Friday, December 31, 2010

My Army Is Done

What a great way to finish off the year, I completed my army.  I started this army back in August, just over four months and now I can say they are done.  I have been posting pictures along the way so today I wanted to take a group shot.  My new photo box came in handy however trying to take a picture of the army still created some challenges.  I must have taken 50 pictures and I have posted a few different shots for you to enjoy.

Now I can start work on the model that I want to enter in the painting competition and then create a display board. 

2010 was a great year for me regarding painting.  I finished my 400 point Combat Patrol Army and this army.  My excitement for painting has started to grow and I can only say stay tune for a more painted models to be shown in 2011.

Have a Happy and Safe New Year.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Present from Santa

Under the Christmas tree this year was a gift not only for me but for everyone that reads my blog.  I received a photo box so I can take better pictures.  It came from Think Geek and included the photo box, two lights with bulbs, tripod and carry case.  It is a really nice set up and was not too costly.  I will let you be the judge with some sample pictures I took.  What I like the most about this gift is the fact that when I am not using it I can pack it away in the carry case and store it away.   

Monday, December 20, 2010

Twas The Night of the Battle

Twas the night of the big battle, when all through the fort
All the Orks were stirring, even Mad Dok.
The Dakka was all loaded in the outpost with care,
In hopes that the Blood Angles soon would be there.

The Gretchin were nestled all snug in their spot,
While visions of Blood Angles pounded in their heads.
And Da Boss in his gear, and I in by his side,
Had just settled our brains for a the long night.

When out in the distance there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the post to see what was the matter.
Away to the watch tower I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the banner.

The moon on the breast of the war torn field,
Gave the lustre of mid-day from wars past scatter.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But drop pods falling, filling me with chear.

"Now, Terminators! Now, Scouts! Now, Assault Squad and Veterans!
On, Dreadnoughts! On, Rhinos! On, Razorbaks and Predators!
To the top of the hill! get over the wall!
Kill them! Kill them! Kill them all tonight!"

And then, as a bolter blast went pass my head, I felt the ground shaking.
The prancing and pawing the Killa Kans were a chatter.
As I settled my footing, and was turning around,
On the North wall I saw the Blood Angles coming in.

They were all Red, from top their head to their feet,
There steal armour all tarnished with ashes and soot.
 Bundles of weapons hung to their backs,
And they all looked like peddlers of death, just opening our heads.

Their eyes show no mercy! their faces no fear!
Their guns roared as we ducked under cover.
Da Bosses mind filled with anger like never seen,
As his eyes bulged from his head, filled me with dread.

The butt of his gun he held tight so his side,
And the smoke from it encircled his head like a wreath.
He just took down five Blood Angles, faster then I ever seen.
He laughed aloud, then shouted out “WAAAGH!”

Da Boss was all chubby and plump, feasting on his enemies blood.
And I laughed when I saw him, spit in the face of his foe,
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
Covering the field with dead, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his middle finger towards the sky,
And giving a nod, he started yell!

He sprang to the middle of the battle, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew just like a missile.
But I heard him exclaim, as they drove them out of sight,
“It was a great battle, we will all have a good night!”

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Getting Closer to Completion

I finished 8 of my archers, I only have 11 more models to finish and this army will be done.  This is a big deal for me.  I am not known for painting complete armies.  "I'm that guy", I will start painting and never really finish an army, just a few models.  I have boxes and blisters of models just sitting around collecting dust and not many with paint.  Completing this army has really got me excited to finish other armies in my collection. 

Just a little on these models.  I did some basic conversion work with some of the arms.  I simply cut the bow arm off and repositioned it.  Then I added a bow strings.  I am very happy with the way they turned out.  Now I come to a cross road with my army.  I am running the archers as Orc Trackers.  I have purchased the actual models however I don't like them.  They are metal models and don't leave much room for conversion.  There are only three poses and they just don't get me excited.  I also don't feel that they fit with the overall look of my army.  So I think I am going to purchase some more Mordor Orcs and finish out this army with them and take Orc Tracker models out.  I am more concerned with the overall look of the army since it is going to be a tournament army.                 

Friday, December 3, 2010

My Heroes

I just finished the heroes for my army.  Let me give you the run down.

From left to right,

Mordor Uruk-hai Captain with sheild
Ringwraith (Bob the Budget Ringwraith)
Shagrat, Captain of Cirith Ungol (Shaggy)
Orc Drummer

You will also notice an Orc with a banner.  I was told I needed a separate model from my army to use in one of the scenarios.  So I decided to make a banner that celebrates the event that will be held next year.  The event is called "Gathering in the Desert", so I used decals and put "GD 2011" on it.  The banner I used was from one of my Black Orcs, WFB.  I chopped off the skulls and some other items and then reshaped some of the banner.  I will be able to display the banner when my army is scored for painting however I will only be using the model for the one scenario.

I am now almost done with painting the army, I only have my 19 archers to finish.  I am going to be adding bow strings and making some modifications to the models.  The archers they offer don't have my different poses and having so many of them I want to make them look different.  I will keep you posted.