July 2013 hobby challenge

(the content of this post originally appeared on the forums at CrankyOldGamer, a lovely gaming blog run by Greg Buron)

I have two Land Raiders, a venerable dreadnought and another Deathwing termie squad (for good measure) to finish. Hopefully by July.

I have no idea when I’ll be able to tackle the 3rd company

Updated on July 3, 2013

And here we start


Updated on July 5, 2013

Little WIP snapshot of Mikhail, the leader of the Deathwing Ancients Assault Force Alpha.


Updated on July 5, 2013

And this is from Greg. Aren’t they adorable?


Updated on July 6, 2013

Experimenting with some layers of Vallejo polished gold, nuln oil and gold drybrush on the left panel. Looks almost decent…


Updated on July 6, 2013

This is not looking good for the Imperium…

Maybe Mikhail will change the tide of war…


Updated on July 7, 2013




Updated on July 8, 2013

In other news, I was planning to magnetize these guys, but I found out that sometimes a simple pin can work wonders… still missing the tripod for the heavy bolter in the disembarked scenario.



Updated on July 8, 2013

One more thing, where do I find cool helmeted heads for my scouts?

Updated on July 8, 2013

Ze tripod.


Updated on July 8, 2013

And the full heavy bolter emplacement. I’m kinda surprised how nice it turned out


Updated on July 9, 2013

Inspired by this Storm build, I got these heads. Let’s see how they fit when they finish slugging their way across the Atlantic…

Updated on July 9, 2013

And back to our July challenge, I did a quick points calculation of the overall forces in my possession (not all painted by any means):

Dark Angels Deathwing: 3,145 points
Dark Angels Ravenwing: 380 points
Dark Angels 3rd Battle Company: 2,265 points
Dark Angels 10th Scout Company: 330 points
Imperial Guard detachment: 549 points

Total: 6,669 points

This is not precise, as weapon loadouts may vary depending on the deployment, but I’m well on my way for a reasonable Apocalypse game

Updated on July 10, 2013

First look at the scout uniforms. I tried to shade the pilot (not in the photos) with nuln oil, as I didn’t want to go too warm on his cloth (by using, say, seraphim sepia). But I’m not 100% convinced by the results. Any suggestion for shading, short of dipping him into quickshade?



Updated on July 11, 2013

The headless scouts. The two in the back are not washed yet and -again – they’re waiting for their british heads.


Updated on July 13, 2013

Work in progress and – honestly – better than expected. There’s a slight chance I might pull this off



Updated on July 13, 2013

And this is just a markings test.

Chapter: Dark Angels (color and insignia)
Company: 3rd (front right)
Squad: 2nd (front left and sides)
Squad type: tactical (top and front left)

Still needs to be covered in matt varnish, but I was wondering if this is an acceptable base.


Updated on July 14, 2013

And this is how you prime the last two scouts


Updated on July 14, 2013

All scouts have been painted and somehow either magnetized or pinned. This is the disembarked configuration.


Updated on July 15, 2013

Magnetized the bases, so they can be both on the land speeder storm and off it.

Updated on July 15, 2013

And the Queen’s Postal Service just delivered the scouts’ heads. They look pretty nifty


Updated on July 16, 2013

And I just won 5 scouts, 5 scout bikes and a drop pod, still in the box for a pittance on eBay.

I need counseling. And cases! I need transport cases!

/me goes to eBay to look for transport cases…

Updated on July 19, 2013

Priming, priming, priming…


Updated on July 19, 2013

Nobody expects INVIGILUS!





Updated on July 20, 2013

Another use for a paint stick. Put some masking tape on the stick, tacky side up, position the models to be painted, wrap your hand in a plastic bag, go outside and spray at your heart’s content.


Updated on July 20, 2013

By the way, I need this guy. Any other ForgeWorld order on the horizon?



Updated on July 21, 2013

Yeah, titans are fancy and all, but that little guy can call Orbital Strikes…

Updated on July 21, 2013

Meanwhile, somewhere in the wooden desert…


Updated on July 21, 2013

BTW, this is what I’m expecting from all of us by the fall

Updated on July 21, 2013

The magic of Army Painter Angel Green primer

Updated on July 21, 2013

Also, I’m done buying prepainted anything from eBay or craigslist. On sprue or in the box only, I learned my lesson

Updated on July 23, 2013

So, how is everybody doing on their July challenge? How many points have you built/converted/painted?

Updated on July 24, 2013

Let’s see where my status is…

Dark Angels Army

1st Company – Deathwing

    • Done
      • Belial
      • Librarian
      • Interrogator-Chaplain
      • Deathwing Command Squad
      • Deathwing Knights Squad
      • 3x Deathwing Terminator Squads
      • Ancients Assault Force (3x Dreadnoughts)
    • In progress
      • 2x Deathwing Terminator Squad
      • Land Raider Crusader
    • In the box
      • Land Raider Achilles
    • To acquire
      • Nothing

2nd Company – Ravenwing

    • Done
    • In progress
    • In the box
      • 4x Ravenwing Attack Squadrons
    • To acquire
      • As needed

3rd Battle Company

    • Done
      • 5x Rhino transports for tactical squads 2 to 6
    • In progress
      • Veterans Squad
    • In the box
      • Company Master
      • Command Squad
      • 5x Tactical Squads
      • 2x Devastator Squads
      • 1x Drop Pod
    • To acquire
      • 2x Assault Squads
      • Damocles Command transport

10th Scout Company

    • Done
      • Land Speeder Storm with pilot + 1x Scout Squad
    • In progress
      • 1x Scout Squad
    • In the box
      • 1x Scout Squad
      • 6x Scout Bikers
    • To acquire
      • Nothing

Updated on July 24, 2013

1st Company – Deathwing: 3,145 pts
2nd Company – Ravenwing: 380 pts
3rd Battle Company: 2,340 pts
10th Scout Company: 484 pts

Total: 6,349 pts (varies with weapon loadouts)

Updated on July 24, 2013

In the 41st Millennium there is only WAR!

(and blonde highlights)



Updated on July 27, 2013

Half an hour with a sharp knife, some closed cell foam block recovered from work and a Dark Vengeance box.

Voila’, easy storage (potential transport)


Updated on July 27, 2013

10th Scout Company, 2nd Squad Cornelius


Updated on July 27, 2013

Land Speeder Storm goes in the first turn, drops the homer, Deathwing pays a visit with no scatter



Updated on July 29, 2013

Power Armour. I has it

There are 10 more guys to be cleaned up before priming the whole 7 squads, but there’s a limit to how much mold lines removal a man can do in one sitting…


Updated on July 30, 2013

They come from all walks of life, 40 of them from Dark Vengeance boxes, 10 from AoBR, 10 from a tactical box, 10 from a devastator box, some from Craigslist, some from eBay… But they’ll all be unified by a nice coat of Angel Green primer

Updated on July 30, 2013

I’m ready


Updated on August 3, 2013


And the 69 power armoured guys ready to be detailed


Updated on August 4, 2013

Got a white and a red ink pens yesterday to draw the chapter emblems and the squad type emblems on the shoulder pads.

Not sure about the results, may have to experiment a bit more or just rely on paints. That reminds me, I may just need to go and buy some Vallejo Air in those colors


Updated on August 4, 2013

Some robed front line managers of the 3rd company.


Updated on August 4, 2013

Some experiments for the squad type markings, from the left:

Two coats of Citadel Blood Red
One pass with the DecoColor red paint marker
Two coats of Vallejo Air Scarlet Red

Which one looks better?


Updated on August 4, 2013

Slowly plowing along…


Updated on August 9, 2013



Updated on August 11, 2013

First completed basecoat on a Plasma Cannon guy. Considering now how to do shading, GW washes or Quickshade?





Updated on August 11, 2013

This painting technique is also called “let’s throw some random paint from 3 feet away and see if I can pass it for something that’s actually worth money”. Hey, it worked for Pollock, right?


Updated on August 17, 2013

Not perfect, but reasonable after the overall base coating.


Updated on August 17, 2013

Slowly getting somewhere…


Updated on August 17, 2013 

Missing the gunner, but first experiment with weathering powders.


Updated on August 17, 2013

Looks done to me!

Maybe he can make a visit to Outpost X23 tomorrow…


Updated on August 24, 2013

Alright, after a bit of pause from modelling, primed all the bolters for the 3rd company tactical squads and primed the Aegis defense line.

Next on the list, paint all the bolters and finish the 3rd company.

Further down the list, assemble and prime the Ravenwing’s 12 bikes and 3 Land Speeders.

Dunno if I can finish (properly) all this in two weeks

Updated on August 24, 2013

For the Emperor!


Updated on August 25, 2013

Mmhhh… plasma…


Updated on August 25, 2013

Hah! You’ll never be able to hit me behind these!


Updated on August 25, 2013

3rd Company Champion and Dark Angels chapter standard bearer.



Updated on August 27, 2013

Guns. We need more guns.


Updated on September 2, 2013

Librarian Turmiel, before finishing.


Updated on September 2, 2013

Choosing a company champion pose: left or right?




Updated on September 3, 2013

The one on the left has the Blade of Caliban, while the one on the right has a regular power sword. I guess it shouldn’t matter, but…

Updated on September 6, 2013

The painting! It never stops!

Updated on September 6, 2013

But I am almost done. The to do minis (plasma glow effects, badges, hair, odds and ends) fit on the work table now and then all it’s left (!) is basing and shading of 7×10 men squads, finish painting the company master and the interrogator-chaplain (and base/shade those as well), plus figuring out how to make an apothecary without a narthecium

Oh, and putting company/chapter decals on all of them

Updated on September 6, 2013

So in the end, the 3rd battle company should look like this:

Company Master

Command squad (company banner, plasma gun, company champion, apothecary)

1st Veterans tactical squad (plasma gun and plasma cannon) + drop pod
2nd Tactical squad (plasma gun and plasma cannon) + Rhino transport
3rd Tactical squad (plasma gun and plasma cannon) + Rhino transport
4th Tactical squad (plasma gun and plasma cannon) + Rhino transport
5th Tactical squad (plasma gun and plasma cannon) + Rhino transport
6th Tactical squad (plasma gun and plasma cannon) + Rhino transport
7th Assault squad
8th Assault squad
9th Devastator squad (2x heavy bolters, 2x lascannons) + Razorback
10th Devastator squad (3x missile launchers, multi-melta) + Razorback

Land Raider Achilles
Land Raider Crusader

(the stuff between asterisks is either still on the sprue or I have to buy it)

Anything else missing?  Maybe some dreadnoughts?

Updated on September 6, 2013

Yeah, flyers belong to the ravenwing. I have two land raiders but I should definitely add some predators.

Updated on September 6, 2013

Alright guys, ready to be based? Please form a single line…


Updated on October 3, 2013

In helpful news, buying jump packs on GW’s website is effectively quite cheaper than anything I found on eBay.

This, plus a couple of bits from the eBays, will make me be able to field two 5 man assault squads, bringing me even closer to complete the 3rd battle company

Updated on October 5, 2013

3rd company command squad completed!

From the left: standard bearer brother Israfil, company champion brother Orifiel, veteran brother Curius, apothecary brother Ithuriel, veteran brother Tennin.


Updated on October 6, 2013

Never to be confused from a distance anymore!


Updated on October 15, 2013

What do we have here?


Updated on October 18, 2013

Unfortunately, I’m not 100% sure they’ll be done by sunday

Updated on October 19, 2013



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