Spinning Minis, Episode 3

Spinning Minis continues with Episode 3, Roboute Guilliman! The Primach of the Ultramarines doesn’t mess around, as the bloody corpse of a Chaos Marine on his base proves.

Plus, if you look closely at his base decor, you can see Guilliman’s wrench, which I assume is some sort of very dangerous weapon.


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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Introducing… the Angels of Condemnation!

I love Terminators. Space Marines in the old “Tactical Dreadnought Armor” just look kickass, in my opinion. I became obsessed with Warhammer 40,000 after playing Dawn of War (prior to that, I was aware of 40k, but uninterested in spending money on it). In Dawn of War, the Terminators were clearly the most deadly, invincible Space Marines ever to enter the battlefield… and they had great quotes! (“The Emperor’s finest reporting!”)

So… the Deathwing are basically an army made entirely of Terminators. What’s not to love? Well, I didn’t love what it would cost to buy that many Terminators… so an army of Terminators became something of a pipedream.

Enter Dark Vengeance, a starter set full of Dark Angels, containing five Terminators. This set flooded the secondary market, such that a person could get 5 Terminators on ebay for $10 (instead of $50 or $60). So I did what any reasonable person would do – bought a ton of them and started cutting them up and customizing them.

I am, of course, dedicated to no two models looking exactly the same (even before they’re painted), so this was a fun pet project to make four poses look like fifty poses. In the end, I also used the Deathwing Terminators box, both for extra bits, and because Deathwing Knights look amazing, so I wanted some of those.

Early on, I was going to simply paint them like my custom Codex Chapter, the Basilicans, and simply have them “count as” Deathwing… but I decided that I like inventing fluff (and the Dark Angels are a cool parent Chapter to have), so instead I invented… The Angels of Condemnation!

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Painting the Leviathan Dreadnought, Part 1

So I’ve made great (if slow) progress on the Leviathan Dreadnought (affectionately called “Max”). After priming, I put on my blue basecoat. This didn’t go so well – not sure if the primer didn’t take, or the paint mix was wrong, but I had to strip him once and still had problems with the second try. Still, I got it done eventually.

Then I followed my normal process – I added other base colors over the model, such as the joints, the grill on the chest, and the blades of the claws. Then, I did an airbrushed wash using Pledge floor wax mixed with a burnt umber, and wiped most of it away with a t-shirt. That left me with this:

All the parts of the dreadnought, painted
Paper plates are my palettes, my model trays, and my lifelong friends.

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Assembling the Leviathan Dreadnought

I really loved Forgeworld’s Leviathan Dreadnought when I saw it, and the model did not disappoint. It’s massive and hefty, which is what I think of when I think “dreadnought.” I got a siege claw and a storm cannon to go on for now.

I magnetized the weapons at the elbow, which seemed easier than the shoulder joint. I also magnetized the flamer/volkite weapons at the waist. I didn’t magnetize the missile launcher/phosphex discharger – there’s not much area to drill into except detail I didn’t want to ruin, and it’s an easy piece to tack on with wall mounting putty if I want to.

Leviathan Pieces
I fall to pieces…

My favorite part of assembling it, though, was making a nice decorative base. Using the front bit of a Rhino (left over from a Demolisher), a Rhino door, Chaos Space Marine bits, and some Rhino tracks I got in a bits box, I gave the Leviathan Dreadnought something nice to stand on.

Chaos Rhino base
Take that, Chaos Rhino!

Assembled and posed, this is now one of my favorite minis that I own. For this picture, I tacked the model together, but I intend to paint it separately (base, legs, body, head, top cover, and weapons individually).

Leviathan assembled
Prepare for Leviathan-ing

Stay tuned for a painting adventure!

Space Marine Centurions and Mounting Putty

In my previous video post, How to Not Magnetize, I explored the world of using wall putty instead of magnets.

The Space Marine Centurion kit has long intimidated me. I like to build “What You See Is What You Get” models (meaning that the model itself shows what weapons it is using in a game) not because I play with anyone who requires it… but because it’s kind of a fun challenge sometimes. The Centurion Kit has 3 chest weapon options, 4 arm weapons, and 2 more options for one of those arm weapons. That’s… a lot of permutations.

And the Centurions have very tiny areas where these weapons attach, especially the chest weapons. They are so tiny. So very tiny. Magnets don’t really seem to be an option for the Centurion, not realistically.

But mounting putty? That’s a whole different story.

I built one Centurion, and then started making and sticking weapons on it. Here’re all the various arm weapons (I didn’t swap out the chest weapon, but trust me, they are swappable):

Centurion pictures
Siege drills with meltaguns, siege drills with flamers, lascannons, heavy bolters, graviton gun, and the less popular “no weapons” option

The putty option isn’t perfect. Sometimes, it’s hard to get the right amount. Sometimes, it isn’t enough. But… considering what a mess drilling holes for magnets could be, mounting putty remains a really solid option for building a completely flexible unit without buying a million models, or asking opponents to pretend the lascannons are heavy bolters. Don’t get me wrong – I think people who are strict about that kind of thing are likely assholes, but I do enjoy the challenge, and I really enjoy using all the parts that come in the box.

Once again, mounting putty is your friend!

I Painted Another Thing!

Hello, friends! Several updates are incoming, so please accept my apologies for the lack of posts recently. Let’s start with Chaplain DuChamps, a member of my Space Marine chapter, who got all painted up. Somewhere I have WIP photos, but I can’t find them… and I’d rather post than procrastinate (for once)!

So, here’re some shots of him:

Chaplain DuChamps
I am getting better at taking photos!

That picture is dark, but it’s a good angle. Note that the base isn’t finished… but it does have loads of skulls, so there’s that.

Chaplain DuChamps 2
Actually, this might be a better angle.


Chaplain DuChamps 3
And his back!


Chaplain DuChamps 4
And a side angle. Figures with tons of black are hard to take good pictures of...

Hooray for painting! I feel pretty good about the Chaplain. He needs some work on the skull decor, and I want to scrawl some Litanies of Hate on the scroll at his waist, but otherwise he is good to go.

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.