Since 2016 is nearly over and done with, I’d though I’d share a quick teaser for my current project to kick off the New Year with;
First team on the painting table are the Skavenblight Scramblers!
Have a good new year and see you all in 2017!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted but I haven’t been completely idle. Alas, that’s an update for another time as I though I’d do an unboxing for one of my favourite classics to re-emerge from years past – Tzaangor!
First introduced in the Realms of Chaos tomes in years past, then more recently re-invisioned and actually made as plastic miniatures this year for Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower. Now with this month’s twin-release of Wrath of Magnus and Traitor Legions – followers of Tzeentch can rejoice that we now have a full multi-part kit for the bestial blighters!
What’s in the box?
In the box you get six sprues (2 duplicates of 3 different ones);
(shots of front and backs of sprues)
Interestingly there are a lot of weapon options here. This serves as a duel-purpose kit for both Warhammer 40k as well as Age of Sigmar. You get enough standard pairs of close combat weapons for all ten, as well as the option to swap them all for the chainsword and Autopistol (40k only). In addition, there are also a couple great weapons (I spot an axe and a really long two-handed sword) as well as bits for a Standard Bearer and a Musician (Age of Sigmar only). In fact, you get two copies of the banner and trumpet so those could be great for converting duplicate Pink Horror units!
To finish off the box contents, you get the usual instructions as well as a bag of ten 32mm round bases.
Instructions are simple enough, but however here comes the main critique of this set. The instructions miss out how to assemble any of the Age of Sigmar specific options (shields, great weapons, command options etc.) I can cope with the instructions not telling me how to assemble the special optional head for the Twistbray (it’s two parts. It’s obvious!) but the rest seems rather odd being missing. I did notice how the instructions only mention 40k. Am I missing any Age of Sigmar specific instructions?
I haven’t begun assembling them yet, but reading through what instructions I have makes these seem like a simple enough kit to assemble.
I was all set to go with the chainsword and Autopistol combo for the box to go alongside my slowly growing Chaos Marines for 40k.
About an hour before I could leave work, come home and wrote this, GW posted this teaser on social media…
I’ve been keenly waiting for this Battletome since Silver Tower got Age of Sigmar Warscrolls shortly after release.
That has thrown a spanner in the works though, so now I think the standard close combat weapons option would be best as I could use them across both systems. Whilst I love the aesthetic of savage Gor-Kin with pistols, I’m willing to compromise to greatly expand their usefulness.
I would finish with a comparison picture between this kit and the Silver Tower ones, but I have yet to put clippers and knife to the former. I’m gonna do that right now, so thanks for reading!
One made from kit on the left, Silver Tower monopose one on the right.
I’ll just leave these here..
Tzaangor Hero! Tzaangor on Disks!
“Today we stand in the blood of our brothers, for we have been shattered by betrayal.”
Attributed to Obayn Gheist, during the Scourging of Makenna VII [M41]
I started chucking some paint on one of the Shattered Chaos Marines. The red was a doddle as I have that colour scheme locked down now. The silver however proved to be a tad more challenging. Initially I tried my usual NMM but it wasn’t working out so I switched back to true metallics, something I’ve not done in years.
I only had a W&N silver ink to hand, which I found is great to pseudo wet-blend over (it takes a longer time for it to fully dry) as all I was addin to it was varying amounts of black and glazes of brown and blue. Unfortunately, it sucks up a lot of paint so I had to keep going over and over the silver ink, which takes a lot longer to do than my usual feathering thin paint layers over dried paint.
Still, there’s something neat about the contrast between the matte red and the glossy metallics which is something I didn’t consider.
I love the look of it so far, but I certainly need to invest in some GW metallic paints (silver and brass) to really finish these models. The need for the silver is obviously, whereas I need the brass for the leg great times on the Shattered and for the Red Corsair backpacks and details.
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Figured I’d post a quick update on this most dreary and wet of English mornings – can’t get outside to prime miniatures!
As you can see I’ve built the six members of the second squad. I was very excited when my (10-man) MKIII Burning of Prospero plastics arrived!
Since these are supposed to be former Iron Warriors, MKIII armour was clearly a must but due to their outcast status, each one also has incorporated more recent replacement components from MkIV and even the odd loyalist MK VI part.
The middle one in the first picture is the Aspiring Champion (as shown last post) whereas the middle one in the second picture will be the squad’s Meltagun specialist.
Speaking of the Aspiring Champion, aside from his Combi-Melta and (somewhat hidden) chainmail tabard, he is quite to identify him differently from the rest of the squad – hence I made his backpack a bit more ornate;
Hopefully you’ll agree it’s a bit more subtle than the usual unwieldy spiky poles that Chaos Space Marines are quite fond of!
As I said, once the weather clears up I can prime these newly built additions and begin their own colour scheme – something a bit like this;
Best thing is, this squad of six combined with the five existing Red Corsairs on my desk combine to make a legal 200pt Kill Team! 👌🏻
Reds are the only thing that have been completed so far.
The recipe for that is as follows;
Fairly simple in my books. Putting on the final glaze is incredibly satisfying to me, shame it doesn’t dry with the same glossiness it starts off with.
I received some MkIII “Iron” Armour in the post today, and swiftly added a few components from the kit to a model I build one night;
For this second squad, I’m thinking Iron Warrior outcasts with a dirty iron and red colour scheme, with red and black chevrons. I have some background inklings in my head which I need to write up first. Does the Shattered sound like a good minor warband name?
Now to start building the rest of these gorgeous MkIII plastics!
Painting has commenced!
*shudders thinking about painting checkers on a rounded surface…*
By coincidence, the Black Library have also announced a new novel called Tyrant of the Hollow Worlds;
The cover artwork has given me some ideas for both painting and sculpting for future models in this project.
Back to working on the Red Corsairs!
I’ve commenced working on these again due to reasons such as the re-released Kill Team rules, the rumours of “upcoming Thousands Sons” as well as those lovely newly-released MkIII Iron Armour models in Burning of Prospero.
Anyway, the first five have finally had all their sculpting, kit bashing and cleaning up done and have been primed;
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Guns and backpacks are being primed and painted seperataly, hence not in the photos.
Now onto the basecoats!