Sunday, March 31, 2013

What I'm Using For a Lord of Change and Painted Eldrad Winner

Hello fellow scratch builders and hobby enthusiasts!  Welcome back to the site.  This week I'll be going over the newest scratch build I created, a UFO piloted by one of my brains to act as a Lord of Change, followed by announcing the winner of the contest for a fully painted Eldrad Ulthran model!

So first up, the UFO-

It was incredibly simple to put together.  By using plasticard (For Sale signs, in this case), a plastic vending machine piece for the top bubble, nails for legs, and a pen casing taken apart to make the gun, this was perhaps the easiest scratch build I've made in a long time!

Right now I'm working on converting 2 Soul Grinders to fit with the theme, removing the fleshy daemon bits to be replaced with machinery, eventually piloted again by brains in bubbles!

Ah, yes, the contest winner!  I went to and entered the number of applicants.  After clicking the true number generator button, it spat out the number.... 19!  This makes "joe m." the winner of this Eldrad model!

Congratulations, "joe m."!  Email me at so I know where to send the model.  Thank you to everyone to joined and I look forward to doing this again soon!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Finished Brain Horror Squads, What's to Come, and a Battle

Welcome back one and all.  Today I'll be covering the Brain Horror finished models, the future plans for the other Daemon units, and even talk about a game I played this weekend (wait, this is a game, too?).

The Horror Brains are a blast to put together.  Easy to paint and different than everything out there right now, which is what I really wanted with this.

I may still include a highlight to the edges of the shields, but for now I like how they look.  I also like the base being so much heavier than the model, almost negating any chance of 'tipping model' syndrome, which can be incredibly frustrating when it occurs.

Right now I have 21 of these finished and based, one of which painted a blue/white to represent the Herald of Tzeentch.  He stands out enough to prevent confusion and others can pick him out in the crowd of models.

This leads me to what I plan to do for the rest of the army.  Right now I'm loving the Brains, but the army can't just be Brains, right?  We're going to need models to represent Lords of Change, not to mention the other 3 Chaos God models in the book.

It hit me one night that a perfect Lord of Change model to fit in with the army would be a UFO, modeled in the old style of UFO's of the 40's and 50's.  But what of the other gods?  Why, Khorne would be awesome as 50's style robots!  How cool would it be to have a Science Fiction Picture Show feel to the entire army?  Nurgle will be killer plants of course.  The only one I'm stuck on is Slaanesh, though.  I need a science fiction style which fits the idea of being fast and deadly, but I can still sculpt it without too much trouble.  I'm sure it will come to me, eventually making it to the table top to get oohs and aahs from those who view it.

Speaking of table tops, I was even able to get a game in this weekend!  Though my concerns regarding the Tzeentch Daemon army were showcased in the game, it was still incredibly fun.  I expected the random nature to frustrate me intensely, but overall it wasn't as bad as I anticipated and overall evened out.  The Warp Storm table didn't really affect the game other than giving my units improved armor saves for two rounds.  I get the feeling if we had played a larger game thins would have been more pronounced (it was a 500 point game), but I mostly played to the mission and was able to keep ahead of the game by killing my opponent's troops early on and getting linebreaker and first blood.  Neither one of us took an objective, funnily enough!

Anyways, the game was a blast and I'm hoping I can get more models finished soon to play some more.  I'd like to get a larger game in to test out some of the other units in the codex.

Till next time, happy gaming.  Don't forget to enter the contest to win a fully painted Eldrad!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Fully Painted Eldrad Give-away and Horror Brain Progress

Hello fellow scratchbuilders/hobby enthusiasts!  Welcome back to Scratchbuilt 40k.  Today I decided it has been a long time since I did a giveaway for you fine folks who have been reading my blog over the last couple years.  As such, I'm announcing I am giving away this model here-

As you can see, it's the old metal Eldrad Ulthran model.  I love how he turned out, but I don't see myself using him again.  I think he's fairly well painted, so it would be a shame for him not to be used by someone.

So how do you get to be the lucky owner of this model?  It's really easy.  All you have to do is follow the blog and leave a comment below.  You can say "Entered!" or "It's nice I suppose" or any other thing you want to say.  Just be sure you are following the blog by clicking the button at the "People Who Like Scratchbuilt 40k" at the upper right side of the page and leave a comment so I know you are interested.  On the 31st I'll tally up the names of those interested and have a name selected randomly.

Right, with that out of the way, here is the progress on the brains I'll be using as Horrors of Tzeentch so far-

I have 20 of these painted but only 10 of them on the bases so far.  I'm still waiting on the pieces I'll be using as a sort of 'psychic shield', but when I do get them it will hopefully add something special to the model.  Overall I'm very pleased with how they turned out so far!

Well, that's it for this week.  Good luck and I hope to have a good number of entrants!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Scratch Built Landraider 2, Future Horrors of Tzeentch

Welcome back scratch builders!  We are now back to our regularly scheduled programming.  Hopefully everyone was understanding of my rant post and are ready to move on with me to the creative side of the hobby.

The other week I had posted pictures of the Landraiders I had been working on.  Things have progressed a little bit in that regard.

I apologize for the darkness of the photos, the lighting in my current workroom leave something to be desired.  When it warms up the images will improve drastically.  Since last time I added the middle portion of the tank and have begun creating the front gate.  The plan is to duplicate this with resin to ensure the pieces are uniform, much like the wheel tracks.

I've also been inspired by my last post to begin the Tzeentch Brain troop sculpt.  Bear with me, it isn't very far along yet, but here it is.

You can see I divided the left and right lobe and sculpted the rest of the top area.  I'll be hopefully working on the bottom and spinal column, which will actually complete the general model.  I may look into plastic bubbles of some sort to encase the model's brain area after they've been painted to give the impression of a forcefield, representing the 5++ armor save of the brains.  Of course the spine will stick out the bottom, representing its vulnerability.

That's pretty much the start of the army.  Next week I may lay out my plan for creating the entire army and set up a schedule for timely completion.  Since I tend to lose sight of my goals I think this might be a good way to quickly complete a task which may prove daunting.

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my little projects.  I hope it has inspired you to take matters into your own hands when it comes to modeling and save yourself a little of the green stuff we all are finding so hard to come by these days!