Fall 2014 hobby challenge

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

Summer is the killer of commitments.

Besides being a bit busy shipping a phone, and enjoying a delightful vacation to Tuscany, I confess that I’ve slacked. A lot. So, I decided to get back on the saddle and try to finish my Dark Angels.

I am fairly close, at this point; putting the final touches on two Land Raiders, building an Imperial Knight, building pretty much my whole Ravenwing company, completing the scout company, and a drop pod.

Technically, I’d need three more rhinos, two drop pods and two dreadnoughts to field a fully fleshed set of companies, but that may have to wait.


For the 2014 fall season, I pledge to complete all the models I have listed above.


Updated on August 10, 2014

Some progress on my Deathwing Knights transport…


lrdw1Updated on August 10, 2014

It’s like watching mud dry…


lrdw2Updated on August 12, 2014










lrdw3-1280x721Updated on August 20, 2014

Last night I noticed that, with the completion of the Land Raider, my 1st company is completed (as in, I have no slots to fill or other models to finish, but I can always add stuff later).

Feels good

Updated on August 23, 2014

Third Land Raider is done. Getting close to complete the Armory, but I have ran out of models for that (still need two drop pods and two dreadnoughts).


lr3Updated on August 23, 2014

And so it begins…


ik01Updated on August 24, 2014

Tried some Krylon paint I had left over from last year Halloween pumpkin painting experiment. Looks pretty good and it’ll look better after a judicious application of nuln oil…

Greg: I could use those DA models, how much for them?


ik02Updated on August 24, 2014

Moar progress. This is actually a very cool kit…


ik03Updated on August 24, 2014

Can’t stop, won’t stop.


ik04Updated on August 26, 2014



ik05Updated on August 27, 2014

Freehanding. Not completely hideous…


ik06Updated on August 27, 2014

Moar freehanding. I’m done for the night


ik07Updated on August 31, 2014

Top carapace mostly done. Still some details on the silvery frame around the armour plates but we’re getting close.

Also the Krast gauntlet crushing the Golden Serpent came out pretty nice



ik09Updated on August 31, 2014

Moar pictars! The amount of detail work required by this kit is crazy. But I’m vary happy with how it’s turning out…






Updated on September 8, 2014

Fancy new troops arrived during the weekend: a full 10 man Assault squad, two Razorbacks and a dreadnought.

All have been primed Caliban green and are waiting to be completed this week, when the other Rhino (for the 1st Veteran Squad) and dreadnought (to complete the lance) will arrive.

eBay, I hate you

Updated on September 8, 2014

In other news, if the new Space Hulk rumors are true, I’m getting a set. In that case, what would be the best way to get one? Online?

Updated on September 8, 2014

And it goes without saying that, if they’re still Blood Angels, they’ll be quickly converted into Deathwing, of course

Updated on September 12, 2014

Damage done. Ordered Space Hulk, should be here on the 20th

Updated on September 13, 2014

Current stuff on deck: 1 assault squad, 1 rhino, 2 razorback, 2 dreadnoughts, 1 knight errant.


ondeck1Updated on September 25, 2014

Oh welcome back, my old friend


sh01Updated on September 29, 2014

Some progress. Right arm weapons are fully magnetized, there’s the paint job on the chainsaw to be done and some detailing on rivets and such, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel


ik18Updated on October 5, 2014

Little experiment putting a primed dread in front of my monitor…


dn01Updated on October 5, 2014

And here’s Headtaker, from House Krast.



ik20Updated on October 6, 2014

It’s my left monitor wallpaper (see the little mouse pointer on the left?). I put a small box in front of it, the knight on top and just took a photo with the phone at level.

The “sun” is actually the reflection on the matte display of my work lamp

Updated on October 26, 2014

Some more work done on my assault squads. Some more detailing, some decals, a nice bath in QuickShade, dullcote, base paint and they should be ready.


as01Updated on November 5, 2014

Not enough, apparently…

“Dark Angels: A Dark Vengeance Expansion Set -> £85, $140 USD, €110
9 miniatures (Includes a Ravenwing Command Squad, 5 Deathwing Knights and a Dark Talon)”


The assault squads are done, now finishing the three rhino/predators and two dreadnoughts to finally complete the 3rd company.

Updated on November 5, 2014


Finally some air support?

Updated on November 5, 2014

After some rough calculations, I might have 9000+ points between painted and not. 7821 points are painted.

Updated on November 18, 2014

9,422 to be precise. Plus another couple of characters that I’ve yet to assemble at 325 points.

Updated on November 19, 2014

I think I’m ok with 4 companies plus some assorted detachments

Updated on December 9, 2014

Just something whipped up while waiting for the QuickShade to dry on the chapter command squad…


DAgarrisonStandardUpdated on December 26, 2014

Well, that completes my plan for my Dark Angels. Anything extra is going to be… extra


xmasgiftsUpdated on December 26, 2014

So, better a Land Speeder Vengeance or a Ravenwing Darkshroud?

Updated on December 26, 2014

More work in progress. Asmodai is slowly getting painted, while Ezekiel waits for the Quickshade to dry.


asmodaiezekiel1Updated on January 3, 2015

Thank you

As a PSA, let it be known that Quickshade and Dullcote are not 100% compatible. For some reason, spraying Dullcote even after 48 hours on a Quickshaded model will create some crackling on large flat surfaces. I used Vallejo brush-on matte varnish on my latest model and it worked fine, next one I’ll try my old can of GW purity seal and see how that works…

Updated on January 3, 2015

My latest finished models, from the left:

– Sapphon, grand master of the Chaplaincy (old metal Asmodai model from 1995, thanks eBay!)
– Ezekiel, grand master of the Librarium (metal)
– Asmodai (finecast)


PartialHQ1Updated on January 3, 2015

And finally we start with the 2nd company, the Ravenwing. These are the six bikes of the 2nd Attack Squadron, they’ll be supplemented by an attack bike and a land speeder.


rw1Updated on January 4, 2015

Ok, now that the Ravenwing is underway (see sgt. Hortensius of the 2nd Attack Squadron below), I’m starting to think about my little imperial guard platoon.

Remember those Vor: The Maelstrom minis?

I was thinking to depart a bit from the obvious green color scheme, so I got a can of Wolf Grey primer. With some black, blue and light grey accents, it would show up similar to the current US navy camo schemes…

The platoon would be composed by:

    • Platoon commander
    • Command squad
    • 1st squad (ten men with boltguns, two of them manning a missile launcher)
    • 2nd squad (ten men with boltguns, two of them manning a missile launcher)
    • 3rd squad (ten men with boltguns)
    • 4th squad (ten men with boltguns)
    • 5th squad (ten men with boltguns)
    • Armoured sentinel squad (two sentinels with autocannons and missile launchers)

Before I think about this too much, any suggestions?


rw2Updated on January 15, 2015

Here are the two rosters. 10642 points of Dark Angels and 440 points of Astra Militarum.

Updated on January 15, 2015

For the Astra Militarum detachment, here are the commander and the command squad.


ig6-command1st infantry squad with missile launcher heavy weapons team.


ig8-1st2nd infantry squad with missile launcher heavy weapons team.


ig9-2nd3rd infantry squad.


ig10-3rd4th infantry squad.


ig11-4th5th infantry squad.


ig12-5th7th armoured sentinels squad.



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