Friday, June 15, 2018

Imperial Guard: Building an infiltration expert

“I'm just a man who's good at what he does. Killing.”

With the recent release of the plastic Van Saar for Necromunda, the hobby community finally has plastic models that are wearing body gloves (armored in this case), something ubiquitous in the background (and was popularized, and maybe coined, by Dan Abnett) but curiously absent in model form. Having spent much of this year converting and casting Imperial Guard, I thought these new models would make an excellent foundation for converting a recon specialist for them (taking suitable cues from Metal Gear Solid, of course!). What started out as a relatively simple project rapidly escalated as I attempted more and more sculpting, both to distance the model from the Van Saar and to make the model fit its role as a master scout.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

MasterClub 1/35 metal tank tracks: Impressions

"Wherever you are, death will find you, even in the looming tower."

Earlier this year I built and modified a Russian T-26 tank for use in the upcoming Thorn Moons Crusade. One of the most challenging and time consuming aspects of the entire build was assembling the plastic tracks for the tank, since they were assembled link by link and fixed with tiny plastic bolts. I entertained the notion of building another tank for the Thorn Moons project, but wanted to find an alternative to the plastic tracks, one that still looked good but was easier to assemble. After a little research, I discovered that there are aftermarket metal tracks available, and decided it would be fun to see what they are like. There are two major companies that produce these tracks, Friulmodel and MasterClub. I decided to get a set of T-26 tracks from MasterClub because they use resin pins to hold the metal tracks together, rather than cut-to-fit wire (Friulmodel). Read on if you wish to learn about my struggles with building these tracks.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Dragged into Turbolasers Episode 41: New Knight Titans and talk about Shadespire

The painting of a panic attack.

We begin this episode by talking about the upcoming Imperial Knight codex and some of the new models being released alongside it, including the Dominus-class titan. Afterwards, we talk about Games Workshop’s Shadespire, having had the chance to play it more recently.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Dragged into Turbolasers Episode 40: Warhammer Fest and Adeptus Titanicus

The God-machines go to war.

In this episode, we discuss the recent Warhammer Fest and the various announcements made during the event. While we mention the new Nighthaunt army and the upcoming version 2 of Age of Sigmar, our primary focus is on the first Sister of Battle model shown, and the new Adeptus Titanicus game.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Star Wars Legion: Stormtrooper model impressions

In a Galaxy far far away...

After entering the miniature wargame market last year with Runewars, Fantasy Flight Games is attempting to cement their place there by releasing a game within the Star Wars Universe: Legion. Knowing that the game was in the 28mm-32mm scale, I was curious to see how the models compared to those made by Games Workshop. Fortunately, a friend got a copy of the game and was kind enough to let me assemble a few of his stormtroopers to assess the quality!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Thorn Moon Crusade: the Polysmith helps us create the first Spireguard

Our presence remakes the past.

Having made some molds, built some mock-ups, and written some background, we are thrilled to finally show everyone some completed Spireguard from the 73rd Thorn Moon! Even more exciting, however, we get to announce that the esteemed Polysmith (one of the nicest and most talented hobbyists you will ever find!) has collaborated with us to make them into a reality! An accomplished 3d designer and sculptor, he designed and printed a range of stunning female heads to help build our Thorn Moon defenders. After being disappointed with the scale of the new Necromunda Escher models, we needed to find a new source for supplying us with a large number of suitable heads for the models. The Polysmith quickly came to mind, due to his skill with 3d design and his imaginative conversions that take GW models and turn them into something completely unrecognizable (his work on Instagram speaks for itself). He graciously agreed to help us and created a series of remarkable sculpts. Below are pictures of the initial renders and some of the final models built with them!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Dragged into Turbolasers Episode 39: How to start resin casting

A silicone mold for our Thorn Moon defenders.

This episode is centered around how to create a two part silicone mold for resin casting. We start by discussing why we learned how to make molds in the first place, before talking about the basic principles involved. We then talk at length about various ways to improve your molds and resin casts, focusing on methods to reduce bubbles.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Thorn Moons Crusade: The XXVIII Expeditionary fleet arrives at the Crataegus Fragmentum

The Shape of He to Come.
Over the past few months, we have been working on creating some Imperial Army/Guard to defend the Thorn Moons from a warpath of ravaging Space Wolves. Recently we started the process of creating some silicon molds to help expedite the process of building an army. For this post, we thought we would do something a little different and, rather than talk about our progress with the models, we would show the first of what we hope to be a few posts dealing with their background!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dragged into Turbolasers Episode 38: I am Alpharius

I am Alpharius.

Most of the episode is spent discussing some of the newer Forge World Alpha Legion models, particularly their Primarch Alpharius and their new terminator models. We talk about how the Alpharius model falls short of the other Primarch models and what aspects set it apart from the others. We also touch on the Lernaean Terminators, and how they do nothing for the model range, only serving to emphasize how comical the terminator models look. We end the episode talking about Fantasy Flight Games’ Star Wars Legion, focusing on the quality of the models and how they chose PVC over GW’s prefered polystyrene.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Dragged into Turbolasers Episode 37: Games Workshop Adepticon announcements

Perfect blue.

We spend this episode discussing Games Workshop’s announcements from Adepticon 2018. First we talk about the new revealed Knight Titan and contrast it with the smaller Armiger Knight that was recently released. Afterwards we transition into talking about the newest Age of Sigmar army, the Idoneth Deepkin. We briefly discuss some of the new models and how they fit alongside the other armies.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thorn Moons Crusade: Making a mold for the Defenders of the 73rd Moon

It's understood, we'll do or die.

A few weeks ago, we showed our progress on our remnants of the Imperial Army defending the Thorn Moons. Since then, I have disassembled all of the models and built a few more weapons and sculpted some arms, preparing to create a silicone mold. I am pleased to say that I made the first mold for the guard, and it was quite successful! I wanted to show you a few pictures of the resulting mold and the resin casts it produces.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Dragged into Turbolasers Episode 36: The Daughters of Khaine and GW’s new effort to make female models


We talk about the newest Age of Sigmar army, the Daughters of Khaine with Aletheia, one of our good friends. We discuss how the new models fit alongside Games Workshop’s other female models and all of their models as a whole, speculating on what they are trying to convey with their design choices. We end the episode talking about the newly revealed plastic Van Saar Necromunda gang, and how pleasantly surprised we were to discover that it is mixed gendered.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Female Representation: Concerns with the Necromunda Escher models

The new Escher models largely maintain the classic look of the Escher gang from the original Necromunda: sports bras, spiked leggings, and crazy hair.

It is no secret that Games Workshop does not produce many female miniatures. Recently, that has started to change with the release of the Sisters of Silence and Inquisitor Greyfax. While the inclusion of female models is a good thing, virtually all of these female models ascribe to the same questionable imagery: lithe and voluptuous characters in form-fitting battle armor that always accentuates their breasts. This imagery does not send the message that women are welcome in the Warhammer community. The newest collection of female miniatures to be released by Games Workshop is the the Escher gang from the re-release of the fan-favorite game, Necromunda. I had high hopes for this release, and am disappointed to report that Games Workshop has not used the release as an opportunity to present women in a less objectifying light. Read onward if you want to hear more about my concerns about this release.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Thorn Moons Crusade: Defenders of the 73rd Moon


For a thousand years I spurned the flesh change
But I had lived as half a being
Until the celestial tides wrought our metagenesis.

Late last year, shortly after Iron Sleet announced their second Invitational, we began work on some Imperial Guard to defend the Thorn Moons, the remnants of the Imperial Army that originally explored the Crataegus Fragmentum during the Great Crusade. For the Guard, we wanted to create soldiers that were a little more grounded in reality than most of Games Workshop’s human warriors, eschewing bulky breastplates, rubberized mining suits, and heavily starched robes. To do this, I started to greatly modify Forge World Elysian Drop Troops. In the last few months, I have not had too much time to work on them, but am pleased to say I am now going to set my full attention on them again! I wanted to use this post to show my recent progress on them.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Unforgiven: True-scale Dark Angels

Thought begets Heresy. Heresy begets Retribution.

When 8th edition of Warhammer 40k was released last year, I purchased one of the starter sets, and experimented with turning the included Primaris Space Marines into True-scale Space Marines. I found that by simply replacing their powerpacks and bolters, they made pretty convincing normal Space Marines. Being a longstanding Dark Angels player, when the new Dark Angel codex was released last year, I thought it might be fun to try to convert some tactical marines in this way. The hope being that I could build a bunch of them quickly to use in games of basic 40k (I manage to play a game or two each year). With this in mind, I got a box of the Dark Angels-themed Intercessors and set to work.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Making Death Guard Great Again: Plague Marine Finished

Built for brutality.

At the end of 2017, we showcased a collection of Death Guard models that were created by a talented group of hobbyists in response to anatomical mess that was the new Death Guard models. While I also built a Death Guard model for the challenge, I was only able to start painting it recently. The model was a great opportunity to experiment with painting styles and techniques, similar to painting the Elder One that I built earlier in the year. With this post, I wanted to talk a little how I went about the process.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Dragged into Turbolasters Episode 35: Space Wolves and Forge World, a steady decline in quality

How the mighty have fallen...

With the release of a host of new terrible Space Wolf releases from Forge World recently, we decided to talk a little about what makes them such a disappointment, and how they speak to Forge World’s recent inconsistency in model quality. We touch on how digital sculpting has both helped and hurt many of their designs and how the incredible popularity of the Horus Heresy has put a strain on a relatively small company. We also talk about the newly released Rogal Dorn model, and how he may be Forge World’s best Primarch yet.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Dragged into Turbolasers Episode 34: Gregor Eisenhorn and Adeptus Custodes

Thought begets Heresy.

For the first episode of 2018, we start by discussing the newly revealed Gregor Eisenhorn model, celebrating 20 years of the Black Library. We spend the remaining part of the episode talking about the new Adeptus Custodes models and how they compare to the first Custodes released in the Burning of Prospero game.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

A look back: Notable Hobbyists and Blogs of 2017



2017 has come and gone, and we have reviewed our favorite models of the year, and also summarized our own work on Between the Bolter and Me. To truly wrap up 2017, however, we have the third and most exciting part of the yearly recap posts: highlighting some of our favorite blogs and hobbyists! It was a fantastic year, filled with so many talented hobbyists that it would be impossible to name them all. Instead we decided to showcase a small selection of blogs/hobbyists that kept us motivated throughout the year. We made special effort to focus on ones we have not featured previous years, but would highly encourage you to look at our favorites from past years, as many continue to produce stellar work (2016, 2015, 2014)!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Between the Bolter and Me: 2017, a year in review

Onward to 2018!

It is hard to believe, but 2017 has come to a close, marking five years for Between the Bolter and Me! Just like each year before it, 2017 proved to be quite different from the previous years. While 2016 was filled with attending collaborative events (the Pilgrym and Curse of the Alabaster), 2017 was much more introspective, as we honed our image of what makes a responsible and effective model (namely by examining female representation as well as logical anatomy). We also learned a lot of new techniques, including resin casting and working with non-acrylic paints. With this post, we wanted to recap all of the projects that we have been working on over the last 12 months.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Lesotho 2-12: Virologist

Edith Higgins, Officio Medicae Virologist

After his success with the Curse of the Alabaster event, Jonathan Hartman (known as shibboleth02 of Instagram), decided to host a new event, this time set in the Lesotho 2-12 laboratory complex, a labyrinth research station that has been overrun by zombies! If you want to know more about the narrative of the event, Kristian Simonsen, of the Secrets of the Void fame, wrote two exciting yarns, one introducing two Inquisitors interested in doctor Ignace Valantion from Lesotho 2-12, the other dealing with an old guard veteran trying to escape being trapped with the research complex. Being intrigued by the event, which you can watch unfold by following the hashtag #lesothotwotwelve, particularly by the excellent civilian scientists from WilhelMiniatures, I decided it would be fun to build my own NPC scientist for the event!