So, I know it's been quiet on the hobby blog here for a while, but it's not because I haven't been busy. I have. I've just been keeping things under wraps while I made some decisions about things.
Many of you have heard me complain about painting the Raven Guard being a pain. While the conversions were fun and I love all the Mk VI armour, I just really wasn't enjoying the painting. The painting was a chore. This was opposed to my Dark Eldar, which I really
enjoyed painting - like the first army I've enjoyed painting in years. I looked forward
to painting them. But the Raven Guard were not like that.
I started looking through the rules of a number of other Legions - Salamanders (I had some good scaled bits from Fantasy Lizardmen and Dark Elves), Dark Angels (lots of bits for them), Blood Angels (ah, the assault cannons!), White Scars (mmmm, bikes and speeders). And tried painting test models for a bunch of other Legions: Ultramarines, Blood Angels, Dark Angels, and White Scars. But nothing really clicked. Until I read up and did a test paint of an Iron Warrior.
This was fun. I really enjoyed painting this guy. And I found that as opposed to my largely failed attempts to use my airbrush for painting the Raven Guard, running Leadbelcher and Mithril Silver through the airbrush worked spectacularly well - and frankly (and I imagine to the dismay of some of you), has great coverage - especially over the black of Raven Guard livery.
And then I ran it over a brand new squad - I was so excited, I forgot to undercoat them black first. But the Leadbelcher still went on like a charm.
Shortly before I had given up on my Raven Guard, I started giving some thought to making a Dreadnought heavy list. So I converted up my TL Autocannon Dreads to be TL Lascannon Mortis Dreads and built some pods for them to ride it. These guys would go very well with the new Iron Warriors.
I decided it was also time to start work on the Contemptors that had been sitting in my closet. I'd seen some pretty cool things that people had done with their Contemptors and decided to try it with mine. The plastic BaC Contemptor is a fantastic beast - so easy to convert and play with. And easy to go together, too! I hacked mine apart and added some plastic tubing to make them posable. Each of the legs can pivot, the waist can twist, and the arms are removable. Once I get them in a pose I like, I'll glue them that way (I think! I'll be interested to see if folding them makes them easier to store and transport.) But the arms I'll leave separate so I can give them different loadouts.
I'd wanted to arm the DCCWs with Grav Guns, but I'm cheap and didn't want to put in an order to FW. Ken recommended I use some Dark Eldar Phantasm Launcher bits for them and frankly, I think they turned out looking pretty good, so I went with that.
So I now have two Contemptors, one with dual Kheres Assault Cannons and one with dual DCCW/Grav. I really want to get a second set of DCCW/Grav arms though as these guys are good for podding in behind vehicles and taking them out. (Ooh. Just realized I need to drill the barrels on those assault cannons.)
And as the next project for my Iron Warriors goodness, some Tyrant Siege Terminators. These are a unit of Cataphractii Terminators where each one has a Cyclone missile launcher. I'd seen a few conversions of these guys, mostly Cataphractii Terminators with standard 40K SM Terminator Cyclones on them. And they were okay, but I wasn't thrilled by it. This guy Eorek on Heresy30k, though, had a unit of Ultramarines Fulmentarus Terminators (similar to the Tyrant Siege ones with Cyclones) and he had used the old shark-fin style 30k missile launchers for his. I thought they looked fantastic
! Perfect and distinct for the 30k setting. Last night I set to building my first one and this was the result.
Will my list be painted for the next League match next week? Definitely not. But as opposed to my Raven Guard, I'm actually looking forward to painting these guys.