40K · hobby · miniatures. · Wh40K

Digby: Master of Possession!

I did my second stream on twitch today, which went rather well. I have changed the camera around so you can see what I am doing properly. I bodged it together using a spare lamp to hand the camera on and it worked. I also switched to using Streamlabs OBS which I found pretty easy. I even managed to set up a layout image which worked well. It still needs work but it was a step in the right direction. It will be a work in progress for some time I think.

Speaking of work in progress, I did manage to get Digby, the Night Lord Master of Possession finished off, which was an achievement. If nothing else, streaming makes hobby time vastly more productive.

Here he is in all his horrific glory:

The lightning looks OK. Not amazing. I think it needs to be a lot sharper and I feel I need some more practice at this before I tackle Sevatar. He will be started next week – yikes.

I do like the skin cloak he is wearing. I like how that turned out and think the blending of the colours works. I will be using that mix again,

Tomorrow, I plan to build the tech-priest. He is made of fine cast however so expect lots of ranting and moaning about how rubbish that material is to work with. I am undecided whether I am going to stream as yet, we shall see! I have enjoyed it so far, so it is quite likely I will.

40K · Charity · painting · Wh40K

Paint-a-thon: Complete

Yesterday, Jenn and I sat and painted for 12 hours to raise money for cancer charities. It was a really fun day and we managed to paint our way through 18 miniatures. More importantly, we managed to raise £560, smashing out target through and through.

Here are the pictures of the day:

Highlights of the day include:

  • Home Bargains ‘liking’ the Home Bargains Marine on twitter
  • Jenn confessing the attraction of Blood Letter butts.
  • Hanging out on the twitch stream with some cool people.

As for the miniatures. They are going to be sold by secret auction in a few days time, the proceeds of which will go towards the final total of the event.

If you want to donate in the meantime however, here is the link:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/paint-a-thon

40K · Golden Demon · hobby · painting · Warhammer 40k · Wh40K

Diorama Update: The Plague Marine

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.

40K · Golden Demon · painting · Warhammer 40000 · Wh40K

Diorama Update: The Nurgling and foes

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!!

40K · Golden Demon · painting · Warhammer 40000 · Wh40K

Diorama Update: Hormagaunts

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.

Place everything

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.

40K · Golden Demon · miniatures. · painting · Uncategorized · Wh40K

Diorama Update – The Brood Lord

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:

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Both need touch ups and adjustments, but that can happen when I come to glue them together properly and place them.

Next job: Hormagaunts.

40K · Golden Demon · painting · Uncategorized · Wh40K

The Sorcerer

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!

40K · space marines · Warhammer 40000 · Warhammer 40k · Wh40K

Diorama Update – The Night Lord

Seeing as today everyone had either gone back to work, or gone home, I had the time to work on the miniatures for the diorama. The Night Lord’s head had been dropped off and I thought it would be a good opportunity to get him all finished off.

The first decision I made was about his bat wings. I decided to go with red rather than black as I wanted them to stand out. This was the right choice, as you will see below. When it was all done and I was mostly happy with him. I put him together and he looked like this:

Now, I was very pleased with this result, so I couldn’t resist seeing roughly what he would look like when on his opponent. Once again, I was exceptionally pleased with how it is going to look.

Look at him! Jumping on a Brood Lord, about to stab him in the brains. There is still a few things I plan to tweak here and there. I might try and get it so the claws are already in the Brood Lord’s head, but we shall see.

Now all he needs is a name and a reason to be in the Warband…

40K · figures · hobby · Wh40K

Sevatar off is on!

A few days ago while going about my daily twitter perusing, I was challenged by a friend. I cannot remember the exact wording but I do know that this was not the sort of challenge I would back down from. The miniature that was settled on was Sevatar. I’ve recently read Prince of Crows and am on a bit of a Night Lords kick at the moment so I was only too happy to use this as an excuse.

Today, I picked up the miniature while on a jaunt to Warhammer World for no reason whatsoever…

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Now you too have seen First Captain Sevatar’s bits…

While I was chilling out over food and a beer, I realised that an impartial judge was going to be needed to inform us which would be the winner. It was suggested that we needed celebrities to do so. Using the joy that is social media, I tagged a few authors who might be interested expecting nothing in return. How wrong was I!

Gav Thorpe was the first to respond, saying that he would be happy to help. Bees followed shortly afterwards, as did Dr Dave. The last two shocked both office and myself…

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This was a surprise to both Office and myself. Neither of us expected this sort of celebrity response. After a quick natter with Office, we have decided on these details:

Battle of the Bastard!

Deadline: 31st May.

Judges:

Gav Thorpe, Bees, Dr Dave, Aaron Dembski Bowden, Disarmonia.

Miniature: First Captain Sevatar.

May the best painter win!!

40K · hobby · Wh40K

Time for a Change.

Usually, I keep this blog for my hobby related exploits, but I feel I need to speak about the largest change I have made in my life and the uncertainty that brings. As many of you are aware, I have been in the teaching profession in one way or another for the last seven years. It had been a rollercoaster and I hace decided, for health reasons, that it is time to step off and do something else.

The last week has been difficult for a number of reasons. The class I have taught this year have been th best set of children I have ever had and I will miss them. I know they will miss me too.

One of the hardest parts was Tuesday, when it was the last Warhammer Club. The children were confident enough to run their own game, using the miniatures they had bought and painted themselves. I spent the hour showing those that were not playing how I would go about painting one of the ghouls a member had brought in.

I introduced wet blending and some drybrushing before leaving the little guy on my desktop to dry. Bob was concerned about this intruder but thankfully, there was no trouble…

I also let the children take the miniatures home and I certainly hope they continue with the hobby. They certainly seemed interested in it and it had been a true honour to show them how much fun miniature gaming is.

The rest of the week was a mix of fun. On the last day, we watched Disney’s Robin Hood, had a Just Dance contest and played a lot of games. I was thoroughly spoilt and saddened to see the children go. I shall miss collegues and have made some great friends as well. I have packed away the post it note pictures, brought my miniatures home and managed to relax a little too.

There is one thing on my mind at the moment however, and that is ‘What now?’ Education had been the centre of my life for seven years and now I am left wondering what to do. I am fortunate enough to not need to find work immediately, however that is not indefinite. I know something will come along when it is ready and I will find work, until then, I am going to try and take some commissions and spend some time in the hobby room painting.

Incidentally, if you are interested in commissioning me for painting, here is a link to the information you need:

https://blackhandmarines.com/commissions/