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The Black Legion.

It’s been a while since I posted here. Between the January ‘blues’ and being busy at work, I didn’t feel like I had much to talk about. However, while on the nerd holiday with good friends, I managed to get some painting in and I wanted to show what I had been doing.

Most of you know I am a bit of an Abaddon fan. I don’t know what it is about him, I like like the character and the whole ideal they carry. I also made a miniature of my husband as a space marine for Christmas and then painted it as to his requirements. Black and Gold it was, his reasoning being he would rather be bossed about by Khayon than Ahriman.

He was painted up and looked amazing but we soon realised that he needed some friends to poke about and make fun of. I also happened to have a box of rubrics lying around not doing anything. I built them up during one of our D&D sessions based on our core group of friends.

The first one of which is now painted, pictured here with and then without, the boss;

The person this rubric is based off is gay, which is why he has a rainbow painted on his crest. As I do the rest of them, their individual quirks will become known. Soon, there will be an entire squad of rubrics based on our friends. Incidentally, the friends think this is a brilliant idea as well. Not entirely sure how Abaddon will feel about this bunch of nutters joining him though.

40K · hobby · painting · Painting Tutorial · warhammer

Tutorial: Wet Blending.

I was asked the other day about wet blending and how I do it so I said that I would run through how I do it as best as I can. I’ve taken some pictures to try and illustrate the process.

Step 1:

Wet Palette. Nothing fancy, just a take away tub, a sponge and some baking paper:

When adding water to the wet palette, I keep the water just below the top of the sponge. This is my personal preference and it is a case of finding what works for you.

Step 2:

Select the paints you’re going to use. I am painting a cloak on a Stormcast for the purpose of this tutorial and I am going for dark purple.

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Step 3

Paint the darkest colour as a base on the area that is going to be blended. Don’t worry if it looks watery or parts of the undercoat show through, this will be fixed when blending.

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Step 4:

While the paint is still wet, get the next lightest colour on your brush – not too much of it though – and mix it in the spaces you want to be lighter on the miniature. Try and make the two colours mix without any clear lines between the two.

Step 5:

Repeat this with the lighter colour for the places you want to be lighter. Again, try to do this without leaving any clear lines. I always try to get as smooth a blend as possible.

Step 6:

I also added some darker blends with dark blue because I wanted to add depth to the purple. You can see it in the second image above.

That is how I wet blend. I am aware that this is a tricky skill, or can be, for some and it takes a lot of practice. I’ve popped a couple of examples of what you can do with wet blending, though the limits are just your own thoughts. I hope this has helped!

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Larry was a speed paint in half an hour – his blend is less than perfect!

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I use wet blending for the base of all the galaxy cloaks I paint.
40K · Age of Sigmar · figures · fun · hobby · Uncategorized

Vapnartak

I have never been to a Wargames Expo before and I was not too sure what to expect. I have been to several warboots however and I suppose I thought it would be like that. It was better in some ways and worse in others.

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Three floors of awesome gaming goodness.

 

I really liked the wide range of traders there were. There was something for everyone and all the people I spoke to were exceptionally friendly. If they didn’t have what you wanted, they were more than eager to pass on details and find out the information for you. There were a lot of smiles and friendly people, which made the place seem very welcoming.

There was a lot going on as well, plenty to see and do. Hosts of participation games aimed at all ages were going on over the three floors but at no point did the place seem over-crowded or jammed in. I did not try any of the games but I did look on as others did. Gangs of Rome seems like a fun game to look at and so I may see if there is anything else to it.

This Indiana Jones style quiz – find the mummy – was a huge board that was artfully constructed. The pyramid, and other sections of the board, lifted up and you had to really look for the characters. It was 50p a go!

There was also a tournament, both Warhammer 40K and Warmachine, going on. I am not all that into tournament playing, that would be the forte of my husband, but we went for a look anyway as some pals were playing. While there, I spotted some familiar faces and with permission, I was able to take a picture:

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Stunning miniatures and lovely players who took time out of their game to talk to us, albeit briefly.

I also managed to snag a couple of bargains and some material for an experiment as well, which always makes me happy. A lot of the gear at Vapnartak was for historical miniature gaming, which is not my area, but it was nice to see regardless. Nothing wrong with looking at other systems and snagging ideas after all.

All in all, it was a decent day.

 

40K · Warhammer 40k · space marines · Wh40K · figures · Age of Sigmar

Branching Out

I love Space Marines. I love painting them, I love reading about them, I love writing about them. I even love playing with them. Of course I have favourites but I love them all really. There is no real secret around that.

I have learned however, that not everyone else loves Space Marines in the same way I do. It is a shame but we cannot all be the same, that would be boring.

I was chatting to my sister the other night about commissions and how it is going when I said that I felt that although what I have painted and displayed on this blog is decent, it is all very much of the Space Marine flavour and that I felt I should do some other miniatures to prove that I can paint other things. She readily agreed with me.

So, this morning, she allowed me to raid her and her husband’s bits box for anything that I feel might be useful. This is what I found:

There is only one Space Marine in this bunch of miniatures! Only one! There are also a couple of Warmachine dudes as well, so they should be interesting. Some of these are old, some are new. Some need repairing, some are in excellent condition. They were all just sitting in the garage doing nothing too. This should keep me busy for some time and will offer a little more diversity for the examples page. Watch this space for sure.

In the meantime, if you do want to commission me for anything, feel free to get in touch. I promise I do not bite.

https://blackhandmarines.com/commissions/

40K · Age of Sigmar · hobby · Wh40K

Warhammer Club Part 2

This week, in Warhammer Club, we moved on from fixing up the miniatures and ensuring they were base coated to actually painting them. The members of the club were suitably enthusiastic about the prospect and without much hesitation, they got stuck in. It was a pleasure to watch them look at the miniatures and see the details before liberally applying lashings of paint. Of course, some were neater than others but all of the members were happy to get involved. I have taken some carefully shot pictures of the miniatures for you to enjoy here:

By far, the best part of running this club is when the kids come up to me with the miniatures they have gone out to buy themselves and enthuse about them. I love hearing that they have been in to Games Workshop and played there, or found the assassin and got their free figure. It really lights up the day!

I am also looking forward to playing some of our own games in a few weeks time – learning that with them is going to be a lot of fun, though probably frustrating as well. They are very young after all.

It truly is the highlight of the week!

40K · hobby · miniatures. · Warhammer 40k

Loot!

As well as finishing Xerxes as a part of a miniature trade with my sister, we made it over to the Warboot at Element Games in Stockport. Usually, we can be found behind a stall however this time we went along to pick up bargains and meet up with old friends. Everyone loves a bargain and a good deal after all and I am no different to anyone else in this.

Before I divulge what look my husband and I managed to pick up, I will say how much fun the Warboot is. It brings together a lot of people and as we have been going for a while now, we know some of the other regulars too. It is nice to meet up with them and natter about shared hobby, as well as enthuse about what is happening. It is not restricted to Games Workshop either, there is usually board games, Warmachine, X-Wing and other table top RPG’s as well. It is nice to connect with people that ‘get it.’

I also bumped into an old house-mate of mine – Jason Enos – who I had not seen in a long time. Catching up on news and sharing old World of Warcraft stories was a good laugh.

I went with the intention of finding things that were not Space Marines to paint.

OK, so what did I bring home?

So, we have a box of objective markers for a fiver, two dudes on plynths who were £1, a battered and beaten up tech priest, also £1 and two Alpha Legion conversions who I thought were interesting miniatures. They cost me £10. I also snagged a Land Raider on Spru for £15 but no one wants to see a picture of a spru. Lastly, I grabbed some old metal nurglings for my sister for £10. She has an ancient Beast of Nurgle and as the nurglings were the first ever miniatures she bought, I had to get them for her – she was thrilled.

The Alpha Legion lads definitely have a story to tell. So far, I know they are in the Black Legion and that they are brothers. Nothing else has been forthcoming yet but give it time.

My mission to find things to paint that was not Space Marines did not go so well…

It was a great day and a lot of fun. If you ever find yourself in Stockport when one is on, pop in!