This many metallics on one mini is unusual, but I think the balance is basically right.
I haven't done many Terminators for the XIIth Legion War Hounds. Having spent so long formulating the markings for the MKII and MKIII armour, having to work out the Cataphractii pattern hasn't had much priority - but when I had a flash of inspiration the other day at work I had to get it out. Using the Praetor body, and Cataphractii Power Claw, and Goliath head and then adding extra armour to the hips via Goliath Shoulders pads, this guy fits the War Hounds look. The new shoulder pads are from MasterCrafted Miniatures, who we have bought quite a bit off - especially their excellent spikey shoulders, perfect for War Hounds!
This is the first time using two spiked shoulders, so I had to move the markings to the chest, which had the detail trimmed off. The Iron Halo on the top of the carapace is from a Stormcast and adds some height and rank to this important part of the army. Obviously the dedication to Volkite continues across the army and the colour scheme is basically an amped up version of the current Termies I have in the force.
This many metallics on one mini is unusual, but I think the balance is basically right.
It's been a while since a hobby update, but I've been slowly working away on a few things. A new job and life get in the way, but I've added a new character to the War Hounds Legion and started work on an idea for a Stormcast Chamber - not entirely sure why...
I'm not entirely sure if this new War Hound is going to be part of the Command Squad or maybe a Captain to go with the Assault units, but this combination came to me early one morning. The torso you may recognise as being Space Wolf, but a few different colours and look - they're hounds!! There's actually been a fair bit of conversion work in this guy. His face needs a bit more work, but overall he's pretty close.
The Stormcast is from a Chamber I'm calling the Ebony Dawn right now. Really it was s test mini for an idea and also a chance to try pint chipping on painted armour. It['s not perfect but the effect does work. The face, again needs some love. Notice the Chaos Knight pauldrons to replace those ugly Stormcast ones!
If you're making an early Horus Heresy or Great Crusade army, then Combi-Volkite is a very fluffy weapon, especially for Veterans or Characters. Forge World have only made one so far and it's on the limited edition Praetor from Warhammer Fest in 2016. It's a pretty ugly model and kind of a big outlay when you'll be needing a few if you want to arm your entire squad. That being said, we think we have a solution! The Combi-Volkite (left) can be kitbashed, almost exactly, with a few of the current range pieces and about 30 minutes of your time.
The Combi-Volkite is very fluffy for the XIIth Legion War Hounds as they are a Great Crusade Legion. For them their Veterans would more likely than not to have these in their arsenal.
Now on with the simple (and a bit blurry) build...
I grabbed a few cheap things off eBay to test if this would work - a Forge World Volkite Charger, a normal current range Bolter and the Combi-Bolter piece from the Space Marine Devastator kit.
For all intents and purposes, this is identical to the Forge World Limited Edition version. The fit of the pieces is trial and error but they will go together, so be careful not to lose any bitz and keep the glue off the surfaces.
I've been asked if removing/ replacing the magazine/ strap from the Combi-Bolter is necessary, and for the bitz to fit together, yes it is, BUT you can just as easily just cut the strap off and use that same magazine.
... and there you have it - fluffy Combi-Volkites for your Veterans!
What do you think? It's pretty straight forward and adds a lot of 'choom' to your army for just a few $
++ AS THE EMPEROR'S LIGHT SPREAD THROUGH THE GALAXY DURING THE GREAT CRUSADE, EVIDENCE WAS FOUND THAT EVEN THE WORLD'S MIGHTIEST HEROES HAD FALLEN ++
This was just a fun bit of terrain, very cheap to build. The Captain America head is $10 from the craft section in the toy department at Kmart in Australia. The rest of the base is cork tiles cut down, the grass tufts are from Gamers Grass and the small scatter rocks from the old Games Workshop 40K terrain set - which can now only be found from scale model railway terrain supplies.
Nice to have a new piece of terrain to add to the table, especially a fun simple one!
As part of the ongoing War Hounds Legion Project, we have at times turned to any of the Black Library books to try and get more information on the XIIth Legion War Hounds. The War Hounds Legion were the progenitors to the World Eaters before Angron was found and took his place as the Primarch. He renamed and reshaped the Legion, so a true image of how the War Hounds were has been lost to time - however there are some tantalizing clues through the novels. Yes there can be some contradiction, but if we take it on face value then we can at least work out how they were their own distinct Legion rather than simply World Eaters in blue armour with The Nails in their heads.
So the other night, I sat down and combed through Betrayer by Aaron Dembski-Bowden page by page to get an idea of his take on them from the characters themselves. Betrayer has quite a few references, especially from the former Legion Master Lhorke who is now a Contemptor Dreadnought.
After the Jump - annotated observations on passages from Betrayer by Aaron Dembski-Bowden
It's been a bit of a busy hobby time of late with projects and ideas floating in and out of our heads, so we thought it was about time to share them.
As you may know, we're Beastmen fans here, and the Tzeentch Beastmen, the Tzaangor, have been a bit of a challenge getting the look and feel right. Then the other day I hit on the thought of putting wings on these birdy-Beastmen, and by the Gods it worked! Although the colour combination may be a little off, pretty happy with the look of the Blood Angels wings - they're not too big and seem to suit the angular nature of the head and weapons. Bit of Green Stuff and the wings and you're set!!
The ongoing War Hounds Legion project, although at times sometimes on the back burner, never stops - this time with quite a bit of progress on the once-fledgling Breachers unit. With the help of some Forge World Death Guard torsos and Mechanicum heads, we were finally able to get the look we'd been after; heavy infantry! For more pictures and information on the changes to the markings and direction of the Breachers, head over to the War Hounds Project Blog.
In the vain hope that Games Workshop may actually give us some new Seraphon./ Lizardmen troops, we decided to try a test scheme on this Saurus Eternity Warden because frankly he's the best looking of their current models - even if he is Finecast.. The figure itself is a pain the arse to make; the moulding is all over the place, there's a lot of trimming and the pieces really don't fit that well together. Apart from all that, the paint job was a bit of an experiment with the scales having quite a bit of attention and going for a white body with tiny black tattoos, feet and face. Not entirely sure this is a strong scheme , but it's a start! The other colour is a jade green which was a contract to the orange of the scales.
If you've every listened to the Eye of Horus Podcast, you will have heard them mention NPCs for games. Well this guy is my Non Playable Character. He seems to be a scribe or maybe a guy stealing secret documents. Not entirely sold on the robe, so may work on that. He's a combination of Battle Wizard, and Mechanicum parts which work in surprisingly well... with the help of a hobby knife!
Finally, the weeks before Malign Portents were around the Undead. Having been a huge fan of skeletons in Ray Harryhausen movies, it seemed time - and the new Citadel Skulls made fixing the awful GW ones the old skeletons a breeze. Just a bit of a nip and tuck and they fit right on PERFECTLY! Really happy with these and their layered rather than drybrushed finish. The layering was a bit of a pain, but the result is so much better. Speaking of pain - the Mortarch kit is so so painful! STRUGGLING!
Having had recent inspiration to continue with the XIIth Legion War Hounds, I've decided to finish the Breachers/ Heavy Infantry squad. Frankly I find them pretty hard to pose behind that big shield, so trying to find interesting poses has been a challenge - his guy, however, came up a treat! As with a few of the others, I used the Death Guard torsos to make them look bulkier and the addition of the Mechanicus head seems to work nicely too. The War Hounds icon on the shield is from Pop Goes The Monkey.on Shapeways. Notice the Umbra Patter Bolter as well - a little salute back to Rogue Trader era Space Marines
few weeks ago we shared the beginning of our then-unnamed War Hounds Legion Praetor.
Instead of rushing it, I decided to take a bit of time, try some new things with techniques and also so the first real scenic base for my War Hounds.
As mentioned previously, the look of the War Hounds has been evolving from the one drawing in the Horus Heresy Book 1, and now being bale to do an officer, I think this scheme and the way they would do markings are now fully evolved in my mind.
There's been a lot of conversion on this model, but it ties in, so it's hard to see - the cape at the back covered up the largest conversion - the Stormcast shin armour. Below is a breakdown of the mini, done in the three sub-assemblies.
The Praetor itself was a read amalgam of bitz - Imperial Fists torso (for that Great Crusade look), Raven Guard claws, Red Scorpion and Iron Warriors should pads, Stormcast shin armour, plastic MKIII legs, Space Wolf pelt and Veteran head. After a lot of trial and error, and a few cut thumbs, the look was complete. I wanted him to have a close combat look to carry forward the War Hounds Legion fluff, but at the same time be regal and really stand out from the rest of the troops. Although he is primarily the standard War Hounds blue and there's actually no more white on him than the normal War Hounds, he needed to be different - so I decided on red to set him apart. His groin armour was four layers of blending to get the right shade, and adding the fur pelt was something I'd wanted for the War Hounds for ages - it is in their fluff after all!
The mix of metallics was a bit of trial and error, but seems to be about right. His shoulder pad heraldry is unusual for a War Hound, but for a Praetor it needed to be. Was going to go reversed colours with the rampant hound, but decided that was too much red. The Red Scorpions studded shoulder really makes it I think - it's unique. The Stormcast shins were a test really, having used the front, but cut the backs off the add the plastic MKIII calves and then adding new studs to make it more dynamic. The face is from a Veteran, and is washed and then blended, while the scars got their own wash and highlight.
The backpack was a bit of a challenge - I knew it needed height, but it also needed to look regal without being a gold mess or a crown. Luckily I am an incessant bitz buyer, so had lots to play with. The backpack is a fiddly conversion using the Limited Edition Space Marine Captain backpack, with the funnels, pipes and fan from a plastic MKIII backpack. It's fiddly, but fits surprisingly well and the Iron Halo is perfect for the fluff. The cape is from the Custodes, painfully cut and bent into shape and then padded out with Green Stuff to get the shape right. The colours are standard War Hounds and don't deviate from the rules I've set for which bits are white and which bits are blue dependent on rank and role. There's lots of little details, but the decision to do it white was really to make it look less like an Ultramarine, which would generally go for red. The gold was layered on and the decals placed to make his Legion affiliation not-so-subtle.
Although the Stormcast shins gave him a tiny height advantage. he needed more and this Age of $igmar scenic base seemed the way to go. All the beses of my War Hounds are running on the theme of planetfall. They have just hit the planet, maybe taken out some advanced parties and are moving in on the cities of this world - a world needing to be brought back under the rule of the Emperor of Mankind. This civilisation will have some Mayan influences, so the little triangles on this base were perfect. The metallic arch is a metallic not on any of the War Hounds, so is truly unique, and the helmet is a conversion from a Dark Elves Executioner with a Chaos Marine top knot. I added plastic card to put flag stones on the ground, and rocks and shrubs (Gamer Grass BTW) to tie in with the other War Hounds bases. Overall I am very happy with this simple base and his pose, although not designed for the base, does seem to suit it.
War Hounds Legion Praetor Farrar KerRis
And assembled, here he is - Praetor Farrar Kerris. The name comes from Matthew Farrar, the author of the first War Hounds story and as far as I can tell, then guy who actually named them.
The colours on the Praetor are very simple - bronze for rank, silver studs to make him stand out from the rest of his troops - even veterans - the dirty white, blue with the subtle highlight and two tones of red; the crimson red for the War Hounds bits and a brighter red for the purity seals. The orange of the enemy helmet and markings on the base are to contrast with the blue which give it an alien feel.
Overall this was an experiment that I think adds to the army, which - despite being critical of my work - I'm really proud of actually. Now... maybe I need to flesh out what the enemy look like!?
As we've mentioned before, coming up with the look for the War Hounds was a long process, and that was just the troops and vehicles, but when it comes to officers - that's a whole other story!
There's already a start to the Command Squad with one guy with a big Celtic/ Norse inspired war horn, and a non-command officer in the Praevian with his robot, but building the big cheese for the War Hounds Legion was going to be interesting!
People make some amazing officers with such cool conversions mixing bits from all over the universe, so this challenge was much anticipated and a nice change after really being unable to do much hobby due to illness.
For a more indepth look - head over to the War Hounds page
Getting a whole squad done one miniature at a time is a long process, but when you're done it's exciting.
Today I finally finished my Veteran Tactical Squad for the War Hounds Legion and having been the first squad I started it's good to have them now being able to sit proudly next to their completed Tactical Squad brothers. Having finally worked out markings and how to inject a bit of character really helped bring each one of these guys to life - and not just have a whole lot of "gun pigs".
More images and write up HERE