Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Iron Hawks Land Speeder Storm

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Here are a few WIP pics of my Iron Hawks Scout Land Speeder Storm.

I still need to finish up the two crew and gun this evening, hopefully.



 This model will tote some scouts around in my 1850 Highlander List for the Nov. 22 local tournament I am planning to attend.

 Still going to batch complete all the basing nearing the tournament for the sake of time.

I tried my hand at some free hand painting on this and the Inquisitorial Rhino and while not awesome, it is a first and I am pretty happy with it....because I can not draw worth a shite.

Thanks for the read,

BDS




Monday, November 10, 2014

Soul Drinkers Omnibus: Inquisitor Thaddeus' Rhino APC

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Got some work done on the Inquisitor's ride. Still going for 3-color minimum for the 22nd Tournament.

I will go back and complete some of the details some weathering.

Also still trying to get decent pictures.

Thanks for the read,

BDS



Sunday, November 9, 2014

2014 Training

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Missed a couple days due to work.

Basically if I get stuck at work past 5:30 p.m. I call it a day. Wife and home come first at that point; besides the next day comes very early.

Saturday Low Rep Day:


  • Deadlifts : 315 x 5, 405 x 5, 455 x 1, 4" rack Pulls

  • Overhead Press: 135 x 5, 5

  • Shoulder Laterals: 20 x 5, 25 x 5, 30 x 5

  • Machine Rows : 135 x 5, 5

  • Iso-Lateral Shoulder Press : 70 each side x 5, 5

  • 5k Run 45.5 minutes


Thanks for the read,

BDS


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Soul Drinker Inquisitor Thaddeus' Servo Skull

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A small update today.

I finished up Thaddeus' Servo Skull.

I am also working on getting better pics. I discovered the settings on my camera had changed and were set for darker than previous the last time I took pics regularly.

Thanks for the read,


BDS

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Inquisitor Lord Thaddues from Soul Drinkers Omnibus

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I just finished the first Soul Drinker’s Omnibus. In it was an Inquisitor named Thaddeus. Thaddeus was dispatched to hunt down the Soul Drinkers; namely Sarpedon and assassinate him for turning from the Imperium.

Through the climax of the story line what Thaddeus comes to realize is that Sarpedon fights, or believes he fights, for the Emperor. Fighting for the “Ideal” that the Emperor represents, one of freedom from tyranny and exploitation. Freedom to choose your own path of honor instead of grim, soulless servitude to an Imperium uncaringly churning along using itself as its own fuel.

The Soul Drinkers see the Imperium as nothing more than another entity seeking to enslave the human race and reduce it to so much bio-matter used to feed a decadent system.

Thaddeus and Sarpedon manage a last second alliance to destroy a heinous creature wrought by the fool hardy experimentation of mutated gene seed by the Adeptus Mechanicus. This created entity has destroyed half a system of worlds and threatens to break free of forces sent to contain and destroy it.

Despite hunting Sarpedon for most of the middle book of the Omnibus, Thaddeus is forced to choose the greater of two evils and sides with Sarpedon; assisting him when near death so the creature may be destroyed. Afterwards both were forced to rapidly depart the beleaguered planet as it was overrun by thousands of mindless diseased zombie like creatures, now purposeless beyond the need to kill the living with the death of their driving consciousness……..


……6 Terran months after his encounter with Sarpedon. Long months of explaining again and again the final sequence of events that saw such priceless resources consumed and Sarpedon escaping, Thaddeus turned to look upon the large crate recently found on an outlying moon by Imperial search and rescue crews near the last know location of the Soul Drinkers. A large containment pod with Thaddeus’ name printed in deep set purple and gold.

Thaddeus had not donned any of the relics, despite them all being subjected to all 666 cleansing rituals. The items in the crate were deemed free of any deamonic influence or other discernable taints. Now however Thaddeus was tasked with putting down a particularly nasty Genestealer infestation and took stock of the tools at his disposal. Out of necessity and curiosity, Thaddeus reviewed the contents of the containment pod one more time.

When he responded to the information of its discovery he was the first to open the pod. In it were obvious Inquisitorial relics of great antiquity. A terminator suit made for an un-altered human of above average stature, a relic psy-cannon much lighter and smaller than current versions, and an extremely rare concussion ax that combined the power of current day thunder hammers with the lighter heft and focused edge of a battle ax.

These items were worth the price of worlds and the name of the Inquisitor who once wore them into battle was lost despite Thaddeus’ best efforts.

What Thaddeus did not release for inspection was the note which read, “May you find these weapons of use in your battle to eradicate the enemies of the Emperor. May you preserve freedom and truth above all else.  –S” ………

So when building and painting the force coiling in my imagination from the Omnibus I wanted to put represent Thaddeus’ durability and use of specialized ammunition. I did this by choosing an Ordo Malleous Inquisitor Lord in terminator armour with psy-cannon and thunder hammer. As written above the psy-cannon is much smaller and more powerful than recent issue and the Ax has unique abilities unable to be reproduced in the current age.

When I had gone through all my bits and models after moving I had placed this model aside as a possible Inquisitor Lord. Partly because being older it had the right stature compared to current marine sized models.

Additionally it looked old. I attempted to paint it to look old. I chose purple and gold on the Ad arm and some accents to tie into the Soul Drinkers and demonstrate a growing understanding that Thaddeus may be contemplating as  he ponders the Soul Drinkers parting with the Imperium and continuing fight against Chaos.

Sorry for the wall of text, but felt like writing that out.

Thaddeus is all done save the basing…which I will plan for a day soon and base a host of models all at once. Thaddeus will also get a psyber-skull that I need to finish up to complete his compliment of war gear.





Thanks for the read,
BDS

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

2014 Training Update

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You know you have been out of the gym for a while when your friends tell you that showing up two days in a row is a current PR! (Personal Record).

High Rep Upper Body.


  • Current weight 280lbs

  • Bench 225 x 15,14
  • Pull Ups 220lb x 15, 12
  • Incline Dumb Bell Press 60's x 15, 13
  • Single Arm Rows 60lb x 15, 15
  • Single Arm Cable Curl 25 x 15, 15
  • Single Arm Cable Triceps Extension 40 x 15, 15
  • 4 Sets of abs 10-12 reps each, various movements.


Not bad for the amount of break I have had, my gas tank is super low though.

Thanks for the read,

BDS

Monday, November 3, 2014

Soul Drinkers Scouts and Tactical Squad WIP Pics

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Just a few pics of what I have gotten done on the Soul Drinkers.

A five man Scout Squad and a Tactical squad.

These guys need more work, but are table top 3 color ready.

Thanks for the read,

BDS

Back in the Saddle

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So 2014 is almost over and I trained very little this year.

I hit a peak around May...then some things happened. I will just own it and say..."I let myself go, ate everything in sight, and only worked in the gym on stuff that padded my ego."

I could make a bunch of excuses....but they would just be a bunch of excuses.

So, time to own it, face the music and start back in.

Today's training was aimed at assessment and starting with what I am currently weakest at...conditioning.

Completed a 5k in 47 minutes...yeah it was walk, walk faster, little bit of running, then more walking...rinse and repeat until the damn counter finally reached 3.1 miles. Body weight is at 280lbs at 6' 2".

Assessment bench....315lb went up fairly smooth though shoulders were wobbly and there was not much left in the tank. I would place my everyday max around 350lb right now...a solid 40lb drop from a year ago.

Time to get to work.

Diet changes will start small. Good nutritious meals M-Sat. Stopping the King Size portions and going with "Normal Human" size portions for now. Sundays I will eat whatever I want, but stop short of eating enough to feed a small village for a week.

Sundays will be the only non-training day as well.

Settings my goals within the "realistic" zone for now.

Thanks for the read,

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Soul Drinkers and Iron Hawk Highlander Tournament List

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I am stoked to finally get to play some games again; in fact my first 7th edition games.

I am going to dive right into the deep end and play in a tournament being run locally at Flat Land Games.

The tournament boasts a Highlander army list construction style that I really support.

Inquisitorial Henchmen
You can follow the Flat Land Games link to get all the details,

Basically you can not repeat any non troop army list selections and no duplicate transports, data slates, detachments and forge world are a go if you own the rules.

So, as my hobby ADD goes I am generally working on 1 to countless projects at the same time.
Henchmen Sgt (gave him DC assassin rules)

Currently I am reading the first Soul Drinkers Omnibus and started painting some spare marine models as Soul Drinkers.

I have a squad of 10 tactical and 5 scouts table top ready with a primed drop pod and Libby.

More pics to come on them.

I have also been working on an Inquisitorial attachment and have 13 henchmen table top ready, and spare rhino and an Inquisitor ready for paint.

Culexus Assassin
With that I have a Culexus assassin I painted some time back and have only fielded once who just got some nifty new rules.

Lastly I have been working on my Iron Hawk Clan Space marines.

I have settled on White Scar chapter tactics. They are my scout force that I have been working on.

Their fluff I am filling out but they come from a world with many large dangerous beasts and great sweeping plains surrounded by sky spanning beautiful highlands.

They are meant to combine my heritage...an American mix of mostly Irish with some Cherokee Indian...thus they are volatile, clan based, and hit hard and move fast...more on them later as well.

With all these different elements and the Highlander format her is my current list I am tweaking:
Iron Hawk Scouts


  • Combined Arms Detachment (Primary) (Iron Hawks) (White Scar Chapter Tactics)
    • Captain, bike, teeth of terra, storm shield, artificer armor
    • 5 Bikes, includes sgt, MM Attack Bike, 2 melta guns, melta bomb (troop)
    • 10 Scouts, 8 sniper rifles, 1 Hvy bolter, Sgt with sniper rifle
    • 10 Scouts, 4 shot guns, 1 sgt with melta bomb, combi grav, Land speeder storm with heavy flamer, 5 scouts with bolters
    • Iron Hawk Captain
    • 6 Scout bikers, 3 GL's, Sgt with melta bomb

  • Allied Detachment (Soul Grinders) (Ultra Marine Chapter Tactics)
    • Sarpedon (Chief Librarian Tigerius)
    • 10 Tactical Marines, plasma gun, vet sgt with power sword, plasma pistol, melta bomb
    • 6 Scouts, Telion, 1 sniper rifle, 4 close combat weapons
    • Iron Hawk Scout Clan
    • 6 Scout bikers, 3 GL's, Sgt. with melta bomb
  • Allied Imperial Assassin
    • Culexus
  • Allied Inquisitorial Attachment
    • Ordo Malleous Inquisitor, term armor, psy cannon, psy bolt ammo, Daemon Hammer, 1 psyber skull, Warlord
    • 10 Inquisitorial henchmen, 1 DC assassin (sgt), 1 flamer, 1 melta gun, 7 storm bolters, 1 rhino APC
  • 1850 on the nose
For those who have not read the Soul Grinder Omnibus, in the first two books there are a couple inquisitors with various henchman. 

The Soul Grinders do not use vehicles, other than drop pods and some air support/transports. 

Sarpedon is a powerful psyker with awesome close combat ability...and eight spider legs. Soul Drinkers tactics are up close and personal, with like no heavy weapons or tanks. 

This explains some of my choices in list construction as I try to mesh with the fluff.

Thanks for the read,

BDS




Friday, October 10, 2014

New Digs = New Awesome Sauce Hobby Space with a Sense of Organizational Accomplishment

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It has been a long haul getting into our new house. It all started on my wife's birth day when it came time to consider renewing our apartment lease...a few drives around looking for more space and 5 months later we are in new digs....with a whole lot more responsibility.

But....it came with a man cave...which I, of course, will have big plans for...I have already named my man cave....'The Hall of Happenings'

Hoakey, but I plan to get a gaming group together and build a charter etc. etc....more to come on that.

In the mean time I needed to go through all my stuff and decided to take on the daunting task of organizing all my bits and bobs.

I of course was unable to complete this in one go as I would be quickly over whelmed..so I chipped away at it and have conquered most of it. Here are some updated pics of my work space.

I actually have the luxury of two work spaces and find I like to store and build in the basement and paint upstairs where I am more accessible to the fam.


 Here is the pic of the finished space with all my bitz all organized for my CSM, Deamons, Space Marines, and Orks!
 Here are pics of all the cleaned out plastic bins and the discard sprue box...this took me like 4 weeks to get done...but I am glad I got er' done.

The bins on the left, which are seen as all empty were once filled to brimming with assorted bits and sprues.

The bins on the right are different units from different armies all bagged up and labeled in full unit choices ready for deployment into army projects.

It has take a bit of work, but I feel much better. I even was able to part with quite a few bobs and bitz some and complete kits and brought them to my local store to see if I can score a credit for a new kit or two.

Definitely worth the time. Thanks for the read!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Soul Drinkers Space Marines

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So one of the things that run through my mind when I read any 40k novel is...."I should paint a squad of these guys"...well that and how do these guys (space marines) deal with no female companionship; maybe that is why they kill everything...

Anyway, the thought of painting a squad while reading a book has been itching around in my brain case for quite some time and even made it onto my project list...

Thus, I am about half way through the first Soul Drinkers Omnibus..I had some paint...I had an odd squad of marines...and....

...here we are. I took the pic on my phone. Because it was fast and easier..and after two years I figured out how to get pics off my phone and onto my pc...yeah for me.

Still some work to do, but glad paint2brush2model is occurring again in my environs.

Thanks for the read, BDS

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Question on Light

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Had a question related to last post on my work space. I incorrectly typed the type of light I was referring to.

It is actually called an OTT light. Here is a link. It is the best light I have found to paint to. It gives off very little heat and provides the best non-glaring light to work with.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

40K Work Space Nerd-gasm!

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So, we have only begun to move in.....but of course I had to set up a work space in the ManCave ...

Which will now be referred to as "The Hall of Happenings"

This fall, I will begin finishing the basement for a proper ManCave with all accordingly awesome accoutrements.

With the stress of the move and demands of work...I needed to play with my man toys a bit.....

BDS

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Long Time No See

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So, I have been neglecting my beloved blog for some time. I have been working on this:












Buy a new construction home is quite an ordeal in many ways....

I have also been pretty consumed with work and working through some tough family issues.


I also discovered FACEBOOK and NETFLIX to my ultimate shame and have begun to detach from these heinously evil life sucks.

I have yet to get a game in of 7th edition...

So take this info for what it is worth, but in my quick opinion:

Space Marines (Iron Hand and White Scar Bikes), Shooty Tau, and Eldar will stay towards the top with Necrons coming on strong....AV13 with IC on barges taking the fore.

The toughest tournament list right now is a CSM spawn tide with Daemon allies:

Sorcerer on bike with mace
2-3 units of spawn
cultists
4 Tzeentch heralds
Screamer unit

add additional units to taste/points....

Have been hitting the gym regularly...see Face book :(....but not getting to where I want to be so will talk more about that in future posts.

For 7th edition I have decided to play Space Marines for the duration...so about a year or so :)

The army I am choosing is the 10th company or a scout based army.

Here is a  link to an ongoing discussion so far.

Glad to be back, thanks for the read!

P.S. How do you link your blog to FaceBook?!!

BDS

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Iron Hawk Librarian and March HPC Challenge Complete

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Iron Hawk Librarian completed. The pics did not come out too well...think I needed more light.

The symbols are American Indian in origin. The shoulder pad is "Eye of the Medicine Man or Wise Man" the fairings have symbols for "Speed or Flight" and "War."

All seemed appropriate.

Thanks for the read,

BDS

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hobby Progress Challenge Wip: Iron Hawk Librarian (Iron Hand Space Marines)

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A WIP shot of my Iron Hawk Librarian with Mind Forge Stave.

I am wondering, though, which color to paint the feathered part of the bike fairing.

I am leaning towards Red as shown, but what about the accent color seen in the Scout Sgt. Imperial Eagle on his chest piece? Any input?

Thanks for the read,

BDS

Friday, February 14, 2014

HPC 2014 March Project: Iron Hand Librarian (Iron Hawk Clan)

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Next up on my painting table for the Independent Characters Hobby Progress Challenge (HPC).

This is my March Commitment, so I am actually ahead of schedule!!

Getting stoked about having a new painted army to play with. Few hobby related feelings better than putting newly painted figures in a brand new foam insert....I am such a nerd!!

Thanks for the read,

BDS

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Independent Characters Hobby Progress Challenge: February Complete

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I have been working diligently on these guys and managed to get them done well ahead of the end of the month. I now have the scheme down pat and rest should go much quicker.

I am still on the fence on a chapter badge, but have some ideas.

I plan to do better pictures either once a month or at end of challenge.




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