Dark Millennium Online

ANOTHER huge Warhammer 40K-game is in the making! Warhammer 40, 000 Dark Millennium Online is looking to become a truly epic experience, but will I ever play it?

Yes, it surely looks like a real piece of work (in a good way), and the idea of a huge Warhammer 40, 000 MMO honestly sends shivers down my spine. Even though I don’t play MMO’s. Oh, you want a reason for this do you? Well, it’s as simple as this: I’m a gamer, but not a hardcore gamer. At all. Which means that paying to play, for each new month of gaming, is out of the question. The question is if this new game, revolving around a phenomenon that I’m truly enthusiastic about, will be able to melt my MMO-hostile heart. The fact that you seemingly can play as a Black Templar could strongly contribute to the melting process. I’m looking forward to new clips, that’s for sure!

Below is a video showing off the first playable race; The Imperium Of Man.

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Painting: Land Raider Crusader

The first step on the journey towards a finished Land Raider Crusader has been taken. A small step, but a step nonetheless. New models in the gallery by the way!

The first stage always takes some time with me, but that just allows me to be more resolute next time.

The Painting: Land Raider Crusader posts

Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 2
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 3
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 4
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 5
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 6
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 7

It may be a little soon to start showing off the painting process just yet, but I wanted to assure you all that I’m actually doing something while you wait. As you can see, I haven’t been able to do awfully much so far, and that’s why there will be 2-3 days between painting posts from now on, at least until there is no more exam reading to do. One more thing I should say is that I will be “dividing” the posts from now on. There will always be some info for those of you that are new to the hobby, and I can imagine that the more experienced will find this, well, less interesting. So all the basic tips and tricks will from now on be located in the last paragraph of the post. Anyways, let’s have a look at what I’ve done so far:

First of all: I chose a light colour for the interior because this is what is usually the case in real life (as far as I know). At night, all lights on tanks will be reduced to a minimum to avoid detection. Having a light, fluorescent, interior simply makes it easier to see for the crew. I know this because I was the driver of an armoured vehicle during my military service (that’s not even half as cool as it sounds). The next stage of painting will be all the metallics, and probably the seats. As all of this will be barely visible when the model is complete, I won’t be spending a lot of time on this.

I know it doesn’t look like I’ve done much so far, but it actually did take it’s share of time. The faster you paint, the more you spill, and the more you have to paint over afterwards. I also spend some extra time in the beginning contemplating on what’s to come. The thinking is half the job you know! The paint used is Dheneb Stone, which is a foundation paint. This means it will only take one or two layers to achieve the right colour, even when painting directly onto the black undercoat. If you spill into cracks, use Black Ink to correct. The ink, mixed with a little water, will run into any cracks, and should be fairly transparent if you spill some on the surface.

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Modelling: Land Raider Crusader

The first true modelling post is finally here! Im taking on a Land Raider Crusader, let’s see how it turns out!

This is my current workstation, conveniently also occupied by the computer.

What I have clipped out and assembled so far. Everything that will be facing inwards has been sprayed.

The reason I’ve sprayed some of the pieces black at this stage is because they will be facing inwards, which means, first of all, that they will be hard to spray after the vehicle is complete. Secondly, it also means that it will be close to impossible to actually paint them together with the rest. “Why bother painting them?”, you probably say. Well, that’s just how I do it, simple as that. As I’ve already mentioned, the Black Templars are to be my “detailed army”, so if there are things to be painted inside a vehicle, I’ll be damned if I don’t finish the job.

Let’s have a closer look at the assembly process itself. The most important thing for me is to rid the pieces of any mold lines and whatever might be left from the sprue. This is achieved through the use of a scalpel and a small file. Nothing fancy-looking, just to even out the surface. You’ll never get rid of the “wounds” from the sprue that way, but they will be completely covered up when sprayed. Most important is to get smooth surfaces where individual pieces are to be joined with glue. Take a look at the pictures below:

Next time I will be assembling more of the actual vehicle, but before that the interior parts are to be painted.

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Warhammer 40, 000 – Space Marine

Words can simply not express how excited I am about the new Warhammer 40, 000 video game: Space Marine.

It’s…just…so…GLORIOUS! So far I’ve made sure to get every notable Warhammer 40K-title for the PC, including Dawn Of War (with expansions) and Dawn Of War II, and also Fire Warrior. Space Marine will not be an exception. The action and graphical style seems to be extremely true to the Warhammer 40K universe, just like we, the fans, want it. I only have one thing to criticise from the trailer: “I do not fight for victory,…”? Whaaaght??! To admit defeat is to blaspheme againt The Emperor!

I understand what they mean, but a Space Marine just wouldn’t say that, especially not an Ultramarine. They have undying faith in The Emperor and the survival of the imperium; to admit that they are fighting a losing battle would be considered heresy. That’s all I’m saying. Will I care if that quote is transferred to the actual game? Hardly.

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What I’m reading

What is so interesting that I can’t seem to be bothered to make new painting/modelling posts every single day? I’ll tell you. 

 

Some of the litterature I have to keep up with

That’s right, it is exam time, which means I’m doing a lot of reading. And, as you can tell from the picture, it’s MOSTLY curriculum litterature. But I also spend some time on the dayly paper, the monthly car magazine and, more relevant to this blog, Warhammer 40K-litterature. Currently Dan Abnett’s The Lost omnibus. Those novels are simply addictive to me; some time ago I decided to take a break from 40k-reading, and started to read this other series. I made it through three books before I had to jump back, and now I’m busy re-learning all the names of those under Colonel-Commissar Gaunt’s command. If you have ANY interest at all in the Warhammer 40, 000-universe, I’m just telling you: The Gaunt’s Ghosts-series. Seriously.

Dan Abnett: The Lost - A Gaunt's Ghosts omnibus, the stuff I'm currently reading. Picture: Black Library

This other Warhammer 40K-series I’m reading is The Horus Heresy. The “40K-break” I had has made me unable to keep up the pace, and so I haven’t read the two latest additions; Nemesis and The First Heretic.  When I’m done with the first of four novels in The Lost, I will most certainly switch over, that I might get back on track in the 31st milennium. For those of you that don’t know: The Horus Heresy-series is about the catastrofic events that broke The Emperor’s great crusade, and plunged the galaxy into a 10, 000 years long war that rages more fiercely than ever in the 41st milennium (the present date of Warhammer 40, 000, hence the name). Epic reading, I can assure you; both dark tragedy and magnificent triumph awaits the reader of this fantastic collaborative series.

Dan Abnett: Horus Rising - The first Horus Heresy-novel. Picture: Black Library

Don’t worry though, I’m in the process of assembling a Land Raider Crusader, details will be coming soon.

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Here are the candidates

I’ve got an entire army impatiently awaiting some layers of paint. Here is a selection.

Now that the new Model Gallery is up and running, I thought I’d take the opportunity to show you some of the models that will one day get there.

Notice in particular the Necron Lord: The “lightning sparks” in his hand were made by attaching some of those tiny metal pieces that you have to remove from most metal models. They are most likely to be painted white, hopefully it will look good! 

The body of the Necron Wraith was bent carefully to achieve the curled snake-look it has now. Be extremely cautious when doing similar modifications, those metal models are annoyingly frail.

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Creative modelling

Converting your models, or “creative modelling”, as I like to call it, doesn’t need to be all that complicated.

 

Here is a couple of examples of how creative thinking and a little careful modification can help personalise your army.

The Templar on the first two images is being handed a new missile for his launcher by the robotic arm attached to his backpack. Normally the arm is in a retracted position, so I had to, very carefully, cut it in half at the middle joint, making sure to follow the curve of the joint. Gluing it back together was easy, and a spare missile was placed into the hand of the marine. The arm I used is the type that usually supports a bolter, or a similar weapon. The thing that pleases me the most is that the robotic arm doesn’t actually look like it’s been modified in any way. It just looks natural.

The strap holding the bolter on the back of the bike, seen in the next two images, is actually just a tiny plastic lace. A strip was cut from a small, medium thick, plastic bag, and simply glued onto the bike in two positions. The bolter is not actually loose, by the way, it was also glued to the bike.

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The progress of painting

I thought I’d show you some pictures of the progress I’ll be aiming at in future posts.

Of course, there will be a lot more details from the assembly and painting process itself in future posts, but it’s always nice to compare “before and after”. The finished models will all be available to admire (ego alert!) in a designated category here on this site. I will also soon be publishing more pictures of previously finished masterpieces…

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Ultramarines – The movie

Okay, so I’m fairly excited about this new movie, you’ve probably heard of it: Ultramarines – A Warhammer 40, 000 movie. If you haven’t already, why not take a look?

Looks promising to me, but as a hardcore fan of the Space Marines, I’m also prepared to be mercyless in my judgement when the movie is released on November 29. The only weaknesses i smell in the trailers are, first of all, the graphics, which are a bit varying in quality, and secondly the script. I understand that they are trying to reach a broader audience than just the diehard fans, but still I can’t help but think that some of the lines in the movie are, well, a bit unoriginal. But enough of the whining, I actually think it looks damn good, and really can’t wait for the release. Special edition for me? I think so.

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And we’re off!

Some of my previously finished models engaging in an assault

Finally the time has come. The funds gathered through years of agonising labour (and the occational lawn-mowing) has finally paid off. Paid off in the form of a respectable amount of plastic and metal miniatures, to build not one, but two Warhammer 40 000 armies. The proud and zealous Black Templars and the sinister metallic army of the Necrons are both about to get just a little stronger.

This is pretty much what I got:
Black Templars
Commander, The Emperor’s Champion, High Marshal Helbrecht, Terminator Chaplain, Command Squad, Terminators Close Combat Squad, Black Templars Venerable Dreadnought (Forgeworld!), Space Marine Battleforce, Space Marine Combat Squad, Scout Squad, Devastator Squad, Land Speeder, 2x Space Marine Bikes, Land Raider Crusader, Black Templar Chapter Upgrade.

Necrons
The Nightbringer, Necron Lord, Pariah (just one so far), 3x Immortal, 3x Flayed ones (6 models), Warriors Squad, Necron Battleforce, Wraith, Destroyer, 2x Tomb Spyder, 2x Heavy Destroyer, Monolith.

Not bad, but I still need some more transport and heavy support for the Templars and more elites for the Necrons.

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