Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Porcelain. Machine Fighter

Building the back story for the Porcelain I held the initial idea of them as a dulling club. With that in mind i remembered the film Dune and Fighting machine

A free standing version would be a stylish addition to the gang and adding to the dueling theme.

Though my Green stuff skills are about as basic/non existent as they come i decided to try anyway...

Initial build, garden cane core with wire drilled through. From previous experience i have learnt to take GS slow and break it down.

Added a couple of rings a day with time in-between to dry

Time to build the base. The coiled wire is a guitar string

Build completed. Added some paper shapes for the detail and an undead scythe. wiring at the top to indicate it its unplugged
I had thought boy adding some pipes up or a bit of wall/bulkhead and attaching it to the side to make it look free floating but felt it would end up distracting from the machine so settled for a wire up to the base.

Initial paintwork. 
Gold over a brown base and them a coat of Seraphim Sepia

I went for quite a dirty look to the bases which will contrast with the bright Brats. With such large base I wanted to add a bit of focus and used a poster taken from Yaktribe, the brown would match the golden machine.

The completed Fighting Machine

This should add a unique look to the gang and gave me a test run for the bases and the gold shade to use with the gang members. Another very small notch on my GS skills post. I might revisit the idea again later but use wood and a lathe for the main body.

The Porcelain. Confrontation to Necromunda

October 1990 and White Dwarf magazine began the release of the game Confrontation. Confrontation brought to life the conflict between warring gangs and factions in the great Hive cities of the Warhammer 40k Universe.
In the following issues a rich background and cast of players was set out and I can still remember playing this with my brother with Space hulk bases used for corridors. I had Adeptus Arbities against his gang 'The Head kickers' , so named after their preferred method of killing!

Roll on some years and Confrontation became Necromunda and then that joined the ranks of legendary games. With my return to wargaming I had always planned to return to the Hive and as well as building an Adeptus Arbities force I started to look out for Brat gangers, these are a little harder to come by and a little bit pricier so this was a slow burn project that has finally paid off and I now have enough to field a while gang. Spurred on by BOYL and the posting of another Brat gang on the Oldhammer FB group, I have added to my build and paint list and started work on the Porcelain.

The gang comprises of original Confrontation figures, Brat gang and Bounty Hunters as well as a figure from the old Iron Claw Space Pirate range and a noble from the Colony 87 Kickstarter.
Arms and weapons were drawn from old Warhammer empire arms, Vintage Imperial guard and Skitarii. Bases were all made individually using plasticard and bits. 

One of the original brats wears a mask and as I am drawing this into the backstory extra masks have been made with GS for the rest of the gang.
All of the gang have also been given swords as part of their backstory

Regular Gang members armed with swords and laspistols. Masks clipped to their belts

Cyber herald using old Chaos familiar with GS to turn his long hat in to Brat hair.
Colony 87 noble as gang Patron

Cyber girl/ Space Pirate Loritta with some additional GS hair as heavy weapon specialist. She has also been a given a mask clipped to her belt
Bounty hunter armed with sword and pistol with additional detail on his trousers and chest to tie in with the other brats as well as mask on his belt.
Bounty hunter with skitarii rifle for the gang marksman, has also been given a mask.

Regular gang members armed with swords, las pistol, bolt pistol and pistol as an ornate archaic las pistol 

The gang will work in Confrontation but with the original release of Necromunda the gang type was dropped and the concept of Upper hive nobles descending to fight in the slums was turned into the Spyre Hunters.
To field the gang I will be using the Spire Brat Pack ruleset created by Anthony Case on Yaktribe

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Slann. Wizard 1

Slann wizard and their slave litters are one of they great army centrepieces and i am luckily enough to have four of them.
With the first slave unit completed i set confident enough to start one. the slaves were based and painted the same way as the slave unit

Metal work added and rusted using Forgeworld powder

Final shading and touches before adding the blue

Figures finished and matched up with slave fighter

Completed base 

The Slann Mage was painted in greens to give the army a more unified feel

 The litter is painted in subdued shades and more natural colours, drawing on the colours from Apocalypto (scene featuring noble in the city marketplace)

It also keeps the focus on the Slann Mage

His fan Bearer/ personal standard I have put on a separate base (still WIP) I also might add a back banner or two to give it more height

Side by side with Mage I painted about 25 years ago

Slann. Baggage Train 1

Going though the rules I found that you are allowed a free baggage train every 1000 points, which for the Slann consists of a train of porters, 5 Slann bearers and 5 human slaves. My initial thought was to also add a terrain piece, a pile of luggage and food baskets under a canopy.
For the Slann bearers I plan to use one of the loin cloth Slann brave figures and cast up some using GS as i don't have that many figures to spare. For the human slaves I looked at casting up some of the slaves from the wizards litter bearers and have the two poles joined up to have a pack slung below but  I  came across some baggage carrier on Wargames Foundry,  Askaris bearers (DA 021) from their Congo range which fit in well with the original slaves

in the background you can see me sketching out the idea for the baggage dump but i will post more on tat when I start it properly

rebasing and then all ready to paint in the same style as the Slave unit. I used a similar colour range with the baggage to keep the contrast with the face paint

Happy with how these have turned out and match up well with the other slaves, will look at getting some more to use for convoy scenarios. The baggage dump and Slann bearers will have to wait a bit until I get the rest of the 1000 completed!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Slann. Jaguar Warriors 1

One of my favourite figures from the range are the Totem warriors, the elite regiments of the Slann. Though I have seen them described as frogs in Onesies, they are based on Aztec elite units who wore quilted suits styled as various totem animals 

I have one of each of the Totem warriors sculpted, Jaguar, Eagle and Crocodile but with the current OOP prices and rarity,  being able to field whole units of them is highly unlikely. To find a way around this i tried out casting my own using Instamold and Green Stuff. 

After a couple of false starts I was able to produce one with acceptable detail, though their was a fair amount of flash to clean up with a knife and file. Quite a lot of time later, the figure was ready for basing and painting, thought in the end I decided to cut off the mace and replace it.

The finished Jaguar warrior with replaced sword and Shield. ( I think from The Assault Group range)

Really happy how the figure looked in the end, casting and prepping the figure is certainly tine consuming but worth it and gives me an option of using the Jaguars as a basis for Heroes and also an elite unit.
So far attempts with the Eagle and Crocodile warrior have not been as successful due to the more detailed sculpts.