Project: Hide from the Dakka!

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Back like the renegade master. Or something.

So back in the dim and distant past, I was working on a scratch-built 40k bunker. Despite the fact that updates on the project were as elusive as my local MP, the project was progressing well. So well in fact, that the thing was finished, used on the tabletop, and providing inspiration for the next one. Well now I’ve finally gotten off my lazy ass, and taken enough photos to write the final update.

Looking back at the overall process, there are some things I’d do differently, but I’m more that happy with how it’s come out. It looks good on the table, and I made it myself. I’m planning  to make a second one, and hopefully I’ll improve the design enough to be happy to post up the plans. Until then, enjoy the gallery of photos below.

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Nephilim Build: The Final Episode!

 

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Dakka Dakka!

Dakka Dakka!

So here we go. Delayed by Christmas, video games, and a reluctance to pick up a camera and take photos, the Neph is finally finished. Truth be told the thing was done a while ago, but as usual, my mind had moved on to other projects, and I forgot all about the last one. Even now, I’m typing this in between working on something.

Last episode, all that was left to do was some highlighting and the main gun. Highlighting-wise, all that was really done was a touch of silver on all the rivets, and on the various metal parts and some of the scratches. Both main weapons were painted and magnetised, and that’s all! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed building the Nephilim. I’d like to get another and build the Dark Talon too, but that’s for the future.

Below is a gallery of shots of the Neph. I hope you enjoy them.

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Nephilim Build: Part 3

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The update with slideshows!

So Nuln Oil washing, huh? Get crazy with that shit, bro! Seriously, I put it on almost everything. There’s loads of detail on the Nephilim, and it’d be a shame to lose it. After washing I tackled the dread job of edge highlighting. Normally I don’t bother on my Greenwing vehicles, but on all the all black Ravenwing, its kind of a necessity.

Weathering was kept simple. I drybrushed some of the edges with the same edge highlight grey colour to simulate worn paint, and then after that I drybrushed on some silver. Another quick wash with some Nuln to dampen that down, and I was done. For the wings, I wanted a slightly different look, so I began with sponging on some black. Once dried I sponged on some silver, then washed them back removing most of the wash with a cotton bud.

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All that’s left now is to fit the canopy (this bit is actually done), a few highlights here and there, and paint the main weapons. But! That’s for next time. So until then….

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To save myself from edge highlighting hell, I put the Neph down for a while to work on the flying base. Rather than do a long write-up on what I did to the base, I snapped a load of shots of it with my phone along the way. There’s no fancy techniques involved, the pictures tell it all.

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Nephilim Build: Part 2

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Zooooommm! Zoooooommm Dakka dakka dakka!

Yes, I have been swooping my half built Nephilim around, and making those kinds of noises. Because why wouldn’t you? Last update, I’d finished painting the cockpit, and so it was time to fit it inside the fuselage, and assemble the model.

First things first, glue the bloody cockpit in! With that in and masked up, I sprayed the whole model with Army Painter Matt Black Colour Primer.

Nephilim cockpit

The next step was base coating everything that wasn’t going to be black. So much silver!

Nephilim top

On the underside there was yet more silver! I’ve always liked the Gold/Silver/White colour scheme for the Dark Angels logo, so I used here on the underside of the missile pods. A touch of Vallejo copper was used to add a little detail to the engines.

Nephilim underside

 

Next up is Nuln Oil wash all over the base-coated bits, and final assembly. But as I’m super-slow about updating this project, that will have to wait. Trust me, I DO have the photos ready!

Nephilim Build: Part 1

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My latest project is the much maligned Dark Angels flyer, the Nephilim. Despite what the internet has to say about this flyer, I think it’s a cool model, so I’m having one. Besides, it was a father’s day present from my children and it’d be rude not to build it.

Stage one is to assemble the various parts of it, and decide which bits I want to paint before final assembly. Looking at the bits below, the obvious choices are the cockpit interior and the pilot, but I’ll also be painting the aerial arrays and their covers, the two front bolters, and the Lascannon and Mega Bolter main weapons separately.

Nephilim Jet - Preparation

Tackling the cockpit first, I glued it together and primed it with some GW Skull White spray. Knowing that the whole thing was predominantly black, I decided I needed something different for the cockpit, and went with grey. After I’d slapped on some a base colour and a layer, I laid down some base colours on the buttons and screens. Next was a wash with some Nuln Oil, and some layer paints on the detail bits. Last up was a touch of weathering just to give a used look. The panel in front of the pilot was done in the same way, and once done, I could begin assembly.

Nephilim Cockpit Interior

Next time I’ll be moving on to painting the models exterior, and making a start on attaching the various detail parts. Until then TTFN!

Model Showcase: Dark Angels Drop Pod

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Drop Pod - Open

The latest vehicle to roll off my production line! I’m simultaneously pleased and irritated with this one. Pleased because I’m happy with how it’s turned out, irritated because for some reason, I decided to rush the harness fitting, and now the gaps stick out. Overall, I don’t think the drop pod is the easiest kit to put together, but it’s certainly one of the coolest looking. Mine is suitably bashed and scratched, and I can’t wait to use it!

Drop Pod - Closed

Model Showcase: Dark Angels Darkshroud

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Darkshroud - Full View

Having finished this one some time ago, I thought it was high time I got it on here. I really like the Darkshroud. Sure there are plenty of other Ravenwing options out there, but the old rule of cool is my guide for building my army, so here it is.

You should be able to spot the minor modification I made to kit, namely the section bellow the statue section, and behind the Space Marine. Normally there’s a big hole you can see through there, and whilst it makes sense on the Vengeance, it doesn’t look right on the Darkshroud. So I filled it in.

Stay tuned for more completed projects!

Darkshroud - Front Mod

Darkshroud - Rear Mod

Forge World Vindicator Build – Part 4

The conclusion!

One of the more annoying aspects of having “other, more important things to do” is not having time to update my blog as regularly as I would like. So instead of bringing you the conclusion to my Vindicator build weeks ago, I’ve had to put up with the finished model sitting there, sulking at me, all because it hasn’t had its time in the sun.

Today I put that right.

In the last post, I had the Vindi fully painted, and ready for weathering. Looking at it, it looked so shiny and nice that I’ll admit, I was sorely tempted to leave it as it was. Deep down however, I knew a Crusade-era vehicle would not be factory fresh, so I had to pluck up the courage to attack it with the weathering. Taking inspiration from TemplarsCrusade01’s videos of a Fellblade build, I decided to try some new techniques.

Stage one was to sponge on some black around the areas with paint damage. Wanting to reflect the idea that this Vindicator had survived the Great Crusade and repainted in green post-heresy, I reasoned that paint damage would reveal its earlier colour.

Black sponged on

Black sponged on

After sponging on the black, I sponged on some Leadbelcher over the top. At this point, I started to panic less about having just covered my model with splurges of black, as the silver covered most of it. The silver combined with black gave the paint damage more depth than just the colour, and at this point I was quite pleased with the finish.

FW Vindi build weathering

At this point, I’d also sponged on some Angel Green over the DA symbols to weather those down too, but wasn’t happy with the effect. Hoping that a wash would settle it down, I left it and pressed on. Following TemplarsCrusade01’s technique, I washed the tank with a 50/50 mix of Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade, and then removed some of it with a cotton bud.

Unfortunately, The wash didn’t help with the decals. I’d basically made a pigs ear if it, and decided I wanted to do them again. My biggest problem with weathering them down was that the tank became a big green brick with nothing to break up the sides. With no doors, the sides are just huge flat panels, and I wanted something to break up the mass of green.

Almost done, bright decals!

Almost done, bright decals!

After sorting the decals out, I was on the home stretch. MIG Pigments was used to rust up the tracks, and Tamiya’s weathering make-up thing was used to soot up the gun barrel. More MIG Pigments were used to throw some mud on it, and I tried a little of AK Interactive’s Engine Oil to grease up the Demolisher cannon’s outer, and one of the vents.

The finished article!

The finished article!

Overall I’m really pleased with the outcome. OK the decals don’t quite match the level of weathering of the rest of the tank, but have to admit, I prefer it this way. This was my first Forge World model, and I’ve learnt an awful lot during building. Secretly I’d quite like to expand my FW tank collection, maybe next Games Day I’ll pick up something else…

Once again, my camera doesn’t really do it justice, up close it looks really awesome. If you’ve gotten this far with the build, thanks for reading!

Forge World Vindicator Build – Part 3

So last time round, the Vindicator was almost fully assembled, and ready to paint. In this installment, I’ll be going through that process. First step, after giving it a good wash in warm soapy water, was to base coat it. For this step I always use Army Painter’s colour primer. Whilst I do take as much care as my skill allows, I don’t like to spend too long painting stuff and using colour primer really speeds things up.

And the paint starts going on

And the paint starts going on

With the base of Angel Green down, I move on and paint everything that’s going to be metallic with a coat of black. I just find you get a better colour that way. As you can see, I’ve started with the tracks and exhaust pipes, other stuff to be painted will be the air filters, the vent covers, and the gun. Both the tracks and the front ram will be heavily drybrushed with a silver, just to give that heavy worn look. The Demolisher cannon has been painted off the vehicle just to make things a little easier, which is what I should have done with the air filters and exhausts. Oh well, too late now!

All detailed up, ready for weathering

All detailed up, ready for weathering

Once you pop, you can’t stop. Or something. Having gotten in to the painting groove, I kind of just ploughed through it, and didn’t grab the camera along the way. Here you can see it pretty much ready for weathering. Decals are from the FW Dark Angels transfer sheet, and were put on using Microsol/Microset. Paints used are my usual combination of Army Painter, Vallejo, and Citadel. I tried to keep a running theme through the tank with the colours, and hopefully it’s broken up the big slab of green without looking too disco.

So that’s it for this week, next up I ruin a perfectly good paint job by weathering the shit outta it! Until then, TTFN.

Forge World Vindicator Build – Part 2

Part two of my Forge World Vindicator build, and in this instalment I’ll mainly be looking at fettling and fitting the top resin piece of the tank.

The first thing I tackled was the thing that bothered me most about this kit, and that was the gap between the resin part and the plastic kit, right at the front, just above the ram. Now before you ask, no it isn’t me putting it together incorrectly, if you look at the Forge World page, that gap is (supposed to be?) there.

There's a hole in tank, dear Eliza!

There’s a hole in tank, dear Eliza!

I really didn’t like it, so with the help of some Plasticard, I made it go away.

With Plasticard, and no hole

With Plasticard, and no hole

Next up, I set about tidying up the thin casting, and generally tidying the edges up around the top piece. I thought about breaking out the my model filler, or using some green stuff, but decided getting a decent finish would be an absolute nightmare. So I settled for  gluing some thin Plasticard over the hole from the inside! Once painted, you’ll never be able to tell. The photos below show the thin casting in question, and the overspill of resin I mentioned in Part 1.

Here you can see the thin casting and the bubbles

Here you can see the thin casting and the bubbles

The thin casting from the underside, and the remains of some overspill

The thin casting from the underside, and the remains of some overspill

With that all done, I could move on to tweaking the fit of the top piece. As I was dealing with a thicker bit of resin this time around, I opted for the hot water method of persuasion. A dip in the sink, and some fast fingers, and I soon had the top straightened out, and fitting nicely. Next it was glued on, the I attacked some of it with the model filler.

Almost fully dressed now. The top piece straightened, glued, and filled etc

Almost fully dressed now. The top piece straightened, glued, and filled etc

Finally, all the small bits were glued on. The cannon, mantlet, and ram have all been left off to make painting a bit easier. Once the bulkhead behind the cannon has been painted, I’ll be fitting those last few parts.

Finally ready for paint!

Finally ready for paint!

In the next part, I’ll be throwing some paint on the thing, till then TTFN!

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