Necron Thokt Project – Prepping for NOVA Open

Necron Army Project for NOVA Open
NOVA Open here I come!

Ok, so I’ve pinned down (for the most part) what I intend to bring to NOVA 2012. I fully intended to go last year, but a combination of laziness and Hurricane Irene kept me from going. This year however I’m going come Hell or high water!

I’ve been juggling around whether or not to bring the Space Chicken (C’tan) but at the moment I’m going to leave him home. This may change however as I’m just not feeling driven to paint my wraiths (more on that later).

Here’s my preliminary NOVA ‘Crons:

Overlord w/ Command Barge
4 Crypteks
2 Triarch Stalkers
25 Tesla Immortals
9 Canoptek Scarabs
5 Tomb Blades
6 Canoptek Wraiths
2 Annialation Barges
3 Canoptek Spiders

Not to bad eh? The list has lots of variety that shows off the character of the model range.

What’s Painted:
3 Crypteks
1 Triarch Stalkers
12 Tesla Immortals (5 man squads)
5 Canoptek Scarabs
1 Tomb Blades
1 Annialation Barges
1 Canoptek Spiders

Still quite a bit to do. My first task will be to knock out all of the infantry as they are the most numerous. I’ll be focusing on the immortals and scarabs until they are done. On the topic of scarabs, I’ll likely be painting the remaining 19 to cover spider spawns.

More to come as I progress

Shawn G. (SoI)

I’m Back Baby!

Sorry I’ve been so quiet people! I’ve been fairly busy these last few weeks and I’ve had little time to post.

I’ll be making that up today!

Inquisitor Karamazov

Inquisitor Karamazov

First is the final piece to my friend Dave’s commission; Inquisitor Karamazov. Years ago a good friend of mine Jeff painted this piece for his guard army. I hated that model then and I hate it still.

For clarification it’s not the model or it’s design I hate, it’s the excessive detail that gives me fits. This bastard has over 30 purity seals! Seriously?

Anyway, Dave knew that this model would give me fits and gave me all the time in the world to get him done. He then proceeded to use him on me in a game upon delivery. Jerk…

I received 2 additional units commissions from Dave, but they’ll have to wait a while, I’ve a Necron army to finish for NOVA! (More on this below)

Necron Night/Doom Scythe
Necron Night/Doom Scythe

Necron Night/Doom Scythe

After finishing Dave’s commission, I took a swing at the new scythe kit for the ‘Crons. I have to tell you, this was the EASIEST kit to put together. It’s like it was designed for the paint-then-assemble method that I use for this scheme.

Necron Night/Doom Scythe

Necron Night/Doom Scythe

And here’s the best part, the portal/Doom gun fit snugly in place with no need for magnets. So sweet.

Now if only those bases I ordered from Dragon Forge last night would arrive today so I can finish his base…

Finally, it’s time I stopped mucking around and geared up for NOVA. With my local hobby shop closed, I’m going to focus on getting this army and it’s display finished for NOVA.

Here’s a pic on what I’m bringing:

Necron Army Project for NOVA Open
NOVA Open here I come!

I’ll expand on this in a later post today.

Shawn G. (SoI)

Watch the Skies, Coming At You!

It seems like, in the two weeks since the new Space Marine Stormtalon has come out, everybody’s got a conversion; whether that be an attack helicoptor, mechanised walker, or just a kitbash to make it look slightly less goofy.

After recently finishing the Forge World Stormeagle, which is in and of itself a phenomenal kit, I found myself in possession of a whole box worth of leftover Stormraven bits with which to repurpose the Stormtalon.

It didn’t take long to realize that the single biggest problem was the overall length, or lack thereof, of the Stormtalon’s fuselage. The tail boom was far too short and wound up giving the box-standard build a very compressed, almost cartoonish appearance.

I can only imagine that this was as a result of aesthetic limitations, rather than technical ones, since both the Ork Bommer and Necron Doomscythe are satisfyingly massive. Matters weren’t helped by the conspicuously underslung assault cannon turret and the weapon pods to either side. It would require a trip to the drawing board, for sure!

Re-envisioned Stormtalon

The first order of business was to tighten up the profile.  Although the overall appearance is of a gunship, the Stormtalon is indisputably written as a dogfighter and it desperately needed to look more agile.  This was accomplished by cutting down the turret and slinging the assault cannons directly under the chin, whilst simultaneously swapping the position of the wings, now canards, and missile pods.

Re-envisioned Stormtalon

In retrospect, I don’t think that swapping those components was strictly necessary, but it I’m satisfied with the outcome.  If I had it to do over again, I may have tried to omit the wings, entirely, but the molded-on hardpoints on either side of the cockpit would then need to be cut down and smoothed over, instead.

Re-envisioned Stormtalon

The biggest change is to the tail boom, which was cut down at the panel line and removed, entirely.  In its place is almost the entire tail from the aforementioned, orphan Stormraven, with some slight modifications to fit.  The shape of the tail isn’t an exact match and, unfortunately, does give the appearance of having come from a significantly larger aircraft – but, on the whole, I’d say that it gives the Stormtalon just the right amount of displacement.  If I had it to do over again, I’d probably spend more time trying to tie it more cleanly into the fuselage.

Re-envisioned Stormtalon

Also worth pointing out are the landing gear, originally integrated into the turret housing, now give the appearance of extending directly from the fuselage.  I think this tends to be a bit more believable, since from an engineering perspective you’d want them tied in directly to the airframe.  Having them come off the turret just seems silly, since it would effectively be supporting the weight of the entire aircraft when it’s on the ground – and, for that matter, how would it land after suffering a Weapon Destroyed result?

Re-envisioned Stormtalon

It’s fair to say that it’s the weakest of all three new flyers, this month, but that being said, I’m pretty pleased with the Stormtalon.  Aesthetic considerations aside, t’s a well-engineered kit that fits together well out of the box.  The studio has clearly learned a number of valuable lessons from its predecessors, the Valkyrie, Stormraven and Razorwing and has incorporated these lessons into the sprue.