miniatures.

Blood Angels.

So, now that I have finished with the Death Company for now, I decided it was time to move on and paint something else. I have a lot,of boxes in the house that are sitting around and need attention, but worse than that, I have a lot of old spruces that need assembling. Today, I put together 4 scouts, the last one seems to have gone off on a mission somewhere, and sorted out 10 Space Marines of the old variety. I know they’re not getting releases now, but it seems a shame not to use them. They are all going to be Blood Angels anyway and so will join the top shelf when finished.

I am trying to make them seem very ‘Space Marine’ so have them with banners and ornate bits and bobs, and a ton of purity seals too. I also found some random miniatures that are going to be added to the squad, because they have nowhere else to hang out.

Don’t worry, I will drill out barrels when I have everyone assembled and in a line for painting!

The other thing I did today was stupid. I scratched my cheek with my scalpel in my hand and sliced my nose. It bled profusely but will heal ok on its own. It left me feeling really dumb. What is the dumbest thing you have done while hobbying?

40K · Age of Sigmar · hobby · horus heresy · miniatures.

Games Day!

Today, I went to Games Day. I did not enter the Golden Daemon contest as my diorama would not have been finished in time – the competition was exceptional and there were some amazing miniatures on display. It was good to see them.

There was a lot to see and get involved ith that it is difficult to know where to begin. I’ll try and keep this focused… Contrast paints. These have the ability to revolutionize the painting aspect of the hobby. They allow anyone to create decently painted miniatures in next to no time at all. After applying a special smooth undercoat, these paints are quite literally slapped onto a miniature and the rest of the work is done. I managed to paint two Brimstone Horrors in under 2 minutes.

All these miniatures were painted using Contrast paints. There will be lots of experimentation going on in the future that much is certain. It will cater to those who do not like painting!

I did a speed paint! In twenty minutes I painted a Storm Cast to what I think was a good standard. I challenged Caitlyn, who spent a good deal of it screaming! Meet Erik:

There was a lot of people dressed in cosplay as well, the costumes were amazing. I took several pictures, got shot by a Kreiger and watched as another friend was captured and slaughtered for heresy!

My favourite part of these events is chatting to the design teams. I got to meet the people who created my personal favourites: Ahriman and Abaddon, and enthused with them. I saw concept sketches and had in depths conversations about how they work and design the models we all love so well. I then got chatting to one of the artists about the Dark Angels Legion. The artwork was spectacular, however the chat about how the legion is differently organised was also interesting.

They have different heraldry depending on who they are. Their squads can be compromised of multiple marines from different specialities and it is a lot more fluid than any other Legion. In the same squad, there might be different individuals who have fought in different areas – the squads are not fixed. So, there might be a guy who fought against orks, a guy who fought genestealers, a seige specialist etc, and each of them will have different runes, while they all share squad, chapter heraldry as well. I think this makes each miniature in a squad an individual rather than a batch painted one and that is awesome!

Finally, there are some shots of the Chaos Knights. Beautiful miniatures they are indeed. They did have a copy of the codex, but it was behind glass and locked – no-one was allowed to look at it, not even the staff!

What an amazing day it was! Exhausting, but a lot of fun! I am sure there will be more posts about this in the near future as I remember things, but for now, this is all I have.

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:

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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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The Black Legion.

It’s been a while since I posted here. Between the January ‘blues’ and being busy at work, I didn’t feel like I had much to talk about. However, while on the nerd holiday with good friends, I managed to get some painting in and I wanted to show what I had been doing.

Most of you know I am a bit of an Abaddon fan. I don’t know what it is about him, I like like the character and the whole ideal they carry. I also made a miniature of my husband as a space marine for Christmas and then painted it as to his requirements. Black and Gold it was, his reasoning being he would rather be bossed about by Khayon than Ahriman.

He was painted up and looked amazing but we soon realised that he needed some friends to poke about and make fun of. I also happened to have a box of rubrics lying around not doing anything. I built them up during one of our D&D sessions based on our core group of friends.

The first one of which is now painted, pictured here with and then without, the boss;

The person this rubric is based off is gay, which is why he has a rainbow painted on his crest. As I do the rest of them, their individual quirks will become known. Soon, there will be an entire squad of rubrics based on our friends. Incidentally, the friends think this is a brilliant idea as well. Not entirely sure how Abaddon will feel about this bunch of nutters joining him though.

40K · hobby · painting · Painting Tutorial · warhammer

Tutorial: Wet Blending.

I was asked the other day about wet blending and how I do it so I said that I would run through how I do it as best as I can. I’ve taken some pictures to try and illustrate the process.

Step 1:

Wet Palette. Nothing fancy, just a take away tub, a sponge and some baking paper:

When adding water to the wet palette, I keep the water just below the top of the sponge. This is my personal preference and it is a case of finding what works for you.

Step 2:

Select the paints you’re going to use. I am painting a cloak on a Stormcast for the purpose of this tutorial and I am going for dark purple.

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Step 3

Paint the darkest colour as a base on the area that is going to be blended. Don’t worry if it looks watery or parts of the undercoat show through, this will be fixed when blending.

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Step 4:

While the paint is still wet, get the next lightest colour on your brush – not too much of it though – and mix it in the spaces you want to be lighter on the miniature. Try and make the two colours mix without any clear lines between the two.

Step 5:

Repeat this with the lighter colour for the places you want to be lighter. Again, try to do this without leaving any clear lines. I always try to get as smooth a blend as possible.

Step 6:

I also added some darker blends with dark blue because I wanted to add depth to the purple. You can see it in the second image above.

That is how I wet blend. I am aware that this is a tricky skill, or can be, for some and it takes a lot of practice. I’ve popped a couple of examples of what you can do with wet blending, though the limits are just your own thoughts. I hope this has helped!

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Larry was a speed paint in half an hour – his blend is less than perfect!

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I use wet blending for the base of all the galaxy cloaks I paint.
40K · fun · hobby · miniatures. · warhammer · Warhammer 40000 · Warhammer 40k · Wh40K

January Open Day

The trek to Warhammer World is never a hard one, or that far. It’s a couple of hours away at most. We bought our tickets for the Open Day at the Vigilus day and off we went yesterday for another day of exciting reveals and fun. I met up with some lovely people from the Internet and actually played a game!

I am unsure where to start, so let’s begin with that game. Myself and Dave teamed up to play against Chris’ Necrons. I have never played against Necrons before; not hard, I’ve not played all that much. It was a fun game however.

Ahriman, his friend and some demons squared up against some necrons. It started off well, destroyers got destroyed and the battle progressed. However, Death Hex, a much needed spell, was failed by Ahriman and the tides of battle turned.

Before everything had a chance to go horribly wrong however, the Legion of Dave and Fondlechew dropped in. They soon realised they were in the wrong place (era) and hastily departed.

To cut the tale short, Ahriman decided to try and be a hero and went after the warlord. His glory was cut short when the warp said ‘No’ – Perils of the Warp is a huge hinderance to his escapades, though he did float up to the tall part of the board and look mildly cool. The best part of the game was when the Changeling warp bolted one of the Necron Lords and turned it into a Chaos Spawn. Hilarity ensued when the Chaos Spawn started attacking the remaining necrons… It wasn’t enough though. We lost the game in the end. It was a lot of fun though and that is what counts.

The other fun news was the released and the amazing atmosphere that was going on. There is always a buzz at these events and from the moment I met up with friends, new and old to the moment we left, it was fun. I painted Larry, a chaos warrior, in half an hour and he looked decent; pictures to follow.

I also got to meet Josh Reynolds and David Guymer, who signed a book for a good friend of mine in Canada. Both of them were very nice fellows and approachable, reminding me that the authors of the books I love are also people. I have nothing to fear from them and running away is just silly.

Last thing I am going to leave you with is this image of one of the released. The Dark Apostle is exceptionally exciting because Black Legion but… and I am sure you will have seen this on the internet already, this is the really exciting thing. I have circled it just to make sure you all see why I am so excited.

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I do hope the Boss is going to turn up…

 

40K · hobby · painting · Wh40K

A year in review – 2018

So, I have spent a great deal of this year not updating this blog. Between being back at work full time and other distractions it has fallen by the way a little. I am going to take some time now to have a look at what I’ve achieved hobby wise this year and see where I can go from there.

First of all: commissions. I managed to do a grand total of two this year. I did a Blood Angel Sanguinary Priest and Erebus and Kor Phaeron.

The first featured a patterned cloak, which was a lot of fun.

These two jerks were a lot of fun. I learned that painting for other people is a lot of fun and also tends to make me work a lot quicker as well. There is a sense of urgency when working for someone else that isn’t present when doing your own miniatures.

I have improved a great deal over the year; let’s have a look and compare the first and last ones – or as close as I can get at least.

I had to use Ahriman as an example as I have painted that miniature, and it’s 40K counterpart, a lot this year. Between the diorama, practicing for different techniques and actually collecting Thousand Sons, I have painted him a total of 8, soon to be 9, times now. The galaxy cloaks have come a long way since I did the first one and I am more than pleased with how far I have come with them.

My edge highlighting has become far more precise than I have ever been before, as can be seen on Cypher (below). I never thought I would be able to do anything as sharp as this and am thoroughly chuffed with that.

Then there is the Golden Demon entry. Never did I ever dream I would enter such a contest. I may not have won but the finalist pin and commended entry card was just the icing on the cake for me. People laughed about the creation and I am so proud of it. It is on the mantelpiece still and it’s still sinking in that I was able to create something like that.

The there was the mini swap that I took part in over Christmas. It is not the last mini I will paint this year but it comes close. I am proud of Krom and how well he turned out. His new owner was pleased too and that is what matters. The snow effect paint looked particularly effective in my humble opinion and I will certainly be using it again.

Last of all, I want to mention the tartan I attempted to paint the other day. It is not perfect, it could be improved certainly but that is something to work on. I have never painted tartan before and this was the result. I never once thought that I would be able to do something this intricate.

It has been a good year. I have come a long way this year and although there is a long way to go – I doubt I will ever be happy completely – I can be proud of my achievements thus far.

40K · hobby · miniatures. · numbers · Uncategorized

Display Cabinets

A few days ago, there was a discussion on twitter about display cases and such. I was asked for pictures of them. I also mentioned that there was an entire battle company of Ultramarines as well. I was once again asked for pictures. So, here we are with them…

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This is the Black Legion cabinet, within dwells Abaddon, Teal, Falkus Kibre, Khayon the Black and a few pals of theirs. Also some fliers. The rest of the cabinet is filled with chaos space marines and other nasties.

The next cabinet contains the Thousand Sons, the walking around Ahriman and their chums – picture turned out grainy, it is evening and the light is sub par.

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Here is the dreadnought attached to ‘Special Squad’ – a place dedicated to all questionably painted miniatures. Try and guess why he was sent there…

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Between the Black Legion and the Thousand Sons is the Ultramarines. Nervous and unsure, they are all there to ensure no uber violence occurs when I am not about. Primaris and Guilliman at the top, regular dudes occupy the rest of the space.

Then there is the Death guard…

This is the whole lot – one wall of our house… There are also minis in many other places dotted around the place too.

40K · miniatures. · Wh40K

Cato Sicarius, the Lieutenant and a couple of Heroes.

I thought that I would write a quick post about where I am up to with the hobby ‘queue’ seeing how I finished Krom at the weekend – there will be a separate post about him after he has been given to his new owner and they are pleased with him.

Above we have the four minis I will be working on next. First will be Cato Sicarius, who was won by @PerfectFulgrim on twitter. An interesting case as he was fine cast. It took a while to get him looking half decent. I popped him on a huge tall base as he did not want to be smaller than the Primaris Lieutenant who is next to him looking bemused.

The Primaris Lieutenant is the one from the Conquest magazine and I think I will sort out a give away for him. I have a few Ultramarine Primaris in the house but I don’t play or use them much so he would just sit about looking pretty, which is a role no Space Marine should ever play.

The last two are going to go to author Graham McNeill after a conversation had on twitter. After watching The Outlaw King, he wanted to write a High Fantasy Novel with warring factions. I said it was a good idea. He agreed so long as I painted the minis for it. I am not painting a full on book amount of minis but I think a wizard and a warrior should do nicely… now, how do you paint tartan again?

What I do want to do is branch out from painting just space marines. I love them, they are my favourite for many reasons, however I need to now branch out and explore other areas. Let’s watch this space and see what happens!

After these are finished, I will be opening commission slots. I am unsure how that will go but I can only try and see. Of course, I am open to discussion any time for those who are interested!

40K · Golden Demon · painting · Warhammer 40000 · Warhammer 40k

A Kind of Magic

As some of you know, I have spent the last few weeks working on a diorama of silly proportions for Golden Demon. All my good creations start off as a silly conversation with someone else – in this case, it was with Chris Frosin. We discussed how silly it would be to have a bunch of Ahriman dancing about pretending to be in a boy band. One flippant comment later and I am entering the idea into Golden Demon.

It was not a small undertaking.

I had to acquire three 30K Ahriman models, for the Ahrimen and one 40K version for the centre piece. Then I had to figure out how to paint them. I already knew I was going to do galaxy capes on them, they are psykers after all but I had to decide on a paint scheme and colours. It took a bit but I eventually settled on this:

The next challenge was the 40K version. He was going to be the centre piece of the diorama so he needed to be perfect. Deciding to paint the Eye of Terror on his cloak was perhaps one of the crazier ideas I have had but I had to give it a go. It took an hour and a half but I managed to surprise myself with how well it turned out.

After completing Ahriman and his Ahrimen, I then had to turn my thoughts to the stage. Originally, I intended to build it from a range of different kits that we had kicking about but as some of them were not made by Games Workshop, we abandoned this and went for a different idea. I purchased one of the forge scenery kits and some crates that Games Workshop do and, with the assistance of Dave, we built the stage.

The hardest part of the stage was getting it to light up and make music happen. we went for A kind of Magic and Another One Bites the Dust… Fortunately, Dave knows enough about programming to be able to make it do as I wanted it to. While I worked on painting the stage, he played and fiddled about with an Arduino board and its related pieces. Magic happened. Lights were then attached to the stage and the two songs programmed in. A control was attached to his phone and we were ready for the next phase.

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The final part was attaching Ahriman and the Ahrimen to the stage. Before we knew it, we were placing the diorama in the hands of the staff at Golden Demon and there was nothing more we could do… except sit close by and have the entry light up and pay music as unsuspecting people walked passed. The looks on people’s faces was amazing and made creating this piece worth it. The enthusiasm of the staff who saw it was a pleasure as well. I did this for the laughs and I certainly got a lot of those. Even better, was the commended entry tab and the finalist pin I came home with. I know I am not the best painter in the world but to be able to go through with this to completion and to make people smile was a real joy. I am glad they got as much of a laugh out of it as I did.

All that is left to do now, it to work out what I am going to do next year…