[IceFall's 13,000+ points] The 'Margin' Cadre

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Re: [IceFall's 13,000+ points] The 'Margin' Cadre

Post#37 » Dec 19 2017 06:06

A quick muse on basing (this is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek update but found out some things):

So, since my guys are from some kind of ice world, or have been fighting there or something I got curious as to how they might look in context so I made some ice... so maybe I didn't make ice but I found some:

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So, for a brief moment deep in the north of Italy stood guard a solitary FireWarrior:

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In an interesting turn out - that model survived three 12 hour days in up to -10/11 degree weather - in the outside pocket of a hardshell jacket. He also survived my multiple submersions in chest deep snow, and I fell on to him several times etc. He survived - a few scratches, but he survived.

So - what did I learn: 1. No-one should be concerned about storing their miniatures in cold places, 2. I think its time to put some 'snow' on my bases, 3. The colour scheme kinda works.

My next update will be about my XV8s and some new basing.
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Re: [IceFall's 13,000+ points] The 'Margin' Cadre

Post#38 » Dec 19 2017 03:29

Hey Icefall, I definitely am impressed with your cadre, the models look great in an amazingly short time!

Besides that, nice climbing pics! I think those are the Nomics? (I use Quarks). It's good to see a fellow climber on here.

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Re: [IceFall's 13,000+ points] The 'Margin' Cadre

Post#39 » Dec 21 2017 05:44

Spottington wrote:Hey Icefall, I definitely am impressed with your cadre, the models look great in an amazingly short time!

Besides that, nice climbing pics! I think those are the Nomics? (I use Quarks). It's good to see a fellow climber on here.


Yes they are the Nomics - an excellent piece of kit I cant do without. Undecided about having Quarks or BD Cobra's as my back-ups. Leaning towards the BD kit because I am tired of biting in to ice cold axes when I forget myself!
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Re: [IceFall's 13,000+ points] The 'Margin' Cadre: XV8s

Post#40 » Dec 21 2017 06:05

UPDATE #15

Live Project Build

I have finally finished my XV8's - not yet done with all of the weapon options, but the XV8 bodies are now fully painted, based and magnetised:

Started finishing these up about two weeks ago but got distracted by finishing up weapons and going on a short holiday. I had all the little things left - the gold, the vents, the decals, the lens, the jet packs etc.

I'm not really going to put many progress photos re that as its nothing new - I will however focus on the basing as thats a new direction for the army.

BASING:

So, when I got back from holiday a couple of days ago I had basing materials waiting for me - I knew I couldn't cover every base with grass for all models - not least due to the prohibitive cost of that given the size of my army - so invested in some stones.

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To keep consistent with the rest of my army I used grass tufts and Ice crystals.

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And then I filled in the gaps with PVA glue and Large Stones and some stone dust:

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There is only one thing to note here re my XV8 collection: I really, really, really don't like the jet packs. I have painted them up - but these new XV8s look so slick without them. Therefore, I have a magnet behind the head for a third hard point for a weapon.

FINISHED:

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Re: [IceFall's 13,000+ points] The 'Margin' Cadre

Post#41 » Dec 22 2017 12:24

I'd love to talk about climbing all day, especially ice climbing as winter gets going, but this isn't the right place. I will say, a trip to the north of Italy to get on some good ice sounds awesome, it's not quite formed up near me yet but I'm hoping for a good cold winter :D

As a cold aficionado myself, I wanted to have my cadre in a snowy scene. I really like what you've done with the ice crystals on the bases. If you're planning to add some snow, it's not too difficult or time consuming to get good results. I found these links helpful:

http://fromthewarp.blogspot.com/2010/01/details-8-ways-to-base-with-snow.html
http://grudginglyread.blogspot.com/2014/02/tutorial-cheap-easy-snow-for-warhammer.html

-Spot

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Re: [IceFall's 13,000+ points] The 'Margin' Cadre

Post#42 » Dec 24 2017 09:19

Spottington wrote:I'd love to talk about climbing all day, especially ice climbing as winter gets going, but this isn't the right place. I will say, a trip to the north of Italy to get on some good ice sounds awesome, it's not quite formed up near me yet but I'm hoping for a good cold winter :D

As a cold aficionado myself, I wanted to have my cadre in a snowy scene. I really like what you've done with the ice crystals on the bases. If you're planning to add some snow, it's not too difficult or time consuming to get good results. I found these links helpful:

http://fromthewarp.blogspot.com/2010/01/details-8-ways-to-base-with-snow.html
http://grudginglyread.blogspot.com/2014/02/tutorial-cheap-easy-snow-for-warhammer.html

-Spot


Agreed - most of it hadn't reach the ground where I was too - all too often some pretty dicey M6-7 to get to only WI4. For those interested - each Ice Axe is basically a KX139 ...Warhammer is very inexpensive when compared to most variations of climbing!

Back to TAU: Thanks for the snow tips - I did actually have globs of snow using snow 'flock' and PVA glue but by the time it dried it was mostly clear - which I was not expecting - I think I didn't leave a heavy enough layer of flock.
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Re: [IceFall's 13,000+ points] The 'Margin' Cadre

Post#43 » Dec 24 2017 09:43

UPDATE #16

Semi-Live build

So, about the same time I finished my first pass on the XV8's I finished my Commanders. I have six because way back when I was planning to create 'the Eight'. I didn't like the idea of using XV8's because I wanted them to stand out.

With 8th edition coming during my painting cycle (so close to being complete now!) it didn't make sense to have them painted in a way which didn't match the rest of my army. I know I don't play - but I see no sense in not leaving that option available. If only for re-sale value.

Like the XV8's, I completed the jetpacks, LR Burst Cannons, and gold flourishes during this thread. I am not sure about what decals to use yet and still need to add nuln oil ... but I just ran out and its xmas and not available on PrimeNow.

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Here we are - all six. All of these are magnetised (jetpacks, weapon points etc) making each Commander variation available to every model. I chose armour front plates and heads at random based on what I liked at the time.

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Normal Commander:

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Coldstar Commander:

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As I was finalising these Commanders I was honestly getting a bit bored because Tau are all armour plates - no real details.

As such the SpaceWolves box was opened. I bought an entire army (new) with the intention of putting them on to the TAU bases or over shoulders. That will no longer happen so I painted up my first ever Space Wolves model over the course of last night and this morning: Bjorn the Fell-Handed.

I really wish we had some Tau Models which had these flourishes - because due to the details Bjorn looks so much better painted but required no more skill :?. Here is the start of my next army (don't worry admins/mods I won't cover that here) next to my current: the old Dreadnoughts are tiny!

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