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Shalaxi and Layering

Normally, I wouldn’t blog about Works in Progress (WIPS) as I think it is better to wait until a miniature is done before I talk about it. However I am working on something a bit special I think and it is turning out a lot better than I hoped it would.

Layering was something I have practiced before, both at the Seige Studios painting course and with Gary, but both times have been on swords. I used something similar when I did Abaddon’s non-metallic metals as well, but I wanted to try the technique on something different and see how it worked. I had also seen another WIP of Shalaxi on the internet and so if I got stuck, I would have a frame of reference.

I like the colour blue and have the most experience with it I think, so I picked the four colours and got going. I used Caledor sky for the deep shading, Teclis blue and Temple Guard blue for the mid tones and Baharroth blue for the very light places. Each layer was exceptionally thin and it took a long time to build up the colours so they covered the area and then blend them into place. So far, I have spent 6 hours on the miniature, and I have only done the chest, upper thighs and face.

That said, I think it is already looking pretty special and I really am looking forward to doing the rest of the miniature. It might take a full month at this rate, but it will look good when it’s finished. Perhaps my best miniature yet!

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I also want to give the stockings and glove things it appears to be wearing a sheer look, so they are see through. I am not sure how I will do this just yet, but I have plenty of time to work this out.

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Black Library Submission – take 2

I was unsure whether I was going to bother entering anything for the Black Library Open Submissions this time around. I’ve been busy getting the commission business all set up and going and I spent the majority of my time painting. It would be a shame not to though, these opportunities don’t come around very often and it would be a waste not to take it while it’s there.

The theme this time is Brotherhood, with a choice of different themes to write within that. They want to see groups of individual working together, and seeing how I like creating Warbands and such, it gave me the kick I needed to flesh out some of my half created characters.

I decided to go for the group who would have made the diorama had I finished it in time. The Ludicrous Seven. They consist of the following character:

Kycius – an Iron Warrior who likes to think he is in charge.

Roushal – A Noise Marine who talks too fast and too much.

Abraxas – A Khorne Berzerker who is surprisingly together when not in a fight.

Festus – A Plague Marine – he needs the most work.

Shabaka – A Thousand Son sorcerer with delusions of grandure

Sarlath – A Night Lord without the ability to speak

Davidus – An Ultramarine Skeleton.

They are an interesting bunch who are slowly taking shape in my mind. I have a lot of work to do on them, but I have a rough outline and a plot that grows each day. I am looking forward to seeing where their tale goes at the very least! For now, have this short scribble and some pictures of the miniatures:

Crouching behind an overly large rock, the three of them exchanged glances. Between them and their target were countless more of the demon things. Kycius sucked in a breath. Before he could stop him, Roushal poked his head up before immediately ducking down. “There’s ten thousand, I counted real quick.” Kycius looked at Shabaka, who rolled his eyes.

 

40K · miniatures.

Primaris Chaplain

It is no secret that I love painting space marines. I love the sharp lines of the armour and trying to get the edge highlighting as precice and pristine as possible. I love painting their hands and around the small sections of their armour as neatly as I can. I sometimes achieve this and sometimes I feel as though I miss the mark. I am still learning after all, and perhaps always will be.

I bought the Primaris Chaplain as I thought it was an interesting miniature and to fulfill the need to paint a space marine. (I also have a Primaris Lt and an Ancient as well but more on them when they are finished.)

I tried a different technique on the dark brown leather of his cloak using a sponge to get the effect rather than a brush, and I think he turned out well in the end. I feel his highlights are sharp as well, which is great.

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I have kept his base simple as I won’t be keeping him, he will be sold. A bonus about this miniature is that it took me three hours from start to finish, which isn’t too bad. I have got a lot quicker these past few weeks!

If you are interested in owning this fine Chaplain, check him out in the store!

https://blackhandmarines.com/store/

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Book Review: Void Stalker – Aaron Dembski Bowden

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these novels and the last one was no different to the last in that factor. It was a whirlwind of a read with some definite high points. I don’t want to spoil any of the novel, and you should definitely go and read this for yourselves. However, here are some of the high points:

Uzas – The Night Lord struggling with Khorne comes through with some excellent insight and character development.

Lucoryphus risking his butt to save a tech adept on the outside of the ship.

Cyrion’s sharp wit and one line quips are as good as ever.

Variel being his glorious self.

Talos trying to be something he isn’t and not doing a bad job of it.

The writing is spot on as always, which made the reading a pleasure. The development of the characters and setting is engaging and of course the world setting is very familiar too. The last part of the book is tough on the feels but the ending is worth it.

Give this one a read, the entire series is great!

40K · Age of Sigmar · blue · miniatures.

The Repulsor

A few weeks ago, I went on a painting course run by Seige Studios. I learned a great many things, some of which I have been putting to good use already. Little tweaks to make my work more efficient and other little housekeeping tips that have had significant impact. However one of the core teaching points of the course was battle damage and decals, neither of which I have done since the course. I wanted to change this and happened to spot the Primaris Repulsor in the cabinet looking all grey and sad. Normally, I don’t do battle damage on the Ultramarines however I need something to practice on and it seemed perfect.

First job was to airbrush the base coat onto it:

There were a couple of splatters with the airbrush, but I wasn’t upset about that. It would give me an idea of where to put the battle damage while I was working meaning they’d not show while I was finished. My next step was to edgehighlight the whole thing. This took a while and again, I made several mess ups while I was doing it. These will also be turned into rust spots and other battle damage.

When done, I started on the front of the tank. I don’t have any large Ultramarine decals, but I have some smaller ones. I placed one on the front and then followed the steps I had written down while on the course.

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In the picture, you can see some of the places towards the top of the tank where the edge highlighting is a bit too thick – this will become damage when I get around to adding some more to the vehicle.

It might be some time before I do so however, I am finding that personal projects are taking a bit more of a back seat while I work on commissions and miniatures for selling. Those are what pays the bills after all. I think my evenings will be for personal things and learning, while the day is for work miniatures. Either way, I find I am very much enjoying the amount of painting I am doing and even those miniatures I have painted more than once are fun.

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Speed of Painting

I made the observation the other day that I have got a lot quicker at painting miniatures to a good standard. It may be fairly obvious, I am doing so every day after all, but I have never been that quick to make realisations of this kind. So far this week, I have painted and assembled 9 Warcry miniatures and 34 Kill Team miniatures. I have also painted the Death Jester to a very high standard and another Eldar miniature with freehand on as well. That’s 45 miniatures, which in my eyes are pretty reasonable in quality. I understand that I have to be relatively swift, otherwise I am not going to be able to make much money. I would never have been able to complete them so quickly six months ago. I have started painting by colour for each group, which has speeded things up a great deal.

Here is this week’s worth of work:

The two kill teams I have painted before, so maybe that sped things up a little too. I already knew the details and where they were. However, I think the batch painting by colour has also helped as well. It seems a more efficient way of doing things and that can’t hurt.

If anyone is interested in any of these minatures, they are for sale. They can be found on my ebay site, though you can also contact me here, or on any social media, as well.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/heretic_deb/m.html?item=193059771422&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562

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Commission: Guilliman!

I have completed a commission! Woot!

It was done for a friend of mine and it was a miniature I actually really like. I have painted Guilliman before, when I started painting again and to be able to have another go at him was really great. I am particularly pleased with the sword in this instance. They are something that I think I am really improving with and that is only going to get better with more time and practice.

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I also really love his lenses! Who he was done for was pleased as well, which is always good. I get a bit nervous showing commissions for the first time, as it is like showing a part of yourself. In this case though, all was well in the end!