While I was away, Warhammer Fest was announced and therefore Golden Demon too. I want to enter this year after last year’s did not get finished. I underestimated how much time I would need and I was working as a teacher then, so ran out of time.
This year, I want to re-create a scene from one of the Mephiston short stories by David Annandale. In Lord of Death, Mephiston battles a demon prince named Doombreed. I love the scene, especially when he tries to play ‘the floor is lava’ with a demon. There is a lot going on in the scene, and I get a lot of enjoyment out of creating dioramas, so there we are. That is my challenge.
I have a concept sketch, which is silly, full of little notes and ideas, and a basic parts list:
I have a lot to think about, and some parts to source as well. At this stage, I am also open to suggestions as well. It will involve a bit of conversion work, a lot of patience and a great deal of effort as well. Still, it’s not worth doing if it isn’t going to push me to try new things, and it will be worth it regardless!
I only have one Space Marine left to paint for this diorama now and that is the Khorne Berserker. He needs to be assembled after the Trigon and tank so I know what he is going to look like a bit better.
Today then, I painted the Plague Marine. I rather like Plague Marines, I feel they have an individual flavour to them. I had picked out an old metal one to use, however when he was next to the other marines, he looked too small, so I changed my mind and went for this one instead:
I liked his pose, it will look as though he is going to blast some Hormagaunt to pieces, which is his job! He will need final touch ups and adjustments here and there but for now, he is done.
I have also done some experimenting on the base in regards to texture. More on that soon, when the base itself is all done. I might make that one a tutorial, as it has been a real learning curve for me too.
It seems I am only blogging about the Golden Demon diorama at the moment, it is only two weeks away however and I still have a long way to go to finish it. Soon, other subjects will be covered but right now, I have to stay focused.
Today’s efforts went into painting the Nurgling, the bug thing I found, and the Rippers. I had no idea what the bug thing was or where it came from until I asked the Twitter Hive Mind. It turns out it is a Wood Elf Tree Sprite. I have no idea how it ended up in my bits box but it seemed to fit the mood of the diorama so it got painted and will be added to the base.
Here they are in all their small glory:
Work on the base itself has continued, and that is shaping up really well. I shall do a complete post about that when it is done though, I don’t want to spoil that.
Tomorrow’s job shall be looking at the plague marine. I can do this. I can!!
I managed to get all four Hormagaunts finished today, which was a bit of relief. Most of the medium miniatures for the diorama are now done. I feel like I am at least making some progress towards getting it finished. Two weeks today and it shall all be over. I am going to get it all done but I do know there is a long way to go yet.
Before I give an update on the ‘to do’ list for it, here are some shots of the Tyranids who will be harrassing the Ridiculous Six.
A few days ago, during a freak out, a friend suggested I made a list to organise my thoughts on where I am up to. It worked. I have it on a post it note next to my hobby desk. It looks a but like this:
Finish the base: Plaster it, texture it with sand, undercoat it, paint it.
Electronics within the tank, build the tank around it, paint the tank.
The Trigon and the Khorne berserker.
Small miniatures – the Nurgling, the Rippers, other little features.
Highlight it all.
After that, it should be done and dusted, competition ready. Honestly, I do not think I will win at all, I’m convinced I am not at the right level for it. I do like the challenge however and I am doing this to prove I can. No one else had electronics last year and I am more than surprised that this is something that hasn’t been explored more by others. It is surprisingly easy to get the parts and learn how to do it.
I have painted something that is not a Space Marine, this is a bit of a novelty and something rather different than the usual power armour. However, seeing as the diorama had beings other than Space Marines on it, I knew there would come a time where I had to get on and just paint.
I had a conversation with some friends a while ago about the colour scheme for the Tyranids I was going to paint. A few ideas were thrown around until I settled on Hive Fleet Behemoth. I wanted something to contrast the black and gold of the Black Legion and bright red and tuquoise seemed like the perfect hues to go for. I started with the Brood Lord because I really wanted to see what it was going to look like with the Night Lord jumping on his back. Here are the results:
I changed my usual technique for him as well as I wanted the Brood Lord to look more organic than the crisp lines of power armour. The red particularly involved a lot of drybrushing and layering up the colours. The spines were wet blended using a varying degree of turquoise. I am very pleased with how he turned out.
And for the curious among us, here is a rough mock-up of this section of the diorama:
Both need touch ups and adjustments, but that can happen when I come to glue them together properly and place them.
Next job: Hormagaunts.
As I mentioned in my last post, I have also finished the Black Legion Sorcerer for the diorama. I painted him straight after the Noise Marine but I wanted him to have a post all to himself. I am not so sure that his highlights are as sharp, and I do know I will alter a few bits here and there as I go along. Well, here he is in all his shiny, malicious glory.
I want to add some light to his hand to that it looks like he is summoning up some warp power to blast away a tyranid.
I am also pleased with his mis-matched armour. I was concerned at first that it would look silly, however now I look at him, I think it fits. His armour would be mismatched, his original set was probably destroyed so he stole them off some poor dead space marine on some long forgotten battle ground.
Other things I have also done include plaster the foam base and undercoat the tyranids – the Brood Lord and the Hormagaunts. As I am away for a couple of days, the next update will be after the bank holiday!
Today was a resounding success in terms of painting miniatures for the diorama. I set out to get at least one of them finished and I managed two! How novel. This post is about the Noise Marine, who looks rather stunning in black and gold. Here he is, mostly finished and awating the Land Raider to be finished so he can perch on the top and rock out.
He is not perfect but final touch ups will be done when the diorama is more assembled. One friend of mine pointed out that he looked a little like he was dressed for a bondage gig. On hearing this, another insisted that the safe word was ‘Warmaster.’
One thing is certain, I am very pleased with how this mini has turned out. I think the highlights are particularly sharp.
I also finished the sorcerer, but I’ll post about him tomorrow.
Now that the finishing work hype has worn off, I have had some time to get into the painting room and get on with some of the diorama. Time is certainly ticking and I know I have a long, long way to go before it will be even remotely ready.
I wanted to share where I am up to so far however. I have started to work on the Black Legion marines first of all. I started with the Night Lord body and claws, as he was the most together and you have to start somewhere.
He also now has a head, which is the last part of him that needs finishing off.
I have also made a start on the Noise Marine. I am very pleased with how he has gone so far. I tried out some neon paint that I had picked up to add some flair to his helmet. Just because he is in the Black Legion, doesn’t mean that he cannot have a wicked plume of hair. Now, the texture of the paint itself was sticky and not the easiest to work with, and the effect is not quite as vibrant as I wanted, I still like what it looks like.
There is still work to do on these miniatures, and a lot of the others too, but I wanted to post an update with how it was going so far. A friend of mine indicated that he looks a little like he should be in a BDSM film, however as a followr of Slaanesh, I think this works well.
Just a few miniatures to go…
Read all about Phase 1 here: https://blackhandmarines.com/2019/03/10/diorama-phase-1/
Today I managed to get a bit of free time to begin building all the different aspects of the diorama for Golden Demon. The hardest part was knowing where to begin in all honesty. There are so many separate parts to this that I was wondering which bit to do first.
After some thought, I decided to start with the individual miniatures as they shouldn’t be too difficult. This meant that the Noise Marine, the Thousand Son and the Plague mMarine were the starting points of the day:
Here they are placed on the base in roughly the space they are going to occupy when the diorama is all done. I had to make a few changes here and there. The Thousand Son has significantly less cloak than I intended as he looked odd with them. The Noise Marine is also in sub assembly as he will be miles easier to paint while he is in bits.
The next step was the Brood Lord and the Night Lord. The Brood Lord wasn’t a problem as I just needed to get him built as per the instructions. I anticipated the Night Lord being a little more difficult (I think this is just what they do in general), however I was pleasantly surprised. I managed to build him without having to do too much in the way of bending:
He is currently held in place with a bit of tac, until I can get them on corks and undercoated that is. I am very pleased with he’s he turned out.
The last job of the day was building a few hormagaunts and placing the rippers in their rough places. Here is what I have so far. I still have the Trigon to build, I still have the entire tank to do – the one in the pictures is for reference. There are the electronics to consider, the Khorne Berserker to look at as well. It is one monster of a project I have chosen to do but it is proving to be a lot of fun!
An amazing thing happened this Wednesday. Due to illness, we were unable to meet up with the rest of the Warmongers from twitter at Warhammer World. It was disappointing but there is no need to spread germs needlessly so we stayed away. So, when a random envelope came through the door, I was rather confused. Contained within was a ticket to Warhammer Fest in May, some funds and a lovely card with Abaddon on the front wishing me good luck. The onion cutters arrived shortly after and I was exceptionally touched. Apparently, Warhammer Fest was not going to be the same without me…
The next thought went something along the lines of ‘I only have two months to sort out my Golden Demon entry.’
Work began this Saturday.
The first step was to create the base out of expanding foam. We placed a take away foil tub upside down and sprayed around it:
We then realised it took twelve hours to dry…
We had to make sure the foam was flat to the floor as well, else it would look silly on the base. We took a saw to the bottom to make sure it sat correctly.
When it was all foamed up and dry, I was able to cut into the shape I thought would be best. It looked quite different when I was done.
This is not the landraider I intend to use, this is an old one I picked up ages ago which I am just using to get the right idea.
The next step was gathering together all the bits I needed to create the miniatures. This took a lot longer than I thought it would but now, the only thing I am missing are some rippers. Everything else is set for phase 2.