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The Cult – Limos

The Cult – Limos

I’m still casting my eye about looking for various components for the Cult. Such little conversion gems as Empire flagellant and skaven plague monk parts have been brought to my attention, as well as Rackham and Heresy ghouls for use as hybrid base models. Today though, we turn our attention to the most definitive of Cult vehicles, the limo. Armoured limos and genestealer cults go arm in arm as far as I’m concerned. Even though limos are about as appropriate to 40k as hotpants on a space marine, I can’t imagine my cult not having one or two of these in the army. However. I do not think a shiny black car with bullet-proof windows would last awfully long in battle against terminators, stompas and such. To this end, I think some s mall concession to praticality is in order.

June 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Fimir – Final Half Dead Update

Fimir – Final Half Dead Update

It’s with a final buffing of leathery skin and scape of rusty metal that I add the last three members of the half dead to the unit. It’s great to finish it. I had this idea wandering about my head for some time, and to see it done is pretty satisfying. Here’s some shots of the finished unit. Now to enjoy the finished unit high until it’s overshadowed by the next hobby compulsion, like deciding what colour to paint the boils on the back of the marlwyrms. Blacky green with some gloss varnish, methinks…

June 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Fimir – What’s on the Table

Fimir – What’s on the Table

Just a quick post to reiterate that the fimir are still very much in progress, in case anyone was worried what with all the genestealer cult talk lately… At the moment I’m just finishing the last of the half dead. I have some basing to finish, and then they’re done! I’m very happy with them, and I’m looking forward to popping their cherry on the tabletop. Just hitting the painting table are the first of the marlwyrm monstrous cavalry. I’m considering how to paint the shields of the fimir riders. Some of the results of the verdigris effects I tried on the half dead should work great on the detail on the shields, which are from Scibor. I also have some drool techniques using various plastic glues to test before I apply them to the maw of the wyrms. Fun times!

June 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

The Cult – Mechanicus Hybrids

The Cult – Mechanicus Hybrids

The wheels in my brain continue to turn as I'm getting a handle on how I want the cult to look. I still need to settle on a list. Currently the chaos space marine codex looks appealing, as it does not require huge amounts of figures, and I

June 21st, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Genestealer Cult – Build a Better Hybrid

Genestealer Cult – Build a Better Hybrid

I’ve been mulling over how to build hybrids over the last couple of days, in between glazing bog mummies and priming giant worms. My, but there’s a lot of companies making cool bits out there these days. I have a pretty good idea how I want my cult brethren to look. If anyone remembers house Harkonnen from Dune, that’s pretty much it. It looks to me like Bob Olley might have been a bit influenced by Dune when he was sculpting the original hybrids too, they have a lot of that ribbed cowl thing going on, so happy days. How do I emulate that with today’s components though? Fimm sent me a few links earlier, and the Victoria Miniatures one did have some great stuff there. The bald heads and gas mask heads are certainly really useful. I’ve seen some recent cults use ghoul heads from the GW kit

June 19th, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Looking Beyond the Fimir – Poll Results

Looking Beyond the Fimir – Poll Results

Well now, that was interesting. Some serious food for thought with the poll results so far. I was a little surprised at the amount of enthusiasm shown for the Cult, but then, it is pretty loved as a niche army. The other thing was the total lack of love shown for the renegades. I guess you don’t see many renegade/raider forces, it’s all chaos space marines. To my mind the old metal marines look like they’ve spent 10,000 years slowly mutating and going insane, thought the very latest chaos marines models are definitely moving in the right direction. Space marines with spiky helmets though, no thanks. The other thing that came to the fore was how much I was rooting for the fimir. Obviously my heart still lies with the swamp dwellers, and in any case it was never going to be a case of abandoning them once I got to two thousand points. They came in a strong second, so my decision, she is thus: I’m going to keep on with the fimir until I get to a respectable two thousand four hundred points.

June 17th, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Basing – Tips and Tricks 1 – Crushed Shell

Basing – Tips and Tricks 1 – Crushed Shell

Recently I was asked to throw up some basing tutorials, so here we go, such things I have learned about basing as you may find useful. I’ll be doing a few of these, I imagine. 1. The Porridge I’ve already posted on this, you can read about it here . However, there’s one element of the mix I didn’t discuss, and that’s crushed shell. It’s fantastic stuff for mimicking shale, mixing in to a basing mix as I’m do and for using larger pieces on bigger bases. You can also but it on-line I imagine, but it’s easy to make. Get thee to a beach, get a shell or two, and when you get them home, wielding a hammer, pulverise it. Make sure to wear goggles, and do it somewhere where flying shards of razor sharp shell aren’t likely to take out the cat/child/postman.

June 15th, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Looking Beyond the Fimir – What Next?

Looking Beyond the Fimir – What Next?

My first two thousand points of fimir are now within sight, which gives me enough to field a playable army. It’s taken almost three years from the start of the project to get to this stage. I’ve not been working on them constantly throughout that period, but pretty consistently all the same. I am not a quick painter. I can only gaze in baleful admiration at those people like Ben Johnson and the Rodge from Pointhammer who can turn out beautiful armies in a few months. But, despite that, soon (the end of September) I will be left with a momentous decision. With the fimir at playable level, I can now look to new horizons. I do still want to add more units to the fimir army, but I have two other projects (at least) that I am eager to get into. And you, dear reader, will decide which way I jump.

June 14th, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Fimir – Army Building

Fimir – Army Building

With the fimir army coming back on track, it’s time to take stock. I have just under four months to get the army to two thousand points in time for it’s inaugural tournament as a full fimir force. I’ve already been grudged for match one, so the pressure is on. I’ve been tinkering with the list a little to fit in what I want to get done. The list is very much being considered from a painting point of view, so I don’t hold out a lot of hope for top table glory. I’ll need to paint a few more units for that. Here’s where we stand thus far:

June 13th, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »

Fimir – Half Dead Update 13

Fimir – Half Dead Update 13

And with a squelch of stinking black mud, the half dead return. May was a complete wash out for me on the hobby front. A perfect storm of deadlines conspired to keep me at work almost literally every waking moment. I would look forward to special treats such as ‘going to the toilet’ and ‘standing up’ . Such was my lot. Not that ye care, you bunch of heartless fiends. Very well then, onto the meat of the post. As soon as it became even remotely possible to get some hobby in, I was back at the painting table.

June 10th, 2013 | Posted in Blog Network | Read More »