Showcase: Genestealer (40k/Space Hulk)

Contrary to what my recent posts might suggest, I do occasionally paint things that aren’t Space Marines! Today’s showcase is one such model, a Genestealer from Space Hulk that I have finally got around to painting (it’s only been the better part of two years since I got the set!)

As far as the painting went, I wanted something rather monochrome to let the bloody claws and the veins on the swollen head to stand out, and to give the impression the creature exists in a lifeless, lightless environment like the labyrinthine corridors of a Space Hulk.

 
Genestealer, Space Hulk, Tyranids, Warhammer 40,000

I also had a bit of fun with the photo editor… I do not want to be the Marine behind this lens!
Genestealer, Space Hulk, Tyranids, Warhammer 40,000

That’s all for now! As always, thanks for reading, and check out the About page if you’re interested in s commission! Feel free to leave any thoughts or questions in the comments below!

Showcase: Warriors of the Badab War- Lamenters (40k)

Time for another miniature from my growing collection of models showcasing the Chapters of Space Marines that took part in the Badab War. This time, it’s a Tactical Marine from the Lamenters Chapter.

The assembly here is reasonably stock, the only addition/alteration over what comes in the Tactical Squad kit is the Servo-Skull that has been cobbled together from various spare bits lying around. Painting yellow is always a challenge, here I mostly used successive washes and drybrushes, along with a few very thin blended layers, to build up a smooth colour, then applied my usual weathering methods via sponge and drybrush that I find really brings Power Armour to life.

Astartes, Badab War, Lamenters, Space Marines, Warhammer 40,000, Weathered
 

That’s all for now, more coming soon! As ever, feel free to leave any thoughts in the comments below, and if you’re interested in a commission, see the About page. Thanks for looking!

Showcase: Warriors of the Badab War- Star Phantom (40k)

Today we’re taking a look at another of my Badab War themed collection of Space Marine one-off miniatures, this time a Devastator Marine from the Star Phantoms Chapter. The Chapter’s white armour was a nice challenge, and have a great canvas for some extensive weathering techniques and even a little Object Source Lighting around the one undamaged lens on the helmet. It also helps the missile launcher stand out, one of my favourite parts from the recent Horus Heresy plastic models.

Astartes, Space Marines, Star Phantoms, Warhammer 40,000, Weathered, White

That’s all for now, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below, and check out the About page if you’re interested in a commission. Thanks for reading!

Showcase: Warriors of the Badab War- Howling Griffons (40k)

Fresh from the conclusion of my new gaming army, the Horus Heresy force, I’ve moved on to doing some Marines that are less concerned with tabletop use and more done as display pieces. Whenever I do projects like this, I like to have a unifying theme, and this time, I settled on the Badab War, a massive multi-Chapter conflict in 40k history that saw several Space Marine Chapters turn from the Imperium, disillusioned with its ideals and methods. So over the next few months, I’ll be putting together a model for each Legion, trying to capture some of their personality in the composition and paintwork.

First up is the Howling Griffons, a Chapter who rigidly adhere to the Codex Astartes and the Space Marine ideal, and harbour a deep and undying hatred against any who betray them or their Chapter’s honour. They are also a Chapter constantly on campaign, hence the extensive battle damage to this Marine’s armour.
Astartes, Space Marines, Warhammer 40,000, Weathered

That’s all for today, don’t forget to check out the About page if you’re interested in a commission and feel free to leave your thoughts on the model below! Thanks for looking!

Showcase: Surivors of Istvaan V Part II (Horus Heresy)

As a follow up to my last showcase, today I’m taking a look at some more individuals from my Horus Heresy army.

First off, a Salamander in Cataphractii Terminator Armour, toting a Heavy Flamer:
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30k, Betrayal At Calth, Horus Heresy, Istvaan, Metallics, Shattered Legions, Space Marines, Veteran, Weathered
30k, Betrayal At Calth, Horus Heresy, Istvaan, Metallics, Shattered Legions, Space Marines, Veteran, Weathered

Next up. another Salamander, this one a little different as he’s part of a Seeker squad, and since the standard Salamanders scheme isn’t overly stealthy, I opted for a version of the original Rogue Trader scheme , a more olive green with black camouflage:
30k, Horus Heresy, Istvaan, Metallics, Shattered Legions, Space Marines, Warhammer 40,000, Weathered
30k, Horus Heresy, Istvaan, Metallics, Shattered Legions, Space Marines, Warhammer 40,000, Weathered
30k, Horus Heresy, Istvaan, Metallics, Shattered Legions, Space Marines, Warhammer 40,000, Weathered

And now, an Iron Hand, again in Terminator Armour:
30k, Cataphractii, Horus Heresy, Shattered Legions, Space Marines, Terminator Armor, Warhammer 40,000, Weathered
30k, Cataphractii, Horus Heresy, Shattered Legions, Space Marines, Terminator Armor, Warhammer 40,000, Weathered
30k, Cataphractii, Horus Heresy, Shattered Legions, Space Marines, Terminator Armor, Warhammer 40,000, Weathered

And one of their counterparts, an Iron Warrior. While the Iron Warriors Legion sided with Horus against the Loyalists during the Heresy, at the time of the Istvaan V massacre they had not been purged, so in the entire Legion it’s not impossible that some refused to turn against the Emperor.
30k, Horus Heresy, Istvaan, Shattered Legions, Space Marines, Veteran, Warhammer 40,000
30k, Horus Heresy, Istvaan, Shattered Legions, Space Marines, Veteran, Warhammer 40,000
30k, Horus Heresy, Istvaan, Shattered Legions, Space Marines, Veteran, Warhammer 40,000

That’s all for today! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below, and check out the About page if you’re interested in a commission. Thanks for reading!

Showcase: The Survivors of Istvaan V (Horus Heresy)

Slightly different format for today’s showcase; Rather than go though my recent Horus Heresy work Squad-by-Squad, I thought I’d pick out a few highlights from across the force. As I have mentioned before, this army is themed around the survivors of the Istvaan IV Dropsite Massacre, the first major engagement between Loyalist and Traitor forces at the dawn of the Horus Heresy, and as such, features a lot of models that are using scavenged and damaged equipment, bearing injuries and generally looking like they’ve been to hell and back again. Throughout, I’ve done some extensive conversion work, trying to inject character into the models.

First up, an Iron Hand Veteran with a severed arm:
Iron Hand Veteran Injured
Iron Hand Veteran Injured

A Raven Guard Marine engaging in close-quarters fighting with Bolter and Combat Knife:
Raven Guard Veteran Knife 3
Raven Guard Veteran Knife 3
Raven Guard Veteran Knife 3

And another Raven, this one in Cataphractii Terminator Armour:
Raven Guard Cataphractii Terminator
Raven Guard Cataphractii Terminator
Raven Guard Cataphractii Terminator

A Salamander Marine carrying some firepower in the form of a Plasma Gun:
Salamander Veteran With Plasmagun
Salamander Veteran With Plasmagun

And lastly another Salamander, this one sporting a scavenged Night Lords shoulder pad:
Salamander Veteran With Bolter
Salamander Veteran With Bolter

That’s all for today! Feel free to leave any thoughts in the comments below, and see the About page if you’re interested in a commission! Thanks for reading!

Showcase: The Fastest Hunk of Junk In The Galaxy (X-wing Miniatures Game)

I’m back after a Christmas break with more from Fantasy Flight Games’ excellent X-wing Miniatures Game. This time, it’s the YT-1300 Freighter, or to most of us, The Millennium Falcon as flown by Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian and SPOILERS (what you do mean, you haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet? Get to it!). As before, these models do come prepainted, but I quickly set about making this iconic ship a little more special; it’s had a complete repaint and some heavy weathering effects applied.

Millenium Falcon, Repaint, Star Wars, X-Wing
Repaint, Star Wars, X-Wing
Repaint, Star Wars, X-Wing
Millenium Falcon, Repaint, Star Wars, X-Wing
Repaint, Star Wars, X-Wing
Repaint, Star Wars, X-Wing
Repaint, Star Wars, X-Wing
Repaint, Star Wars, X-Wing

That’s all for today! Any thoughts welcome in the comments below, and remember, if you’re interested in commissioning some paintwork, see the About page for more details!

Showcase: S-foils To Attack Position (X-wing Miniatures Game)

Today’s showcase is all about something you may have heard about recently, a little film franchise called Star Wars… It was quite popular in the 80s or something, apparently!

In the last month, I finally jumped on the X-wing miniatures game bandwagon; I’ve been a huge Star Wars fan all my life, so it was only a matter of time before I went for these very nice little models. As gaming pieces, the pre-painted schemes are perfectly adequate, but I wanted something a little more unique, so I set about repainting my models in custom colours. Today we have the first two models to get the repaint treatment, a pair of T-65 X-wings.

First, a fairly basic job just to learn the ropes. Classic Red Sqi
Repaint, Star Wars, X-Wing
Repaint, Star Wars, X-Wing
Repaint, Star Wars, X-Wing
Repaint, Star Wars, X-Wing

For the second model, I tried to build on the techniques I learned on the first ship, turning up the weathering and damage to 11 and refining things such as the engine glow.
Repaint, Star Wars, X-Wing
Repaint, Star Wars, X-Wing
Repaint, Star Wars, X-Wing
Repaint, Star Wars, X-Wing

And that concludes things for today! As ever, thanks for looking, any thoughts and comments welcome, and be sure to check out the About page if you are interested in a commission!

Merry Christmas, readers!

Showcase: Betrayal At Istvaan V Part 2- Second Squad Command (Horus Heresy)

Time for a look at some more of the fantastic miniatures from Games Workshop’s Betrayal At Calth set, which is forming the basis for my Shattered Legions force. Today, we have the ‘command’ models from my second Veteran Squad, a Sergeant and a Vexilla Bearer, both of which have had some minor conversion done from the sprues in the box and a little Green Stuff.

The Sergeant, from the Raven Guard Legion, wielding a lightning claw and bolter. The conversion on this model consisted of widening the angle on both the left leg and arm, to give a pose that suggests he’s calling his fellow warriors forward into battle.

 

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And the squad’s Vexilla Bearer, an Iron Hand, again converted to a more aggressive, bold pose:

 

 

And that’s a wrap for today! If you like what you see here, remember that there’s only 10 days left of my Horus Heresy discounts, details of which can be found here.

Thanks for looking! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below! Coming up next, a look at the characters from Betrayal At Calth!

Showcase: Betrayal At Istvaan V (Horus Heresy)

Time for a look at my first models from the new Horus Heresy plastic range. The army I am building for this game is based around the Shattered Legions, the survivors of The Dropsite  Massacre of Istvaan V, which gives me plenty of scope for some heavy weathering, battle damage and personalisation of the models; each one is a veteran and a character that has survived the impossible.

Today the focus is on the first three models in the army, one for each Legion, done as tests for colour scheme and style.

First up is a Veteran Sergeant from the Salamanders Legion:
Salamanders Veteran Sergeant
Salamanders Veteran Sergeant
Salamanders Veteran Sergeant
Next we have a Raven Guard marine, bearing a Legion Vexilla and with a scavenged Emperor’s Children shoulder plate:
Raven Guard Veteran with Legion Vexilla
Raven Guard Veteran with Legion Vexilla
Raven Guard Veteran with Legion Vexilla
Raven Guard Veteran with Legion Vexilla

And lastly, an Iron Hands marine with a plasma gun. The key here was creating a black distinct from the smoother grey-black of the Raven Guard, and this was achieved by applying successive black washes over a drybrushed metallic basecoat.
Iron Hand Veteran with Plasma Gun

Iron Hand Veteran with Plasma Gun

Iron Hand Veteran with Plasma Gun
 

And the three together:

Shattered Legions Test Schemes- Iron Hand, Salamander, Raven Guard

That’s a wrap for now! Don’t forget that I currently have a massive price drop on Horus Heresy commissions, so see the previous post for details on that if you like what you see here!