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So, I spent some time last night, and was able to finish these three up.  They took far longer than I had planned to get done, but nevertheless, here they are.

The base markings are 2-brush, Arcane Blue to Thamar Black.  The grass is old static grass from something, and the flowers are from Secret Weapon.

The L, W and R help deonte the three characters – Lynch, Watts and Ryan.  Each has special, unique things, so keep track of wounds and which ones are alive or dead.

Anyway, the models:

B13th_facing B13th_front B13th_back

I don’t know if you’ve ever had a look at the Long Gunner models, but they’re classic Privateer Press models.  One piece, loads of detail.  However, like everything else, they have some fiddly bits.

They have these huge rifle barrels, because they’re … well… LONG gunners, after all.  I recently picked up a full unit (and UA) and much to my surprise, when I opened the box, all of them had bent barrels.  Just kidding, I wasn’t surprised.  The barrels are plenty thick, but pewter is a rather soft metal, and the barrels just can’t take the weight of the whole rest of the model when they’re bouncing around in the box.

So, I took the worst one I had, and took some pictures of my quick and dirty barrel replacement procedure.  If you’ve see me do Iron Fang Pikemen lance shafts, then this will be nothing new.


I clipped off the barrel at the end of the stock.  There’s a little band that wraps around the barrel, fastening it to the stock there, so it creates a nice, flat plane and lets us cover the joint between the model and the new barrel.


I again used my 3/64″ brass rod from K&S, and made a replacement barrel by rolling the rod under the blade of my X-Acto knife.


Once that was cleaned up, I went back to the model, and drilled a hole for my 20 GA pinning wire (with a #66 drill bit).  The old model’s barrel took up the majority of the space inside the stock, and was oblong in its profile.  I don’t know if this was by design or just how the molds work, but I placed my pin hole just above center on the end of the rifle stock, hoping it would line up with the top of the barrel on the rest of the gun.


I then dropped a pin into the hole…


… and glued the barrel into place.


Now, to repeat the process for the rest of the unit and the UA!


Black 13th WIP

Last time, I showed you some WIP Full-scale Black 13th models.  I’ve since had some time to actually paint them to a decent point.  I needed to keep with the feel of my existing Cygnar scheme, but clearly define these three models as unique from the regular ATGMs that may be out on the field.

I started with a black basecoat (Vallejo Airbrush Primer), and worked the coat highlights up with Exile Blue, and then Cygnar Blue Base.  I need to reclaim some of the original black in the recesses, but it’s difficult to tell without a strong light, and the model in hand.


The coat borders were a base of Hammerfall Khaki, with Menoth White Highlight blended in for highlights.  I think these need a shade still, but I’m not convinced yet which color to use.

The gold is Rhulic Gold.  It will be washed with super watered down brown ink, and then built back up with Rhulic Gold,  Shining Gold, and then Radiant Platinum.

The Skin is my usual formula.  I took a flesh tone (Midlund Flesh in this case) and put down two layers as a base.  Then I  carefully washed the areas with some of my dwindling supply of Gryphonne Sepia.  Then, took the basecoat, and picked out the sharp edges like cheekbones, ears, noses, chins, and knuckles.  Viola!


There’s still lots to do, but hey, progress is progress.

And, just so I don’t feel lazy, here’s everything I’ve assembled recently:

  • Stormwall
  • Tempest Blazers
  • Stormsmiths (3)
  • Centurion
  • Hammersmith
  • Kraye
  • Hunters (2)

Yeah, Cygnar.  Who knew?


It’s been far too long. How have you been?  Me?  I’ve been busy.

Clash for a Cure

March has been a busy month for me, but I can’t show you most of what I’ve been working on. I assembled a Judicator for Clash for a Cure. It’s now on its way back to Texas where it will be handed off to the painter.

Tale of Warmahordes

In keeping with my commitment to the Tale of Warmahordes painting schedule on the forum, I completed these in February:



Yeah, Cryx. I know, right? Don’t read anything into it. My cryx army is actually the closest thing to fully painted, with only a Slayer, Skarlock, min Mcthralls and Brute Thrall left. I figured that three models wouldn’t be too hard given the 5pt minimum for the month.

Each has her own color hair plume, so I can tell them apart for damage allocation. The black cloaks aren’t nearly as flat and subtle as they look in the picture, though mostly dark was exactly what I wanted. They’re not perfect, but they were a good exercise in keeping my inner perfectionist from ruining an otherwise speedy paint job.

IKRPG Character(s)

Next, I want you to meet Sergei Cherenkov. He is my IKRPG character, a Field Mechanik / Man-at-Arms. His arm was cut off in our first encounter, and he had help “procuring” a mechanka wrench from the Khadoran Mechanik’s Assembly. The ‘jack is Lefty. It lost its left arm in out last engagement, so the two are quite the pair.

These two are high on my painting queue, expect to see them painted soon.

IKRPG Minis1

Custom Black 13th

Oh, I also have a custom Black 13th squad that need to be put onto bases, and then… well.. they look just like regular Arcane Tempest Gun Mages. Their paint scheme is what will make them stand out. I basically bits ordered three of the new sculpts, and modified one of the sword holding hands into the two-finger magic pose. I filled in the hole where the empty scabbards go, and on the one with the scabbard molded in, I clipped it off and worked it to look like a fold in the cloth. Very little GS work required, but lots of fun with the dremel, shaping the metal of the scabbard to look like a fold. I now have an ATGM with goggles (Watts), a female ATGM (Ryan), and one with a very manly face (Lynch). My only issue is that Ryan doesn’t have two pistols out, but she does have one holstered, so, meh.





… and the other major project on my bench, I can’t show you, because, well, its a secret. It’s pretty, though.

Current Painting Queue

  1. Secret Project
  2. Sergei & Lefty
  3. Something Khadoran.
    • IFP?
    • More Winterguard?
    • Butcher1!
  4. Something Cygnaran?
    • ATGM + UA
    • Alt Stryker
    • Sword Knights!
  5. Infinity (Knights Order Box!)
  6. Circle Battlebox?
  7. Archangel?!?

I recently got interested in Trenchers (which has sparked some good discussion on Lost Hemisphere Radio about under used units), and one of the very necessary parts of a Trencher unit is the UA, the Officer and Sniper.  I found these models on Bartertown, and being used models, they needed some work.  Once I had stripped the paint and super glue, I found that the Officer’s rifle was beyond repair.  I needed to replace part of the rifle barrel.

Too broken to repair, must replace.

The first step was to find a piece of brass rod that was the same size as the barrel.  This turned out to be the same 3/64″ brass that I use for my Iron Fang Pikemen.  Again, I’m going to use tube for it’s structure, and because of the way I’m going to get the replacement tube into place.

So, cut out the bad part of the rifle tube, and clean up the ends.

Bad Bits Removed.

Once this was done, I had to drill holes into the two bits.  However, since I’m using tube, I need holes the same size as the interior of the tube.

Mounting Holes

Next, I needed a piece of tube the correct length to replace the bit I had cut out.  Since I foolishly did not do this when the Rifle was conveniently in one piece, I borrowed the Sniper’s rifle to help gauge the length.

Replacement Bit

I cut it just a tad long, but it’s always easier to file down to the right size than to try to add more tube to the end :p

All that’s left is assembly now.  I took my pinning rod (22GA Copper Wire from the jewelry making section of Michael’s), and glued it into the rifle.  I then cut it a little long, and filed it down to fit.


Once everything dry-fit and looked good, I glued it all together!


So, that’s it.  I used this to replace a bit of broken rifle, but it could just as easily be used to extend a barrel’s length, or even on melee weapons to replace the shaft.

The next time you have a broken bit, don’t scrap it or request a replacement right off the bat – see if you can repair it.  It’ll give you a chance to be creative, and you don’t have to wait forever for the replacement bits!