Thursday, 7 April 2016

One.. Ha.. Ha.. Ha..

Nearly finished Flyrant number one. Loving watching this bad boy come together despite being so much surface area to paint. Knowing that I've got three more to pain, then two Harpies and a Crone make me sad inside but right now that's irrelevant.

He's still a handsome beast!


Friday, 1 April 2016

The flying circus approaches

Finally finished assembling my third flyrant last night as I was awaiting some wings for it; I've reposed it ever so slightly, which was a massive pain, but I'm happy with the results. A little GS required followed by undercoating! I'm getting there, slowly but surely!
Also in the snap are a few bits I'll be using for my bases as previously mentioned. Coffee stirrer pallets and paper oil drums. Exciting or what..

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Tonight's progress.

Albeit not a lot, I've managed to get a few coats of grey into the wings of one of my Flyrants this evening. Not a lot, but still an hours work or so! Also started some DIY barrels too for my bases, from a guide I found on Pintrest.

Brief, but productive!

Thursday, 24 March 2016

For the greater good.

Tonight was a tad annoying, yet at the same time ever so productive. I've more or less finalised my scheme as the last discrepancy was wings.. I've decided to have two ways of doing the membranes, with a quick/easy way for Gargoyles and a more involved way for my FMCs.
Gargoyles will be washed uniformly, then again with red in order to give the membrane look.  FMCs will have a codex grey coat before washing. I am cheating with the washes, but they do look ever so good; I don't particularly fancy layering 6x pairs of FMC wings and I feel the same way about wet blending!
Alas, progress for this evening, including one of the gargoyles that needs to be stripped and repainted; Poor 'lil fella.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Mucolids be nasty.

I figured that as I'm making progress I'd post up a little bit of experimentation with my mucolids/mieotic spores.. Nasty!
Comments, critique welcome!

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Sunday funday!

So, work and general life have been getting in the way of getting things undercoated.. Alas, what is turning out to be a beautiful spring day near Cambridge may well see a bit more undercoating done! Once I've got some Gargoyles to play with I can finalise my paint scheme and go for it; How very exciting!

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Gargoyles, what a nightmare..

I've been struggling somewhat with figuring out how to transport my nids, gargoyles and MCs alike. The gargoyles are covered in little claws which have made the KR multicase foam I've been housing them in a nightmare.
I thought that I would investigate the prospect of magnets under the flying bases, metal trays and foam within a box of sorts. Alas, I feel I've struck gold, as I managed to find 30mm x 0.7mm self adhesive magnets which are perfect. The picture below is 15 on a baking tray. Next step, I'm contemplating a KR Multicase with pick and pluck foam to house my MCs, so I'll try making a tray for these too.
Also, rant. English weather sucks. I've had zero time or good weather to undercoat anything. One is not amused!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

So close, yet so far..

Pictures to follow, but I've now got 1,450 points more or less modelled and built. I need to finish a Hive Tyrant with a good dose of green stuff and make some Meiotic spores to be as tall as Mucolids, but I'm nearly there.  I also managed a brief game against one of my friends; it's the first time either of us have played 7th and we loved it, even if the Eldar did blow me to bits.
Now just another 1,050 points to purchase and model before the painting commences.
Thus far 45 Gargoyles, 2 Mucolids, 3 Flyrants, 2 Harpies and a Crone; It's like a flying circus!
Wish me luck!

Monday, 22 February 2016

The grind.

I knew that 45 gargoyles would be a chore, but my days! Still, 26 down and 4 to go for this batch. I've still got to get 10 more (I have 5 kindly donated from my neighbour, go figure he plays 40K too!), then I'm done!

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Gribblies ahoy!

I figured that this wouldn't be a plog without progress shots, so here we go!
For those that aren't 100% au fait with Nids, this is the starting of my Skyblight formation; 1x Hive Tyrant, 1x Hive Crone, 2x Harpies and 3x broods of Gargoyles.
The painted Harpy and Crone were a steal off ebay, but the downside of this being that they aren't 100% correct as per the instructions and they are terribly based. Not the end of the world. I'm a stickler for not winging it, per se, but a few pieces from my newly purchased kit saw them right. Yay!
The last Harpy is magnetised to include both weapons options (very easy I must say) and the Flyrant is armless for the very same reason. I'm waiting for a delivery of some FW twin linked Devourers, so they will be magnetised and undercoated as soon as they arrive. How very exciting.
Finally the Gargoyles. Oh the Gargoyles. There are currently 22 and I'm aiming for 45. My days this is a struggle! I'm settling with building four at a time, because although I do enjoy the modelling aspect of the hobby, this really is a grind. I'm sure painting them will be much the same joy. The Space Marine captain is there for size comparison; I don't think that any of my friends have seen Nids en masse, so I thought I'd add him in for mind games.
I have other goodies on my workbench, but I'll save them for another update!

Friday, 19 February 2016

In the beginning there were Nids. So. Many. Nids.

With various thoughts around my growing collection of hobbies that I enjoy, I figured that I would find a place to put all of my geeky musings into one project log.  I say geeky as if it were a derogatory term, don’t get me fooled, I love it, but I definitely keep it shut away in my spare room the majority of the time.
Alas, of late my friends convinced me that starting 40K again would be a good idea, so I thought why not.  I thoroughly enjoy the lore, modelling, painting and gaming aspect so why not I thought.
It’ll be fun”, they said.  You’ll love it”, they said.
Boom, I’ve then convinced myself it was a good idea and we have a 2,500 point challenge on the table.  Two thousand, five hundred.  Despite collecting and trying to play Marines up until I was about 14 or so, when looking back into the hobby ~2012 I had a bit of a thing for Tyranids, as they were always a firm favourite of mine.  I was always drawn to the 2nd Ed Marenus Calgar, Wraithlord and Hive Tyrant models as a kid, so I figured this time around I would stick to Nids again opposed to ‘another’ Imperial Army.  In 2012  this never stuck as I couldn’t make the time for it, but things change and live moves on.
So, my point.  2,500 points of Nids is a daunting task, so let’s see how I get on.  I have a basic list that I am working to, which I shan't publish just yet; I wouldn't want prying eyes to get a glimpse just yet.  I will however keep a record of my progress here even if only for my own personal benefit.  Check back if you're interested for my musings, rants and progress.