Welcome back! Got a whole slew of stuff for you this time! No orks or templars...instead I bring you a little holiday gift I'm doing for the other 40k players on FYN! I decided to do this on a whim one day, and set a small budget for myself (under 20 bucks a person), and was able to get everything super cheap off ebay...but you'll see why in a moment!
For Aegis I'm doing three units of three rippers, the bog standard for most nid tournament lists. (Though the new spores are awesome points wise, they can't hold, or contest points, so rippers still offers a sound tactical choice). I have a box of Aegis's misc leftover nids from battleforces and such, and was able to get all the rippers I needed from it. Of course a bunch of them were already partially painted in a scheme that was completely different from his current one.
His current scheme is done by blue-table painting, as pictured here, in the forgeworld trygon I knocked off the table and broke. (still trying to fix, sorry Aegis !)
So off I go to the stripping fest. First I tried that green cleaner everyone says to try. It loosened it a bit. Had to basically go in with hard bristle brushes and 90% alcohol to get most of the rest of. Then I noticed the sprue bits on the heads weren't cleaned off, so filed them all down. Evan mentioned rippers being a total PITA on FTGT and I can see why. These are going to be interesting to paint, since it appears they can't be removed from the base without destroying them.
Speaking of stripping...I also got a slew of scarabs for Macathu's Necrons. They were pretty thickly painted and the bottom bits were snapped off, which is why I got 30 of them for ridiculous low monies. They had to be stripped as well.
Macathu's scheme is a deep purple, with bronze and black. I'm doing going to do the triple highlights like on the larger models, but the scarabs should look pretty good regardless.
So after two weeks of green cleaner thing, and alcohol brushing twice...they are finally ready!
So off to the base building! I'm going with slate rocks, and various levels of grit for the necron bases, to match the greys of their other bases (no resin, as it would have blew way outta the budget), while the rippers will just get the grit, as I can't get in there to re-position them.
First and second layers of grit. I mix a bit of water with the glue to help it flow a bit better.
After that dries, I doused the whole thing in heavily water based glue, with a bit of larger stones.
And after a lot of glue stuck everywhere...all the models are based! They will be primed as soon as it stops raining/stays above 50F.
But what about Shantz? Doesn't he get anything? He gets a clue! I'll be working on his the coming week.
Last but not least...I found a way to pull most of the blue back, but keep it distressed, as well as finally capture all the wild color variance in the base. Really happy with it now. Going to hold off on any final work till the Deff dread is on it. Hope you guys enjoyed this weeks post! Have a great weekend!