Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Default End of Year Post!

While sitting on top of my high tower, I figured I would make an end of year post. Up until this point our Tale of Four Gamers had been on track, at least for my army, but the holidays side tracked and hopes of finishing a December Commitment. So stay tuned for a January installment!
 The place that is not a winter wonderland, Arizona, where Gathering in the desert will be taking place this 2012. Most of what I am bringing is finished, but I feel that January will slink by just like December...
 Old lucky fish here still has some Christmas wishes. The oldest fish at the Shedd Aquarium hopes for more Lord of the Rings slots at Adepticon and all of my projects finish in time of events.

Captain Bare Metal here is also hoping for paint so they can play in Legends of the High Seas.
And last but not least, with my first 40k squad of models built, I get to see how good my black highlighting skills are when I paint up my Iron Hands marines. To go with this project our gaming group has a ton of terrain projects tied in including shield generators, landing pads, smoke explosion markers; all decked out with LEDs and tea lights.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dogs of War leading Santa's New Sleigh

With 2011 almost at a close, Santa approached the Iron Hands Space Marine Chapter with a his own Christmas letter. He wanted a new sleigh for speedier deliveries, better miles per gallon, fire and forget air to ground rocket pods, twin linked lascannons, and state of the art sensor arrays.

So without further ado, the 2011 Iron Hands Christmas Rhino, guaranteed to deliver presents and enough fire power to obliterate half the North Pole.

 This rocket will be added after painting and smoke trails will be simulated with cotton balls leading back to the pod.
 Adepticon will be here before we know it! With the release of the new Hobbit movie trailer and the completion of my space marine Rhino, I can turn my attention back to Lord of the Rings terrain for the tournament and finishing my Tale of four Gamers and my 17 wild wargs for the rest of my goblin army.

This is the extent of progress on my dog conversions. Almost there...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Last Action heroes

Here it is at last, some great action heroes of our time. Now while not all of our favorite characters made the cut, enough parts and pieces have been added for tips of the hat. Here is the 10 man Iron Hand Celebrity Squad ready to spew cliche quotes....

At the bottom of each photo the movie or character of inspiration will be listed. Some were just winged.

1. The Sergeant

2. The Fuzz: "Ever fired your gun in the air and yelled, 'Aaaaaaah"

 Hot Fuzz starring Simon Pegg.

4. Mark I: Heavy Flamer
 Resin fire effects will be added to the flamers
 Ghost busters and Iron Man

4. LT
 Band of Brothers Lt. Speirs when Easy Company assaults a town near the Ardennes.

5. Rhodey: Missile launcher Marine

 Iron Man 2/Warmachine comics

6. Goodspeed: Welcome to the rock
 The Rock

7. Wheels

 Reaver Character from original Xmen tv series

8. Slave I

 Star Wars Duh!

9. No catching name but this one is kinda the explosives operator

10. T-600: Get to the Chopper!

Terminator mixed with Jesse Ventura from The Predator

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Goblins Riding the Yellow Submarine

 And then there were two. Our numbers have dropped to 2 participating painters for this monthly installment, just have to keep on pushing. Theses goblins flesh out the last of my remaining goblins for this force, with only the beasts remaining now.
 The head swap shaman is my stand in Druzhag.
 These goblins were the bottom of the barrel in that I was bone dry on conversion ideas, so thankfully they are the last group.

 The goblins of Camelot. These spearmen donned their French infantry caps in there quest to hold the holy grail.

This goblin I think is my favorite. There are a lot of cool ones, but I like the simplicity of this and the final look. I tried a lot of bad Frankenstein body mash ups between dwarfs and goblins and only a couple worked out; this guy and little red riding hood seen above. 

That brings the total up to


Cave Drake
10 Goblins with spear and bow
4 goblins with spear
2 goblins with shield and spear
20 goblins with Shield

I will leave you with these if case you had pumpkin pie disasters at thanksgiving. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Underground Treasures

 The newly forming goblin hordes decided to take a break from beating dwarves and dug up some truffles for their fine dining restaurant, Mont Moria, located on a peak with a great view of the surrounding forests.

If kitchen rumors can be true, Spiaggia is the #1 importer of white truffles in the US, at $80-90/gram this is a pile of gold!

 This is not all the new goblins, but some of the more interesting ones. Just a head swap for my Druhzag model.
 Was trying to merge dwarf parts with goblins but their physical sizes do not line up, so Captain Khazad and his Monty Python spear support are here to stay.

 Home made GW prowler look alike.
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