to Death World/Carnivorous Plants

A quick and Easy tutorial on how to turn Easter eggs into Carnivorous plants Tabletop Terrain

As the title suggest, on the heals of Easter Sunday I decided to try my hand at turning plastic Easter eggs into some creepy carnivorous plants to be used as table top terrain in wargames such as WH40k or (if my friends will ever get on board lol) Wh40k Kill Team Kill Zone Death World Forest. This is super easy if you have some basic hobby tools. Doing two of these only took me about an hour tops (that’s also counting time for me to figure out how I wanted to do it and what I wanted them to look like, though will need to let PVA glue dry before priming).

This is what they look like before being primed and painted.

The tools you will need are as follows

Hobby knife

Heat gun

Hot glue gun

Hand held hobby drill (like for miniatures)

Two pairs of tweezers

First (simple) variant.

To start off you will cut the plastic Easter eggs apart and (optional) use the taller half

Get something you want to base it one, but don’t attach it to the base yet

Next drill a hole in the center of the egg where there is an indention.

Then take your hobby knife and cut four slits in the egg making an X, and cut the corners off so it looks like this.

Next being careful take tweezers and with one pair hold the egg and the other bend the flaps outward while you heat the plastic with the heat gun

Then hot glue some tooth pics tips at the center end of each flap.

After that hot glue it to the base you cut out and then cover it in hot clue to give it texture and make it look more organic looking.

Second (complicated) variant

The other variant I did used the first steps of cutting the egg and all, but this time you are going to trim the flaps so there is more space between each one like this.

At the center of the base glue some wires sticking up like this

then take some cotton (I used the tip of a giant cue tip since I didnt have cotton balls) glue it around and on top of the wires to to fill the space

cover that with some hot glue to give it different textures. Next take a flat piece of thin plastic (like the plastic cover from a toy box) and cut out four triangles

they don’t have to be perfect since they will leaves. Again take your heat gun, and open up the flaps on the egg and this time take each plastic triangle and heat them so you can shape them. Be sure to shape the bottom of them to fit the curve of the egg.

Next hot glue the leaves so they line up with the gap between each flap of the egg.

Then take some more cotton and glue it along the inside of the egg like this

After that glue the egg to your base and cover it in glue like you did the first one. Getting the glue to have strings attaching the flaps I think makes it look really good and very slimy/organic.

Finally pour PVA glue into the egg to add more texture and to make the cotton look more fleshy.

Let that dry before you prime them.

Here they are together before they are primed

I reccomend spray painting them and getting the can pretty close to do a very thick coat so it helps blend everything together more. Here it is based purple and with some sprue plants on the bases. As here they are finished(ish) I didnt put much effort in painting them as you can tell lol.

Making Krälgor: Part 2

Here at long last is the second part to making Krälgor.

Phase 5 Base Painting

So at this face I put down all of my basic colors that I would build upon.  Note that I tried to do NMM (Non Metallic Metal), but after several horribly botched attempts I gave up and opted for metal.

Phase 6 Final Layers

Then next step was to do the final layers that would be the actual colors of things I was going to be adding more detail to later.  Basically this made the colors more solid.

Phase 7 Details and Freehand

Finally I got to fleshing out the details and doing some freehand. I did some Chaos Runes on the armor to (try) and make it look like they were burning.  And I wanted to add some screaming skulls and faces on the inside of the cape.  I also wanted to give him the classic World Eaters tribal tattoos like you see on Angron.

Phase 8 Final Details

Lastly  I touched things up like the XII on the flayed skin on the leg and added more definition with the final details.  I also painted and varnished the base.

And here he is complete!

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New CSM Models: Iron Warriors.

I finally finished painting the new CSM kit as Iron Warriors. First IW units I have ever painted so all and all I’m pretty pleased with the way they turned out. I decided early on I was going to just paint these guys for the tabletop and not put to much time and detail on them. I’m both happy and embarrassed to say that this is the fastest I have ever painted this many models at once before lol.

Looking at art of iron warriors most of it will show them in either really shiny gun metal armor or armor that is so dark it is almost black. Most paint schemes I have seen people do often have them metallic but extremely drab so that they look very dull, or extremely shiny so that their armor looks like it gets polished 20x a day. I decided I wanted to go with something in the middle that would also be easy/fast(ish) to paint. The look I was ultimately going for was to start out shiny, and darken it up to look very worn as if it had been dirtied bad blacked from a siege. Then to keep it from looking to drab I used a lighter silver to do some subtle edge highlights to make sure it kept the shiny look while also being very drab. On the bases I new I wanted a dirty battlefield look, and I’m quite pleased with the result I got on the bases. Since I was going for quick tabletop ready results I opted to use the water slide decals instead of free hand. My past experiences with them were not good at all, but after more research and a new method I am very pleased with how easy and fast it was to do them.

If you want to know any of the paints, steps, techniques or any other step of the process just let me know and I will be happy to tell you!

Here they are posed with my scratch built terrain.

Sources to Make Samurai Space Marines

here is a compilation of sources for parts that can be used to create some stunning Samurai themed Space Marines!

I have been obsessed for awhile now with the idea of making some Space Marines that are based on feudal Japan’s legendary Samurai. I sadly will likely not be able to see this vision of mine come to life as I simply don’t have the money to start another wh40k army, but none the less I wanted to share with you what I have found, and hopefully learn of some more resources if you know of any I haven’t covered here.

I’m not going to touch on what Space Marine units (armor patterns) I think would be best to use, or what my lore ideas are behind my Samurai dream team lol. Instead I’m going to simply present you with what I found, and a little advice on how it could be used.

First up from https://puppetswar.eu (I really love these guys!!!!)

We have an awesome selection of Samurai heads and Katanas

They also have some ninja heads and ashigaru heads if you wanted to go that way with your army or maybe make your scouts like that. And they have some cool banners!

Then there is is this guy who is an awesome model, but honestly I would just get him for his bits to kit bash!

Next from http://anvilindustry.co.uk we have some really cool heads that while they are not (that I know of) actually intended to be samurai heads, I really think they look the part!

Then of course there are these great options for heads, back packs and more katanas from https://bitsofwar.com (Kromlech)

Honestly I think these are some of the best options available, and they are the only ones I have found with back packs!

If you want to go for a more traditional look then these heads from https://maxmini.eu/ are really good too

Finally some of the best I have found are from this source I just discovered https://www.shapeways.com/shops/haze_miniatures They have a great range of Katanas, Nodachi and Naganatas. But best of all they have some amazing looking shoulder pads that read very samurai while still keeping the traditional space marine pauldron look (because let’s face it even the least codex complying chapters still have the general space marine look) they also have some helmets that I assume you can just put one any bare head of your choosing.

Sadly in all my searching this is all I have been able to find. What do you think? Do you know of some more sources?

As always I would love to hear from you! Any and all feed back and advice is welcome!

I just got the new CSM squad for $35!

Well someone just lost their job lol. I ordered a pack of the old CSM squads on Ebay since they will no longer be available now that the new models are out. The old units cost $45 but now that they are obsolete they cost about $35. The new units on the other hand cost $60. The 0ackage came in today and I opened it and guys what? Some one accidentally sent me a brand new box of the new $60 dollar models for only $35! Wont be reporting this incorrect purchase lol.

That being said I would really like to get one of the old kits still since I want to make them into some Iron Warriors.