Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Swiftclaw Attack Bike - Part 1

Hi everyone,

About 4 or 5 years ago I started my Swiftclaw Biker pack - which I proudly call the Trophy Hunters. It was supposed to consist of 6 bikers, 1 character and an attack bike.  Well I had started to build the attack bike, but stopped short and started something else.  Heard this story before?  Well it is a main theme in my life till this year when I decided to put a stop to it.

With the release of Codex Space Wolves, I can now get back to finishing what was started and hopefully build up the basic force at my disposal.  So the next logical step after Jotunta & Foral, is the attack bike.  The pictures below show where I had left off.

The scope of this model, besides being the heavy fire-power of the pack, is that of a pack mule!  I wanted this model to be the one that hangs back in support and carries everything else the pack needs.  So I decided to adorn it with a lot of bags, satchels ropes etc, etc.  But being a part of the Swiftclaw Trophy Hunters, it needed some kind of trophy to display.

The problem here is obviously space, and despite what one might think there is not a lot of it on this model.  After an hour or two of trail and error, fitting and replacing, I managed to find all the parts I needed.  The trophy is the chest plate of an old Tyranid Warrior.  Maybe some of the old timers who read this blog might recognize the plastic colour of the Tyranid Warriors back then.

The chest plate needed a little fitting, in order to place the heavy weapon convincingly, so I had to cut out part of the front base.  I then proceeded to tie it in with some wire to give it the feel of something 'put there'.

Well that is all for this week.  Next week I will talk about the detailing at which point I will have finished the modeling of the pack.  Then it is on to the dreadnought, as per plan.  When all the modelling is finished, I can then start to continue painting the army at long last.

Well stay tuned till next week when I continue to build up the attack bike,  until then farewell and good health,


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Epic Sale - Everything Gone!

Hi everyone,

The title says it all - everything I hand put on Ebay from my Epic 40K stuff is gone! And I only put up for sale the brand new/still in blister stuff I had.  I wish GW would open their eyes and see what kind of demand there still is for Epic 40K and start supporting it again before it looses out to its competitors - namely Dropzone Commander and Planetfall. Or is it already too late for that.

In any case out of the 35 lots I put up only one is left.  This is the Epic Squat Sprues.  I have ten of these and none of them have sold yet.  The problem is that when I try to find them on Ebay's search engine they don't come up! I probaby think this is why they haven't sold like the rest, as I made sure they were competitively priced with the competition on Ebay.

If anyone is interested in these once-upon-a-time 40K race you can click HERE for the link.

Next week I start selling off my used and painted Epic40K stuff.  So if anyone is interested you know where to look!

Well that is all for today.  Stay tuned next week as I tackle my Swiftclaw Attack bike.  Till then farewell and good health.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Meet Jotunta: Part 3 - Modeling Finished

Hi everyone,

I have finished the modelling of Jotunta and Foral.  Considering that these are gaming figures, I am quite happy with the results.   When I complete my New Year Resolutions list, I might even be tempted to build another one for a diorama piece and give it the full showcase piece attention.  But that is a long way away!

Below you can see several pics of the model in the pose it will be set in once painted up.  I hope you can recognize from which movie I was inspired for the pose.  Yep, the answer is a no brainer - Wolverine!

As you can see, I have added a few trophies - otherwise he wold really not fit in with my Swiftclaw Trophy hunters!  I also gave him a lizard skin flapping on the back instead of a wolf pelt.  I think this will help to make him stand out more.

Next week I start (or should I say continue!) the Swiftclaw Attack Bike!  So until next time farewell and good health from your fellow modeller and gamer;


Monday, September 1, 2014

Epic Sales Bust out!

Hi everyone,

Last week I started to put up the first lots of my Epic 40k army for sale on Ebay, and I am happy to say that they went like cheese cakes (an old Maltese saying).  From the first lot, only one Knight Lancer is left.  The link is below.  The second lot sold out in one day!!!  I did not publicize it on my blog, but it sold out within 24hrs. Wow!

I have now put up a third lot of unopened and unpainted blisters and sprues, after which I will start to sell of my painted collection - and I hope it sells just as well.  Actually I am hoping that someone who actually plays the game ends up buying them.  At least that way, they will find a good home and actually be played with and enjoyed.

For anyone interested to take a look, the link below will take you to the last remaining Knight Lancer, and from there you can view my other Epic 40K items for sale.


The link for the above is HERE.

 So until next sale, farewell and good health from Night Runner.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Epic 40K Ebay Sales

Hi everyone,

I mentioned a few posts ago that I would be selling off my Epic 40 collection, and today I have listed several items on Ebay for anyone interested.  It is a sad day indeed!

Below are the pictures of the items for sale and the link to Ebay if you are interested in any of them. They are selling for bargain prices as my intention is not to make a killing profit, but to get rid of them and buy something else instead.  I was thinking of models for showcase pieces.  We will see.
 The link for the above is HERE.
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 That is all for today.  I wish everyone farewell and good health with a sad and heavy heart!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Meet Jotunta: Part 2

Hi everyone,

Once again I have been bitten by the Space Wolf bug!  After reading the new Codex and Supplement, I could not help but start looking at modelling and painting some more Space Wolves.  In fact, it is one of my resolutions which I put on hold until the new Codex came out.

Now that it has, I can get back to working on the army.  The project I'm itching to pick up again was my Wolf Guard Bike and Biker - namely Jotunta the Untamed and Foral the Handsome.  I usually do not name my figures, but in this case I just could not help myself!

As you can see, if you check the first post on Jotunta, I have finally gotten around to adding the embossed  wolf head on either side of the tank.  As well as some lining on the top. Now the bike is ready, all I need to do is add some trophies to it - like furs, skulls etc.  I will have to do some experimenting with some items I have to see what suits it best.

In the meantime I have also started work on the rider - Foral the Handsome (or as his comrades call him 'The Insane').  I had a clear vision of what I wanted Foral to look like and took the extra effort to make sure I had all the parts I needed for him.

He will have a wolf claw for his right arm, and the final position of the bike will be slanting.  You will get a better picture of what I mean in the next post on Jotunta.


Well, after reading the codex army list I checked my army to see what needs to be done and what was done.  Below is a list:

1) 2 Grey Hunter Packs - One is ready, and the other is all modelled and just needs painting.

2) 1 Blood Claws Pack - All modelled, but 5 out of 15 need to be painted.

3) 1 Swift Claws Pack - Bikers modeled and painted except for Foral and Jotunta and one attack bike.

4) 1 Long Fangs Pack - Modelled but needs to be painted up (some models are partially painted).

5) 2 Rhino transports - Modeled and base coated. Needs extra paint work.

6) 1 Dreadnought - Neither fully modelled and needs to be painted.

So as you can see a lot has been done but much more still needs to be accomplished, at least before I start to add more units.  This is one of the resolutions I had made - that is not to start anything new before I finished off my back load of work!

So I sat down to make a working plan in order to tackle this army; and I decided that first I would finish up all the modelling that is left to do - then I will start painting the units which are partially painted and then begin those which are not painted up.

This means that I will finish the modelling of Foral & Jotunta, the Attack bike and the Dreadnought first, and then start painting up either the Blood Claws, Long Fangs or Rhinos before moving on to the second pack of Grey Hunters.

The plan has been drawn up - now I just have to stick to it!

So until next time, farewell and good health to one and all!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

New project, Ebay Sales & Space Wolves

Hi everyone,

Today I start a new project after a week of non-stop work.  During the summer season in the hospitality industry,  it is hard to get any hobby related stuff done.  Nonetheless, I have slowly been working my way through several projects that I had listed in my New Year's resolution.

Four of these projects were the painting-up of 54mm figures that I had started but never completed.  One of these figures is 'Conan the Barbarian'.  I have decided that this will be the next resolution to complete. 

I have always been a fan of barbarians, whether historical or fantasy, and I have a soft spot for Robert.E. Howard's legendary character.  Several years ago I bought this figure from a Spanish company called Andrea Miniatures.  The model was inspired from the first Conan the Barbarian movie featuring everyone's favourite Terminator - Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger.  In fact the figure does look a lot like him.  The scence is taken from the later half of the movie when Conan and his archer friend make a stand after saving a princess (I think) from the temple of the serpent god Set.
Well, like so many other projects on my Shelf of Shame, this one was started and, for some reason I have completely forgotten about, stopped.  As you can see from the pic blow the only thing ready is the face.  This comes as no surprise because it is my style to start the face first on showcase miniatures.  If I don't like how the face turns out, then I don't like how the miniature will turn out.
Other than the face, only the arms are nearly done, so for all tends and purposes it is back to square one with this.  The picture below shows the accessories the kit came with - a stand, shield, sword and some stakes with a mound.  Andrea are very good at presenting figures with enough scenery to tell a story.  I have several other figures from their collection and they are all presented in the same way.  I guess it is how they stay ahead of their competition.
Well, hopefully next week I will show some progress pictures of this model.  Now for some personal news.  After so many years of playing Epic 40K and after even more years of not playing due to lack of community interest and lack of support from GW, I have come to the decision that it would be best to sell off my collection of OOP models and invest in something more current - I am thinking Dropzone Commander or Infinity depending on the interest I find in my gaming circles.  

If anything, the ranges are very nice, especially the Infinity models.  If I manage to sell enough figures from my collection I might reinvest in one of their starter box sets, which both seem very good value for money.

I will start off with the Knights.  I was never a fan of these models, in fact they are still in their blister packs.  So I guess they make for a good first candidate.  If they sell I will move on to the other painted models - and I will see where I get to from there.  So if anyone is interested, then keep an eye out for them on Ebay next week - they will go for a bargain!

If anybody knows a thing about me, then it is my passion for Space Wolves.  I have always been a fan of this Chapter since Rogue Trader and probably will remain so till the day I die.  Having said that, I am not always a fan of the models they bring out - Santa Logan in particular.

My currant Space Wolf army is probably my fourth and is also one of the several remaining resolutions I have yet to fulfill.  I wanted to start it first, but I had heard a rumour that a new codex was on its way so I decided to hold off till it came out.

Now that it is here and now that we fans also have a supplement as well, it is time to get back to the old drawing board with them.  I liked the fluff in the 5ed codex so much that it made me want to start a new army.  The new codex has lost a lot of fluffy flavour in my opinion but it has opened up some nice options for us. 

So it is time to restart painting my army and get it finished.  This will definitely be my last Space Wolf army and also my last Games Workshop army as well - at least not until prices drop radically - maybe in a blue moon.

Fortunately enough I have stuff hoarded over the years to complete it without having to buy any new miniatures if I so wanted - but I do want to get my hands on one of the Venerable Dreadnought box sets and see what I can kit bash out of it.  I will not be buying the chariot but I will try to get my hands on the new Logan model, as my Great Company are the Nightrunners.

Well that is all for now.  As I always do - it has become a tradition I guess - I wish you all farewell and good health 



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