Age of Sigmar

So, I love dinosaurs.  Ever since I first saw Jurassic Park, I couldn’t get enough of them.  So, now that I’m an adult and into tiny toy soldiers, OF COURSE I’m into tiny toy dinosaurs.

I’ve been sitting on a Start Collecting: Seraphon box for a while, and when some local buddies wanted to get into Age of Sigmar by way of Skirmish and then Path to Glory, I was all in with some SPACE DINOSAURS!!

SHow me the dinos!
The rockets came in mid-week, and I separated them, cleaned them up, magnetized them to the wagons and primed them.  I’ve also built pump mechanisms for all four wagons.  Mushrooms have been attached to half the spiky front ends, and are awaiting paint.  The wagons themselves have had all metal bits base coated black, and the snotlings themselves are over 50% done.  Once I get the shotlings finished, I’ll glue them down and then begin staining the wood.  From there, it’s just metallics, red splashes of paint, and some touchups.  Optimistically, I’m hoping to have them in a box, in the mail in under two weeks.

Here’s a few pictures:

The rockets were the perfect length.  They hang over the front and back of two of the wagons and and are a hair short on another.  One wagon’s top is so short, I shortened a pair to fit, but other than that, they’re all completely interchangeable.

And, here’s an almost fully loaded wagon.  It has the rockets and the wings.

I have 20 snotlings in the works, enough for 5 on each wagon.  Each wagon will have a driver, a pumper, and three weapons guys.  I figure three on each bottom level and two on each roof will look good.

Let me know what you think!

Well, I haven’t gotten quite as much done in April as I’d hoped.  Such is life, eh?

I got some work done on the Sotling Pump Wagons.  The third one is about halfway done.  Here’s a group shot!
This third one has a little bit larger upper deck area, and the walls are a bit differently constructed.  I’m not sure what I’ll do to make the fourth unique.  Ideas?
On the Skorne front some skin was painted!  I started with wash of Ogryn Flesh over Codex Grey and then I went back over everything with the original Codex Grey.  I think it looks sufficiently dirty and crusty:

Lastly, I meandered a bit and started a test scheme for some GW High elves.  Forgive me.

I’m not terribly happy with the red and yellow that’s seeping into my photos.  I desperately need new bulbs for my little lamps.  The blues on the High Elf are the same hues I used for my Cygnar.  They look much darker here.
Ah well.

Yay!  An update! Good progress this weekend.  A second deck was added to allow some snotlings to throw stuff at enemies from on high.  Also, a mechanism for attaching and turning the rear wheel was made.  Lastly, a pair of front spikes were made and magnetized.  One will be covered in mushrooms to represent the optional “spore attack” which is a one time use only ability for these wagons.

What do you think?

So, just to recap what happened for the last few months, I took horse parts from the Games Workshop Warriors of Chaos Knights and the majority of the Orcs & Goblins Black Orcs kits …

… and combined them into a rough centaur like creature…

The first issue was the overly obvious spot where a rider would go had this guy been a horse.  However, since riding a centaur is plain rude, a solution was needed!  Chaos dwarves are smart, and they are master blacksmiths, so they would have lots of armor covering the ribcage there.  So, a plate mail looking bit of armor was made from plasticard:

From there, the centaur needed to look more like a dwarf.  What do dwarves have?  Beards!  So a beard was sculpted from green stuff:

Now all he needed was some paint!  First, a black undercoat, courtesy Testor’s Flat Black.  Then, I lightly drybrushed the entire model with Boltgun Metal.  This gives the ‘blackmetal’ appearance that sets these dwarves apart from their non-chaos bretheren.

Several bits were picked out with a few layers of Dwarven Brass, and finally a Hashut symbol was freehand painted onto the large, open part of the plate mail.

Lastly, blood and gore were added to the weapon and fore legs to help portray that this unit is not afraid to be in the thick of the fighting!

This unit was to house the client’s Battle Standard Bearer / Hero character, so he got special treatment.  He stands atop a large rock carved from foam insulation from the Rockwool services online.

His arms were also magnetized so that he can be carrying any number of weapons banners, shields and ornaments of destruction.  One such bit of gear that was made specially for the Hero was, in fact, a shield.  It consisted of 3 layers of plasticard, and also has the Hashut symbol.

Here’s a WIP shot, showing the first two layers of plasticard which were required to make the Hashut symbol:

Then a border and rivets were added to polish the look.  These are Chaos Dwarf master blacksmiths after all!

The back of the shield also includes straps and rivets so that it can be properly worn:

Once the hero and paint test model were done, it only took two weeks to speed paint the entire unit!  Here’s the finished group:

The Hero’s banner got a free hand Chaos Star:

The Hero’s shield’s symbol got a neat glowing ember effect:

And lastly, the Hero’s base has lava on it!

Overall, I really enjoyed working on this project.  I hadn’t done much sculpting before this, and the beards really tested my skills and let me learn some techniques.  They were also a great excuse to purchase some sculpting tools!

I’m also very satisfied with how quickly I was able to paint the models.  I used to take weeks just to get 2-3 infantry done, so 10 cavalry sized models in 2 weeks is a new record for me!  I was able to use all the speed painting techniques I’d read about, as well as a few techniques I’d seen on a miniatures painting DVD I borrowed from a co-worker.

Now that I’ve had a chance to practice all the speed painting techniques, It’s probably time I write a quick article about them!  Look for that in the next few days!