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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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Adeptus Titanicus – Game 3

Another game has happened! This is turning into quite the regular occurance. This time, we did not add any more rules, we did add another Titan instead. We each had a Warlord, Reaver and Warhound this time. I also thought a bit more about the weapons I was going to take, rather than doing what sounded cool. This was my load-up for the game:

I wanted to have a balance of high strength low dice, and low strength high dice weapons. The low strength ones break shields – they have a lot of shots to block, the high strength break titans. It makes sense in my head at least.

Highlights on the game include:

A warhound getting in behind my Warlord Titan and then exploding because it’s reactor got too hot causing horrid amounts of damage.

My Warlord then blowing up because the damage it took from the Warhound exploding was just too much for its legs to take.

My Warhound sandwiched between my opponent’s Warlord and Reaver ending up being the hero and destroying the Warlord and then running away. (pictured above)

My opponent doing more damage to himself in one turn than I did.

What I learned was Warhounds do not like to run hot on their reactors as this tends to make them blow up. I also need to make sure I look at the range of weapons as well and to make sure I move where I can use them properly. It was still a lot of fun, and I only lost my a small margain this week. I did succeed in my personal goal of blowing up the Warlord! I am calling that a win in my books!!

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Grumpy-Git Painting Challenge

So, the time has come to announce the miniature, rules of engagement and judges for this year’s Painting Challenge between Office Painter and I.

<Insert Fanfare here>

First! The Miniature:

It was chosen in a vote over on twitter. We both wanted to paint something we have never really attempted before and this guy is new… Also very grumpy, hense the name of the contest this year.

Second. The Rules.

No conversions or altering the miniature itself. The base is fair game though.

Deadline is 25th July.

Both entries will be published on this blog anonymously and the judges have to decide which is the best.

The loser will owe the winner a pint at Warhammer World at the next meet up.

Third: The Judges

As with last year, there are five people we have selected as our judges. All have agreed and they are all pillars of awesome within the warmonger community on twitter – and other places too! In no order they are:

Dr Dave (@dave_the_dr) Returning for another year, he is most famous for his Golden Demon winning entry and those amazing awesome Legion of the Damned that appear to glow… also Dreadnoughts.

Bees (@VoiceOfKosh) Another returnee judge. Lover of Mortarion. Check out her Imperial Fists and Magnus. The Magnus of the 40K variety is shaping up to be a fantastic looking mini!

Cheese (@Leaky_Cheese) Keeper of Dave-Lore, ‘Warden’ of Fondlechew and general 30K boffin. Has a wicked you-tube Channel and is overly fond of Jerks. His Word-Bearers really are something to see!

Nerodine (@Nerodine) Has helped both Office and I with tutorials, tips and general encouragement through the last year. His light source painting is something to be admired.

Nick Bayton (@Nick_Bayton) Ultramarine extrodinaire! Warhammer TV presenter and general nice guy. Encouraging and friendly, is always there with a cool picture and motivational word for all!

So there we have it: The contest is ON!

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Adeptus Titanicus – Game 2

This week, we decided to add in some of the more advanced rules for the game. The weapon properties were added, as well as reactor dice and orders. It was a lot to remember, and I am not entirely sure I managed to retain it all as we went along, but it was fun none the less.

We used the same Titans as last week – A Reaver and a Warlord, but we swapped weapons around to have a go with some different ones.

I did not fare so well in this game. I decided before hand that I was going to try and destroy the Reaver and then focus on the Warlord – I was so close as well, but the dice betrayed me this week and just when I was about to blow the Reaver to smithereens, the dice went against me!

My Warlord had already taken a beating and the reactor overheated, meaning that it blew up. Less than helpful. My Reaver then tried to destroy its counterpart but alas, by this point, its shields had repaired and it was safe once again.

Things I learned this game:

  • A better mix of weaponry would be good – some with low strength and high number of hits mixed with the high strength/low number of hits would be better.
  • Dice betrayals are real.
  • Orders are fun but can be a real bummer if they are ignored.
  • The reactor dice is fun, especially when the machine spirit gets all uppity and does its own thing.
  • spinning around wildly shooting when you’re about to die is also funny.

I may not have won this game, but I mostly remembered how to play and the new additions were not overly complex. I did not feel as though my mind was blown. I do tend to vocalise what I am doing at the moment – talking myself through it. I find it helps.

Next time, we are consolidating what we have already learned. I plan to think a bit more about weapon choices and try once again to focus fire and actually blow something up!!

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Minecraft – St Basil’s Cathedral

As some of you know, I really enjoy playing Minecraft. I have spent a great many hours creating things in the game. I have tinkered with villages and created a city, explored vast planes, captured horses, created a zoo and built many structures. One day, when lacking inspiration, I turned to the internet for help. I found a website called grabcraft and spent a long time exploring and deciding what to build.

I settled on this:

This is St Basil’s cathedral in Moscow. A building I think is stunning and would love to see in real life. While we are not allowed out, building my own one will have to do.

It was 18,000 individual blocks and took more than a few hours to construct. Here is the finished result:

Turns out that Xbox sreenshots are rather dark. I shall try and get some brighter ones at some point.

Either way, I am pleased with the result and thoroughly enjoyed building this. I shall be looking for my next project very soon!

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Warlord Freehand

It is a well establiushed fact that I am in love with Titans. It’s the size, the shape, the cool power they represent, it just does it for me in some way. I have recently picked up several of the Adeptus Titanicus miniatures and have been working my way through painting them. One of the coolest things about Titans is the amount of flat space they have on them. For me, this is the perfect opportunity to create cool freehand designs on them.

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Diorama – The Sorcerer’s Bad Day

I love making dioramas and small scenes that tell a story. I think, for me, it is the best part of the hobby. Don’t get me wrong, painting is a lot of fun too and I wouldn’t ever stop doing so for long but being able to craft the miniatures is just better.

I made this one as a prize for a contest give-away over on twitter. Andy, the winner, said I could either purchase a miniature for him, or create something fun. In my eyes, not much of a choice. He also came back a few days later to say he no longer wanted the miniature in question. So something fun it was!

Tyrannids are good for that, and fortunately, I had some already kicking around. I also had a chaos sorcerer, and I thought it would be good to ruin his day. Here is the result:

Highlights for me are the ripper grabbing a hold of the sorcerer’s cloak and getting flung into the air – I am sure he is having a lot of fun. There wasn’t much conversion work for this piece, just the chomping ripper, who had his tongue removed, and the ‘gaunt who is stabbing the sorcerer in the leg.

Either way, I am pleased with the result and I know Andy is too. I thoroughly enjoyed creating this and look forward to creating the next one!

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Larissa Shadowstalker

So, I managed to get Larissa Shadowstalker finished today, and I am so thrilled with how she turned out. She was a lovely miniature to paint and I thoroughly enjoyed using some of the more technical skills to get her done.

For those interested, she will be available in the store!

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Greenstuff and Ahriman.

There are a couple of things I have been up to lately that I want to enthuse about. The first being my adventures in trying to make things with green stuff. I have learned that I am not very good at it, and it is harder that it looks. I have made a feathery chest on a Tzeentch bird, and I have also padded out an augmetic leg.

I learned that mixing greenstuff is better than the liquid stuff, and that water is good to stop it being too sticky. I’m pleased with the results so far and can only keep trying to practice.

I have also started working on an Ahriman diorama idea I have had floating about on my mind for ages. An excuse to patient galaxy stuff and try out water effects:

I will explain more in a different post but wanted to share my work so far! I love painting galaxys!

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Planes

I finished a plane today. I really enjoyed painting this and I didn’t find it too challenging. I wanted to go for a relatively bright colour scheme as I am painting the orks. I have a few others to do but I’m pleased with this start.

I have also been messing about with green stuff and continuing the Ahriman diorama I started ages ago. I want to have him pulled along on his disk by a couple of screamers. I worked on getting the ropes for the screamers imbedded today, and assembled Ahriman to the parts I wanted him to be in.

I have also done this:

This is an attempt to make feathers with greenstuff. I am rubbish with the stuff but a friend on tumblr writes this really cool tzeentch demon bird – Kazakh – who is obsessed with shiny things and stabbing… I had to make him!