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Orange!

I was recently contacted by a client asking me to paint up some intercessors for his son. I love Space Marines, and I love getting children into Warhammer and such. Warhammer Club was perhaps the best part of my teaching week before I stopped teaching so this request was a no-brainer.

The client sent me a picture of the colouring sheet his son had produced and all I had to do was copy it onto the Marines – simple!

This is what they looked like:

I love how the scheme turned out. Orange, red, grey and blue work so well together! I had a lot of fun painting the orange as well – it was tough, and a colour I haven’t really worked with before either. Next time, I will layer it up from a red base rather than going from a black undercoat.

I have also heard that the client’s son is thrilled with them, so all in all, this was a good learning process, and fun to boot!

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Sergeant Himbo.

I have picked up a couple of commissions lately, which has led to a few people asking me what Table Top and Table Top Plus are. I found that the commission page I have doesn’t really answer that question very clearly and it has made me think what the differences are. I decided to make it much clearer by painting a single miniature to demonstrate this. Seeing how I have a ‘few’ Blood Angels kicking about, I used one of them to do so.

This is Table Top Sergeant Himbo. He has base colours and a single set of highlights on him. There are no freehand details on purity seals and no markings on him. His colouring is very basic and there is little in the way of shading. He also has a simple scheme on his base, in this case done with texture paint.

This is Table Top Plus Sergeant Himbo. He has two colour highlights, freehand details – note the purity seal and decals attached as well. More of the miniatures details have been picked out and his base is more than a texture base.

I did this exercise to clarify in my mind what each stage includes. I do now need to go and paint the rest of the Blood Angels, but I have quarantine here so I will certainly have the time!

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Tournament Standard.

I have made an addition to the commission page today. As well as adding in some more recent pictures, I had added Tournament standard to the list. This is a most basic painting scheme aimed at those who want to play in tournaments but cannot be bothered to paint thier army, or who want it doing super quick.

Here are the details:

Tournament minimums are three colours and bases, so this is what this tier gets. Three colours and basing. Price will vary depending on how many miniatures need doing and what minatures they are. Cost for infantry/troops will be from £1 per model. Larger miniatures will cost more. If you want to try out the new ‘hot thing’, this is the scheme for you.

Here are some examples I have done recently:

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It’s basic, and quick – perfect if you need miniatures doing swiftly in time for the tournament at the weekend!

As always, feel free to get in touch if you are interested.

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What’s on the table this week?

This is a bit like a weekly ‘to do’ list! These are some of the things I wish to achieve miniature wise in the week ahead, though I am not sure I will get everything done with a planned trip to my folks place! So, in no particular order:

  1. Khorne Berzerkers. I’ve already base coated them and got them on the right sized bases. Now they need finishing off.

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2) Guillliman who is a commission for a friend of mine, and some screamers. I want to try something with different colours on the screamers. Guilliman is already base coated and ready for pin shading and metallics.IMG_3564

3) This Death Jester and the other Eldar guy. They came in a batch of Eldar that was picked up at the Warboot and I think they look interesting, so I will paint them to sell at a later date. Always good to try some different miniatures right?IMG_3563

4) I want to paint this guy to practice on those swords. I believe this is a converted Autarch?IMG_3562

5) This fellow has a banner and is already primed… I’m going to Eldar freehand it and practice gems!IMG_3561

6) And then there is this guy…

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I shall be very busy but I am confident I will get at least the first 5 done. The last guy will be an ongoing project as he is rather large. He shall be the reward for painting the others and progress will be slower. I am painting him for myself though, rather than for commission or selling. Either way, it shall be a busy, but fun, week!

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Hobby Update – July

While my friend was visiting from Sweden, I had very little time to get anything done hobby/work wise. It was a lovely break and just what I needed to be able to spring back and get some bits accomplished. I am unsure where I was up to so here are some bits I have been doing recently.

First off, I have tinkered with the base of the Everchosen Diorama. I thought it was a bit dull and needed something extra to make it stand out. I added some heather to the base and a few extra tufts to give it subtle flashes of colour rather than it being as dull as it was before. Here are the results:

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I have also worked on Abaddon – I may have posted this already, but here he is again anyway as a reminder. This is my first attempt at Non Metallic Metals and I am very pleased with how they’re developing.

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His face I am particularly pleased with as well. There are a lot of subtle colours in there, apple green and some purple, to add to the deep expression. I also like his yellowing teeth – I doubt there are many stockists of toothpaste in the Eye of Terror…

Finally, I have been working on the Elucidian Starstriders. I will be painting these to sell later on. The miniatures are detailed, intricate and I am enjoying picking out the details. They don’t take too long to paint either, which makes me feel as though I have achieved something quickly. So far, I have done the medic and the dog!

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I find that the rest of the week is going to be busy painting wise. I have been commissioned to paint Guilliman, which shall be amazing. I enjoyed painting him before and the chance to do so again is welcome. I have an army of Tzeentch demons to finish by the end of the week for a local GT event. Everchosen is creeping up quickly so I need to mae haste on Abaddon as well.

I am glad to be busy!

If you are interested in commissioning my to paint your miniatures, please feel free to get in touch on any of my social media platforms. I would love to hear from you!

 

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Business Cards

Business cards are something I was thinking about getting in order to promote myself a little more, so I designed and ordered myself some from VistaPrint. I plan to send them out to people who buy my miniatures on ebay to let them know I am also available for other painting ventures as well.

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I took my phone number off because people on the internet can be creepy. If you want to creep though, email me instead.

I also intend to paint a couple of miniatures and take them to the local games store – Stronghold Games – with this card and place it in with some of their miniatures. I need to try all sorts of avenues to promote myself and these seem like good ideas. Self promotion, adn the confidence to do so, is something I think a lot of us struggle with, but if I keep doing what I am doing and keep doing it well, good things have to happen. Right?

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Hobby Update

Had a bit of a manic weekend with friends over and gaming. Aside from a little bit of Night Lord and some playing around with the Headnought, not a lot went on. So, today I picked up what I had left last week and ‘cracked on.’

I have finished Skragrott the Lune King this morning:

He is now listed on ebay, along with the Dryads I painted last week, if you’re interested, here is the link:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/heretic_deb/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

I also bought a 30K Ahriman today, as he was a good deal and I do so love painting that miniature. If you are interested in buying this Ahriman and discussing what you want him to look like, please get in touch.

I bought a Adeptus Titanicus Reaver Titan at the weekend as well, this shall be practice for the big Reaver that is still in the box – I am beginning to feel that it is time to break it out and get moving on that monster project.

Last point. I have just bought a place on the Seige Studios Master Class Painting Course at Element Games in August. This is a terrifying and exciting thing as I will be going on my own. I will be away from home all weekend learning how to paint. On one hand, this is terrifying, on the other, I will learn a huge amount when there. Amazing!

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Miniature Commissions

I want to start taking them. The ones I have done so far have been enjoyable and have been a very positive experience for me. ‘The Jerks’ – Kor Phaeron and Erebus were brilliant miniatures to paint, and Ahriman (30K) is always a delight.

However, getting my name out there for this is not going to be easy. Some steps have been taken, and they will need to be plugged away at consistently. That will not be enough. I have spoken to a local commission painter and have picked up some pointers and advice from him too.

The main one being I need to learn to use the air-brush. The thought terrifies me, I won’t lie but it is time to do something that scares me and push that boundary far away. The hobby room needs to be altered a bit to make room – this will happen at the weekend. Then, I will have to watch videos and just get on with it.

I have been given several tips I want to try out, one of them involving oil washes. I’ve also put together a list of things I need to pick up to help me – a tripod, a miniature light box and a few other bits as well.

My ‘to do’ list looks like this:

1) Learn to airbrush.

2) Paint every day – for extended periods of time, build up stamina.

3) Advertise a lot more.

4) Try the tips Gary gave me and work them into my painting routines.

5) Keep streaming and build a presence on other social media platforms.

If you are interested in commissioning my to paint your army, or miniatures for you, please get in touch. I am happy to discuss anything. I have a page detailing some of the bits I have done, though very soon that will need updating with better images.

In other news, Sevatar is coming along very nicely – no spoilers though!

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Hobby Update!

I have been out of teaching for a few weeks now and after the initial amazement of having visitors and catching up with my sleep, I have begun to turn my thoughts to what I am going to do next.

It’s not an easy thing, my focus was teaching for at least seven years and had always floated in the back of my mind. I’ve been in some sort of limbo, which has been strange. Fortunately, I have the support and encouragement of good friends around me who have helped keep my head clear.

What I truly want to do, is commission paint miniatures. I have a few avenues to explore to make this happen and I am in the process of doing so. One of them is streaming on Twitch. I plan to make this happen a few times a week after the success of the Paint-a-thon. Other plans will be announced when there are more solid details to announce.

If you are interested in commmissioning me, here is the link. Feel free to get in touch.

https://blackhandmarines.com/commissions/

Other hobby news:

The diorama is not going to get finished in time, to the standard I want it to be done, before Golden Demon on Sunday. I have decided to keep working on it but it won’t be entered this time around. I will not be participating this time, however I will enter it into the next contest, should I be able to do so.

And so, my next major task is Sevatar. I have great plans for him, great ones indeed. No spoilers, this contest is all hush. I don’t want to give away any advantage after all – this is a high pressure contest.

I have a warp smith to paint for someone who won it a month or so ago.

I have also been asked to paint the Master of Possession in the Black Legion colours.

There is no shortage of tasks to keep me going, I just hope that everything I want works out. It won’t be for lack of trying, that much is certain.