Warmachine, Warhammer 40k, & Terrain Projects

Warhammer 40K

Ork Dakka Jet

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I purchased these from Fabrice Tran (France) in late 2013. Whenever I need to learn a technique on my armies I stare at these and try and replicate. You can find additional pictures of these models on Fabrice’s website. His commissions are spendy, but beautiful, and he’s won 7 golden demons from 2002 – 2012!


Astra Militarum / Imperial Guard Leman Russ Tanks

 

 

 

 

 

10 Leman Russ tanks.

Turrets:

  • 4 turrets with battle cannons
  • 1 turret with a vanquisher cannon.
  • 5 turrets magnetized main weapons.
  • 4 turrets have magnetized commander hatches.

Hulls

  • 7 hulls have sponsons. 3 do not.
  • All Sponson and hull mounted weapons are magnetized.

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Astra Militarum / Imperial Guard Vendetta

Pics of two vandettas with the ForgeWorld lascannons / radar dome and ForgeWorld decals.

Applying the wing decals was a nightmare, probably would have been about the same amount of work to mask / paint the wings than to do the decals, but I’m happy with the result.

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Astra Militarum / Imperial Guard Heavy Weapons Teams w/ Autocannons

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Astra Militarum / Imperial Guard Forgeworld Hydra

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Astra Militarum / Imperial Guard Basilisks

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Astra Militarum / Imperial Guard Armageddon Pattern Medusa

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Astra Militarum / Imperial Guard Hellhound

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Astra Militarum / Imperial Guard Manticors

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Astra Militarum / Imperial Guard Bastions

I painted these up years ago, finally photographed them with my new setup.

I also have the Aegis Defense Lines, Quad Guns, and an additional coms relay & and Icarus Lascannon painted up (not pictured)

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Las Vegas Open (LVO) Friendly Tournament

I finally went to my first ‘national’ level tournament.

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The Las Vegas Open!

Summary:

  • I’m a total scrub at W40K games, only playing a few games a year
  • I spend 99% of my energy on the hobby/painting side
  • I only played 3 of the 4 games in the friendly tournament (the blending class overlapped game 3).
  • Of the 3 games I played, I went 0/3!
  • I played Eldar twice and Chaos Demons once.

Game 1: Chaos Demos – Shaun

  • FateWeaver
  • ~14 Chariots of Tzeentch
  • I couldn’t get past the Jink Saves. Chaos can re-roll ones, and the Jink save was a 3up (night fight) and then a 4up… So each wound only had a 33% chance of landing, and each Chariot is both a armor 12 vehicle AND a multi-would model. Without ignore cover, I just couldn’t land any significant wounds.

LVO Friendlies Game 1 Astra Militarum Board Edge LVO Friendlies Game 1 Chaos Board Edge

Game 2: Eldar – Noah

  • Farseer
  • Warp Spiders
  • 2x Wave Serpents
  • Jet Bikes
  • Eldar Scorpion Type II (super heavy)
  • Super fun game. Noah is super cool, we we’re having beers, joking around, and had a great game. While I lost, I (barely) took out the Scorpion, and I ALMOST took out the Wraight Knight (got him down to 1 wound) right before the knight laid the assault beat down on my plasma-cutioner and punisher Leman Russ squadron.

LVO Friendlies Game 2

Game 4: Eldar – Todd from TableWar

  • Farseer
  • Wraith Knight
  • Wraith Guard with Warlocks
  • Jet Bikes
  • 2x Wave Serpents
  • I couldn’t get past any saves. I think I removed maybe 3 wraithguard and 2 jetbikes by the bottom of turn 4.  I still learned a lot… I definitely have to tweak my list!

Las Vegas Friendlies Game 4 Astra Militarum Board End Las Vegas Friendlies Game 4 Astra Militarum Game 4 Valkyries

My thoughts (as a total n00b, what I learned):

  • Competitive W40K comes completely down to ‘dice management.’ Minimizing the incoming dice is the primary tactic I didn’t have a good answer to.Especially games 1 (Chaos demons Jinking like crazy) and 4 (Eldar with 3+ armor & invulnerable saves). Even though I was throwing a high volume of attacks/hits/wounds out with my gun line, all of those wounds were ignored one way or another (Jinks, cover saves, armor saves, invulnerable saves, many with re-rolls). These lists are all about ‘mitigating’ incoming dice.
  • I don’t really enjoy games where my opponent is so effective at mitigating almost all of my dice… so I need to either build answers to this into my list or stop playing and just go 100% hobby.

And my ‘Dwarf Face’ from the faces and eyes class. Lyn from metalhead minis, thanks for a great class, I learned a ton!

All in all, LVO was great fun. It’s a well run tournament in a great location. I hope to go again next year.


Imperial Knights of house Taranis

Knight Errant of house Taranis

 

 

Knight Paladin of house Taranis

 

Top view of three house Taranis Knight Titans

 

 

Three Knight Titans of the house Taranis

 

Rear view of a Knight Titan

 

 

Shoulder view of Knight Titan Errant

 

 

 

Photographing Knight Titans of house Taranis

 

I finally got around to finishing and photographing my three knight titans!  This is also my first serious attempt at weathering with powders. I’d get it looking exactly how I wanted it…then I’d seal it and the weathering would disappear. I built up 3 layers of weathering powders which made the bright white decals look gorgeous in my opinion, sealed everything up, then added a final thin layer of powder to get a dusty look. Just scratching the surface on weathering, so much to learn.

 


Astra Militarum – Sentinel

Astra Militarum Sentinel


Astra Militarum – Sly Marbo

Astra Militarum Sly Marbo


Astra Militarum – Cadian Shock Troops – Snipers

Astra Militarum Cadian Shock Troops Snipers


Astra Militarum – Cadian Shock Troops – Commanders and Retinue

Astra Militarum Cadian Shock Troops Commanders


Astra Militarum – Cadian Shock Troops – Squad 802

Astra Militarum Cadian Shock Troops


Astra Militarum – Cadian Shock Troops – Special Weapons

Astra Militarum Special Weapons


Astra Militarum – Cadian Shock Troops – Squad 541

Astra Militarum Cadian Shock Troops


Astra Militarum – Cadian Shock Troops – Squad 501

Astra Militarum Cadian Shock Troops


Astra Militarum – Cadian Shock Troops – Squad 450

Astra Militarum Cadian Shock Troops


Astra Militarum – Cadian Shock Troops – Squad 317

Astra Militarum Cadian Shock Troops


Astra Militarum – Cadian Shock Troops – Squad 306

Astra Militarum Cadian Shock Troops


125 Models On the Table!

 

Painting Imperial Guard Cadians

This is easily the most models I’ve ‘batched’ at one time. I’m using a Kanban board approach with the following tasks… (still adding more tasks!)

  • airbrush: base coat w/ Vallejo Israeli IDF desert sand
  • airbrush: highlight with Vallejo Sand Yellow
  • Wash with GW Agrax Earthshade
  • base w/ sand
  • base detail black
  • base detail muddy brown
  • base detail sand brown
  • base detail yellow bone highlight
  • black boot base coat
  • Reaper MSP Military Green Leggings base coat 1
  • Reaper MSP Military Green Leggings base coat 2
  • Reaper MSP Military Green shoulders base coat 1
  • Reaper MSP Military Green shoulders base coat 2
  • Reaper MSP Military Green breast plate base coat 1
  • Reaper MSP Military Green breast plate base coat 2
  • Reaper MSP Military Green back base coat 1
  • Reaper MSP Military Green back base coat 2
  • Reaper MSP Military Green helmet base coat 1
  • Reaper MSP Military Green helmet base coat 2
  • Reaper MSP Military Green webbing base coat 1
  • Reaper MSP Military Green webbing base coat 2
  • Reaper MSP Pure Black Weapons
  • Reaper MSP Pure White chest aquila
  • Reaper MSP Pure White helmet aquila
  • GW Nuln Oil Wash on aquilas
  • Reaper MSP Pure White highlights on aquilas
  • Reaper MSP Pure White highlights on aquilas
  • Reaper MSP Tanned Flesh Shadow face basecoat 1
  • Reaper MSP Tanned Flesh Shadow face basecoat 2
  • Reaper MSP Tanned Flesh Shadow hands basecoat 1
  • Reaper MSP Tanned Flesh Shadow hands basecoat 2
  • GW Silver lasgun bayonets basecoat 1
  • GW Silver lasgun bayonets basecoat 2
  • etc…

And here is the list of individual models! Craziness!

  • 45 guardsmen w/ las rifles
  • 7 Guardsmen w/ sniper rifles
  • 4 guardsmen w/ melta
  • 3 guardsmen w/ plasma
  • 2 guardsman medics
  • 2 guardsmen w/vox
  • 1 guardsman w/ regimental standard
  • 1 guardsman w/ platoon standard
  • 1 guardsman grenade launcher
  • 1 guardsman w/ flamer
  • 1 guardsman w/ heavy flamer
  • 1 sergeant w/ chain blade throwing a grenade
  • 5 sergeants w/ las pistols and chain blades
  • 1 officer with Rod and bolt pistol
  • 1 officer with plasma pistol and chainblade
  • 1 officer with power sword and power  fist
  • 1 officer with power sword and plasma
  • 1 officer with las pistol and chain blade
  • 1 astropath
  • 1 commander of the fleet
  • 1 master of ordinance
  • 1 lord commissar
  • 1 commissar with bolt pistol
  • 1 marbo
  • 9 auto cannons
  • 9 heavy weapon gunners
  • 9 heavy weapon spotters
  • 1 scout sentinel
  • 1 scout sentinel driver
  • 4 vendetta pilots
  • 4 vendetta door gunners
  • 1 manticore driver
  • 2 Vendetta stands