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Titan Tuesday – Week 1

As some of you know, I have had a Reaver Titan sitting here for over a year. I love Reavers. I don’t know what it is about them, but I just think they are amazing. The shape, the aspect, imagining how noisy they are; they’re just brilliant. I bought this one for that reason. However, I looked at the box when I got home, saw how many bits it had in it and then balked.

Today, I faced the fear and got on with it. I opened the box again…

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The envelope is a really cool thing, inside it contains the certificate of Authenticity. I am going to have mine framed.

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Of course, mine is a Chaos Reaver, I am a heretic after all, and so the machine is excommunicated or whatever passes for ‘baddy’ in Imperial Speech. Under the certificate is a big pile of grey resin. And when I say big, I really do mean it:

The body is in the box, the weapons are outside!

First task then – use the instructions to check off all the parts. This took an hour. I spread them all out and then used the lists from the box to see if everything was there!

Can you believe it? I am short one pipe. I have already sent an email to the lovely people at Forgeworld who should hopefully be able to send me another one. However, I wasn’t about to stop because I was one pipe short. My next task was to wash the resin. I’ve already been advised to do this twice, so will have to do so again next week, but that’s fine. I want this to look amazing after all and it is worth spending the time on.

Interesting part of the week:

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A guy having a terrible day.

It is going to be a while until I am able to stomp on people in games with the Reaver, but that’s ok. I have something to look forward to at the end, as well as having an amazing miniature too!

I shall leave you with the final shot of all the drying resin!

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Age of Sigmar · miniatures. · warhammer

Cypher Lords and a Webstore?

I have just finished painted the Cypher Lords for Warcry, and I must say they are amazing miniatures to work on. They are detailed, interesting and not too fiddly to stick together either. Easier than the Corvus Cabal for definite. I stuck to the colour scheme on the box as I have painted these with the idea of selling them in mind and wanted to stick to what I know is popular. Here they are:

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I am also going to add a page on this website with miniatures I have painted that are for sale. They will have a price next to them and people will be able to contact me if they are interested. This blog gets a fair bit of traffic now, when I post things and it might be another channel for me to sell bits and bobs – has to be worth a try!

blackhandmarines.com/store/

40K · hobby · painting · Painting Tutorial · warhammer

Tutorial: Wet Blending.

I was asked the other day about wet blending and how I do it so I said that I would run through how I do it as best as I can. I’ve taken some pictures to try and illustrate the process.

Step 1:

Wet Palette. Nothing fancy, just a take away tub, a sponge and some baking paper:

When adding water to the wet palette, I keep the water just below the top of the sponge. This is my personal preference and it is a case of finding what works for you.

Step 2:

Select the paints you’re going to use. I am painting a cloak on a Stormcast for the purpose of this tutorial and I am going for dark purple.

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Step 3

Paint the darkest colour as a base on the area that is going to be blended. Don’t worry if it looks watery or parts of the undercoat show through, this will be fixed when blending.

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Step 4:

While the paint is still wet, get the next lightest colour on your brush – not too much of it though – and mix it in the spaces you want to be lighter on the miniature. Try and make the two colours mix without any clear lines between the two.

Step 5:

Repeat this with the lighter colour for the places you want to be lighter. Again, try to do this without leaving any clear lines. I always try to get as smooth a blend as possible.

Step 6:

I also added some darker blends with dark blue because I wanted to add depth to the purple. You can see it in the second image above.

That is how I wet blend. I am aware that this is a tricky skill, or can be, for some and it takes a lot of practice. I’ve popped a couple of examples of what you can do with wet blending, though the limits are just your own thoughts. I hope this has helped!

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Larry was a speed paint in half an hour – his blend is less than perfect!

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I use wet blending for the base of all the galaxy cloaks I paint.
40K · painting · warhammer · Warhammer 40000

Paint it Fast

Speed painting was a skill I thought I would never obtain. I have spent many long hours, like many other hobbyists, studying and painstakingly picking out details of a miniature and finding it takes ages to actually finish anything.

Then I decided I want to do some commission painting and knew that had to change. I have started to focus on how long an individial miniature takes and have been working on making it smaller. Today, I managed to paint the Primaris Apothecary to a high standard in four hours. I have never painted the mini before and so I was pleased with the outcome. Here is the finished model:

In order to speed up the painting process, I focused on areas rather than the whole miniature at a time. I would do one part, wash it if needed and then work on another area while it dried rather than put the mini down and let it dry before starting again. It meant I neglected the rubric marines a bit but it did mean I got him painted today rather than over a couple of days. I will certainly be trying this technique again when I paint my next character model.

This Apothecary was painted for my sister as a part of a miniature ‘trade’, she is painting me a Thousand Son Sorcerer in return. We named the apothecary Xerxes, or Jerkxes, as he is a bit of a jackass. He kept trying to poke holes in the Rubric Marines to let the dust out when I wasn’t looking…

Another mini I have painted quickly that I wanted to mention was ‘Larry.’ I painted him in thirty minutes at the Warhammer World Open Day in January. I am so pleased with him too. For thirty minutes, he looks rather fine!

Commission info: https://blackhandmarines.com/commissions/

 

40K · warhammer

Warhammer Club

One of the aspects that I truly enjoy about my job is the ability to shape and influence young people. It is a true priveledge to be able to guide and shape young minds and hopefully leave them with positive experiences that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

I have never hidden my interests from the children in my class and although some of them are a little ‘what do you do that for?’ they all understand how important it is to have aspects of your life that are not just work or playing on Fortnite.

When two of the boys, one in year 6 and one in year 4 came up to me and asked ‘Could we do Warhammer in your class at lunchtime, I practically jumped for joy and agreed. There was no bribery involved. I had toyed with the idea of joining the school alliance before and so now I had the motivation to do so.

Games Workshop were very helpful in arranging the pack to be sent to us and it arrived just before Christmas. The club started properly in January and we now have more than 2 members. 7 lads aged between 8 and 11 are now fully enjoying what it means to assemble and paint miniatures. So far, we have undercoated the figures we have been sent in Abaddon Black. Yes, I have shared who Abaddon is and they were all suitibly in awe! We are not yet at the stage of learning to play yet but I am sure we will get there very soon.

Even better, was when these lads have gone into GW on their own and brought miniatures that inspire them. I have a mix of Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40 000 so far and I can only see that growing. To be able to inspire them to want to do this in their own time is a power I never sought to have and is humbling in many ways.

Of course, I am unable to share pictures of the children, but that does not mean I cannot picture their work and share it. Here is our efforts pictured together, along with a couple of intruders!

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painting · warhammer · Warhammer 40000

Brush Masters

I have been meaning to post my thoughts on this magical brush wizardry sooner but between one thing and another, I have neglected to do so. A friend and I were discussing brushes and their merits when they mentioned their artificer brush had split. I asked what they used to maintain them, which was met with a question. Maintain them?? And so, here we are.

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Mine has been well used now and so it has a splash of nuln oil on the lid. I would get through so many more brushes without this wonderful sorcerery. So, how do you use this magic?

Open the tub and use the brush you want to clean to scoop some water into it. Rub up a good lather onto the brush so that all the bristles are covered. This soap has the bonus of smelling like lemons, so is extra nice.

I then tend to rub the brush on the back of my hand, just to make sure that I get all the bristles covered but that is an option really. Then rinse the brush and you’ll find that the point has been restored and preserved. I have brought several old brushes back to ‘life’ with this soap. It costs a little at first but I have had this tub for over a year now and I am not even half way through. Without it, I would have spent far more on new brushes so it was worth every penny.

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Check out the nice point on this bad-boy!
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January Open Day

The trek to Warhammer World is never a hard one, or that far. It’s a couple of hours away at most. We bought our tickets for the Open Day at the Vigilus day and off we went yesterday for another day of exciting reveals and fun. I met up with some lovely people from the Internet and actually played a game!

I am unsure where to start, so let’s begin with that game. Myself and Dave teamed up to play against Chris’ Necrons. I have never played against Necrons before; not hard, I’ve not played all that much. It was a fun game however.

Ahriman, his friend and some demons squared up against some necrons. It started off well, destroyers got destroyed and the battle progressed. However, Death Hex, a much needed spell, was failed by Ahriman and the tides of battle turned.

Before everything had a chance to go horribly wrong however, the Legion of Dave and Fondlechew dropped in. They soon realised they were in the wrong place (era) and hastily departed.

To cut the tale short, Ahriman decided to try and be a hero and went after the warlord. His glory was cut short when the warp said ‘No’ – Perils of the Warp is a huge hinderance to his escapades, though he did float up to the tall part of the board and look mildly cool. The best part of the game was when the Changeling warp bolted one of the Necron Lords and turned it into a Chaos Spawn. Hilarity ensued when the Chaos Spawn started attacking the remaining necrons… It wasn’t enough though. We lost the game in the end. It was a lot of fun though and that is what counts.

The other fun news was the released and the amazing atmosphere that was going on. There is always a buzz at these events and from the moment I met up with friends, new and old to the moment we left, it was fun. I painted Larry, a chaos warrior, in half an hour and he looked decent; pictures to follow.

I also got to meet Josh Reynolds and David Guymer, who signed a book for a good friend of mine in Canada. Both of them were very nice fellows and approachable, reminding me that the authors of the books I love are also people. I have nothing to fear from them and running away is just silly.

Last thing I am going to leave you with is this image of one of the released. The Dark Apostle is exceptionally exciting because Black Legion but… and I am sure you will have seen this on the internet already, this is the really exciting thing. I have circled it just to make sure you all see why I am so excited.

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I do hope the Boss is going to turn up…

 

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Team Mental

I’m not entirely sure what I am going to do with these guys. A lot of what I am painting has been bought second hand so I have had no real control over what they look like. I have no idea what his intentions were with these Marines I am currently painting. They see, to be a mishmash of different parts.

I think I will end up using them as veterans but I keep referring to them as Team Mental. No one wants to be on Team Mental, they’re all crazy…

They are fun to paint however and I will continue to keep at them, they’re not looking too shabby in my humble opinion.

40K · Army Painter · blue · fan based · fine detail · fun · hobby · miniatures. · painting · science fiction · space marines · warhammer · Warhammer 40000 · Warhammer 40k · Wh40K

Thinner

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.
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“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.”