Friday, April 30, 2010

Forgeworld Preview: Raven Guard

I don't know about you guys, but the Games Workshop daily articles are something I look forward to everyday (along with my web comics, blogs, and other internet funnies). These were stolen from today's:

Image used without permission from Games Workshop.

Awesome mini-tank is awesome! Or is it a mini-mini-tank?

I don't think my roommate reads this blog, mostly because he can see and hear it all first hand...everyday :) I'm thinking about grabbing some of these for him for his birthday. Maybe putting them on an assault squad? I'll have to be sneaky and figure out what he still needs. Oh, I'm also going to paint them. Kind of went from maybe to definitely quick huh....I have compulsion issues. I WANT A MINI-MINI-TANK! 

Old Shatter Hands: Use this for a Johnny-5 Dreadnought?!?!?! You know it would be epic...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Plague Marine!!!

I finally got my color scheme down! It didn't take too long once I took a day off from Starcraft 2...well, a couple hours...three total.

I'm still not sure what I'm doing with the sorcerer, the one with the wings from my older posts. He's looking a little undead pale, and more bruised flesh than angry wounds, but I'm okay with that. He looks...squishy. Like if you poked him where it's purple it would go right a big rotten grape. And his flesh looks like it hasn't had any blood in it for years. I'm kind of okay with it, but it's still missing something.

Also, I got some gray stuff and worked out their pose for my Daemon Prince. I'm not sure how I'm going to make them so big, but I'm working it out.

I am no resolved my very next purchase, other than necessities like food, is going to be a decent digital camera. I'm tired of taking pictures of models I'm actually proud of and them looking least compared to what they look like in real life.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Starcraft 2 Beta Keys

I've had a beta key for a solid 2 months now. It's been fantastic. GameStop is running a deal where pre-ordering gets you a beta key. I feel obligated to pass this information along wherever I can.

Standard Edition
Collector's Edition

Also, my name is now, and will be (when the game goes live), Dhinanta.dhinanta.

A side note: Blizzard has ripped off Warhammer Fantasy and 40k in every way possible really (Terran = Space Marines, Zerg = Tyranids, Protoss = Eldar). It's fun to think of their games in Warhammer terms sometimes :)

I actually feel compelled to do a full on unit comparison...expect that tonight/tomorrow.

Monday, April 19, 2010

WFB 8th Edition is coming...this July!

Rumors have been flying wildly for over a month now. It seems it is confirmed. I can't wait! I love fantasy. I enjoy the more simplistic rules and the change up that is 40k, but I just love building Fantasy armies! The variety is just so refreshing. Given some of the more prevalent rumors, hopefully I'll enjoy playing it this time around too :)

For those of you who don't get the GW newsletter:

The Warhammer world is a place riven by relentless warfare and the corrupting power of dark magic. It’s a place where vile creatures and titanic monsters roam the lands, where vast armies of evil warriors unleash slaughter upon their victims and only the unceasing valour of the forces of Order prevent the whole world slipping away into chaos and death.
Amidst this tapestry of conflict and carnage are races fair and foul, warriors chivalrous and brutal. These are the combatants who fight for dominance of the world. From the blasted north come warmongering tribes of Chaos Warriors, armour-clad barbarians who have thrown their lot in with the Dark Gods of Chaos. In the Badlands gather the greenskinned marauders known as the Orcs and Goblins, vicious, brutal creatures whose insatiable lust for war grows almost as quickly as their vast numbers. Beneath the cities of the civilised realms nestle the repulsive ratmen, subhuman creatures whose machinations spread disease and distrust – these are the Skaven and they wish only to destroy and dominate all others. Even the forests of the Old World are not safe, for the trees themselves are things of malign presence and the Beastmen dwell within, the children of Chaos – braying beasts who crave slaughter and the chance to enact their savagery on the civilised races.
The Warhammer world is a place where you must bury your dead deeply, for Necromancers and Vampires raise the legions of undeath in their war against the living. Far away in the south the legendary kings of a long-dead kingdom now awaken, leaving their vast tomb cities to wage war upon all under the sun, their skeletal legions a chilling parody of their once glittering majesty.
All these examples of horror are enough to cause weaker hearts to quail, but there are those who resist the darkness, kingdoms and realms that fight for survival. The Empire, greatest of all the nations of Men musters regiments of brave soldiers. Armed with faith in Sigmar, their warrior god, and with tempered steel and black powder weapons they defend their lands. South and east of the Empire lies Bretonnia, a land of chivalry and noble tradition. There, bold knights harken the call of their mighty king and ride out to crusade against the monsters of the Old World. Dwarfs, in their mountain strongholds, are as unyielding as the stone around them as they battle above and below the ground. Loyal allies, but terrible enemies, the Dwarfs are brave-hearted and steadfast as they protect their once-great realm.
In far-off lands the Elves fight out their bitter blood feud against one another – a mighty civilisation that spanned the continents but is now riven with strife and betrayal. Perhaps the greatest warriors in all the world, their numbers are now few and too many of those that remain are lost each day in the unending war between Ulthuan and Naggaroth.
This is a world where victory and death rest upon a knife-edge and the fate of the world, be it damnation or salvation, will soon be decided.
Warhammer, the Game of Fantasy Battles will be released in July. The preparation for this date has been a time of great excitement here in the Studio as we have lavished detail, care and attention onto the rulebook and the fantastic Citadel miniatures range that it accompanies.
Now is the time to gather your regiments, paint your armies and prepare for a battle like never before. If you have a Warhammer army, dust it off and finish up those last few models. If you’ve always been tempted to collect a force there really has never been a better time to start! Warhammer is coming and it’s going to be great.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

More Purple!

I purpled the red areas a bit. I like it. It looks much more bruised injury. I also put a thin layer of yellow on the wings only. I don't think you can tell in the pictures...Not 100% sure where I'm going from here, but I do think it was a good step :)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

RAWR!!!...And I need help with color

First, the RAWR!

I did a bit more sword work, finished gluing him together, and now he needs wings. I'm still really not at all sure where I'm going with those :( And he's still missing shoulder pads. I'm contemplating leaving them off and/or making it look like they fell off his shoulders (from rot) onto the base.

Now onto the color issues. I like the fleshy armour, but I can't get over how incredibly not Nurgle it all looks. I'm planning on going back over the red areas with some kind of dead flesh. A pale white, maybe with a tinge of green, to try to make it look more like rot and less like bright red doom. I need a different trim color too. That green is just...bad. Overall I'm incredibly un-happy with the colors so far. My big problem is I can't figure out where to go and I keep putting it off in favor of converting new models.

I might end up painting a few tester Plague Marines, or maybe even more converted raptors that aren't so heavily converted. This guy doesn't have much left in the way of power armour that isn't deformed in some way and I think it's throwing me off.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Updated sword

I re-did the cross guard. I linked the last post to a friend, and he concurred with myself and my roommate that just scaling it up would make it much better. I was a bit worried about it going too far up the blade (to make it more gladius like and less long-sword like).

This one on the left pressed in a bit, but the detail came out much more clearly. This one on the right just barely (we're talking maybe 3mm) into the foam to show the length.What do you think?

Nurgle Daemon Prince

This is what I've been up to this weekend:

I also assembled the Plague Marines you see in the background (2x7 squads), 2 Rhinos, a Baneblade (I'm really excited about this one once I get into Plaguereapering it), and 4 bikes (no riders yet).

I came to the conclusion I'm not going to be able to all out convert my raptors like I did the first test model. It's just too much. I also think smaller conversions across all 14 will make them more unique and interesting per model.

Back to the prince: I would really like opinions on the sword. I don't like it...I think the symbol of Nurgle might just be too small? Maybe a "disc" looking bit behind it to sort of bulk it out into more of a cross piece?

I'm also not at all sure what to do about wings... Do I make my own? Should the be decayed into a sort of skeletal state with scraps of membrane hanging on? I've seen a lot with full on blood thirster size wings. They look cool, but they just don't feel quite right.

This is probably one of the sexiest models I've ever seen:
It's so cleanly, awesomely painted. I'm not sure what the wings are from but they're pretty sweet and blend well with the back that's already there.