40K · hobby · Uncategorized

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.

 

40K · hobby · Wh40K

Time for a Change.

Usually, I keep this blog for my hobby related exploits, but I feel I need to speak about the largest change I have made in my life and the uncertainty that brings. As many of you are aware, I have been in the teaching profession in one way or another for the last seven years. It had been a rollercoaster and I hace decided, for health reasons, that it is time to step off and do something else.

The last week has been difficult for a number of reasons. The class I have taught this year have been th best set of children I have ever had and I will miss them. I know they will miss me too.

One of the hardest parts was Tuesday, when it was the last Warhammer Club. The children were confident enough to run their own game, using the miniatures they had bought and painted themselves. I spent the hour showing those that were not playing how I would go about painting one of the ghouls a member had brought in.

I introduced wet blending and some drybrushing before leaving the little guy on my desktop to dry. Bob was concerned about this intruder but thankfully, there was no trouble…

I also let the children take the miniatures home and I certainly hope they continue with the hobby. They certainly seemed interested in it and it had been a true honour to show them how much fun miniature gaming is.

The rest of the week was a mix of fun. On the last day, we watched Disney’s Robin Hood, had a Just Dance contest and played a lot of games. I was thoroughly spoilt and saddened to see the children go. I shall miss collegues and have made some great friends as well. I have packed away the post it note pictures, brought my miniatures home and managed to relax a little too.

There is one thing on my mind at the moment however, and that is ‘What now?’ Education had been the centre of my life for seven years and now I am left wondering what to do. I am fortunate enough to not need to find work immediately, however that is not indefinite. I know something will come along when it is ready and I will find work, until then, I am going to try and take some commissions and spend some time in the hobby room painting.

Incidentally, if you are interested in commissioning me for painting, here is a link to the information you need:

https://blackhandmarines.com/commissions/

40K · fan made · Warhammer 40k · Wh40K

Diorama – Concept and ideas

The idea I’ve got for my next diorama is ambitious to say the least. I have never before attempted anything as large as this, or as detailed. If it works, then it might well be the coolest thing I have ever created. If not, well, the less said about that the better.

I am calling it the Ridiculous Six.

It will be based around five Space Marines who are having a few problems with some Tyranids. The idea has been floating around in my head for a long time now but I haven’t had the skill or guts to try and put it together. With how well Ahriman and the Ahrimen went down, I decided to give this a go and see how I get on.

Here are two of the concept sketches that will form the basis of the diorama itself:

R6 concept 1R6 concept 2

I am not the best drawer in the world but I am sure you get the idea. Fortunately, I have most of the bits I need in order to make this scene. The only things I need to pick up are the Night Lord who is stabbing the Brood Lord in the head and the rippers that the nurglings are going to be battling.

It is going to be an interesting project as the electronics are going to be slightly different as well. I want the Land Raider to have hazard lights and I want it to be spewing out smoke as well – as though the vehicle has crashed.

I need to figure out a colour scheme for the tyranids that’s going to stand out against the Black Legion Marines.

I thought Black Legion would be the best option because not only do I think they are awesome, but the Black and Gold will tie the warriors together rather than having them in their legion ones. I think that these are the ones that get sent in to do stupid jobs in the hope that they will never come back, yet they always do. I shall have to figure out their story as I am working on the diorama.

 

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40K · painting · Warhammer 40000 · Warhammer 40k · Wh40K

Commission Update Jan 12th

I have finished the first commission of the year and the third one I have ever done! This time it was Ahriman for a good friend over on twitter. She got in touch with me at the back end of last year and asked if I would paint her 30K Ahriman for her. I could hardly say no to painting one of my favourite miniatures so I agreed without hesitation.

This mini was a challenge as he was painted using a technique and a paint I have never used before. You will see what I mean in the picture below:

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The cherry red was a thin, expectionally shiny paint that was I placed over silver. I was unsure how this would turn out as I have never used it before. I painted the armour with a bolt gun silver, then highlighted with a much lighter silver. I then painted the red over the top and thankfully, the highlights still show.

The cloak belongs to a psyker and as per the client’s request, I painted a galaxy on it. I don’t think I wil ever tire of painting those, they are so versatile and effective and I now find them relatively easy to do as well.

All in all, he took around six hours to complete. I know I can paint quicker than this, however I did not want to compromise on the quality of the work in this case. There was no point rushing and making careless mistakes, especially when learning how to do something new. I think the technique worked well, and above all, the client was pleased with the work.

Commission slots are currently open, please feel free to contact me with enquires. I am happy to discuss anything.

https://blackhandmarines.com/contact/

 

40K · figures · painting

Table Top Standard – Take One.

I always wondered what this was. I always tried to paint everything I have to the best of my ability and accepted nothing else, however I have come to accept that if I want to be successful at commission painting, this is something I need to let go of. Some people will want quickly painted miniatures to a standard that is acceptable on the table top.

I never really knew what that was, so I set myself a challenge. I gave myself five hours to paint a squad of five Death Guard Plague Marines. They were already assembled and undercoated in necrotic flesh. Not the normal colour I use but in this case, it speeded up the painting process.

Here is the result:

I think they look alright. I got the bases done in the time as well. It was only afterwards that I realised I had left off the oxide to make the weapons and other brass impliments look weathered – this can be added when I am back at the painting desk tomorrow.

Of course, they are not perfect and the artist in me is screaming that they are ‘not good enough’ but I feel that they can be placed on a table top and be an acceptable standard. It is a learning curve after all and I feel the exercise was a success.

 

If you are interested in commissions, please feel free to get in touch on the contact me page. Slots are currently open and I would love to hear from you!

40K · hobby · painting

Goals and Dreams

I did a post like this about writing a little while back and thought that, seeing as we are in the new year, I would do one for hobby as well. I am a bit more focused on painting than I am writing currently and so I think I will switch to this one for the time being. That does not mean I will stop writing, not sure I would ever be able to do that but it doesn’t mean I cannot work on both!

Goals:

To learn how to create Object Source Lighting when I paint.

Enter Golden Demon with another bonkers diorama.

To push for more commission painting work

Improve on what I am already capable of

Speed up and solidify the three levels of painting I currently offer.

Enter local painting competitions

Dreams:

To be able to get enough commission work to stop teaching.

To win Golden Demon – or at least place.

To win any competition for painting.

 

Not that long a list really but it doesn’t need to be. I have my mind set on doing this and I will get there, I just need to stay focused and ensure I keep working at improving myself all the time. If I do this well enough, for long enough, things will start to happen!