Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Dark Angels test pieces

Morning morning!

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, there's a bad case of flu going round which tried to kill me off last week. There were three distinct flavours of death before it released it's snotty grip... But here I am on the other side, with some finished miniatures to share.

Dark Angels

These are the sergeants for the four tactical squads that I'm painting up, plus a random medic guy I kit-bashed from spare bits just for fun...

Dark Angels

Dark Angels

I've been messing about with heraldry and stuff to try and capture that Knight of Caliban feel that I'm aiming for.

They're kit-bashed from a load of different kits: FW Raven Guard upgrade, FW Dark Angels helmets and shoulder pads, Games Workshop Tactical Marine, Sternguard Veteran and Assault Marine kits. There's a lot of random bits from other kits too...

Dark Angels

Dark Angels

Dark Angels

Let me know what you think, or if there's anything you want to know more about.

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Dark Angels HQ kitbash


Just wanted to share these work in progress pictures with you. For my Dark Angels I’m looking at taking a Master and two Lieutenants (or possibly 3 masters) so that I can fully take advantage of the re-rolls for hits AND wounds for units within 6” of these guys. This’ll be especially useful with lots of plasma in the squads.

I’m not a huge fan of the full-on robes for the Dark Angels, and I wanted my force to be 30k legal also. So, I decided to paint them in 1st Legion colours and started scouting around for suitable character miniatures.

After much scouting (thank you for the inspiration Instagram!) here's my pile of bits... 
Dark Angels
I’d already used Polux as my Chapter Master, so took another look at the Forge World Imperial Fists range…

Who was next? Sigismund is ripe for conversion. He’s very Knightly, has a tabard. The key things here were to switch his sword and head to make him obviously ‘Dark Angels’ (and not like The Black Templar himself…). I also filed down the ‘Fists’ icon and stuck on another bit of cloth. If the shoulder pads were separate (like Polux) I would have used a Dark Angels pad.
I was a bit unsure of which head to go for with this one...

Dark Angels

Dark Angels
The swords on both miniatures were resin and quite floppy... so one task was to replace them with plastic ones, or at least the blades (the hilts on both miniatures are very nice)

Dark Angels

Dark Angels

After that I went for the Emperor’s Champion miniature. Man, I have always loved this pose but I can’t really use this guy in my Space Wolves army, he’s just too knightly. Again, I’ve switched the head and the sword blade, both shoulder pads and the backpack. I switched the eagle backpack for a standard Mk3 one to tie him into the rest of the army/30k aesthetic. I also didn’t like the idea of the giant eagle heads, I don’t want my Angels showing any obviously ‘loyal’ or ‘traitor’ allegiance.
 Dark Angels

Dark Angels

Dark Angels

Dark Angels
I’m not sticking them down to the bases yet, these guys, in fact all three of my ‘Masters’ will be part of a diorama that I’ll reveal later in the year.

What do you think? Anything I can add before I start painting these guys up?

 Just wait until you see the Lord of War I'm doing...

Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave or

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Dark Angels Chapter Master WIP

I think I’m nearly there with this guy but I really need some feedback. How can I make this guy better?

The bits I’ve been working on this week are the helmet wings and the power/plasma glow.

Is the model still coherent or are there too many ‘bits’ now?

Horus Heresy Dark Angels

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Dark Angels Jetbike

This… this was meant to be the start of a Jetbike Ravenwing army… but then I priced up how many Jetbikes I’d need and well, this may be the only one. In the end I’ve opted for a Dark Angels army that can be played in both 40k and 30k, maximising tanks…

Anyway, this, I’m very happy with this Jetbike.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels

Horus Heresy Dark Angels

I’ve used bits such as the legs from the Ravenwing Black Knights kit. They fit really well and allow you to add some Dark Angels flavour to the Forge World kit.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels

Horus Heresy Dark Angels

I’ve further developed my technique for the black armour, and red and green accent colours. I’m really happy with the way these Dark Angels are going. I’m a bit sad that I’m not doing a Ravenwing army, but there’s always that option in the future…

Horus Heresy Dark Angels

Horus Heresy Dark Angels

Horus Heresy Dark Angels

Horus Heresy Dark Angels

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Monday, 15 January 2018


So, here’s something a bit different from me. I was brought this Shadowseer miniature as a birthday present two years ago, so it has taken a while… mainly hindered by my on-going Space Wolves projects!

As a bit of a challenge, and because this wasn’t part of an army, I wanted to paint it in a completely different style. 
I achieved the colouring on the body-glove by undercoating the miniature grey, then dry-brushing white. To firm up the gradient between the two I then used a watered down wash of Nuln Oil.

After this I just applied two coats of the relevant coloured wash or glaze over the top. I think it is a valid technique for fabrics, but I’m not sure how it would look on armour, like on a Space Marine.

The metallic are just metallic such as leadbelcher, painted in the usual way.

The gems are Storm Host Silver followed by Waywatcher(?) green gem paint.

Overall, I am very pleased with how that turned out. - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave or

Friday, 12 January 2018

Gas Lands - first impression

A friend recently told me about Gas Lands by Osprey Games.

A game of "game of post-apocalyptic vehicular mayhem" you say? That you play with toy cars? Why yes, of course I'd love to have a go! 

And this week he brought it along to games night for us to do just that. We each raided our kid's car box and brought the coolest cars we could find (I'll be honest, rubbing a colour-changing car took me straight back to my primary school days...). Me not knowing much about the game, thought it would be funny to show up with a monster truck... guess what... YOU CAN USE MONSTER TRUCKS!! haha

In our first game, four of us played. I took a standard car with a couple of machine guns and some Molotov cocktails. After rolling a couple of D6 for pole position, we were off! I crashed... I crashed again... I threw some cocktails... I got shot... I got blown up. It sort of went exactly how I imagined it!

Second game I brought out the monster truck, we gained 2 more players from the games club and the game was much quicker in terms of, we now knew what we were doing.

That's not to say the game is difficult, it's not at all. The game itself is quite easy to pick up, it is the tactics that add the complexity and the dice that add a spot of randomness.

You essentially roll dice when you move, and you spend these dice on changing gear, removing hazards and avoiding sliding. You move using the templates in a number of set directions, the more complex the manoeuvre, the more likely it is that you'll slide. 

The cars, weapons and upgrades cost points. We set a 25pt limit in the first game, and 50pt limit in the second. When we play again we'll be looking at taking a team each rather than a single car with a load of upgrades.

I've definitely glossed over the entire book in two paragraphs there, but honestly, if I can pick a game up in an evening then it's pretty easy to pick up. And if I play it twice on the trot, then it's worth playing :-)

The aim of the game is to pass the finish line... or be the last car standing. Based on my first foray into the game, the latter is definitely the more likely occurrence! haha

Overall I'd definitely recommend this game. Well done to the writers and creators, this is a classic! We'll definitely be playing again.... just need to go get some toy cars of my own!

Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave or

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Dark Angels planning Part 2


I've been doing a bit more planning on my Dark Angels this week.... I'm still undecided as to whether they are a 40k or 30k army, so have stuck the infantry together in a way that I can use them in both (which I guess is what the plan always was...)

Either, I can have them as the main force in my 30k Shattered Legions force, making two 10-man tactical squads and a tactical support squad (maybe I'll stick together a few more Dark Angels together later to make two full squads, I'm only 3 short after all...)

Horus Heresy Dark Angels

Or, I've got myself 4 5-man tactical squads for 40k, each with a sergeant and plasma gun...

Horus Heresy Dark Angels

I still can't decide how I want to build this force, so at the moment I am just going to stick and paint the things I really want to paint, and see where I get too.

I've done a jetbike and have a small hankering to do a full jetbike Raven Wing army... but I also really want to paint up a Sicaran in Dark Angels colours... I also want to do a contemptor dread with a shield... meh! I just can't decide.... Lets see how I get on with these guys!

Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave or

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Warhammer World Exhibition...

This is just a quick one from me today... because I've already shared this all over the place but I'm super excited about it.
I entered Armies on Parade at Warhammer World last year, and although I didn't win any category, I did get invited to put my army in the exhibition hall! How cool is that? that's like my 14yr old self's dream come true!
You can find a link to some information about it on Facebook and on the Warhammer Community blog here:
What's also really cool is that Maxime Corbeil’s Black Templars are also on display in the same case. I really like his army and he has used the same board as me, so you can see how exactly the same board can be painted in two completely different ways.
I'd say his is better in that, mine is a dark board with a dark grey army on it. It was quite hard to make things stand out. Maxime's is a very light board with a very dark army on it, meaning that everything is very visible.

Obviously his painting is way better than mine, and in particular I love that Primaris Sergeant that he had in White Dwarf. I saw that on the day and immediately knew who we were up against... :-)

Thanks for reading!

Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave or

Monday, 8 January 2018

40k Inq 28 project

Morning all! I really wanted to share something with you, something I have been thinking about doing for about 5 years but never quite got round to it.
Have you ever read Blanchitsu in White Dwarf? I love John Blanche's style of art. It's been an inherent part of the hobby forever and his sketches are always so detailed. I love the colours and imagination. I also really love the models a conversions that this art has inspired, particularly The Pilgrym project that was put together in 2016 and the INQ28 blog.
So, over the last 12 months I have been gathering bits. Over the last month I have finally stuck those bits together, and over Christmas as I stuck the Necromunda scenery together a Triumvirate of characters formed from the mess of plastic.
So here they are: 
Loosely based on a sort of "Dungeons and Dragons in space" sort of war band, I have gathered my heroes in the form of a dwarf, a knight and a mage. They don't have names yet, but I have ideas for their fluff.
The Dwarf is based on the Grombrindal miniature that was released last year. I have added a bolt pistol and half-sized chainsword to him to show that he is definitely a space-dwarf. This is the team's engineer and tiny ball of brawling rage...

A mage/witch/psycher currently known only as The Split, this guy doesn't speak much. I built him using a mix of the Dark Angels Interrogator Chaplain and the Ahriman miniature from Burning of Prospero. These were bits that I had spare from other conversions and it was a struggle to fuse them together, but I think I've managed it...

The last guy, and the Warband's leader is a mix of Mk3 and Mk4 space marine armour, with the sword from the Forge World Praetor and a host of other bits and bobs. This was the first guy that I built and is based on another conversion that I had already done for my Space Wolves last year. I liked the look of the Mk3 armour with a Mk4 helmet.

I built the scenic bases using a mix of foam-card and Necromunda hull pieces.

That's as far as I've got so far as I've got so far. I have no ideas of the colours I'm going to use. I'll probably try and stay true to the Blanchitsu style, but that is a very brave style and I am not 100% sure I can do it justice... We shall see over the next few months I guess!

Thanks for reading...

Dave - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave or

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Warhammer World 2018 open day

I’ll add pics and comments throughout the day, in no particular order (because I’m not that great at using blogger on the go...)

These space wolves upgrades are frigging delicious! Can not wait to get my hands on them once I’ve finished dabbling with the Dark angels: - a blog dedicated to The Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40k - Get in touch on Twitter: @errantwolfdave or