I am a bit behind my schedule so I think I am going to be hard pressed to get the dreadnought done on time, however, I have just finished my Deathwatch Terminator Champion.
I am happy with how he turned out and will have to get onto finishing off the rest of the terminator squad after Christmas. In the meantime he will be my 'counts as' Captain Lysander until I get the real figure painted up.
I originally saw a very cool terminator captain conversion on BoLS of the Lamenters Chapter, that I really wanted to do (in my own way). So here he is... my Assault Terminator Sergent and Crimson Fist Chapter Champion. The cloak is just blu-tac'ed on as it would be impossible to paint this feel with it on.
I wanted him to be bare headed so I decided to model on a facial wound and a smashed helmet from one hell of an Ork choppa strike.
And here is the WiP Rifleman Dreadnought that I started late last night. The hard part is now done - magnetising the arms. :) This isn't really going to be a 'conversion' in my books but I will badge him up as a Fist dreadnought and he can go in as my vehicle entry.
I went down to the Brisbane City GW store and saw that they are doing the "Mad Doc Orky Klaw's Butcha Kimpetishun!" and I thought....what a great motivator for me to do some more of my fists. Unfortunately this will put a bit of a dent in my originally proposed schedule of finishing sergeants and the like.
There is three categories for the competition: Squad, Character, Vehicle; and I am hoping I can enter something into all three.
I would be interested in any feedback but this is what I am proposing.
Squad Entry - Sternguard Squad 5 man squad using the new Crimson fist and Deathwatch shoulder pads and the Black Templar crusader robed chests. I am planning on making the deathwatch bolters into combi-weapons for this squad.
I also have recently acquired a Gameday Sergent figure that I was planning on giving a deathwatch pad and combi-flamer. I also plan on making a Mk V Heresy Helmet (to go with his armour) to be attached to his hip.
Here is an image of the figure I am talking about. (I found this on the web...not my paint job but I cant remember where I found it).
The squad will be as follows:
Sergent - Power Fist + Combi-Flamer Trooper 2 & 3 - Combi-Melta with deathwatch bolters Troober 4 - Combi-Flamer with deathwatch bolter Trooper 5 - Heavy Flamer (using the terminator Heavy Flamer
Character Entry - Terminator Champion
For this model I was going to use the chaos lord in terminator armour and remove as much of the chaos iconography as possible. Give him a thunder hammer and stormshield and go from there. I love the pose on this figure as it is so dynamic. I am tossing up still leaving the shoulder trophy racks and attaching some Ork heads (since they hate them so much).
I would like to also have be bare headed with a facial wound from perhaps an ork cleaver and have his damaged/shattered helmet attached to the hip or on the ground. He will also have the Forgeworld Crimson Fist terminator Sergent shoulder pads since they are so snazzy. In the long term he will just be my Terminator Sergent (giving him the red helmet with a white stripe) but will also be used as my stand in terminator captain. :)
Hopefully I will be able to sneak in some magnets into the shoulders so I can swap out the thunderhammer/stormshield combo with Chaos lightning claws.
Vehicle Entry - 'Rifleman' Dreadnought
This will be really simple and perhaps a little lame....but I don't care. :P Using a regular marine dreadnought with two twin-linked autocannon arms (from Forgeworld again) with Crimson Fist iconography. Very simple but this is more of a painting challenge than a conversion competition to me to crank out some nice models. The arms will be magnetised as well for other weapon load outs.
I am not sure if I will make the date but I am sure going to try. Will keep you posted on any work in progress.
It has been slow going for the past month or so due to other commitments (and a wee bit too much Bloodbowl on the PC). So, since the weekend, I have been making a point of getting in at least a hour or so painting each night and would you believe it.... I am making some headway on my Crimson Fists.
I also saw that GW has released some of the CF shoulder pad bitz so I will have to pick some of these up...well at least the HQ ones anyway. If anyone has actually bought these yet I would be interested to hear if they the correct size this time (unlike the last batch).
Anyway, here are a couple pictures of what I have completed since the weekend.
First up I have a pair of Heavy Bolter marines to give my tactical squads some much needed anti-infantry since I am playing against orks on a regular basis.
Next up I have my Plasma Gunner marine. I gave him the high collared chest plate as I figure he needs as much protection from plasma gun mishaps as possible. :)
Since taking the picture I have decided to paint on some gloss varnish onto the plasma gun coil to make it more 'plasma-like' in my minds eye anyway.
Here we have is the Meltagun marine. I recently bought myself the Imperial Armour - Model Masterclass Volume One and have been trying out some of the suggestions for heat stress. For the melta gun and plasma gun barrel, I ended up using a number of purple and sepia washes finishing up with a black wash. Overall, I am pretty happy with the result.
Lastly, I have finished off two more regular bolter marines. Nothing fancy, but I am chipping away at them.
I am now working on doing a number of sergeant figures with various options (power fists, combi-weapons, etc) and adding a Heavy Plasma Gun marine.
Will keep you posted (hopefully a bit more regularly).