Monday, July 28, 2014

NOCF - Trophy Land Raider completed!


Back here I showed you the first stages of the repaint of this crazy Land Raider. Well, the model arrived back from John on Friday and over the weekend I worked at finishing off the details.

I hope you like this updated version of my old model. I love the combination of my typically style with John Stiening's awesome airbrush and weathering stylings!








This model has been added to the Blood & Honor: Defense of Macragge army.

You can buy raffle tickets now for this armies and others. If you can't afford to buy tickets at the moment, please help the cause by telling as many others as you can about it, and encouraging them to share it all as well : )

Website: novaopenfoundation.org
Blog: novacf.blogspot.com
and here's the Facebook page too : )

Cheers
Dave

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Infamy - Frank Hyde is complete!


Frank Hyde is a pretty intimidating model. He has been hanging around on the periphery of my painting table for more than a year now, but with all the excitement surrounding the Infamy: Welcome to The Big Smoke Kickstarter, I just had to break through the fear and get him done. I've recently upped my pledge to the Continental Breakfast level, which means there'll be a lot of minis coming my way next year. This means I have the rest of this year to get a gaming table together for Infamy. With a few of the 4Ground and Micro Arts Studios Victorian/Steampunk buildings available, I think I can put together something pretty cool.

Anyway, I hope you like Frank! His plinth is from Secret Weapon Miniatures.







And here are a few favorite new models coming thanks to stretch goals in the Infamy Kickstarter





This "painted" Tesla is a digital paint job by Ben Komets, who (thanks to Painting Buddha) will also be doing a painting video that will be free to all online : )

Cheers
Dave

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NOCF - The Ultramarines get a boost.


We are now in the final stretches of wrapping up the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation 40K charity army projects for 2014 (although raffle tickets will still be available HERE until the end of August).

John Steining - the man behind the color recipe we've been using for the Ultramarines, and the guy who painted up the awesome House Hawkshroud Imperial Knight - has agreed to help me update an old model from my original Ultramarine army. This is an as-yet-unamed pattern of Land Raider, kitted out to deal with the larger beasties in a Tyranid horde. Not only does it boast twin-linked assault cannons mounted in the hull, but it also has three sets of twin-linked plasma guns mounted in each sponson - lots of lovely, fiery death!

As you can see above, John has worked his airbrushed tonal modulation magic, and all that remains is for me to work on the details and the parts of the Carnifex carcass/trophy that are bolted and chained to the hull : ) You can see more photos on John's blog, HERE.

Check out the NOCF blog and Facebook page for more details of the armies as they grow, and please, spread the word as far and wide as you can!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mechanicum - The Thanatar has arrived!


When the mighty Thanatar Siege Automata went on pre-order, I couldn't resist. I placed my order through the FW website, and about a week later the order shipped. It arrived last Friday, and I spent a bit of time over the weekend scrubbing, cleaning and assembling the delightful resin parts that go together to create this excellent robot!

In the photo above, you can see that I'm yet to attach the Plasma Mortar or the Mauler pattern bolt cannon ammo feeds. The feeds will go on before painting, the mortar after.


I wasn't sure what size it would be, so when it came through with the large oval base rather than the Knight base, there was a momentary twinge of disappointment. I took the plastic base and built a "Tech deck" base to match the rest of my army using conversion strips and sheets available from Dragon Forge Design.


It was nice to see that it was a similar size to the "knight" I built last year (primarily from the Grey Knight's Dreadknight kit). So, now I just need a name and rules for the "knight". Anyone want to suggest something based off the Thanatar stats in the Horus Heresy: Extermination book?


While I'm talking about the Mechanicum, I thought it might be a good idea to point out the Suppressor here. This "robot" is about to be unlocked in the Infamy Miniatures Kickstarter, which can be found here.

Looking at the size, this thing could certainly double as a Dreadnought in any number of 30K/40K armies, or even as a walker in other games (like Deadzone, perhaps?). I'm thinking it's the perfect size to represent a Castellax Battle Automata on the tabletop. The price through the Kickstarter is even quite similar.


Cheers
Dave

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NOCF - Ultramarine Centurions, in detail.


I promised some more photos of the Ultramarine Centurions that I've painted up as part of the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation - 40K Army Raffles, and here they are. Above is the Sergeant of the squad, while below are the two troopers.




And again as a squad in fort of that lovely Hangar 18 background : )

So, if you fancy a chance at winning what will undoubtedly be a spectacular army (with models by the likes of Justin McCoy, Aaron Lovejoy, John Stiening, Celso Mendez, Marc Raley, Alex Landing, Les Bursley, Brandon Palmer, and a host of others), AND help the Doctors Without Borders organization at the same time, please head HERE and buy some raffle tickets : )

They've also started a blog and a Facebook page, so you can more easily keep up with the activity. Don't forget to follow and Like the pages.

Best of luck to you, may the odds be ever in your favor!

Cheers
Dave

Monday, July 14, 2014

NOCF - Ultramarine Centurions are complete! - First Pic


After juggling a lot of different painting projects (I think I had six on the go there at one point) I've finally been able to wrap up the Ultramarine Centurions for the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation 40K army raffles this year. I've shown a couple of in progress shots here and here, so it's nice to finally get them under the lights. The cool backdrop is a lovely one from Hanger 18!

NOCF have just started a blog to track the progress of the many painters who are involved in this project, and show you all the cool finished pieces as they roll in over the next two weeks or so.


Speaking of cool pieces, super-busy Aaron Lovejoy (of Guild Painting Services) wasn't able to donate a new model to the cause (as he's super-busy), but he was able to provide this Tigurius from his very own Ultramarine army. Thanks Aaron! I just had to rebase him to fit the theme, using one of the Secret Weapon Miniatures bases from their Omega Bases line (50% of the money from the sale of these bases goes directly to the NOCF)!

I hope you like them, I'll post some more detailed photos tomorrow.

Cheers
Dave

PS. My Thanatar Siege Automata arrived on Friday ; )

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Infamy Art book PDF is funded!


I know I've mentioned this a couple of times lately, and that steampunk might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I've recently been working with James Griffiths of Infamy Miniatures on some layout ideas for his now-funded art book stretch goal as part of his Kickstarter campaign.

Should funding reach appropriate levels for the campaign, there's a good chance I'll get to do some more work on the book, and that it might become a printed thing of glorious beauty.

Very excited by this possibility : )

Cheers
Dave