Easter Eggs to Death World/Carnivorous Plants

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

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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.

Creating Better Khorne Berzerkers!

Anyone who is a huge fan of the world eaters has likely seen some amazing Khorne Berzerker (KB) art, be it online, the cover of black library books, or inside a CSM codex. Reading about KB in black library novels, or other sources one quickly sees that thwys guys are seriously awesome ruthless badasses who are arguably the most iconic units in all of WH40K. I mean what is more bad ass than a group of elite units that are so pissed off all the time that they will keep sharing and fighting even when mortally wounded and blown in apart. These guys are like the black knight of Monty python’s holy grail if they where tripping on PCP and in roid rage “Tis but a flesh wound!”. These guys are the reason I decided go with a world eaters army in the first place instead of a Black Templars army (ok, so I may have an obsession with fanatical psycho butchers lol).

So if you love the world eaters and specifically the Khorne Berzerkers like me you will likely be familiar with the the disappointment of getting your first Games-Workshop Khorne Berzerker kit. I mean, dont get me wrong, there are definitely worse looking kits (*cough “obliterators/mutilators”) but the kit is just very bland when compared to some of the amazing lore and art of these guys. And then there is also the whole issue of the god awful captain/champion head in the kit. you know the one…

I MEAN COME ON GW!!!! Dont get me wrong the kit other than this guy is not a bad kit, but… it could be so much better.

In short the KB are just begging for some kit bashing to liven up the models.

So without further adieu, here is my first squad of kit bashed and (in my opinion) greatly improved khorne Berzerkers!

Before I dive in I want to make available the parts I used as best I can so I will attempt to list the parts as best I can as well as the site or link of where I got them.

The bare heads I used other than the one with the topknot as well as the awesome world eaters and skull shoulder pads are from https://puppetswar.eu

Sadly however neither of those are available anymore. All the same I highly reccomend checking them out, especially if you want to customize some cultist or imperial guard.

Skulls from

http://secretweaponminiatures.com

The other bits I used I got from https://hoardobits.com

The kits I used bits from are as follows.

● Chaos marauder horsemen

● Wrath mongers

● space marine tactical squad

● chaos Raptors

● Khorne Berzerkers (obviously)

● possessed CSM

● CSM Aspiring Champion.

● MK III power armor Heads (specifically the Crest for those helmets)

* sadly can’t remember all of them since I have been collecting bits for awhile now, and some of them where given to me so I am not positive of what kit they came from.

The first thing I did was made some more interesting heads. I took the horns (bunny ears) from some AoS khorne heads I had bought and attached those to different helmets and heads. I also took the MKIII helmet created as mentioned above and added it to a normal KB helmet.

The first pic I cut off the exhaust vents from a KB back pack and added skulls in there place.

The second pic I cut away part of a KB helmet and a part of one or the puppets war bare heads and added the face there so I could sculpt with GS later to make it look like his helmet was broken revealing part of his face.

The first pics are the first guy I made. I used a maurader horsemen arm for the bare arm. The chain sword is a Raptors chain sword that I added a medallion of khorne to its hilt from one of the KB chain swords. The raptor chaonswords and arms look really awesome as they are far more gruesome looking than the more basic KB weapon arms. I also took the combi-weapon from a terminator and attached it to a KB arm for one of the squad leaders. Next I attached banners to some back packs.

The last few pics are close ups of other KB I made and a different angle of the first one again.

This guy I made because I was inspired by two things. one the World Eaters Blood Priest as described in Khârn: Eater of Worlds (Pg. 55-57 I think). And the later was the awesome looking chain sword which reminded me of a 40k version of this weapon wielded by the Uruk-hai berserkers in LOTR The Two Towers

So I made this guy like he was screaming out a challenge to any brave enough to come die by his hand!

Head and shoulder pad is from puppetswar, the book is from the CSM terminator lord.

Here are the front views of half of them the one in the middle and directly to the right of him are two squad leaders.

Here is the gang all together after they have been primed, plus one special character that I will do a separate post on (can you spot which one it is?)

So there it is, my KB. If you would like to see more be sure to follow me, and as always if you have any questions, comments or critique please feel free to contact tact me!

Newest terrain piece Inquisitor Statue/Monument

I have been in a terrain building mood for awhile now, so I finally decided to scratch that itch and dive into my junk (supplies) box and get working. This was a pretty easy, and very fun piece to build. And for something that cost me nothing to make I think it looks pretty good!

The materials I used are as follows

1. Wrestler action figure toy

2. Cardboard box lid

3. Tooth pics

4. Tons of hot glue

5. Card board double bad single ply

6. Foam sheets

7. Styrofoam

8. Foamboard

9. Some greenstuff

10. Shrinkydinks

11. Note card

For paints I used cheap Walmart paints (not using good miniature paints on scratch built terrain 😅) and a little seraphim Sepia citadel wash and barely any Nuln oil wash.

Hope this tutorial helps, or at least inspires you!

As you can see from the above pictures I built a throne out of cardboard and foamboard for the statue to sit on. Then I cut out pieces of foam sheet (the pink, blue and white) to make the armor. I used hot glue to attach all of this though some of the foam sheets I just attached with the adhesive that is on the back of each sheet.

Next I made and Aquila and an inquisitor “I”. I then used a skull that I had made sculpted out of greenstuff to add embellishments. For the GS skull I made molds out of it so I can mass produce it. I did this with all of the sculpts that I used on this the the exception of the chains and molding you will see later. The foam sheets are an awesome material because you can use a pen to engrave things on it such as the letters and such you can see on the leg, the sash, and shoulder pauldrons.

Next I built the platform he would be on and added details to the throne. The platform is made from a hexagonal shaped box lid. Not exactly sure what the box was from as I got it second hand working for an elderly lady haha. Fancy cool box though and great for terrain since she was going to throw it away. The tiles on the floor and arches on the side of the throne are made from thin single ply cardboard that I had (miniature boxes specifically khorne berzerker box). Again I used some GS skulls that I had made molds of to add more detail. The little groan dots on you see on the columns of the arches on the throne are tiny skulls, though the detail is largely lost at a distance.

The sides and rim around the top of the platform are made from more foam sheets. I used a pen to make indentions to make the rim look like individual stones and the the arches on the side look more interesting.

The spikes are the corners are made from tooth picks and the skulls at their bases facing inwards are more of the cast GS skulls I made.

Granted a lot of this is pretty sloppy work but that is not because of the material as much as the person making it lol. This is for gaming not show and I’m incredibly impatient so I did not take my time as much as I could have to prevent minor imperfections. That said a lot of the flaws could have been eliminated by not using hot glue, but that is the fastest way, and paint will hide a lot of it.

I wanted to add more details so I decided to make a necklace to put on him. I had some left over chain I sculpted and never used when making Krälgor so I used that for the necklace chain. Next I used the same tiny skulls that I used on the side of the throne to make a beaded chain that would connect to the screaming skull that would be the medallion of the necklace.

The first picture is of the medallion part of the necklace. I added a tiny aquila to the forehead of the skull to make it more interesting.

The next picture is a test I did that did and didn’t work. I taped a sewing thread down with the idea that I would super glue the tiny skulls on it to make make the beads and help add strength to it with the thread being on the back. What happened which worked out well was the skulls glad together but came off the thread rather than being glued to it, so I had them glued together like I needed without having to worry about then being glued to my table.

So I skipped a few steps because I am posting this after completing the piece rather than working on it while I make the post.

The chain sword I made from a plastic knife, a plastic rod from a giant cue tip and again more foam sheet. I also made some purity seals that I added to liven things up a bit. The wax part of the seal is made from GS and the actual paper part is made from strips of note card I cut.

In the center of each arch on the sides of the platform I used cast skeleton bodies that I had sculpted and made molds from. The back of the throne is more foam sheet that I engraved (poorly) the inquisition symbol.

Finally I painted everything. I was going for a dark grey marble look on the statue itself, which I think I got close to, but not exact. As for painting the skulls (realistic ones) skeleton bodies I just mixed some brown and white to base them in an almost flesh looking color, dry brushed with white, and finished with a wash of Saraphim Sepia.

I also used sepia on the paper of the purity seals which I had previously painted white to make them look a little more dirty and aged.

All in all this was a fun piece to work on and for something that cost me nothing to make I think it looks pretty good for a terrain piece!

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