Sunday, November 30, 2014

DA HINKEL'S HUT: Episode 2 -How to make a Custom Ork Void Shield Generator - A SMG Wargaming Series - Warhammer 40k

Custom Ork Void Shield Generator
By SMG Hinkel
an SMG Wargaming Article

     So after just not wanting to buy an OOP void shield generator, I decided to just build one.  So I called up one of my buddies who owned one of these bad boyz and got the dimensions.  The bottom is a bastion tower and the void shield is about the same height as one as well.  So I will try to break down on how I did this the best I can, but if you have any questions please let me know.  I will also have all the links to were I got everything.  Enjoy and "Keep Calm and WAAAGH!!!"

FYI - There is a Video at the end also showing what I did. 

Thinks you will need:

Battery /USB Plasma Ball -



Popsicle sticks from any hobby store

The skulls I got from walmart in the halloween section

  • Prime white the areas I planned on painting yellow
  • Then Spray Army Painters Daemonic Yellow over the white once dry
  • Prime black the bastion Tower metal pieces
  • Spray Army painter plate metal on the black areas once dry
  • Rough cut up and glue Popsicle sticks to the top of the bastion tower as shown in the pics
  • Wash the wood areas with Army Painter Strong tone
  • Wash Metal and yellow areas with Citadel Seraphim Sepia
  • I painted the Plasma ball black area with a Walmart brand - Apple Barrel - 21482 Bimini Blue
  • Popsicle sticks around the Plasma ball were done in Citadel Moot Green
  • Citadel Troll Slayer Orange was used in random areas
  • Apple Barrel - 21482 Bimini Blue was used in random areas.
  • 4x AAA Batteries

Here I added Citadel Seraphim Sepia to the metal and yellow areas and Army Painter strong tone wash to the wood areas.

 Here I took Popsicle sticks and just broke them around the plasma ball to give a rough look and painted them moot green.  I painted the Plasma ball black area with a Walmart brand - Apple Barrel - 21482 Bimini Blue

 And here is the finished product minus a few grots and a mek boy I am adding

Friday, November 28, 2014

DA HINKEL'S HUT: Episode 1 - A SMG Wargaming Series - Warhammer 40k

Da Hinkel's Hut Episode 1

by Da Hinkel

Keep Calm and WAAAGH!!!

Da Hinkel is starting a Video Blog today for the SMG blog that he will put out weekly. He does a lot of 40k talk and hobby stuff but but he sucks at this will be easier for him to get more content out to you all. Might even do some video blogs when his friends come over, LOL.

 The series will be called Da Hinkel's Hut - a SMG Wargaming Series.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Leviathan and Venomthrope/ Zoanthropes Now Up for Pre-Orders and other items

This Week's Releases

Zoanthropes/ Venomthrope $66
Shield of Baal: Leviathan $74.25
Venomthrope/Zoanthrope Web Bundle $132

Ultimate Paint Set $560
Citadel Project Box Web Bundle $403.90
Invasion Swarms: Tyranids Painting Guide $33
White Dwarf Issue 42 $4

Warhammer 40,000 Special Edition Case $105
Warhammer Special Edition Case $105

Macragge Blue Water Pot and Bitz Box $17
Caliban Green Water pot and Bitz Box $17
Mephiston Red Water Pot and Bitz Box  $17
The Fang Water Pot and Bitz Box $17

Citadel Project Box $66
Citadel Cutting Mat $15
Citadel Palette Pad $8

via Games Workshop
A major tendril from Hive Fleet Leviathan pushes through the cold void towards the Shieldworlds of the Cryptus System. Loathe to abandon a key territory – especially one so close to the Blood Angels’ home system of Baal - the forces of the Astra Militarum and Adepta Sororitas prepare to defend the region with their lives.

Presented in a deluxe slipcase, this two-book set is brimming with all-new Warhammer 40,000 content.

Book one is a 152 page narrative book containing:

• A wealth of background describing how the Cryptus System became embroiled in conflict
• A blow by blow account of the key events of the invasion and the major battles
• Descriptions of famous regiments that took part in the conflict including their background, colour schemes and heraldries
• Brand new artwork showing the planets, space stations and environments found within the Cryptus System

Book two is a 64 page rulebook that enables you to play games set during the invasion of the Cryptus System:

• 6 new Echoes of War missions to test your mettle
• Cities of Death rules for fighting games of Warhammer 40,000 amongst the war torn streets of destroyed cities
• 6 Cities of Death missions and 36 tactical objectives
• Rules for Death From The Skies, allowing you to include fighter aces in your Warhammer 40,000 battles 
• New Tyranids detachment rules and Warlord Traits to represent the composition of the forces of Hive Fleet Leviathan
• New Datasheets for the Mucalid Spore Cluster, Zoanthrope Brood, Maleceptor, Toxicrene, Tyrannocyte, Sporocyst and Mucolid Spore
• 6 new Tyranids formations

This product is available only while stocks last, and has been printed in only in English.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

40K HOBBY TIPS: How to Make Custom Decals


How to Make Your Very Own
Custom Decals

by Thorgrim Bloodskull

Editor's Note: SMG has a new blog contributor! Please welcome Thorgrim Bloodskull 
to our humble roster of 40K authors. 

Greetings fellow hobbyists, Thorgrim Bloodskull here with a tutorial on how you can make your own custom decals.
Have a Space Marine Chapter of your own creation? Do you want custom decal  iconography for the shoulders, vehicles, terrain or whatever? Read on.

What you will need:

                Computer with Power Point
                Inkjet Printer (Must be ink and not laser)
                Decal transfer paper ( I use Testors from Hobby Lobby, don’t forget that 40% off coupon)
                Decal  Bonder Spray (again, Testors)
                Stock images for use.

First thing you’ll want to do is find a simple image. We are working with 28mm scale minis so the image needs to be small; a small image needs to be simple or when you print it the detail will be lost.

Once you have got your image you’ll want to get the size right. I did this using Microsoft’s Power Point.You’ll want to shrink it about as small as you can using the image resize function. The Aquila’s I used for my Knights of Terra chapter where around .13” x .34” while terminator sized ones where around .2”.

Print one of each size you intend to use on plain white paper then cut and size it to make sure it will fit your intended space. Just one Testors sheet can provide a lot of logos. After insuring the first logo will fit what I copy and pasted it again and again and lined them up in a neat row. You will want to make the logo is sideways (as you’re viewing on PP) because the sheets are not quite 8.5x11. For this reason, you’ll want to copy and paste the image both along the X and Y axis to make sure you are not wasting the decal paper.

Ok, so you have got your image scaled correctly (did some dry runs on plain paper to ensure fit and image clarity) and now ready to print the decal sheets. (A word on printing: ensure you change borders, headers, footers and all that to 0”). Ensure to follow the instructions on the packaging and place the paper in the appropriate direction for your printer.

Print your decal with confidence and let the ink dry overnight.

Using the bonding spray (again, ensure the ink is dry) spray several (I do four) thin layers of the bonding spray. Make sure it is dry in between sprays. Depending on temperature and humidity it can effect drying time but remember to spray, let dry, and then repeat. You will want to ensure that you spray beyond the edges of the paper because the spray is what is sealing your image; you’ll know very quickly if you missed a spot when you cut the decal out and dip it in water. Spray this stuff outdoors because it has a strong odor.

Now you’re ready to rock and roll and apply your decal. I like to use Micro Sol and Micro Set for aid in smooth decal application (follow instruction on the bottle)

I've added some images of the process and how they looks on a few of my Knights of Terra Space Marines as well as a link to my powerpoint file.

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