Gron’s Kommando Kill Team – Part 2

I don’t like to ‘ave more boyz than I ‘ave fingers. Makes it ‘ard to keep track of da sneaky gitz!

Kaptain Gron, Kommando Nob

At last I’ve finished the Ork Kommando Kill Team, only seven months after picking up the Octarius boxed set! It’s very satisfying to finish a project, and to clear part of the “Shelf of Shame”. Part One of this project – looking at the first half of the Kill Team – can be found here. Gron and his boyz are based on the characters that appear in my short story ‘The Dark Stabba‘ on Cold Open Stories. At the start of this project I’d only pictured maybe six or seven of the models in this set having LEDs, but once I got going I kept seeing more and more opportunities for illumination. In the end only a single miniature didn’t get the LED treatment.

Kaptain Gron, Kommando Nob

Kaptain Gron, the illustrious Nob of Gron’s Kommando Boyz, sports a power klaw crackling with barely contained energy. I used three blue LEDs and acrylic gel to create the lightning effect on the klaw. You can read more about the creation of the Kaptain Gron model here.

“Krumpa” Zog, Kommando Breacha

“Krumpa” Zog is the team’s breacha. For this model I used two yellow SMD chip LEDs to create the bullet ricochet effect on his armour and the ruins on his base. You can read more about how “Krumpa” Zog was made here.

Dregshak, Kommando Rokkit Boy

Dregshak is the team’s Rokkit Boy and demolitions expert. As long as he gets to blow something up, Dregshak considers it a successful mission, regardless of any other outcomes! You can read more about how Dregshak was created here, and a full photo tutorial on how to recreate the “LED Rocket Launcher” effect on my LED Miniature Tutorials page here.

Rotkop, Kommando Comms Boy

Rotkop is the team’s Comms Boy and electronic know-wots expert. He handles all the “tek-nee-cal” problems on the mission that Gron is far too busy and important to concern himself with. You can read more about Rotkop and his LED shokka pistol here.

Slagskraga, Kommando Burna Boy

Slagskraga likes fire a little too much, and he love to share that passion with any ‘Umies that cross his path. You can read about Slagskraga and his LED burna here.

Painting

As I always say when I discuss my painting recipes, this is partially so people can see how I painted my models and duplicate it if they like the colour scheme, and partially as a record for myself if I ever revisit the project! I’ve mentioned in a previous post why I chose these particular colours. All paints are Citadel unless stated otherwise, and applied over a grey undercoat.

Red Fatigues

  • Mephiston Red base coat
  • Agrax Earthshade shade
  • Evil Sun Scarlet highlight
  • Wild Rider Red fine highlight

Grey Webbing

  • Mechanicus Standard Grey base coat
  • Nuln Oil shade
  • Dawnstone highlight
  • Administratum Grey fine hightlight

Khaki Packs

  • Zandri Dust base coat
  • Agrax Earthshade shade
  • Tallarn Sand highlight
  • Screaming Skull fine highlight

Brown Leather

  • 50:50 Rhinox Hide/Doombull Brown base
  • Agrax Earthshade
  • Doombull Brown layer
  • Skrag Brown highlight
  • Tallarn Sand fine hightlight

Squig Skin / Battery Packs

  • Khorne Red
  • Nuln Oil shade
  • Wazdakka Red highlight
  • Wild Rider Red fine highlight

Ork & Squig Teeth

  • Rakarth Flesh base
  • Reikland Fleshshade shade
  • Pallid Wych Flesh highlight
  • White Scar fine highlight

White Masks

  • Corax White base
  • Nuln Oil shade
  • White Scar highlight

Ork Skin

  • Waaagh! Flesh base
  • Biel-Tan Green shade
  • 50:50 Waaagh! Flesh / Warboss Green layer
  • Warboss Green highlight
  • Skarsnik Green highlight
  • 50:50 Skarsnik Green / Emperor’s Children highlight (on prominent scars only, e.g. Burna Boy)

There we go, another project done and dusted! I hope you’ve all enjoyed seeing the progress of this Kill Team over the last few months. That’s all for today, and enough Orks for the moment. See you again soon for something a little different!

Kommando ‘Burna Boy’

Wot’s yellow an’ sayz “Help, I’m a ‘Umie and I’m on fire!”…? Err, hang on, I fink I told it wrong…

Slagskraga, Kommando Burna Boy

At last, the final Octarius Ork Kommando is complete, only around seven months after buying the box! I didn’t leave the Burna Boy until last for any conscious reason. I think it was just that I was more inspired by the other models and the effects I had planned, many of which were experimenting with new techniques, whereas I had a “safe” plan for the Burna Boy that fell back on tried-and-tested techniques.

Having finished the model, I do wish I’d got to it sooner. After spending a lot of time looking at it, I think it’s one of the most characterful models in the Kommando set. I particularly like the little details like the burn scars on its hands and arms, and the fuel pressure gauge on the burna.

Design, Building & Painting

To create the LED effects on the Burna Boy I primarily I used the techniques described in my ‘Simple LED Muzzle Flare tutorial‘, which can be found on my LED Miniatures Tutorials page. The main difference is that I used two of the yellow 0805 SMD chip LEDs instead of one. Both were connected in parallel to the single coin cell battery in the base.

In the left-hand image above you can see how the LEDs were arranged on the nozzle of the burna. In hindsight I should have positioned the top LED slightly lower down. I was hoping their respective glows would ‘merge’ to create a larger overall light once I’d applied the flame effect. But in the end they were slightly too far apart. The right-hand image above shows the path of the LED wires in this particular model – through the burna, up the left arm, through the torso and down through the left leg.

As you can see in the left-hand image above, I painted the red and black connecting wires of the LED yellow to help them blend into the final flame effect. The right-hand images shows the flame effect after I applied paint. I began with a shade of Citadel Fuegan Orange over the entire flame. Once this had dried I applied a yellow glaze of Citadel Lamenters Yellow (alternatively, a 1:4 glaze of Yriel Yellow to Lahmian Medium will work). Next I applied a shade of Citadel Druchii Violet to the top third of the flame only. Finally I applied a red glaze of Citadel Bloodletter Red (alternatively, a 1:4 glaze of Evil Sun Scarlet to Lahmian Medium will work) just to the top third. This is more for the looks of the flame when the LEDs are switched off. When the LEDs are on the distinction is harder to see.

That’s all for today. It’s very satisfying to actually finish a project and have all the Kommandos done! Check back again soon for some group pictures of Kaptain Gron and his Kommando Boyz. Don’t forget you can also follow my work on Twitter and Instagram.

Kommando ‘Comms Boy’

Yooz might find dis order a bit…shokkin’!

Rotkop, Kommando Comms Boy

When I started assembling the Kommando Comms Boy, I thought this was going to be a model without any LEDs. <pause for audience laugh> However just as I finished gluing it together, I realised there was a giant light bulb on the side of his shokka pistol! I couldn’t let that go unmodified, so I dutifully took the miniature apart and began to plan how to replace the plastic light bulb with a functioning LED.

Design & Building

The LED process was fairly simple by my standards. I cut the bulb from the shokka pistol with a sharp craft knife, and then used a 1mm drill bit to drill out the “glass” parts of the bulb, leaving the “metal” guard around it. I then inserted a 3V red ultra nano SMD chip LED where the bulb was, running the wire down through the pistol, right arm, torso and leg to the battery in the base. Once the LED was in place I returned the “metal” guard to cover it – as shown in the image above – and filled in the gaps between the guard with Water Splash Effect Gel (available from Green Stuff World) to provide a transparent replacement for the “glass” in the bulb. Finally, once the gel was dry I applied a shade of Citadel Spiritstone Red. This ‘Technical’ paint is like a thick, glossy glaze, and helps the gel to look like red glass when the LED is switched off. 

If you’d like to have a go at this yourself but you’d like more details, I’m afraid I don’t have a full tutorial for this technique at the moment. But the existing tutorial that is closest is my ‘Simple LED Muzzle Flare‘ tutorial, only with the red ultra nano SMD chip LED mentioned above, instead of the yellow 0805 chip LED shown in the tutorial.

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading, and hopefully see you again soon for the tenth and final Kommando in the Octarius Kill Team!

Ork Kommando ‘Rokkit Boy’

I’m burnin’ out me fuse out ‘ere, alone…

Dregshak, Kommando Rokkit Boy

I’ve been wanting to put together an LED rocket launcher effect for quite some time now. I’ve been back and forward several times on which army or kill team project would get the honour, and I settle on the Ork Kommandos in the end. It seems quite fitting, as this Kill Team has been the test bed for quite a few different LED techniques and tutorials.

Design, Building & Painting

I won’t spend much time explaining how I achieved the LED rocket effect, as I have a brand new full ‘LED Rocket Launcher’ tutorial on my tutorial page here! Suffice to say, the LED was one of the usual Yellow 0805 Chip LEDs from Small Scale Lights and the smoke trail was made from a small amount of Soft Toy Stuffing.

The paint scheme sticks with the Blood Axe Kommando theme that can be seen in the rest of the team. I decide to decorate the rockets with a red and white chequered pattern that calls back to Titin’s rocket – the definitive rocket design in my opinion. The colour scheme for the mask was influenced by Call of Duty: Ghosts, which seemed fitting for the Kommandos.

That’s it for today! Eight Kommandos down, two to go! Check back again soon for more Orks…

Flesh Eaters & ‘New Year, New Army 2022’

As we reach the end of January, I can finally unveil my “New Year, New Army” project for 2022. This year I plan to expand my Flesh Eaters Kill Team into a small army in time for Armies on Parade in November. This is the first member of a new Intercessor Assault Squad, Brother Kane.

Brother Kane is depicted charging into the fray, bullets ricocheting from his armour. He carries the squad’s “Terror Banner”, an evolution of the vexilla carried by Legionaries in millennia past. Used by forces on both sides during the War of the False Primarch, they were unfurled at the moment the shooting starting, leaving their victims in no doubt as to who had come for them! The “Prey For Death” message is a homage to the slogan painted on the shoulder pad of the Flesh Eaters marine depicted in the colour section of the Warhammer 40K first edition ‘Rogue Trader’ rulebook.

Design, Building & Painting

I had a number of different design goals with this model. Firstly, I wanted to convert the base Primaris model to look like he was wearing Mark VI armour to help him fit more closely with the War of the False Primarch M34 setting. I achieved this by removing a lot of the distinctive Mark X armour details – ankle stabilisers, knee pad rims, etc – and adding chest power cables made from guitar strings. The shoulder pads and backpack are from the Forge World Mark VI armour kit.

The base model is an Assault Intercessor from the Indomitus box set. The left arm is in its normal position, and I repositioned the right arm and wrist to form a straight line with the other hand to allow the model to carry the flag. The flag pole is 1mm wire and the flag itself is a Tactical Marine banner turned on its side.

The LED effect bullet ricochets were achieved using the techniques described in my Simple LED Muzzle Flare tutorial, only with the “flares” coming from the armour rather than a gun barrel. Both LEDs are powered from the same battery. They are connected in parallel with each other and in series with a single 100 ohm resistor. You can see and On/Off comparison picture on the right of the gallery above.

The paint scheme is exactly the same as described in this post about my Flesh Eaters Kill Team.

That’s it for this week. One Assault Intercessor down, nine more to go! See you again soon for more Flesh Eaters space marines, and maybe even finishing some of the other projects I have on the go as well!