Grey Knight Librarian Conversion

I have a rule – Grey Knights wear helmets!

Firstly, their helmets look awesome. Second, without helmets, Grey Knights are apparently really goofy-looking hooded guys.

Draigo with no helmet
“My hoodie is on very tight, and there are wires all over it!”

I do like the Space Marine Terminator Librarian¬†model (which is the model suggested by the codex as the Grey Knight Librarian as well), but obviously his head is bare… which is not allowed in my Grey Knight army. Plus, he lacks the cool wrist-mounted storm bolter that all Grey Knights get standard issue on Titan, and he needed a little more “Grey Knight” decor to make him fit – why not the decorative besagews that are signature pieces of Grey Knight armor?

You know, the besagew. The piece of armor that protects the arteries inside the armpit. It’s a real thing. Wikipedia knows about it.

Anyway, I set about carving the face off the Terminator Librarian and shaving the back of his forearm to accent the storm bolter. I also had to cut about 80% off the back of the Grey Knight head I used to make it all come together. Here are some close-ups of the finished work…

Grey Knight Librarian, close-up
Here’s a close-up. Can you tell he’s casting Invisibility? It’s true – he’s a douchebag. This picture makes it look like his head is low and protruding, but it looks right from pretty much every other angle.
Grey Knight Librarian, close-up
Here’s a close-up to show the storm bolter. I had to add a spacer (a tiny bit of plasticard) to make it fit properly around his outstretched hand, but I love that hand and I wanted to maintain its effect. Here you can also see the decorative BESAGEW.

Now I need to base him, which will give me a chance to show how I have started making custom base stamps to make matching patterned bases customized to each army! Hooray!

More to come!

I Painted Something!

Whoa, sorry about that hiatus there. I had to deal with, y’know, the real world… but we’re back! And guess what – I painted something!

If you’ve been reading Save vs. Blog, then you know I avoid painting for no good reason. Earlier this year, I started to really push myself to paint, and I’ve been pleased with the results. Well, while I haven’t blogged about it, I’ve still been doing nerd stuff in the time I have. One thing I’m doing now is starting a game of Deathwatch, the Space Marine RPG from Fantasy Flight Games. I really wanted to have nice miniatures for my players to represent their characters in the game… and that means painting minis.

To get back into it, I decided to paint up an Inquisitor who will be an NPC in the game. Plus, when he’s not pulling NPC duty, he’s a great Inquisitor for use with my Grey Knights. While I figured this would just be a practice run, I’m happy with the finished product. Let’s check him out!

Inquisitor Primed!
Here he is after priming. His hat, as always, is casting his face in shadows. Foreboding, right?

First, I sprayed him over with good old-fashioned automobile primer. These spray primers are much cheaper than the ones you’ll find in a gaming store… and since I really like to start from a neutral color, rather than black or white, being able to use gray is strongly preferred. So far, they’ve worked out just fine.

Now, the real problem wasn’t painting – the real problem is that I still don’t have a macro box set up to take pictures of miniatures. These pictures, as a result, have awful lighting. You have my sincere apologies.

Bad Lighting Inquisitor
Yuck. I tried to light it with an LED, and man, this picture is gross. Unfortunately, I don't have time to take a better one right now.

Terrible picture, but you can still make out the color choices, the shading, and other detail work… it just looks awful in this picture, is all.

Power Sword!
A nice picture of the painting of the power sword. I'm not 100% satisfied with this, but it's my first attempt to do lighting effects on a power weapon. Not bad, all things considered.

I love the way power swords are painted nowadays – where once, everything was just metallic, now it’s all blazing energy or electrical lighting. So, I decided to go for that effect on the Inquisitor’s sword. I give myself a B-, but I think I know how to improve.

Reverse Angle on Inquisitor
Another terribly lit image, but you can still make out the important bits.

In the reverse angle, you can see the Inquisitor’s power pack and some of the highlighting on his clothing. I’m happy with that. His inferno pistol also looks a little better in this picture.

Close-up Inquisitor!
A closer look at the Inquisitor. For some reason, the lighting worked out alright this time.

Alright, it’s finally a good picture! Here, you can see finer details, like his glowing eye and matching cybernetic eye. I’m happy with the red trim on his coat and the graying locks of hair. I’m not completely satisfied with the face shading, because it doesn’t really pop like it should. I’m not going back in there with the brush, though, so it is what it is.

There you have it – I’m painting! Overall, this figure is too dark in shades, which hides a lot of his detail in normal lighting. I need to use bolder colors to contrast with the black coat and hat. Still, I’m excited – I don’t have much practice at painting, but my earliest work shows a lot of promise.

…I mean, if I do say so myself.


Magnetizing the Nemesis Dreadknight

When my Grey Knights came in, I immediately got cracking on the Nemesis Dreadknight, which you may remember from a previous post. This model looked like a really fun chance to magnetize something new. It was a huge success, partly because Games Workshop seemed to want to make it easy on me. Without further ado, let’s get to the meat of it.

For this, I used 3mm rare-earth magnets (1mm thick), a 1/8″ drill bit, super glue, Kneadatite green stuff and good old plastic model glue. I also made the following decisions:

1) I didn’t like the hydraulics supporting the arms, so I removed them entirely. Keeping them would make this project more difficult, but I can’t tell you how much more (since I didn’t do it).

2) I didn’t care if the gun barrels matched the gun housing precisely. (You’ll see what I mean later.) If you care, it would be easy enough to maintain the consistency with more magnets. But I think it looks fine my way (if not better).

3) The torso could easily be magnetized to the legs, allowing rotation of the torso at the hip. That could be pretty cool. I didn’t do that because it didn’t add much utility or style, in my opinion.

Now, on to the fun!

Firstly, I assembled most of the model, leaving the arms for last, since that’s where all the magnets are going. In these two pictures, you can see how I cut the hydraulics, leaving the ball joint in the shoulder and cleaning them off to be rounded. I think it looks much better.

Next up, magnets!
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Grey Knights Incoming!

I’ve gotten some of the new Grey Knights, I assembled some old metal Grey Knights, and I’ve done some more work on my daemon prince… but I’ve been too busy to update!

So, here’s a quick shot of the Dreadknight’s assembled legs. And yes, that huge paper behind him are the assembly instructions. There are… a lot… of pieces to the Dreadknight. It is a very awesome miniature, even for the relatively high price, and with so many pieces, it reminds me of the car models I did as a kid.

Now, naturally, I’ve had to do some customization on the kit to give it that “Chuck is very particular” feel. For instance, I’m removing the arm hydraulics (they distract too much from the baroque look of the Grey Knights army, in my opinion) and I’m magnetizing all the weapons (which ought to be pretty easy).

Updates to come, time permitting!

Yo Dog…

I am extremely excited right now because I am a huge Grey Knights fan (and have been since I was introduced to 40k). Today,¬†Games Workshop announced the new Grey Knights, including the Grey Knight Nemesis Dreadknight. It looks goofy at first glance, but I think it’ll be very cool on the table. Even though I’m positive on the Dreadknight, I couldn’t resist…


(Most of the credit for this joke goes to my good friend John.)