Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Apostles of Quetza: Resolutions?

Finally! I have hobby time.  Looks like things are back to almost normal here at Casa d'Rednekk, so I'm scheduling in regular hobby time.  I'm not one for New Year's resolutions, but after contemplating the reality of my hobby situation, I am determined to turn over a different leaf this year and concentrate of finishing one project at a time rather than bouncing around. Ya'll can start a pool on how long this will last and let me know who wins. ;)

I've been dealing with an unknown plague (and pink eye) thanks to the kindergarteners my wife teaches, so in my down time I put my nose in codexes. Also found out I have a HELL OF A LOT more marines than I thought I did. With an eye on limiting my purchases and building what I have I settled on what the Tropic-themed Guard army and The Apostles of Quetza will include.  There will likely be a couple purchases for the latter, but not much. 

For the Apostles of Quetza, I'm planning the following:

Demi-Company and Librarian Conclave Formations.

3 Tactical Squads
1 Assault Squad
1 Devastator Squad
.....and probably a Dreadnaught. Because ....seriously, how friggin cool would an Aztec Dreadnaught look?

I've already got terminators in the works, so there is a chance I may do the First Company Task Force as well.

I found a GREAT book about the Meso-American cultures over the holiday (in the bargain books section as well) which has an absolute ton of great images as well as a ridiculous amount of information.  Its turned my original approach to the chapter on its side. I plan on making a bit too much work for myself with some of the conversions, but if ever there was a "showcase army" to be done, its this one.  And since I don't play anymore, I might as well knock this one out of the park. I'm still not sure how some of these guys fought in cetain get ups though. I hope that guy on the right doesn't fall down, he might have a hard time getting up.

Though it violates my "one project at a time" vow, I will likely be building some of the Tropico army as I'm converting and painting the AoQ. Here's the humble beginnings of the 1st Tactical squad.

 Sometimes you have to wait for things to dry and not touch them.... that's my excuse.  For the Tropico Archipelago's finest, I'm planning the following... again, with no new purchases in mind.

El Presidente's HQ Command Squad

1st Platoon, 2nd Company " El Rabioso Llamas"  (the Rabid Llamas)
- Platoon HQ
-3 Infantry Squads
-1-2 Special Weapons Teams
-1-2 Heavy Weapons Teams

 Defense HQ Commandos- the fabled "Los Monos Azules" (the Blue Monkeys)
- Veteran Squad.

East Point Elite Airborne - "Los Tucanes Furiosas " (the Raging Toucans)
-Militarum Tempestus Platoon
-2 Valkyrie

El Presidente's Special Brute Squad "Los Cerdos Enojados" (The Angry Pigs)
-Ogryn Squad.

I have 1 Chimera as well.  The urge to buy some vehicles is a hard one to fight. So depending on how much fun I have painting this lot, it'll depend on whether or not I can resist trying to figure out how to convert IG vehicles into something that looks like a T-34. To me, the Taurus just scream to me for this army, but again.... how much money do I want to spend. On its own, this list would need some heavies.

Also toying with sculpting a beard on El Presidente to go more with the Tropico theme.

   And I went and ordered these from my good friends in Poland. So much for trying not to spend money, but it really needs to be done.

I'm setting a very loose deadline for myself of October to get one (or both ) of these armies mostly done. I still have an absolute TON of Chaos and Orks that need building... along with a small Necron allied force.  So, still lots to do.  Working on some artwork, so I know what I want to convert so you may see some of that before the serious painting begins AND there is a comic in progress while I figure out how to use my Manga Studio program.  Should be a fun year.

That's all for now. I'm off to work on marines and play with some green stuff.

Cheers Ya'll!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The State of My Hobby Address: Rednekk Version.

This picture kind of sums it all up. There it sits, in a pile in my garage (because Florida homes have no storage except the garage) Yup, no more actual playing for me. However.....

.... here's just some of the models I have yet to build.  So, if nothing else my humble hobby blog will keep plodding along.  I still am not sure what to do with all of these models. Sell them? Let them collect dust? Give them away? Either way, I enjoy painting and converting.  I doubt I'll be purchasing too much more (crosses fingers)... especially books, but they keep coming out with cool models and it makes it tough not to buy something once in a while.

Now, after a month and a half of retail torture, I'm back at the hobby stuff. The plan is for 3-4 posts a month.  And for something a little different, I'm answering the question "What do orks do to a captured Imperial cruiser?'  Here's the start of this little side project.

Oh.... what if they got 2?

More to come.  Hope you all had a great holiday season with whatever holiday you celebrate.

Cheers Ya'll!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Parts and Pieces.

I call December "Hell Month" because one of my 2 jobs in retail. Its supposed to be the "guaranteed grocery money" job, instead it dominates the month and keeps me from doing my other job and pretty much everything else.  So, I'll apologize in advance for the sporatic posts.

All that said, I've decided to concentrate on the Apostles of Quetza. The plan is to build the minis I need for the overall force.  So, I need to fill out the tactical squad, see what I need for the terminators I have started and go from there.  For the tactical squad, I have a sergeant... so I need 9 guys.  I started with 2 Heavy Weapons options.  Here they are so far.

The plasma gunner is from the Dark Vengeance set. The Missile launcher has been around for a while and is one of many marines I have desperate to be repurposed.

The Terminator Squad needed a sergeant, so here's what I have so far.  Hand crafter powersword, in progress. There is still some sculpting to be done. His lower half is from a Space Wolf. I've trimmed up the wolf skulls and will be sculpting them into jaguar skulls.

That's it for now. Progress is likely to be slow, but the nice thing about building is I can go into the hobby room for an hour or two and get something actually done, since I won't have several hours to concentrate on painting until January.

Cheers Ya'll!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Down Time

Just checking in to let ya'll know I'm still breathin'!  Its my annual break, about the closest thing I get to a vacation most years.  I'll be back at the hobby stuff soon enough... in the meantime, I'm enjoying this...

Also picked up a GREAT book on Meso-American cultures. I've been studying them on an off since college, though usually from an art point of view. The more I read, the more I begin to build an uncharacteristically serious background story for the Apostles of Quetza,  I knew about the blood sacrifice, but the flaying and wearing of skins along with rampant cannibalism was something I somehow missed.  There may be a schism in the Chapters future(or past).  But more on them, the Tropico army and the rest after my Thanksgiving break.

Cheers Ya'll!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Revered Brother Orkin

The Ironclad is finally finished. Revered Brother Orkin, known for his legendary bug killing abilities, now joins the other modles of Stike Force Ickarius, who sit idlly by in their foam trays waiting for the next eclipse/planetary alignment when I might actually play Warhammer 40K.

One from slightly above to show off the pretty cool base. I LOVE crackle medium.

As for El Presidente, he has his glasses all set (aviators) and a new thumb. His base is also done so I can finally glue him to his legs. Now, its just finishing up the uniform details.

 More painting coming, thought the holiday season will definitely impact the number of posts (job #2 is retail...ugh)  I'm going to try to get the Apostles of Quetza sergeant and characters going as well as build the other 9 tactical marines for him. Its an allied force so 1 HQ, 1-2 troop (1 tactical... maybe 1 scout), 1 Elite (terminators) 1 FA and 1 HS- still deciding on the last 2.  Any suggestions?

That's all for now. Cheer's Yall!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Dreadtober: Ironclad

The progress on Revered Brother Orkin.  He's close to done, but it may take a painting binge Halloween night to get a "+1" in on the Dreadtober challenge. Either way he'll be done in the next couple days, rounding out the Raptors Dreads. I still have an old metal dread as well, that will get finished, though there is a chance he might become another chapter, part of the Crixus Reclamation Force. But, here's the progress...

I'd like to give a thank you and general "Atta boy!" to Greggles (and everyone else involved) for putting together this fun blogger based challenge. Its been neat to see all the dreadnaughts and helped fill out my blog roll a bit with some new favorites, to which I'm still adding.  A special Thanks to Mr. Justin at Secret Weapons Miniatures for his support as well. 

Cheers Ya'll!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Dreadtober: Venerable Brother Sparky

Venerable Brother Sparky has an unhealthy obsession with Tyranids. Mostly because they are the ones that put him in his metal prison. In fact, he thinks he's fighting Tyranids all the time, no matter what enemy he meets on the field.  His Plasma Cannon is ancient and unreliable on a good day, but he has no problem getting up close and personal if the old girl isn't up to the task.

So... the Venerable Dreadnaught is DONE....  we'll see how far I get with the Ironclads. 

That's all for now. Cheers Ya'll!