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Black and White.

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.

What colours do you find a pain to paint well?

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Batch Painting: Iron Hands.

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…

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D&D minis – Finished

I finished the large D&D miniatures today and dropped them off at the store. It was quite the project, and it took a good while to complete, but here it all is.

It wouldn’t all fit in one shot so I had to take a couple. This doesn’t show the small bits either, like coin pouches or levers. It was fun to work on, but I will admit that I am glad to see the back of it now, and to have the space back in the hobby room as well.

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Freehand Friday

I wanted to share a couple of the freehand bots I have done over he past couple of days. One is a Thousand Son Sorcerer cloak which has a cool galaxy on. I haven’t done one for a while and it was amazing to do so again. I have always enjoyed creating these and I am pleased with how it turned out.

The galaxy is on fire!

The other is on Shalaxi. I was painting with a friend and asking what would look good on the feathers on its head dress. The words peacock feathers was mentioned and I decided that was a challenge. Here are the results:

The last one I put in there to show the deep purple leg I’ve done. The lighting isn’t amazing but it is a start!

wine making

Another type of hobby…

During the week, it occurred to me that most of my time and headspace is taken up by painting, selling, reading and writing about miniatures in one form or another. I love what I do, it’s amazing fun and hasn’t felt like work at all. However I feel I want to do some thing that isn’t miniature related. Before I started teaching, way back in the dark ages, I brewed wine from fruit, I remember this being a lot of fun to do and the result was interesting. Previously, I made banana wine, and apple and raisin.

In the back garden, there are several large bramble briars. These have produced a good number of fruit. Seeing these, and finding most of the gear in the shed, sparked me into trying it all over again. I know that there will not be enough to fulfil the recipe requirements, but I knew where some other bushes were, so off I went to pilfer a load. I now have more than enough to make a gallon of wine.

My next task will be to clean them all and sterilise all the gear so it’s ready to turn the fruit and sugar into glorious booze. The books I am using were own by my nan and grandad, and I have fond memories of helping my grandad pick fruit and prepare it with him as a child, specifically elderberries. Maybe I will find some of those to do as well. It’s good to have a variety of things to do, and this will be good.

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The Headnought

I think this is perhaps the stupidest miniature I own. He came with a bunch of second hand Ultramarines I bought a long time ago. One thing I do know is that it has endured a lot of mocking. A dreadnought with a head seems to me a daft concept and whomever made him was either a genius, or had taken some substance and gone mad.

I have however, become quite fond of the damned thing and so have decided to make it some sort of mascot. I touched up the paint on him, picking out some details and giving him some highlights. I’ve also added some more texture paint to his base and painted the rim. He will remind me that not everything isn’t he Grimdark universe has to be serious, and there are no limits. If you want a dreadnought with a head, why not?

All he needs now is a name…

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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.