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Tales of a hobby butterfly

Tales of a hobby butterfly

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About the Project

Turns out i may be a hobby butterfly freshly hatched from my chrysalis of denial. This challenge started with the intention of completing a project i started many years ago when i purchased advanced space crusade. Turns out i am now massively into rebasing my epic collection on washers so they dont slide around everywhere im not sure where my hobby time will take me next. I have recently noticed that when i start a project with enthusiasm i take my time and enjoy what i am doing but then when a new shiny catches my eye i rush through the project to try to get it done as fast as possible so i can start the next thing. So i think the project will now be reduce the pile of shame but in my own time and pace, i can always go back to a project when the enthusiasm returns which it always does.

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Bouncy chaps

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A unit of 10 squig riders, been trying to get 2000 points of old world orcs and goblins. Speed paints have helped a lot, only have the army's boss and a giant left to paintA unit of 10 squig riders, been trying to get 2000 points of old world orcs and goblins. Speed paints have helped a lot, only have the army's boss and a giant left to paint

Testing out my new 3d printer of doom

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Picked up a larger resin printer in last years black Friday sale. Decided to fire it up for the first time.

It’s a creality halot mage printer the build plate is much bigger than my creality ld002h so should be able to print full units for games or even larger vehicles always fancied a 28mm laat

Went with something small but epic for a quick first print to test it out. Had some issues due to trusting in pre supported files which is something you should never do, so after some swearing and a bit of clean up I fired the files into chitubox resupported and had a successful printWent with something small but epic for a quick first print to test it out. Had some issues due to trusting in pre supported files which is something you should never do, so after some swearing and a bit of clean up I fired the files into chitubox resupported and had a successful print
Next up was some StarWars dudes and something a bit taller for my orc and goblin forceNext up was some StarWars dudes and something a bit taller for my orc and goblin force

Purple trolls of dooom

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Rebase ing these chaps reminded me how much fun they were to convertRebase ing these chaps reminded me how much fun they were to convert

The heads that came with these models were cool but I have always had a soft spot for John Blanche and Paul Bonner style heads.

So I decided to try to recreate some heads using a 3d art program on my tablet called nomad sculpt to try to print some of my own

One of them needed a top not that I could not work out how to print so left a hole in the head and stuck the bristles of an old paintbrush on

Having a go at creating monstrous headsHaving a go at creating monstrous heads

Operation rebase the orcs

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Many orcs and goblins in need of a spruce upMany orcs and goblins in need of a spruce up

Been really enjoying the old world having played a few games with my good old Dwarf army and a newer wood elf army.

So have decided to give my orcs a dust off. Rather than use spaced movement trays I fancied a rebase of the army to the newer larger bases as I think they look cool on bigger bases also the old basing was not great so needed some care and attention after years sitting in a box

2000 points of orcs on bigger bases, now to build some movement trays2000 points of orcs on bigger bases, now to build some movement trays

Been painting a moonstone chap today,whilst waiting for bits to dry I messed about with these chaps.

The orcs were a bit chipped and broken so stuck them back together on the new bases then gave them a bone drybrush and a good coat of army painter strong tone. Once that dried they got a matt varnish. Last but not least the bases had a good splodge of soil works autumn ground.

These chaps are now ready to join waaagh Guff Nuggets

Cavelry inbound

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No kreig army is complete with out angry horses but did not want to pay gw price. A quick fuddle through the shame pile and I found some perry's horses, went to work with clippers glue and greenstuff and made these chapsNo kreig army is complete with out angry horses but did not want to pay gw price. A quick fuddle through the shame pile and I found some perry's horses, went to work with clippers glue and greenstuff and made these chaps
Horsey command unit, this chap is a forge world commissar that I have had knocking about for a whileHorsey command unit, this chap is a forge world commissar that I have had knocking about for a while
I then needed a warlord for the 69th, so chopped up a deathkorps watch master and stuck him on a horse to make a lord solar thingamyI then needed a warlord for the 69th, so chopped up a deathkorps watch master and stuck him on a horse to make a lord solar thingamy
No guard army is complete without a marbo so cobbled this dude together with bits from anvil and the scions and death korps spruesNo guard army is complete without a marbo so cobbled this dude together with bits from anvil and the scions and death korps sprues

Getting the 69th hamfist ready for the table

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Spent the last week getting some paint on these chaps.painted them with ak paints which cover nicely then washed them with mig acrylic wash to make them look grimySpent the last week getting some paint on these chaps.painted them with ak paints which cover nicely then washed them with mig acrylic wash to make them look grimy

Converted up a couple of platoon commanders from the bits box of doom

Converted up a couple of marshals using parts from anvil and some kreig bits and bobs.Converted up a couple of marshals using parts from anvil and some kreig bits and bobs.

Completed my Undead army of doom

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Bam 💥  finished a 1500 point army of undead for 5th edition warhammer fantasyBam 💥 finished a 1500 point army of undead for 5th edition warhammer fantasy

Over the past 6 months I have been painting a unit a month for the crown of command challenge to complete a 1500 point force.

I hope to expand this force to about double the size and maybe adapt it to the old world using spaced movement trays.

I think a vampire would be a cool addition and maybe more smelly zombies to roam the table looking for brains.

The last unit completed was a screaming skull catapult The last unit completed was a screaming skull catapult

Skelly-bums chariot of doom

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Been having fun painting an old school undead chariot. Army painter speed paints and drybrushing for the win.Been having fun painting an old school undead chariot. Army painter speed paints and drybrushing for the win.

Waiting for the old world painting epic buildings

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Waiting for the old world painting epic buildings

Wanted to paint up some terrain for upcoming epic games, I have had the card buildings for a long time so thought they deserved a nice coat of paint on the roofs and some fresh glue on the card.

The plastic buildings are from the titanicus box.

To paint them I used a sponge and blobbed on brown followed by blue grey then light grey.

To pick out the finer details they were then drybrushed with deck tan and bleached bone.

It was a lot faster than I thought now I have to find something else to do whilst I wait for the old world.

Getting ready for a game of epic armageddon

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Been painting a lot of tiny dudes recently Been painting a lot of tiny dudes recently

I have not played epic 40k for a long time but have signed up to a campaign a the local club as part of my new year’s resolution to play more games.

These chaps are from the 6mm vanguard miniatures range and now form the 69th hamfists regiment of the death korps of krieg

Even though they are teeny tiny they are full of detail that shows up nicely when painted.

I mounted them on washers to help with storage on magnetic sheet

Good old reaver titan in batenburg colour scheme Good old reaver titan in batenburg colour scheme
Objective markers of doom Objective markers of doom

Tiny sons of horus due to fomo

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Having enjoyed epic from asaptus titanicus in the late 80s through all its other editions the excitement of impeialis was too much for this old dude to miss out on.

Then I saw the price!!!, after Trying to work out which body part to sell I decided that 3d printing is the way forward so I ordered the new rule book and tokens from ebay, also hunted through my bits box for a bag of marines I purchased from vanguard miniatures a few years ago, turns out they are pretty much the perfect scale.

I found enough to form 2 demi companies with special weapon squads and some assault marines in support.

Luckily I also have a stash of 25mm metal washers that are perfect for bases with the added bonus of giving heft and magnetise for easy storage.

Next I need to break out the 3d printer for some teeny tiny tanks

3d printing some space dudes

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3d printing some space dudes

Printed these chaps a few years ago now, every now and again I pick them up and paint them a different colour as I could never find a green I liked for the sons of horus.

Being colour blind they spent some time both grey and brown I would have sworn it was a cool green.

I should maybe have stripped the layers of paint before adding this layer as some detail has gone but was in a hurry whilst I was in the mood to get the unit finished.

 

3d printing some space dudes

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3d printing some space dudes

Not sure why it posted so many times

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Not sure why it posted so many times

Skelly-bums of doom

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Painted up a unit of skeleton warriors for this months crown of command challenge. Painted up a unit of skeleton warriors for this months crown of command challenge.

Had a go with the v2 speedpaints and was mightily impressed. The metallic speed pains are very swish. The plan was to add some rusty bits to the metal but unfortunately my rusty paint is now a crusty dry lump due to the turd gw paint pots.

Decided to give the Wight a funky pumpkin head made out of green stuff

A unit of skelly bobs in heavy armour with great weapons led by a Wight. This unit also has the battle standard bearer A unit of skelly bobs in heavy armour with great weapons led by a Wight. This unit also has the battle standard bearer

Christmas game at wayland games

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Got my yellow and green dudes on the table, had no clue what I was doing but it was fun rolling buckets of diceGot my yellow and green dudes on the table, had no clue what I was doing but it was fun rolling buckets of dice

Every year we try to meet up for a game around Christmas time, because of work this is the closest we coukd get.

The game played over 3 tables with nuts vs golden Boys on one table, blood angels vs space wolfs and a three way of squats vs dark eldar and guard.

I learned two lessons don’t get in a knife fight with dark eldar and don’t get in a gun fight with guard.

The mission was to capture santa who randomly wanders the table after being shot down. You have to capture and escape your table edge with the jolly fellow. After 5 turns santa managed to evade our best efforts to capture him with only the dark eldar capturing him for a turn before escaping.

I stupidly told the opposition the squat bikers were my favourite so they were wiped out in the first turn, luckily I did get to see them again by using a cp to bring in reinforcements.

The dark eldar hold a moral victory As they were able to erase Marbo before he could cause any mischief as well as taking straken out in close combat.

The catchans did well also by taking out both my and the dark eldars warlords.

1500 points of squats finished in time for a Christmas game of 40k

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These are the last bits and bobs needed to bring the force up to 1500 points for a 10th edition game.

The tank commander in punisher and the two vanquisher tanks are from world war toons with some 40k gubbins stuck on.

The commissar in his dapper white hat and boots is there to keep order in the ranks and the counts as tech priest was added to try to keep the vehicles alive a bit longer.

Thought a yellow and green storm lord would look cool on the table and will fit most of my squishy infantry to save them walking across the table.

Armoured sentinel proxy

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Thought my squats may need some support on the table so I hunted through my boxes of stuff and found this, I built it a while ago along with its twin that needs painting. They are made from konflikt 47 walkers and some mechanics bits the puiloys are 3d printed and the glass domes are from an ork bomber Thought my squats may need some support on the table so I hunted through my boxes of stuff and found this, I built it a while ago along with its twin that needs painting. They are made from konflikt 47 walkers and some mechanics bits the puiloys are 3d printed and the glass domes are from an ork bomber

Squat bikers

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These models from microcosm miniatures are perfect looking bikers with an old school vibe.

You can order them with biker heads or military helmets, I chose the helmets as they fit the theme of my army better, but was very tempted by the biker heads.

The squad leader had his weapon replaced with an axe from the old dwarf warrior sprue.

In 2nd edition games they can be used in games as bikers as intended. In 10th edition games I will use them as proxy rough riders, I know they don’t have lances bur I’m sure if they were to ram something with their bikes they will do similar damage.

Squat bikers

Huzzah Squats on the horizon.

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Picked up a pack of metal space dwarfs at a the selwig show from the bring and buy. I belive these dudes were from a kickstarter from uscarl miniatures.

The sculpts are full of detail and really catch the old school vibe with the padded flack jackets and cool helmets.

Kind of want the models to be useful in 2nd edition 40k as well as 10th I’m trying to get 1500 points painted by the end of the month for an upcoming game at wayland, will have to see how it goes.

The dwarfs in exo armour are from scibor and make a rather swish command squad, the big dude in mech suit is from gudrun studio and be used as an ogryn body guard in this force

 

Huzzah Squats on the horizon.
Huzzah Squats on the horizon.

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