Monday, December 26, 2011

Modeling Tutorial: Cheap Plastic Zoanthrope Kitbash

Not if I have anything to say about it!  Chaosheade the Thrifty Heresiarch to the rescue!

Hey everyone, welcome to the long awaited Kitbashed Plastic Zoanthrope modeling tutorial, A.K.A. the "I'm about to save you a @#$&load of money on Zoanthropes" tutorial.  As you may know I am working on making a null deployment Tyranid army and that means I want to have some Zoanthropes.  Being the thrifty gamer that I am, however, I have a problem with paying $25 per model for the 6-9 zoanthropes that I eventually want to have in my collection and I'm not going to even comment on the whole "Finecast" issue and the complaints you see all over the internet.  I think that poor dead horse has seen enough abuse already.

Getting back on topic, I decided to try my hand at converting a zoanthrope using an assortment of plastic bits.  The first attempt was decent but not great and had several areas that really needed some attention.  The second version was a huge improvement over the first and will be the basis for all further conversions.  In this post I will be converting my third zoanthrope and documenting the process to show you exactly how I made them and how much money I will be saving compared to buying them at retail prices.  All right then, enough with the introductions, jumping right into it after the break.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

HUGE Hobby Progress Update and WTF have I been doing for the last month.

This pic makes me want to facepalm so hard but I can't keep myself from laughing at this every time I see it.  And now you will too.  No need to thank me.
  Found here.

Hey everybody, Chaosheade here back from another little blogging hiatus with a status update on what I've been up to that's sooo much more important than this little corner of the internet.  (If you don't care about this and just want to get to the hobby update, just skip to the break.)  I mentioned in the previous post that I've been getting a ton of modeling done and I've gotten even more done since then, but the main reason I've been out of touch with the blog-o-sphere is work.  I deliver newspapers for a living and they get pretty crazy around this time of year, especially on Thanksgiving, so work has been pretty stressful lately.  To help combat the extra stress I've been taking refuge in Skyrim which, admittedly, has also eaten up some of my potential hobby/blogging time but work remains the #1 contributing factor.  I have been enjoying the game immensely and IMO it's the best Elder Scrolls game yet.  I won't nerd out too much on the blog and go on about how awesome my lvl 52 character is and all the stuff he's got, but if you want to chat about the game feel free to email me.

Enough about that, I have lots of great stuff to share with you so sit back and enjoy the show after the break.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Basing and painting for Hive Fleet Balor.

Very cool and inspirational model by The LeadHead.  See also: the making of.

Hey all, Chaosheade here again.  I've kind of been neglecting my blogging lately but it's mainly because I've been getting a ton of modeling done which is pretty awesome.  Also my nice big LCD monitor went belly up so I'm working with an old CRT monitor until I can afford a replacement, but that's another story.  Back on topic, I finally decided how I'm going to base my army and I have a slight tweak in the paint scheme that I think will work better with the bases.  Details after the jump.

Tyranid Objective Markers Concept /w Pics!

Welcome heretics, xenos friends, and loyalist scum wishing you can be as cool as us.  Welcome to another post by your beloved (or reviled) heresiarch, Chaosheade.  Life is continuing to kick my butt pretty thoroughly.  Work, my wife catching pneumonia and an angry gall bladder, taking care of my family, blah blah blah, excuses, excuses.  Fortunately my wife is pretty much recovered now and things are getting closer to normal, or at least what passes as normal for me.  I have been able to squeeze in some hobbying and I'm making some decent progress building my nids.  Of course my blogging has slowed down a bit but what can you do?  I'm here now, ain't I?

Today I wanted to share an idea I had for some Tyranid objective markers that I think are going to be wicked awesome.  Yes, I just said that.  That just happened.  I uploaded some previews of some preliminary conceptual mock-ups of the models on my DeviantArt account and then "leaked" them on the Maximum Heresy Twitter Feed.  For those of you who think Twitter is for twits, here's a blog post with all the pictures and info with a more thorough explanation of all the markers and the inspiration behind them.  Gribbly goodness after the jump.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

New Necrons Theory: Plastic or Finecast?

Source: iAMiAN_'s photostream

Hey everybody, Chaosheade here.  Unless you've been living under a rock or been without internet connection since yesterday you have probably heard about all the pictures of the new Necron units leaked by Beasts of War yesterday.  I usually don't go for all the attention-grabbing rumors and news stuff, but after seeing Wayland Games' Necron Pre-Order Page I came up with a theory on which new (and returning) units will be plastic and which will be finecast that I thought would be worth sharing.  Ponderings after the jump.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A HOTcontest and a Terrible Two Weeks

Fun fact you didn't know about me: when I'm having a bad day I transform into an emo chick.

Hey all, Chaosheade here.  As you may have guessed from the title of this post I have been having a pretty rotten time the last couple weeks due to lots of RL type stuff but let's not bother with that right now, there are more important things to get into first.  I'll go over the good stuff right after the jump.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Zoanthrope Conversion mk2 Complete

Translation: "And I'm spent."

Hey everybody, Chaosheade back again.   I finally completed the second zoanthrope conversion with many improvements over the first conversion and would like to share the finished product with all of you.  Pics and stuff after the jump.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Zoanthrope Conversion mk2 WIP

WIP picture of the new and improved Zoanthrope conversion.
Hey everybody, Chaosheade here with a quick update on the progress of the new and improved second generation Zoanthrope conversion.  I got a lot of work done and wanted to share my progress so far.  The above picture shows my current progress on the second model using the improvements I outlined in my last post.  More details on the specific parts and the changes I made after the jump.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Zoanthrope Conversion Beta Test Model

Beta version under construction

Hey everybody, Chaosheade here with an updated look at the Zoanthrope conversion that I recently shared.  I have made a few tweaks to the model and have several ideas on how to improve on the design.  I will share pictures of the model in its current state and several ideas on how I plan on improving it.  Full story after the jump.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hobby Update: I'm back in the game!

I'm back, baby!
found here thanks to google image search

Hey everybody, Chaoshead here and I'm very happy to announce that I'm back in the hobbying saddle again.  After an extended hobby funk I finally got back to modeling.  It started with getting over my blogging funk and then the rest of the bits just fell into place... and stayed there because I super glued them. *rimshot*  I am also working on another major conversion that will save me a TON of money and, of course, I will be making a tutorial about the conversion soon.  Full details after the jump.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Adventures in Airbrushing Episode IV: Where do I buy this stuff?

Apparently airbrushes are not high on Google's priorities.

Hey everybody, Chaosheade here with a quick addition another episode of Adventures in Airbrushing with commentary by M4XVLTG3.  I wanted to go over different airbrush retailers and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each one.  There is a very brief list in AiA Episode III on compressors but I want something much more comprehensive.  The subject didn't really seem to fit in any of the other sections that are being worked on or are planned and it's something I wanted to discuss.  This was originally supposed to be a quick and dirty guide but it ended up growing too long to be considered a small addition so it grew up to be a full episode.  That seems to happen a lot when I get carried away with my research.  More after the jump.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Painting the Pod, Part 1

"Painting the Pod" sounds like it could be some clever euphemism for something else... too bad it's not.

Hey everybody, Chaosheade here with a hobby update on the spore pods I created last week.  I wanted to have a finished pod ready to show off today but couldn't figure out just how I wanted to paint them so I'll just have to start with the part that was successful.  Those following Maximum Heresy on Twitter got a sneak preview of the pod with the base colors done.  Details on this and my failed experiments after the jump.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Modeling Tutorial: Cheap and Easy Mycetic Spore Pods

Hey everybody, Chaosheade here with another tutorial.  Our subject this time is Mycetic Spore pods, the Tyranid version of drop pods.  This is just one of the many units in the codex that does not have an official model, making it a prime candidate for substitution, conversion, etc.  There are a number of tutorials out there most often using foam balls or eggs but most of them were either too much work or just didn't look good to me.  There are also some models made by other companies such as Plasma Hatcher toys (~$20 or more depending on availability) or the models from Chapterhouse Studios ($35) and Mr. Dandy ($42-48) but these options are quite expensive. I finally found one that really caught my attention in this thread on The Tyranid Hive forums.  This method is much more economical than purchasing one of the 3rd party models and in my opinion looks better and is easier to make than any of the other methods I researched.  I can't take credit for the original idea but what I have done is create a formal step-by-step tutorial that more fully explains the process of making these spore pods.  More after the jump.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Evaluation Period Over (First and only thoughts on fincast)

After spending a afternoon with a few boxes of finecast all I have to say is DOUBLE HERESY!! Which is normally a good thing on this site but holy jello pudding snacks this stuff is a mess. I'm finding extra resin pooled behind claws and let's not talk about thining around detailed edges. I thought they had the process down to a science by now. I guess not. The part that really grinds my gears is that I'm paying the same price for this bs. Pic related, its MFW I spend twice as long preping finecast models than I did with my metal ones.
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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mixing Quick Reference

Hello my beautiful cultists. M4X here to let you know Chaosheade and I are considering Putting a quick mix guide in the main menu section. Basically it would be one place to get the parts breakdown for basic wash mixtures and paint cutting/thinning formulas. What do you guys think? If you have any mixes of your own that you want to share comment them at the bottom of the post. If we use it we will give you the recognition in our mixing section. Let us know if this would be something useful to you.

I have lots of recipes to share for all kinds of applications.  I'll start working on putting them all in one place. 
P.S. I've decided to use green as my added comments color.  Blogger's blues are either too light to be manly enough to use or too dark to read against the black background. -CH

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New Blood Angel corrupted jumper project

So after two weeks of leave and brain mashing with Chaosheade I have scraped put my IG traitors on hold. I'm now going to build a army I have not played since their inception into 40K. More after the jump.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Dr. Chaosbugs, or: How I learned to stop worrying and love Tyranids.

More of my sweet Photoshop skills... and just a little bit creepy.
Hey all, Chaosheade here again to regale you with another Tale of Interest.  This is a story of war, of passion, of love and hate, of joy and sorrow, of frustration and satisfaction.  This is a story of the relationship between a Heretic and a strange alien life form from another galaxy whose sole purpose is to consume biomass.  This is a story all about how my life got flip- what?  I already did the Fresh Prince thing?  Oh... well... I guess I'll just get to it then.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

News time: M4X comes home, my brother makes a tutorial, and lots of blue-tac

Hey all, Chaosheade here with a breaking news bulletin.  More like an update on what's happening, but the first one sound a lot more exciting.

I am so good at Photoshop

Saturday, July 2, 2011

A short absence: RL strikes again

Hey everybody, Chaosheade checking in.  As you probably figured out from the title, real life has once again come between me and what I love doing.  My spare time has been very scarce lately and I haven't even picked up any of my minis in a week or so.  I won't go into all the details but there's been lots of things going on creating lots of stress for us.  Just wanted to let everyone know I'm still here and still reading even though I'm not writing or commenting nearly as much as I would like to be.  I haven't forgotten or abandoned you and hopefully it will be back to business as usual soon.  Until then, stay cool and I'll catch you on the flip side.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tyranids hobby update, a little news, and a bit of a funk.

Hey all, Chaosheade here after taking a few mental health days off.  I figured I would share my progress on my Tyranid army so everyone can point and laugh at my incredibly slow progress.  This will also serve as a pseudo-update to the 'Magnetizing' Without Magnets Tutorial that will probably get a real update sometime in the not too distant future.  I'll get into the reasons closer to the end of the post.  More after the jump.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Adventures in Airbrushing Episode III: The Compressor Quandary

Or, which compressor should I buy?  Similar to Adventures in Airbrushing Episode I, in Episode III I will be listing some guidelines on which compressor to buy as well as some examples.  If you haven't read it already, be sure to check out Episode II for an in-depth guide to many of the benefits and features available to be sure you know what you are looking for. So get ready, sit back and let me, 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A bit about me and why I blog

Hey everybody, Chaosheade here with some random musings.  I've been thinking about this topic for a while and have been meaning to put my thoughts into a more permanent format since my brain's memory banks are so inefficient but never got around to it before now.  

I may never be as cool as Laurence Fishburne but I compensate for that with... uh... I'll get back to you on that one.
This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - your browser closes, you go about your day, and everything seems normal until 99 badger-monkey hybrids explode from your computer and do horrible things to you (I'll let your imagination take care of the mental images on this one.) You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and continue reading this post and I'll show you how deep the rabbit hole of my mind goes, quite possibly driving you insane.  You're screwed either way, so you might as well enjoy the ride!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Quick post-Memorial Day update and a little Tyranid painting

From a veteran who is fortunate enough to be here to celebrate Veterans day, to those who are not.  
Hey everybody.  Chaosheade here hoping everyone's Memorial Day weekend went well.  Mine was pretty busy between trying to change my sleeping schedule (I need to quit working nights) and two barbecues.  I didn't do much hobby related stuff, but I did try out a couple quick experiments on my 'nids with various washes.  More after the break.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tyranid painting: test models completed

Say hello to my little friends!  I call the big one 'Bitey'.
Hey Everybody, Chaosheade here with the promised update on painting Hive Fleet Balor and two finished test models.  They are a little rough and a bit sloppy but I wasn't terribly worried about perfect results.  I just wanted to get some paint on them to see how the paint scheme worked and I like how it turned out.  I also have my light box with some more proper lighting set up so the pictures should be better quality than they have been lately.  Full details and analysis after the jump.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hobby update: Tyranids (Finally!)

Less sinister than this update, but just as deadly... perhaps.
Well then.  I believe it's about time for update time.  Chaosheade here with an update on my nids.  Don't worry, there will be no more repetitive redundancy in this post.  It's taken so long to get started back up with them partially because of moving and being busy as hell and partially because having trouble figuring out the paint scheme kind of put me off of working on the army.  That should be over now since I think I have a much more solid plan for a paint scheme that I like and I also decided on a name for my hive fleet.  Check out all the juicy details after the jump.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Adventures in Airbrushing Episode II: Attack of The... Compressors?

"Guns don't kill people.  Apes with guns kill people" -Charlton Heston
Welcome back everyone to the second installment of Adventures in Airbrushing with Chaosheade and M4XVLTG3.  In this episode, we will be discussing compressors and virtually everything you need to consider when choosing a compressor.  Strap yourselves in because it's going to be a bumpy ride and remember to keep your hands and other body parts inside the vehicle at all times.  Maximum Heresy is not responsible for any injury sustained while reading this post.  Enjoy your ride!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Community Spotlight: 'Tyracrons' from Musings of a Metal Mind

Group Shot
All pictures and credit goes to the author of Musings of a Metal Mind

Hey everybody.  Chaosheade here with another Community Spotlight article showcasing an inspirational example of a true counts-as army.  These 'Tyracrons' from Musings of a Metal Mind are not just another re-purposed MEQ proxy army, they are the real deal.  Painstakingly converted, expertly painted, and just plain scary looking, this army is masterfully done and a credit to our hobby.  More after the jump.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Adventures in Airbrushing episode 1.5: More Details on Airbrush Features

Too... many... features! Source
Hey everybody, Chaosheade here with an update to the first installment of Adventures in Airbrushing.  In the first installment I very briefly touched on some of the extra features that comes with some airbrushes and now I will go over many of them in more detail to help you make a more informed decision.  Enough introductory yakkity-yak.  Don't talk back, just get to the juicy details after the jump.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Life happens. Sometimes it happens a lot.

Hey everybody, Chaosheade checking in.  Life has been crazy lately, which has obviously slowed things down on the blogging front.  I mentioned a couple weeks ago that my wife and I were buying a house and I have good news: we are officially homeowners now!  We closed on the house on Friday and have been really busy with paperwork, moving, and all sorts of stuff.  I won't go into the details but I'm sure that anyone who has bought a house knows how it goes, especially since the whole housing bubble and the increased scrutiny on mortgages since then.  I did manage to squeeze in some time to get another article written so expect something new soon and before long I will actually have some free time for hobbying and blogging so things will be back to normal around here.  Well, at least as normal as it gets.  You will hear more from us soon.  Catch you on the flip side.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Paints, Color Equivalence Charts, and Mixing your own Citadel Colors

Almost as messy as my paints.  OK, not really.  I'm way too OCD organized to ever have paints looking like this.
Hey everybody, Chaoshead here again with a quick post about painting.  No, I'm not going to go over which brand is best, that dead horse has been beaten so much it's not even recognizable any more.  What I will be covering is a number of equivalency charts that let you find similar colors in different paint ranges/brands, and then I will share a very useful post that will show you how to create any Citadel paint color (even some of the discontinued ones) with only 5 colors of paint.  Intrigued?  Good.  See you after the jump.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Tutorial: Swappable weapons without using magnets - Tyranid Termagant edition.

Hello and welcome to another tutorial by Chaosheade.  In this tutorial I will show you how to model the humble Termagant so that you can swap the weapons between the standard fleshborer and the much more shooty devourer and the best part is we will not need a single magnet.  Not a single one.  Any Tyranid player can tell you that if you play Nids you will probably end up with a TON of termagants especially if you plan on using Tervigons at any point.  Instead of using up your precious stock of magnets or ordering different size magnets just so you can magnetize smaller bits, we will be using the humble paper clip.  Using this tutorial, 10 cents worth of paper clips can do the work of $10 worth of magnets.  Learn more after the jump.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Big News Time! Also: a bit on Tyranid painting

Source: Google image search.
Hey everybody, Chaosheade checking in.  Big news on the real life front and a bit on my 'nids paint scheme.  Full details after the jump.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A short absence: burning computers and my first Tyranid conversion

Now this is the story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down and I'd like to take a minute just sit right there and I'll tell you how my computer tried to burn my house down.

The Fresh Prince of Heresy

OK, so it wasn't quite as dramatic as all that.  My computer did die and turned my life upside down for a few days though, leaving me with no way to get any blogging done.  Good thing I already completed my part of our first Adventures in Airbrushing post before the crash.  Details and a some Nid converting after the break.

Adventures in Airbrushing: Chaosheade and M4XVLTG3 Take the Plunge

Hey everybody.  Chaosheade here (in white) introducing what will be our first jointly written series, Adventures in Airbrushing where M4XVLTG3 (in orange) and I will be detailing an account of our journey to infinity and beyond on the path of the airbrush.  We will share our inspiration for getting an airbrush, the research we did to decide what type of setup to buy, our ultimate decisions on which airbrush/compressor/accessories to buy, and eventually we will have some painting to show for it (hopefully... if not, something has gone horribly wrong!)  We will also be working on a page to add to the blog that will serve as the ultimate airbrushing resource for anyone who wants to know anything about airbrushing miniatures.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tyranid Paint Scheme Test - Feedback Wanted!

Ever seen a Tyranork WAAAGH?  Well, now you have.  This is just a little test mini I did to see if my Tyranid paint scheme idea will work or just look like a steaming pile of hot donkey.  More after the jump.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Modeling/Painting Tutorial: Super cheap objective markers, with crystals made from pieces of sprue.

Because Scott Adams is the man... and objectives
In this post I am going to show you the objective markers I am working on just finished.  They are very simple and dirt cheap to make.  All it takes is a few lava rocks or whatever kind you have lying around in the yard, some old sprue, some PVA/white glue, whatever paints you might need, a little bit of gorilla glue or equivalent, and the basic techniques I learned for making crystals and Gorilla Glue terrain pieces, which I will adapt and expand on.  I'll bore you with my ramblings and explanations at the end of the post, right now let's jump right in to creating our objective markers.

The finished product.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Community Spotlight: Dezmords' Harbingers of the storm

Well it looks like the new Grey Knights codex is out. Maybe Necron players are getting closer to a competitive codex release. In this Community Spotlight I want to give props to Dezmords' beautiful Necron army. Hit the jump to see more.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Tyranids Incoming: Preliminary Thoughts, Paint Scheme and Planning Purchases. Bonus: Lots of Useful Links!

I wanted to share with you all some of my thoughts and plans on building my future Tyranid army.  I will be going over some of my general thoughts, a possible paint scheme, how I plan on building my lists, how I plan on playing them, and how I will be buying the army to spend the least amount of money possible on it.  I have also been working on a modeling tutorial that I wanted to have posted by now but it's taking much longer than I had anticipated, so here's something to entertain you until then.

I know I already used this one before but I like it, it's appropriate to the post, and I want to show off my 1337 Photoshop skills of adding text to a picture.  I R guud at Fotoshopz!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Old Stuff Day: Greater Daemon of Nurgle Scratch Build: Featured in SCWH Honor Roll #2 - Green Stuff!

Since the blog is only 2 months old, I was going to have to reach way back to my pre-blogging days to find something appropriate to post.  I've been playing 40k for less than a year and I already posted the oldest thing I've done - my first Black Reach minis.  Then it occurred to me that I had one other project completed that I've been wanting to share this on the blog for a while, and now thanks to Old Stuff Day I have the perfect excuse.  Enjoy.

Monday, February 28, 2011

CSM Squad 1 Complete

Well everybody, I finally finished the first squad of CSM and got around to editing and posting the pictures.  I think I've left you all waiting long enough so without further adieu, here they are posing menacingly on a piece of homemade terrain.

The gang's all here.

Ceanup on aisle your pants.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Long time, no Chaos. Also, a new army!

Hey everybody... if anybody is still here that is.  I want to apologize for my absence from the blog these past few weeks.  Life had gotten pretty crazy on me shortly after my last post and by crazy I mean freaking insane.

Photoshop'd by Chaosheade.  Watch TopGear, it's awesome.

Things have calmed down some since then but then I had a bit of a crisis of faith.  To put it simply, the current CSM codex sucked out all my enthusiasm for the game and the hobby in general.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Magnets! Two Models for the price of one. Pt. 1

 Welcome back to Maximum Heresy. It this 2 part writeup I will assemble a Necron Destroyer Lord using small magnets. The benefit? Two models for the price of one.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Where has the time gone?

Well, it's been longer than I had hoped it would be since my last post.  I blame real life for getting in the way and making things all busy and hectic and stressful and all that fun stuff.  Of course I have also been distracted by another great article on cheap carrying cases which can be found both here and here.  I even contributed a little bit.  

As you may have noticed, I did a little bit of renovation around here, added a few new toys, and generally cleaned things up a bit.  Again, I have Dave G From Wargaming Tradecraft to thank for more excellent information conveniently timed for consumption by fledgling bloggers like myself.

I have been making lots of progress on my painting and am close to finishing the squad that I am working on so expect an update with the finished product within the next couple days.  Here's a little preview of a fully armed and operational death star Chaos Marine.

It's not the best picture because I was trying to get it done in a hurry but I think it works just fine as a teaser.  This is one of the models with the black wash rather than the Devlan Mud substitute but this is basically what the rest of the squad will look like.  All that's left is varnishing basing and neither will take long to complete.  I'll be back soon with more, so stay tuned.  Catch you on the flip side.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Canz it be conversion tiem now?

Evening Blogoverse,
Just checking in to let you all know that I'm currently working on a sentinel conversion for my IG traitor army. I ordered a bunch of replacement heads for my infantry but as usual they got lost in the great New Mexico mail system. So stay on the lookout for some progress next weekend. I'm still throwing around whether or not I want to do a Nurgle twist or possibly shoot for a possessed mechanics angle. I'll probably go for the latter seeing as how Chaosheade is Nurgle covered.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

WIP - First CSM Squad Update

Hey all, time for an update on the squad of Chaos Marines that I've been painting. As you will see, progress has been very slow on this project and it has forced me to re-evaluate my painting process. I've touched on this in the comments of my last post but I feel it bears repeating here. I'm feeling a bit lazy so I'm just going to do a little copypasta from my earlier comment and edit it a little bit.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Random Thoughts

Hey all. It's been a week since my last post and I feel like I've been slacking off so I wanted to post something. Starting up this blog has really opened my eyes to the blogging community. I used to just visit BoLS and occasionally click on an interesting looking article from another blog in their network but now I have a whole list of blogs that I never would have known about before. So here I am procrastinating on my writing and surfing a few other blogs that I recently started following and lo and behold I see that there's a new blog about called Maximum Heresy. Wait, what?!? *Cue double take* hey, somebody noticed us over at Wargaming Tradecraft! This might not seem like a big deal to some people but I got really excited when I saw that. I enjoy reading the Wargaming Tradecraft blog and have found lots of good stuff over there including a very conveniently timed new series entitled So You Want to be a Blogger? I really think N++ has a great blog and I'm not just saying that because he gave us a plug. Thanks a lot for that N++, I really feel like part of the community now. ^_^v

As for 40k thoughts, I have been disappointed in the amount of time it's taking to get my models painted. I really want to give them all the attention and details they deserve but I just don't have as much time as I would like and it seems like it's taking for-freaking-ever. I need to find a good balance between quality and actually getting stuff done. Either that or just slog away and just try to practice and practice until I get faster. I'll have another painting update up soon and I'll go into more detail there.

I have also been toying around with the idea of Tyranids as a second army instead of Orks. They are both appealing to me and seem like they could be fun. The more I think about it, the more I am drawn to the Tyranids... I just hope they love me for me and not just my bio-mass. Oh, I'm sooo funny hahaha.

Well, I think that's enough bad humor for one post. Coming soon: an update on my painting and an article about the hobby supplies I use and how to save money on them. I think M4X might be getting off his butt and finally posting something useful too. Chaosheade signing out. Catch you on the flip side.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Modeling tutorial: Rhino combi-melta and infantry flamer

Hey all, Chaosheade here again. My last post was about painting, and this one will be a modeling/conversion tutorial.    Here is a preview of what you start with (top) and the end products (bottom).
Long winded intro and the meaty details of the conversion after the jump.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

WIP Pics - First CSM Squad

Hey all, Chaosheade here again.

I have quite a few projects going on right now. I have models to assemble, conversion work to do, green stuffing to stuff, painting to get done, and terrain to finish. Right now, however, I really just want to get some painted models on the table because it's starting to get embarassing playing gray legion, so I am working to get my first squad of basic Chaos Marines painted. As I am working on the next squad I will take pictures of each step to create a guide on how I am painting them. I don't expect to win any awards but I do want to have my minis painted to an above average table top quality.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Chaosheade has entered the building because 2010 is so last year

Hey everybody, Chaosheade here checking in and saying happy new year and stuff and junk.
Well, this is my first post on Maximum Heresy so I guess I should introduce myself and let you all know a little bit about what I'm all about. M4XVLT3 and I have been good friends for a long time and you might say I'm the evil twin of the pair of us. Of course, if you did say that you would be wrong because I'm much more handsome than he is. ;-D I have been playing 40k since spring of 2010 and recently dragged M4X back into the hobby and we decided to create this little blog as an outlet for our creative juices and to share our experiences.
I play Chaos Space Marines and have a pretty sizeable Black Legion army that I am (slowly) working on. I enjoy all aspects of the hobby including modeling, painting, and playing. I consider myself better at modeling and playing but I'm sure my painting skills will improve with time and practice. I have one major conversion under my belt and my priority right now is getting my army painted and looking good because I'm tired of playing grey legion. I will also be focusing on how to save money on the hobby because I have a limited budget to work with although my situation has improved since I started, especially since I have gotten past the initial investment of buying most of my hobby supplies and the majority of the minis I need for now. I have plenty of knowledge to share and hopefully I'll be able to help a few people out on my journey.
Chaosheade signing out. Catch you on the flip side.
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