Sunday, July 27, 2014

New Squad, New Process

After finishing the terrain boards, I decided to make a second tactical squad for my Knights Bellicose before moving on to any modular terrain. With that, I've decided to change up my painting process to try to make things more efficient.

In the past, I used to paint models by area. For instance, I'd paint all the colors on all the legs in the squad. Once the legs were 100% complete, I'd move onto the torsos, then arms, etc. This time, I've decided to focus on getting all of one color on the models and moving from there. My theory is that, by changing colors less frequently and spending more time on each individual model, I'll save a lot of time.

So far, I have all the brown completed on this squad.

I'm still waiting to do the arms so that I can access the chest areas. I don't want to lose quality. Also, I'm going to continue doing the helmets last because holding them during the painting process will rub the paint off the helmets. So far, though, this new process seems to be working out nicely.

In addition to changing my painting process, I've been thinking about my bits theory. With the new tactical squad, I want every tactical squad in the chapter to be issued with the same gear. For instance, I want exactly to beakie helmets in the squad (for their advanced sensor packages). One of those beakies will have an auspex. I want to have two bolters with optics to act as designated marksmen. Also, all tactical squad sergeants will all have power swords and bolt pistols. With all these similarities in my tactical squads, how do I keep them from all looking exactly the same?

The new tactical squad box seems to have my answer. For the first time, I'll be fielding a marine without a helmet. Other options, such as the reloading arms and the arm holding an auspex will help add individual flavor to each squad and make each squad unique beyond simply changing the squad numbers.

Head without a helmet

1st squad's auspex marine with 2nd squad's
arm holding the auspex

Arms reloading a bolter

Lastly, I'm considering making some simple changes to the bases. I'm still covering the bases (at least of the tactical squads) with flock to make them look like concrete or asphalt. In 1st squad, I left them as plain asphalt. In the new and future squads, I'm considering painting white and yellow lines on the bases to represent the lines on roadway. This should help add some more visible difference between the squads without detracting from the army as a whole.

Feel free to post your comments on any of the new ideas. I'd love to hear what you guys think!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Terrain Boards Complete

The temperate terrain boards are finally finished! There were a lot of problems along the way, but it's finally done. I mixed some of the colors of grass, but I deliberately didn't blend the colors on the board. I know it looks a bit less natural, but I wanted the style to match the layered look of my models so everything fits together. Leave a comment and let me know what you think! I still have a lot to do with trees, some hills, and a nice little farm, but here's how the boards look (with a little work-in-progress). Check 'em out!

Getting the first color on

A few layers of static grass over the old flock.

My workshop is an absolute disaster!

All finished!
Static grass was not very fun to work with, but I'm happy with the results. Next time, I'll have some progress on the new Knights Bellicose squad and maybe some of the modular terrain! Keep checking back and have fun painting!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

First Squad Complete!

Despite changing jobs and all the other craziness that comes with life in general, I've finally managed to finish my first Knights Bellicose squad! Next, I'll be working on another tactical squad, working towards having a playable force. Take a look at how the squad came out and let me know what you think!

Squad leader. Check out the different helmet colors.

Regular bolter marine

Several backpack patterns

Heavy bolter

Every squad will have all three specialist weapons, so I'll
always have options.

Auspex. It has no role on the table, but I want
one per squad for some extra flavor.

Two bolters per squad will have scopes. Like the auspex,
it's for added detail in the squad.

From just this shoulder, we can see that this
marine is 4th company, 1st tactical squad.

Hand-painted Knights Bellicose logo

Group photo of the whole squad!
Next up is another tactical squad. This time, I'll be using the new tactical box so I can show the difference. Keep checking back to see how it all turns out! Until then, have fun painting!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Knights Bellicose Progress #3

I've been trying to update you guys every week, but last week was a little too hectic to put up a blog post. That, coupled with the tutorials and the Relic review, means that I haven't updated you with any Knights Bellicose progress in quite a while! I'm not completely done with this squad yet, but here's how I'm doing so far!

All that's left is backpacks and bases.

2 Marines per Tactical Squad will have scopes on their bolters,
so I'll have one designated marksman per combat squad.

Just like with the Ultramarines, I have two beakies per squad.
How do you think the color scheme came out on the beakies?

On every Tactical Squad, one of the beakies
will have an auspex.

Finished tactical arrow, painted using the
Shoulder Arrow Tutorial.

The Knights Bellicose chapter symbol

Some scorch marks on the front end of the flamer

Now, I'm working on the backpacks. I've just finished painting all the little parts that will slow me down later. I've painted all of the vents, the internal components (the top part on the left backpack), and the little parts that connect the main backpack to the vent balls on the sides. Painting the little stuff like that and getting it out of the way is a great way to keep you moving later. I can't suggest it highly enough.

The squad should be finished before too long. Also, I'm about ready to order the static grass I need to finish my first terrain board! Keep checking back to see how it all turns out and, in the mean time, have fun painting!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Shoulder Arrows Tutorial

My Knights Bellicose have reached the point where I'm ready to start painting the insignia on their shoulder pads. I figured this would be the perfect time to write a tutorial, so I wrote one to teach you all the little tricks for making sure your tactical squad arrows turn out straight and don't end up looking like mushrooms. I just recently figured that part out, so I figured I'd share.

Head on over to the How To section to check it out! My tutorial section is really starting to fill up, don't you think?

Until next time, have fun painting!

Monday, June 9, 2014


This past weekend, I had the pleasure of going down to Lake Tahoe to celebrate my best friend's birthday with him. Among other things, we were able to play our first game of Relic.

Being our first time ever playing, we did get a bunch of things wrong. It's a lot easier than the first time I ever tried to play 40k, but there's still a lot to do. After screwing up our first game, I'm confident that I could play subsequent games without messing anything up. Truth be told, that's how I like to learn games. I like to screw everything up at first, but be able to learn it all for next time.

The game did a really good job of sticking to the lore of the 40k universe. I played as a commissar and I had the ability to shoot my allies to increase my own dice rolls. Little things like that made the game a whole lot of fun and really helped us feel our characters. It's a wonderful game and I'd recommend it to any 40k player. Here's a little peek at how the game went!

All in all, I have to say it was an incredibly fun game and I can't wait to play it again!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

New Tutorial

Work has been progressing steadily on the Knights Bellicose squad. This week, I've finished the power sword on the sergeant! What do you think about how it came out?

As promised, I've used the painting of this power sword to post a new tutorial in the How To section! Also, I re-uploaded all of the previous tutorials as PDFs to help make the images look better. There's a little paragraph and image about it in the How To section. Check it out and let me know what you think!

All in all, it's been a pretty big update to the tutorials. I'm pretty excited about how it's all turned out and I hope you are too! So until next week, have fun painting!