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Book Review: Blood of Sanguinius – Darius Hinks

It’s been a while since I have done a book review, though that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading. I have indulged in a lot of short stories, which would take forever to review them all. It doesn’t mean they are not good, or engaging and they certainly are worth reading however I would be here forever if I posted about them all.

One group of short stories has led me down a rather delightful path, and those feature the oddity that is Mephiston. Recommended by a close friend, I decided that it was time to venture out if the realms of chaos and see what the Imperium had to offer. I must say I was very well surprised with the two short stories: Eclipse of Hope and Lord of Death by David Annandale, however the character really comes into his own when penned by the capable hand of Darius Hinks.

Technically, the language is beautiful. While reading, there were no clumsy sentences, wonderfully crafted metaphors which were wrought in a careful, considerate way. Hinks’ choice of language complimented the carefully crafted world he created for the story and it was neither heavy handed or awkward. The pace of the novel was excellent and it kept me turning the pages until many a small hour – always a successful point. I was gripped.

What truly seized me however were the interactions between the three main protagonists. After reading a lot of novels set in the realm of chaos, it was a true pleasure to read about characters that liked one another. The dynamic between the young Antros, the older, sterner Rhacelus and the enigmatic Mephiston is expertly executed. The three compliment one another, even if they often do not understand each other. I never felt as though there was deceit between them and it was clear that although there was definite fear of death, none of them would die alone.

I don’t post spoilers in my reviews, but I want to discuss one point at the start of the book that was refreshing. Antros seeks the aid of a guardsman in locating a position in a dangerous place. When the inevitable danger occurs, he is desperate to ensure the guardsman survives. The fact that there are Chapters that still regard mortals as valuable and worth saving was brought into this novel clearly, however it never forgot the elements of Grimdark that are associated with Warhammer 40 000 either.

Darius Hinks has done a wonderful job with this novel, and I do look forward to reading the next one, right after Devastation of Baal, which is what I am chewing through rapidly at the moment.

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Warhammer 40K Open Day – 2019

I love going to open days. I love the atmosphere, meeting the design and studio teams and seeing people that I don’t see any other time of the year. The exhibition had changed somewhat and I took a lot of pictures as we discovered new pieces. I’ll start with those and then look at the design studio stuff!

Highlights of the exhibition include: Imperial Fist and Crimson Fist guts, Space Marines on dinosaurs, Sanguinius beating up daemons and the Bonereaper display in general.

The best part about these days, is being able to speak to and interact with the design teams. Seeing the concept art – with actual artiss working as we speak – is a real treat and the enthusiasm shared with them is infectious. Being able to share how evokative and inspiring some of the art work is a delight to them, and to share experiences is really lovely. This was gifted to my by Lewis Jones, one of the artists, and it shall take a place of pride in the house, once framed of course:

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I need to name this cheerful fellow…

I also managed to look at a lot of new releases and future plans, I have seen the brand new Sisters of Battle box adn the miniatures it contains as well. We also managed to talk to the designers of the new Necromunda box set and scenary. I congratulated the maker on how disgustingly gross it was too. There are a lot of pictures here as well, and a lot I was excited about!

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I was not allowed to look inside this shiny new book.
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New Admech fliers look really cool!

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Goggles man is the king of vision!

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The digusto-pit, or corpse-starch factory…

 

And a final mention for this larger fellow, who I cannot wait to get my dirty heretic hands on and have my way with…

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Spikes are a bit chaosy… But also this guy is so cool!!
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Striping Paint

All of us, at some point in our time as miniature hobbiests, have bought or painted a model that has not been to our standard. It leaves us with the choice of what to use to remove the paint so we can start again on the miniature.

Yesterday, I worked on an old metal Mephiston who I was presented with. Unfortunately, I neglected to take a picture of what he looked like before I got to work but I can describe him. You couldn’t see any details on the miniature. Mephiston has some very intricate musculature carved into his armour, you couldn’t see that either. The paint was caked on, and caked on thick!

I had two product options. One was Biostrip, the other Paint Killer by Scale 75. I started with the Biostrip, which looks like PVA glue. The miniature was pretty bad, so I put him in a bath of it for about 40 minutes.

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I scrubbed him with a toothbrush (an old one!) and some of the details began to show through. I then repeated the process and low and behold, there was some of the metal! Oh my.

It wasn’t enough though, he was still covered in the thick paint, so I moved on to Paint Killer. Now, Paint Killer is not odorless, so I had to stick the extractor for the airbrush on while I did this. Smelled like surgial spirit and it was strong.

Again, I left Mephiston to sit in this potent liquid (good job he is a Space Marine) for a good soak.

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To get into all the hard to reach areas, I used a hard bristled brush with trimmed bristles. After that, I switched to a tooth pick and then a pin, to get out the last little bits. It worked though and the effort paid off. Look at how shiny he is now!

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Blinding Heretics is valid, right?

His power pack will be replaced. It was plastic and instead of striping it, I will just get a new one. He does need a base as well, so I wil be strimming off the strip of metal at the bottom and attaching him to an appropriately sized one before painting him. I think I will probably keep him as well, he can go and pull faces at Abaddon the Despoiler through the glass while the Ultramarines keep an eye on him.

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Mephiston

This isn’t going to be a massively long update today, but I wanted to share Mephiston with everyone. I finished him yesterday, and he is going to be a present for a friend’s birthday. She has already seen him so I have no worry about it being spoiled. Anyway. although he was finecast, and I did have to do a fair bit of cleaning up, he was a lot of fun to work on and different to the usual heretics I paint.

Here he is, in all his red glory!

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In other news, Stormcast Eternals are not so bad to paint…