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Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:00 pm
by nurgleonbass
This is my Traitor guard army. It has been a nightmare to photograph due to the large models, lack of light and grimy colour scheme. Hopefully the pictures manage to capture at least something of how the army looks in the flesh.

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Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:55 pm
by snowblizz
So, so, so cool stuff!

For the True Gods!

Death to the False Emperor!

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:04 pm
by Daddy troll
Said it before, saying it again...

A well deserved winner of Best Army at heat 3 (by quite a margin apparently). Good stuff Nick.

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:05 pm
by Roon3y
Basically.... I LOVE these!!

Awesomely done... great conversions :D :D


Pete

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:06 pm
by Tim Fisher
Awesome sauce! Very well executed traitor guard you have there. Some very nice conversions that mesh in well with the theme, top stuff!

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:27 pm
by emrys
that really is a spectacular army - the display board is pretty amazing too - well done!

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:37 pm
by Tim Fisher
Quick Q, what's the recipe for the rust on the display board?

They're large baked bean style tins right?

So yoinked! :D

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:07 pm
by Gavswine
About time!
Cracking stuff. I don't like these as much as your Daemons, but that's just 'cos I love your daemons. :lol:
Any chance of a run down of some techniques you used? Particularly on the tanks. I spot airbrushing, and seeing as I've just aquired an airbrush with a view to painting traitor guard Valks (helluva coincidence!), tips would be ace.

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:05 pm
by bobzebub
Great stuff, this is exactly the kind of army that makes 40k worth playing :D

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:36 pm
by KjetilKverndokken
Superb, loved the spawn heads on the guards :)

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:36 pm
by GumbaFish
Great army, I love all of the conversions spread out throughout the army. I especially like the hellhound with the tub on the back.

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 5:25 pm
by nurgleonbass
Cheers guys. There are hell of a lot of new techniques for me in this army. The first time I have used an airbrush for vehicles, weathering powders and all sorts of other stuff.

@gavswine: I know what you mean about the Daemons. I am torn to which army I like the best. The Daemons were very much a painters army. For the traitors I put most of the effort into the vehicles and weathering techniques. I guess next time around I will try both but it will take years to finish :lol:

It would take pages to properly explain all the stuff I did to get the effects with the airbrush and powders stuff but I'll try and condense it below.

Base boat everything (and I mean everything) with a red brown colour using the air brush. I actually used Vallejo Hull Red. I then shadowed everything (yep that's right everything!) all the skirts and creases, boots, recesses etc. with a dirty green colour (a P3 colour that I can't remember right now). Then some bits gets a rusty red first highlight (P3 Bloodstone) again with the airbrush. Also I used a tad of Vallejo Olive Green for Verdigis - again air brushed. Finally the main colour theme for the army is Vallejo Buff which is either air brushed for tanks or painted for infantry.

Once all the colour is on it is time for the weathering. Firstly using a bit of turps I carefully rubbed away some of the upper layers of paint to leave shades of rusty red, hull red or green behind. If you rub too hard you get down to plastic, but get it right and you can get a really nice effect. It's then a case of applying the powders starting with darker shades and building gradually to light shades. All the rust effects are done this way. I also put some black powder on boots and tunics for dirt, but I'm not so sure that was successful. If you look at the bases and tank tracks you can also see some thick mud that was added with a tamiya mud stick and some resin water effect poured on to give the impresson of wetness and pools of water. In some cases I airbrushed a tad of blue on first to give a kind of radioactive glow. This is also on the eyes, view ports, goggles and weapons of some models.

The icons are painted on with Blood Red. I made a series of templates from blank stickers and roughly cut them out with a scalpel. Stick onto the model in the required place and airbrush the colour in. It would not work for neat symbols as the method is a bit ropey, but for chaos it is perfect. I then went back and tidied the icons or made them more aggressive by adding extra spikes. Finally the icons are chipped with some of the original base coat colour. Mixing the right shades was a lottery and in hind-sight I should have used some maskol when I airbrushed the colour on.

@Tim - The display base is painted in exactly the same way as the models. Sorry to disappoint but the cans are actually pineapple chunks and tangerines if memory serves me right. I nicked them from the bins of the school canteen :8)

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 5:46 pm
by spikyjames
Another great looking army mate, you can easily see the marked difference in style between these and your deamons.

Looking forward to seeing what your army for the GT final will look like.

James

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 5:58 pm
by LongFang
Great looking army any chance to post yours roster or to show what is each tank and some close up on squads of infantry ?

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 6:15 pm
by Qrab
What an outstanding army. Great theme carried across the entire army.

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 6:52 pm
by nurgleonbass
@Spikyjames: Cheers mate - looking forward to seeing your force too. Guaranteed eye candy :D Sadly it is not a cert I will make it this year. Like you I'm hoping to get a Space Wolf force done in time, but if not, these boys will be making the pilgrammage to WW with me.

@longfang: Sadly no more pics. Time is so precious these days and finding a spot with decent light at the right time is nearly impossible. The tanks, in no particular order, are: Chimera, Hydra, Banewolf, Leman Russ Battletank, Medusa (the Hellcannon conversion, although it could be a Colossus quite easily). Some people have asked what the Spawn headed dudes are - the answer is swollen brained battle psykers of course :) As for infantry I took 1 platoon with 2 squads and a special weapons squard, 1 veteran squad and a primaris pysker as the HQ choice. Hope that helps.

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:31 am
by Typhus
Looks great. The vendettas remind me of the Reavers from Firefly/Serenity.

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:55 am
by bork da basher
this army is so nice. completely captures the spirit of the game and is one of the best painted armies i've seen in a very long time.

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:50 am
by loki_the_black
Typhus wrote:Looks great. The vendettas remind me of the Reavers from Firefly/Serenity.


I was about to say the exact same thing.

Great army (and a great TV series/movie!).

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:23 am
by Sven
A brilliant color scheme along side with some awesome conversions and models. This is a true tribute to the dark gods. Congrats.


Cheers,
Sven.

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:19 am
by Revlid
Absolutely beautiful. Really top-class stuff. I'd be honoured to even be in the same room as this army.

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:04 am
by Rez
Man this army is crazy good. Love the Valkyrie (or Vendetta? not a 40k player), really simple conversion but looks fantastic. =D>

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:46 pm
by laaars
Is that a banewolf or a hellhound? Awsome army by the way. =D>

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:52 pm
by nurgleonbass
One of the great things about conversions like this is you can use it as you choose. It resembles a banewolf most closely imo so that's how I tend to use it.

Cheers for the comments.

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:58 am
by Warghuul
I have been wanting to get into 40k for awhile now, but was never sure what army to play. well, you sir have made my decision for me. Traitor Guard it is! lol

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:07 pm
by James S
You should be very proud of yourself. That army is beautiful.

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:21 pm
by redmanphill
Very nice work. The Psychic Choir are good conversions. The use of that spawn head is pretty cool. I might have to copy that for a Chaos Sorcerer in my own army.

The colour scheme is great. The bright red offers a good contrast to the grime.

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 4:21 pm
by sexy beast
=D> This is the sort of stuff that makes this hobby so great. Thanks for putting up these pics.

Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:29 pm
by nurgleonbass
Just a quick update on an addition to this army. I put together a Plague Reaper Super heavy for Bristol Vanguard's Spoils of War tournament in the Summer. I have only just got around to photographing it so I thought I would pop a pic in this thread just for the sake of completeness.

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Re: Traitor Guard - Lots of Big Pics

Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:20 am
by Psychosis PC
Great stuff. I love the conversion work and color scheme. Well done.