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In the world of Warhammer we have painted up some new releases Prince Duvalle from the Crimson Court and the Nighthaunt Krulghast Cruciator
I would really like to do better faces as they are hard for me been so small and I am a bit ham-fisted. I went with white for the tendrils on the Cruciator and I think it worked quite well on this model
I would recommend the “The Painting Coach” painting guide on YouTube for the prince as the official Games Workshop one is not that great and basically devolves into an unnecessary buy these newer random colours we made to do scheme we have previously used other colours advert. So here is my prefer guide
I managed to get myself a 9th Edition Indomitus boxset at the end of July and the first of the set are now painted.
Update: They are nice models but probably should not have been made the new standard necron warrior set at £29 for 10. But you know that is Games Workshop for you (Space Marines: Honoured of the Chapter from the same set for £89… rip off merchants)
And 5 Dreadscythe Harridans. Getting closer to a completely painted Nighthaunt collection
My Intel i5 3350p ITX system had been going strong for about 7 years by this point. The system had 2 replacement graphics cards due to failures and some storage upgrades but otherwise it was the same system and performance was still good (which is a statement on CPU stagnation under Intel’s core i dominance). However it was starting to have its problems, USB ports where failing, black screen where becoming common and the storage could do with another upgrade as well the case was looking a bit tired. While I could had tried upgrading and reseating and repasting the current CPU cooler the new 3000 series AMD Ryzen CPUs had caught my eye. So I let the planning begin.
I stuck with and ITX form factor and initially started with an upgrade Silverstone SUGO SG05 White case (more on that later)
All these parts turn up together, the SG05 case, ATX to SFX PSU adaptor, Corair SF600 PSU Gigabyte Aorus X570 ITX motherboard, Noctua NH-L12S Cooler, Noctua 12cm Fan, 16GB*2 Corsair DDR4-3200 and a Sabrent Rocket 1TB gen4 SSD. And yes the CPU is missing, that did not turn up for a few extra days.
For the CPU we have AMD Ryzen 5 3600 which I though represented the best value option. I would reuse my 1660 super GPU for now as I was forced to buy a replacement for my old graphics card as the fans broke and I was having trouble fixing it (the first set of replacement fans broke in exactly the same way as the originals within weeks)
And so concluded version 1.0 of the new build. Unfortunately I was not completely happy with it. The power management caused the fans to ramp in and annoying manner compared to my pervious build and the temperatures where not as good getting a bit too high under stress test conditions. The default boosting and core voltage where also all over the place and hence the fans. So I decided I dont really need such a small case and to swap it out for something bigger. I look at two options the Lian Li TU150 (ITX but can take a full sized Noctua cooler) and the Corsair 280x (mATX but smaller CPU cooler but with AIO support)
ARGB and mATX it was for me. I got a good price on the case and while not small it is not massive either. I took a opportunity to install a spare 3.5″ 3TB Hard Drive for extra storage and order an Arctic 360. Sadly that never turned up and got refunded. Instead I ended up with a larger Noctua air cooler (NH-C14S)
As you can see a much larger CPU cooler. The one downside of the Corsair 280x is that it did not support the largest Tower coolers. I will look at an AIO again with the next CPU upgrade, I manually set the CPU clock speeds to the boost speed and set an appropriate vcore to keep it stable (which was much lower than it was automatically setting). Final upgrades where a new curved high refresh rate monitor the Aorus CV27F and an Aorus K1 keyboard.
We shall see how long this build will last. The Q6600 system lasted 3 years and the i5-3350 lasted 7 and has found a new home. So this new build has a lot to live upto.
Having had the Corsair case for a while I don’t not recommend it if you are placing it under your desk. It is far too hard to clean the front filter (you have to pull the front panel off and its on push pins). However its looks and stays looking great if you keep it on top of your desk.
More Nighthaunt, apparently only 18 or so left now
Kurdoss Valentian, The Craven King. A nice models if slightly wobbly when painting it.
The first 5 Bladegheist Revenants. Unlike most of the 10 model nighthaunt sets this has 10 unique models rather than 5 repeated ones, but have no options.
And lastly 2 single 40k models. The Genestealer Cults Kelermorph which came out better than the magus. The other is the single Sisters of Battle model. Needs a bit more work when I paint the full sisters set, but again there are quite small details.
First in for 2020 are Warhammer Underworlds “The Thorns of the Brair Queen” from season 2
This is a nice 7 Model warband with the Brair Queen herself as the standout and 6 other nice looking chainrasps. Available from Games Workshop without their underworld card set for £15 they are much better value than buying the normal chainrasp set as a stand alone but even better they will be available for £7.99 in Issue 6 of the “Mortal Reams” collection magazine which has just launched in the UK (which I will take a look at soon[tm])
While 2019 Started off with Heavy Gear miniatures and getting them painted, the last quarter of 2019 has been all about the Nighthaunt. They are great models even if mostly mono-pose. The Citadel contrast paints have really help me bring these models to life after a few less successful attempts at them. As such the final models of 2019 are the two easy build Dreadblade Harrows
More Nighthaunt to come and hopefully I can bring some of my other armies up to standard in 2020
From Season 1 with have Ironjawz Ironskull’s Boyz. I added some “blood for the blood god” to the weapons and bits of the armour. I had some problems with the eyes and I’m not 100% happy with them
And from Season 2 with have Stormsire’s Cursebreakers. Nice models the hands are a bit confusing though if its is actually armoured or more like black gloves which it is painted as in some examples. I just went with the standard armour colour.
I did it, in just over 2 months I painted all the Nighthaunt I got myself in September
I was worried about painting Lady Olynder, Mortarch of Grief but I think it came out quite nice, unlike most of the other stuff the final step was dry-brushing ulthuan grey. Sadly I broken the vines on the base while painting it as the model is quite wobbly. So I recommend leaving them off until you have painted the main model.
The main part of the force is made up of the kits from Soul Wars
For the chainrasps I only made one lot of 10 as the other 10 are identical. Apart from of course 1 model with can be made two different ways, thanks Games Workshop. I might just make up that one in the other variant.
Next we have the easy built Myrmourn Banshee’s and Glaivewraith Stalkers set that are available separately or with the Stormstrike starter set.
The last model here is a Knight of Shrouds I had previously painted. However I did redo the ghost effect as it was looking quite rough. But I forget to take a new picture of that one. Still to join once I finish them are 2 Dreadblade Harrows and the Thorns of the Briar Queen. I hope to have them done soon then I can move on to the other sets I am missing that are been sold in the Nighthaunt Christmas box set.
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