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!
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!
I was sneaky and got two done on one miniature. They were finish a character and use a technique you haven’t used much before. So I finished of the Hook Elf for my army of Swamp Elves and tried a bit of object source lighting on him, something I have not done a great deal of before. Here he is:
I am pleased with how he turned out. He matches the other Elves well but has a little more detail actually pulled out on him. I layer blended the cloth as well to give it a bit more depth. I am enjoying using green, as this is a colour I haven’t done much with as yet. I’m also proud of the base as this uses materials I am not so comfortable with yet.
I started an Age if Sigmar army a while ago and went for Deepkin. I’ve not done anything ‘elfy’ before so wanted to do something different. I also really liked the Deepkin miniatures so that helped.
I did not want to copy the paint scheme from the book so thought about other biomes with water. Swamps came to mind and so I thought I would take that as a theme. I opted for greens and browns as the base colours, and then green tinged silver for metallics. These are the first finished squad, they are not my best work by far but they are a good first try in my mind.
The bases were the hardest part, I used mud texture paint and then mixed some sepia wash with some water resin to get the muddy water. I used some old bristles for reeds, some coral bits for plants and some dark brown flock as well. I might try adding some green onto the next set as they are a bit dark still.
I also need to finish the character, but that will come tomorrow, as well as airplanes!
Hello everyone. It’s been a while. I’ve had a very busy week with a commission for 67 Ungors and that has taken a bit of time. I thoroughly enjoyed painting these miniatures as they are not something I would have painted for myself. They were fun miniatures and painting in such large batches was something I haven’t done before. The largest I have done before was fifteen, so lots of twenty and thirty was new.
I am pleased with the result and so was the client, so here they are:
And now to the less fun part of the update. Corona Virus has hit everyone in some way and I for one am not immune to that. I have decided to no longer paint and sell on ebay or do commissions until things have eased off. I have severe asthma and do not want to risk my health, or that of others, by posting items at the post office. I have been in the house since Sunday and currently I feel I am doing alright. I intend to finish the one commission and then focus on staying healthy. Plenty of hobby will still happen, but for now, the selling will have to wait.
Keeping in touch with others is going to be key in keeping us all sane. I have no wish to go mad again. As such, I plan to organise ‘Hobby Challenges’ for people to work on together while they are at home. It is a small thing perhaps but if it helps a few people stay safe, then it is worth it.
Something a bit different today, sort of. A while ago, I saw an advert for a game called Combat Cards. It’s an app and based in the Warhammer 40k universe. I had never heard of it before, so I thought I would give it a go. I was attracted by the pictures of pretty miniatures and characters I knew.
It turns out the app is based on an old Games Workshop game of the same name. The mechanic is simple enough, beat your opponent using either ranged, melee or psychic attacks. When you beat their boss, you win. Sounds simple right… Continue reading “Combat cards”→
Last year was the first time I attended Vapnartak in York and I was glad to go back. The atmosphere was good and as with a lot of these events, there was plenty of inspiration to be had too. What I like about this event is that it is not limited to ‘just’ Games Workshop. There is a wide range of scales, miniatures and scenery to look at and buy!
There were games to demo, and although I am far too scared to do such things, everyone was really nice.
In the end, I bought a lot of bits for scenery and basing. I picked up a leaf cutter which will make my swamp bases look ever more swampier and some UV resin water effect stuff which is supposed to instantly dry when blasted with a special torch – more of that when I get to trying it out.
There seemed to be a lot less people this year as well, which I found better. Not once did I end up with my nose in some nerd’s stinky armpit, which is a blessing. All in all. It was worth a visit to get ideas and see cool new games.
I have set up an affiliates link page on the blog, http://www.blackhandmarines.com/afiliates, and I am looking to add to the list. If you are interested in adding yourself to the page, please get in touch and I shall do so. Please only give me one option to start with, this may change in the future, but for now I think one per person is enough. I hope to create a reference place for other hobby blogs and maybe even generate some traffic. Who knows, it might even work.
In other news, I have finished painting somem squig hoppers and I am pleased with how they have turned out:
Not only were they a lot of fun to work on, but I used the airbrush for the base coats and that gave me some practice as finer detail work. Hopefully, they will find a new home soon!
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.