Weapons EVERYWHERE!

The current Deathwing commission has now taken me onto a FW Dreadnought. The client has asked me to paint the dreadnought up, but with magnetizing the arms for weapon refits. As I am new to magnetizing weapons for units/ models, I will hopefully be able to post some of the progress here for you all to see. It should be a lot of fun.

Dread weapons

As you can see here, the array of weapon options here is just simply staggering. I would love to really see just how each of the different combos are against various enemies in a game of 40k.

I just have a final right arm to add also, it being a close combat weapon. Next step will be the washing of the resin, since FW use a release agent on all their castings, then onto a coat of paint..

I will be joined by a painting buddy on what we deem to be known as Dreadnought Wednesay. He intends to purchasing a new dreadnought and painting it up with me.

Hobby Beginnings (part 2)

Well, I had decided on undertaking The Aurora Chapter as my army. The colour was nice, the rules were simple for a newbie, that is I didn’t have to go and get Codex Space Wolves or Angels of Death.

I then headed out to expand my abilities for the army, in the form of Dark Milennium. This add on was a box that had all sorts of cool wargear cards and as I was taking a dreaded Librarian, my opponent was done. He had planned on using the Orks and there was no way to stop me with my new, cool wargear. I also had another secret weapon; an Eversor Assassin, which would absolutely decimate my opponent’s Orks.

Little did I know he actually had been scheming to build a brand new army, one that I didn’t know much about and that were the TYRANIDS! Well that begun the famous war between The Aurora Chapter and Tyranids. Over time as the armies developed and new editions were released, both of us have “evolved” our lists to combat each other better and better. The Aurora have started taking much more bolter weaponry, both in the form of heavy bolters, and storm bolters. I started toying with a Whirlwind, and a Land raider Crusader. Now I even though I havent played against Steve in a long time (I moved overseas) I have now taken a Thunderfire Cannon, simply since my mindset is heavy firepower in the form of making my opponent take armour save, after armour save and whittle him down with the saves he fails. A sheer amount of firepower is the key.

Now The Aurora Chapter’s third company is almost completely painted. The most recent tidbit of information about the Chapter had mentioned that they take a large contingency of Predators,(news to me) there should be some more rolling out from the Manufatorums on Mars, also I just have to paint up one or two more tactical squads and also, with a Thunderhawk slowly, and i mean slowly being done, an Apocalypse game is in the works, we will just see when we can get that organised.

It is really interesting to see just how the Tyranids have evolved with the latest edition being a shootier game and it’s all about scoring units, time will tell.

The return of Templars and yes we’re back in the studio!

Hi there folks. I has been a crazy month or so. Vacation has been taken and the studio has been inundated with lots of requests for commissions. Keep your eyes on the blog for lots of models from different games, such as Descent, Malifaux and even some Fortune and Glory. All these commissions will give the studio an opportunity to expand the miniature repertoire and this is very exciting

One commission that has just been finished are a unit of Black Templar Sternguard. These models are an absolute joy to assemble and paint. The sheer number of options are just so exciting. The potential here for conversion is just so palpable and any bits left over will most definitely find their way into many other conversions.

So as they say; without further ado, here is the latest unit to come of the Seismic Studio painting table; a unit of 10 Black Templar Sternguard…

Sternguard Full Unit 2

These models from the beginning, were a joy to assemble, and paint. At times were a little overwhelming with just the sheer number of options available on the sprue. There are many, many bits left over to use for a squad or two. It seems like finally GW are really listening to their customer base. This is something I want to explore in another post, for the time being back to the Sternguard.

When I was painting the models some things came to mind that I wanted to showcase.

With the unit being of such an elite status, I really wanted to show them being veterans with their helmets looking really different from that of crusader squads The tactical squad equivalent in a Space Marine army. I felt that when you look at them next to each other on the battlefield, there should be a vast distinction between the regular squads and the veterans.

Another way was to paint the black armour in a slightly different way. I wanted to keep it as similar to the crusader squad that I had previously painted for my client, but during the process I made a fatal error, one that basically erased my work on the armour up to that point. I wanted to make it as rich in colour as possible, so what did I do? i gave the armour a black glaze. This wiped out hours of my painting time and brought the black armour to a point at which I couldn’t really discern what I had done. What did I do I hear you ask? I started to blend on the armour. Now this would be a really silly idea if I was painting a regular unit and it would be even sillier if I didn’t have my saving grace; my wet pallet. This allowed me to keep my paints nice and moist, while I worked my colours on the models. In the end I am really happy with the outcome.

The last way that I was able to have them stand out was through no accomplishment of my own. They have all been given beautifully sculpted robes, that are just perfect for Templars and they all have ornate boltguns and shoulder pads. By painting the Crux Terminatus and the robes in their own distinct style, I could keep the pallet for the unit to be black, white and bone. This is especially effective in tying them to the remainder of the army, yet keeping them looking like they had been through years of campagns.

At the end of the day, I am super happy with the result of the models and will be ready to paint up my own unit of Sternguard for The Aurora Chapter very soon…

The Angels of Death

Here we see a recently completed commission for a client wanting six heavy weapons for his Blood Angel tactical squads.

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This was a particularly enjoyable commission in that it was super easy to achieve a stunning result in no time at all.

The scary thing is now I will just have to paint up my own unit for my army.

It’s a Bug Hunt!

With the new release of Codex Tyranids the studio got their hands on some Genestealers and there was a lot of thought of just how should they be painted up. There have been some fantastic colour schemes in the past, including a pure bone colour, but in the end the traditional scheme won.

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There has always been a lot of love for the classic painting style of the Space Hulk colour palette. With the genestealer always lurking in the shadows of the derelict hulk they are camouflaged to blend in with the darkest recesses of a corridor, ready to leap and tear apart a Space Marine.

These six Genestealers are going to be posted as an auction on eBay and are priced to sell, to why not bid on them and pick them up to add to your Tyranid army, or even to your set of Space Hulk.

Iyanden Farseer eBay Auction

G’day gamers!

Today sees a brand new eBay auction. Seismic Studio has an Eldar Craftworld Iyanden Farseer up and the auction has seen a lot of traffic so far.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/331101361573?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

 

This model is such a beautiful sculpt, it just epitomises the alien realm of the Warhammer 40k universe. It has always been my view that Iyanden are THE craftworld of the Eldar race. Their craftworld is a symbol of a dying race and their wraithguard troops are ghosts of a once thriving civilization.

I have really enjoyed painting up this Farseer and after I get some commissions done I will maybe have time to paint up a squad of guardians and maybe a wraithknight. In the meantime, check out the auction on eBay. Make a bid today.

 

New Year, New Models On The Horizon…

It’s been a little while since the last post from the studio as Christmas comes up so fast and then a week later we see in the new year. There are a few things I want to discuss about the hobby, my hobby and where we see things going for the year to come. First, a little housekeeping to take care of:

At new years resolutions are always made and it is about this time after new years most people made ones that they realise,  are far too unrealistic to accomplish. I never make resolutions and I mean I NEVER make resolutions, but I think it is time for me to break this trend and make one:

PAINT MORE MINIATURES.

There it is and without (as they say) further ado, here is the first of my many miniatures to be painted up this year:

Eldar Farseer.

This model is just having the finishing touches put to it, but it is basically done and will be up for sale in the next few days. It’s a model that evokes such imagery of the 41st milennnia and the alien races that lie outside the grasp of the Imperium.

Genestealers.

These classic models are some of the first that I picked up way back in 2nd edition 40k. They have been refined since then and I finally got my hands on a few to paint up. Expect these to show their ugly faces in the upcoming week.

It very exciting to see a new codex, so we will see what it reveals.

So they are just some of the newest miniatures to come out of the studio. I thought I would discuss the news of the finecast production discontinuing, albeit a little old, but we still see the odd model come out, made in resin, so I thought it apt.

It’s from my understanding that I heard the finecast range is finishing up production and I have just a couple of thoughts.

The first thing that comes to mind is just how many people I heard online voicing their opinion about the resin material. I think that it is a huge step for such a massive company like GW to just pull the plug like that. It must have taken a lot of complaints for the company to just cease the manufacturing. Now, I understand that there must be a large portion of the GW product line still to come, but I wonder how long it will be before we will see it completley die off.

I personally only purchased one model from the Finecast range, since there was just so much that I had already to paint, it seemed silly to just run out and add to the huge pile that I have going on, but the one model that I did buy, i has little to no problems with. Two issues I did have was trying to get a power axe bet back straight, even with the use of hot water, it just doesn’t sit straight. The other problem I had was that there was no evidence of bubbles, but, once I began cleaning up the model of mould lines, then I would reveal bubbles and they just kept on coming.

I will be sad to see a product line die off, before, I think that it had time to really reveal it’s potential, but maybe GW cut their losses.

Something else that has piqued my interest is the recent release of the Escalation and Stronghold Assault books. I finally can use my Thunderhawk in regular games, but at what cost? From what I see, the balance is nonexistent and I have two schools of thought on this release.

The first thing is that this is GW and balance had long gone out the window many editions ago. There is some semblance of balance starting to reappear in the newest 6th edition, but that died as soon as allies came into the scene.

The second is that I really feel like this is a great release to spur the recent momentum that I feel that GW have had with the strong Tau, Space Marine, and subsequent digital codex releases. This is a great way for most of us to breathe somemore life into our hobby while the Wintery months are here and we are all stuck inside.

Oh and by the way, speaking of Winter, it was -38 degrees Celsius, with windchill here in Ottawa today, good reason to paint miniatures.