Update “My Current Project”

decided to try my hand at making a World Eater’s Master of Executions (to take a small break from my current project)

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I haven’t been posting anything as of late because I have been stumbling my way through scratch building an alien deathworld board and terrain for me and some friends to start playing kill team on (finally got them into it lol). I will do a showcase once I’m finished, but no tutorial as I have been doing a lot of trial and error. All that out of the way, there is this bit of news!

So today I got to go by the new Warhammer (GW is rebranding their stores) store that just opened in Shreveport, LA. I have to say I was super psyched about what I saw, as this is the closest dedicated 40k store to me now being only 2 hours away opposed to NOLA that is close to 5. The store is fantastic, and the actual space they have (as well as the stock perhaps) is bigger than the GW store I went to in Houston, TX awhile back.

While there on top of the intended paintbrush and some paint I got, I Couldn’t help but pick up a Master of Executions while I was there.

So here is a sneak preview of my (new other) current project! On the down side I decided what I wanted to do for the helmet, before actually measuring it to see if it fit… so some cutting and adjustments will need to be made lol.

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.

Using Games-workshop Water Slide Decals (Easy and Cheap)

A very easy and cheap tutorial on how to use Games-workshop water slide decals and get great results.

So I know I have had trouble in the past with the Games-workshop water slide decals and after learning how to do them easily and getting good results I decided if anyone wanted to know my method I would do a tutorial. So hear it its!

I got a shoulder pad I had from my bits and decided to paint it up so that if worst comes to worst I can always use it for basing another miniature in the future. So with that in mind and my army being World Eaters I opted to do an Emperors Children Shoulder pad and decal.

So let’s get to it.

Materials you will need.

1. Games-workshop water slide decal of your choice.

2. Two containers or water (one to clean your brushes, and one that is clean to soak the decal and wet your brushes and thin your paints/varnish.

3. Games-workshop Technical paint ‘Ardcoat

4. Matt Varnish (I used Vallejo’s Matt varnish)

5. Pair of tweezers (to hold the decal in water).

6. Your desired brushes.

7. Paper Towel.

Prep

I based the shoulder pad with Abaddon Black. Then I did to coats of Xerxes Purple. On the trim I based them in Brass Scorpion. I then dry brushed the purple with Pink Horror and applied a wash of Carroburg Crimson. Finally I applied 3 coats of Auric Armour Gold to the trim. I wanted to have the dry brush texture there so you can see that all details are preserved doing this method.

Step One

Now that the shoulder pad is painted the way I wanted I applied a generous coating of ‘Ardcoat that was thinned with water (about 1/3 water) all over the purple part of the pauldron (shoulder pad). This is to seal and protect your work underneath as well as give you a smooth surface to apply the decal. If you want you can apply more coats, but I find one works. Let that fully dry.

Step Two

Grab your decal with your tweezers and hold it in the water (Note: the new decals only take about 30-45 seconds in the water, but the new ones take longer).

Next you take the decal and put it near where you will apply it to the miniature. The older decals stick a little more to the paper so you may have to use your finger a little to get it moving off the paper. The new ones you can just use your brush. Make sure the brush you use to apply the decal is wet, this will be important for the next part.

Step Three

The application part is not as scary as you may think. Here water is your friend which is why it’s important to have already sealed the area you will put the decal with ‘Ardcoat. You don’t want to flood the application surface but you do want enough water to form a very small puddle under the decal (this is why you need your brush wet). The decal will bring water with it, but if it doesn’t use your brush to gently get under the decal and let the water on the brush pool underneath it.

The reason for this is the water will allow the decal to move across the surface you want to apply it to so you can gently move it around with your brush (opposed to it setting right where it happens to make first contact with the model). I recommend a brush with firm short bristles for this so you have more control

That is the brush I use to apply my decals. It hold enough water without flooding the surface, and its stiff enough to allow great control

Once you have the decal where you want it, take the corner or your paper towel and gently press down on the decal. This will set the decal where you want it and will dry up the water. You can dab the area if there are wrinkles or excess water after you have the decal set in place.

Next apply at least one (I do two to be safe) thin layer of the same thinned ‘Ardcoat as before, over the application area (the decal and the purple of the shoulder pad) to seal the decal in place and protect it.

Step Four

Apply a generous amount of matt varnish over the whole application arena. I don’t thin the matt varnish, I just put some strait from the bottle on my wet pallet and then paint it onto the shoulder pad.

Here is what it looks like after one coat is dry.

How many layers you do depends on your personal preference. Since I am doing only one shoulder pad for this tutorial I don’t have a comparison like I would on a fill miniature. I found doing my Iron Warriors that one this coat and two thin coats of matt varnish made it look identical to the other shoulder pads I had not used ‘Ardcoat on. So here is a picture of this pad after I have applied the tow thin coats on it.

I hope this helps you and saves you some money not having to buy any products specifically for doing decals like this. If you have any questions or need me to clarify anything please feel free to ask and I will be more than happy to answer!

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!

Making Better Chaos Cultist

An outline of sources as well as tips and suggestions for building epic chaos cultist

If you are a wh40k CSM player than you no doubt are aware of the painfully limited and ultimately restricted model options for chaos cultist. There are only a few models available and those have no options for customization, or even better load out options. The only option available is one squad of five with standard weapons

This is made even more annoying by the fact that more cultist models exist, including those with heavy weapons, but were only made available in the Dark Vengeance starter set, and good luck hunting some of those down now.

All of this is not only annoying put problematic for several reasons. First chaos cultist are arguably the cheapest scoring units that chaos has available. Second the models are so limited in their sculpts that this is little to no room to make them mold into your army’s fluff because the models are so generic. And then there is the most obvious problem which is that these cheap units are limited to being cheap and virtually worthless since they are forever stuck with the most basic of loadouts.

So what is a chaos player to do? Well if your like me and you love to make your army unique then there are some awesome options available to us if you know where to look. And that is what this will hopefully teach you is where to look and give you some ideas of what is available.

So first thing is first. I’m going to be breaking this up into five that I will hit on, but this is just to give a very rough overview of what options are available out there and hopefully give you some ideas. By no means are the things covered in this a complete list of what is available out there or even all that is available on the sources I will be covering. So in short please feel free to check out these sources yourself to see what is available.

So the five aforementioned categories I will break this up into is as follows.

1) Traitor Guardsmen cultist (Lost bad the damned)

2) Militaristic cultist (think Blood Pact)

3) Basic chaos cultist (but more varied than the standard models)

4) Nurgle cultist/plague Zombies

5) Miscellaneous things that you can add to any unit to give them more character/flavor (keep things varied and not so clone army looking).

Traitor Guardsmen

First up we have these awesome units from https://puppetswar.eu/

These guys look awesome and while they are complete units, they also come in multiple parts allowing for a fair bit of kitbashing. Additionally you could always switch their heads up to make then look more chaotic. Here are a few of the head options that could work great, but also could be used to mix and match with other units if you want a more varied cultist force.

Of course weapons are important as last I check (Khorne Daemonkin was my most recent codex) virtually all cultist weapons are auto guns, and melee weapons. So next up are some awesome options from http://anvilindustry.co.uk/

These guys have amazing options going so detailed as to have different parts like scopes and magazines for each of there weapons

They also have some really cool infantry bits such as these torsos that could work great for traitor Guardsmen or militaristic cultist

To put even more icing on the cake they have some amazing head options (full bodies really) and great melee and side arm options.

Militaristic Cultist

So these in my opinion are the really fun guys to make as the potential with groups like this fluff wise is practically limitless. What I mean by Militaristic Cultist as hinted at before is groups of “Cultist” that are trained and operated like professional military forces, bit are not former Imperial Guardsmen. The reason I personally love the idea of this kind of cultist the most and why I say it has limitless fluff potential is because since these guys are not traitor guards they are not bound by any preconceived lore ideas. In other words rather than being a group of ex-cadians these guys could be militant cultist orders on a daemon world that your band of CSM inhabit. So they may have closer ties to your army than simple traitor guards, and may have even been granted permission to bear your armies iconography (of course it’s your army and cultist so any group could have this privilege). But you get the idea! So let’s get started with these awesome baddies!

Again first up is Puppetswar with these great looking guys.

These full units you can buy, but as before they are multi part (mostly) so you can mix and match them to suit your needs. Also while I would never use these heads for berserkers, the head in the middle does have variants that work pretty good for khornate cultist I think.

Next from Anvil again are some really awesome options (again this is just a small sample of what they have) that come in units or would look amazing if kitbashed with some Cadians.

Next up there are these cool heads from https://bitsofwar.com

Then there are these amazing (and I do me amazing) models from https://madrobotminiatures.com/

Let’s face it, if you want to make the Blood Pact these are the way to go! If you want to add a little more flavor and variety then check out these shoulder pads and heads from https://maxmini.eu

Basic Cultist

Don’t let my title of these guys fool you into thinking these options will be drab or boring, because I assure you they wont!

Once again I’ll kick things off with these options from puppetswar

The first guys would also (pretty sure they were intended for it) make some great mechanicus units, but I think they work great as cultist too! Then as you can see in the third image there is the oh so rare option for heavy weapons!

Next from anvil we have some really sick options that even include female cultist! (Who knew chaos cults weren’t all sausage fest lol) and there is also an awesome cultist leader!

Nurgle Cultist/Zombies

Finally the mo.ent many of you have been waiting for, and dont worry these won’t disappoint!

To kick things off (as always) we will head over to puppetswar and see this awesome zombie horde of epicness!

If you want to unleash the local PDF against it’s own citizens then these guys are a great start, but they are hardly the finisher! If you want even more rotten zombie goodness then anvil has you covered!

But what of non zombie cultist you ask? well papa Nurgle will be pleased to see that anvil thought of this too!

Ofcourse there are also other options that you could use instead of or along with these models to add a bit more place flavor such as these back packs from maxmini

Miscellaneous things

So last but not least here are some more options as well as some cool bits that you could add in for flavor or variation.

From puppetswar we have some really cool mechanical arms that are holding glaives. Honestly I would just use the arms, but the weapons are cool too

Then from anvil there are tones of options such as bullet casings, mechanical body parts, candles, rats, and so much more!

Then bitsofwar(kromlech) has some great banners and mechanical arms and such!

Next up from https://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/weapons there are a good bit of weapon options, mutations and some bones

here are some more options for weapons, heads and more just to give you an idea of all the options!

Finally the last things you with are some bases and stuff from secretweaponminiatures.com

I had some more but this post is about
to kill the app and my phone
Lol. I hope you enjoyed this and you found this useful and or helpful!

* I also want to note that all of these units are multipart kits so you can kitbash them with each other or other units. I just opted to show pictures of the complete kits rather than each piece you can buy since this post was already really large.

If you know of any other sources or units I would love to hear about them! Also this is my first post like this so any and all feedback is greatly appreciated!

As always I would love to hear your thoughts so please dont hesitate to comment!

New CSM Squad Kit

So I finally finished building these guys and I got to say I have mixed feelings. The models look amazing, but they are a nightmare to build. What you see is what you get with these guys. The only customizable parts are the heads and arms(most arms). The poses are pretty limited when paring them with the arms because many arms wont fit well on certain bodies. And on that note, let’s talk about things fitting together…

If you aren’t planning on equipping these guys with with chainswords and volt pistols then get ready for a tough time. Almost none of the bolter arms fit well, and some of them (2 pairs) are so bad that I had to use some greenstuff to make them attach to the torso.

As far as building them goes, I would reccomend only building one at a time taking pieces from the sprue as you build each one rather than get all the pieces off first. The reason for this is because these guys only fit together one way and if you dont know which parts to use it’s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle (I sadly had to do the puzzle approach).

So now to the instersesting things. If this is anything to go off of it seems like this kit reinforces the rumors about the World Eaters and Emporer’s Children getting their own armies and kits soon. If you notice the transfer sheet on this kit as well as the pictures on the back only contain Chaos Undivided Legions. Here is to hoping right?