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    Smile Commander Dante's Latest Happenings / Upcoming Projects

    Heya 'Hulkers,

    It's been over a year since I have been much active on the site, with life getting in the way. But now I'm living in a new nicer place, and have had time to delve back into my minis which were in storage. I just wanted to show you what I'll be working on in the upcoming months (when I can get time as I'm expecting my firstborn to come next month!). So, progress on these projects will take a while, but I'll post the before and afters.

    Also, when I get a few games in I'll post some pics of that, maybe will be fun for ya guys to see.

    Looking forward to getting involved in helping with game questions again, so please let me know whats on your mind!


    http://s974.photobucket.com/user/Com...ing%20Projects



    All hail the God Emperor!

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    Well boy o' boy...it's a boy! My first son is 6 months old now, which doesn't leave a whole lot of time for painting or gaming. However, I did manage to put some time into my Ultramarine and Imperial Fist scouts, so that my ASC games will have a well rounded team.

    I don't know if I was rusty, or if they turned out OK, but I'm glad to have them off my painting que that's for sure haha.

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    Sadly, I am lacking almost completely on Imperial Guard models so that I can't field any sort of army at all for ASC, except a few Ogryns which I just luckily got super cheap on ebay; they also had been neglected for a long time but I finally managed to slap some colors on and this is the result. At least now I will have something to use for 'Stranger' encounters.

    Finished these boys in under a week, with a little effort. Fun! Again still using my Vallejo acrylic set, and I found that I really liked the paint on gloss varnish for use indoors, since my spray varnish which I only use outside won't work well in cold weather (tends to clump and not finish clean).


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    Yay it's been a long time coming, but I finally found time to do justice for my Throned Genestealer Patriarch. Enjoy!

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    One of the important changes for me was switching up to a massage chair for my workstation which completely eliminates all the back strain I used to get on the stool that I formerly sat on for hours on end. Now I can lean in fully over my workbench with my chest on a pad while kneeling which is extremely comfortable. Additionally the forearm rest often suffices better than my actual workbench for leaning in close to a model while being in a position to stabilize my arms and hands for maximum control. If you can procure yourself a massage chair with these features I highly recommend it. My Ottlite and overhead florescent give great overall lighting conditions as well. Click image for larger version. 

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    Got around go completing my set of Zoats, including the rare missile launcher variety. Click image for larger version. 

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    And slapped some paint on my old pyrovore that was just malingering away in the background just so I could get it off my paint que. It's easily adaptable to Advanced Space Crusade so it'll come in useful time to time also. Click image for larger version. 

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    Also here are some of the 'Chaos Androids' that came with my basic Space Crusade sets, but are able to be used in Advanced Space Crusade. I didn't spend a ton of time on them as they won't get used all that regularly, but they are fun to have and occasionally put into use. That said, I can't wait to get them on the board as soon as possible!
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    So I spent the last week turning around my Chaos Drednaughts from my Space Crusade and expansion sets. They had been sitting a long time and I wondered if I would ever get to them, but finally their turn came. At first I considered doing duplicate color scheme which would have made the process a lot more streamlined and assembly line, but then I decided to use this as an opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone and dig a little deeper to see what I could really come up with. So, I developed 5 different schemes, half-planned and half-improvised. The main thing is I felt like I was pretty much in control over the process except for the 'pink' dred which I had intended to be a lighter color, but used too much dark in my wash and just made the best of it; I think it came out decently though. The big one however, I literally had to restart about half-way in because it just wasn't coming together how I wanted at all. So, I soaked it in some diluted 'Tough Green' (think simple green) for a few hours, then took and old toothbrush and worked off the paint so I could start over. The second attempt came out much closer to my original vision for it; it was also my first time trying electricity on a large scale piece. Overall, I'm very pleased and think they turned out pretty much how I wanted. Lastly, I created a custom case out of an old shoebox and some stiff foam I had saved from some packing material. Thanks for looking!

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    There are more pics (closeups, all angles) in the Chaos folder of my photobucket http://s32.photobucket.com/user/cmdr...itor%20Marines
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    Yeah! It's finally my second Genestealer Brood & Cult's turn up on the paint que! It's going to be a blend of the 3rd. Ed. SH Genestealers, plus that hoard of old-school 'stealers and hybrids that I've managed to put together over the years, including hopefully enough sprues of arms and weapons (plus the random bits I acquired loose) to get everybody 'armed' one way or the other. Since I did my first Cult in the traditional dark blue / purple, I think this one will be a lustrous green, similar to the ones demo'd on the side of the Deathwing box. I imagine this is going to take about 3-4 months to properly do justice to, with weeks of just prepping the pieces and getting them together.
    I continue to be impressed with the metal Purestrain I picked up some years ago, it's truly the largest Genestealer of my collection, dwarfing even the throned Patriarch, and other Broodlord (it's head and hands are nearly 50% larger).
    Well, once it's done I'll post the results with a few progress shots so you can see how it all went down!

    (Updated) All in all, this bunch includes:
    1 Throned Patriarch (metal)
    2 54mm Purestrains (as Broodlord - metal)
    1 Purestrain Broodlord (plastic 3rd Ed.)
    3 Familiars (metal, various poses), 1 small metal throne
    5 Magus (metal, various poses)
    16 Hybrids (metal, various poses)
    20 Hybrids (plastic, 1st Ed.)
    9 Purestrain Genestealers (metal)
    22 Purestrain Genestealers (Plastic, 3rd Ed.)
    26 Purestrain Genestealers (Plastic, various editions)
    Thanks for looking!

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    I have completed my prototype for my Purestrain Genestealers, as well as one of the Broodlords which will serve as a morale booster as I am buried in the long haul of getting the rest of the brood game ready. I think it helps to paint a hero first sometimes. The color scheme is turning out pretty much as I envisioned, here's the early progress! Now I'll keep my head down I think until the whole thing is done.

    This nasty Broodlord is featured in this interesting gif! The Space Marines have got their work cut out for them! (LOL the Marine on left backstepping, "Um guys, who's got the Assault Cannon?"

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    Update: Ok mystery solved, for me at least since I was wholly unaware of the line of figures which this massive genestealer came from until just last week; it is part of the 54mm Inquisitor series of minis that GW did awhile back.
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    No matter, it still makes an awesome broodlord and I will definitely be using it. They are pretty rare, but luckily I was just able to pick up another one on Ebay that was posted today! He'll go to my first cult and get painted in classic blue/purple.
    http://www.ebay.com/bfl/viewbids/352...p2047675.l2565
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    So I got lucky and found the PERFECT lot of Orks to compliment what I already had, which was good enough for some Space Hulk adaptation, but I didn't have the models required to play the full Advanced Space Crusade rules (listed in the ASC thread).

    Here's what fills out my collection (and adds backlog to my paint que)

    1 Ork Dreadnought with rokkit launcha and powa claw

    Ork Heavy Weapons including: Heavy Bolter, Heavy Flamer, Conversion Beamer, Heavy Plasma, Shokk Attack Gun (with snotling assistants/ammo)

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    4 Ork Runtherds and many Gretchen

    2 Painboyz

    2 Wierdboyz with a Minder each.

    6 Ork Kommandos

    2 Ork Freebootas

    Also, I managed to put together a small Squig set for my ASC, including the rare 'Spider Squig' and a massive fan-sculpted 'Grabber Slasher' that I will have to make a special rule set for (The Alpha Grabber ??)

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    Wow, I managed to pick up this lot of old school 'nids for super cheap on ebay. I can say this definitely rounds out my Tyranid army and covers every base I think I could imagine for my Advanced Space Crusade needs. Once I get these bad boys stripped and done up right, it will be a sight to behold (but they are way, way, wayyyy down on the paint que as of now lol). Also, some will have to go up for sale once I figure out exactly what I don't need, because it's impossible to field all of these in a single game of ASC (though...I could start playing 'nids in 40k if i really wanted to ...prolly not).

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    2 Hive Tyrant (metal), 1 venom cannon, 1 barbed strangler

    2 Screamer-killer Carnifex (metal)

    6 Termagaunt with Spike Rifle (metal)
    10 Termagaunt with Flesh borer (plastic)
    4 Termagaunt with Strangleweb (metal)

    2 Patriarch Genestealer (metal)
    6 'stealer familiars (metal)
    11 Genestealers (metal)
    8 Genestealers (plastic)
    4 Genestealer Hybrids (plastic)
    1 Hybrid (metal)

    11 Gargoyles (metal)

    4 Biovores and 23 Spore Mines (metal)

    3 Tyranid warrior with boneswords (plastic)
    2 Tyranid warrior with deathspitter (plastic)
    2 Tyranid warrior (metal) optional weapons

    6 Hormagaunt (metal)

    1 Tyranid Spider Squig (metal, the 2nd in my collection now!)

    Many random bits including various weapons, appendages, optional biomorphs, etc...

    6/21/17 So this is what it looks like completely stripped and bagged, yay. I enjoy the process of renewal and organization. I could do an interesting thread on what has worked good for me in this department, but here are my results.
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    Also included are bits I've been collecting, more metal tyranid warriors, some plastic one still on sprues, a ripper swarm, and some other odds n ends....
    Last edited by Commander Dante; 06-21-2017 at 04:41 PM.

 

 

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