The Pack Elite - Part 2  

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I haven't had much time to do stuff with a Bachelor's thesis I'm working on all the time now, so not much painting progress and I just didn't have what to post on Monday. I'm clueless on what to post next week as well, but I'll try to think about something. Silly posting schedule! 

Anyway, to the point, back to the Terminators! Today, the second part and the other five men!

There are all brand new and share some interesting features, at the end of the post.. Starting off with Liufr Fireeater. His name doesn't come from nothing, but more on that later... Currently he is equipped with the standard terminator loadout, storm bolter and power weapon.

Eyvindr Frostwind, the second man-Cyclone. This one also has standard loadout aside from the rack of missiles on his back. I would say he is close to being my favourite terminator as well!

This terminator, Snorri Sharpclaw, has actually been made from an AoBR terminator. Could you guess that? I reposed him a litle and added wolf parts and he turned out quite damn well if you ask me.

Kettil Njordsson, with the thing to chew through vehicles in combat, in addition to shooting. He turned out very.. golden. He seems to have the most gold on him from all of them.

And Yngvar Bjornsson the third storm shield that might come in handy when there's 10 of them.

Now for some details shots, Snorri.

The storm shield detail along with the sword. I painted it rather blandly to make it stand out from Rune Priest's Runic Sword. I didn't like re-using that part, but I didn;t really have any other sword.

Fireeater's details.

All that gold...

"I'm looking at you and that means you're screwed"

But that's not it, the terminators come with some more features. First of all, I don't neccessarily need 3 shields, if I want to minimise the cost o the unit...

Assault Cannon was just too pretty not to paint it. An awesome weapon!

But if I ever deployed them in a Land Raider, perhaps Fireeater could live up to his name...

And finally, to minimise costs even further, in case I didn't need that much AT...

And that's it for now. Hope you liked it! Feel free to leave a comment.

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The Pack Elite - Part 1  

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Time to change the army for a bit. Since everything I had to paint for the Guard is done and posted, time for some Space Wolves again! Taking off with my favourite models, that I've put off for too long. I decided to split the post into two parts since there's plenty of pictures here. Each and every terminator is unique, so I got details shots of every single one. On with the show! 

Starting off with the group shot of the first five. Perhaps you can recognise one of those from an earlier post!

First man, Randolf Shieldwall carrying a power weapon (originally intended to be a frost blade, but they aren't really worth it) and a storm shield.

And his back!

Egil Eitrisson, combi-melta and a power fist. I really like that guy!

Halvard Freyrsson, the second PW/Storm Shield. He has been painted in the second batch and I think it shows and he look a bit better than the other ones.

Hjalmar Bjornsson, the second melta guy. This one has actually been converted out of AoBR terminator sergeant. I think he fits the squad really well now after some wolf-ification!

The one I have posted a while back, painted a long time ago - the Cyclone totting Hrodgar Irongrip.

Now for some detail shots. Egil's Combi-melta - I added some runes on the chainsword bit.

Detail shot on Hrodgar's wolf pelt and chest.

Halvard, seen more from below, since he's leaning forward quite a bit.

Hjalmar's leather tabard and helmet.

Shieldwall's shield.

And that's it for the first bunch. Not many words in this post, but hope pictures more than make up for it! Stay tuned for part 2, which is a bit more interesting!

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How to Magnetise the Dark Eldar Razorwing  

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Right, about time for some tutorial! Dark Eldar Razorwings. Everyone loves the model. However it comes with a real ton of armament options and being a DE model it's all very flimsy thin and hard to drill in, so I had to come up with some way to magnetise those, especially the missiles, which are probably the thing that will get changed the most. If you ran into some problems I hope this little article will help you out!

So here we have our fighter. I have magnetised everything that is interchangable, as laid out in front of him, although I haven't magnetised all missiles yet. I am using cylindrical 3x1 mm neodymium magnets for this, small would be handy, but can't be even 1 mm bigger than that.

Let's start with the fighter's underbelly. First the two missile holders that are in the middle - the ones moulded onto the hull. Drill two smal holes in the red spots marked below. Easy enough.

Next the more tricky part, the outstanding missile holders. It's probably best done beore you glue them onto the hull. You have to cut them down a little bit, following the red line as shown in the picture below. Remove everything marked red and glue the magnet roughly in the same position as in the photo. Make sure all magnets you attach are polarized in the same direction - that way any missile will fit any spot, else it might get very annoying.

Now for the missile. Not as hard as one might expect. Drill (carefully), a hole in the spot marked by red roughly in the middle between the holes, a bit more to the front. The red lines show the distance from both of them

And that's it for the missiles, you can do that easily with each missile variant. Now for the rest - the hull guns. They're really easy to magnetise. First put a magnet inside the square hole in the fighter. The 3mm magnet should fit perfectly in. However push it in, so that you have space for two magnets inside. That way you won't have to drill into the gun. (So there should be a 1 mm gap between the end of magnet and the flat area within the gun "hatch")

Then simply cut off the square peg and glue a magnet into its place

The last part - the forward splinter weapons. You have to do that before you glue the hull together! First cut down the splinter weapon block thing, as shown below. Cut out as much as you can from the top. Below you can see a Splinter Cannon that is uncut and the rifles that have been adjusted. Then simply put a magnet at the backside.

On the Razorwing itself it's a bit more tricky. There is a "bar" inside that prevents the prow gun to be pushed too far in. Place a magnet flat on top of it. It will be powerful enough to hold the weapon, but careful with polarization there. The cutting down of the top of the block makes it possible for the weapont ob e taken out and put back in after you glue the hull together.

And that's it, I hope you find it useful. I'm slowly runnning out of things to post, will have to get working more, but Skyrim just had its release and I'm kinda stuck into it now. But still, see you on Thursday!

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The Keenest Eyes  

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Female Cadian Snipers! Now that I got your attention - Something that probably most of you have been looking mostly to. I have checked the statistics that Blogger started providing with the redesign and the first post on it is the 4th most viewed post on this blog of all time. Wow! I hope I will not let anyone down. Without further ado, the 304th Sniper Squad!

The all-female sniper squad that is count-as Ratlings. If you are interested in the modelling process and parts used I will just refer you to the main post on the subject. And now, on with the pictures! Many, many pictures, starting with an obligatory group shot!

The first sniper, one with the neat hair. Also the only one using original plastic sniper rifle.

Aaand the back. The camo cloaks aren't perfect, I was considering adding some static grass to get something similar to this, but in the end, dropped the idea.

The "sergeant". I really like how she turned out! Of course Ratlings don't have snipers in the codex, but this is the 304th vet squad pretty much!

And her... backside...

The very characterful "I don't give a damn my hair looks like a pot".

Casually smoking a lho-stick and waiting for the target to come into the field of view.

Another blonde, they also seemed to have turned out the best! This one is aiming at something coming close. This also shows that those gs sniper rifles aren't really too perfect.

Although they did turn out much better than I had anticipated at first. You cannot tell the difference from a distance and even up close they don't look particularly bad!

The hooded one. With a strange face too.

As I said in the modelling post, the hood feels a bit off, but overall the model is nice.

And the helmetted one! Unfortunately turned out to be my least favourite of the bunch, but she still looks quite good!

Also she's the only runner in the squad!

And that's it. That was the final update for the Guard for quite a while to come. There's other things I want to add, but mostly the Guard is done. I dropped the idea of a third platoon for now, since the ammount of cash needed is a bit too much for me now. Instead I am finishing up the Space Wolves and need to start painting those damned Dark Eldar as well!

Anyway, I hoped you liked them as much as I did! Let me know!

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