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White Scars: An Experiment

I wanted to have a go at painting white ceramite – it is not something I have done a great deal of and I wanted to give it a go and see if I could do it quickly. I undercoated some intercessors black, gave them an airbrush of Dawnstone and went from there.

I then drybrushed the miniatures Ulthuan grey quite heavily and then lighter with a couple of layers of white over the top of that. It didn’t take overly long to do and I think they turned out alright. Here are some pictures, with more thoughts afterwards;

I went with red bases so they stood out against the white ceramite. The red and green details also help break up the white. They did not take long to do which was part of the experiment.

The other aspect was the decals. I only had old ones, and they took considerable softening before they would sit in place. What I found was they were still shiny despite several applications of micro-sol, so I sprayed them with matt varnish. This took all the shine from them and made them appear ‘painted on.’

I learned a great deal while I painted these minatures and I am pleased with how they appear. I am not a fan of painting white, but that is no reason to not do so!

These minatures are available in the store.

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Sons of Guilliman – Part 3!

I was recently contacted again for some more work on the onderful red, orange and grey marines that I have painted a couple of times in the past. I was thrilled to be able to paint these guys again, the scheme is a lot of fun, is bright, vibrant and cheery – in my mind at least. This time it was more of the Indomitus Box, some First Generation Marines and a Librarian in terminator armour. Here they are:

The home brew Chapter is called Sons of Guilliman and it was a real pleasure to work on some more of them. I know they are involved in battles against the foul greenskin and I do hope they are conquering them well.

I have also asked for some shots of them all together, as it will be great to see them! Proof that I have indeed painted an army!

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Crusade Force – Mission One

Today, I finally got around to playing my first game of 9th Edition. I’ve spent a bit of time getting a Crusade force together with the intention of using them while playing. I have named every miniature, and I am in the process of painting them too. I took the following out for the first battle:

Primaris Captain – Azakiel

Primaris Lieutenant – Vespa

Assault Intercessor squad – Squad Nic (Nicodemus, Ruman, Qaspiel, Araton, Hamon, Maalik, Renzo, Sablo, Jehoel, Netzack.)

Outriders – Aldus, Lukar, Marzio

So, how did the first battle go? There were some heroics, but there were some pretty awful events as well.

The best unit this game was the Outriders, they took a great number of Necron Warriors out with both their guns and their chainswords. Although they did not kill an entire unit, they managed to decimate two. Unfortunately, Necron Warriors come back so that proved to be problematic.

The Captain and the Intercessors come next. They were securing objective 2 when they were charged by a Skorpek Lord and the Skorpek warriors. It was all going so well until the dice deserted the Captain, resulting in the Skorpek wiping out the unit and the Captain in the next turn.

The Lieutenant did very little and so is at the bottom of the honour role for today. He got charged and died. He did do a little damage with his last hit – which I used a command point to do, but other than that, he sucked.

So. I didn’t win. I did get some experience points for the Force though, and it was fun to play. There is a lot to remember – a lot more than Adeptus Titanicus, and my head felt blown towards the end. I’ve not played 40K for a couple of years but some of it came back to me as I played. Scenery rules seem to make more sense to me as well. I will pick it up the more I play, of that I am sure.

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Old School Blood Angels!

I have taken some time to paint my own miniatures this week. With the looming release of Indomitus, I want to clear some space on the ‘To Paint’ shelf. So I have worked on the base coated ‘mini’ marines. I collected the various parts from a load of bits boxes around the house and stuck them together. They are a mis-matched bunch of marines, but they are mine and I am sure there will be plenty of fights for them to get stuck into in the future.

There are twelve in the squad – I had extras so put them altogether and thought they may as well all be in the smae squad. There seemed to be no point in having two smaller squads and I am sure I can write a fluff reason for it if the need arises.

It has been really lovely as well to work on something for myself, rather than for a commission or for sale elsewhere. I plan on painting the Marine half as Blood Angels and keeping them, and then maybe actually playing some games with them! That would be a novel idea!

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Orange!

I was recently contacted by a client asking me to paint up some intercessors for his son. I love Space Marines, and I love getting children into Warhammer and such. Warhammer Club was perhaps the best part of my teaching week before I stopped teaching so this request was a no-brainer.

The client sent me a picture of the colouring sheet his son had produced and all I had to do was copy it onto the Marines – simple!

This is what they looked like:

I love how the scheme turned out. Orange, red, grey and blue work so well together! I had a lot of fun painting the orange as well – it was tough, and a colour I haven’t really worked with before either. Next time, I will layer it up from a red base rather than going from a black undercoat.

I have also heard that the client’s son is thrilled with them, so all in all, this was a good learning process, and fun to boot!

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Warhammer 40K – 9th Edition – New Miniatures!

I am most excited to see the new miniatures announced today. There are so many cool additions to the range, I had to do a post to enthuse about them. I’ll start with Space Marines, because they are my favourite!

Where do I even start with these? I love the blocky bikes, they just scream Space Marine in my mind. The shields are wicked – the skeleton on a shield is just so ‘extra’ it had to be done. The Judicar looks so mean. I can see a conversion into a Thousand Son’s Chronomancer in his future too. The Chaplain’s face is awesome and the option for having Melee Primaris Marines is just too cool! Also, that banner… Just wicked!

I shall certainly by adding these to my collection of Space Marines, but painting them red for Blood Angels instead.

Now, I never eally thought much of Necrons, but I feel that this has changed. These miniatures are every bit as cool and I will really have to think about how I am going to paint them myself.

I love the little scarab swarms, and it would be really cool if there were some spares to customise the other necron bases. The long spikey parts of the other miniatures are awesome and they look very stabby.

I can see myself learning more about them when they are released and doing some bits with them. Either way, I look forward to getting them on my painting table!

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Review: Spear of the Emperor – Aaron Dembski-Bowden

I have been thoroughly spoilt this year with books I have read, I’ve not had a bad one yet, and they keep getting better. This one is no exception.

I am trying to think of the best point of this book and I really am struggling to select just one. The plot, pacing, characters and language contained within this book is all fantastic.

Let’s start with the plot and pacing. The book does take a while to truly get going, but the time spent at the start of the novel is essential. None of it drags, all of it is well crafted and a good introduction to the setting of the story. The plot is masterfully crafted, twists and turns in most unexpected ways and honestly, leaves you reeling from the side-swipes it takes. I don’t do spoilers in my reviews, as you know, but I am still trying to wrap my head around what happened – go and read it, you won’t regret it.

Characters – there are some amazingly written individuals in this story. The narrative is written from the Point of View of a Chapter serf. She has an interesting history herself, and the story is told through her. I really enjoyed reading about how she uses her augmetics, and how she serves her Master. Some of the details of the Mentor Legion are left out as they are ‘secret’ and not for any reader to learn. Through her eyes, the reader is witness to exceptional interaction between some very different cultures. All the characters go through an emotional journey and are not the same as they were at the start of the story.

Technically, the novel is brilliant. None of the language is overly technical, but nor does it skimp on detail. The novel still feels like a 40K Science Fiction novel, but the details are not overwhelming. Nor are the more ‘poetic’ devices, such as simile and metaphor. The whole read is balanced and thoroughly enjoyable. There were some late night sessions because I was unable to put it down, which hasn’t happened for a while.

I also hope that there will be a follow up story to this one, it is hinted at that it is the first chapter of a longer tale, and I eagerly await the next installment!

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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?

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Death Company – Part 1

This week I have mostly been working on Death Company. I have finished five of the many Death Company miniatures I have working here. Have a picture montage of these fine, angry men:

What I have really enjoyed about these is not rushing through them. Being able to take my time and get into the details a bit more than I usually would. I am now going to work on a Chaplain friend for them, someone has to keep this rowdy bunch in line.

In other news, the Trailblazer project continues to grow and I am finding my enthusiasm for it is too. Go and have a look at the latest – I start to develop a starship, and there are some great bust pictures drawn my Jenn too:

https://ssctrailblazer.wordpress.com/

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The week’s projects.

So, I’ve been a bit quiet this week, keeping to myself and getting on with my own miniatures. I’ve been painting some Death Company Marines to go with my other Blood Angels, affectionately known as The Crayon Eaters:

I have two more of them to go and they are waiting for me on the hobby table for the next session. I have really enjouyed taking my time with them and focusing on the highlights. They are not perfect but they are mine and I am proud of them.

The next thing I wanted to mention was a project my sister and I have started working on together. It order to distract ourselves from the current climate, we have decided to work on a science fiction setting. It involves the crew of a star cruiser – the Trailblazer, being hurled through space into regions unknown. It is still very early in the project and we’re doing it for the fun more than anything else. If you want to look at our workings and progress – short stories, drawings, profiles and more creative ideas, here is the link:

https://ssctrailblazer.wordpress.com/

It’s still early in the creation process, so it looks a bit vacant, but there will be more content added as we go along.