Someone close to me suggested that ‘art is a journey’. I’m not one to wax lyrical about the intricacies of art and what it means. I paint miniatures because I enjoy it, I find it calming and it is a great way to unwind after a day at work. I have been painting figures on and off since I was about 13 years old. The first model that I owned and painted was an undead banshee – she is still in the house somewhere I think. I have come a long way since then.
What I want to focus on today is how far I have come over the past few months since finding my way back into the hobby. I managed to pick out one of my first Space Marines and took a picture – here he is in all his Black Hand glory.
When I look at him now, I see the thickness of the edge highlighting and how wonky the lines are. He was a good start however and since then, I have painted a ‘few’ more marines and practiced my brush techniques. Then the Primaris made an appearance and I was faced with new challenges. Here’s the first Intercessor I put my brush to a few short weeks ago:
Since painting this fella, I have improved on my line work and feel the coat of paint looked a lot more even too. I’m more confident in the style of painting – highlighting rather than blending and think the flat colour is really striking when the edges are picked out in a brighter shade. There is always room for improving however and we are always more inclined to see the flaws! The last model I painted was this one:
I am very proud of the ancient and feel it is the best work I have done so far, better even than the Deredeo dreadnought I was pleased with! People have been kind and commented on him on Twitter and Facebook, some going so far as to say it puts theirs to shame. I don’t like such comments! We are all working to improve ourselves and the only people we are comparable to is our self! I’ve compared and shown my progress against my own models, not anyone else’s. So long as we are constantly getting better at what we do, and that there is visible progress to a better looking model, then that is a win!
We decided to kick off the weekend with a game on Friday night. I wasn’t playing against the Death Guard for a change; oh no, this was someone totally new. A friend of mine brought his Dark Eldar over and I was informed that it would be me doing the fighting! My long suffering partner helped me create the army list with some advice here and there about what to do! I took my new shiny Deredeo Dreadnought, freshly painted and gleaming to see what he could do, and a load of the Primaris lads that I have been painting too.
This was my first introduction to objectives. I had to clarify what they were for and I was reliably informed that in order to win I had to do said objectives or kill everything on the board. I looked at my friend and calmly informed him that I was going to kill all his models…
The Dark Eldar went first. They managed to kill a few of the intercessors in the first round. For a while, it was looking pretty even; then the Dreadnought got to fire…
This was the result. I must say that the Dreadnought had a hell of a lot of fire power in it and I almost felt bad for my friend… Almost. He dropped some reinforcements in from space (I cannot recall the name of the unit) and I destroyed them with another squad of intercessors. My Hellblasters peppered his troops with shots and my captain stood about and yelled at people to shoot harder! Those 1 re-rolls from both him and the Lieutenants is devastating. The dreadnought hits on a 2+ and I get to re-roll 1s…
As I had promised my friend, I killed every model on the board and scored my first ever victory in 40K. There was much rejoicing.
Thought I would do a bit of an update. I’ve not played any games this week owing to time constraints and needing to get other things sorted out (wedding) but I have managed to squeeze in some painting here and there.
I’ve finished the Primaris Intercessor squad and tried to take a half decent picture of them – tricky with an ipad and some sheets of A4 paper but I think you get the idea. I’ve improved with every model I have painted and I am so pleased with the contrasting edge highlighting on the blue armour.
Today’s project was to make a start on the deredeo dreadnought I’ve had sitting about for a while. I wanted to try some blending on the flat areas of his plates and it has taken an age to get right. I’ve also tried to paint a light source on it as well, something I have never done before. He is far from finished but I feel I have done a pretty neat job so far. I’ve also stuck in a picture of Guilliman because he’s now assembled and awaiting some paint. An awesome model who is going to be a further challenge!
As a side note, I’ve reached over 22 000 words of my Chapter’s story and am about to start part 3. Another thing I am proud of this week!
I want to do a couple of shoutouts to awesome people I have met lately too. Dave, a Space Wolf player, has been instrumental in encouraging my to share my stuff with the wider world adn encouraging me to do so. This is a link to his blog, go check it out, there is some great stuff over there!
I have also met some photographer dude named Chris Frosin! He has just returned to the hobby, is the most enthusiastic person on the planet and also has encouraged me to be better than I am. The updates and questions about what I am painting/writing has kept me focused. This is his website, check him out!
After spending some time and effort painting three – nearly four – of my new Primaris up to some form of nice standard, I thought it was about time I played my second ever game of 40K.
As I am still learning everything, and there seems to be a lot to learn, we decided to just use what came in the new box to keep things simple. I will learn all about lists and points at some point in the future – right now I am learning who does what well and who just sucks.
Instead of having my Interceptors drop from space in turn two, this time I started with them on the board. They killed a lot of the zombies quickly, which helped in the early stages of the game. It went a bit wrong for them when they got charged by the Lord of Contagion and he killed them all…
Once again, the Bloat Drone got into melee with the Hellblasters and kept them occupied for the entire fight. I have learned that they don’t do so well in melee; next time, they’re going to blast things from afar and stay out of the way a bit more.
I have to give a special mention to the Intercessor Sargent, who managed to fend off both the Noxious Blightbringer (The bell dude!) and the Lord of Contagion for two whole rounds before being turned into a smear on the floor.
Needless to say, Chaos were once again victorious, though I feel it was a lot closer this time than last time. I had a lot of fun and look forward to round three, where I am going to flush the Bloat Drone down the toilet! I also look forward to being able to put the Black Hands with the Primaris and seeing what happens then!
So, I had a little time to myself today to paint some of the new Primaris Marines that we bought last week. Alright, so we also got some Deathguard as well but I am having nothing to do with those plague-ridden things unless it’s shooting at them or blowing them up!
It was decided that they should be painted as regular Ultramarines. They have been seconded to the Black Hands for the time being. It means we can use Guilliman for large scale fights as well – though I have seen that Primarch’s bits, honestly, putting him together frightens the life out of me…
Anyway, moving on from that, I found the miniature to be a real pleasure to paint. Alright, so I am biased, I like painting Space Marines already but still, it was nice to paint a different flavour! What you can see in the pictures is my trial of a single model – this scheme works really well I thought so I have now begun the rest of the unit, and the captain as well.
Of course, the marine does need his transfers doing, but I am going to wait until I have done all of them to put them on. The other new thing I have done with these guys is to undercoat them blue rather than black. I was a little apprehensive about doing so because I have ALWAYS used black and I don’t like to change things that work. Black is a forgiving undercoat and I find that it adds shade to the lower areas you don’t always paint over. It is also good at hiding those bits you miss off… we all do it from time to time. That said, these models are mostly blue anyway so I was persuaded. I’m not convinced about it still but I don’t think I did too bad a job!
So, the brand new version of 40K was released today and it felt a bit like Christmas…
We headed down to Stronghold Games to pick up the goodies we had pre-ordered and spent a bit of time chatting to some friends.
The next port of call was Hull’s Angels Games Club where we had arranged to meet with friends for a mass cut and stick session, as well as some games. I spent the next hour or so looking at the pretty books and reading.
Knowing where to begin is always a bit of an issue when faced with a big pile of sprues so my friend and I decided to do the logical thing – we used the instructions… The rest of the day was spent chatting, listening to my very random playlist and fighting with super glue.
The models went together easily however and they look amazing – even the gross Death Guard are ‘nice’ looking miniatures. I am really looking forward to getting some paint on them in the not too distant future!
Needless to say we didn’t get any games in but we did have a great day. I have even included a picture of the Ork Big Gunz one of my friends, Matt, was converting from MDF templates and various bits he had managed to find.
Today will be more of the same, while battling the hot weather. We might even get to play something if were lucky!
Just a quick update to let folks know where I am up to and what I have spent the last few days doing in regards to the hobby.
I am part the way through Battle for the Abyss and I am enjoying it. Not as much as Legion but I find I am liking the story and the characters. This is a bit of a surprise as it has been mostly ship based so far, not something I thought I would like.
I have been painting some Space Marines with heavy weapons and they are proving to be a bit of a challenge. I’ve run out of regular guys to paint so need to get my act together and get some put together to fix this little problem – pictures of that (failure) to follow.
The novel writing is also coming along well, I have hit over fifteen thousand words and am going strong with it. Most days I smash my pitiably low target of one hundred words and I am loving getting to know the characters and how they react in different situations.
On a much sadder note, I did not get the job as a writer for Games Workshop.
I don’t know if I have the words to say how much I loved reading this book. I could not put it down. Admittedly, there have been a few in the series that have been like this for me. After Descent of Angels I was a bit worried the series might be falling off. I had nothing to worry about because this little gem of a book followed it up.
It is the first that features the Imperial Guard being the focus of the novel rather than the Space Marines and their Primarchs. The story begins with a torture scene and then details the events that lead up to that moment.
The plot in the book twists and turns in masterful loops and I did not see the ending turning out the way it did. There were a few key elements that I did manage to figure out but man, I did not expect the ending to do what it did. It is a real credit to Abnett, who told the tale masterfully well without giving away everything too early. It never felt as if it dragged and the pace was as punchy as I have come to expect from this series.
The characters within the story are well written and are not cardboard cut outs or cliche ridden fools. they each play their part well and come off as well rounded individuals. Not a single person in the novel annoyed me, though I did get a bit angry with some, it was for well motivated reasons rather them being badly written. I genuinely cared about how the characters acted and what happened to them too and after Istsvan III, (There were tears and ice-cream) I have been most reluctant to do so.
There was only one point that was a bit abrupt, which was towards the end. I won’t go into details because spoilers but it felt as though it was a rush at the end and a neat tie off rather than an actual ending. It just read as forced which was a shame.
That said, it did not spoil the rest of this amazing novel for me. I really look forward to reading the next one in the series and hope it is as pacy as this one!
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!
As some of you know, and my sister will very much understand, when someone says they’re selling off some unwanted Space Marines, we tend to buy them. Who would want them to be homeless or worse, sat in a cabinet in the local games store for all eternity waiting for a home? It’s an act of kindness, not a sign of obsession I swear.
I have been repainting some of these Marines for some time. They were already a shade of blue, which made the job a little easier. I just needed to wash them so the blue was a bit darker and then highlight them as per the other ones I have painted. I want them all looking regimented. I imagine they’re proud of their colours and have some ideas for fiction based around this, though that is a post for another day.
I am rather pleased with the result of the one pictured above. I think the highlighting on the knee pads has come off rather well and I felt like showing this one off a bit more than the others. He is not quite finished, he needs chapter markings and squad markings painting on the shoulder pads and a few details adding here and there I am proud of the outcome of this one, though I know I am not the world’s best painter and never will be. I still feel as though this is a good effort, one of the better ones at the very least.