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Freehand on the Tank.

One of my clients has recently retired from the Coast Guard, and has asked me to paint an Inquisitor and his retinue in Coast Guard colours. This group also need a super cool transport, which I have been working on this past week. He asked if it could be painted in the colours of the Coast Guard’s vehicles, with their symbol on the back. I was only too happy to oblige. It turned out to be quite the challenge. This is the symbol I worked from, and the car for reference too:

I wanted the symbol to look really cool, so decided the yellow would be a non metallic metal gold. First thing I did was sketch out the symbol where I wanted it on the tank in pencil

I then proceeded to add the gold, working up through the colours starting dark and then layering up yellows and browns until I had the effect I wanted.

I added the gems in the crown and tidied up the details.

The final part – which was the hardest – was adding the ‘Greek Key’ pattern over the top of the gold. This was particularly nerve-wracking, as if I had gone wrong, I would have had to start over again. I practiced the pattern first, then lightly drew it on in pencil. I then painted over it.

Lastly, I used bluetack to lift of the remaining pencil and the end result is what you see.

Now I just need to finish the rest of the tank!

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House of Excess, now in colour!

Between commissions, I have managed to paint some of the Foundry miniatures. I really wanted to see what ruffly pants men looked like in garish colours, so went for it! Yellow and purple are a good clash, and then add in the bright blue gems and it looks truly… bright.

I like them. I know these sculpts are a very hit or miss thing depending on preference, as with most things, but I think they’re pretty funky!

If you are interested in these miniatures, they can be found here:

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Personal Miniatures!!

I have started putting some time aside each week to work on my own miniatures. I want to clear some of my own backlog, and it is a good time to practice some skills too.

This week, I worked on some Iron warriors and some more freehand on the Warmaster Titan.

These guys just needed a little bit of touching up and dusting. They did not take long to finish and get put in the cabinet.

This guy’s weapon was broken beyond repair, so I had to look around for a new one. when the Horus Heresy box set drops, we plan on using them as Blood Angels, and I had a spare sword from the 40k ones I had a while back. This guy clearly grabbed a replacement weapon off a fallen Blood Angel!

The layer blending is not perfect. I think I need a darker mid tone so it doesn’t blend in with the light one as much.

I now have most of the troops done; just 6 regular guys, 12 terminators and then I can move on to the vehicles and dreadnoughts.

My other task was to do a bit more on the Warmaster, Captain Cogs. This machine is taking a long time but if I keep doing a little each week, then he’ll eventually get finished!

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Daughters of Khaine – Part 2

Back in December/January, I did a large order of Daughters of Khaine for a client. They were in touch recently and asked if I would do the second part. Of course, I agreed and I have spent a good few weeks working on them. I have to admit that they are not my favourite miniatures. They’re pretty spindly in a lot of places and the aesthetic is just not my thing. That said, they are well made models and I can appreciate them for what they are. Here they are in all their finished glory:

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Raven Guard – Part 2

This week has mostly been spent painting Raven Guard. They are a part of the same army I worked on a couple of weeks ago, and I have used the same scheme, only this time it included a Land Raider Achilles. This made me happy because it’s a tank, and I love painting tanks.

Here they are in all their shining glory.

I am glad to have done these, I’m pleased with the edge highlights on all of them, I think they look sharp. This makes the battle scuffs on the tank look really good – at least I think so.

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Intercessor Squad 1!

This is not my first intercessor squad. I have long since stopped counting how many I have painted. This is the first squad in 3rd Company for the Blood Angels I have been collecting.

I started painting them before the Pandemic.

I have finally finished them. I’m super pleased with how they turned out. I feel the edge highlighting is crisp and the colours decent. I used a background to take some pictures and then took some others without it.

They have now joined their brothers on the shelf and hopefully, I’ll be able to finish some more pre-pandemic minis soon!

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Primaris Dante.

I know Dante has not yet gone through the rubicon in 40k Lore, but that doesn’t mean I can’t make him as a primaris anyway. I saw several versions done by others online and decided to have a go myself.

I based him on sergeant Jovan, wanting to go for a post battle scene with some tyranids – what else would the venerable Chapter Master fight so hard against?

I have a lot of spares kicking about, so was able to gather some Blood Angel bits to use. I sliced off a symbol from a power fist and attached it to his chest after removing the skull in the centre of the Aquila.

Changing the helmet was tricky, but as I have some sanguinary guard spares so used one of those. After gouging out Jovan’s original helmet, it was a case of wiggling the new one into the gap. I used an encarmine axe as the Axe Mortalis and plan on using a brood Lord body for it to be buried in.

The trickiest part was Dante’s head. Usually, he keeps it covered but I think after the rejuvenation of the ‘embiggering’ he’d not be so worried. All I had to do was green stuff some long hair onto the mini… which was not too bad. I do need practice which might well happen this week!

Here he is, post battle and almost ready for painting!

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Building 30 Intercessors at once

I did this a short while ago. I found some of the assault intercessor sprues and decided to get them all built in a batch. We do it in painting, why not building too?

Step 1: lay out the bases

Step 2: snip all the parts out and arrange them on their bases in neat piles.

Step 3: get rid of the flash and mold-lines and glue them all together.

Step 4: find that one mental guy…

Step 5: undercoat!

Looks like I’m going to be painted some marines pretty soon!

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Primaris Blade Guard Ancient

Every once in a while, I get to work on my own miniatures. Rarer still, I get to finish one. I finally finished off the blade guard ancient from the Indomitus box, released last century (it seems).

I have a few Blood Angels and this guy was supposed to be with that force. The plan for them was to use them to practice skills on and at the end have a decent painted force. I still do that from time to time, but those who know me well also know I have Titans and I focus on them more than the Blood Angels.

It doesn’t mean I don’t adore the Blood Angels though, and after many months, I finally finished one!