Monday, January 30, 2012

Adeptus Mechanicus Master of the Forge on bike

This is my most recent painting project, my Techmarine "Master of the Forge" on a bike. He will be the commander of my techmarine army. The army is themed around apprentice techmarines that are stationed on Mars to be trained by the Adeptus Mechanicus. Enough background, let's talk about the model.

A lot of people use a conversion beamer weapon on their Master of the Forges, but I wanted mine to be a close combat monster so I kept the servo-harness to get the extra attacks. Plus the mechanical arms look really cool!

The tracked bottom is a plastic small scale German Panzer III tank made by Zvezda. I don't know anything about this model. I found it in the dollar bin of a local store and it was perfect for this project. I removed the turret and added Space Marine vehicle accessories, 2 cut down bolters, a Pegasus Hobbies Chemical Plant pipe for an exhaust, and a lot of Dragon Forge cables.

The Techmarine is a plastic Ad Mech Torso from the marine vehicle accessories sprue, Sgt. Chronus's head and legs, and the standard techmarine's arms and servo-harness. It all fit together pretty well. I had to shorten the axe handle a little and bend the cables coming out of the bottom of the servo-harness, but other than that it all went together easily.



Since my techmarines are stationed on Mars and working for the Adeptus Mechanicus they don't show any allegiance to their parent Marine Chapters, so I paint them in the red uniform of Mars. I don't have a name for this Techmarine Master yet, so suggestions are welcome. I hope you like him.

Michael

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Come on, gives us some more Lord of the Rings!


Last week I wrote down some thoughts about the new Vampire Counts models and their cost compared to other things in life. I sang the praises of the Perry twins who did an outstanding job on designing these HexWraiths/Black Knights.

The Perry brothers have been around with GW since the beginning and have sculpted some absolute classics during their 30 year tenure. This one might be the most famous one:

In my opinion this model has never been surpassed in the category Mounted Knights. The subtle movement in the horse and the position of the rider are so believable, it's just wonderful to look at. But the Perry twins have also been instrumental in designing large swats of great Lord of the Rings models. Yep, those models from that game that we all hated, taking up space in our beloved White Dwarf etc etc. For years now I check out all the new releases and so many of them were done by the two brothers, who also have a very succesful Historial Wargaming Modeling Business. 

My point is this: my feeling is that because the Perrys have been so involved in LOTR models, that range has become really beautiful, realistic looking and very dynamic. A lot of models have this great movement to them. I just reread an interview with David Rodriguez, the famous Spanish model painter who has won 12 Golden Demons and 2 Slayers. He says he loves painting LOTR models because they look so historical and realistic..
Anyway, here are some examples of great models in the LOTR range:










All of these models have outstanding body position and dynamic flow. The horse riders are great and the Troll Chieftain in a real classic, actually a Perry Brothers model.
Now, LOTR started out as a skirmish game, which gives the models a bit more breathing room; they can stick out over their base, since they don't have models right next to them. In the War of the Ring they solved it by creating larger movement trays with more space in between; why not? Fantasy is really stuck in the movement tray line up and that really hinders the development of some cool rank and file models.

When it comes to the centerpieces of the armies, GW is really pulling out all the stops lately in the Fantasy Range, but now I hope that they will start to create some more dynamics in the plain ranks. We all know the Chaos Warriors and High Elves really suffer from units that almost look the same, model to model. It would be nice if they would look to LOTR and copy some of that realism over into the design of new models....Empire would be a great way to start changing course.

just my humble opinion..

Mike

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Barter Bucket: 1/28/12


The year, 2012. From out of space, come runaway bits, hurtling between the Earth and the moon, unleashing unlimited modeling opportunities. Two thousand years later, Earth is reborn. Strange new models rise from old bits bins. Models of savagery, super-science, and sorcery. You can burst your bonds to model for justice. With your companions, McCutty the knife and Princess Super Glue, you can pit your talent, your creativity, and your fabulous Sunsword, err, imagination, against evil!
_________________________________________________
mddunsmore at gmail.com is in the market for:
  1. LoTR Mines of Moria starter set. These are parts that might be left from building the other models in these Vampire Count Kits
  2. Scythe weapons from Hexwraiths
  3. Flying Banshees from Mortis Engine
They have to trade:
  1. LoTR Mines of Moria starter set
  2. Servo Skulls of any variety
  3. Vampire Count bits: Flying Banshees from Mortis Engine, Scythe weapons from Hexwraiths
maleagant at juno.com is looking for:
  1. WHFB Dogs of War Ricco's Republican Guard Pikemen, x6
  2. WHFB OOP plastic Empire Handgunners, x7
av8hotrod at yahoo.com is after:
  1. WHFB Drongs Slayer Pirates, not command
  2. WHFB plastic Marauder Horseman heads and torsos
  3. and is still looking for the OOP Land Raider box, yes just the cardboard box.
_________________________________________________
The Bucket is a place to trade the stuff (models, parts, bits, and the like) you have laying around and are not using to get the stuff you do need. No more buying whole sets for just one model, no more buying overpriced single bits. Whether you're outfitting an entire army, or just need a single combi-weapon for a character model, this is the place to be.

Send us your email request by Thursday for it to post that week, the Barter Buckets posts every Saturday. Emails go to miksminis at gmail dot com. Please keep them simple and concise with enough details for us to knwo what you're looking for. Please limit your requests to a maximum of three items for needs and three items for what you have to trade. This keeps the Bucket itself compact and efficient, and helps your chances of getting exactly what you need. When you do track down the item(s) you're looking for, or have a successful trade, leave a comment below that week's bucket to let us know!

The Bucket itself runs on the cooperative spirit of our gaming community as a whole; gamers helping other gamers. Remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Friday, January 27, 2012

SCWH Honor Roll #48

Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll now brought to you with love and care direct from Lantz from over at TLA, MWC and HoP!

The Butcher's Bill - Tau Broadside Conversions
Die Vincis - Vampirella Complete (translated to English)
Recalcitrant Daze - Defensive Walls
Apocalypse 40k - Scratchbuilt Eldar Nightwing
Jinn's Minis - Gundam Themed Diorama
The Art Of War - Imperial Defense Battery Complete
Spiky Rat Pack - Space Pirato Cpt. Gaga Complete
Mordian 7th - Heresy Era 1k Sons Whirlwind Complete
Winterdyne Commission Modeling - Death Company and Lamartes PIP
Ten Inch Template - Necron Kitbashes
Midwest Monster Lab - Hades Vampire Lord WIP
Fuzzbucket's Mini Mayhem - Pre-Heresy Terminator Medic

Lantz: I don't even know where to begin here; clearly it's been a busy week. My favorites this week are JM's Gundam...I'm not sure. It's amazing regardless. I have a weak spot for Gundam-related stuff. TAOW's Defense Battery now has a fresh coat of paint and looks snazzy. Anyone who has eyes and is alive needs to check out TIT's Necron Kitbashes; amazing. Finally, M7 has a pre-heresy Whirlwind that is simply amazing. Check 'em all out.

Mike's addition for this week's Honor roll is:

Mike:  I really like this Necron Lord from German blogger Aleatorblog. Check it out, it's good stuff!


As always: if you care about your fellow bloggers and their work, please link the Honor Roll on your blog. Grab the jpg from this post and use this link underneath:
http://santacruzwarhammer.blogspot.com/search/label/honor%20roll

Much appreciation!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hordes of Vormond: a (slow) work in progress

I like giving my armies a name and a little backstory. It's not like I am obsessively living in a fantasy world, it's actually helps me with the modeling part of it. I stay more motivated when I give myself some visual and contextual guidance. I started it with my Guard Army, The Bishkek 2nd, and then started a Vampire Counts Army, about a year ago. It took me a long time to come up with a name and chose Hordes of Vormond. Vormond really came from Roermond, a city in the south of Holland where I went to high school. I like getting in a name that somehow relates to my own life.

Anyway, here's a rolling update on the Hordes of Vormond. At this point it's about 1500 points points and with the new releases I couldn't help but add some stuff to it. Pretty soon this army will be at tournament strength. I want to give you a quick portrait of the new additions, some of it still on (long term) progress:

Bat Swarm. I got these guys in a barter bucket deal and they were completely destroyed. I created a little Graveyeard scene and added the bats to it. This was a quickie, but it sure beats bats on wire sticks
Krell and Kemmler. I painted both of these up last week. I got Kemmler 4 months ago on Ebay. I had never seen this model before and noticed it in the 1996 Warhammer Battle Book. After I got him, he was stripped but his staff was beyond repair. I forgot about him until I read the last White Dwarf...there he was! I painted him up in a similar scheme but I found him pretty impossible to do well. Game wise he is an animal.
Krell is a great model, thank you Juan Diaz
Bloodknight in progress. He has been that way for a while. I am a little initimidated by these guys. Notice the headswap. Visually there will be no Vampire in my army and rules wise, only the bloodknights will have the Vampire Rule. I like the idea of humans wanting to ally themselves with the Vampires. The humans in Vormond are like that. I am pleased with this little paint test and will paint the rest like that.

This hexwraith I just finished, using the LOTR paintscheme for Undead. It's quick and easy and looks great AND since they are ethereal, they should be a duo tone, I think. The sculpts by the Perry Brothers are really, really good.


And a testmodel for the Direwolves, I have had this one for a few months

So that's it, the Hordes are growing, slowly but surely..its great fun to have some armies in progress to fall back on when you want to do something different. I can recommend it, start hording!

Mike




Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Defenders of Makkum have a General!


I finished the general of the Defenders of Makkum. He is painted in an a-typical style for me and I try to copy Dave Taylors clean way of painting. My usual approach is much more gritty but now I want to challenge myself and try to come up with some clean work.

I want my Knights to look like the Warriors of Ulric with the more Northmen like look that I imagine for the army. Not too much ribbons and hankerchiefs, instead that real warrior look.

I went for a Black and Yellow scheme for the barding and a red and blue for the rider. I enjoyed painting the horse a lot. Going down the legs, I spent a lot of time on the fur right above the hooves.


On my last post on the Swordsmen, some readers wanted to see the movement tray terrain placed in the back of the unit instead of the front. I shot a picture of that set up.


At this point I have finished 25 swordsmen, one wizard and the general. I have to leave the Defenders of Makkum for a while and focus on some different projects. I am working on some updates on the Hordes of Vormond, my Vampire Counts army, and I have to paint a Leman Russ for my friend Daniel in Singapore. Oh yeah, my Ogres are also asking for some attention. Lots of stuff coming up!


Mike

Sunday, January 22, 2012

My Favorite Model #2: Donoghs Afghan diorama


Here's a new installment of My Favorite Model, a series that asks all of you to think about your favorite model. it might be your first mini ever or the one you won that great game with....as long as you feel it's your favorite one.

Here's our reader Donogh, who models realistic 20mm War in Aghanistan models. Take it away Donogh:

"A year or so ago I raised the issue on my blog of using casualty figures in games, irrespective or scale or period - and there was a lot of support for their use.  In modern games especially, though also in some sci-fi games like Stargrunt or Tomorrow's War, treatment and escorting of casualties is an important aspect. Sometimes the rescue of a wounded soldier represents the main objective of a scenario (and I am a scenario-driven wargamer to the bone!). Keeping track of who's been wounded or killed can be important if your favourite system doesn't just remove figures entirely.

I was inspired to do something with this image:

My friend made me a downed helicopter scene....




....and I use this particular figure (or pair of figures really) as the centre-point for a few scenarios; there's something quite emotive about them. A soldier supporting a wounded comrade - probably sacrificing combat effectiveness to care for his buddy.
I'm not going to suggest that every wargame needs a heavy dose of stark realism, but I hope there's room for this sort of mini-vignette in a one-off game.
My blog is Land War in Asia. Please come visit!
The wounded model with comrade is from Britannia Miniatures 20mm Afghanistan range of Americans."

Thanks Donogh, interesting stuff. Readers, make sure to check out his blog-it's a great read!
Mike

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Barter Bucket: 1/21/12


The year, 2012. From out of space, come runaway bits, hurtling between the Earth and the moon, unleashing unlimited modeling opportunities. Two thousand years later, Earth is reborn. Strange new models rise from old bits bins. Models of savagery, super-science, and sorcery. You can burst your bonds to model for justice. With your companions, McCutty the knife and Princess Super Glue, you can pit your talent, your creativity, and your fabulous Sunsword, err, imagination, against evil!
_________________________________________________
mddunsmore at gmail.com is in the market for:
  1. LoTR Mines of Moria starter set. These are parts that might be left from building the other models in these Vampire Count Kits
  2. Scythe weapons from Hexwraiths
  3. Flying Banshees from Mortis Engine
They have to trade:
  1. Dwarfs from Battle for Skull Pass
  2. Space Marines from Battle for Macragge
  3. Lots of stuff including Chaos, Imperial Guard, Space Marines, terrain, and more. Just ask.
maleagant at juno.com is looking for:
  1. WHFB Dogs of War Ricco's Republican Guard Pikemen, x6
  2. WHFB OOP plastic Empire Handgunners, x7
av8hotrod at yahoo.com is after:
  1. WHFB Drongs Slayer Pirates, not command
  2. WHFB plastic Marauder Horseman heads and torsos
  3. and is still looking for the OOP Land Raider box, yes just the cardboard box.
_________________________________________________
The Bucket is a place to trade the stuff (models, parts, bits, and the like) you have laying around and are not using to get the stuff you do need. No more buying whole sets for just one model, no more buying overpriced single bits. Whether you're outfitting an entire army, or just need a single combi-weapon for a character model, this is the place to be.

Send us your email request by Thursday for it to post that week, the Barter Buckets posts every Saturday. Emails go to miksminis at gmail dot com. Please keep them simple and concise with enough details for us to knwo what you're looking for. Please limit your requests to a maximum of three items for needs and three items for what you have to trade. This keeps the Bucket itself compact and efficient, and helps your chances of getting exactly what you need. When you do track down the item(s) you're looking for, or have a successful trade, leave a comment below that week's bucket to let us know!

The Bucket itself runs on the cooperative spirit of our gaming community as a whole; gamers helping other gamers. Remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Friday, January 20, 2012

SCWH Honor Roll #47

Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll now brought to you with love and care direct from Lantz from over at TLA, MWC and HoP! We've got a lot of completed work this week and I must say it's top-notch work!

The Butcher's Bill - Khorne Ogres Complete
Die VincisM.E.R.C.S. Project PIP
Mordian 7th - Eye Of Magnus Complete
Ricalopia - "Grimm" Cryx Reaper Complete
Recalcitrant Daze - Looted Wagon WIP
40k Hobby Blog - Chaos Bloodletters Complete
Eye Of Error - Razorwings Complete
Excommunicate Traitors - Wolf Guard Terminators Complete
DuEnDe Miniatures - Laser Grenadiers Complete
El Arte De Warhammer 40,000 Imperial Defense Battery Tutorial
Apocalypse 40k - Eldar Pegasus Super-Heavy Scratchbuilt Flyer WIP
Mister Justin - Happy Monk PIP
Master Owen War Hammer - Khorne Irongut Test Model Complete

Lantz: The holiday projects are clearly coming to a close. TBB has some amazing work showing the conversion and painting process all in one post! EoE has a couple of beautifully painted Razorwings. But not everything is coming to a close this week; EADW40k has an amazing tutorial on his Imperial Defense Battery that's worth a look!

Mike's addition for this week's Honor roll is:

Mike:  After finishing the Tamurkhan Forgeworld Book, I am eying the new Chaos Dwarfs eagerly. Here a good news post from the Emperors Codex


As always: if you care about your fellow bloggers and their work, please link the Honor Roll on your blog. Grab the jpg from this post and use this link underneath:
http://santacruzwarhammer.blogspot.com/search/label/honor%20roll

Much appreciation!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Custom Bases for my Necron Triarch Stalkers

Some of you might remember this photo from when I first posted my Triarch Stalker conversion showing that the model is roughly the same size as a Dreadnought walker. For ease of play and for consistency I wanted to base the Stalker on a 60mm base, but unfortunately the legs stick out slightly to far for it to fit. This left me with 4 options, to play without a base (like a Defiler), to custom order a 65mm base, use the large oval base, or to bulk out a 60mm base so that the model can fit on it. I chose the last option, and I will show you how I "stretched" a 60mm base to fit the model.

I started by gluing bark chips to 60mm bases so that they slightly overhang the base in places were the legs of the model need to attach. You can find bark chips at any store that sells landscaping supplies, and the bark's texture will make convincing large rocks. Then I filled in between the bark chips with wood filler to make a continuous surface that had the "rocks" erupting from it. I used wood filler because it was what I had at my work station, but you could use any kind of self hardening spackle. When the wood filler was set I glued my basing mix of sand and gravel (the grey and white stuff in the photo) over most of the filler to create a textured surface.

Here is the bottom of one of the bases so you can see how the bark chips stick out past the footprint of the base. This is how I create the room I need for the model to attach. You might also notice that this is not a GW base. A couple years back I ordered about 50 60mm wood cut bases and I have still not used them all.

Here are the bases painted to match my Necron army. This is not the most flattering paint job for these bases, but my army's bases have a barren black ash waste look that these needed to match.

My two Triarch Stalkers standing on their new bases, which now accommodate their long legs. Now all I have to do it paint the models and pin them to the bases. The same technique I used to make the bases can be used on larger surfaces to make difficult terrain or great looking hills too.

Michael

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

random shot of inspiration

I shot this image this morning, while taking out the garbage:

It's like painting not metallic metal!

Mike

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Pricing, modeling, drinking, smoking

 

With the release of the new Vampire Counts book on Saturday, John and I drove to the local store and picked up some stuff. I spend 100 dollars on:
1. Army book
2. Magic Cards
3. Black Knights/Hex Wraiths
4. Krell, lord of the Undead
5. Necrarch (free)

John was lamenting about how army books were 22 dollars and even hardback codexes were cheaper when they came out; indeed we found the Orcs and Goblins Army hardback in the same store 5 dollars cheaper....that was 37 and we were shocked then.

But now I will tell you what I really think.
First of all I will start by saying that Santa Cruz Warhammer started out as a blog that gave modelers cheap alternatives (like kitbashes or other model companies) to the expensive models of GW. But over time we have changed into a more balanced approach. Where we could model something better using different stuff, we would but we also would give praise to GW for bringing out a splendid model. Now, after 5 years of blogging, we have reached a point where GW is bringing out some of the best models since I started this hobby. And so onto my thoughts about Pricing, Modeling, Drinking and Smoking.

Modeling and playing Warhammer is incredibly cheap, compared to everything else that is out there.
I will put the stuff above into context.
1. The army book...

...looks extraordinary. The binding is supreme, the finish great, the artwork and pages very, very nice and the color rendition is just amazing. Remember when your 22 dollar codex fell apart? Remember how artwork was all in BW? The two products are just not comparable. The new color codexes are books you keep rereading, looking at and use for inspiration. I also feel spending 40 dollars on supporting a company that tries to be so creative and pays their workers to create the stunning artwork...remember those paintings are not done on the computer, it starts out with a white piece of paper.
And...the book will get you through the next 3-5 years of play.
Other 40 dollar expenses:
-video game: 20-40 hours of playtime
-going out to dinner with the family to a cheap place: 1 hour of joy
-seeing a 3D movie with your two kids: 2 hours
-getting coffee every morning at Starbucks for 2 weeks
and so on

2. Magic Cards are useless, but they were there and I figure I support my local store. I cannot make an argument for those; they are handy during the game but really not needed.

3. Black Knights/Hex Wraiths...

...are wonderful models. I was excited to see that the Perry brothers did some sculpting again for Fantasy and no one does horses plus riders better. Also, by adding two options, you end up with some excellent conversion bitz. This set is really meant for the advanced modelers. It requires a subtle paintjob and will give me hours and hours of painting joy. Also, having all the conversion bitz sparks my inspiration to add them to other Skellie units. After all is said and done, I get to play with them for years to come. And all that for less then 30 dollars.

4. Krell. ..

...Finally Juan Diaz, the master Space Marine sculptor, got to do a Fantasy Space marine. Krell looks like he stepped out of 40K and is one bad-ass character. The fluff is great and he will make an excellent Counts leader. 20 dollars for a resin model is OK with me. My fine cast had absolutely no flaws and this model will become one of my centerpieces. Weeks of painting, years of playing and a model that will give me lots of memories in years to come.

5. Necrarch...

...The oldschool Necrarch that I found in the sale bin I got for free. It was missing tons of stuff, like both hands, the staff and horse  but did have some interesting modeling options...I love the OOP stuff...and it was free which was nice.

Quality of models OK, now I haven't even talked about the Conven Throne...

No one can complain about a model costing 60 dollars when it looks like that. This thing is just amazing looking and will be a joy paint for countless, relaxing hours. I didn't get it, don't have room frankly, but GW is really giving us great quality for a firm price. If you look around the internet at all the different model companies, very, very few put out such a consistently high quality product. I am not talking about the actual sprues, I am talking about the intellectual quality of output. The creative process to get to certain models and the technical ability to get the stuff into a mold are higher at GW then anywhere else. Of course there are other model companies that produce amazing things, but none has it all so well together in a creative way. I also truly admire GW for sticking with the artists that render this amazing artwork-they could easily just show the models like most companies do.


All in all: everyone should make up their own mind about how to spend their money. But one thing I ask of you: be honest with yourselves. Don't jump on the bandwagon of complaints before you have done some self reflecting. Lots of people spend lots on beer, smokes, videogames (at 60 dollars a pop), getting a haircut, having their car washed etc etc. If you feel ordering 3 dollar coffees every day is more important, don't blame model makers for their prices. It's just a different set of priorities...i make my own coffee every morning. And then I do a little painting to start the day. And for all that, I get to keep the models I have painted and enjoy looking at them for many, many years. They kind of become friends of a certain time period. My buddy Christian always says selling an army is like selling one of your kids.

I am certainly not an apologist for GW. I just try to see things for how they are in comparison to other things....in my life. You should do the same.

Mike

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Barter Bucket: 1/14/12


The year, 2012. From out of space, come runaway bits, hurtling between the Earth and the moon, unleashing unlimited modeling opportunities. Two thousand years later, Earth is reborn. Strange new models rise from old bits bins. Models of savagery, super-science, and sorcery. You can burst your bonds to model for justice. With your companions, McCutty the knife and Princess Super Glue, you can pit your talent, your creativity, and your fabulous Sunsword, err, imagination, against evil!
_________________________________________________
maleagant at juno.com is looking for:
  1. WHFB Dogs of War Ricco's Republican Guard Pikemen, x6
  2. WHFB OOP plastic Empire Handgunners, x7
av8hotrod at yahoo.com is after:

1. WHFB Drongs Slayer Pirates, not command
2. WHFB plastic Marauder Horseman heads and torsos
3. and is still looking for the OOP Land Raider box, yes just the cardboard box.
_________________________________________________
The Bucket is a place to trade the stuff (models, parts, bits, and the like) you have laying around and are not using to get the stuff you do need. No more buying whole sets for just one model, no more buying overpriced single bits. Whether you're outfitting an entire army, or just need a single combi-weapon for a character model, this is the place to be.

Send us your email request by Thursday for it to post that week, the Barter Buckets posts every Saturday. Emails go to miksminis at gmail dot com. Please keep them simple and concise with enough details for us to knwo what you're looking for. Please limit your requests to a maximum of three items for needs and three items for what you have to trade. This keeps the Bucket itself compact and efficient, and helps your chances of getting exactly what you need. When you do track down the item(s) you're looking for, or have a successful trade, leave a comment below that week's bucket to let us know!

The Bucket itself runs on the cooperative spirit of our gaming community as a whole; gamers helping other gamers. Remember, change comes from within...your bits box!

Friday, January 13, 2012

SCWH Honor Roll #46

Welcome to the SCWH Honor Roll now brought to you with love and care direct from Lantz from over at TLA, MWC and HoP! The after-holiday hobby bonanza is still going and this week once again had a ridiculous amount of talent all around!

A Guardsman's Guide To Glory - Hab Block Complete
Rust And The City - Renegade Sergeant Complete
Duende Miniature - Medium Panzer Walker N2 Complete
ADHD Gaming - Necron Praetorian Shields Complete
Legion 9 Studios - Obliterator Complete
Midwest Monster Lab - Horrors Of Tzeentch Complete
40k Hobby Blog - Khorne Berserkers Complete
Spiky Rat Pack - Rat With The Gun Complete
Sons Of Thunder - WMH Miniatures
The Vanus Temple - Heirotitan WIP
Die Vincis - Storm Strider and Terrain WIP (translated to English)
Stratford Gaming Union - Archon PIP
Sepulchre Of Heroes - Terrain WIP
Apocalypse 40k - Ork Looted Shadowsword

Lantz: You can really tell when people got their gifts. Roughly two weeks after the holidays are over and over half of my links are completed work! If you've been through the Honor Roll before you've surely seen AGGtG's Hab Block as it slowly was worked on. Well, now it's complete and damn, it looks good. Along with that, you've probably seen RATC's Renegade Sergeant WIP, which is now complete as well! Outside of completed work, I'm anxious to see where DV's Storm Strider will end up with a paint job; it's an exciting looking project. Finally, take a good hard peek at A40k's Ork Shadowsword. It's some top-notch work.

Mike's addition for this week's Honor roll is:

Mike: Our favorite Polish blog: Ana, Painting Mum, put on a excellent tutorial on creating your own base, Golden Demon style. Check it out!


As always: if you care about your fellow bloggers and their work, please link the Honor Roll on your blog. Grab the jpg from this post and use this link underneath:
http://santacruzwarhammer.blogspot.com/search/label/honor%20roll

Much appreciation!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Defenders of Makkum: swordsmen part 4: unit is finished with terrain

I finally finished up the first unit of my Empire Army The Defenders of Makkum. As told before, I want to incorporate terrain heavily into the units as if all of them are waiting for the enemy to lay siege to their town.
Below is a picture of the finished unit.

The terrain comes from the Garden of Morr set. These two pieces are the sides of the gate. The pieces are magnetized and can easily be removed. For display it looks better to have them be in front, but during games I  would put them in the middle. I can opt to count them as fighting pieces or not. Here's the unit without the terrain:
The Frysian flag (blue with hearts) is prominent in the unit, the banner depicts the emblem of Makkum, a real town in Friesland. In the fluff, Makkum is part of the Empire and is being besieged by Chaos Hordes, coming from the North. You can see I painted 4 or 5 different dress codes, depicting different Lords giving soldiers to the defense of this town.
Below I added the wizard, which I thought looked cool, a bit higher and menacing



Here are the two terrain pieces, magnetizable, just like the whole unit.

Oh, and here is a WIP of the General's horse.
Hope this inspires! If you want to review all these swordsmen posts, do a search up top for 'defenders of makkum'

Mike