Monthly Archives: April 2018

Rodents Of Unusual Size – April

It’s been more than a year now since I started my campaign to add at least one painted miniature to my Skaven collection every month. Sometimes progress has been good, sometimes rather less so, but never before have the rats marched in numbers like these!

First up we have these clanrats armed with hand weapons.

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Following close behind however we have more armed with spears.

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With the addition of these 20 rodents both squads now stand at forty models apiece, making them hordes in old Warhammer and raising the total number of clanrats in the army to eighty.

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I’ve got another 20 unpainted clanrats so I’m currently debating whether to add another squad to the army or simply expand these two squads by another ten rats each. Either way with the rank and file now starting to attain the proportions I’ve always dreamed of it’s time to look at adding a few more specialists, elite units and warmachines over the next few months.

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Get Sick Or Die Trying – Part 5

Two more shambling corpses emerge from the plague pit that is my painting desk (which is quite an accurate metaphor actually – the desk has been choked with bodies lately, littered with the severed limbs of feverish converting and – sadly – all too often the cheerless remnants of projects which have gone there to die). However as Nurgle knows such places are also home to the potential for bountiful life so it’s time to channel my inner necromancer and start resurrecting some models!

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More zombies will be on their way, hopefully soon, but first I’ve got plans to turn my attention to Nurgle’s brother Tzeentch. Watch this space.


If You Want To Get Ahead…

Remember the skullcrab from Black Edge I painted way back in June? It’s just a cracking little model, packed with character – what could better encapsulate the essence of 40k than a tiny robot-spider made from someone’s skull (presumably someone with quite a big head mind you)? Alas, for various reasons, the other two skullcrabs have sat untouched ever since. Inspired by the skullbirds however I realised it was time to expand my collection of skull-headed fauna and finally get them painted.

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A group shot of the three finished skulls together. Checking the Black Edge store I notice that the skullcrabs aren’t currently available – although I’m hopeful that Mark (of HeresyOfUs – and the man behind Black Edge) is working on them, alongside his various other twisted and brilliant creations.

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As the Imperial forces advance a scuttling wave of skullcrabs travels ahead of them.

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Whilst I had skulls on the brain (surely a normal state of affairs) I nabbed this servo-skull for a quick repaint as well.

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You really can’t have too many cherubs, servo-skulls and other skull-faced cyber-creatures in 40k so I’ll try to build some more in the near(-ish) future – watch this space!


Birds Of A Feather

This post is basically a plug for a mate but it’s also a hearty endorsement of an excellent new source of wonderfully gothic accoutrements for our hobby. Plus I just finished painting some skull-faced wildlife and that’s something everyone needs more of in their lives!

Followers of this blog will know I’m a long-standing fan of the blog Heresy of Us, especially Mark’s use of 3D printed components which he designs to include in his models. A new frontier has opened up in the hobby and, although I doubt that greenstuff is going anywhere, the arrival of a new creative medium is something to celebrate. Excitingly Mark now has a store, Black Edge 3D, where you can buy some of his designs, so I took the chance to get myself a set of his skullbirds as I’ve had my eye on them ever since I spotted them in pictures from the Chapel game last autumn.

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They add a touch of the gothic to any 41st Millennium battlefield.

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And of course they also look rather fitting in the darker corners of the Mortal Realms (or the Warhammer world if you’re old fashioned like me).

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Of course, with birds like these, I wonder what the ornithologists look like? Food for some future creativity I suspect…


Our Rage Won’t Die – Part 4

The story of this model begins way back in the early days of my chaos collection, although the seeds of inspiration that led to his rebirth are rather more recent. Back in the early autumn I started working on a small group of Khorne Berserkers. I’m still pleased with them, and the feedback I’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive, so it’s time to keep the creative pot boiling by adding a leader to the squad. Here we have the Berserkers as they looked last time we saw them.

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You’ll have to trust me when I say that the project hasn’t entirely died in the meantime, although primarily it has been resting, waiting for inspiration to strike and work to resume. That inspiration arrived in the form of fellow hobbyist Azazel, who’s been setting a series of monthly challenges, both for himself and his readers. This month the challenge was to build a model, something I don’t usually struggle with. However I’d been putting off actually doing the disassembling required to make this model, and may well have continued to do so indefinitely if I hadn’t seen Azazel’s challenge

Enter; this elderly model. I’m not entirely sure when I painted him, I’d estimate 2010 or 2011 at the latest, but whenever it was I was already old and experienced enough to know better. Take a good look at him because this is the last chance we’ll get.

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Let’s be honest here, he hasn’t aged well. Even when I first built him he probably wasn’t nearly as good as I thought he was and time has not been kind. I like to think my painting skills have grown a long way over the years (although I’m still rather taken with that blood spatter – if I may say so myself – especially as it pre-dates the now ubiquitous Blood For The Blood God paint). On the whole though, he’s ugly and painfully short in comparison to the new generation of space marines. Over time he’s been shoved further and further back on the shelf. Some might even say I’m ashamed of him.

Despite these flaws I must confess I’m fond of him and that left me with a quandary. On the one hand he really has no place in the collection of models I’m aiming to create, on the other I’d be sad to see him bundled off into a box of old miniatures to gather dust. It would be an inglorious end for such proud old warrior and I for one am not ready to cast him aside just yet. He speaks to an era in my creative development when my ideas were far bigger than my talents and I was only just scratching the surface of what this hobby really offers. That said I’m not going to let nostalgia cloud my judgement. However no servant of the gods need retire when they could just as easily ascend! Not for him the bitter, lonely silence of the bitsbox, not when he can rise again as a warrior reborn, key components snipped away and reused to allow his resurrection. Time for the old brute to get a facelift.

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Hopefully you’ll agree that he’s a bit more imposing now, whilst still maintaining the spirit of the original. Who knows, this may even inspire me to make some more berserkers. In the meantime, I await your feedback.


Get Sick Or Die Trying – Part 4

Lately my poxwalkers have been crying out for more attention (not strictly true – they’ve mostly just been making a low moaning that sounds a bit like the word “brains” over and over). The horde hasn’t been growing as quickly as I’d planned so I may try to rectify that soon by taking some time to just concentrate on zombies. In the meantime here’s two more for the slow-growing army of the undead.

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The True King Of Beasts

Behold the noble unicorn! Wild and untameable, glorious to look upon, ferocious in battle and irresistible to the opposite sex – no wonder we Scots hold it in such high regard! All too often however they’re portrayed as fey, shy and ever so slightly sparkly creatures, gentle, elegant and fairly harmless, with an intimate knowledge of rainbows and not a hint of the savage sexuality that has been inspiring artists from Albrecht Dürer to the Gardens of Hecate (and before you click on either link it’s safe to assume they’re probably not safe for work).

This model however is less a unicorn and more a beastman, also notoriously wild and sexual creatures. Somehow, however, he comes across as just on the right side of noble, albeit still with a healthy dose of independence and feral ferocity.

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The model originates from the Pantheon of Chaos range by Knightmare Miniatures, which makes him a natural pair up for this clothes-phobic barbarian.

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Deep within the forest two beastmen, one foul, one noble, battle for territory.

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