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9Dec/180

Adeptus Titanics – The Titans are coming!

With the 2018 release of Adeptus Titanicus, Games Workshop relaunched the series of the same name, 30 years after its initial release.

Adeptus Titanicus - Boxes

Adeptus Titanicus covered the battles between the Titan Legions of the Warhammer 40,000 universe in a much smaller scale than the initial 25 later 28mm, the so called Epic scale, where an infantry miniature was 6mm tall. But the game was set in M30, during the Horus Heresy and as the Space Marines fought a fratridical war, so did the Titan Legions against their traitorous brethren.

28Nov/181

BLOOD BOWL – Journey of the Maulers: Mascots

It is one of my habits to give each of my coaches a motivational mascot and since I have a fable for Squigs, it was once again a specimen of the red-skinned maws on two legs. The model is from Goblin Guild and captures the atmosphere of Blood Bowl quite wonderfully.

BLOOD BOWL - Journey of the Maulers

26Nov/180

New Modern Combat car pool

5 years ago I stocked upon some die cast cars in 1:43 at Toysrus, most modern cars for Zombie settings. As mentioned in the Modern Combat article on the humvee, I'm looking for some cars that would work with some border patrols or the era of the Gulf War up to Operation Enduring Freedom. So for that I was looking for older and more exotic cars, that wouldn't be found in western europe.

Die Cast 1:43 Cars

I ordered a bunch of cars at the Italian model car shop, CarModel. After roughly a week a solidly wrapped package arrived, they meant it really good with the bubble wrap.

9Nov/180

BLOOD BOWL – Journey of the Maulers: Tutorial

Two more recycled Warhammer figures made it into the fan block. While I mostly repositioned parts on the other models, this time I modified one of the Orcs with a few parts that were still in my bits box. As I like to use Blackorc elbow pads on other models as shoulder armor, I still had some armored gloves left over and gave the former standard bearer a metal mitten. Although I put him in the crowd of fans, the model actually represents one of the former players, travelling with them while the team rebuilds.

BLOOD BOWL - Journey of the Maulers BLOOD BOWL - Journey of the Maulers

7Nov/180

Modern Combat Black Dog 1:48 Upgrades

From Czechia with ... some kind of love. To pimp the Tamiya Humvees that I bought last month, I got myself two boxes of Black Dog conversion kits. The Iraq War Accessoires Set (T48034) and IDF Uparmoured Humvee (T48058).

Black Dog Humvee Sets

I visited the black dog page a couple of times in the past, as they have some very extensive conversions and upgrade kits for world war 2 vehicles in 1:35 and 1:48. And I like to take those as ideas or inspiration to upgrade my Bolt Action (28mm / 1:56) kits. And to be honest, that was the main reason, why I spend that much money on these kits. Kinda like paying for the inspiration, as the upgrade sets are rather boldly priced with 14,50 EUR and 27 EUR for the two kits and that's without shipping.

5Nov/180

BLOOD BOWL – Journey of the Maulers: Wannabes

More old Warhammer miniatures have gotten a stylish makeover and are now loyal fans of the Maulers. It is easy to see what effect the restauration of an old figure can have. I remember quite well that I didn't finish the musician's drums at the time because I felt burned out after more than twenty orcs in a row.

BLOOD BOWL - Journey of the Maulers BLOOD BOWL - Journey of the Maulers

3Nov/181

Inq28 – Sequitor Inquisitor conversion

This is a conversion based upon the Easy-to-Build sequitors, that I bought at the opening of the local Warhammer store.

Inq28 - Sequitor Inquisitor Inq28 - Sequitor Inquisitor

The sequitors are an incredible good deal at 3 for 12 EUR, very characterful large miniatures. The sprues are pre-coloured in a bright gold. I seperated the pieces I need, from the Sequitor prime. She even comes with two different head options, one helmeted and the other one without but a very prominent undercut.

31Oct/181

BLOOD BOWL – Journey of the Maulers: Hammertime!

In my last article on the Maulers I introduced Bonkh and Gabru. Today's introduction is a bit shorter, but it's a short character as well, so it seemed alright.

I rummaged in my bitsbox for suitable models for Blood Bowl fans and found an old crew member of the doom diver catapult. I never had the catapult myself, but I've always loved the goblin with the hammer. At that time, I simply did not have any use for the model, no matter how much I liked it, but a small greenskin with a hammer seemed to somehow fit in with the flair of the Maulers fan block. To paint the hammer was an interesting experience, because I experimented with methods of painting wood at that time and I did the whole thing in eight quite complex steps, layer by layer.

BLOOD BOWL - Journey of the Maulers

26Oct/180

BLOOD BOWL – Journey of the Maulers: Fans

In the introduction, I talked about giving the team a new paintjob. As explained the team color should not be red, because I had already painted the Gouged Eyes in their classic look and after quality had suffered from a rushed attempt, I couldn't get satisfied with blue anymore either. Yellow was a color I had never really tried before. Although I had other color combinations in mind, for me personally, yellow was simply the color that united the cheekyness of the orcs best within the community - hard but clever, clever but hard. For the color to work, it must be seen in the right places and needs very hard accents on the edges.

But I didn't know that at that time and I wanted to test the color on a different model instead on a member of the team right away. Since I am a big friend of strenghtening the immersion of the setting, it was clear to me that I wanted to have a small bleacher with fans. Since Orcs do not have to pay too much attention to a consistent style, it was a good opportunity to test different styles of yellow. Now the only question was which models I should use for the fans. Around the same time, I had stopped playing Warhammer Fantasy Battles, as the amount of miniatures needed was enormous and I had to lower the standard here as well, should I ever want to see the horde completely painted.

Well, what can I say, in my Warhammer army that plan had failed, but I had kind of grown attached to the models and so it seemed appropriate to give them new life by practicing yellow as a color on them and at the same time give them better painted quality. No sooner said than done. I grabbed two old Orcs from a regiment, snipped off their weapons, repositioned their arms as if they were just involved in a fight and painted them anew. In general, Blood Bowl not only persiflates the sport but also its fans, so a bunch of hooting, belligerent hooligans would look well on the sideline of the field.

From lousy foot soldiers to die-hard Blood Bowl fans …

BLOOD BOWL - Journey of the Maulers BLOOD BOWL - Journey of the Maulers

15Oct/182

Sci-Fi Soldiers with long coat

In July I covered the Bolt Action Winter German kit by Warlord Games and the possibilities within the game / setting it self, using it for conversions.

As the Bolt Action plastic range is 28mm heroic scale, a bit overdrawn, it can be used as a base for all kinds of longcoat troops. A brief comparison of the bodies next to the ones of bodies from the Warhammer 40k Imperial Guard / Astra Militarum range.

Bolt Action Winter German Bodies Bolt Action Winter German Bodies