You might remember last week when we put up this photo as the start of the War Hounds Command Squad (right).
At the time the idea of having a horn in the ranks of the War Hounds was to instill terror into the ranks of the enemy, like the Celts or the Scots did to the Romans in ancient times.
At the time all I had was this small horn from the Warriors of Chaos set - but there were grander plans afoot.
Well this weekend has given me a small amount of time to do the fine tuning I wanted, and now (below) is the finished product - a horn worthy of the War Hounds, a Legion who brought the idea of shock and awe to the battlefields of the early Great Crusade. Surely such a Legion would have an audible way to rattle their enemy - not like they were stealthy!
What planet striking Space Marine force would be complete without Drop Pods? Well in the world of 30K (or even pre-Heresy like for my War Hounds) then it's not a Drop Pod, it's Dreadclaw (below left)!
Forge World make a very decent Dreadclaw, but it's a large piece of resin and frankly a lot of money for something that sits there looking like a rather unhappy crab!
So when I saw some of the Guardians of the Galaxy toys (The Nova Corps Starblaster below right) on sale for $10 I thought I'd grab one just to add to the massive toy collection here at Beardy Hammer Central.
It wasn't until I sat it on it's bum that any notion of anything else even stuck me - but there it was (below right) Dreadclaw-ish. All it would take was some paint and a bit of slicing and dicing!
Screwdriver in hand, it was time to pull this thing apart. There's only one screw holding the base together, so I channeled my inner MacGyver and got to it. The thing basically fell apart, so it's very easy to do.
Once the pieces were all apart I gave it a good soapy soak, then filled some seems with glue and sanded them flat when dry. The whole thing was undercoated black, then the metallic pieces were sprayed Leadbelcher, and Balthasar Gold was then used as an alternate metal colour for some areas. When this was dry, the metallic pieces were were washed heavily in Nuln Oil and left to dry while the cabin was sprayed white, then sprayed Macragge Blue. The metallics were then drybrushed in Ironbreaker.
Once the legs and engine section were completely dry the legs were placed back in the engine section and the plunger that was originally removed was placed back in and glued in place (below left). This would keep the legs as far apart as I wanted without them doing the splits (below centre)!
While this was drying, extra armour plates and rivets were glued to parts of the hull (below right). This was to give it a more Imperial look in tune with the Warhammer theme. SO MANY RIVETS!!
Once the plates were done and dry, the hull was sprayed black, then a light coating of white, followed by Macragge Blue spray again (below). No work was done on the cockpit as it will remain closed.
The previous cockpit section was sprayed white then washed and highlighted with shades of light grey worked up to white (below left). Not sure happy with this result as the shape is awkward to do.
Decals were applied for my War Hounds Legion and the blue was shaded and highlighted. A word of warning though, there are a lot of angles on this proxy Dreadclaw, so be prepared to do highlighting!
... And there we have a $10 Dreadclaw!
I put this guy together to trial two things; making a member of a Command Squad and also using one of the new scenic bases. The Age of $igmar ones seemed better, as if the War Hounds were cleansing some world. As for the miniature, he is a mix of plastic and FW MKIII. The axe is from the Chaos Warriors kit and seemed to fit in as a brutal weapon these guys would have. The addition of the horn was just an idea I had of something the War Hounds might have. In time this will be replaced with a bigger one, just waiting on that to arrive. All members of the Command Squad will have back banners, this one is more elaborate than the normal marine version, as is his shoulder pad which has the Legion number, Legion symbol, an honour of some type and a Veteran badge. Figured that would be about right for someone in that squad.
His other shoulder pad is form the Vanguard box (?) with a skull from the Age of $igmar Hero bases on top.
Quite like this guy as a basis for a Command Squad - the idea for the helmet I'm still nutting out.
Both of these guys belong to the Tactical Support Squad, sporting those nifty Volkites. The banner in this unit is identical to the banner in the Tactical unit, so this is the look of the generic War Hounds banner that I'll stick with. Both of these guys are plastic MKIII from the Prospero box. They went together well and chopping arms up was a Hell of a lot easier than the Forge World versions.
The addition of plastic MKIII is a God send. If you're using the Forge World ones, do yourself a favour and get some of these plastic ones. They go pretty cheaply on eBay right now, so give them a go!
It's been a while since we've done a video, but Burning of Prospero seemed like a big enough event.
"But seriously, how dramatic can a cheap lighting option be?" Well - this effective...
On the left is the natural lighting I have for one of the display cabinets here. On the right is the lighting after installing a set of DIODER LED 4-piece lighting strip from IKEA.
... and there you have it!
Like most IKEA products, there is a power button on the cable so you don['t have to turn it on and off at the wall all the time. The cables are also quite long; from switch to power hub is 1.5 m, and from power hub to lighting strips is 2.5 m - enough for most rooms, that's for sure!
The DIODER LED 4-piece lighting strip is $49.95 in Australia, so would vary depending on your region, but well worth the time and money!
There are other DIODER systems, one with an LED light changer to go from white light (bit too blue) all the way up to reds which could be really awesome if you want to do some terrain lighting. There is also a flexible strip version if you have a round display case or want to do something tricky.
If you prefer a spotlight rather than a strip, there is also a four light set or a single light set.
So to wrap it all up - well with the money PLUS it's very simple to install with great results.
(BTW, for those following the War Hounds Project on this site, this is where I'm at with the force!)
If ever you've had a trawl through Shapeways, you may have come across the MASSIVE selection of products from POP Goes The Monkey - from shoulder pads to combat shields and more.
I've been keeping an eye on them since I first saw their War Hounds shoulder pads for my slowly growing War Hounds Legion.
I haven't always had the best luck with 3D printed items, but the lure of these shoulder pads was too much - the War Hounds have a very intricate design, so this was a great way to add character, but in a new way!
Well the parcel arrived today and I have to say - I was blown away!
First thing you notice about the POP Goes The Monkey shoulder pads is how fine they are. Printed in a semi-transparent resin, it's a little hard to see the detail, so after giving them a light soapy scrub, it was time to give them a light going over with undercoat.
... and as you can see here - frakkin' amazing detail!
Those hounds are TINY and they retain so much of the original drawing and even the Forge World decals.
Now it's safe to say that my painting is not amazing, but even my ham-fisted attempt at these turned out pretty well. Not being one for bright edge highlights, it's a little hard to see, but the edges are clean and crisp and look amazing in real life.
All in all i'm very very happy with them.
There is a very very slight texture to the flat rounded shoulder, but as soon as the undercoat and a thin coat of paint went on, it disappeared.
These are truly impressive and amazing if you're doing a very detailed Chapter. I have a side project of Consecrators Space Marines, and have now ordered a whole bunch of shoulder pads for them too.
As we've said before, all of the products reviewed here we have bought, so if it's not good, we certainly won't be recommending them - and POP Goes The Monkey gets a 10/10!!
This isn't the first Volkite weapon in the War Hounds force, the Tactical Support unit have them, and where there's an option in the rules, you will find them in abundance.
For the Volkite Culverin, I've used the same scheme as on the others; dark metal with flashes of bronze and gold for the power pack (at least that's what I assume that is). I went a little off the restricted palette with the piping so might revisit that, but I did use a different technique with the shoulder trim that I think came out nicely. The base is Balthazar Gold, then an Agrax Earthshade wash, then I used the new Fulgurite Copper for the highlight and rivets. What do you think? Kind of happy with it.
Being the first of his unit, this guy is also sporting the Heavy Support icon on his shoulder which really makes the model I think! Simple and striking.
For more on the War Hounds - have a look at this rather lengthy journey of discovery
Great news from Forge World, with the release of the new World Eaters/ War Hounds Transfer Sheet.
The original has been unavailable for some time, and thankfully this new one also includes the War Hounds markings - the progenitor Legion of the World Eaters.
By the look of it, there are not only red and white markings, but also some gold ones as well.
Unfortunately it looks like there will be less War Hounds markings on this version, with only one size of the hound head profile and heraldic hound which is a real shame.
It's a real shame to see these excellent decal sheets go.
They were not only great value, but also flexible for all kinds of models - from troops to vehicles big and small. They also had a very military rather than sci-fi look to them; simple and functional - as true operational military markings are!
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You may remember a Kickstarter we championed earlier this year called Tabletop Adapters - in fact we were the first to back it & first to blog about it, causing a real stir on our Twitter and Facebook!
Tabletop Adapters are a very simple and quick way to turn the 25mm Games Workshop bases into the new regulation 32mm bases for playing Warhammer 40K. Unfortunately the Kickstarter was narrowly unsuccessful, but thanks to all the interest, the project is alive again - this time on their own website.
There are some adapter copies on the market, some pretty blatant, but the originals are now available and not only are they super super cheap they are also available in bulk lots for a limited time!!
Tabletop Adapters come on halves. You can see the join line here (above left).
I do multiple coats of paint around the bases, so a non-painted base will give a better fit.
The Tabletop Adapters also have a small lip that the existing base sits on and acts as the new contact for between the base and the table.
The bases themselves are an unfinished black plastic, so I sprayed mine with Chaos Black to dull it down. There were one or two bits of flash that needed a trim but very thin and easy to remove.
I'm really happy to see Tabletop Adapters finally make it to market, and so far I have been very pleased!
For the price and quality, why not give them a go?
If you are a regular reader of this site you may have seen the fledgling War Hounds Legion force we have been working on.
It's been a bit of a slow road - I am very jealous of people who can batch paint lots of miniatures. For me it is one at a time!
I've recently worked out the way to get the blue consistent and the weathering of the white as well as squad markings, mixing the limited background fluff with the rules and then translating that onto the models.
With that in mind I have now added four Tactical Marines to the War Hounds, experimenting with more dynamic posing as well the the Master Crafted Spikey Veteran Shoulder we reviewed the other week.
Below is a brief look at the new additions to the force. If you'd like more info on each, head across to the Project: War Hounds page to check out some of the details and background thoughts.
Here's a group shot of the four new additions. You can see by the first image I was working on some more dynamic poses, and the second image gives you a look at all their extra stabby bits!
Master Crafted are at it again with a new set of spiked shoulder pads for Space Marines.
You may have seen our review a short time ago on the Veteran Spiked Shoulders, and I received my second shipment today so I thought you might like a look!
As you may know, I am building a War Hounds force, the progenitors to the World Eaters. I wanted to create some kind of visual link between the two Legions and War Hounds also had some spiked elements to their armour, even though. Forge World told me in an email that the War Hounds had some spiked armour, but weren't as spikey as the World Eaters
Having been so impressed with the Veteran Spiked Shoulders I bought previously, I can't help but use them a little bit - and with this new lot, there will be some more!
So, here's a look at Master Crafted's new Spiked Shoulders.
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Project: War Hounds
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