Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Custom Fiends

I 'borrowed' an idea for making custom fiends of slaanesh from a pic I saw online a few months ago. Basically you take a forest goblin spider and combine it with a daemonette. I'm a little unsure of how much I like my effort. Yesterday I thought they really sucked, today they have grown on me a little. They definitely aren't as nice as the ones I'm basing these off of but this was a pretty quick conversion and far cheaper than the actual GW models.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Nurgle Battle Standard Bearer

I now have a copy of the Warhammer Fantasy Battle rules as well as the Chaos Daemons army book. Looking at my models I realized that I'll need a battle standard bearer so this weekend I chose to convert my Herald of Nurgle to a Herald of Nurgle with a battle standard. It was pretty easy. I drilled a hole in the top of the skull on the staff. Then I took a beastmen standard and made it... Nurgly. Finally I put the two together.

I like the results. Khorne is jealous of the skulls this guy has. Slaanesh gets STDs just looking at him. An Tzeentch... well the Changer of Ways is now the Changer of his Drawers.

Next step, finish up my Fiends of Slaanesh and add a command to my Plaguebearers.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Something new...

Here's the first model in my Lizardmen army, a Skink Priest that both Ms. D'Ork and Splinter Fleet independently christened "Skank."

Haha, I get it. Because I'm a skink. Bravo.
The internet machine assures me that this is the hero model of choice for small (< 2,000 point) Lizard armies.

Usually I start a new army with the rank-and-file and then work my way up to characters once I have a good handle on the color scheme and techniques. But Core units (skinks and saurus) were still in the mail when I got antsy, so I traveled to GW and bought this guy. What I learned in painting him is that drybrushing isn't enough to give depth to models, even when the model is textured and detailed enough, with raised surfaces to pick up the drybrush highlights. Drybrushing made Skank's skin look formless.  Like a shapeless blue blob holding a stick. Once I saw the problem I was able to properly highlight it, and I'm happy with how he turned out.

No one thing made me jump to Fantasy - it may have started with Splinter Fleet's new dual-use daemons opening the door just enough to get me thinking. Then, an event at the local GW reminded me that 40K is a game of two things: Space Marines and tanks.  My Imperial Guard ally and both of my Space Marine opponents were completely motorized, and so was I, except for my jetbikes. Pop the tank, shoot the marines, pop the next tank, etc. I was overcome by a desire to be rid of both these things at once, and Fantasy does that in a stroke.

I've also been interested in pre-Columbian Mesoamerican (such as Maya) art and culture for some time, so Lizardmen were a natural choice. I toyed with the idea of an Maya-themed Space Marine chapter (strange that GW hasn't fit a chapter into that cultural slot already) before deciding that I just didn't have another 50+ marines in me anymore.

So, here we go. I have the rulebook and the Lizard army book already. Saurus are next.