Monday, 13 July 2020

Fabius Bile: Saqqara Ur-Damak Thresh plus Greater Possessed

Saqqara Ur-Damak Thresh plus Greater Possessed

Saqqara Ur-Damak Thresh of the Word bearers was a diabolist who led an assassination squad, Fabulous Bill being the target.

The only survivor, Saqqara was forced into joining The Consortium of Fabius by poison bombs inserted in his body.

Saqqara disarmed these but identified with Bile being one of the few who stayed with the Apothecary through the battle with the Dark Eldar.

Following, Bile's escape from the Death Guard, Saqqara rejoined the mad doc's new warband as the resident diabolist,

On another note, I think I am getting better at this stippling lark but I definitely need a more suitable brush. One is on order.

Friday, 10 July 2020

Fabius Bile's Creations

Fabulous Bill With Escort

Having finished Fabby Vile and his Little Friend I have set about creating a small warband with which he can smite his foes, a force of Renegade Marines that have turned to Slaanesh - cue maniacal laughter.

Slaaneshi Chaos Marines

First up is a straightforward Chaos Marine squad in the colours of the Dark Prince. It's a fire support team with an autocannon.

Noise Marines

My second unit is a squad of Noise Marines with a kitbashed sonic weapon. One can't get sonic weapon parts at the moment - there's a war on, you know.

Sonic Weapon

The sonic weapon started life as a plasma gun with various bits added to suggest a loudspeaker of the sort one finds on poles at outdoor events.


The business end with targeting lens etc.

Stippling 1

I experimented with a stippling dry brush method to create wild, clashing colour blends suitable for followers of The God of Excess. I didn't really have a suitable brush and made a few missteps.

Stippling 2

I think I started to get better towards the end.

Golden Weapons

Golden weapons, what else for the Prince of Luxury?

Monday, 6 July 2020

My Aeronautica Imperialis Collection

Tau Air Caste

The Tau planes are the real gems of the second starter set with sleek beautiful lines.

I assembled them with a variety of weapons purely for modelling purposes: WYSIWIG isn't really an issue at this scale.

I used a grey contrast paint laid on fairly generously so it pooled in the middle of flat surfaces giving a mottled camo  appearance, rather like that used on  modern US Navy aircraft.

Imperial Navy Lightnings

I must admit the Voss pattern Lightnings do look quite neat when painted. I had a bit of a downer on these when I opened the box but, okay, maybe I was a bit harsh.

Imperial Navy Ground Support Wing

The Marauder straffers and Valkyrie 'mud movers' are camo'd for flying low over the desert. The Lightnings are more dual purpose ground-strike and ground-strike escort so I gave them a more multipurpose biscuit-coloured camo.

Imperial Navy Strategic Wing

These are my high altitude strike force of Marauder bombers and Thunderbolt air superiority escorts. I envisage them dropping from spacecraft in low orbit to penetrate deep into enemy territory to hit strategic targets.

Da Orky Flyboyz

My homage to Deff Squadron, da Orkiest, shootiest flyboyz in da whole galaxy. They use an eclectic mix of single seater and two seater shooty planes and a giant heavy boma.

And that's all folks, until the next set of releases.

Monday, 29 June 2020

Hunting Giant Brain Ticks

Giant Brain Tick

The repeated radiation, industrial chem-leaks and biochem warfare acros the states of the old Soviet Union has produced some of the most peculiar mutation since the Cretaceous. But none is odder than the Giant Brain Tick: a weird amalgamation of human and Arthropod DNA possibly initiated in Soviet or Nazi biolabs but definitely evolved and mutated in the field.

A Hunting We Will Go

The World Health Authority have placed a bounty so large on each tick that many are ready to risk a hunting expedition in the blasted lands. It's brain tissue forms the core of numerous  artificial intelligence machines.

Which Is Front And Which Behind

Friday, 26 June 2020

Review: New Plastic Fabius Bile

Fabulous Vile and Igor

Fabius is one of my favourite 40K characters. I really identify with mad scientists especially BioGeek mad scientist gene jockeys. The metal model was not great so I had my order in early when a new plastic version was announced, especially as he came with his very own Igor.

The Postman Knocks Twice

I bought the model with a copy of the new accompanying supplement, more about that later. Fabius and Igor came in a box, raising my expectations of the goodies inside.

The Sprue

Opening the box was a let down. I mean, £25 for a single little sprue to build two big models: 21 pieces in total!!! Igor was only five pieces, one of which was a base.


The poses are very dynamic.

Fabulous is caught in the act of stepping forward, pushing off with his stick - Torment, Needler hanging loosely in one hand.

Igor is crouched over a space marine holding a strange semi-organic gribbley machine, presumably extracting geneseed.

Striding Out

Actually, when the models are assembled and painted they look pretty good.

I think my initial disappointment was because I have been painting new Tamiya 1:48 modern armour and it is amazing what you get in a box. Of course, wargame models are expensive compared to historical models so, on that basis, I am happy with my purchase.

One nice point: the new data sheet comes with the model. You don't need anything else to incorporate Fabius in your Chaos Marine army.


Monday, 22 June 2020

Aeronautica Imperialis: The Valkyrie

Valkyrie Leads A Vendetta

I have finished the first couple of planes from the latest Aeronautica starter kit. I have kitted out the first one as a bog standard Valkyrie troop transport with a multilaser and rocket pods.

A Vendetta gunship completes the pair with triple twin-lascannon weapon load-out.

The Business End

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Review: Toyota Hilux Technical

Showroom Clean For The Discerning Insurgent

Mike Brewer of uTube channel Wheeler-Dealer tells of when he was sitting outside an Afghan US airbase coffee-house waiting for his transport when a plane landed. A bunch of men, tall, chiselled chins, black polonecks, holsters on hip, detrained pushing along an Afghan prisoner in front of them. The Afghan looked up, did a double-take, and yelled 'Mike Brewer - Wheeler Dealers - Great Show."

Slipping free of the dumbfounded polo-necks [Who is this Limey?], he proceeded to pump Mike's hand and quote his favourite sections. As they dragged off the unfortunate ex-combatant he exclaimed, "Mike, why haven't you reviewed the Toyota Hilux?"

So until Mike does, here is my review of the Antenocitis Workshop 28 mm version. The AW website is not the most sophisticated or user friendly in existence but my link takes you right to it. This is a nicely cast resin model which required no filler at all. it comes in one part except for the wheels so assembly takes about 45 seconds - and it sits flat on the table. There are no metal add ons, so no wing mirrors but everything is beautifully sculpted. I really like the aluminium wheels.

Looking For Targets

The model comes empty. I have added a recoilless rifle from another model in the AW range and the figure is Eureka(?).

You will see this particular rifle, the American 105 mm M40, everywhere on Toyotas around the world. It was a popular model even before the Chinese mass-produced an identical knock-off and then Iran knocked off the knock-off.

The model is just the right scale for a modern 28 mm army - I reckon its about 1:50ish.

And you can buy it for the incredible price of £8.50 - great value.

Highly recommended.