Next Projects; Harlequins, Cadre Fireblade and more Death Korp!

I’ll be starting my next lot of jobs soon, and I have a few on the go now.

First up will be a squad of Harlequins for an Ulthwe army. I’ve been given free reign on these (except bone and black masks to tie into the army). This is both good and bad, on one side I get to experiment and do what I think will be cool. On the other hand I am notoriously indecisive, which may mean it takes a while for me to settle on a colour scheme, layout etc.

Harlequins

Harlequins

Following these guys I have the next lot of Death Korp to paint. For this round we have an engineers squad with heavy flamer and commissar, to be used as a veteran squad, another Basilisk, and a standard squad of dudes. Looking forward to the engineers, as from the brief look I’ve had they are some really crackin models.

Death Korpsy Goodness

Death Korpsy Goodness

My lovely wife also treated me to some models this week, in the form of a Cadre Fireblade and a box of Fire Warriors. Having to wait until next week to get the FW means I get to focus on the Fireblade first, and I dont mean to sound like a broken record, but again, what a crackin model. Bit expensive for what it is, but the detail and character is outstanding for a plastic mini. GW are out doing themselves on the plastic clam characters!

Cadre Fireblade

Cadre Fireblade

Battlesuit Complete!

My first battlesuit is done and dusted and I am suitably chuffed. The mini inspired a wee bit of fluff, primarily why in a snowy cityscape the Tau have chosen to fight in red armour. The colour scheme was taken from the army book and is labeled as D’yanoi, who the background state are regarded as somewhat backward due to being cut off from the empire for a long period. Thusly, this is what I came up with; The seperation from the empire has led to this force dropping the use of camo altogether, and using the blue sept markings more like the tribal markings used by the fire caste in the past to show their “hunting” skill. On this suit there wont be as many sept markings, but going to go to town the higher the rank :D.

XV8 Crisis Battlesuit

XV8 Crisis Battlesuit

XV8 Crisis Battlesuit

XV8 Crisis Battlesuit

XV8 Crisis Battlesuit

XV8 Crisis Battlesuit

XV8 Crisis Battlesuit

XV8 Crisis Battlesuit

Vendetta/Battlesuit progress…..

Been working on the vendetta and battlesuit over the weekend. The main hull of the Vendetta is done, which to be honest is the bulk of the work. Still have the cockpit detailing, a couple of red/black sections to help tie it into the rest of the force, and the name, Cookie Cutter, stencilled across the nose (this will be accompanied by the image of the cookie monster).

The "Cookie Cutter" Vendetta Gunship WIP

The “Cookie Cutter” Vendetta Gunship WIP

I’ve only painted a wee bit more of the battlesuit, just finished off the blacks and painted any lenses. The next step is to add the sept markings and figure out if I want to add differently coloured sections to the armour??

XV8 Crisis Battlesuit

XV8 Crisis Battlesuit

Death Korp and Tau Update

With the Pathfinders finished I’ve found myself with a lot of enthusiasm for Tau, so I got cracking into the battlesuit. So far I’ve only done the red and basecoated the black areas, but tbh that makes up almost half the painting involved.

XV8 Crisis Battlesuit

XV8 Crisis Battlesuit

I also got started on the Vendetta for the Death Korp commission and it certainly is a beast:

The "Cookie Cutter" Vendetta Gunship

The “Cookie Cutter”, Vendetta Gunship

More Pathfinders & Dave’s Awesome Raven Guard!

Decided to treat myself over the long weekend and paint the next lot of Pathfinders for my slow building army.

Pathfinder Squad 2 Front

Pathfinder Squad 2 Front

Pathfinder Squad 2 Back

Pathfinder Squad 2 Back

They were as much as a pleasure to paint as the last lot, with the interesting addition of a face ;). I’ve not had much experience with some of the more exotic alien skin, only really having done human skin before. I’m overall happy with the result but may go back and add some kind of stippled pattern or markings of some kind, just to make it a little more alien.

Also over the last few months I’ve been giving a mate a helping hand getting back into painting and wanted to show off the results and his progress so far. Luckily he went for Raven Guard, which meant a colour scheme that wouldn’t be too overwhelming. They still have a few finishes touches to be added but what he has so far looks pretty damn good…

Raven Guard Assault Squad

Raven Guard Assault Squad

Raven Guard Tartarus Terminators

Raven Guard Tartarus Terminators

Full Pathfinder Squad

Here’s the first finished Pathfinder squad:

Pathfinder Team 1

Pathfinder Team 1

I’m aiming for a 500pt force to start, and this will include the other 5 pathfinders as well as a box of Fire Warriors. To lead I’m thinking an Ethereal or a Cadre Fireblade, but it all depends on which I think will be the nicest to paint (Cadre Fireblade methinks :D).

Pathfinder Progress Part 3: Almost Done!

Thats most of the first pathfinder squad finished off, just need to add a little snow to the base which is tomorrows job methinks.

Pathfinders Front

Pathfinders Front

Pathfinders Back

Pathfinders Back

I’ve really enjoyed painting this squad, especially since its my first miniatures in years that don’t feature any metallics.  This is something I waned to do from the start, as I’ve always seen Tau as using something else, something more advanced than mere metal, like the Eldars wraithbone. Also need to think of a good excuse as to why they are running around in a snowy urban environment in bright red armor, as Tau seem to be one of the few armies that understands how camouflage works!