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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Word bearers- librarian



Next up I need an HQ choice for the army. I had an old Severin Loth model from Forgeworld that I never go round to painting.  Given he’s in Mark IV Armour he makes a good Librarian.




I decided to do a nice green fade on his sword, I did this using careful masking and three shades of green over a white undercoat. I’m pleased with the result and the YouTube video I watched really helped too!



Monday, 11 June 2018

Word Bearers- another support squad!



Here’s another support squad. Has to be volkite this time, because what is more Horus Heresy than volkite weaponry?




I decided to go for a purple glow to volkite as all the fiction depicts red lasers, however, in a red army I didn’t think this would looks good and the green glow I’ve given my plasma weapons and power weapons would look confusing if repeated on another class of weapon.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Marching into Zululand


Marching into Zululand

By CommisTzarSmith
On the date of 11th of May 2018 my first ever debit card purchase arrived. This purchase was the models I needed for an ongoing project made by both me and DaveCo.






Some Jolly good sons of the Isles prepared to police their "beloved"  Empire; What What. One Box of British Infantry, a Gatling Gun with Naval Crew and two boxes of the dashing 17th Lancers
As you can see here, these models, are from the British Model Company Perry Miniatures; which as you are probably already aware provides high quality historical models by two of the greatest miniature sculptors of our time, Michael and Alan Perry. These twins are legends in the wargaming year and it was their models that first got me into the sub-genre of historical miniatures after a long while addicted to only Games Workshop made models (oh what a fool I was in my youth in pre-2016 AD).

As you can see from this British sailor right here (sorry about the blurry photo, this was taken from an old  iPhone), the detail is great. Everything about this model is realistic, with lifelike facial features and a crisp, accurate detailed uniform. While this model is intended for the Sudanese Mahdist wars of 1881-1885, a naval brigade was present in one of the columns that invaded Zululand and to be fair Gatling guns are inheriting an awesome form of weaponry.
 
I already owned a box of British infantry for the Zulu War and an artillery piece (both from Perry). Each box have enough models to make two regiments  however sadly my first regiment ended up being sprayed incorrectly (my first attempt at using upol spray paint failing terribly) and ended up lost in my mother’s move to a new address, leaving me with another regiment that thankfully went much smoothly with painting.

The quality of these models are great, with very little mouldlines that I needed to remove in contrast to the older plastics made by Warlord. The detail is as I have mentioned near unparreled and are easy to paint once you get into the swing of it.



The plastic model boxes comes with long sand colour bases intended to fit up to up to three men on each base, which while great for regimental large scale games does not fit with the skirmish rules me and DaveCo intend to use. Instead we are using square 20x20 bases which can fit one infantry man on each base. The three men at the back of the picture below are intended as the regimental command, carrying the banners of the 24th regiment of foot proudly into battle against the tribal menace.

I have so far built all of my infantry (three 15 men battalions) in addition to the Gatling Gun and the 9 pounder gun. The two units are at the time of writing (17/05/2018) completely finished (the aforementioned infantry battalion and the artillery piece which I had painted during the snow that came with the “beast of the east”.

What’s next? I am unsure although I do desire some lovely terrain pieces from North Star’s Africa Range such as their wagon models and some African wildlife (I should note my love of animals which will indeed help with my painting efforts).


Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Word Bearers- support squads



Hello again, I decided to flesh out my troops choices with a flamer squad, good for burning all those monuments to false gods and so on. They’ll need to acquire a ride at some stage to get close enough to bring things.



I think these guys could be quite an interesting squad, they don’t stand out as too powerful but they’re quite cheap. So with close combat weapons and dark channeling they could give my opponent a nasty surprise if they’re ignored. 

More painting to do! Onwards and upwards!

SR


Monday, 4 June 2018

Zulu war Project: Daveco Part 1

Hello folks,

It had to start somewhere, so it starts here.

20 Unmarried Zulu warriors.

The first of 176 Models, This unit is a mix of Warlord and Parry Zulus. They are fairly easy to put together, look great and are more importantly simple to paint. Married Zulus often wore more elaborate head-dresses, their shields were back with white patches and wore Leopard or Cheetah skin bands.





How to paint them:
Primer: Upoll Black Spray
Skin - 
Base Coat: Rhinox Hide
Drybrush: Mournfang Brown



Loin Cloths
Base: XV88, Zandri Dust or Baneblade Brown (I mixed them up, to make them look like differnt aged material)
Leopard Bands: Averland Sunset
Feathers (head): Vallajo Stone Grey
Fur (Arms, Shield tops and Legs: Vallejo Stone Grey
Shields: Abbadon Black with patches of Vallejo Stone Grey. Alternating Stone Grey and black on the shield fasteners where appropriate.
Back of Shields: Gothor Brown
Spear: Shaft - Rhinox Hide - Tip - Leadbelcher

Then apply a wash over the entire model - Agrax Earth-Shade mixed 75% Shade and 25% Air brush thinner.



Almost done! - Once the Wash is Dry;

Drybrush the Feathers, Shield tops and Stone Grey Patches on the Shield with Pallid Wych flesh (painting with detail brush the shield fasteners)

Eyes: (yes eyes need painting too!) Pallid Wych Flesh with a line of black for the eye.


Even 20 Zulus is a striking site, 20.000 must have been terrifying!


Spear points gleaming!






Monday, 28 May 2018

More word bearers- Terminators



Next squad is some cataphractii, I’ve had these lying around for a while after buying six betrayal at calths....

They didn’t fit into my other armies due to legion specific Terminators or a less than terminator friendly aesthetic such as my raven guard.




The colour scheme came from a page in Horus Heresy book five and I started experiepmenting with the scripting transfers. 




I’m happy with how they came out but wonder about adding reaper autocannons as there’s not a lot of range on these guys and they are very slow.




Word bearers are supposed to be one of the most numerous legions, so exp3ct a lot more infantry to come!

Until next time,


SR

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Zulu War Project Introductions. Daveco and CommiTzarSmith

It would be fair to say that on this Blog I am the "Historical Guy" despite having 3 Heresy Armies and having a back ground in 40k for the last 20 years. On this blog page I do tend to post up the "other stuff" you see. I have a passion for history as regular readers will know and I enjoy many different time periods. Our newest Blogger CommiTzarSmith is also very passionate about all things history! So we got our heads together and decided on a "NEW PROJECT" The Idea came to me when watching that classic film - Roadhouse. Patrick Swayze's gave me a light bulb moment! ZULU WAR! (Don't know why)
Thank you Dalton, Bars are always safe when you are the Cooler



So I organized with CommiTzarSmith about factions and units we would need.
The First 70, ready to assemble.


Naturally I would need Zulus, CommiTzarSmith would take care of the British. Luckily for me both Warlord Games and Perry Miniatures cover the Zulu war. So I bought sets from both. A Wagon (to plunder) and for some reason some brilliant 28mm Chickens from a company called Warbases. Either way in the next weeks and months Me and CommiTzar will be documenting our progress on the miniatures and eventual battles we will fight. For now know I have 176 Zulus to build and paint...

From the film - Zulu. These Warriors were brave and much feared


What Rules to use? Dont Know.

What Size of Games? Dont Know, but you never see a Handful of Zulus do you? NO you see THOUSANDS OF EM!

Again from the film Zulu. This is what will happen to CommiTzarSmiths lines, completely overrun!


See you later