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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Slicing Up Dreadnoughts, Oh Ho Ho Ho

I have a lot of love for the Contemptor dreadnoughts – they look nimble and yet hearty, and they look both advanced and anachronistic compared to the standard dreadnought. I love them… but I wasn’t quite ready to buy a few from Forge World.

The Betrayal at Calth set gave us the plastic Contemptor, albeit in a single pose. So, with two plastic Contemptors in hand, I ordered the Relic Contemptor I’d had my eye on for years, as well as a variety of arms. With a jeweler’s saw and some green stuff, I magnetized all three of these at the elbow, and reposed the legs of the single pose Contemptor. I was also able to give one of the plastic Contemptors a different head (from the Contemptor Whirlwind pack) as well as a magnet on top for an optional missile rack. Here’s the end result:

Three Contemptor Dreadnoughts
Double Kheres assault cannons, plus a good old melee Contemptor! Don’t worry – the head for the Relic Contemptor is around, it’s just going to be painted separately.

From left to right, they are Ultera, Optimus, and Omegas. To prove they’re all magnetized, here’re some bits swapped around!

Three Contemptor Dreadnoughts, different weapon options
One can’t help but love a Conversion Beamer on a Dreadnought, so I didn’t pass that up.

And while I was at it, I got a nice Cyclonic Melta Lance for Maximir!

Maximir, Leviathan Dreadnought, with melta lance
To be painted at a later date…

More to come soon!

Call the Shot: Vindicare Assassin

The Year of Painting Two proceeds apace! I have a big backlog of photos to share. Plus, I have other gaming articles to write and post that are unrelated to painting! So much to do!

But first, everyone’s favorite sniper, the Vindicare Assassin! This figure is from the Execution Force board game. It’s a great sculpt, with an awesome decorative base.

Vindicare Assassin, front view
“No one will ever see me in my stealthy black outfit behind this bright stone ruin!”
Vindicare Assassin, side view
“I am 100% invisible…”

This was a fun model to paint, which is a surprise – my previous attempts to paint black figures have been less fun.

Stay tuned for more… hopefully, a lot more, and soon!

Angels of Condemnation, Part 2

I finished more of the Angels of Condemnation, so here are photos of five more!

Angel #1, front view
This guy has some giant bullets at his feet, which I believe came from a Mechwarrior: The Dark Age miniature.

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Leviathan Dreadnought Finished!

Maximir, the Leviathan Dreanought of the Basilican Space Marines Chapter, stands finished!

Leviathan Dreadnought, front view
“Four barrels of love for the Emperor!”

The base has been painted up, some more scrollwork was added to the left shoulder, the cross was added to the right shoulder, and various nicks and scratches were painted in. Also, his torso-mounted heavy flamers were painted. Here are more photos!

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