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Most of what I have been painting lately has been for a friend’s Adeptus Mechanicus army.  Almost 70 models in and I needed a little break.  Too many of the same model in the same color scheme can sap the motivation and creativity quite a bit.  So, while waiting for the next order for him, I decided to delve into the “bin if projects to be”.

I’m sure that you all have one.  A box of models that you bought with the inspiration just rushing through you.  The idea for a great color scheme or unique conversion (or the thought of crushing your local nemesis) drives a wedge between you and your money and you find yourself riding home with your next GREAT WORK.  Then you get home.  There’s no room on the painting table.  You need to finish that last last squad for an upcoming tournament.  Maybe you realize you are now short rent money (because of your new purchase) and so you have to paint something for someone else before enjoying your new toy.  Whatever the case, once stalled, these projects can get pushed back and pushed back until one day you look in a box at the back of the closet and re-discover that thing that you just had to have.  In my case, I keep that box close so that when I need to take a break I can resist the urge to shop and finally get to it.

This time the project is a Forge World Khorne Bloodslaughterer.  The piece is very dynamic and has a lot of character.  It is the kind of piece that really stands out on the table top.  Having never built one, I did make sure to take some in-progress photos.  I put them into a brief tutorial to help you a smooth build should you build your own.  I also used some of the techniques from my tutorial on making your own scenic monster bases from CDs.

Here it is!  BLOOD!!!

Khorne Blood Slaughterer 01 small

Feel free to ask questions, comment, and share.

It’s done!  I wont bother to re-post the entire army here.  You can always click over to the page for the finished Daemon Army Project.  Below are just a few highlights and some of my favorites.

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JS Chaos Daemon Army 01 top small

JS Nurgle detatchment 01 front small

Khorne Chaos Defilers 01 small

JS Chaos Daemon fast attack 01 front small

Doing the review of Fronltine Gaming’s Blast Zone F.A.T. Mat was great.  I enjoyed playing with and on it.  Luckily for us, the mat’s owner decided that he wanted to get a bunch of terrain matched up for use on his new gaming surface.  I’ve added an article on the build process in the terrain tutorial section.  What do you think of the pieces laid out on their fancy mat?

Make sure you check out pictures of all of the completed terrain pieces in the tutorial.  Spoiler alert!  I also did a couple crashed Dark Eldar Raiders to match the set.

Today I uploaded a large number of pictures of Tyranids for my Anphelion-themed splinter fleet.  Some of these are minis that I finally gotten around to taking pictures of.  Others are new additions to the swarm.  Below is a taste.  Be sure to check out the Anphelion Splinter Fleet home page for a complete up-to-date look.

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A couple of years ago I started experimenting with some new painting techniques that I hoped would speed up my painting of horde armies. I first tried on some Chaos Space Marines and then moved on to Orks. I liked the results and even did a couple army commissions using the technique (check the Tau, Lizardmen and Chaos Marine pages to see how they turned out).

Unfortunately, the method did not translate to my beloved Kraken Tyranids. Add to that the fact that almost all of Kraken had been painted during a month-long stay in the hospital, I figured that it might be time to reboot the army. Luckily for me, I had just acquired my autographed copy of Forge World’s Anphelion Project book. I liked the olive and bone look of these swamp-spawned monstrosities. I also like the idea that an Imperial Inquisitor’s pet project had gone awry and unleashed fresh horrors on the galaxy. So, I undertook to paint some of the unfinished bugs in my collection in the new scheme and with the new technique. I really liked the result and put some WiP and tutorial pics up on Warseer after the effort. Unfortunately, after the initial burst of enthusiasm, I drifted off into other projects and well… you can guess the rest. Here they are.

Fast forward a half-dozen years and BEHOLD! A new Tyranid codex is upon us. I know that the reviews are mixed and haters abound, but I find myself succumbing to the siren call of the hive mind once again. So today I am posting a picture of the models from years ago that will form the core of the new army. I am also creating a new page to post each unit as it is completed.

Anphelion Fleet - starting point

Warhammer 40k Battlefleet Gothic Tyranid Fleet 01

I know that there isn’t an playable list represented here (except for the Battlefleet Gothic Ships). The coming weeks will see my filling in the gaps and bolstering the army greatly. Once I get the codex I’ll be able to decide where to spend my money on reinforcements. For now, I know that I need more Termagants, Hormagaunts, Devourer Gaunts, and Gargoyles. Luckily for me, the closet-of-devouring holds many unpainted bio-monstrosities to start work on. I’ll keep you posted. You’ll need the head start if you hope to escape.

It has come time to say goodbye to an old favorite army of mine.  This Hivefleet Kraken Tyranid Army has served me quite well over the years.  It has carried me to many Rogue Trader Tournament victories, several army painting awards, and even 2nd place Overall at the 2004 Atlanta Grand Tournament.

Many of the models are converted or sport pieces of Tau armor on their bases (Tau are their favorite blue food).  The army display tray has sculpted alien terrain and resin effects.  Every model is completely painted and based, right down to the eyes.  Included in the force are:

  • Hive Tyrant
  • Converted Flying Hive Tyrant
  • 4 Warriors
  • Lictor
  • 30 Hormagaunts
  • 22 Gaunts
  • 16 Genestealers
  • 5 Ripper Swarms
  • 8 Gargoyles
  • 9 Spore Mines
  • Zoenthrope
  • Carnifex
  • Forge World Scythed Hierodule
  • 4 Objective Markers
  • 4 Custom Defense Lines
  • Army Display Board themed to match

At one time, there were even more pieces.  What you see here is the core of the force after some pieces found their way into the digestion pools for repurposing.  I hope that you enjoy these bugs the way I have.  They are now up on Ebay and waiting for their next meal… er… home.

You can see some older pictures of the army before it was updated for the last Codex here.

Today I decided to highlight one of the centerpieces of my ever-expanding Bad Moon Ork horde – the Skull Hammer.  Built from an Imperial Guard Baneblade, Ork Stompa, Lehman Russ, Sanctum Imperialis and random bits from various Ork kits, Necromunda, Gorka Morka, and my plasticard stash.  Take a minute and check out even more pictures here.

Bad Moon Ork Skull Hammer 07