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The Great Skeleton Revival

When I started painting, at the tender age of 14, I was a goth. I wore black, listened to The Sisters of Mercy a lot and painted undead. It suited me to the ground and although I wasn’t all that good at painting, I loved it.

A short while ago, one of the Foundry orders was to paint a vampire on a horse. I was taken back twenty something years to my early painting days and found myself wanting to paint undead again.

One trip to Stronghold Games in Hull later, I found myself with a start collecting box of AoS Soulblight Gravelords and a colour scheme in mind.

Although I have been busy with work miniatures, I managed to squeeze in some time to paint these little gems:

I love them. 14 year old goth me loves them. Neon green paint is a bit of an interesting addition but I feel it works well.

I also have a huge box of the Mortal Realms Night Haunts hanging around so you can bet on it they will be seeing some paint in the not too distant future!

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The Coolest Notebooks!

As some of you know, I indulge occasionally in Live Action Role Play. With the pandemic easing off, we’ll soon be allowed back out in the field again. Time to shed the weight, get fit again and get running about in the woods, be it in Post Apocalyptic Style, or High Fantasy. Last weekend was LarpCon – albeit in a different form. Outside in the sunshine and ticketed so as not to overcrowd. There were plenty of traders, plenty of hand sanitizer and lots of seeing old friends again, and meeting new ones.

I did manage to pick up a few things, but my favourite purchase was a hand bound book in green leather and gold metal. Anyone who knows me, knows I love notebooks and this one just had to be mine! It is far too heavy to carry around as a spell book, but I had to have it anyway.

The lady who made it was a lovely person too. She makes all her books by hand, which is quite a skill, and I happened to catch sight of some of her calligraphy too, which was awe inspiring. She has other glorious notebook for sale – some of which I have pictured here, and she can be found on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/tonilea.marris

Or send her an email t.l.marris01@gmail.com

Here are some of the books she had made lately, which are currently for sale. You’ll have to get in touch with her to find out prices, but please, please do. They are wonderful creations!

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Iron Warrior update!

I have begun the task of fixing up and touching up some of the Iron warriors. I’ve decided to focus on the infantry to begin with and have been doing one a day. So far it’s been good fun.

One task was to repair the casualties, which was just a case of matching the bits to the broken minis and regluing them.

Five need pinning but that can happen at a later time. Here are the finished ones.

I am enjoying this project greatly, and doing one a day is a surprisingly quick way to get through them. 84 left to go!

Then vehicles… yikes.

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Death Guard.

Just a quick post today to show off some Death Guard miniatures I have painted for a regular. They will be featured on his YouTube channel at some point in the near future.

This is a link to one of his videos, featuring the miniatures I have painted in the past – worth checking out for sure!

I’m very pleased with how these turned out and it was quite difficult to send them away.

The base with the leaves and water effect I was particularly pleased with.

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Project: Iron Warriors.

I recently bought an Iron Warriors from a friend in Europe. Mostly to help them out rather than because I needed them.

When they arrived, they had sustained severe damage during transit, which was disappointing. One of the tanks in particular was in quite poor condition due to the damage it sustained.

I am not an expert with resin, so I got in touch with one for advice and help. Leaky_cheese to the rescue!

So, instead of despair and a pile of broken bits, I now have a project. I will be painting one Iron Warrior a day from the infantry, and Cheese will be helping me fix the bigger stuff.

I have already started – here is the Iron warrior I touched up today.

I have a lot to do, and it is a shame they sustained the damage, but with a bit of time and effort, they’ll be great!

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Orks orks orks!

I live orks, and they are high on the list of next army should I ever manage to finish any of the ones I am working in personally. I like the silliness that comes with them, and the conversion potential for nearly everything is amazing.

I had these ones kicking about so decided to put them together and paint them up as a reminder of how to paint more than anything else:

I am pleased with how they turned out, and hope to do more orks in the future.

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Minecraft – St Basil’s Cathedral

As some of you know, I really enjoy playing Minecraft. I have spent a great many hours creating things in the game. I have tinkered with villages and created a city, explored vast planes, captured horses, created a zoo and built many structures. One day, when lacking inspiration, I turned to the internet for help. I found a website called grabcraft and spent a long time exploring and deciding what to build.

I settled on this:

This is St Basil’s cathedral in Moscow. A building I think is stunning and would love to see in real life. While we are not allowed out, building my own one will have to do.

It was 18,000 individual blocks and took more than a few hours to construct. Here is the finished result:

Turns out that Xbox sreenshots are rather dark. I shall try and get some brighter ones at some point.

Either way, I am pleased with the result and thoroughly enjoyed building this. I shall be looking for my next project very soon!

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Greenstuff and Ahriman.

There are a couple of things I have been up to lately that I want to enthuse about. The first being my adventures in trying to make things with green stuff. I have learned that I am not very good at it, and it is harder that it looks. I have made a feathery chest on a Tzeentch bird, and I have also padded out an augmetic leg.

I learned that mixing greenstuff is better than the liquid stuff, and that water is good to stop it being too sticky. I’m pleased with the results so far and can only keep trying to practice.

I have also started working on an Ahriman diorama idea I have had floating about on my mind for ages. An excuse to patient galaxy stuff and try out water effects:

I will explain more in a different post but wanted to share my work so far! I love painting galaxys!

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Hobby Challenge Day 4 and 5

I was sneaky and got two done on one miniature. They were finish a character and use a technique you haven’t used much before. So I finished of the Hook Elf for my army of Swamp Elves and tried a bit of object source lighting on him, something I have not done a great deal of before. Here he is:

I am pleased with how he turned out. He matches the other Elves well but has a little more detail actually pulled out on him. I layer blended the cloth as well to give it a bit more depth. I am enjoying using green, as this is a colour I haven’t done much with as yet. I’m also proud of the base as this uses materials I am not so comfortable with yet.

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Hobby Challenge – Day 3: Swamp Elves

I started an Age if Sigmar army a while ago and went for Deepkin. I’ve not done anything ‘elfy’ before so wanted to do something different. I also really liked the Deepkin miniatures so that helped.

I did not want to copy the paint scheme from the book so thought about other biomes with water. Swamps came to mind and so I thought I would take that as a theme. I opted for greens and browns as the base colours, and then green tinged silver for metallics. These are the first finished squad, they are not my best work by far but they are a good first try in my mind.

The bases were the hardest part, I used mud texture paint and then mixed some sepia wash with some water resin to get the muddy water. I used some old bristles for reeds, some coral bits for plants and some dark brown flock as well. I might try adding some green onto the next set as they are a bit dark still.

I also need to finish the character, but that will come tomorrow, as well as airplanes!