Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Back by popular demand from my three-year tour of Europe, Scandinavia, and the subcontinent..Dust Warfare: Work in Progress

I picked up a game called Dust Warfare after a buddy of mine opened up a new game store near the house. Dropzone Games has a good portion of all the folks I've ever played miniatures games with. An outstanding environment. I also started working on some tanks for Flames of War, but I'll post those later. So, first up, a shot of models in progress of being painted for my Elite Platoon of Allies in Dust Warfare. I was inspired enough to do some small conversions to give me and old school Sgt Nick Fury & Dum Dum Dugan.

Monday, May 2, 2011

April Showers Bring May Siege Engineers

Siege Engineers
Alright, let's get this army moving. First up, some of my favorite models, Siege Engineers.  These guys are primed, base-coated, and getting some detail work going. The gents, led by stoic Sergeant 17, carry drum-fed shotguns, meltaguns, demolition charges, detonators, cabling, clippers, folding shovels, and grenades.  This fellas should be finished up by the end of the month. As veterans, their primary job is to provide pinpoint support as sappers to the main army. This will be done by tunneling under the battlefield and then emerging and clearing the area with their demo charges.

Hades Breaching Drill
In the 41st millenia, these boys aren't going to get there in time with  folding shovels.Their main toy reminds me of Total Recall. This is a Hades Breaching Drill. It's multitude of cutting heads allows it to make  a fine tunnel.   It's also used as a final breaching device after a tunnel is dug through other means. Anything unfortunate enough to be on the surface as it breaks through will take one hell of a hit. After it arrives, it carries a large multi-melta which fires through a gap in the drilling heads. The turn after it shows up on the table, the Siege Engineers can come up through the new tunnel at will. The Hades is just about done, I've got all the metalwork finished as well as the hull colors and some unit markings. The back of it has a control computer and lights.

The last of the toys for this update are some light and medium armored walkers, or Sentinels. I've got a pair each of Scout Sentinels with Autocannons and Armored Sentinels with Plasma Cannons. 

Scout Sentinel
Armored Sentinel
These are coming along well, but still need to be finished up and then hit with fine details and unit markings. The Scout is on the left. Since this Sentinel is open-topped, it's pilot is wearing hazardous breathing gear. The Armored Sentinel on the right, with a reinforced and protected crew compartment is tough enough to withstand most assaults and carries a more powerful weapon. 

That's what is on the menu for this month, I'll update these units with better pictures when they are complete.

Marshall Law #27:  "If it's stupid, but it works, it ain't stupid."

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Head Krieg In Charge
     Never do your officer test schemes on your Commander.  Unless of course the model is really, really cool. I really wanted his longcoat to look as close to leather as possible. It's the only part of the model I took the time to blend. I do like how it turned out, even the back. The medals are basic colored and don't really pop as much as I'd like. He'll be brighter than all the rest to allow him to stand out more.

     Later when more models are complete, I may touch him up and pop him off of the temporary base for something more scenic.  For now, I've got a solid looking HQ to roll with.  I'll work on the rest of his command squad in the next week or so.

Marshall's Law #16: "Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first." 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Next Project

I just got back from Adepticon 2011 a couple weekends ago. This event annually is a recharge of all the hobby juices. Seeing so many awesome conversions, terrain, painted armies, and good friends always leaves me inspired. This was my second year on Team Handsome in the 40K Team Tournament. We're 2 for 2 on Team Spirit awards since I've been there, clearly it's me. =)

One of my teammates this year, the "Ironman" Brian Carlson, and I had a hobby inspired conversation. With no events planned for me in the next few months, it's time to focus on something that's going to take some time and love. My resin.

I've got three major projects stored away in the workshop:

The first, is my Death Korps of Krieg army. I've slowly purchased pieces, unit by unit, and stashed them away till it was time to give them the attention they deserved.

The second, is a complete Anphelion Base which I won as first prize in a tournament.

The last, is a Warhound Titan which was given to me as a parting gift from my last job.

All 3 are going to take a hell of a lot of time to do the way I want, so I think this is my priority list. A new army, then a new table to play on, then one hell of a reinforcement.

Marshall Law #47: Hobby project planning is like a New Year's Resolution to Mark Twain: "...now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving the road to hell with them as usual."

Marshall's Law

I am a man with more hobbies than I can count. I just don't have time for them all. So, in an effort to instill some focus, I've succumbed to making a blog. We'll see how it goes.

Marshall's Law #31: Everything takes longer than you think.