Salamanders: Fire and Fury

The most recent commission undertaken was a Salamanders Redemptor. This model is one of the newer ones in the Adeptus Astartes range and man, it is one of the coolest to paint and also get a dynamic pose.

Designed to be, arguably, the replacement for the Dreadnought from the power armour Space Marine range. This Primaris Dreadnought towers over the original, white metal one. That piece was released way, way back,circa 1990 has since had many a plastic upgrade to make it a little more substantial, but there is nothing really like this new beast of a walker.

The model was preassembled on receipt and just took a little cleaning up; this is pretty much the state that I received it: ready to go!

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Some initial sculpting to really make this model unique for a Salamander force.

While that was curing, I started construction of the base. I had to cut the feet away, since it was received  glued to the base. Along with custom base sculpting, I used  some Agrellan Earth to get the smaller crackle on the base and Vallejo Ground Texture and finally Mod Podge to seal it all together.

Work with the airbrush soon began and I layed down undercoat, base and preshading with the magnificent tool; it really helps to get the essentials down and ready to go so that you can soon work on the really fun stuff.

 

More areas showing the transitions, now with the addition of the brass (starting to block out where I want it to be brass).

 

Edge highlighting and finishing the brass:

Freehand work. Battle damage, flame icon on chest and Salamanders Chapter symbol:

Completed Redemptor Dreadnought based and painted:

There you have it; I had a lot of fun working on this project. If you have any questions about the process involved, please post in the comments; I am welcome to any questions you may have.

Next piece to add to the Salamander collection is going to be two very different pieces. An Invictor Tactical Warsuit and a 2nd edition 40k Space Marine Rhino.

Killteam

Over the past year and a half or so, I have really been enjoying Killteam 40k . The game was announced way, way back in March of 2018 and subsequently released in the summer of that year. I have been enjoying the game so much that I even decided to launch my very own podcast for the game.

Just a side note; I will be discussing Killteam 40k the skirmish game and Warhammer 40,000 the large scale game interchangeably in this blog post. To make it quicker and easier to refer to each game, Kill Team 40k will just be Kill team and Warhammer 40,000 will be referred to as 40k.

The box set is jam-packed with a lot of really great content, but aside from two fantastic kill team squads, the most awesome aspect of the models in the set, is the beautiful terrain that you get.

This inspired me to get the airbrush out and paint up a tables’ worth of terrain. You can really get into a lot of detail for the game board, since an important part of game play tactics, is to utilise small pieces of terrain as cover and receive a benefit of making it harder for your opponent to shoot you (it reduces the the Ballistic Skill of the shooter). I know many 40k players have purchased the set for simply the terrain and sold off the remaining rules and minis. I picked up a few different kits and combined them to make some truly awe inspiring buildings.

 

Leading up to the release, I discussed with my main gaming friend about what factions we might pick up upon release. The box set contained both Genestealer Cult and Adeptus Mechanicus. Immediately the idea to work on a faction that was not in our existing gaming repertoire and so I picked the Ad Mech. On purchase of the box and reviewing the rules I really liked the ruleset of The Thousand Sons. They have the ability to be really tough, their standard bolters have an AP of 2 and their main heavy weapon, The Soulreaper cannon is a Heavy 4, str 5, AP 3 gun. From my point of view, it is one of the best weapons in the game. I was hooked and from the first week of release, I left the Ad Mech in the dust and focused on making my Thousand Sons MY faction. One of the strong game mechanics for the Thousand Sons was their psychic presence. They were one of only two factions in the Kill team game that access to psychic powers from the core rule book, so that meant one of only two factions that could take advantage of a whole phase in the game while many could only just sit by and take the hits, oh and their psychic ability is actually pretty great.

The Thousand Sons, mostly done.. well, enough to game with:

I looked at a few types of terrain colour schemes out there and after looking at one of Duncans’ painting tutorials I was sold. There were a couple of schemes that when used together from various painting tutorials, that gave it a nice blend of cool and uniqueness.

The main colour scheme for the walls  and metal work I took from this video:

Painting Sector Imperialis (video remains the property of Games Workshop)

The flooring was a particular challenge to get it the way I wanted. There just wasn’t anything that I liked until I saw this video…

Painting Sector Imperialis Flooring (video remains the property of Games Workshop)

To be honest it is a really hard find. When randomly looking for painting scenery for Kill Team, it doesnt come up for me in you tube playlists very often and once I spent a really long time trying to find it again (for some unknown reason). After much frustration I found it and decided to save it to a Kill team playlist on You Tube, that way I will have it in the spot where I need it.

There are times where I’ll paint just one part of a mini and although I may like it, I don’t always get a sense of the overall feel for the colour composition and that is exactly how I felt about this paint scheme. It wasn’t until I did the whole floor of the building, that sold me on the colours. I did put a bit of blind faith in Duncan’s eye and it turned out fantastic. The painting method did bring back an old love of mixing up a whole pot of a colour I knew I would use frequently. GW used to sell empty hexagonal mixing pots and it was so, so useful, definitely a luxury.

 

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Premixed colours for my Space Wolves

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Premix for my Iyanden Wraithlord

Back in the day there were many pots of colours I would just have lying around for a whole component of an army, once it was a very dark grey that I was using for my Space Wolves and another time it was the three colours of orange/ brown that I had for my Iyanden. I would have placed a bit of the paint colour on the top of the lid and once dried up, would write a little number to signify where it was in my process for painting the models. Those pots have now since dried up and am actually in the process of dumping them, also they are now, non existent and I used to buy them by the bucketloads; they were amazingly useful.

 

After a while of painting up the scenery and Thousand Sons I decided to try another army and since I was working on Deathwatch for 40k, I was in the Ordos Xenos mood, so I decided to build a Deathwatch Kill Team. That way I can also add them to my 40k army. I know it goes against my self imposed rule of working on factions of which I have no existing 40k list. Since the Deathwatch debacle of 2018 (blog post forthcoming… stay tuned), I wanted to redo some of the unit composition and so I thought to myself, I will add work on some Kill Team for Deathwatch and just plug them into the main 40k list.

As you can see here I have some work in progress minis and I wanted to take advantage of the tactics/ specialists from the core rule book for them, but couple that with the cool sculpts from the GW range of Primaris Marines to convey a real WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get).

Some of the Deathwatch Killteam as they are being worked on:

 

THE DEATHWATCH PRIMARIS LIBRARIAN

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Along with the sweet Deathwatch Veterans, I also wanted to use the cool new Librarian model and combined it with components of the Dark Imperium Primaris Captain model to really give me a fantastic looking mini to lead the Kill Team.

There were two components that I found in my bits box, that I had to use and they just sell the model so well. One was a book from Mordheim and the other was just the perfect scale even though it was technically from a different game and that was a small Inquisitor “I” that was from the Deathwatch liking model Artemis, of Inquisitor a 54 mm scale game from 2001.

 

CONVERTING THE PRIMARIS LIBRARIAN

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This conversion turned out to be one of my favourite recent projects. To be honest, I’m not a fan of the amount of robes on this Epistolary Librarian; it’s just too overboard for my tastes.

 

 

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I used the helmeted head for this character, since it lends itself more to the Deathwatch Librarian, cut the psychic hood off, and filed it down to fit onto the area behind the head of the new Librarian.

 

 

 

For the body, legs and backpack I used the pieces from the captain model from the 8th Edition box set; Dark Imperium, which coincidentally has a really awesome cloak, befitting for a trooper of that status. Along with those components, I added from the existing Librarian model; the sword, arm and librarian shoulder pad, and finally the outstretched hand/ arm (casting the killing blow probably in the form of a well placed Smite). The Deathwatch shoulder pad  and the aforementioned Mordheim book and Inquisition “I” from from my bits box.

20200507_210957_2Once based I decided that it needed just a little “something else” and that little something was one of the servo skulls that I trimmed off from one of the Frag Cannon models for my Deathwatch army in 40k. It even had a little mini “I” on the skull forehead; PERFECT!

So all in all I think that the mini turned out pretty awesome, a great model to run alongside a Watch Sergeant. A definite centrepiece for the Kill Team. Let me know what you think of the conversion and what you have done for your special characters.

 

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.

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.

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.

A New Dawn

It’s time to CELEBRATE! Seismic Miniature Painting Studio has made it’s first official sale.

There’s been a little more playing of the new 40k (6th edition) and my opponent caught wind that I had a Black Templar Crusader Squad (essentially it’s a Tactical squad that you can add 10 Neophytes-scouts- to)  that I had intended on selling at some point down the road. I had actually painted them up back in the Templar 5th edition days and the models had just been sitting on a shelf so it was perfect that they do something useful and be SOLD!

Together with some freehand banner work, parchment writing and chapter symbols, I am happy to say that they turned out extremely well.

My client even asked that I match up the base of his existing Emperor’s Champion to the unit; they look fantastic together. It’s amazing just what a cohesive base can do for a unit that was painted by two different people, and given that the unit and the Emperor’s Champion are both black; it helps.

What is perfect is that since he is a regular opponent of mine, I will get to see them whenever I play a game of 40k against him.

Next for my opponent are some of the new plastic sternguard veteran models, the question is: five or ten man unit? Hmmm…