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The Emperor’s Angels – Part 9

One more for the road! I’m going to be focussing my creative energies onto Necromunda for the next little while, barring one smaller project that I should get finished tonight, but whilst pondering all things Goliath I found myself kitbashing another space marine. Most likely he’ll end up serving as the veteran sergeant of one of the tactical squads.

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As usual nothing is set in stone at this stage so if you’ve got any feedback I’m all ears.

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The Emperor’s Angels – Part 8

So enthused am I by all things Space Marine following the successful completion of my first tactical squad that I decided to break into the bits box and assemble the rest of the assault marines. Last time we saw them (back in – gulp – November) two of the assault squad were done and looking for paint. By way of a quick reminder here they are;

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And here we have the new additions, starting with this chap in his traditional assault marine corvus pattern helm.

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Here’s another of his battle brothers.

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Finally here’s the squads sergeant, a suitably bellicose and angry looking man ready to dish out the Emperor’s mercy with a damn big sword.

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No promises on when these chaps will see paint, as I’m juggling quite a few other projects (as per usual) but having the whole squad ready to go may help give me a push.


Rodents Of Unusual Size And The Junit Round-Up

Rejoice, rejoice! If you own any bells now is the time to ring them! The ugly plague monks are done at last!

I’ll admit that by the end I was sick to the eye-teeth of them and more than happy just to call them done. The result of this is, sadly, that they’re not the best painted models in my collection, but then again they’re not the best sculpted models in GW’s catalogue either. I will however happily meet them half-way, if they make me some better plague monks I’ll put more effort into painting them.

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I used a bit of greenstuff to make this one look even more diseased and to break up the otherwise rather flat and bare surfaces, with mixed results in my opinion.

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Here’s the whole unit, complete with banner, musician and Bearer of the Word (although if that’s what a Bearer of the Word looks like these days Lorgar has really let his standards slip…).

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The way units rank up in Warhammer means you can’t actually see all of them that well but to my mind that’s actually something of a blessing.

Anyway, in spite of my moaning, that’s another unit done and a definite cause for celebration. Furthermore it occurred to me that as we’re now roughly half-way through 2018, that this would be a fine time to take a look at the progress my Skaven army has made so far this year. Here’s how it was looking back at New Year;

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…and here it is now.

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Solid progress, I hope you’ll agree! Now arguably the rats didn’t quite make it under the wire for Azazel’s Junit challenge, sneaking in last night which is technically July, but I don’t think Azazel’s that strict and anyway I’m just glad to get them finished. Certainly I wouldn’t have had the push to finish them, at least not for a while, without the challenge so, as I’ve been saying here regularly over the last little while, Azazel deserves another resounding “thank you” from me for conjuring and shepherding these little excursions of collaborative encouragement.

Two units that definitely did meet the Junit criteria however were my Space Marines and Imperial Guard squads. When I posted the marines last week I realised I was pretty unhappy with the highlighting on the acting sergeant’s legs and, although you were all too polite to comment on it, it pained me sufficiently that I went back and gave him a quick repaint. Again hopefully you agree that this is an improvement.

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And, whilst we’re turning our attention away from fantasy rat-men and onto the defenders of humanity in the far future, I realised after I posted the most recent two guardsmen that I hadn’t added a group shot of the whole squad so here they are, the completed (J)unit of rag-tag serfs, plus a Catachan who’s still on the phone.

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Indeed, by way of a pallet cleanser after struggling with the monks, I went ahead and kitbashed another addition to the Guard regiment. I tend to try and keep updates to a theme but as this one is proving to be very much a grab-bag of general updates, here’s a couple of WIP images of the newest recruit.

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I know there are a lot of Chaos and Ork models garrisoning the shelves of my house but humanity need not loose hope whilst this little lot stands in their defence.

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Having seen the progress that the Skaven army has made in 2018 it occurred to me that it would also be worth taking a look at all the other things I’ve painted this year so here they are, every model I’ve finished in 2018 (minus the Skaven as that made everything too confusing, and also not including the little gang of genestealer infested civilians that I sent off into the northern wilds in search of Big Boss Redskullz). It’s not an unimpressive pile either if I may say so myself, with everything from plague zombies to unicorn-men, and goblin warbosses to skull-faced birds putting in an appearance.

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Sadly there’s still only one painted Necromunda ganger in there but expect to see that situation rectified over the next few months. Of course that’s not all I’ve got planned so here’s to plenty more projects over the next six months!


The Emperor’s Angels – Part 7

With not a lot of month left to go the Space Marine squad I pledged to complete for Azazel’s Junit challenge is done. First off here’s a battle-brother with a heavy bolter ready to lay waste to the enemies of the Emperor.

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I tried to get him looking battle-worn and battered, and indeed almost got too carried away, so that in the end considerable time was wasted cleaning him up again.

Alongside him here’s the squad’s sergeant to lead them into battle.

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With this one I wanted to deliberately reference (perhaps even pastiche) some of the clichés about space marine sergeants. It’s become something of a running gag, unfortunately emphasised by GW with every release, that the one without his helmet who’s pointing at something must be in charge. Thus this was something I couldn’t resist referencing here, hopefully with tongue firmly in cheek rather than just reiterating the cliché.

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In the long term I’m planning to expand the squad to ten and create a more elaborate sergeant to lead them, at which point this chap is hopefully generic enough to be demoted to the line without looking overdressed.

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Before I called the squad done I also went back and, as suggested by the inimitable KrautScientist, added a blue glow to the gizmos on their arms, plus a little more in the way of freehand livery by adding their squad designation to their knees.

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Of course now I find myself very short on time to get those pesky plague monks finished and I’m less than convinced that, even with the best will in the world, I’ll be able to make it. At least I can take up my brushes safe in the knowledge that humanity’s most stalwart defenders are at hand. All together now; “For The Emperor!”

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The Emperor’s Angels – Part 6

Another of the Primaris-based Knights is finished.

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Not entirely convinced by how well the highlighting on his shoulderpads has worked so I’ll probably give that a going over before the end of the month.

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I was feeling a bit more confident and adventurous with this one so added some flourishes of personal heraldry. As far as possible I’d like to do this with all of them, to make each one stand out as a knight and a hero in his own right. That said when it comes to freehand I much prefer chaotic sigils to the more stylised Imperial iconography (which is one way of saying “I find Imperial freehand hard!”) and I’m not a big fan of transfers so how successful I turn out to be remains to be seen. I will of course be rummaging for any nicely decorated shoulder pads I can lay my hands on.

Two more to go before the end of the month!


The Emperor’s Angels – Part 5

My plan to make some truescale space marines dates back roughly a year now, to the release of Dark Imperium, the arrival of the Primaris Marines and their crude shoehorning into the background. Suddenly truescale marines could be build without all the blood, sweat and tears that it used to involve. No more carefully inserted spacers or hacked up primarchs, proper space marines for the masses have arrived! Naturally I tore open my copy of Dark Imperium, starting frantically assembling and then… stalled. My enthusiasm for the project remained high but somehow I never quite got around to actually painting anything. I poured over possible chapters, I worked out potential colour schemes but my models remained stubbornly grey and unlovely. Then, quite by chance, the gears of fate began to grind into motion once more.

It started when I was looking at KrautScientist’s awesome truescale Deathwatch. Once again I found myself looking at my own Astartes and tragically unpainted state. Picking up the test model I’d been using to explore my latest colour-scheme idea I realised he was a)almost finished and b)I liked the way he was looking. A little more work and he’d be done and sure enough after another quarter of an hour here he is. The first of the Knights Mortis is ready to serve his Emperor

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Of course there’s a galaxy full of xenos and heretics out there and no hero should stand against them alone. With the righteous enthusiasm of the God-Emperor burning in my veins I set brush to model and painted another one.

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At this point I may have become a little carried away. After all, I thought, I only need to paint three more models to make a unit. Azazel’s Junit challenge began to whisper to me in the back of my mind. Now every space marine knows that a whispering voice that no-one else hears is more often the temptations of hungering gods than the righteous voice of Him Who Is On Terra but I’ve flirted with Chaos long enough that I’m willing to take my chances. Three more battle-brothers by the end of the month? Let’s give it a shot shall we?


The Emperor’s Angels – Part 4

Having completed one truescale space marine devastator I was keen to try making a second. Whilst the first was a very straightforward build there are limits to the compatibility of the Primaris kits with the older space marine models. A bit of greenstuff was needed to lengthen the arm so that the multi-melta sat correctly relative to the body, and more work is still needed to tidy up both this and the additions to the cabling (I’m well aware that at the moment it looks a bit guff), but overall I’m pleased with how he’s looking so far.

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