The Latest Ongoing Projects

I have not been totally away from the hobby, you know…


Lords of Incaladion – Kitbashing a Techpriest Dominus

Kitbashed Magos Dominus

Maybe you can recognize the Techpriest from this old post (almost eight months ago). As you can see, in the meantime I managed to work on him a bit, adding some leftovers from the Techpriest Domins plastic kit, a syringe and a tentacle from the Dark Eldar Talos, a servo-pincer from a Tecmarine and a servo-skull from Forgeworld’s Magos Dominus kit (the first Ad-mech model I’ve ever painted).

I’m in two minds with him. On one hand I think he still need other gothic-steampunk details to seamlessly blend in the Adeptus Mechanicus range. On the other hand, I think that adding any more details might overburden the model. Time and inspiration will tell, I think.

A growing martian family

The Servitors were not the only project I’ve been working on in the last months.As I told you in the last post, I have two new Tech-Priests currently on my hobby table. One the regular Tech-Priest Dominus from the Cult Mechanicus range, that I bought on the release day and never managed to paint. Until now:

This is just the beginning, so nothing much to say yet, but I will repeat that good advice that I always give to myself and never pay attention to: paint it unassembled! Its particular shape makes it really difficult to reach all the recesses with a brush, and even if you manage to reach the most difficult parts, there is no way that you can manage to apply control the application of the paint.

The energy glow that can be seen between the coils of its eradication ray is pure Nihilak Oxide. I have seen this techniques around on the internet, and decided to try it for myself. I must admit that the final result is not bad at all, for such a simple and fast trick.

As for the other Tech-Priest, many, many months ago I published a post where, among many other updates, I showed you where I was with this conversion. At the time I just had the idea of adding, under the torso, some cables from the Space Marines Centurions kit, to represent the typical mechadendrites of the martian clergy.

As the time passed, however, the idea started to appear less and less intriguing. Then, when I tried to fit on these cables the leftover weapons from the Tech-Priest Dominus, failing to achieve any acceptable result, I understood that I had to reject the idea. Or, at least, to try a different approach.

Tinkering with the components, I thought that maybe I could try to see how would it look if I tried to achieve a classical Doctor Octopus feel, just for fun. So, it started like a joke, but the final result surprised me.

Tech-priest - the Cairn Wraith Projects

What do you think ? For me it is great. The sense of motion conveyed from the mechadendrites seems genuine and fits perfectly with the dynamics of the base miniature. The only caveat is that I should choose with great care the tech-gimmicks that will be held by these tentacles, to avoid weighing down his figure too much. Obviously I will try to sculpt the robes of the model, trying to cover the joint of the cables as if they were sprouting from a hole in the vest.

There is still a conundrum that I cannot solve, however: what should I use below it torso? I was thinking to the cable-hairs of Archmagos Draykavac, but I fear that the component might end up being too small (until I buy the model, I have no way to test it). Do you have any idea?


Back to the field!

Hello, everyone! I am finally back for an update. I have been silent for more than six months, and for almost all of this time I was away from the hobby. The last time I posted anything on this blog the summer had not yet struck with all his might – then the hottest season I can remember began. It was so hot that, even during the night, the paints would dry on the palette as soon as I thinned them, so all my projects suffered a severe setback. I think this could be the main reason why the hobby is not so popular in the southern parts of Europe while being extremely widespread in the northern Countries.

When the temperature reverted to acceptable levels, the much-awaited Metal Gear Solid V – The Phantom Pain was released, and most of my sporadic free time was absorbed by it . Now, having finally completed its main story, and with the complicity of the flu that prevented me going to work for a couple of days, I finally found the time to return to my miniatures. And this is going to be a big post!

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Centurions to Obliterators Conversions

(Yes, another WIP project)

It probably is not yet clear to you, as this blog is too young, but I am a hobby butterfly. I constantly think to dozens of projects, and sometimes one of them becomes a vision, a driving idea so strong that I stop to work on whatever I was doing at the moment to embark on this new quest. As a result, I have a lot of unfinished projects scattered through my cabinets, miniature cases and hobby table. Will I ever finish them? Who knows. Probably not, if I keep on buying new miniatures that I like and amassing new projects, probably. These Obliterators conversions, however, were not abandoned due to a new project stealing all my attention from them. They are still unfinished because I seem unable to find the right idea to complete them.

I never added a Obliterator to my Betrayers of Pain Renegade Chapter, even though they are almost universally regarded as some of the most powerful models in the Codex (and I can clearly see why). The reason is simple: I do not like their original models. Never did. So I considered various options to replace them, but none really pleased me. I have seen a lot of wonderful conversions based on Chaos Terminators, but those were not bulky enough. Obliterators are bigger than Terminators, and my skills were not enough to do such conversions. Then the Centurions were released. To me, they looked a bit out-of-place in a Space Marines army, but their potential was clear. Basically, they are a loyalist version of the Obliterators, so it is not a crazy idea to turn them to Chaos. Especially as my Chapter betrayed the Imperium only recently, and a touch of imperial design here and there really fits their background.

So I surfed the net to see how other hobbyists with the same idea (it went without saying that there were) did tackle the problem and found two exceptional sources of inspiration on the Bolter and Chainsword forums, Krautscientist and Biohazard. So, having now get a sense of what could be done and what kind of results one could expect, I started to dig into my bits box and looking for suitable components. And I managed to get there:

Obliterator 1Obliterator 2Obliterator 3

While Biohazard’s and Kreautscientist’s models basically kept the Centurions’ hands, I wanted to integrate the weapons directly in their arms, as a nod to the original Obliterators. There’s a bit of everything in there: a loyalist assault cannon, weapons from the Chaos Raptors and Terminators sets, a couple of plasma pistols from the old (early ’90-ies, I think) Chaos Weapons sprue and even a Heldrake’s leg (the left-hand cannon on the third model).

The main problem of using the Centurions for this conversion is that they have too many big, flat and empty surfaces. They shout “Hey, I am a loyalist!” when you look at them, and to mask this effect you need a lot of components to add or a lot of greenstuff. Both is better.

Obliterator 1Obliterator 2Obliterator 3

I tried to sculpt flames and daemonic faces (and flames which look like daemonic faces) here and there, but that was not enough. I should have probably covered all their legs with them, but then the risk was that they would have looked too “heavy” and “boring”. Unless I can come up with some different, lighter, design to use, I do not think I will go that way. I will probably try sculpting some trims, as Darth Mustard suggested on Bolter and Chainsword. Well, I will try it someday, as now I am too focused on the Adeptus Mechanicus to think to anything else.

I will also need to find a way to make their “forearms” more interesting, by adding some skull, blade, spike or icon. I could probably break their flatness with some freehand, but then, again, they would not be baroque enough – there would not be enough Chaos on them.

Obliterator 1 - rearObliterator 2 - rearObliterator 3 - rearThe icon on their backs is a nod to the Adeptus Mechanicus symbol on the loyalists’ equipments, but, as you can see, the corrupting influence of Chaos is clearly evident.

I hope you liked them, and maybe some of you could come up with some advice for them that is interesting enough to relight my devotion to the Chaos gods and lead me to complete these guys?