My Cryx. Curis’ Cryx. They came from the Crypt. Curis’ Crypt Cryx. Crikey.
The one thing that as a stumbling block in Warmachine for ages was how to indelibly stamp the models as mine. I wanted Cryx with a twist, something uniquely mine. Problem was, I knew too little about Warmachine to ever do conversions or alternative paint schemes that actually fitted. I’d be converting what I thought was woo-awesome, only to find that those conversant in the PP fluff would roll their eyes and mutter. It would be the equivalent of a child at GW sticking a Terminator in the cockpit of an Eldar Warwalker and making hands for it out of screws. It looks good, but only to them in their painful nativity.
So eventually, I jacked it all in and settled on copying studio paint schemes. Nice and simple, no thinking required, and the perfect way to break out of my rut where I just borrow techniques from previous models.
It also fits nicely with (what I perceive) is the PP mentality of collecting the figures as-is, rather than making them your own. The 40K Universe is sufficiently big to wedge 1,000 Marines of your own devising in. The PP Universe is a teeny tiny thing where there’s not as much space to do you own thing.
Good or bad? Well, it got me to take those hesitant first steps towards collecting a whole force.
Got to drop the extra armour on the Rhino and Russ as it’s not modelled on, and I can’t bring myself to blu-tac plasticard to their sides.
Got all my painting done I said I would yesterday – almost. I’ve not varnished the fellas yet as I can’t find my varnishing brush. Most of my models are varnished with brush-on Testors Dullcote, and then their reflective red visors are given about 4 coats of Vallejo Gloss. Not sure what to do with the vehicles, might see if I can find some Testors in spray format.
It makes me a lot happier about the current state of the army, seeing it all lined up on my old ‘army board’. Traditionally, my armies pose on this board while they’re being assembled as it’s just the right size and thickness. It’s actually a board I undercoated black back in school and wrote my name on, but never painted anything on. I think it is destined for greatness one day, it is happy holding my armies until Fate decides the day has come for me to paint a masterpiece on its receptive primed surface.
Click for bigger, and see the sorry state half my army in currently in.
I also bought a Rhino last week for my Hearthguard. I didn’t want a third Chimera as I’d go mad painting them, and also as historically Squats had Rhinos in both Epic and 40K. Well, everyone did back then as the Chimera had not yet debuted in 28mm scale. Land Raiders and Rhinos were the staple of Imperial Guard armies, and hadn’t yet been ret-conned to Marines only. I’ll be fielding it as a transport for the Hearthguard who count as allied Inquisitoral Storm Troopers, though I am still a little worried about representing their hellguns.
(Note the modified vision slit – it’s lower down as the crewmen aren’t as tall.) I added the Imperial Guard storm bolter and not the Marine one as it fits the Guard aesthetic better. I think this is a little odd as another reason I had for adding it was to make the army less Imperial Guard and more Imperial in flavour. I might go a little further and add a Mk2b Pre-Heresy Pattern Forge World Land Raider, though it is a point-sink. Might be useful for the 1850pt tournaments though…
I finished my Termite last night, but the glue on the base wasn’t dry so I let photographing it to today. And my golly, if I can say so myself I am rather impressed with how well this has turned out.
And with all that photography, I couldn’t resist a quick play ‘shopping it GW Box Style. Well, it’s not quite their house style, as they don’t have muzzle flash coming off every single muzzle, barrel and tube.
I love the Marine Scout box, with these two firing their weapons so nonchalantly. It’s the Photoshop equivalent of painting all your weapons with Blood Red, and then anything else with an edge with some Blood Red. And then putting a few more Blood Red gore patches on anything painted silver for good measure.
In fact, I might mock-up some more modern renditions of my Squat boxes to take to tournaments with me. Get them shrink-wrapped and lie to all the kids at Games Workshop I got them from pre-order…
POW! SMASH! FLAP! GRIN! BATSQUAT!! The beastie this blog is named after. Half bat – half squat. Now fully-painted, awaiting his cronies (claw-lad, tentacle-head …).