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Insomniac06 Sep 2017 12:49 a.m. PST

Up until Photobucket killed off third party hosting for me, I had a thriving topic (that was all about my slowly developing Space Dwarf army), here:

TMP link

Now that whole topic as a result of nasty placeholders everywhere.

So, now that I have a new hosting site, I thought I'd just put up a few finished squads and see where we go from there. It will tidy things up nicely.

These are all part of an Astra Militarum army:



First Platoon:


Second Platoon:


1st Armoured Sentinel Sqn:


2nd Armoured Sentinel Sqn:


Priests (Berserkers):


Psykers (Shaman):


Engineseer with Servitors:


Veteran Tyranid Hunters:


Veteran 'Maiden Guard':


More will come int the next post.

Insomniac06 Sep 2017 12:57 a.m. PST

Next I have elements that have been put together as the senior clan, representing the higher echelons of leadership. These Troops are put together using the Space Marine list:

Chapter Master and terminators:


Terminator Captain:




More Terminators:


The Chapter Master is the Hold King, the Captain is master of the Hearthguard and the Terminators represent Exo Armoured Hearthguard.

I have standard hearthguard that count as scouts but I don't have finished units yet so I can't post them yet.

Insomniac06 Sep 2017 1:02 a.m. PST

As part of this project, I have also put together a squad of Halfling Snipers for the Astra Militarum part of the army. These are the first troops that I have sculpted from scratch and had cast:



They are also the first troops in the army to see paint:


I have a number of sets of these Halflings available, if anyone is interested, over here:


There will be other stuff turning up in the distant future too… but it won't be going 'mainstream' as it is my hobby, not my job.

Giles the Zog06 Sep 2017 2:53 a.m. PST

Very nice !

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2017 9:58 a.m. PST

Love the gillie suited halflings!

Insomniac06 Sep 2017 12:53 p.m. PST

Cheers :)

Redroom Inactive Member06 Sep 2017 3:31 p.m. PST

really nice

Palewarrior07 Sep 2017 9:16 a.m. PST

Brilliant conversions & scratch built minis, just what I love seeing on TMP :)

Insomniac10 Sep 2017 9:49 a.m. PST

Thank you :)

During the development of an army like this, there are often things that are started but don't end up being included because they don't fit with the style. One such little diversion was an alternative Exo Armour design that I came up with. I nicknamed them Wolverines and they started life as a photo-chop of a Tartaros Terminator:


This then developed into a leg sculpt that fitted the torso of the Terminator:


Once the legs had been sculpted, they were sent away for casting:


When the casts came back, I set about putting together a squad of heavy mining suits, with additional close combat weapons:


I was really happy with the way they turned out… but sadly, they just didn't fit in with the existing Exo troopers so I sold them off for charity (Marie Curie).

As you can see… I got a small box of casts and those few that remain can be found over here:


I am not planning on getting any more cast because I have other things that I am working on…

… Like these Hearthguards:


Insomniac24 Sep 2017 5:11 p.m. PST

Someone mentioned mini Wookies (Ork 56 over on Frothers) but I didn't want to be a copy-cat so I made something different :) :


Seeing as sales have dried up, it makes sense to do something else with them :)… so I made a counts-as Jokaero.

In other news, I have actually started painting my Squat army… I know… crazy talk :D !

Anyway, here's a rough base-coat on my three Berserkers (count as Ministorum Priests):


Next will be a tidy up, wash and highlight… but I'll be doing that one at a time (so I can see finished progress :) ).

Insomniac27 Sep 2017 10:24 a.m. PST

A painted Jokaero:


Legion 427 Sep 2017 10:37 a.m. PST

Some very imaginative work ! thumbs up

Twoball Cane27 Sep 2017 7:17 p.m. PST

Very nice. Love the halfling sniper.

Insomniac08 Oct 2017 6:14 a.m. PST

The first Squat for the army is now painted. This is a Berserker (counts as ministorum priest):

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian08 Oct 2017 11:02 a.m. PST

This army is going to look downright impressive when its done… Love the Ratlings in the Gillie suits! Just perfect. evil grin

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Insomniac09 Oct 2017 11:18 a.m. PST

Cheers :)

Here's the next one:

Insomniac16 Oct 2017 2:22 a.m. PST

This one just hits you with his close-combat-dog :) :

Insomniac20 Oct 2017 8:37 a.m. PST

Now that I have some snipers, a Jokaero and some priests, it's high time I got my arse in gear and started painting some of the basic troops… so that is what I have done. Here is the first (rough) base-coat on the first squad of No.2 platoon:

Insomniac07 Nov 2017 6:55 a.m. PST

I've started the next veteran squad. These will all have berets. The main weapons will be shotguns and meltaguns. There will be a comms trooper and the sgt will have upgraded close combat weapons (probably a bolt pistol and power weapon):

Insomniac15 Nov 2017 11:38 a.m. PST

Ready for arming… then arming :) :

Legion 415 Nov 2017 1:43 p.m. PST

Great stuff again !

Insomniac16 Nov 2017 4:54 a.m. PST

Cheers :)

The troops are now armed so next up will be a layer of putty on the wire before I start sculpting the arms properly :) :

Insomniac17 Nov 2017 6:10 a.m. PST

Remember this?:

Well, all of the leg casts have now been sold and I won't be casting any more. That said, I have had an offer for the green so it is likely that it will be sold and may be cast up by someone else in the future. Sadly, there wasn't the demand for me to keep casting them :( .

Insomniac19 Nov 2017 9:00 a.m. PST

First layer of putty on the arms, ready for the next stage which will be hands :) :

Insomniac08 Jan 2018 1:37 p.m. PST

I decided that I wanted Sly Marbo in my army so I have started to convert one… this is still WIP :) :

Insomniac11 Jan 2018 12:56 p.m. PST

Here's the finished Sven Marbo :) :

Insomniac16 Jan 2018 12:58 p.m. PST

Next up will be a Valkyrie that is converted from a Corvus Blackstar.

Preliminary symbol removal is complete :) … I just need to sand a few things down and it will be ready to be assembled :) …

The Corvus Valkyrie has started :) .

Insomniac17 Jan 2018 7:07 a.m. PST

I couldn't resist builing the kit (with a few modifications):

wehrmacht17 Jan 2018 10:19 a.m. PST

What a fantastic project and army! Mad skills on display there!

Insomniac18 Jan 2018 12:01 p.m. PST

Cheers :)

It would appear that I had so much fun building the Valkyrie proxy that I felt the need to keep building… so I have started to build some amphibious transport vehicles :) :

I have another Hanomag on the way so that I have enough for a platoon (1 each for the command, 2 infantry squads and a heavy weapon squad). If these turn out OK, I may have finally beaten the curse :o …

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