Saturday, March 7, 2009

A busy week but still no new Pact?

Well, this week I actually got a lot of hobbying done, but not a lot of Blood Pact fun to show for it. Here's the rundown of the work I did this week:
• Finish painting four Departmento Munitorium Trucks
• Assemble a full Soviet Guards Rocket Mortar Battalion for Flames of War (that's eight Katyushas that can drop the Devastating Bombardment template!)
• Base 61 Romans from Warlord Games for my Warhammer Ancient Battles army
• Get started on my entry for the Stegadon Conversion Challenge

I was also able to complete a commission piece for a friend of mine who was looking for a "test model" to help guide him through what promises to be a really nice Blood Angels army. The two pictures below are of the ubiquitous Blood Angel Assault Marine. I'll paint the Chapter, company, and squad markings once we've decided which company and squad this guy will belong to.

The recipe for the red was unlike my typical red but I do like the depth it gives. 

The process was basically:
• Primed black and basecoated Mechrite Red.
• Washed with Badab Black
• Highlighted with Mechrite Red/Blood Red mix (60/40)
• Highlighted with Mechrite Red/Blood Red mix (20/80)
• Highlighted with Blood Red
• Highlighted with Blood Red/Blazing Orange mix (50/50)
• Edge highlighted with Blazing Orange
• Washed with Baal Red

That's about five more steps than my typical red, but I'm really happy, as I said before, with the depth.

Anyway, the next project to work on is to take the four kits pictured below (Leman Russ, Chimera, Basilisk, and Ork Trukk), a lot of plasticard, and a few bits of resin, and turn them into the five most "common" Chaos vehicles described in Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts series. These items will become the SteG4 armored car, the At-70 Reaver, the AT-83 Brigand, the N-20 Flame Half-track, and the Usurper self-propelled artillery piece.

Should be fun!


  1. This is going to be good. I've always wondered what the SteG4 and At-70 etc looked like. I'm sure you'll do a totally awesome job. Hopefully it'll give me some inspiration to finally get started on my traitor force.

    Are there any sketches from that sabbat worlds book you are working from or is just from the descriptions in the novels?

  2. Hey Dave!
    I just found out about this blog of yours and I'll be sure to be following it. As usual its really great stuff!

    I am really liking your Bloodpact stuff!
    Ya know seeing your conversions for your troopers got me thinking, and a little "weedwacker" string could save you alot of time instead of rolling out all that green-stuff cable. Although, with as fast as you work, it probably wont make much of a difference.

    I'm looking forward to seeing more

    Ted Nagel

  3. The pictures of the Blood Angels don't seem to do your highlighting justice - how thin did you have the paints?

  4. The Marine does look quite good. But, I won't lie, I'm really excited to see your take on the Blood Pact vehicles.

  5. Hi guys

    Thanks for the encouragement!

    @ Earl, for the vehicles I'm working on a mix of descriptions, chats with Dan Abnett, and my own twisted mind ; )

    @ Ted, good to hear from you mate! Interesting idea on the cord, have you used it? Usually the GS "cable" isn't a problem as I do it at the end of a sculpting session with leftovers.

    @ Chris, yeah, not too happy with the photos, they have flattened it out a bit. It's not my usual style, but the paints were quite thin.

    @ InnerGeek, cheers mate, I hope I don't disappoint.


  6. Mr Taylor!

    Just found your blog and I'm loving it! Glad to see you haven't lost the hunger. I hope all is well and look forward to seeing you sometime (perhaps pittsburgh whenever that is!)

    Take care