Monday, May 15, 2017

WIP - Ordos Xenos Valkyrie

My Ordos Xenos army was in need of a bit of transportation. Among other things, I chose a Valkyrie. Before I could get too far into the assembly or painting I had to complete the cockpit and crew bay first.

I began by priming the interior in black and followed that up with a heavy dry brushing of Army Painter gun metal. After that all had tried I applied a couple of coats of AK Interactive's Heavy Chipping fluid with my airbrush.


A coat of Tamiya Deck Tan was applied over that.


Using a damp stiff bristle brush I wore away the deck tan in areas of high wear.


After the details were painted I flowed it all up with an oil wash.


The cockpit was painted prior to being assembled.



More to come soon!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Kroot Mercenary

The Kroot Mercenary I started for my Ordos Xenos army is done! I'm quite happy with how he turned out. I tried to get a wood grain look on the stock. It doesn't look to bad to the eye but the close up takes a little away from it.







WIP - Kroot Mercenary

I've seen some pretty imaginative conversions using the humble Kroot. Their role of mercenaries in the 40k universe make them an ideal candidate for such work.

In my case I needed an Acolyte for my Ordos Xenos army. I happened to have a large bag of Kroot lying around that I picked up for a dollar at the local gaming store's annual Gamer's Garage Sale. I added several bits from my guard and a spare bolter. The carapace armor on his torso, and his knee pads were sculpted using pro-create. I also used pro-create to sculpt his had wrapped around the front of the bolter. I used micro beads for the snaps on his shoulder straps and polystyrene rod for the bolter shells on his lapel.





I thought that blending the bolter with the Kroot rifle would be a little more in keeping with the theme. Once everything had been assembled as shown above I thought it needed a few more tweaks. I removed the stock scope, added a couple of Picatinny rails and a scope from polystyrene. The sling is greenstuff.


After the rifle was complete I new I had to fix that head of his. I trimmed off his quills, drilled holes into the top and replaced the quills with ones made of polystyrene rod sharpened to a point.


Pictures of the finished model coming soon!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Ordos Xenos Army


I recently made a few acquisitions toward a  new project. I plan on building an Ordos Xenos army. Currently I plan on having:

  • (1) Ordos Xenos Inquisitor
  • (5-10) Acolytes
  • (1)Valkyrie
  • (10) Deathwatch Veterans
  • (1) Corvus Blackstar
  • Kill Team Cassius
  • (5-10) Militarum Tempestus
  • (1) Chimera
  • (5) Sisters of Silence
While it may not make for a complete army in it's current arrangement I plan on swapping some of these units in or out as the games require and, since the Inquisition can requisition anything they want, I imagine my Inquisitor will be frequently calling upon the assistance of the Tanith and Space Wolves.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Coming Soon!


I hate to come back after two months with only a teaser but I promise there is more coming very soon. I've been dividing my time over the last two months between my hobby desk and a home remodel. I've got a model or two done to share with the interwebs, a bit of work on some others, a couple of model conventions to report, and a new army in the works, Stay tuned!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Vallejo Paint Stands


I recently picked up three laser cut paint stands from Vallejo. Two of the corner, and one of the front modules will set you back about $60 from Amazon.com. I didn't quite realize how large the racks would be until I had them assembled and on my desk. Each of the racks connects to the other. Mounting 'hardware' is included.

I was a little disappointing that the larger diameter holes along the top edge are too small to accommodate my large Tamiya bottles. They are the perfect size for P3, Mig, GW, and small Tamiya bottles.

This represents less than half of my Vallejo paints so I plan on purchasing three more of the front module paint stands which I plan on placing under and forward of these. It will require me to build a custom stand but I think once it is all done it will work quite well. I have also decided to change the mounts of my overhead lamps to the sides of my desk so that I can slide the paint stands back flush to the wall.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Valley Con 2017 Contest Categories

The contest categories and theme are out for this year's Valley Con hosted by the Petersen Automotive Museum.