Thursday 28 March 2024


 As many of you will know there was characters that appeared in the Lord of the Rings book that didn't make it into the movies. To combat this GW got a licence from the Tolkien foundation to produce models that appear in the books and not the films. The first one today is Tom Bombadil, for the colours I found a reference picture from Fantasy Flight Games, which I liked and replicated.

Next today is goblins we heard in the first movie but didn't see playing a drum.

These next two are Goblin leaders that didn't appear in the movie either, and on the second one you can see GW's influence in the sculpt as the skulls creep in ! LOL

That's all for today, there will be no posts next week, as I am away from the computer on a small holiday, and will have to try and catch up on all your posts when I return, so until next time stay safe and have fun 

Cheers Dave

Monday 25 March 2024


This unit of scouts was made and painted to a tabletop level a long time ago, for the tournament I took my Night Hawks to, but they really needed finishing, and now with the veteran status I'm going to have in my army, these seemed perfect candidates with their full camo. I've completely redone the flesh areas on show, and tidied up the rest, I've also added the creeping vines to all the rocks as well, as only a couple had them. The models themselves either started as Imperial Guard snipers or a Captain, and a Vindicare Assassin. I wanted them all to have helmets, apart from the sergeant which was made from the Catachan Captain.

All the models are in the three standard shooting positions either prone (led down), kneeling, or standing, and where possible are resting their rifle on a rock for stability.

I mentioned when I showed my veterans, that I was looking for a alternative for scout bikers, due to my army being flight based, the simple solution would be to put them on jetbikes, but as these are rare in 40K, and I already want to do a full company on them, I needed an alternative. My first idea had been hanggliders, and I may well still do at least 1 unit of these for stealth operations, but I've gone with the Flying Wing that several modern day armies already have.

One of the options with the bikers is to have a grenade launcher, so rather than replace the bolters, I had the scout carry it. I've kept the model dark so it can do night opps and left off all markings except it's squad number which is on top of the wing. 

That's all for todays post, so until next time, stay safe, and have fun !

Cheers Dave  

Thursday 21 March 2024


 The next LOTR model is the Ringwraith on Fell Beast, this is the original metal release model with plastic wings, it needed a bit of refining on the joins, some areas needed to be trimmed and others more greenstuff added to hide the seam lines. I've tried to match the colours from the screen shot I found, and involved a lot of mixing of colours.

The wings took the longest time, with so many glaze layers to match the reference, but did manage to replicate the patterns.

The only addition to this model I did was to add in some reigns, these were made from folding some masking tape over in itself, and then cutting off the desired thickness, and sticking in place.

Below is the screenshot I used for reference.

Pleased with how this one turned out overall, but lots more to do, so until next time, stay safe, and have fun !

Cheers Dave

Monday 18 March 2024


 In 40K veteran Space Marines are normally in embellished armour, or armour that is only available to them, with one notable exception being Space Wolf scouts, who had a veteran status. Now this may well have changed, as I'm not up to date with GW's rules. As my army relies heavily on scouts, I thought it would be a cool idea to have veteran scouts, as well as normal scouts. To depict the veteran status I decided to paint the armour in my normal chapters colour, rather than the bone colour I normally use (except the sergeant's, which could also be veterans). To further the look as well I've kept the kneepad colour the same as the rest of the armour, instead of the white.

This is the first 5, and I used the scouts from the storm speeder, which gave some quite dynamic poses, the sergeant has a regular marine head with a face grill, to add to the look of his veteran status. I will need to do 5 more to bring it up to a full squad of 10, but will need to find some models first, I may get the new Killteam box to make up a second squad, and also have a stand in for some bikers, but more on that in a later post. So that's all for this post, so until next time, stay safe, and have fun !

Cheers Dave

Thursday 14 March 2024


 And now so do I, well a painted one at least ! LOL The box has a wide array of models in it, so I'm picking out interesting models to work on, while I slowly chip away at the bulk of Uruk's and Goblins, and I really like the cave troll model, so this was the next to get finished.

I've also got five Ringwraiths on foot finished, while I finish the two on horseback, and the one on Fell Beast.

Expect a lot more LOTR models as I work my way through, but I may get some other stuff finished every now and then to break up all the same colour painting ! LOL So until next time stay safe and have fun !

Cheers Dave

Monday 11 March 2024


 As promised here is the roundup from this years challenge, we have had some returning participants as well as some new ones for this challenge, and a big thank you to everyone who took part, as you are all what makes this challenge worthwhile, and to everyone that helped support each of the bloggers.

thewargamingerratic new to this challenge and he also joined the AHPC for the first time and pulled double duty, cleared some units that needed finishing.

justneedsvarnish John joined in again and cleared a variety of projects.

doubledowndice Brian returned again, and got some models for his Dungeon & Dragons games.

kuribospainting Jeff is back again and got multiple gaming models finished, but you should check out the large scale model he is currently working on as well.

markamorin Mark added some more units for his wars of Ozz gaming, which he has already used at a games event, where he ran 10 games ( no small feet in itself !)

dagreenhorde snapfit has also been working on some Dungeons & Dragons characters.

convertordie Wudughast joined in this year and painted a wide variety of models.

fantorical Simon has completed a wide variety of subjects.

azazelx Azazael joined in late, but still managed a large number of excellently painted models.

and then there was me, where I managed to get a few models off the painting table.

The eagle eyed of you may notice that I forgot to include my N1 Starfighter in my group shot, and to be honest I ran out of space ! LOL Again a huge thank you to all who took part and all that helped support the event on the respective blogs. If you want to see more pictures check out their respective blogs through the links.

That's all for this post, so until next time stay safe and have fun !

Cheers Dave