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Sergeant Flowers

As some of you will know, I am getting married tomorrow. The past few days have been a bit of a whirlwind, trying to organise various things; decorations, relatives, cakes and other assorted bits and bobs. I’ve had a lot less time for painting and playing and even less for writing. Fear not, the story is still growing just at a much slower rate than before.

We are not having a huge formal wedding, we’re not those kind of people. We wanted to do something that reflected our quirks and would be enjoyable for everyone, not one of those huge formal affairs were everyone appears tense. I always knew I wanted something in my bouquet; I just wasn’t sure what…

That’s where this guy comes in.

This is Sergeant Flowers. The history I with painting miniatures began when I was around 14 years old and is a story too long for the telling on this post. My recent ‘obsession’ is with 40K and Space Marines so it seemed like a fitting idea to have a guy with a jump pack hidden in the flowers.

A little bit about Flowers then – his first name is Iris (which is painted on the banner in the centre of the black hand). He is the sergeant of the fourth squad in second company and is known for being mean. With a name like Iris Flowers, one worthy of The Emperor’s Children, he has to be. He has served for over 200 years so far and is a dab hand with the lightning claw.

After the day,  intend to take him out of the bouquet, fix him to a base and field him alongside the rest of his assault squad. I will leave you with the shot of him all ready for the big day tomorrow.

There will be no problems with heretics or xenos on the big day!
painting · Warhammer 40k


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!

fine detail · miniatures. · Wh40K

Guest Post – Dynasty or Dallas

This is the first Guest Post I have featured on the blog and I have to admit this is rather exciting! The post had been written by Chris Frosin, whom I have mentioned before as being one of the most enthusiastic people I have met in recent times. Anyway, without any more waffle from me, here are his thoughts on returning to the hobby after an extended break!


It unfortunately doesn’t take much. Or maybe that’s fortunate, you can let me know by the end of this little post.

However, three weeks ago I met up with a friend of mine who I’d been meaning to catch up with for a while. It just so happened that the ‘catch up’ took place at Warhammer World where he was playing a small game of what I’d later realise was a new edition of Warhammer 40,000. Walking back in to an environment that I spent a lot of time in during my 20’s set my creative juices flowing again rather quickly and that certainly wasn’t ‘helped’ by the two guys I met nudging me to having a wander around the store there to see everything that had changed in the 12 years I’d been away.
Well, the models have certainly got even more gorgeous and the intricacies and details that I always loved to pick out have gotten even more precise and sharp. Unfortunately my beloved Tomb Kings seem to have been ‘killed’ off in a large explosion of some sort but seeing as they were playing 40k my mind was brought back to my small Necron force I pulled together all those years ago and a handful of Harlequins I’d converted. Now I love painting and converting so one of my first armies was what turned out to be a huge Ork force that I just kept adding and adding to; converted ork boyz everywhere, with a Land Raider based battlewagon, nobz with lightning claws and grots with guns they could hardly carry resting on their backs! If I was going to get sucked back in to the hobby I didn’t want to repeat that; but the sort of ‘been there done that’ feeling was satisfying enough that gradually throughout the evening watching Eldar PUMMEL (sorry hehe) the Space Marines into submission a plan of action was starting to form. Small numbers. I’d scanned the rulebook enough to see that I could form an elite force, maybe even a narrative army list based around fast attack detachments. Ultimately this would mean small numbers. But would I dig out the Death Jester and Shadow Seer models that I never face getting rid of, and do Harlequins again; the elite of elite, or my Necrons, an army that was more a couple of squads to test a colour scheme idea I had?
Then a further suggestion was thrown at me.
‘We’re having a game of Shadow War in a couple of weeks. Why don’t you get a Kill Team together for that and join in’
‘Errr… hell yeah!’
There was already a Harlequin player so maybe that wouldn’t be the best choice… and then I was shown these!
The Necron Tomb Blades and Annihilation Barge!
Tomb Blades
Annihilation Barge
How. Cool. Are. They!
I was sold. I had to have Necrons again and fine tune my colour scheme to work with a vehicular based fast attack force for a new Dynasty! Mine! And it was going to be epic!
That week I headed in to my local store, had a browse around, checked out the new paints (which have tooootally different names to what I remember. Where’s Deadly Nightshade for instance?!?!) and picked up a box of Necron Immortals and the Shadow War rule book. I’d managed to find one rogue Necron warrior that somehow escaped the clear out all those years ago and that, with a little converting obviously, would be good enough to form the basis of a Kill Team.
And luckily one of the positives of my paint scheme is it’s rather quick to do.
What happened next sent me down an even more excited rabbit hole but I’ll save the story of bouncing around an amazing community on Twitter for the next post. Until then, here’s the first sneak peek of the Necron warrior that I dug out of the loft (attic if you’re from across the pond)
Warhammer 40k · Wh40K

Battle Report: Dark Eldar

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…

IMG_1127 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.

With the Captain shouting at him, the Deredeo hardly ever misses… BOOM!
40K · miniatures. · Warhammer 40k · Wh40K

Painting Dreadnoughts!

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!


Also… this if you like stupid and 40K stuff, give this blog a bit of a look through… It’s pretty dumb…


40K · space marines · Warhammer 40k

Round 2: Fight!

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!

40K · Warhammer 40k

First Primaris!

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!


40K · Warhammer 40k

Release Day

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!

40K · space marines · Warhammer 40000

Battle Report: New 40K Demonstration!

So, today was the pre-release for 8th Edition 40K and we decided that it was a good enough time to go out and give it a try out. I have never played a game of 40K in my life and can count on one hand the amount of miniature games I have played in the past. It was something I was a touch nervous about, I’m not big on people watching what I am doing and we played in a store. At first, I was rather out of my comfort zone. Then I reminded myself that not many people have played this game before either as it was new rules and I relaxed.

Then I started to have actual fun.

A lot of the models in the few shots that I did manage to take were proxies, the store, which is always very busy, not yet had the time to put everything together. This happened as we played and by the end of the game nearly all the correct models were in play.

Not knowing a thing about what I was doing wasn’t a problem as I had friends about to lend a hand. I know I have a lot to learn when it comes to playing this game and it seems like at the moment there are a lot of rules to learn, however by the end of the game, I think I got the hang of it. I rolled a lot of dice and tried to stomp on the Chaos Spawn on the other side of the board.

Gradually, the two sides got closer together and  several pitched battles ensued. I quickly learned to ignore the plague zombies as they didn’t do a great deal and focus on the nastier models. One of the lieutenants survived surrounded by them and the  psyker for some time before finally succumbing to a disastrous end.

The guy with the bell on his back did far too much damage than was reasonable but he was eventually dispatched by the Captain, who was pretty hard – turns out powerfists are mean! I also want to give a special mention to the Inceptor squad, who fell from space just to blast things for me – they did a fine job of it too.

I liked the mechanic in the game where the leaders had auras (a bit like Paladin Auras in World of Warcraft) which meant I got to re-roll on ones. I know this report is a bit informal, it is built of first impressions and enthusiasm. I am sure that the more I play, the better I will get at learning the tactics and the proper names for things. Right now I am reveling in the fact that I enjoyed something I never thought I would. Yes, we have the game on pre-order and I am looking forward to being able to field some of the dudes I have painted up – that is all to come!



painting · Warhammer 40k

Painting Update

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.