Spinning Minis, Episode 1

The Save vs Blog YouTube Channel now has a new feature – Spinning Minis!

This web series will feature minis… spinning. Pretty simple. Plus, background music composed by yours truly! How fantastic! Here’s the first episode:

Great, right? These are Contemptor Dreadnoughts from my homemade Chapter, The Basilicans (who are, yeah, basically just the Ultramarines). Two of them are slightly converted plastic Contemptors from Betrayal at Calth, while the third is a Relic Contemptor from Forge World.

I do owe the blog a post with photos of those Contemptor Dreadnoughts all finished up, but in the meantime, enjoy Spinning Minis!

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Belisarius Cawl, All Painted Up

Hey fans! As we start into “Year of Painting 3” (because every year is a year of painting), I’m glad to say I’ve made a lot of progress (although not a lot of blogging). Last month, Games Workshop released what has become my favorite miniature of all time, Belisarius Cawl, Archmagos of the Cult Mechanicus.

The model is amazing, and everything I love about the Adeptus Mechanicus. He’s got loads of arms and whatnots, including an arm that just holds a walking cane. I painted him in three parts – the first was from his waist down (his robes and legs, not glued to his base to make it easier to get to his robot legs), the second was his torso and most of his arms, and the third was the right arm holding his power axe. I don’t usually go too far on sub-assemblies, but this was something near necessary.

Enough talk, let’s check out the photos!

Cawl, side view
Blessed by the Omnissiah

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A Complete Inventory of the Warlord Titan (video)

Here’s a long-deserved update on the Mars-Alpha Pattern Warlord Titan! I’ve been hard at work on the titan, but not as hard at work on the videos and blog updates!

Have you ever wanted to see every piece of the Warlord Titan kit, find out its name, and get a generic idea how how it goes together? If so, you’re in luck! Here’s a video of a complete inventory of the Mars-Alpha Pattern Warlord Titan!

 

Painting Unassailable

The third in my eventually-five-part series on the Imperial Knights of House Basilius is the Knight Warden Unassailable, piloted by the noble Duke Balthezar. The good duke is the Kingsward, sworn to protect the King of House Basilius at all costs. A veteran of countless conflicts, Duke Balthezar has adorned Unassailable with numerous icons and sigils.

As per usual, we start with the base colors, which gives us a pretty awkward-looking model. In this case, all the white is extremely off-putting in the early stages.

Imperial Knight Unassailable, base colors
These pictures go so very far to prove the importance of a good wash.

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Painting the Black Queen

Next up in my growing collection of Imperial Knights of House Basilius is the Black Queen, a Knight Gallant piloted by Baroness Lucinda. She is the King’s Gladius, a position like the Master of Judgment found in many other Imperial-aligned Houses.

After priming, the first thing I do is lay down the base colors. In this case, Black Queen got a lot of black alongside the basic blue of House Basilius:

Black Queen - base colors
The Black Queen is suitably black.

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Adamantine: The Finishing Touches

When we last left the first Imperial Knight I painted, he was basically finished. But when I started one my second and third Imperial Knights, I realized there were things I wanted to touch up on my first Knight.

I also created his fluff – meet Sir Sardaur of House Basilius, pilot of the Imperial Knight Paladin named Adamantine. Sir Sardaur is the King’s Herald, a position which is given by tradition of the House to an up-and-coming Knight (rather than a Baron) as a sign of the King’s favor. Sir Sardaur’s personal sigil is a sword driven through a heart.

Knight Paladin named Adamantine
Slightly sexier than before.

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Why Victorion Is So Great (for My Daughter)

This blog is usually about gaming, and of late, has been mostly about converting and painting Warhammer 40,000 miniatures. I’ve never posted about another hobby of mine – collecting Transformers. But today, that changes.

Today, I got Victorion, the “fan-built” combiner set. Victorion, their gestalt persona, is female, and all six members of the team, “The Torchbearers,” are female. This is fairly unique for Transformers, which has had few female characters up to this point. I won’t get too much into all the geekery surrounding various characters and continuities – I just want to get into why Victorion is important to me as a Transformers fan, collector, father of a young girl who also loves Transformer, and general human being who believes the gender dichotomy of toys has a negative effect on our society.

Victorion, combined

Here’s why Victorion is so great:

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Angels of Condemnation, Part 3

It’s probably boring just to see painted Terminators without any commentary or advice or tutorials or anything. But I am painting up a storm this year, and I want to post about it. Here’s five more of the Angels of Condemnation!

Angel #1, front view
First up, a guy wearing an apron! There’s a lot of guys wearing aprons in this army… in fact, this particular apron… because I made this army by cutting up four of the same single-pose miniatures over and over again!

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