Work-in-progress Wednesday: “completed” today

Got this Helbrute in under the wire. I didn’t take pictures of the “in-progress” portion because my free time was taken up actually painting this model. That said, I was able to get it in under the wire to my local Games Workshop store and register it as a completion for the campaign. The local manager counts three colors and a base as “done” and I went well past that here:

New Helbrute, completed, front

This Helbrute is, of course, from the old Dark Vengeance set. I decided to paint him up in World Eater colors, so I can add to that army. I mean, shouldn’t every proper World Eaters army have at least one Helbrute? Only seems natural to me. Anyway, I’ve got to give it to the “base coat, then shade” method Duncan uses on Warhammer TV. It gets models done fast, and they actually look fairly good. Really, the shades are the key. Of all the moves GW has made with their paints range, the addition of the shades is a huge, huge benefit. You don’t have to really dilute them (unlike the old inks) and they really do flow into recesses well.

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Updates on completions for Death Guard

So I’ve been involved much less than I’d like in the Konor campaign. I’ve been enjoying it, even though the result might be a foregone conclusion. Games Workshop has done an excellent job on the campaign website and I’m fortunate enough to live near a couple stores that have player bases that are actively engaged in the campaign. But the Konor campaign isn’t really the point of this post. I realized that I hadn’t posted an update on my Foetid Bloat-drone in my past couple of entries, and I have updates on other models. Well, here goes.

I’m pretty pleased with how the Foetid Bloat-drone came out. I’m glad I still had some stuff left from my Citadel Warhammer 40,000 basing materials kit. Sadly, those are out of print. But the stuff I scrounged from it makes the base look good. I couldn’t resist painting the damaged Space Marine helmet in Ultramarine colors. For the Bloat-drone itself, I followed the basic recipe you get from Duncan on Warhammer TV for the Lord of Contagion. I’m liking how the Rakarth Flesh -> Druchii Violet -> Pallid Wych Flesh comes out. I’ll certainly use that series on the rest of my Death Guard models for flesh and tentacles. I also like how the optical sensor came out and glad I left that until last.

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More adventures on Konor

Another week of the Fate of Konor campaign draws to a close. I had another battle on Friday, this time against Blood Angels. The Games Workshop store where we played was suggesting a 35 Power Level game, but since my opponent and I had much more than that, we played a game around 100 Power Levels. I ran my Death Guard and my opponent brought his Blood Angels.

2nd Konor battle, turn 1

This was my first time playing against Blood Angels in the new edition of Warhammer 40,000. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew my opponent had several drop pods, and since scatter is no longer a part of the game, I wondered what kind of threat that would be for my force.

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Update: Making progress on the Foetid Bloat-drone

Painting hasn’t gone quite as quickly as I hoped this past week. Partly because I spent some free time actually playing my first couple of 8th edition games. As such, I didn’t have as much time for painting. But I did get some work done on the Foetid Bloat-drone for my Death Guard.

I finished the base coats and the shading. I’m about 75 percent done with the highlights. I picked up a pot of Ogryn Camo the other day, and I think it’s a great highlight for the Vallejo Camouflage Green. On the “antlers” I went over the Zandri Dust with Ushabti Bone and then Screaming Skull. For the ichor coming off the antlers, I layered Incubi Darkness, Kabalite Green, and Sybarite Green. For the flesh, I used a base coat of Rakarth Flesh, then shaded the flesh with Druchii Violet. I then went back over most of the flesh areas again with Rakarth Flesh. I’ll finish that up with some Pallid Wych Flesh.

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Seduced by the dark side… again!

It seems every time I try to start a loyalist Space Marine army, I end up getting sucked back into the Warp after I finish the first squad. With the new models for Death Guard in the house, I couldn’t help myself. So the Dark Angels are back on the shelf. Just for the moment, I hope.

New Death Guard being painting

Right now, I’m painting the Foetid Bloat-drone and the squad of Plague Marines. Adding those units to my current Death Guard army will put it in the neighborhood of 2000 points. That’s what I want to have ready for the upcoming world-wide campaign. With a little bit of luck, I’ll be finished painting these models by the campaign’s start date.

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