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Matt12z



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PostSubject: Further explorations of the world of DS   Thu May 09, 2013 7:56 am

Hey all,

Felt slightly guilty by some conversation in one of the threads about Deathsquads going quiet, partly because theres no interaction on the threads. And I can either bemoan that no ones really using the forums...or I can start doing what I wish others would and start posting stuff!

So, heres a few models I've been working on. First, an old figure that I've recently revisted. It started out live as Corteaz (or however you spell his name), but I've slowly begun working on him to make him something else. I think he'd make a good crusader for a inquisitor's retinue. To be honest, I'm not even too sure how best to use him in a game context. But he has been fun and a challenge to work on. Still a lot to do.





Secondly, I recently stripped my entire Space Marine army (Farewell Black Consuls), and started to repaint them in a different style. A way of saving money, I guess! I still don't have a name for them, but I'm happy with the color scheme. My plan is that, eventually, my space marine army will reflect a crusade force, with a mixture of space marine chapters and a strong Imperial Guard allied force. But for now, the red and bone of my first chapter.






I'm also pretty happy, as Rebecca, my wife, has been helping me with the bases, one of my weaker areas!



Think that's everything. Let me know what you think!

Matt
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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Thu May 09, 2013 2:29 pm

Matt12z wrote:
Hey all, Felt slightly guilty by some conversation in one of the threads about Deathsquads going quiet, partly because theres no interaction on the threads. And I can either bemoan that no ones really using the forums...or I can start doing what I wish others would and start posting stuff!

You speak the truth brother! I will update with my own projects later tonight.
Very cool conversion you're making there. What's the main body from?
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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Thu May 09, 2013 6:12 pm

Very cool work! Is the color scheme red and cream/off white or more of a yellow?

The hawk? decal in the second picture really catches my eye, and the cape looks very dramatic!

I've been scavenging basing materials lately, but would love some info on how you've done those bases. I've got some screen door mesh, but haven't tried to put it on anything yet...

Thanks for posting!
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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Thu May 09, 2013 8:16 pm

Good work. Thanks for taking a lead and bringing some more life to these forums!

You are brave for stripping and repainting an army. I don't think I could bring myself to d it!
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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Fri May 10, 2013 5:39 am

Hey All,

Thanks for the feedback! I'm glad it's gone down well. To answer the few questions:

@Mudboy - The body for the crusader is taken from the Games Workshop Inq model of Coteaz, found here

@rhuntar - thanks man! The colour scheme is red and a weird bone, which is pretty yellow. Essentially, the red is a basecoat of khorne red (old colour - scab red), a heavy drybrush of blood red, and then a final drybrush of orange (can't remember the name of that paint). The bone (on the hands and on the face) is a basecoat of ushbanti bone, followed by a heavy ink wash of gryphone sephia (Don't know if thats how you spell it, but essentially, a pale brown / yellow wash). The hawk decal is actually not a decal but free hand painted. It's quite common amongst chapters, and simple enough to paint.

Also, I'll look into getting a quick basing tutorial done at some point, just to share ideas with the community!

@Narcissus - no problems man. I was missing the creativity of the community! And actually, it was quite therapeutic to strip the whole thing, though I discovered the day after I stripped the army that there is a games group which meets just 5 min walk from my house! So whereas before I had an army but no one to play, now I have people to play but no army to play with!

Matt
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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Fri May 10, 2013 8:39 am

Those are nice bases. How did she make those?

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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Wed May 15, 2013 7:26 am

Hey all,

@Arachas - Me and Rebecca are in the process of trying to get a tutorial done. Watch this space!

New pic for folks. Not really a DS pic, more of a 40k pic, but Army Commander was finished the other night! Well, I say finished; every time I look at it I notice something else I need to touch up on. Put heres the pic!



As always, comments and criticism appreciated!

Matt
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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Wed May 15, 2013 11:45 am

I have that trouble too, it's hard for me to commit to the model being 'finished' and actually put varnish on, just in case I've missed something.

However, the models look great!! Put that guy away and get cracking on something else!! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Wed May 15, 2013 2:49 pm

Great to see how much work you did! These are the posts we need to ignite the creative flame again! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Sat May 18, 2013 3:49 pm

Nice basing (granny grating?) and cool colour scheme. Must pick up a paintbrush!
Laney:D

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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Tue May 21, 2013 4:01 am

Hi all,

@Laney - it's actually where granny grating has been superglued on and then ripped off - one of my accidental discoveries!

@Rhuntar - have taken your advice and started working on the next model!

@Gatlag - thanks man Very Happy it feels good to be putting new stuff up!

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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Sat May 25, 2013 11:32 am

Quick post!

Added this on twitter the other night; inspired by a discussion on another thread here, I started playing around with the chaos cultists that came with the DV 40k boxset. Very w.i.p, but a start none-the-less!



Let me know any thoughts!

Matt
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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Sun May 26, 2013 4:06 am

Nice! Looks a cool character to be!
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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Sun May 26, 2013 5:36 pm

Thanks Gatlag! Hoping to get some more work done on him tomorrow.
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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:03 am

Hey all, 

Apologies for the silence, thead wise. Work has been pretty hectic, but it's made me realise that I need to have time for my hobbies in order to remain human! 

So, I have a few quick updates for y'all. 

First of all, I finished up my death company for my army. Here's two quick pics. 




The outcome of this is that I've realised how much I like this colour scheme. I don't think I'll stop there, and instead will embrace the idea of a crusade force - a mixture of marines from a variety of chapters, all united under one cause. 

A mate of mine also started to collect Tau. We did a bits swap (He needed Tau bits, I wanted Grey Knight swords), and along with the bits, I sent him the following models, just as a friendly piece of Imperial propaganda. 



I call it "For the Greater Goo."

Finally, I finished off that chaos cultist I was playing with ages ago. I've given him the name "The Twiceborn", and I intend to use him in a variety of roles, not least being a possible leader of a new DS Squad. 



As always, comments and criticisms welcome. 

Matt
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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:48 am

Quite an update! Nice bunch of models you've got there!
I'm curious to this freaky blue guy, could you post another pic of him?
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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:49 am

Ace looking death company - really characterful. How do you paint so fast?

The conversions on these guys are subtle, but work really well e.g the chaos parts used in the 'greater goo' - the tau is nicely done in particular (with the right number of fingers as well) and the commissar style paint job on the 'twiceborn' mixed with the sanguinary guard head looks cool too.

Keep it coming

Laney Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:46 am

Hey all, 

@Gatlag - Thanks man. I'll have a look re: pics, but I'm not overly confident. Sadly, I only took a few pictures before I sent it off, and I'm not too sure if any show the figure off any better. The model itself was based on a free mini I got with a wargaming magazine (I think it was a Mantic Ghoul?) with a little alteration and a Tau head attached. 

@Laney - Thanks man. You say "Paint fast", but the truth is some models are still waiting to be painted months in. I keep getting distracted! It helps having a focus - a few friends and I are planning on heading to Warhammer world before the end of the month to have a few games, so I'm trying to complete by then. That being said, I'm struggling for focus for a new Deathsquad. I seem to recall that you're not that far away. Would you ever be interested in arranging a game?

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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Tue Sep 10, 2013 12:19 pm

Hey all, 

Despite the lack of response from Laney (which I'm interpreting to mean he's too worried his "pretty" models will experience doom if ever faced across from my squad), I've still found inspiration to get on with some more models! 

A few weeks ago some friends and I met up at Warhammer world to play some 40k. It was pretty cool, and I got a chance to pick up a forgeworld model to base my army commander on. I decided on the Lord Zhufor model as a base, because he is a beast of a model. Heres where I'm up to at the moment:





I'm probably going to go for a different head (perhaps one from the blood angels Sang. Guard, though not a death mask one), and I'm waiting on a set of Forgeworld Termie pads (the one for the Raptors chapter) in order to finish off the conversion. 

If you recall, the Lord Zhufor had a banner pole of an impaled Commissar, which was too beautiful to let go to waste. So I've mocked up an icon bearer to follow my Commander into battle - he'll have no useful "in-game- purpose, but merely will be there to add a little additional flavour to the army. 



Again, I'm not happy with the head, so will change it. But you get the gist of the model. 

And finally, last night I had a free moment and boredom led me to putting two powerfists on the old terminator captain body. It's got a certain something about it that I like...



In game, I'll probably count him as wearing Artificer armour and bearing twin Lightening claws. 

Think that's everything. 

Matt
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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:00 pm

That's indeed quite a beast that Zhufor guy!
I'm not to fond of the head either. Curious to your alternative! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:10 pm

Hey all, 

Further update to the Chapter master and Icon bearer:





Sorry bout the poor photo quality - will try better next time!

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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:07 pm

The head is better but the pose of it can be better, perhaps if you make him look the other way?
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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:02 am

Hey all, 

So, Long time no post. 

First, an explanation, and an apology. 

So a while ago I had to drop offline for a while. No reflection on the community, but real life got in the way as it does. Work became a little stressful and there were a few issues regarding family which took a lot of my attention. The upshot of this was that I didn't have as much time for the hobby, which means I didn't get to paint as much nor check the forums. Which meant I had to pull out of the prisoner exchange - sorry about that - which was one of the things I was looking forward to the most. 

But. 

I'm back! I've been having the chance to pick up a paintbrush again this past month or so, so have been able to make a start on some long stalled projects, and finish up a few odd ones. 

So, what news? 

Well, first of all, I finished off the warhawks chapter master! I'm pretty happy with him. 



Then, following a nice gift from my In-Laws, I was finally able to start a project that's been near and dear to my heart - the Minotaurs Space Marine Chapter! I love the paint scheme, and I found a really effective guide to painting them. So, here's a few of what I've painted so far:







I also had the chance to FINALLY paint up a model that was one of my earliest inspirations as a spotty teenager first getting into this. One of the old Inquisitors in Termie Armour:



I was also fortunate to be able to pick up a large number of orks off a mate, which I'm planning on stripping (yes, the painting is that terrible) and repainting, which means I'll be able to slowly start to collect and field not only an Ork army, but also an Ork DS. 

So yeah, just a taster of what I've been up to. I'll be looking to update a little more regularly in order to help keep myself motivated! 

Good to be back.
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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:19 am

Hi Matt, good to have you back!
And even better you've brought some nice pics with you! Very Happy
I'd like to see more pics of that old inquisitor please, he looks very interesting!
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PostSubject: Re: Further explorations of the world of DS   Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:27 am

@Gatlag - will get some more pics taken and posted! It is one of my favourite models.
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