Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Siege of Manufactorum City Brokersk

Siege of Manufactorum City Brokersk

The air inside of the Manufactorum had already scented of heavy medals and residuals left over from the plants smelting processes. With the teleportation completed, it only added to the metallic tang in the air similar to that of burnt mechtronics. Accustomed to the process, Sergeant Menelar and his squad stood silently, waiting for the fog of warp striking to settle as their enhanced vision sense quickly adjusted to the dreary surroundings. The city was consumed by darkness with the eclipse fully at hand, the iridescent glow radiating from the battle armor lenses and sensors created the only artificial light to pierce the darkness that was Brokersk. 

Only days before had the distress beacon been activated at the governor’s abbey, and it was calculated the city soon after lost power. It was clear thru orbital observation that the city’s plasma reactors were offline, though there were no signs at least from low orbit that there had been any structural damage to either the reactors nor any of the grid structure. Brokersk had a fairly rugged power grid though, almost in a continuous state of maintenance with the irregularly strong solar flares all but constantly bathing the northern hemisphere of Brimidia Secundos.

Unfortunately the vox casters were all but useless as a result of the solar activity now combined with the eclipse shadowing the city. Only short range vox communications were online according to Menelar’s helmet display. Had Brokersk not been a critical producer of unrefined plasma cake, Menelar knew Captain Leonuad wouldn’t have responded to the Mechanicum’s request for investigation, as they had a tendency to request a barracks at all the forge cities of Brimidia Secundos.

Brimidia Secundos had the unfortunate circumstance of being on the outer rim of Waaagh Hruk. The planet had was usually able to bolster the forge cities peppering its surface with local planetary defense forces, which is why the request for assistance beaconing from the abbey was an improbable event. While the planet had a resident Ork population, it was usually kept at bay by the PDFs.

Exiting the main floor of the electroplating annex, Menelar and his squad found their way to the main streetway outside the plant. With imperial records not having an updated streetview of Brokersk, the terminators would have to navigate by landmark given their limited communications network. Menelar had instructed Deathwing gunner Lincidia to begin pinging the local area vox network for signs of a local response. “Sergeant, Ive yet to receive any reply to the relay. Ive also picked up no signs of heat life from the Signum”.  Menelar knew he wouldn’t, as even the strike cruiser Dread Horizon didn’t detect signs of life at it hovered overhead in orbit with its sensitive relay detectors.  “It seems the atmosphere is statically charged as well, so don’t rely on long range visor sensory for visual or auditory impulse either.” Menelar didn’t have to remind his squad though, as he wasn’t commanding the recruits of the latest scouting class anymore. Menelar was recently promoted to the Deathwing after the legios administratum had tallied the losses of the Battle of Kavrid and calculated his transfer. Now leading a squad of the Emperors Finest, Menelar was commanding a squad capable of sieging a capital city.

“Im picking up pulse ions off these scorch marks as well Sergeant.” Looking down, Menelar quickly picked up the markings thru the planet dust as Marine Edvisior indicated. His acute vision noted the marks were in a polarizing pattern, suggesting a coordinated weapons discharge.  There were little other signs of combat however, and Lincidia’s signum wasn’t picking up any signs of life even atop the highest peak in the cities geography… Till Next Time

Sunday, March 18, 2012

How To Paint my Deathwing

Well, like most of the paint schemes I've done thus far, I've again been inspired by the 40k community and this time in particularity, the Vanus Temple in painting up my deathwing. 

I will now write up a brief how to, which does leverage the groundwork laid out by the Vanus Temple... What you'll need is outside primer:
-White, Ice Grey (P3), Graveyard Earth (GW), Badab Black Wash (GW), Delvin Mud Wash (GW), Desert Yellow (GW) & Bleached Bone (GW) - For Terminator Armor
-Ironhide Grey (GW), Space Wolf Grey (GW) & Silver  - Storm Shield/Thunder Hammer
-Ice Blue (GW) & Regal Blue (GW) - Lightning Claws
-Yellow Green (Vallejo), Slime Green (P3), & Thraka Green Wash (GW) - Eyes and Lenses

First, prime the model (I used Black Primer from P3), and then I painted the model with Ice Grey (full coverage, if you have light grey primer simply use that). I used an airbrush to paint my models at this point, but a brush will do fine. Then apply Graveyard Earth fully to the model, and give it a heavy wash of Badab Black as such.

Now, you're going to be applying the first layer of the base coat by hand using the "streaky method". To follow this technique, you basically want to take a mid range hobby brush, and flatten the bristels to it fans out like so.

Apply desert yellow across the model as if each bristle were a seperate brush had, making brush stroke from top to bottom (for the arms, think of them being at the terminators side, so back to front on the assault cannon arm for example). Do the same thing with a 2x Desert Yellow: 1x Bleach Bone so the model appears as such.

Again, do the same thing with Bleach Bone, and again with a 1x Bleach Bone: 1x White mix in the same fashion

You're almost there... I add a little delvin mud in a streaky fashion as well with a very small brush. For the thunder hammer and storm shield, use the streaky technique atop the painted base with Ironhill, Wolf Grey and White. For the thunder hammer, paint it all silver, add a heavy black then brown wash, then add some bleach bone and white streaks. As for the lightning claws, I painted them regal blue and used the airbrush to lighten up with ice blue to add that radiant looking glow. I used a micro brush and drybrushed the lenses with vallejo yellow green after painting them slime green, then added thraka green wash around the outside of the lenses and eyes. Lastly, apply badab black to the recesses of the model....

There you have it! You're ready to rock the deathwing!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Tau Commission

Ive been relatively busy lately beginning the work of my latest commission, a mobilized Tau force. Unfortunately the client recently had a the misfortune of running into a bizarre dental incident which has forced him to halt the commission. Heres hoping him well and perhaps picking up the project later this year. Either way, here is the first fire warrior I completed:

This was a test model for the project, and we both liked the way it worked out so this was to be the scheme... Otherwise, im still cranking out the deathwing. I plan on finishing up the Dante wing soon too (3 squads and Dante) and perhaps selling that project off.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Emperor's finest Deathwing

So I had the urge to paint some Deathwing after looking at the army Tim D. was working on over at the Vanus Temple. So, here is what I was able to do over the weekend: 

So, my Dantewing (which I only have 3 squads of sang guard and dante so far) will get shelved along with the space wolves (which are still my tournament army) till Im tired of painting the Deahwing.