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Sevatar.

Finally, I am able to post my thoughts and comments on painting this amazing miniature. You all get to find out who won and which mini belonged to who.

First off, congratulations to Office, who was entry A. He was judged the winner.

I’m going to post the pictures of my efforts again as a reminder and then talk about what I learned:

This is the first time I have done layered blending like this. I used a lot of thin, very thin, coats of paint to gradually build up the lighting on the ceramite. You can see it in the bottom picture clearly on his leg and shoulder. This counted on me knowing where the light hit the armour and was a challenge for me to make consistent over the entire mini. There are spaces where I could have been more consistent with it, but now I know how to do this, I can refine the technique when painting other miniatures to a higher standard.

I am exceptionally pleased with the lightning, I think that looks neat. The metallic bronze of his armour trim worked well too, though I am not convinced the game colour paints are as good as I first thought. I’m going to try a few others out and see if they are better.

The base of the miniature looks dark, which is something the judges have indicated to me in their feedback. I agree with them. The colours blend together and the detail is lost in this case. If I were to do this again, I would change the steps from silver to dirty bronze and maybe change the pipe colours as well.

This does not mean I am displeased with the result. This is by far the best miniature I have ever painted – that includes the multitude of Ahriman/Ahrimen and I’ve learned a great deal as well. It was a massively positive experience and I would do do again.

Sevatar is now going to go and cause some trouble in the cabinet with the Ultramarines along with a couple of his Night Lord buddies that I have also painted up.

This leaves me with one question. Office, Game for a rematch?

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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 · figures · Twitch

Twitch Stream: Take One

Part of the Paint-a-thon on Saturday was streaming the event via Twitch. I have never done anything like that before. Mostly because I hate the sound of my own voice and always feel I come across as a moron. It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be and it got me thinking, ‘maybe I should make a channel of my own.’

So I did.

I have used a single camera today to film and stream my first painting session via Twitch. It was a lot of fun and I got a lot done as well. I managed to clean Sevatar in preparation for assembly. I also cleaned a Warp Smith too. I have base coated a Master of Possession as well. Have a WIP:

The stream went well and some available friends dropped in to say hello and chat while I painted away.

There are certainly areas for improvement:

1 – Move the camera so people can see what I am painting clearly.

2 – Ensure both cameras are working properly.

3 – Create a layout to show who I am while I am working on things, maybe include contact details.

4 – Remember to keep talking while concentrating on painting.

5 – Experiment with different times for the stream, as there are people all around the world who might be interested in what I am doing.

There are bound to be more things that will change as I work though, however I enjoyed the first stream and I shall certainly do more.

Here’s the link to the channel: twitch.tv/heretic_deb

40K · Charity · painting · Wh40K

Paint-a-thon: Complete

Yesterday, Jenn and I sat and painted for 12 hours to raise money for cancer charities. It was a really fun day and we managed to paint our way through 18 miniatures. More importantly, we managed to raise £560, smashing out target through and through.

Here are the pictures of the day:

Highlights of the day include:

  • Home Bargains ‘liking’ the Home Bargains Marine on twitter
  • Jenn confessing the attraction of Blood Letter butts.
  • Hanging out on the twitch stream with some cool people.

As for the miniatures. They are going to be sold by secret auction in a few days time, the proceeds of which will go towards the final total of the event.

If you want to donate in the meantime however, here is the link:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/paint-a-thon

40K · hobby · Uncategorized

Wicked Wednesday – 2

Due to parents evening, this one is a day late. I ask for your forgiveness for that. This week, I have interviewed a good friend whom I met on Tumblr lately. Here are her ideas around the hobby:

Tell us a bit about yourself. You don’t have to include your actual name and location, but a rough area would be amazing.

Well, I normally go by Fox online. My handle in most places online is Fox-N-Clocks (because Fox-N-Pocketwatches did not have the same ring to it.) I from Louisiana in the US.

How did you get into the hobby?

I first got into the hobby in 2012, when some friends of mine asked me to play the Fantasy Flight Game: Deathwatch, I picked up a few models to paint for roleplaying reasons. However, I didn’t -really- get into the hobby until early 2018 when my husband bought me my first army (Deathwatch), from there I just kind of dived in head first. Now I have several kill teams.
What is your favourite aspect of the hobby and why?

I have really been enjoying Killteam! I like the smaller scale battles. I also really enjoy painting and building my minis.

Which is the best faction, in your opinion? That is a hard one, I really love Deathwatch but I also really love Thousand Sons. It’s had for me to pick, both group’s lore is so good.

Has the hobby helped you develop as an individual? How has it done so?

It has, I have met a lot of really good friends though the hobby. It has also given me a creative outlet and has allowed me to go out and do something once a week or so. (Which in a small town is really nice.)

Have you any pictures you can share? This can be miniatures, of playing, artwork or anything else that is relevant.

What, in your opinion, is the greatest strength of the hobby at the moment?

I would like to think painting. I slowly see myself getting better and better with each mini I do.

What would you like to see in the future?

A continued growth in the community as a whole. The new models have been amazing. I would love to see more audio books for actual 40k books (not just Horus Heresy.) I love the lore and want to keep reading….ummm….listening.
Anything else you would like to say?

I would just like to thank Deb for letting me be apart of this! It’s really nice to get out there!

40K · Age of Sigmar · Uncategorized · Wh40K

Warhammer Club.

As most of you know, I am leaving the profession of teaching in search of pastures new. I have a few reasons for doing so, which I will not go into here. One of the saddest part of this change on career will mean I am no longer able to run Warhammer Club on Tuesday lunchtimes. I told the children today and they were suitably disappointed. This club has become the best part of the working week and I will be sad to see it end.

Today, we used our miniatures to play through the first Age of Sigmar tutorial game. It takes the form of a race and is designed to get the children used to moving their miniatures around.

Here are some action shots – though I have not put the children in the pictures for Child Protection reasons:

We didn’t have any scenary to put in the way as obsticals so we used paint pots instead. The game was easy to play, a lot of fun and highly enjoyable. The boys didn’t stop laughing at one another’s dice rolls, one boy in particular rolled terribly all the way through. It was wonderful to see them enjoy something that I have gotten a lot of joy from too.

The other reason I love doing this club is it gives me the chance to inspire the next generation of Wargamers. Without them, our hobby dies out and that would be a true shame. After introducing them to the hobby using the Warhammer Alliance starter kit, they boys went out and bought their own gear. They always bring it in to show me and enthuse about releases and what they have learned and discovered. I’ve spent many a play time ‘geeking out’ with the club members.

Here are some pictures of their work:

I have also taught them some of the basic painting skills, including how to dry brush. It’s been a real honour inspiring these kids and I really hope they go on and continue to enjoy the hobby.

This is one of the parts of my job I will truly miss.

40K · Uncategorized · Wh40K

The Black Legion

In my last post, I talked about the amazing new miniature that was Abaddon the Despoiler and the levels of excitement he managed to produce in myself. I felt that I should perhaps talk about his pals in this post.

Let’s start with some quality pictures I have collected of my particular favourites:

Haarken Worldclaimer was what sparked it all off. He was announced at the Open Day in December while I was at Warhammer World. I remember thinking he was stunning then and that I had to have him. I’ve collected Black Legion for a while and as they were the first Chaos Army I have for 40K, I have a bit of a spot for them. What I love about Haarken is the dynamic pose he is in. I can really imagine him getting all stabby in someone’s face.  I look forward to getting him on the painting table.

The Master of Possession and the Greater Possessed are also lovely miniatures. Again, the posing on them is sinister, interesting and look like a lot of fun to work with.

Now let’s have a look at some new troops:

The new Chaos marines look way, way more interesting than the old ones. I have had some of the old ones on my painting table for ages now but don’t really do anything with them other than use them for testing paint and different schemes here and there.

These new ones will not be getting that treatment. They looks as bulky as you would expect but interesting as well. Ther also seems to be some scope for individualising them as well, but I will see when I get a chance to look at the sprues when the multi-part kit comes out. The terminators as well, though I am not sure how different they are from the old ones.

Then the man with the bog chopper was announced today. The Master of Executions looks like he will be a barrel of laughs to face on the battle field… Or not.

What I am trying to say here is that I want them all and I need to paint them up. I then want to go and smash people with them. That would be a great deal of fun!