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!