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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.

tank 2

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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Lieutenant Amulius

Everyone loves a Primaris Lieutenant right? RIGHT? I picked this one up at Games Day because I thought it would be rude not to. I do like painting Primaris. I’m not going to lie, power armour in general is a favourite of mine but Primaris came out right when I started painting again so they’re always going to hold a spot.

When I got this guy, I wanted to try out one of the techniques that Gary suggested I do for edge highlighting. I had done something similar before but not how he said. The only colour I used for his power armour is Caledor Sky and white. I thinned it down to help it flow better and then had a go at the edge highlights. I am pleased with the results.

I am also pleased with how his face turned out. Skin is not an easy thing to tackle I have found and a badly painted face would not look right. I have seen it ruin otherwise good models. In this case, I think I did alright!

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A Fighting Force…

Just thought I would give an update on how the painting is going as a whole as I now have enough models to look half decent in the display case.

When I started off painting Space Marines, I really did not have a clue what I was doing with them. I had seen them before, anyone who has entered a Games Workshop will have done, but I had never been interested. When I picked the first ones up a few short weeks ago I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy painting them.

I am now a semi-regular feature at the local games store – Stronghold (I should write about them here too one day) and have never enjoyed the hobby more than I do now.

New rules were announced for 40K yesterday as well, which also has me excited, I look forward to actually using these guys in the future and filling you all in on my blunderings through the game. I have no doubts that it will be a journey filled with blast holes and craters but I am looking forward to it all the same!

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Hello readers!

Welcome back.

Since being back at work, I have had much less time to write and paint, which is a shame.

What are weekends made for?

This weekend saw me down at Stronghold Games – the local gaming store – set up for more than a few hours painting. I was only too pleased to get there and get on.

What I wanted to mention today was the joy of paint thinner. I know I have mentioned it in the past as something I rarely do but that has now changed.

Don’t get me wrong, I adore Citadel paints and the range of colours there are but sometimes, they’re just a bit too thick. I have been highlighting the armour of my marines in a much lighter shade than the base colour and found that as I was using a very small brush, the paint did not flow very well.

Enter the thinner pictured above. Mixing a small drop of this with the paint made it flow so much easier on the brush. It meant that it was easier to ad the highlights too.

I know I am not the best painter in the world but I do feel as though these models are really coming along nicely and the thinner has helped me to do so.

It is also very good at reviving paints that have gone hard. A problem with all acrylics, just mix in a few drops of this thinner and the paint will be useable once more. I am so pleased to be able to use tentacle pink once again! Hurrah!

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Gravus Nurion – Chapter Master

 When the other half brought home a load of models the other day, I have to confess I was a little bit on the exited side. Alright so this is a little bit sad too but I can live with that.

We laid out all the Space Marines and took stock of what was there. There were enough there to complete several squads, which is great, There were also several terminators, some veterans and this guy pictures on the left.

The figures were already undercoated blue so it did not take all that long to touch them up and make them look as though they had always been with the others. We decided that this model would make a good Chapter Master and so here he is in all his bright blue glory.

The part I am most pleased with is the line of blue on the cloak. It’s not painted free hand, I am not steady enough for that I don’t think but is raised up. The psycho was employed and I managed to highlight it too – something I have never really thought of doing before.

I have also managed to free hand paint the Chapter symbol on the left shoulder-pad and write his name under it. Again, something I was unsure about doing but seems to have worked out rather well.

Now, because Gravus Nurion is a little bit on the important side, I spent a bit of time asking questions. I’ve shared one of the answers below:

How did you become Chapter Master?

·         When the former Chapter Master was killed, it was decreed that I should take his place. I’m not going to start this off with an ‘it was a dark and stormy night’ if that is what you are expecting. Alvar was well known for his cavalier attitude when it came to a fight and it was this that finally caught up with him.
Hand print and name!
“I remember them bringing back what was left of him, not much more than pulp, certainly nothing recognisable. After they recovered his gene-seed, which was a miracle in itself, he was laid out. His work for the Emperor had ended, leaving us behind to pick up the pieces and move forward. The atmosphere within the Chapter was solemn for a long while, his were large boots to fill and he had been Chapter Master for a long time and was well liked.
“It was about two hundred and fifty years ago that Alvar was killed. I had been First captain for about fifty or so. I was voted in by the other captains unanimously, a point of which I am most proud.”

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Seven Model Army…

I realise I have not posted anything new for a while so thought it was about time I did something. I have a story in the works which I shall be publishing on here in two parts over the next week but I wanted to show off the seven finished guys I have done while the weather was nice.

Photographing miniatures is perhaps  the worst part of the hobby. You can never seem to get decent images. I am limited to an iPad for a camera and natural lighting so when the sun came out today I decided it was time to do the best I could with what I have available. Here are the results:

Why do I have this?

I think the fella with the plasma gun looks  unsure as to why he has it in the first place. Perhaps that’s because he is leaning forward a little – whomever put these together (not me) did not take time to think about what they would look like finished and so some of them look a bit off.

I am pleased with how they look so far – they all need their company markings put on them and that will be done as soon as we manage to figure out who is going where. As they are, they’re not bad for a first attempt at painting a batch of Marines.

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The first of many

Highlights on the back.

 Last night, I decided to move my painting efforts from the house to Stronghold Games while the other half played in a Magic tournament. It’s good to get out and about and drink someone elses coffee after all.

It was also the day when I decided to have a go at painting the first of the Black Hands. As I have mentioned before, I had blue in mind for the colour scheme, it was just knowing which shade and where I was going to put it. It took me about half hour of looking at the model to know what I was going to do.

I started off with a dark blue base colour – Kantor Blue and then using the trusty Psycho Brush to highlight in Alaitoc Blue and then final light catches in Hoeth Blue. I am rather pleased with how it turned out and can only work at perfecting the technique now.

I know the images are rather small here but you can click on them to see larger versions. I also only have an iPad in which to take pictures so I do apologize for the rubbishy resolution. I can only do so much after all!

Either way, it feels good to finally get the first dude painted and looking halfway decent. Only 999 more of the chapter to go!

Groovy shoulder-pads!

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Tools of the Trade

This is a snapshot of my paint table – a place I have spent a deal of time. I do love my little desk in the corner with all my bits for painting on. I stepped back and looked at the range of bits and can smile about it.

Today I had to make a trip to Stronghold Games, our local and very awesome hobby shop. It does a range of everything but I generally go there for the paint, brushes and banter. While deciding on which colours to get; blue for the Space Marines of the Chapter, I realised that I was really spoiled for choice. There are so many different makes out there now, and so many colours, that really, there is no need for mixing.

I then debated with my parter about the thinness of some paint. I like the paint to be relatively thick, I find it covers the model easier and does not look as streaky as when it’s rather thin (I am looking at you Yellow). He prefers the opposite. I tend to buy Citadel paint for this reason, whereas he prefers Vallejo paint.

I also tend to use a much thinner brush than he does. The ones I cleave to at the moment are Army Painter – The Psycho and The Insane level are incredible small but perfect for the fine detail work I adore doing. He prefers a larger brush.

He did convert me to the use of a wet palette – seen here in the shape of a takeaway tub stuffed with a sponge and covered in baking paper. It’s way cheaper than buying one and it works just as well. It keeps the mixed paint wet for far longer and means you can get a more consistent colour.

Do any of you have preferences for makes of kit? Any that you go to over others or do you just like to use what is available?

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Rough colour scheme

So, with the new project beginning to take shape, I knew I  would need to set up the characters within the Chapter with a sense of identity. They need to know who they are as much as I do after all!

After enthusing at my long suffering partner, he agreed to let me paint the army he is yet to assemble as the guys from The Black Hand, which honestly made my day. Sad as that is, I was very excited to have a ‘partner in crime’ for at least a little of this project.

Next question was, what were they going to look like. I used the game Space Marine while at my sister’s place to get a rough idea and took the screenshot you see opposite.

Legion of the Damned Space Marine

I tried so hard to stay away from blue, honestly I did. Problem is, I love the colour and it fits with the faction. I’ll write a post about their history later on explaining that. Blue is also a wonderful colour to paint. I have done a lot with blue in the past and so feel that I have enough experience to do a good job of it.

As soon as I have finished with the Legion of the Damned I am currently working on, I will be sticking and painting the first of the Chapter. It might be a little on the sad side, but I am very much looking forward to that.