Zone Morktalis part 3: Six done…

zone_morktalis_six_downWell, not done, done, they’re not finished yet, but I’ve hit my first goal of six tiles built. Some of them need roofs added once I’ve painted the inside of booths and shacks and I need some fixin’s for the Mek workshop on one tile but they’re ready to undercoat (in fact three and a bit tiles are already a nice shade of grey primer). I’m sorry for the fuzzy picture, I stupidly forgot to change the focus on my camera and then started on the priming and painting before I realised that none of the pictures were quite right!

The next stage is to get them primed and painted while building the next tiles. I know from experience that much of the time needed for these kind of projects is spent watching paint dry so I want to get to the point where I have three active tiles: one being built, one being undercoated and one being painted at any one time. The main problem I seem to have is storing them, they’re kind of bulky. Thank goodness that this is not a secret project for once.

I had a worrying moment a few days ago when I realised that I was running out of corrugated craft card and I couldn’t find any in the more obvious places. Fortunately a local discount store not only stocked it but they had exactly the same brand that I found when I was staying in Wales. I’ll need more balsa wood as the bundles that I bought at the local model shop will only do four or five tiles each so I’ll need some more. Unfortunately, they were out of stock yesterday. Hopefully they will have more next week, otherwise I will have to get some longer balsa sheets which are a bit more unwieldy.

The next goal is to undercoat and paint these tiles and build the next three tiles, so that I have a 3 x 3 square. Hopefully I can get them built by Monday but painting them might take a little longer.

L.o.F.

p.s. click here for parts one and two

Zone Morktalis part 2: Marking Up the Squares

We were finally connected to the internet last night. One thing for not having internet was that I had one less distraction, which has meant that I have had plenty of time time to work on Zone Morktalis. So far I have marked up the squares and started on the building. So far the project looks like this:

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I marked the tiles into 1” squares (only realising 12 tiles in that I could have got away with 2”). I then mocked up the layout using paper.

I’m currently building up the walls on the tiles, doing one of each type to start with, before working more systematically once I have a good idea of what I can (or cannot) do with each tile type. I have six different designs in total to make up 16 tiles (with two blank ones spare for accidents or expansions). I am going to do the roofs of the sections separately as I want to add things to customise each tile, so that there are rooms rather than just walls. It’s this that’s stretching my imagination a bit far. One advantage of the Forgeworld shiny version is that Imperial architecture is meant to be samey and the impression of kilometre after kilometre of corridors is as appropriate there as in an old Doctor Who episode. One thing you can say about Orks, they are not samey, so, I’m going to have to add some sense of “building” to the tiles. So far I’m thinking about adding Meks’ workshops, squig pens and memora… souv… shiny stuff shops, but that’s only three tiles out of sixteen, so I’m going to have to keep thinking.

For now though, I’m building up the skeleton of each tile. My ultimate goal is 16 built and painted tiles. Knowing me though, I am going to have a series of lesser goals so that there is something ready in time for Christmas that does not involve me painting madly late into the night (as in the past two (sorry, three) times I tried being clever with presents). The first aim is to build and undercoat one of each of the six different tile types to give a 3” by 2” area. Then to add three more tiles to get a 3” by 3” before building a 4” by 4” board. Hopefully, once I get properly started, I can get a production line going, moving between tiles as they dry, so that I could be working on three or more at once.

I’ve got a busy weekend coming up but I’m hoping to have an update in a few days! If you’ve missed the first Zone Morktalis post you can find it here.

Until next time!

L.o.F.

Zone Morktalis part 1: Introduction

Well, I’ve moved house but we’re currently minus internet thanks to the mysterious and Wonderland-like ways of ISPs (you would think that we’re paying for a service, right?) who having not had time to install the box thatwe are perfectly capable of installing ourselves if they’d let us, on the day on which they told us they’d be there, moved us to the back of the queue again. I’m also sick, the inevitable move-to-a-new-area cold having transmogrified into a chest infection that Papa Nurgle would be proud of. This is all by means of an apology for such a short, late post.

I’ve done a bit of painting recently and hopefully I’ll have a post up as soon as I have internet, complete with pictures. I’m also working on my boyfriend’s Christmas present which he knows about after I had a crisis of conscience over the fact that I might not being too altruistic with it. What I’m planning on building for him is a gaming board, in particular an Ork themed Zone Mortalis board- a Zone Morktalis, if you please.

Now, I love Forgeworld’s Zone Mortalis boards, they’re just so cool! They’re also so expensive! They justify their cost but I wanted to make a themed board that suited our armies more, in particular The Red Squig’s Orks (go and look at them here!). I have a history of Ork related presents for my boyfriend, dating back to the box of goodies I gave him back in 2011 as a start to his collection, and I enjoy playing against them as much as he enjoys using them.

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I’m building the board on cork flooring tiles as they come in convenient 12” squares. The rules for Zone Mortalis are available for free from the Forgeworld site and they gave a lot of good ideas. So far I’ve marked up the tiles and bought balsa wood and plasticard for the next stage- building up walls and buildings. I’ve no images yet but hopefully in my next post I can show some progress pictures. I’m planning to keep a log of my progress and post it here, culminating with showing the final squares (or as many as I have done) after Christmas.

Until the next post then (hopefully not posted from the library again)

Three Inquisitorial Henchmen WIP

Technically it’s two henchmen and a counts-as Ordo Malleus Inquisitor but it’ll do. One thing that annoys me slightly about the Inquisition codex is a slight lack of flexibility in the units, there is no Interrogator, no tech priest, no arbite etc., all characters that tend to turn up fairly frequently in fiction involving the Inquisition, think of Amberly Vail’s retinue in the Ciaphas Cain books or Eisenhorn’s people in the books by Dan Abnett.

The codex is fairly flexible, you can do a lot with the various different options, but there’s going to be a fair bit of “counts-as” and less WYSIWYG about these guys I’m afraid, particularly as I wrote the back story and then read the codex!

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Interrogator with sniper rifle/ hellrifle

I felt that my Inquisitor needed a trustworthy friend with some skill with a sniper rifle so here he is. Unfortunately, nothing that the henchmen can take goes anywhere near to approximating a sniper rifle, so I had to look at the Ordo Malleus Inquisitor and the Hellrifle, which has the range if not all of the same effects.

This kitbash, as with all the ones here uses several bits bought at a sale. The rifle came from the Cadian Command Squad kit as far as I could tell, unfortunately, I forgot he needed two arms, so I had to build up the left one round a spare Helion arm that I’d used the hand off. The head is from the Wood Elf Wildwood Rangers kit and the torso was another sale item and came, I think, from the Empire Free Company kit. His legs are Eldar Guardian ones (one day I’ll actually build a Guardian from the box, I’m sure) and his sword is a combat knife from the Space Wolves upgrade sprue.

Crusader/Arbite

He’s stretching it a bit as he should have a sword not a maul but the Crusader was as close as I could get. He has a space marine scout’s head (weirdly there isn’t much size difference in heads), an Empire Free Company torso, Dark Elf Cold One Knight arms (I had some spare) and I altered the one holding the mace with an aquilla from the Space Marine Tactical Marine box. The legs are from a guardsman and the storm shield comes from the Space Wolves Pack box with the wolf skull replaced by an =I=.

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Techpriest/Jokaero

This was the biggest stretch and the most complex conversion. I read around the fluff and liked the idea of the Mechanicus Logis as a character. I didn’t want a Xenos member in the retinue so I replaced the Jokaero with this. I used an Elder Guardian as the skeleton, with a Helion head (I’m going to paint those cornrows silver). I picked up the Empire Celestial Hurricanum telescope and sun type thingy at the same time as the torsos and sniper rifle. The servo skulls came from the Devastator kit and the satellite dish thingy came from the Land Raider Crusader/Redeemer upgrade kit with a random skull added. Then I got busy with the green stuff.

I need to base and paint these three models but I really need another henchman before I can use the detachment. I’ve inherited some guardsmen off my brother so I’ve got some torsos and legs to use if I want. However I may have to do some shopping for torsos and accessories. I’ll of course post about them whenever I get them finished!

L.o.F.

The next “weekly” update

OK, I lost track of time…

After my last post I went on a painting blitz. I didn’t get anything Finished” in time for Haven but I did get it to a tabletop quality- the basic colours on and neat and the models glued on to a base. I’m going to finish them sooner rather than later I hope, because they were nice models and they served me well.

Since then I’ve been doing little things, currently I’m painting up two little somethings for a blog post and waiting for the right conditions to undercoat two kitbashed guys for my Inquisitorial warband. I think that they’ll need a post to themselves though as they’re fairly mixed up in terms of kits and conversions and I want to keep this post fairly brief.

My plans for the next “week” are to finish off the two models for my next blog post and then work on something particular, either my Wolves or my Guardian Jetbikers, I haven’t decided yet.

kitbashed_Long_FangWhile I was painting up my guys the other week I noticed something that I hadn’t realised when the new Space Wolves book came out, namely that most (all but 3) of my Long Fangs are no longer game legal. The issue is that in the old book Long Fangs came with combat blade and bolt pistol and threw away the pistol, whereas now they come with bolter and bolt pistol abd replace their bolter, meaning that all the guys I have holding sharp pointy things are no longer WYSIWYG. The older sculpts are less of an issue as they only wield the ubiquitous combat knife, but this guy (who now has a coat of paint but no up to date photo) has a very illegal chainsword. Now, I really like this conversion and I like the chainsword but I’d rather have a model I can use, so, do I replace the sword or not? And if so, do I risk giving him a bolt pistol? I’m really not sure.

But that’s it for now. Until next time!

L.o.F.

A Painting Schedule (for once)

Right, I’m getting annoyed with myself. I post something, feel good about it, think: “Right, now it’s time to get back on schedule!” and then procrastinate. So, taking inspiration from my boyfriend (you’ve read his blog over at Red Squig Racing haven’t you?) and set myself goals for my hobbying. There are three main areas right now:

1) Exodite Eldar

guardian_terradon

I have been making a fair bit of progress recently (for me at least). I bought some Terradon Riders/Ripperdactyls for some Guardian “Jet” Bikers. The Lizardman kit is great, straightforward to put together and with plenty of extra bits. It also fits well with the Helion legs that I had in my bits box (well, chest). One is finished, save for a base, the others are in the progress of being painted. I have another three dinosaur riders to finish too. One “Shining Spear” is in the progress of being painted, as is an Autarch on “Jet Bike”. The other dinosaur riding “Shining Spear” is still in bits. My current plan is to finish the models that are in progress of being painted before working on the last unpainted guy although I don’t know how much I’ll get done this week as I have things that take priority this week (see 2 and 3). 

2) Space Wolves

longfang_box

First up, I need to really learn the new ‘dex and explore what lists I want to build. I need to remind myself of all the special rules and point changes and learn how to coordinate everything. Fortunately, the feel of the new ‘dex is not wildly different to the old, and, after months of not knowing what to do, I’m picking up Space Wolf sprues again and planning things! I bought a box of very old Long Fangs last autumn and I’m going to strip the two that need the old paint removed and paint the lot up. This week I want them stripped of any old paint and prepared for painting. I’m also going to build another Swift Claw and basecoat him too.

3) Daemons

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I’m building and painting these Fiend conversions for my boyfriend. One’s done and there are three to go. He wants them back so I need to work on them. In particular he wants at least three of them ready in time for the Overlords’ Haven event in two weeks, so I really need to get cracking! These are my priority as I should be able to get them to tabletop standard (if not finished) fairly quickly.

 

Anyhow, by next week I want to have a post up showing at least one finished model! Hopefully I can find something else to post about too. Until then!

L.o.F.

A brief update

So, a few weeks back I moved back to the UK and my laptop promptly broke. I’m currently making do with my ancient and unwieldy tablet which is not particularly good considering that it has no word processing capacity and the multitouch software is a little bit buggy. This meant that the two posts I tried to write using it were binned rather than posted, so I’m writing this on my Mum’s laptop. It’s kind of a pity that I’m disconnected at the moment as there’s so much going on.

First of all the Stormclaw boxset is out and I’ve split a set with my boyfriend. I’ve not seen it yet, seeing as it was sent to him and I’m currently at my folks’ house, but I’m looking forward to it, I need something to encourage me to paint more Space Wolves. The other thing that looks like it might encourage me to paint more Wolves are the current rumours that a new codex is coming very soon. I enjoy playing with my Space Wolves but I need a little new inspiration for models to paint.

Secondly, I’m back building and painting more Exodites. I spent some leftover Christmas money on a couple of kits and I’ve been busy using them for some conversions. I’ll post a little taster here. Sorry for the picture quality, again, I’m missing my laptop. The guy on the Cold One is going to be an Autarch on “Jetbike”. He deserves a post to himself when he’s finished so I’m not going into detail now but he was an impulse build after I flicked through the Eldar Codex and read the description of their wargear and found a use for one of the rather lovely Wood Elf Eternal Guard shields.  The other guy is going to be a Guardian Jetbike rider, although I’ve used mostly Helion bits to build him. I like the fluff that says that Guardians are everyday Eldar from other paths who have answered the call to arms, so I’ve tried to make him look a little less staid and polished than his kin in the Shining Spears. The Terradon Riders kit also screams out for a less rigid rider than the Cold One Knights kit.

exodite progress

Finally, I should encourage you all to go my boyfriend’s new blog at www.redsquigracing.com. He’s my usual Orky opponent as regular readers might already know, and he’s finally set up a blog for his Orks, so go and take a read.

Hopefully I’ll have my computer back in a couple of weeks (with a brand new hard drive- ouch) and I’ll be able to get back into posting with the renewed vim and vigour, I’ve frankly been missing recently.  Until then!

L.o.F.