OK. finally got round to finishing (and as such even starting!) my zeus lunar class:
the detail of this model is simply a dream to paint. Zac's work with Armand is combined in such a way that compliments the skill and design elements of both designers in a way that looks cohesive and neat. I especially love the ball and socket variation on the lance turrets (a logical design evolution no?) an overlooked feature that gw would kick themselves for missing (if they even had the sense or inclination to continue and appreciate the merits of the bfg range).
I was rather pleased with the final job and decided to give it a black prow with a stripe on the area that looks a bit like a shield. very knightly
anyhow. with this done I decided to add more to my Battlegroup Armageddon fleet. so far we have the dominator, three endeavours and a defiant (I swapped the weapons out for launch bays on the shapeways light cruiser, needed some carrier support and I felt I had enough gunboat light cruisers with the three endeavours) a bunch of varying escorts and now a lunar. I wanted something big and chunky as a flagship but didn't fancy a battleship. yeah they are great to paint and model but I just don't feel they match my play-style I'm much more in favour of the cruiser and reams of escorts type scenarios that allow me to keep up with eldar fleets ( as well as I can anyhow) plus trying to get hold of one that I can afford without getting out a mortgage is like trying to find rockin-horse-sh*t these days.
going to do a mars class but found I was finally actually out of cruiser sprues (very sad). Instead I decided to recommission and old ship of mine that I created way back in the first days of bfg. a gothic class called the d'sparilius.
I had originally converted its prow to feature the old metal "master of the ravenwing" winged hooded angel (a suitable D'sparil if ever I saw one) it did NOT look good and as such had to go. however I simply recreated the effect of this with a voss/zeus prow and a recast of the little d'sparil in p38 (minus its wings) and put that on the prow in place of the eaglehead:
further additons included comms relay stations on the dorsal (made of those aerial thingys from battle for maccragge set) and battlebarge engines for extra chunkyness. yes its just a gothic class in game but on the table it certainly has some gravitas. here it is next to the aggamemnon:
I added the red to denote its flagship status and simply because variety is nice!
Its not all I've been up to. the observant among you may have noticed that the images now feaure a rather lovely space backdrop. this is actually a 2' x 1' mousepad (https://www.amazon.co.uk/ManKn-Performance-Extended-Stitched-Keyboard/dp/B017SYWC9M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469444978&sr=8-1&keywords=mouse+mat+mankn
perfect excuse to grab some nice shots of other things bfg I've done or been doing recently:
here is a new ship added to my rogue trader flotilla. the ardias. this zeus based endurance class has a p38 kar-dunaish prow that makes it fit in a treat with my previous kar dunaish conversion the kashmir.
this niccassar dhow is also a part of that fleet. note the tau-installed railguns are picked out in yellow. yes even telekinetic space-bears are tolerated by my roguetrader!
the thunderchild. the astartes strike cruiser has had a strip and a repaint in red (blood angels livery) as the previous yellow job was piss poor to my honest opinion. much better now and the first red ship I've ever actually painted!
I also repainted the astartes escort from yellow to fit in with my custom mars class inquisitorial blackship: the twighlight blade. that deserved a better image too so here they both are!
the blackship is also a rcommission of an old ship of mine the draconis (sadly destroyed in fleet-action against and old adversary of mine; henreticus the dark chaos lord aka crash commander) this conversion was an obvious attempt to blend aspects of the chaos, astartes and imperial cruisers together to create something that looked greater than the sum of its parts. others have claimed that I have simply stolen the idea from the chaos/imperial grand cruiser released bw gw some time ago but as I'm fond of reminding them, I made the core of this conversion back before those were even released! my later work was simply the new bridge and prow to denote its inquisitorial status. the ship works better thusly as the combination of imperial and chaotic parts give the ship a real impression of menace. a dark ship of unknown origin, bristling with weaponry and a suggestion of possible divided loyalties...
this is also a great method of adding a mars class to whatever imperial fleet I choose to play with without having to worry about matching colourschemes! LOL
a heavily mined asteroid field, heavily inspired by bfg rulebook art (chaos spikeysprue chains to the rescue!)
oh and here are some dirty old transports from the yellow-line trucking company coming into orbit around a small planet.
hope you enjoyed these. more soon(ish)
c and c welcome but please nothing to do with the quality (or lack of it) of the photography I'm aware I'm no photographer and have no intention of becoming so.
oh and for those in the wonder of who or what the hell a D'sparil is when its at home: http://doom.wikia.com/wiki/D'Sparil
yes I was (and still am) obsessed with doom heretic hexen quake and all things nineties fps! LOL
oh and those unclear on the references to p38: http://www.halfords.com/motoring/paints-body-repair/fillers-preparation/davids-isopon-p38-easy-sand-250ml
great cheap alternative to most resins when casting from silicon molds... probably considered heresy by those who do proffesional casting I know but its just my preferred medium when it comes to casting...