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The Emperor’s Angels – Part 12

I take it you’re all familiar with Azazel’s monthly challenges by now? I mean really, if not – where have you been? For those who are completely new to the idea, blogger extraordinaire and prolific hobbyist Azazel has been encouraging his readers to take part in a series of monthly challenges throughout 2018. The nice thing about these is they are generally aimed at encouraging us to complete existing projects rather than simply being an excuse to start new ones.

Last time Azazel ran a community challenge to complete a unit of models, the aptly named Junit, I took it as an opportunity to complete my first five space marines based on the Primaris models. Since then I’ve added a couple more so this month’s challenge -again calling for a unit to be completed – seems like a fine opportunity to round out the full squad of ten.

I made this one as a test model back when I was first exploring this project but somehow I ended up never painting him, so getting him finished was my first priority.

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Alongside him we have his battle brother, ready to send any heretics that turn up packing with a quick blast from a flamer.

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That just leaves me with the squad’s Sergeant to paint and the acting Sergeant to be demoted to the ranks, which I should be able to manage before the end of the month.

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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?


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.


The Emperor’s Angels – Part 2

It amuses me that the last time I showed one of these assault marines I received three key pieces of advice.
1. The jump-pack is too small.
2.The jump-pack is too big.
3. The jump-pack is just right.

Faced with such a united front  from my readership what choice did I have but to forge onwards and build another one?

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The Emperor’s Angels – Part 1

Starting work on a little foray into throne-loyal power-armour. Although historically my preference for astartes has always leaned heavily towards the servants of chaos the chance to start a small collection of truescale marines was too good to pass up. Probably won’t do much more for a little while as so many other projects are jostling for attention but wanted to do a little kitbashing to test the waters, starting with this assault marine. As ever feedback is more than welcome.

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Our Rage Won’t Die – Part 3

Another Khorne berserker comes roaring out of the warp!

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Last week I also showed you the squad’s standard bearer, and called for feedback and advice. The conclusion seemed to be a general cry of “Moah Skullz!” which given that this is a Khorne worshipper was probably to be expected. Specifically the backpack, and the back in general, were seen as being too clean, as though the warping influence of Chaos had concentrated on his front. Here’s the back of the model as it looked a week ago:

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And here it is now. Hopefully you’ll feel, as I do, that this is an improvement, if not it’s never too late to explain to me the error of my ways.

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Thomas of High Times on the Eastern Fringe also suggested that the space around the neck was too empty and flat and suggested some kind of collar. In the end I greenstuffed part of a chaos star erupting from inside his armour which hopefully does the business of breaking up the flat panel without overtaxing my sculpting skills.

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I also added a World Eater’s sigil to his knee, which seemed like a good fit.

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Here’s the squad so far ready to reap skulls and spread chaos. As ever if you have any feedback or advice you want to give you know what to do.

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