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The Judiciar

I finished this fellow last week and wanted to talk about him – and show him off too. I tried a few new things with his and refined others. First of all, here he is:

The refined technique was the old leather. I have tried it a few times in the past but feel this time it came together well. I added a few lighter highlights and nicks to give it a more cracked feel. I think that worked well.

The other new part is the sword. I wanted to try a lava technique. I started with the dark colours and worked primarily with orange. A few lighter colours towards the edge and a final black highlight along the middle created the effect I wanted.

All in all, I am really pleased with how he turned out. I am sure he will be inspiring the other Blood Angels with his deeds very soon!

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Shadows of Brimstone Miniatures

Shadows of Brimstone is a game we play a lot! I have mentioned it previously on my blog, and have always described it as a ‘Wild West Cthulhu’ version of Warhammer Quest. It is made by Flying Frog and is one of the best games I have ever played. It is fun, tough and different every time we play.

It also contained a lot of miniatures, most of which are unpainted. I have decided to dedicate one day of the week to painting these miniatures so we no longer have to endure grey plastic while we are playing. It is going to take many weeks to get through the backlog, but the miniatures are different to what I usually work on so should be good for a break. Wednesday’s will be my Shadows day. Here are the ones that I finished off this week:

I am a particular fan of the raptor and the slugs as they are bright coloured and stand out. I mostly used drybrushing to achieve the effects on them. The slime on the slugs was added using water effects paint!

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Return with a bang!

Well, I have finally moved into the new house and set up one of the rooms to be my painting lair! I am so relieved to be back in a routine of painting and working! The move went as well as these things can, with only the minor hitch of the Hire Van Window being broken – it had slipped downand the electronics decided to not work. A quick fix with gaffa tape and some plastic and we were all good.

It took a while to get everything sorted out, but here is my new painting set up.

Rolando is proving to be a capable assistant

The first thing I wanted to do was finish off a couple of Salamander’s tanks that I had worked on before the move. It was a good way to get back into painting again and they served as a refresher as well.

I am now working on a Judiciar for my Blood Angel’s force, this involved edge highlighting and I am sure that will be more of a challenge that the battle damaged tanks I have just finished.

It is good to be back, that much I will say!

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Hey Deb! Where you at?

It has been a very hectic couple of months for me.

As some of you know, we are in the process of buying a house. We had aimed to move before Christmas, so the past few weeks have been spent packing everything into boxes. Due to one thing and another, we are now not moving until mid January. A little disappointing but I would rather these things were done properly so we are not caught out in the future.

As such, all my painting equipment is sat in a box waiting to be moved. I’ve not picked up a paintbrush for the last 6 weeks and I am beginning to feel it. However, have this lovely picture of some of my best painting work:

Dante looks so small!!

Amongst all this madness, my grandfather passed away at the tender age of 93. Nothing to do with Covid, just age. I didn’t make a fuss at the time, as I would rather not be asked countless times if I was alright. I appreciate people want to send sympathy, but at the time I just couldn’t deal with that. We couldn’t attend the funeral in person, but we watched it via live stream. Grieving without the support of other family members is a different, difficult process but I am working through it slowly and at my own pace.

I don’t want this to be a sob post, so instead, I shall tell you about Fulgrim.

Abaddon and Teal is a wonderful comic sharing the adventures of stickman Abaddon and his pet cat Teal. It started off as a joke nearly 4 years ago and is now, as my friend puts it, an institution.

I have used the extra time I have to animate some more. I am not going to share the results yet, as I have a long way to go, but Fulgrim dancing to Stayin’ Alive is coming on rather well if I say so myself.

As we are not yet moved, I am unsure when I will be back painting and posting regularly. I hope by the end of January.

Thank you to everyone for your support over the past year. May the next one be a lot brighter!

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Feature photos

A quick post today. I was asked to photograph five miniatures for a feature on YouTube – when the video is up I will post links. They were to be my favourite miniatures. These are the results:

I also submitted Ahriman and the Ahriman, because that is a hilarious diorama which I am still very proud of!

These are some of my finest miniatures and it was good taking proper pictures too!

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Legit Members of the Black Legion…

I bought these two miniatures at a War Boot some time ago and have had them both half finished for almost as long. I had a bit of time to finally get them finished this week and I am really pleased with how they turned out. I do not collect Alpha Legion, however I thought these two looked interesting so decided to paint them as Black Legion. I wanted to show they were infiltrating, as the Alpha Legion do, and their disguises were not that good.

I used green contrast paint over silver to make the chips and then highlighted the edges with light grey to match the other highlights. I also painted the Chaos Star over the Alpha Legion symbol to add to the rubbishness of their disguise attempt. I am pleased with them as they are a bit of fun more than anything else.

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White Scars: An Experiment

I wanted to have a go at painting white ceramite – it is not something I have done a great deal of and I wanted to give it a go and see if I could do it quickly. I undercoated some intercessors black, gave them an airbrush of Dawnstone and went from there.

I then drybrushed the miniatures Ulthuan grey quite heavily and then lighter with a couple of layers of white over the top of that. It didn’t take overly long to do and I think they turned out alright. Here are some pictures, with more thoughts afterwards;

I went with red bases so they stood out against the white ceramite. The red and green details also help break up the white. They did not take long to do which was part of the experiment.

The other aspect was the decals. I only had old ones, and they took considerable softening before they would sit in place. What I found was they were still shiny despite several applications of micro-sol, so I sprayed them with matt varnish. This took all the shine from them and made them appear ‘painted on.’

I learned a great deal while I painted these minatures and I am pleased with how they appear. I am not a fan of painting white, but that is no reason to not do so!

These minatures are available in the store.

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Store!

As many of you know, this blog space also has a store. I have also mentioned that I am in the process of buying a house. I am selling several bits off to help raise funds for this pending move. It will also mean I do not have to package up other bits in order to move them nearer the time.

If there is anything you have seen on this blog that you are interested in, please get in touch I am sure we can work something out – even if it is not in the store!

https://blackhandmarines.com/store/

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Salamander’s Tanks

Last week, while not preparing for the move, I got down to painting a couple of tanks. I love painting tanks, the minis are big enough to get in to but not too big to take forever, and I love how I manage to out battle damage on them too. It gives them a more authentic feel to them I think – nothing like a grimy tank to show the effect of a good fight! Here they are: an Impulsor and a Repulsor Executioner too:

The decals, when they have been painted over with damage and grime, really sit well with these minatures and I couldn’t resist painting the flames on the centre part of both tanks either. It just adds another quality touch and helps break up the green too.

Both of these tanks sold within an hour of me putting them up for sale as well, so I know there is going to be more tanks in the very near future for me.

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The Next Adventure – Part 2

As explained in my last blog post on the subject, we went to look at a house in order to buy it. Since then, we have been to look at the place again. I have taken a few more pictures of the outside of the house, as we had a lot to think about once again:

As you can see, some of the render has cracked and the end of the house, which is in the undeveloped part has some exposed brickwork which is going to need some serious attention in the next few years.

We decided that we liked the house enough and could see ourselves living there regardless of the issues we have highlighted. So, we have put in an offer and that has been accepted! Everything is now with the various agents, legal people and surveyors. As the house is over 200 years old, we have opted to have a full survey done on the property to make sure there is nothing structurally wrong with it. The rest we can work on when we have moved in and are ready to.

Now starts the arduous task of organising everything for the move. Cats, miniatures and seven years of accumulated things… This is not going to be a quick task!