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Garage Days Revisited – Part 2

They say that old Catachans never die, they just smell that way, although sensibly they never say it if any old Catachans are within earshot. This is another escapee from Chris’s garage (and for those who need to catch up on the full story you can find it here). I like to think this chap was the veteran of a fair few battles before he made his way into the dusty darkness of the garage. He’s got tough guy action hero written all over him, and regardless of how often he’s probably been shot and blown up he still makes it through to save the day. What’s more he manages it all whilst chatting on his phone – old though he is he still manages to be relevant to the millennials. After such heroics the least he deserves is to be properly painted at last.

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Humanity’s defenders being a diverse bunch I reckon he’ll fit in alongside the rest of my small Imperial Guard collection where his 1980’s action movie musculature will be the envy of my underfed hive-world conscripts.

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Sorry babe, gotta go, Sarg is shoutin’ at me again!

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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?


No Job Too Small – Part 2

Ok readers, lend me your brains (or at least your sense of aesthetics). A couple of weeks ago I showed you a work-in-progress conversion of Grendl Grendlsen, the Squat bounty hunter from Necromunda. To recap, for those who can be bothered to read one of my rambling blog posts but draw the line at two; because I can’t afford to buy everything that takes my fancy, and because I had the bits needed to make a passable version of Grendl handy, I decided to make my own kitbashed version of him rather than shell out for the official model. When I showed him here the first time the overwhelming response was “get that hammer out of his face!” Pretty much everyone was in agreement, his hammer – held high and at an awkward angle, blocked the viewers’ sight of his face and didn’t look all that comfortable for the little chap to hold either.

Here’s a reminder of how he looked then.

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Since then I’ve been exploring possible solutions and as it stands there are two, rather different poses to choose between. In one Grendl rests the hammer on the ground whilst surveying the lie of the land, perhaps casting an expert eye over potential ambush sights that the inexperienced gangers he’s fallen in with might soon blunder into, or pausing mid-battle to check on how the rest of his crew are fairing and call out some helpful advice.

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In the other Grendl is all action. Insert a bellow of “Forwards lads! Charge!” as our small but plucky protagonist leads his mates into the fray.

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The question is, which do you like better? I can’t be trusted on this one clearly so I’m agog for your feedback.


The Unforgotten – Part 8

At times it seemed like a desperate flight with a deadline snapping at my heels, at others like a heroic last stand against a rising tide of unpainted models, but with the end of the month upon us I’m pleased to say that victory has been achieved!

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For those coming late to the party, blogger Azazel has declared May to be Neglected Model Month, challenging himself and other hobbyists who wanted to take part to finish off some of those old, unfinished models which have been left to gather dust. I took on a rather ambitious goal, by my standards, and at the time worried a little that I might have bitten off more than I could chew. In retrospect however I’m pleased not have stinted in my efforts and to have managed a sizable addition to my chaos collection.

The forces of Khorne for instance grew significantly with the return of an old helbrute, a pack of ravenous flesh hounds and an ogryn berserker.

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Meanwhile Nurgle gained  a bloat-drone and a heap of happy nurglings.

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Even Tzeentch got in on the act with this unplanned “stretch goal” – a converted tzaangor.

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The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that the nurglings have had a little update since I first showed them. That’s right – I forgot the nasty green gunk on the bases. Hopefully the plague father will forgive me this transgression and won’t bestow any of his gifts upon me.

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In spite of the pressure I felt at times not one of these models took me more than an hour to finish – with the arguable exception of the ogryn where I found myself hating everything about the banner and repainting it from scratch when it was almost finished. Nonetheless, even in what was, for me, a very busy month at work I still managed to complete ten neglected models – plus the additions* to my Skaven that I’ll show you tomorrow.

*”Additions” being an ambitious plural right now as only one is actually done at the time of writing, however there are at least a couple more I’d like to finish off to join it if times allows.

Still, with none of these taking more than an hour to finish, and with a whole day of May still to go, a dedicated person could shift twenty-four models from the shelf of shame (although the last few would undoubtedly be of variable quality…). Silliness aside though it goes to show what can be achieved if one just breaks the deadlock, picks up the brush and a half-painted model and just gets on with it. All too often they just sit there, unfinished and shameful, and it doesn’t need to be this way.

Huge thanks once again to Azazel for creating the challenge, without which I would never have been inspired to finish these – at least not this decade. Now back to your brushes the lot of you, you could have finished another model in the time you spent reading this!


The Unforgotten – Part 7

Glory to Khorne – the ogryn with the banner is ready for battle!

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When the Age of Sigmar First Edition boxset was released I loved the look of the Bloodsecrator; a hulking warrior with a huge sigil with which to draw the Blood God’s gaze. At the time many people were still operating in an old Warhammer mindset and thought it would make an excellent battle-standard bearer for a Khorne themed Warriors of Chaos army – and indeed the whole Khornate side of the box could have translated onto square bases quite easily. In many ways the model proved adept at multi-tasking, as well joining armies in both the Old World and the Age of Sigmar it also made a natural step into the 41st Millennium, albeit with some suitable sci-fi tweaking here and there. As an avowed heretic and solider of the Long War I naturally wanted to put him to work in the latter setting. The trouble is, the banner is just too damn big for a human to carry – even a space marine, indeed even a terminator, is going to struggle to lug that great lump around. The original Bloodsecrator suffers not just from having a silly name but from being a model of two mismatched parts, the sum of which just doesn’t work cohesively. How is any warrior supposed to reap skulls whilst also struggling to hump this great, awkwardly shaped banner around the battlefield? The Imperium would undoubtedly employ a servitor for exactly this job but the followers of Khorne are far too practical for that, anything that hampers the spilling of blood or fails to get on with the job of slaughtering of one’s enemies has no place in their austere lives.

For a while I considered mounting the icon on a helbrute but in the end, partly because I’d already seen so many others do a better job of that than me, I decided to branch out and try giving it to an ogryn instead.

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Seeing him next to my original ogryn berserker serves as a reminder of how much my painting style has evolved and improved over the last few years. Perhaps it’s time to give the first one a repaint too – after all I can’t have the poor old chap being outshone by his younger rival. Plus he’d make a powerful-looking repurposed mining ogryn for a chaos worshipping Necromunda gang…


The Unforgotten – Part 4

What’s this? Four neglected models in one week? And the long overlooked bloat-drone finally finished to boot? Surely some madness is occurring?

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Although I ended up taking a lot longer over this model than I intended to, I’m still glad I took my time and didn’t rush it. Even with a range of vehicles now available for the Death Guard the quirky strangeness of the bloat-drone means it remains my favourite.

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The bloated, fleshy back was a real joy to paint.

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In the long term I’d like to add a couple more of these to the collection to create a suitably Nurgly triumvirate, and of course to allow me to model all three weapon options. Before I even think about buying any more of them however there are plenty more neglected models to deal with before the end of the month.


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.