The return of the Darklighter [WIP update 14/09/17]

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 02/01/14]

Post#41 » Jan 02 2014 06:35

Nice build on the Sun Shark, have you magnetised it to be swappable with the Razorshark?

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 02/01/14]

Post#42 » Jan 03 2014 06:17

I had seriously thought about it but after much kit and rules reviews I decided it's be far to much hassle for an option I'll never ever use. I can't see any point in using the razor shark over the sun shark. To make the razor shark and air superiority fighter you'll want to swap the burst cannon for TL missile pod and for a few points more you can just use the Sun shark. That can detach the drones to chase other units (and at half range has the same amount of shots and the quad ion gun) and have bombing run whilst still being just as deadly a fighter craft in it's own right. Also the networked markerlight with skyfire is never to be sniffed at, unless I'm missing something? If in the next edition the rules for the Razor get better I'll just add more to the army then, but for now I'm happy with just the bomber and 'Cuddas.

I did magnatise the missile pods though, so it can be single or twin linked.

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 02/01/14]

Post#43 » Jan 03 2014 06:56

It was quite the pain magnetising mine, but I'm glad I did it if only for the versatility. I really wanna buy a 'Cuda, I'm trying to find a way to mount a magnetised Ion Cannon from my Hammerhead kit onto the nose of the Sun Shark chassis, and use Hammerhead Burst Cannons for the sponsons in place of the drones. It'll end up a bit backwards shaped, but similar enough for proxying.

The Missile Pods on the Barracuda are built into the front of the craft itself, am I right?

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 02/01/14]

Post#44 » Jan 03 2014 07:04

It should be a good project and I'll keep my eye out for it. The missile pods are along the front wing here is a picture of mine for you to have a look at.

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 02/01/14]

Post#45 » Jan 31 2014 07:43

I've had a lot of projects started and unfinished lately mainly due to not getting the time to whip out my air brush to move on my airborne support wing to the next stage. I have how ever managed to make an other Cadre Fireblade. This was painted up for a forum comp. I didn't place well but I was in it for the numbers and motivation more than anything else. I knew it had to match my fast paint technique Cadre scheme so I didn't realistically expect a win.

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I think her face has turned out very Na'vi looking and at one point I was tempted to add face paint spots. I'm really surprised by how different the model looks without the cloak I was not expecting her to look so feminine.

Next up should be my air support; 2 Barracuda and a Sunshark bomber Finger crossed I should get chance this weekend if my cold doesn't get any worse!
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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 02/01/14]

Post#46 » Jan 31 2014 10:21

I absolutely love the colour scheme and the weather, particularly on the Crisis Suits.

The new Fireblade looks excellent too- very characterful.

Keep up the good work!

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 02/01/14]

Post#47 » Feb 03 2014 09:16

Thank you Le Pistolet. :D

My air support wing is finished! When placing the models for photo's I noticed that they fit together in a odd formation. This couldn't be by design could it? Now these are done I have a real hankering to get my Tiger Shark AX-1-0 done to match.... :biggrin:

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With these complete I'm not sure what to do next I have a few projects I could get on with before building new models, but as none of them are needed for army lists right now I'm in no real rush to tackle them. Things that need updating from my old scheme are a Tiger Shark, 3 Piranhas, 2 Devilfish, 2 stealth teams, an old ethereal honour guard squad, a few shield and marker drones, a marker tower and a plasma gun turret. I should get the transports done and maybe the Piranhas but while I'm at it I may as well throw in the Tiger shark for one big batch painting nightmare of awesomeness. :fear:

The other option is to paint up Farsight in black (I've made up my mind that all Farsight models including the 8 are going to be in black armour). But this would mean I'd have to follow up on Brokenswords recommendation of painting my other commanders white and would mean another repaint for poor old Shadowsun.... :crafty:

With that much hobby flying around my head there's only one thing to do and that is have a good sort out and tidy up of my work space. It should help me gain some clarity on the matter. Of course I'm open to suggestions from you guys as always. ;)
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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 23/03/14]

Post#48 » Feb 26 2014 03:03

Ok well I went with the Devilfish and Piranhas sans Tigershark (I chickened out). They took longer than I'd hope to finish not because they where hard to do, but because I found very little time to do any hobby.

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The next Tau unit I'll be working on will be a squad of Vespid. I've got them base coated, washed and ready for highlighing and detailing.

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I'm going to try and build up a flesh coloured highlight to make them look like they have a dark blackish flesh that looks different to the Tau suits tertiary colour. I'm not sure if it'll work or if I can pull it off, but I'm going to give it a try. :fear:

I've also got an Inquisitor scale Marine stuck together and adorned with Blood Angels Iconography. I'll be starting paint on him in April and I'll keep you guys posted about my progress. I'm looking forward to painting such a large scale model for change. :biggrin:

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Re: The return of the Darklighter [WIP update 23/03/14]

Post#49 » Mar 23 2014 04:13

These guys have been finished for a while now but with my camera batteries dieing on me and hobby time being cut to a minimum I've only just gotten around to taking and uploading a photo.

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I love the look of these guys but I've had no luck at all in using them in games. They either get smashed off the board before getting to act or roll so badly they might as well not have bothered showing up! I've never made my points back with them this codex and I'm not sure why....

Next up will be Farsight.

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 28/03/14]

Post#50 » Mar 28 2014 08:07

Another side project I've been working on was an ancient ruin inspired by the old ones background. It's also my twist on the star dias that Farsight found. I know it's nothing like in the background but as a proxy I think it'll work well. They Mayan glyphs do indeed tell a story of my own, but I'm no language scholor so it's very much a basic attempt at it.

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Let me know what you think and I'll get to working on Farsight him self, then it'll be the inquisitor scale Marine. Maybe followed my my Tigershark.....

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Re: The return of the Darklighter [[WIP] update 28/03/14]

Post#51 » Apr 02 2014 10:20

Wow Darklighter you have been busy... Love your work on the Cuda's, most impressive indeed.

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Re: The return of the Darklighter [[WIP] update 28/03/14]

Post#52 » Apr 03 2014 05:55

Thanks Brokensword I can't wait to get my Tigershark matching.

I got Farsight finished the other night and I'm supposed to be starting paint on my Inquisitor scale marine......

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….. So This is what I've been doing instead!

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Let me know what you think. I got all the weapons magnetised same as the last one. I've not glued the shield on just yet for paint and I have a few things to do to the base before I prime. I've also re-primed my Tigershark. I wish I could stay on task!

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Re: The return of the Darklighter [[WIP] update 03/04/14]

Post#53 » Apr 04 2014 03:57

I like the pose on the Riptide. Very dynamic, relays a feeling of mass and direction.

P.S. Remember to fill the soles of the Riptide's feet, they look odd if they're hollow ; ).

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Re: The return of the Darklighter [[WIP] update 03/04/14]

Post#54 » Apr 04 2014 05:17

Good call I had not noticed that at all, I'll get on it right away!

My regular gaming partner has dubbed Farsight the domino warrior.... *insert communist jokes about Tau here*

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Re: The return of the Darklighter [[WIP] update 03/04/14]

Post#55 » Apr 08 2014 09:14

I love your work! Everything is rustic, tough, and beautifully detailed!
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Re: The return of the Darklighter [[WIP] update 03/04/14]

Post#56 » Apr 21 2014 10:18

Cheers samuraioshovah.

I've recently been talked into a tale of 4 gamers(ish) challenge to help a friend find the motivation to paint up his huge collection of imperial guard. It's going to run for 4 months starting in May, by the end we should all have at least 2000 points painted. Month 1 is the core of our armies needing 1 HQ and 2 Troop to be completed. At the end of each month we will game with the models we have painted for the quota and hopefully write up battle reports, some may even get recorded? As an incentive to over achieve at the end of the 4 months we will have an Apoc battle with everything we have painted regardless of points cost.

I could have used this as an excuse to jump back into painting my Blood Angels..... But where would the fun in that be! We have started the challenge by taking pictures of our to do pile. Here is mine. The sprues include 6 boradsides 24 Kroot and 24 Firewarriors.

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Since this picture was taken I've built about half of it. ready for paint and made a list for my first months pledge.

My units are being built as additions to my main force and as such are not being built for maximum effectiveness. As a gamer though I'll add units in such a way that I'll make the best out of what models I have.... At least that's the plan.

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Troop 12 Kroot 1 Shaper 1 hound.

Heavy 3 Railsides.

The exact wargear is yet to be worked out but these will form my first 500 points list. I will also be painted my Tiger shark that month for an other forum challenge. It should be useful for the Apoc battle at the end especially if all 4 of my friends baneblade variants get finished!

All the models will be painted to match my current army scheme and quality The kroot are the only units that I've yet to work out a full scheme for. My initial thoughts are brown flesh with black talons and hair and Tan/bone wargear to tie them in with rest of my army, but we'll see.

In the line up we have 2 guard players both looking at starting troop heavy lists and a Tyranid army that has a huge amount of troops and MC's. We'll see who comes out on top in battle and who can and can't keep up with the 500 point an month minimum pledge. We also have a none gamer who is joining in just for the ride who is also painting up guardsman.

I will be keeping this blog updated as I make progress and by the end I should have all my Tau models painted..... I just can't stop planing my next buy! I also need a 2 60mm bases and a ton of gundrones to convert into marker drones..... I've been on rob for them for an age... See I told you I just can't stop it!

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Re: The return of the Darklighter [[WIP] update 21/04/14]

Post#57 » Apr 21 2014 11:00

Cheers Darklighter,

On your riptide did you pin all the way through your base? I love the pose. I magnetized mine for easy transport. Good luck with your Challenge!
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Re: The return of the Darklighter [[WIP] update 21/04/14]

Post#58 » Apr 21 2014 01:24

No it's not pinned just super glued on. I'll maybe regret that at a later date, but for now it's holding fast. I don't feel like I'm riding the tiger by picking it up model first or anything, it seems pretty solid.

And I'll need all the luck I can get, cheers. I've been so scatter brained recently that I'm half way through a ton of stuff. I'm hoping this will help me to regain my focus.

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