I love going to open days. I love the atmosphere, meeting the design and studio teams and seeing people that I don’t see any other time of the year. The exhibition had changed somewhat and I took a lot of pictures as we discovered new pieces. I’ll start with those and then look at the design studio stuff!
Highlights of the exhibition include: Imperial Fist and Crimson Fist guts, Space Marines on dinosaurs, Sanguinius beating up daemons and the Bonereaper display in general.
The best part about these days, is being able to speak to and interact with the design teams. Seeing the concept art – with actual artiss working as we speak – is a real treat and the enthusiasm shared with them is infectious. Being able to share how evokative and inspiring some of the art work is a delight to them, and to share experiences is really lovely. This was gifted to my by Lewis Jones, one of the artists, and it shall take a place of pride in the house, once framed of course:
I also managed to look at a lot of new releases and future plans, I have seen the brand new Sisters of Battle box adn the miniatures it contains as well. We also managed to talk to the designers of the new Necromunda box set and scenary. I congratulated the maker on how disgustingly gross it was too. There are a lot of pictures here as well, and a lot I was excited about!
And a final mention for this larger fellow, who I cannot wait to get my dirty heretic hands on and have my way with…
I finished two miniatures today, that in itself is nothing remarkable. What I noticed was that both of them are colours that I have heard people say they find difficult. One of them is the new White Scar Marine, Kor’sarro Khan, and the other was the noise Marine:
The noise Marine I started at the beginning of the year and intended to use him for a diorama that I didn’t get around to finishing. I found him and baked him today and I think he looks great in the Black Legion colours.
Kor’sarro Khan was a challenge because white is a pain to get looking crisp. I think I did a decent job here though.
I am very proud of my Iron Hands. I painted them relatively quickly, but that isn’t the only reason I am pleased with them. It is the largest force I have painted and finished. It might not be the largest ever, but for me it felt like an achievement. When I put them all together and took pictures, I thought they looked really cool. Here are some shots of them individually, and together as well:
The pictures of them together are not the best, as I do not have a black insert for the big light box, but I hope you get the idea.
I am proud of this small force, and I hope that wherever they end up, they do well!
On finishing my mini swap for Vidpui today, I thought I would put up the pictures of those that I have saved on the laptop. I know this is not all of the miniatures that have been completed, however here are some of the ones that I have had sent to me and my own as well:
By Ave Decimus
By Heretic Deb (me)
By Tragic Fangirl
It is amazing to see people’s creativity and ability to make something for someone else as well. It’s been a lot of fun and I hope people have enjoyed creating things as much as I have. I know there are other miniatures that are not featured here, and that some people are yet to finish.
Batch painting is something I have done before. I think those of us who paint units have all done this to one extent or another. I picked up some tips on doing this while on the Siege Studios course and I have put them to good use today. I have 20 Primaris Space Marines to paint as Iron Hands and thought I would do them all at once in a batch.
I put them in a line, realised there were too many and so put them in two lines instead, 10 in each. I then proceeded to do all the black, then all the white, then all the silver, and so on. I won’t lie, it is a bit of a slog, but it is getting them done and in a logical way that keeps me focused.
Primaris Conga Line?
When one is done, I turn him to face the other way so I know where I am in the line. I do take breaks and if I take one part way through, I know where to go back to when I return. Here they are in all their WIP glory!
One thing I do know is this – tomorrow is going to be an edge highlight festival…
I really, genuinely enjoyed watching this film. The plot was pretty simple, which was good. I went in not expecting a great deal really. I haven’t seen the other Rambo films for a very, very long time but I do remember explosion and gore. This film has both of those so I was happy on that front.
The plot sees Rambo go after his adoptive grandaughter who absconded to Mexico to find her no good dad. Things go wrong and she gets kidnapped. Rambo goes in search. This was the only part of the film I personally had issues with. Rambo gets cornered and beat up by the Mexican gangsters rather too easy. Throughout this scene, I was expecting him to unload a huge can of whoop-ass. He didn’t and went down without much of a fight at all and for someone as well trained as he is, it felt a bit off.
All was forgiven however when the last part of the film kicked off. Rambo went to kill Mexico, then lured it back to his farm, where he had set a lot of interesting and brutal traps. It was a bit like Home Alone but with much more blood and guts.
The violent ways in which the bad guys were killed were almost comedic and it more than made up for the blip earlier in the film.
Another bonus was the film wasn’t dragged out at all. It was quick paced and didn’t drag. I really enjoyed the watching it. I’d watch it again!
I have spent the majority of the past two days painting bits of the large D&D scenary commission for Stronghold Games. Mostly what I have done is wooden items – barrels, beds, chairs, tables and that sort of thing. While it is not the most interesting thing I have ever had to paint (that’s Ahriman and the Ahrimen if you want to know), it has been fun. Most of the bits don’t take that long to paint, so it’s a ‘quick’ win in that regard and I like the idea of people using the bits to create scenes for their games. It will add a big visual element to playing and I know that is a good thing as I have done so myself.
I created a small scene in the light box using some of the bits I have painted today and one of the Mighty Nein who is awaiting basing!
I really like the plush looking chair, though I am not sure how comfortable that bed would be!