miniatures.

Black Library Submissions and Other News

I was informed by several people that once more, Black Library are asking for submissions from the general populous. I was unsure whether I should submit anything this time around. I’m setting up the commission business and it is keeping me very busy, which is nothing to complain about for sure, and I wondered whether I would have the time to dedicate to it or not.

A quick discussion with my good friend Stormy however changed my mind. The themes were interesting, based around Brotherhood and it got me thinking about what I might want to write about. Chaos Space Marines is a given, as I feel most comfortable with them. As I was thinking, I remembered I already have several characters with most of a story drafted about them already, I wrote it while I was teaching and quite frankly, if I found the time to write it then, I can find time to finish it off and do some editing and redrafting.

It features Menskera, Kaphiri and Shui, three Thousand Sons Sorcerers and their attempt to steal The Athenean – A Reaver Titan that gets in the way of their mission to plunder a world for hidden knowledge. Of course, there is more to it than that. I remember being pleased with some of the dialogue in the story so far, but I am going to have to give it a re-read to refamiliarise myself with the tale and make the right changes. I do worry that it might be a bit silly, but I will never know if I do nothing and it will give me the motivation to get the tale finished regardless.

I do have a miniature of Menskera that’s finished, and I have the other two build, just not painted. Of course, the Reaver Titan is still in its box – I am a little scared to start that monster project, but that will happen when I am ready. For now, here is Menskera!

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40K · miniatures. · painting

Hobby Update – July

While my friend was visiting from Sweden, I had very little time to get anything done hobby/work wise. It was a lovely break and just what I needed to be able to spring back and get some bits accomplished. I am unsure where I was up to so here are some bits I have been doing recently.

First off, I have tinkered with the base of the Everchosen Diorama. I thought it was a bit dull and needed something extra to make it stand out. I added some heather to the base and a few extra tufts to give it subtle flashes of colour rather than it being as dull as it was before. Here are the results:

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I have also worked on Abaddon – I may have posted this already, but here he is again anyway as a reminder. This is my first attempt at Non Metallic Metals and I am very pleased with how they’re developing.

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His face I am particularly pleased with as well. There are a lot of subtle colours in there, apple green and some purple, to add to the deep expression. I also like his yellowing teeth – I doubt there are many stockists of toothpaste in the Eye of Terror…

Finally, I have been working on the Elucidian Starstriders. I will be painting these to sell later on. The miniatures are detailed, intricate and I am enjoying picking out the details. They don’t take too long to paint either, which makes me feel as though I have achieved something quickly. So far, I have done the medic and the dog!

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I find that the rest of the week is going to be busy painting wise. I have been commissioned to paint Guilliman, which shall be amazing. I enjoyed painting him before and the chance to do so again is welcome. I have an army of Tzeentch demons to finish by the end of the week for a local GT event. Everchosen is creeping up quickly so I need to mae haste on Abaddon as well.

I am glad to be busy!

If you are interested in commissioning my to paint your miniatures, please feel free to get in touch on any of my social media platforms. I would love to hear from you!

 

40K · Age of Sigmar · miniatures.

Miniature Swap – Details and Information

I put a poll up on twitter about a miniature swap, which has been recieved with positive vibes. So, I thought I would write a blog post about how it is going to work and what the ‘rules’ are. Here we go:

1) You have to be on twitter – this is open to twitter people only as it will make is far easier for me to manage, rather than me having to check multiple social media platforms.

2) In order to sign up, you need to message me to say you want in and what army you would like a miniature for. EG: Heretic Deb – Black Legion. This will allow me to create a list of who wants what.

3) Miniatures – There is a recommended spend of £20. You can go over this if you wish to do so, this is mean to be a guide so people don’t go crazy!

The miniatures are to be a single character for the person’s army. It can be bought, converted or kitbashed from whatever you have at home. This way, no one is going to end up painting a Reaver Titan and getting a tactical marine in return… For example. The one I did over Christmas for the local games club was for a Space Wolf player. I painted him Krom, who I bought. I recieved a kitbashed Thousand Son Sorcerer who was made from a Storm Cast and several other bits.

I don’t want to limit this to just Games Workshop either, any system goes, so long as it is no more than £20

4) Deadline – to be arranged after I have recieved entries and arranged them.

5) Who paints for who – This will be done at random. I will put each name into a ‘hat’ and work down a list. The only redraws will be if someone gets their own name.

6) Postage of miniatures – We all live miles from one another, so postage should be covered by the person posting the miniatures.

7) Location – This time around, I will only be taking people who are in the UK – this is to keep postage costs the same for everyone and to keep it fair.

8) Discussion – I expect you to talk to one another about what you’re going to paint so there are no duplicates – most of us follow each other by now so this shouldn’t be too difficult!

9) – Have fun?

 

figures · hobby · miniatures.

What’s on the table?

I have a few projects I want to wrok on over the next week or so and I thought I would lay them out here so I have a bit of focus and a list to wrok through.

Nagash:

Not new Nagash, I love that mini and have it in a box somewhere, but I have always wanted the old Nagash. My first ever miniatures were undead, in about 1997, but I never had the opportunity to have old Nagash. So when I was presented with him, I was thrilled. He does however need some work:

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His base, and he, will be stripped, reassembled and completely redone – watch this space for this project!

The Warpsmith:

This was a give away prize I did ages ago that I really need to just get on with – I want to start him today.

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Mephiston:

This is a present for a friend’s birthday. I want to get him done this weekend at least.

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The Stormcast:

This is the other half of Soul Wars and shall be painted for sale. I am not enthused by the miniatures as yet, but I am sure I will find passion for them by the end. I do not think they will be as thrilling as the Night Haunts, but that might be because I love undead things.

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The Warp Talons:

I have no idea what to do with these miniatures as yet. I picked them up at the Warboot for a very good price. I have no idea whether to make them Night Lords, or Black Legion, or what I am going to do with them.

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And then there are other projects I hvae that need to be finished off, like my Kill Team, the Mini Reaver’s base and maybe even assembling some of the other miniatures that I have kicking about.

Either way, I certainly have a lot to be getting on with!

40K · fine detail · miniatures. · Painting Tutorial

Tutorial: Freehand Skulls

So, building on what I wrote about painting bone, I thought I would share how I paint freehand skulls next. This is just my thoughts on the subject, and I am sure there are countless others out there. This is what works for me.

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As well as a wet pallette, brushes, paint thinner and clean water. You will also need a picture to follow. I used the Legio Mortis one I used the other day for the freehand on the top of the Reaver, but there are plenty of good pictures out there on Google too.

Step 1:

Use the pencil to sketch the outline of the image on the panel you’re going to be painting on:

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The shape does not have to be perfect, so long as it is a guide.

Step 3: Shade the skull shape in with thinned Rakarth flesh

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Don’t worry about the thinner parts, they will be covered up as we layer the paint!

Step 4: Mix Ushabti bone with Rakarth flesh 50/50 and start picking out the bits that are going to be highlighted.

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Step 5: Add extra highlights to the lighter spaces with Ushabti Bone – wet blending comes in handy here.

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Step 6: Mix Ushabti bone and Screaming Skull 50/50 and continue to add lighter patches, they should be getting smaller each time. You might want to add some white in as well, depending on how light you want the skull to be. I only added a tiny bit to this stage, but neglected to take a picture.

Step 7: Mix 75/25 Rakarth flesh and XV-88 and start shading down the darker parts of the skull.

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Some of the blends here look a little harsh, that will be fixed next stage.

Step 8: Add a little more XV-88 to the mix and keep shading down those key areas in the design – refer to the picture as a guide as well, it is what it is there for after all.

Step 9: The final stage is to use black to define the eye sockets, the nose and to tidy up around the edges as well, seeing how this is on a near black backing.

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My main points when doing freehand would be: don’t rush it, thin layers are always better, and have a picture to refer to as well!

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40K · fine detail · miniatures. · painting

Mini Reaver and the Freehand Venture

The only thing I have freehanded in the last couple of years is the galaxy cloaks a lot of people know me for. I wanted to try my hand at it and seeing how I decided to put the flat panels on the Adeptus Titanicus Reaver, I thought I would give it a go.

Now, the Legio that Twitter voted on was Legio Mortis, so I had a look at the heraldry, cursed at the complexity of it and rolled up my sleeves.

I started by sketching the image out on the panel with a pencil very lighty. At this point, the princeps of the Reaver was asking, ‘Why can I see graphite.’

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I then took a deep breath and got stuck in. I started off by filling in the black for the eyes and nose, as this seemed a good base. Next came the skull. I have been asked about painting bone and so shall be doing a tutorial on that next week. It is a combination of five colours and a lot of wet blending to make sure there are no glaring blend lines.

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Next came the bars around the skull. I used Eshin grey as the base and then added black or white depending on which tone I was after. I then blended them together to create shadows and light and this is the result.

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So, what do I think.

The cranium of the skull is a little too big, I think the teeth on the skull are a bit too stark and I know some of the grey rods are wonky.

Otherwise, I think I did alright in the end. Not bad for a first attempt in a couple of years. I will be doing similar again in the near future, got to keep practicing!