Spartember pt. 4: Metallics and Magnets

Hello, all! Not a super exciting update this week, I’m afraid. I got a bit sidetracked on my pledge for my Typhon Heavy Siege Tank this week. We had houseguests for the first time since we finished home renovations, which was really nice but took some attention away from my nerdy hobbying… and I may have also spent a good chunk of my free time the past few days trying to finish converting an army of 40 Khorne Berzerkers for an upcoming game…

(I’ll definitely post pics of those guys at some point – they’ve been a lot of work but a ton of fun!)

But I digress. My pledge for this week was to get some metallic color on the treads along with some texture, as well as paint touch-ups and washes on the tank to add wear and dirtiness.

I did get the metallic color on, some paint touch-ups (I did some more painting after taking these pics), and the first wash (Agrax Earthshade on the tank body and Nuln Oil on the treads). Candidly, I got a little tired of painting such a big area, so I moved on the magnetizing the vehicle’s weapon sponsons. You can see below I’ve now got the choice of bare tank sides and lascannon sponsons.

I also tried my hand at my first freehand Chaos sigil on the vehicle (visible in the last pic). Definitely still needs some work, but it was fun and I’m looking forward to doing more in the future.

Thanks for taking a look!


The final week of Spartember will include more washes and weathering, dirt/texture worked into the treads, paint on the sponsons, and my attempt at decals and more freehand work. Big week! Thanks for sticking around for it!



Spartember pt. 3: Paaaaaaaaaint!!!!

A quick update for you all:

As you can see, I’ve been able to get my hands on some much-needed red paint:


Which allowed me to dig in and get some painting done this week. There’s still a lot of touch-up work I need to do (you can see a few of the spots in the pics below), but I’m making progress on my Red Corsairs Typhon Siege Tank:


If I had it to do over again, I’d probably get paint on the tank before fully assembling it – it’s been tough getting in all the nooks and crannies. (That said, I do love putting together models and sometimes get carried away with it, so if I had it to do over again, I guess I’d probably do the exact same thing I did the first time…)

The plan for the upcoming week is to get all the last paint touch-ups done, get a couple of washes on the tank to make the details pop and dirty it up a bit, and get some metallic color and some texture on the treads.

The final week of September will see me attempting some freehand Chaos sigils on the vehicle, along with adding all the extra little bits and magnetized weapon sponsons.

Then it’s on to Dreadtober… (preview coming soon!)

Thanks for taking a look!



Spartember pt. 2: The Chinese symbol for “crisis” is the same as the symbol for “opportunity”

Hello, all! Spartember is well and truly underway. For those of you looking for a little bit more background on Spartember and my contribution to it, check out Part One on my hobby blog. As a quick reminder, Spartember was a hobby project organized by Turkadactyl at The Roost of Turkadactyl and NafNaf at Objective Secured, themed around hobby work on the Spartan Assault tank.

While I don’t have a Spartan Assault Tank to work on this month, I do have an unfinished Typhon Heavy Siege Tank that needs some attention. It’s joining the armored wing of my Red Corsairs Chaos Space Marine army and needs to look suitably brutal.

My initial plan for this week’s work on the tank (after cleaning up mold lines and washing the resin pieces) was to spray paint a base coat of Mephiston Red on it (that’s the main color – along with Abaddon Black – that I use on my Red Corsairs). But after scraping mold lines and washing the tank a couple of times, I could not for the life of me find my red spray paint (I’m thinking I threw it out during my last move – shame on me).

Then I thought, well that’s fine, I’ll just pick up some extra Mephiston Red paint containers from my local hobby/game shop. But, alas, they are out of Mephiston Red until at least next week.

So we soldier on. I decided to not worry about the red for now and focus on base coating the black and metallic areas of the model. I picked up some extra containers of Abaddon Black and set to work. Here are this week’s (rough) results as of right now:


Thanks, as always, for taking a look, friends and fellow hobbyists!


“WIP Dust Claws” or “Fun with Skulls” or “I have a 40k conversion blog and am required to post my version of the Primaris Marines”

Hello, all! I finally took the plunge and began converting the snap-together Primaris Space Marines that came with my 8th Edition “First Strike” kit. I’ll echo the sentiment of many other hobbyists here:  while I’m not crazy about the fluff related to the new Primaris Marines, I do love the truescale conversion possibilities of the new kits. They give a nice weight and size to the marines.

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Interlude 1: Belioc


An Excerpt from the Journal of Lord Inquisitor Gotan Belioc
Inquisitorial Emissary to the High Lords of Terra
Hypocrite. Hero. Heretic.

“The Imperium of man is paradox incarnate. Two sides, each encompassing the other. It is the most brutal, oppressive regime in the history of our species, and it is the only thing that will preserve humankind. It is the most necessary of all evils and it is the most evil of all necessities.

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Preparing for Nurgle pt. 2: Painted Zombies and the Miseria

I’ll admit I recently allowed myself to get distracted kitbashing Khorne Berzerkers after learning the AWESOME things they can do in 40K’s 8th Edition. But I needed to get back to Grandfather Nurgle. So I’ve set the Berzerkers aside for now (though you’ll see more of them in the future).

I couldn’t be more excited to know there is a Death Guard codex coming soon. I’m looking forward to seeing how Games Workshop expands this army/faction. In the meantime, I’m back to work on my various Nurgle forces.

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The Minotaur

An ongoing project in my larger Enter the High Lords project has been to produce a truescale Minotaur Techmarine in Terminator armor, part of the entourage of the Master of the Administratum (the most powerful of the High Lords of Terra). This little project has evolved to become one of the most complex and elaborate single models I’ve ever built. And he’s been a load of fun to create.

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