Sunday, July 24, 2016

Checking in at 80,000 views.

Hey gang, I know you come here for modelling goodness and I apologize for the lack there of. I'm hoping to get some hobby time in the next couple days (my "weekend" starts today) So pictures soon.  I have figured that finishing my ETL V vow is impossible between work related stuff and some personal stuff I'm about to vomit on the page... so you have been forewarned.

On a personal note (and I normally try not to bore ya'll with this stuff) its been a rough week or so here at Casa d'Rednekk. One of the things that really sucks about getting older is doctors and their meddling.  I'd just as soon go see Ol'Doc Wingnutz, but with him you go in for a headache and come out with mechanical, I stick to the human ones. I like to say its not the age so much as the mileage and that has proven itself of late. I had a pretty fun, yet rough and tumble youth. I have a half dozen concussions to my credit ( but no broken bones)  Well, a couple of those concussions involved hits around my right eye orbit and apparently they left a mark.  I just found out I have nerve damage and possibly cataract in that eye. The downside (aside from eyedrops that feel like acid) is that its not going to get better, they might be able to slow it down.  The upside is... in lew of a bionic eye, I might finally get an eye patch some day.  If it happens a few more years down the road, I have already warned the Mrs. that I WILL be growing mutton chops.

SO, what does this mean for the hobby. Well... so much for the aforementioned "Kunnin' Plan".  I have previously laid out a list of all the cool things I want to do.  That list is being hacked.  It also means that as I clean, remodel and reorganize my art room (another reason I haven't got much done model wise- part of the summertime honey-do list) I will be parting with some of my models.  And my plan, before E-bay or other venues is to offer them up to you all for being my faithful visitors.  I'm absolutely going to keep plodding along, but I'll be keeping my Chaos and Ork armies, everything else will go.

What does that mean for the Apostles of Quetza? I'm going to finish painting the force. Add a Razorback, Drop pod and possibly a scout/speeder team.  The Raptors and Apostles will then be up for sale/adoption. I have a bunch of other kits and minis as well. Space Wolf infantry and the like.  So if you are in the market for such things keep an eye open.

In the meantime... I'm off to geek out over "Star Trek:Beyond" this morning.

That's all for now gang.  And I'd like to thank all of you for helping my humble, irregular hobby blog breach the 80,000 view mark. You ROCK!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

ETL V: The Razorback Team.

The Razorback team is DONE!


Sarge and Meltaman. All the facepainted guys. And a sort of all-around of the rest with extra Plasmaguy.

Now, only 23 more to go before August 15. I'm a few days behind where I wanted to be at this point, but I think I might get some extra hobby time in in the next couple weeks.  I remembered why I didn't finish last year, the dreaded Honey-do list. It gets bigger during the summer when your wife is a teacher.  Lots of projects to do, one of which should be cleaning,straightening and figuring out what exactly is in the hobby room. That's all for now...

Cheers ya'll!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

A bump (or two) in the road and a Kunnin' Plan.

Been a rough week or so here at Casa d' Rednekk.  I think Grandfather Nurgle is disappointed in me painting loyalists. I have got some work done on the Apostles, but I'm about 3 days behind where I want to be to finish the ETL. Since the wife is a school teacher, the next few weeks are open for the dreaded "Honey-do" list, so I'm hoping I can get enough hobby time in there. Usually, she's pretty good about that, but I live in Florida and I'm not exactly fond of the heat (yeah.. I know, wrong place to live for that) so, it depends on how much fuel is left in the tank after whatever sweat inducing project is done for the day.

I have done some basic work on the rest of the gang. Mostly I'm doing the terracotta on the rest of the bunch.  I think I've finally simplified the jade process down, which has been a god aweful time sink trying to get that where I want it.  So, pictures of the finished Razorback squad (they are reeeally close to done) int he next couple days.... and then on to the rest. I may do a weapon building project, since I need weapons for the assault squad and , frankly, I could use a break from painting.

One of the projects on the summer list for me is to straighten/reorganize my art/hobby room.  Picking at that project I've been taking stock of what I have, especially bitz and such and trying to nail down exactly what I'm planning on doing with them.  So... here's a the Kunnin' plan for the what you will see in the future...

     For now, the plans are a terminator squad, a Razorback and two characters.  Everything except the vehicle is already built. And that's it for them.

     My biggest plan for the Templars is to finish painting my troops and a few other models that are built.  I plan to add a Nurgly Terminator Squad and some Obliterators.  There will be Deamons as wel. I still have Plaguebearers, nurglings and a Glottkin- which may end up as a Greater Deamon stand in or some kind of Maulerfiend.  But plenty of things to finish painting... Ms Charlotte for one.

The Sons of DOOooom (former Crixus Bloody 7th):
     My Imperial Guard Traitor army will need more love.  I need to detail some of the tanks. Finish my goofy sentinal team. Build all the infantry. Convert some nasty things. So lots to do.

Da Rednekkz:
     I have way too many Orks and they are screaming to be built.  But I suspect the first thing that will happen is Orky planes.  Lots to do with this army.  And I don't even want to think about all the boyz that need painting.
The Crixus Expeditionary Force/ VIVA TROPICO!: 
     The CRF is my extended Imperial project. I envision the whole force as a collection of misfit space marines and IG units put together by an Inquisitor.  There will be the Tropico IG contingent and an "ultramarine" force made up of squads from odd chapters, that have been destroyed,are penetant or otherwise screwed up.  Very little of this force will be taken seriously. ;)

(you probably won't see any of these chapters, but I'm definitely doing some camo marines..:) )

Now.... for the nostalgia.
      SO, my first 40k army was Space wolves.  More accurately The DIRE WOLVES, my own grittier version of the Space Wolves.  While the army list is still something to fear, I personally think the miniatures are a bit campy.  BUT the Dire Wolves have been fighting in parts unknown for many centuries, lost in the warp perhaps.... who knows what they have become.  Since I have a bunch of space wolf minis, I'm going to do my old Dire Wolves again, but my conversionand painting skills have improved in the past 25+ years, so it should be pretty cool.  Probably a small force with available minis. I have no plans to buy anything (at this time) for this army.

My first CHAOS army was the Alpha Legion.  With the backstory of DOOooom (which I will start to publish here), I could see Alpha Legion people attracted to DOOooom's service.  So, I'm going to do a contingent of Alpha Legion that have pledged themselves to DOOooom. Like all things, it probably won't be totally serious, these guys are likely to be insane... but it should be fun. Originally, Alpha Legion was a Slaaneshi Army, so there is likely to be some of that going on.   The striving for martial perfection part... not the sex with farm animals part.   That's the Khorne Dogs. ;)

So that's all the crazy ideas for the future....we'll see how they pan out. It should keep me me busy for the next 20 years.

Cheers Ya'll.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Games Workshop, why must you tempt me so?

Good GOD.... this is an frikkin beautiful model!

I've always wanted to do some Chaos wood elf/deamon things.... this could put me over the edge.

Apostles Razorback Squad is close to done, but it's late and I have to get up early tomorrow, so no pictures tonight. Should be done in the next day or so and then on to the next squad to try to finish the challenge.  The upside is that I will have a bunch of hobby time next week, so there should be lots of progress.  The bad part is, I'm already wishing it could be done so I could work on something else. :)

Cheers Ya'll!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

ETL V: From the Workbench - Razorback team.

All of the marines have their base two colors on them. Now I'm working on getting the Razorback Tactical squad done, hopefully this week.  I'm actually in detail and touch up mode with these guys, though I still have to do a chest eagle and half helm on a couple of them.   Now its all the fiddly bits - purity seals, belt buckles, armor weathering.  But, in the mean time,  here they are -in progress

Not the best picture, but I just snapped it off the bench as a WIP picture, then found myself done for the night.

Razor-sarge, also in progress.  The colors are a little "green", but its more because of lighting and not wanting to play with them in the photo editor. Overall, everyone is coming along nicely.  If they are done by the weekend, my next project is a little construction project of 8-9 Aztec-y weapons for the assault team, then on to painting them. Though I may to a "Mass backpack" painting event, just to get them out of the way before I do the other 20 marines I need to finish by the Ides of August.  So far, pretty much on track for actually completing the vow.  If the irritation in my eyes is allergies and not pink eye, I should be good to go. Grandfather Nurgle is mad that I'm spending 2 months painting loyalists. ;)

In other news, I did an inventory of Imperial Guard parts/models,etc and I won't be able to do the whole Tropican force I planned...... with what I have.  I'm going to move ahead with the Stormtroopers (plan to prime then within the week or so) And I'll build the command squad for El Presidente, then look at available funds.  I'm seriously considering ordering a couple squads of Victoria Minis Arcadian Guard as well as 2 of THESE to put on Tarox.  I DO have a Chimera, which will either join my Nurgley Guard as a transport or be mixed with a T-34 for the Tropican army. I haven't decided yet.  Most of this won't likely get going until fall. I also have 2 Valkyries to build. Plenty of time to make decisions and see where funds fall. So much for not spending more money on miniatures.

Cheers Ya'll!

Friday, June 17, 2016

ETL V: A quickie from the Workbench

In non-hobby news, Been a busy and crazy week or so here at Casa d' Rednekk. I accidentally walked into another job while going fishing. Job interviews while you are sweaty, smell like fish and haven't shaven in 4 days are always the best. Hiring process will take a couple weeks and might have been slowed down a bit, since its with the City of Orlando... and things have been a little nuts here in town thanks to a wacko who didn't like gay people and/or Latin music. You might have heard about it in the news, but I have to tell you I haven't seen anything like the way this town has come together since the shootings.  Its really inspirational.  The way the media and politicians have reacted, is the total opposite... shameful, in my opinion. But they can't help it, I'm fairly certain they are aliens or pod people... or evil minions of Cthulu or a genestealer cult.

Back to the hobby. With time a bit limited, I've been doing base color painting.  All of the marines for my ETL challenge have the base terracotta color. I'll do the dark green and black on them next, then I'll batch paint them to get to the last stage before detailing, then detail squad by squad.

 I still have to build 1 more Assault Marine and a bunch of hand weapons for the same bunch.  So, the push will likely be to finish the tactical squads first.  Once the ETL V challenge group is done, I have 2 character models, then I'll have to decide how much more I'll expand the Apostles of Quetza force.
I had originally envisioned the Crixus Relief Force to be a mottled group of small units from various Marine chapters as well as the "collection" of Chapter remnants put together by an Inquisitor.  So, time will tell.  I really AM itching to build some Orky stuff too.

Cheers Ya'll!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

ETL V: Test Marine

I did some more base color painting on the lads. Since I really wanted to see how the shoulder plate would look, I decided to finish my test marine. And here he is, sans some static grass and leaves on his base.

Part of me is toying with the idea of freehanding some jade feather designs on the shoulder plate.... and the other part of me wants to actually finish the ETL on time this year.  But, It might be an addition down the road.  I goofed around with some designs on the terracotta- little Aztec-like glyphs, but it just looked too busy. But I'm pleased with the weathering. I also streamlines the Terracotta AND jade techniques when I did the backpack, so that bodes well for the gang all having the same look.  More to come around the weekend.

Cheers Ya'll!