Sunday, 24 January 2010


Apologies for the lack of posts recently. January means exams for us lazy students, so I've had no time for WH. But I will have some exciting posts soon; New camo patterns, and cool winter bases!

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Valhallan Fluff/ Info

Greetings all! I know I have a couple of Valhallan fan's reading my blog and this is for them (no update on the army, I'm still in the process of removing flash etc. and drilling 100 odd lasgun barrels... Fun!): I recently got hold of White Dwarf 183 from March 1995. It has a good 5 pages on Valhallans including their background story and some tactics! If I can get hold of a scanner I'll pop a couple of pages up on here. Also I found out who the Valhallan designer and sculptor was; the famous Alan Perry. That's all for now, hopefully next time I will have an update on some different camo patterns in response to the feedback I got (Thanks for that BTW, its much appreciated!).

White Dwarf 183

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Off Topic: Converted Emperor's Champion

Something off topic: just thought I'd show off my Converted Emperor's Champion that I've been working on for my Templar army. Still a bit of blending work to be done but I'm hoping to enter him into the singles category for the Golden Bolter competition; I don't expect to win anything, but hey why not!

Couple More Basilisk

Not much to update you on. I have however finished the other two of my Basilisks that came in the Battery boxset. The Command Basilisk:

It has this extra command unit on the side. I haven't seen these anywhere else, but if I'm wrong please correct me.

Also a battle-hardened Basilisk:

Needs a bit of a clean up, and I think I'll add some sandbags on the sides when I get some more green stuff

Friday, 8 January 2010

Painted Valhallans Ahoy!

I finally painted the first of my Valhallans. I decided to go with a white uniform to match their environment (in keeping with the fluff). I've got three painted atm but there will be more to come:


Valhallan Flamer

Valhallan Trooper

I was worried that a white colour scheme wouldn't have much contrast, however, I'm pretty damn happy with how these guys turned out. My general painting formula was:

Primer: Skull White
Basecoat: Astronomican Grey
Wash: Badab Black
Layer 1: 1:1 Astronomican Grey/Skull White
Layer 2: 1:2 Astronomican Grey/Skull White
Layer 3: Thinned Skull White
Layer 4: Thinned Skull White
Extreme Highlights: Skull White

I also tried a couple of different techniques for the bases. The flamer has the GW snow baser on it. I personally don't like this... It has a very fluffy (not 'fluffy') look to it, not the right type of snow for me. I also experimented with bicarbonate with PVA for the Troopers base, this is closer to what I want. I might take some advise from Müller's Minatures from Valhall.

Since it has been snowing pretty heavily I couldn't resist taking some photos of these miniatures in the snow. Have a look:

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Valhallan Basilisk

What did I want all those sandbags for? My slightly converted Basilisk of course!

Vahallan Basilisk #1

I decided to make a converted interrior gunner (another use for my Pig Iron heads) instead of a tank commander/ stubber gunner to give it a unique look and because I dont plan on spending any points placing an extra gunner on my artillery.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

How To Make Sandbags from Green Stuff

A quick and easy tutorial on how to make decent sandbags from green stuff.
You'll need:
  • 4-6" of Green Stuff
  • Modelling knife/ Stanley Knife
  • Pot of water to make sure your fingers/work surface don't get stuck to the green stuff
  • Sieve/ Strainer/ Metal Gauze/ Netting

Step 1: Grab your green stuff and mix it together until you can no longer see and yellow or blue streaks.

Step 2:
Roll your green stuff into a long thin cylinder about 8" in length and 1/4 - 1/2" in diameter.

Step 3: Grab your knife and cut the green stuff into 1/2" chunks:

Step 4: Flatten out the chunks and round off the edges. Use the side of your thumb to rub off any fingerprints.

Step 5:

Using the knife score a line into the edges of the bags.

Step 6:

Grab your sieve

Press the gauze gently into the top of all the sand bags. This gives them a nice material texture. The finer the netting of the gauze the more realistic it will look.

The Final Result:

Looks half decent and doesn't cost a lot. Use them on bases, heavy weapon emplacements, defence lines or anywhere else!

Command Squad

Ok then, Cadian Command Squad + Pig Iron heads + small big of Green Stuff = Valhallan Command Squad. This is my first proper attempt at Green Stuffing, so don't laugh! I'm happy with everything apart from the over sized megaphone on the commander. I'm going to down size this. But for now this is how my command squad looks:
Valhallan Commander with (oversized) Megaphone

Valhallan Sniper

Valhallan Medic with Bedroll and Bandage

Valhallan Voxcaster with Bandolier

Valhallan Company Standard Bearer

Pig Iron Heads

Just got some Pig Iron heads through the post:

They are the Militia winter head sprues: 20 heads for £4. I plan to use these heads on Cadian bodies for veterans, and for my command squad.

I also bought some Catachan commlinks to make some cheap voxcasters (£7 a piece for a Valhallan voxcaster). I got them off a quality guy on eBay that I've bough off before who mainly sells bitz: miniaturmen07. Check him out if you need a few bitz 'n' bobs.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

The Army Begins

Look what came today:

An Imperial Guard Basilisk Battery boxset from a couple of years ago (now oop) that I found on eBay. It's just the same as 3 normal Basilisks but has an extra sprue with 'command' extras on; basically its an aquilla shaped targeting computer that goes on the side of one of the Basilisks.

Also another great buy:

This came from a guy on eBay who had an old shop, with these beauties in. They must be at least 10 years old, because of some of the OOP stuff in this lot. £150 got me:

HQ 1 x Captain Chenkov.
HQ 2x Lieutenants.
HQ 1x Primaris Psyker.
HQ 2x Commissars.
HQ 4x Special weapons including three comms troopers
Troops 4x Tactical squads.
Troops 2x blisters with troopers and sergeant.
Heavy 4x Heavy weapons, including 3x heavy bolter and 1 lascannon.

So putting this with the rest of my stuff this makes:

Men x50
Sgt x7
Lt x2
Cpt x2
Commissar x3
Primaris Psyker x1
Flamer x6
Grenade x3
Melta x2
Voxcaster x8
Heavy Bolter x3
Lascannon x4
Mortar x7
Basilisk x3

This should be a good start in an awesome army. I think I'll unpack it all and get a look at the challenge I've made for myself.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Army List

So I spent Christmas trawling eBay and forums for Valhallan miniatures. They're few and far between but I managed to get a good haul (I'm still waiting for the main bulk to come through the post - hopefully they haven't gotten lost!). I had a good idea of what I wanted in my army and I stuck true to it. So this is my first provisional army list:


Company Command Squad (105 Pts)
-Company Standard
-Master of Ordnance


Infantry Platoon 1

Platoon Command Squad (90 Pts)
-Commander Chenkov

Infantry Squad 1 (70 Pts)

Infantry Squad 2 (65 Pts)

Infantry Squad 3 (65 Pts)

Special Weapons Squad 1 (50 Pts)
-Grenade Launcher x3

Infantry Platoon 2

Platoon Command Squad (35 Pts)

Infantry Squad 1 (60 Pts)

Infantry Squad 2 (80 Pts)

Conscript Squad 1 (263 Pts)
-Send in the Next Wave
-27 More Conscripts

Heavy Weapons Squad 1 (75 Pts)
-Heavy Bolter x3

Heavy Weapons Squad 2 (105 Pts)
-Lascannon x3

Heavy Weapons Squad 3 (60 Pts)
-Mortar x3

-Heavy Support-

Ordinance Battery (375 Pts)
-3x Basilisk

Total: 1498 Pts

So the tactics are pretty simple with this army; stay still and bomb the enemy to dust.

The CCS will have to stay still so I can use the Master of Ordnance, so they find some cover and start issuing orders.

Platoon 2 is the cover for both the artillery and Platoon 1. Looking at it now I might have gone overboard with the Conscripts, but they will make excellent meatsheilds for the basilisks and mortars. Also whilst Chenkov is still alive they will carry on rocking it with Send in the Next Wave. Basically they will all stay stationary in a defensive formation: The Mortars and Bolters mopping up any infantry that weren't taken out by the Basilisks, whilst the Lascannons take on any Heavy Support that might be kicking around.

Platoon 1 will capture objectives and can act as an axillary meatsheild. They can also draw fire away from the artillery and occupy anything that might want to hit the Basilisks/Weapon Teams with a sword/powerfist.

So the highlight of the army is the artillery: 4 Earthshakers (3 from the Basilisks and 1 from Mr. Ordnance). Should bring the pain to most infantry. Hopefully with 1500pts there should also be some good scattering effects if they miss.

Obviously this will be great against horde armies, with downfalls against mechanised armies; especially armies with two or three Landraiders in. Anything with armour value 14 could be a problem. Also deep striking Termies and Dreads could cause issues. But hey, its a fun army and I'll see how it plays!