Armies on Parade I

On my list of hobby targets this year I have Armies on Parade. Now I started this last year so I’ve got a good head start and my idea hasn’t changed either, which is also good, I do have a habit of changing direction mid project 🙂

The inspiration for this project comes from three pieces of art work.

These pieces, all done by John Blanche, are three of my favourites and I have spent untold hours staring at them as a teen. Now I want to create something special which combines elements from each one but with my own interpretation and all three images lend themselves greatly to inspiring an Armies on Parade project.

So lets take a look at my progress so far.

Lots of materials have been combined, from 3D printed elements and plastic bits to natural parts like the branches. The ground is textured resin parts and wall filler and there are a few GW bits used as well. Long way to go before I can get priming and so far I’m pretty pleased with how things are turning out. A few more gothic building pieces are needed I think and I’ve been toying with idea of giving it a painted back drop.

Oh yes, I nearly forgot! It needs skulls. Lots more SKULLS!!!

Below is a not very good teaser shot of what my Dark Angels are going to look like. I’ve opted for a Dark Angel Horus Heresy era armour colour as I have never really liked my Dark Angels green. They were black in the Rogue Trader days and they shall remain that way! The Death Wing bone is a must as well, with feathers! 🙂

Until next time. Happy hobby!

Horus Heresy Blood Angels I

The start of my Blood Angels HH army started with making some dice boxes. As is appropriate with Blood Angels the boxes are coffins. I bought the blank boxes from a craft store in town and then designed the inserts using CAD and 3D printing them in a lovely shiny red flexible material. I then filled the lid section with Blood Angel bits to make it look like a relic. All this was then painted with the usual red and gold.

The dice fit perfectly and because the material is flexible they are easy to get out but will not fall out. The ultimate goal of this project is to make a relic type box to store the army in along with these dice coffins and other gaming essentials. I have the parts now, so all I need is the drive and time. Keep watching this space!

A New Year. A New Start.

Well here we are again. A new year has just past us in a flash and it’s time once again to look ahead and make those changes you’ve always talked about and complete those hobby goals you’ve amassed year after year and will no doubt add to again this year. It’s all great fun though and that’s why it was a complete bummer when all hobby mojo left me at the end of last year. This was due to those pesky life problems and a good old dose of depression. But fear not! I am doing fine now and have started to get the hobby juices flowing again.

This post will hopefully layout the projects for this year and hopefully I will stick to them. I’m going to make a good effort in doing so as I think that’s one of the major driving forces for hobby satisfaction, the completion of a project. The projects listed below have all been started or have the models already to start. So here we go!

1: Realm of Warcry Nurgle Warband.

2: Inq28 Warbands. Inquisition and Genestealer Cults. Scenery

3: Horus Heresy Blood Angels.

4: Keeper of Secrets Greater Daemon of Slaanesh

5: Armies on Parade Dark Angles

6: Nobles of the Darkling Wood. Characters and Scenery

7: Frostgrave Warband for BOYL

8: Gorka Morka warbands and terrain

I think it’s a pretty doable list and I’m hoping it stays that way. Time will tell though and as we are all aware it only takes one new release model to throw it all into chaos 🙂

Lets now take look at some models!! Here we have the Inquisitor warband of Meridian Geld. There’s nothing particularly inspired by this group but it is a good old solid warband, with the usual suspects. All that is left to do is add a vehicle and paint them.

Next up we have my Nurgle Champion for Realm of Warcry. The very old and very dirty Bloabech Wormfinger Pallid Reaper of the Effluvient Mire.

Really quite pleased with this one and some of his followers are nearly finished as well. They are a group of Pestigors. Below is his stat card for playing the games.

Last but not least we have The Angels Tears for my Blood Angels Horus Heresy army. Loved these models from the moment they came out and wanted to do a good job on them. I’m quite proud of the red armour.

Well that’s it for now but the aim is to get a few posts done a month so I can document my progress and share wip shots with you all. Until next time!

Harlequins

Hello all.

A week ago now was the wonderful event called Boyl and for this event I hosted a game of Rogue Trader, which pitted the Harlequins against their age old foe Slaanesh. Things didn’t go well for the old space clowns and they were cut up and mentally blasted to pieces almost to a man. That aside they are lovely models to paint and this marks probably the 20th time I’ve painted this box set but also the first time I’ve photographed them. All in all I’m pretty pleased with the effort, and what an effort it was! In my usual fashion it was a mad dash to the finish line to get things completed for the event and I managed to get these models painted ,plus a few others, in just two days. Words of wisdom to you all. Don’t do this! Painting check patterns at 6:30 in the morning is not a good idea.

With that said here they are, until the next time I need to strip them and repaint one of my favourite boxsets of all time.

Road to BOYL I

Hello all!

So I’m off to Boyl this year for my second time and I’ve been busy getting ready for it. I can’t begin to tell you what an awesome trip it is, a few days off work and a weekend of wargame shenanigans, which all kicks off, as it should, with a visit to Mecca ( Warhammer World ) where I shall empty my pockets of all cash and smile from ear to ear as I do it. Then it’s onto the base of operations and a much needed first of many beers. Bliss!!!

Lets take a look at what I’ve painted so far shall we 🙂

First up it’s an Inquisitors war band.

And they will be up against the corrupted genius of this Tzeentch Sorcerer and his trusty thug of a Chaos Marine…….oh and a bunch of Daemons.

The fight will all take place on this board. A library of forbidden lore and portals to the unknown.

The Royal Court of The Mel-lish Dynasty I

Hello everyone.

Recently I’ve been playing around with a wonderfully creative tool called Midjourney. For those who don’t know what it is it is an AI program that produces concepts and art through the use of prompt inputs. You can really let your imagination go wild with it and with the right inputs you can really create some out of this world imagery. It is a powerful tool for concept work, weather you are world building, character designing, logo designing, furniture design, building design, the list of creative applications for this is truly amazing.

Needless to say I am hooked! The inspiration has been flowing and I have made some good progress on my first Midjourney project, The Royal Court of The Mel-lish Dynasty. The way I did these characters was to create the elements using the AI and then manipulate and assemble them in photoshop and all in all I’m very pleased with the results. So more will follow soon I’m sure 🙂

Hope you like them.

The Queen Mel-lish

Princess and Advisors to the Court

Mage of the Court

Femme Militant

So I went and chopped up a rare Femme Militant miniature. It was bound to happen eventually and I think the result has worked out fine. The base model is that of Ratspyke, with a 3D printed ruff and the head of a Delaque. Her little friend is a model from crooked dice, which acts as her familiar.

Painting a Brat for the hell of it.

Hello all!

The painting mojo took a bit of hit lately and I found myself surrounded by too many projects on my hobby desk. This I find is never good as it becomes a bog of grey, primed and half painted great idea at the time models, which I may or may not get back to. So I had a tidy! Cleared the area! Arranged my brushes and got clean water! I then broke out a model that I’ve been wanting to paint for ages and thought I’m going to spend the day painting you. So I did and, ladies and gentlemen, it was glorious! The reason it was so good was because the model belongs to no project, it was painted for the sheer joy of it and that is what I was missing.

It’s not my best painting but it was nice to try out colours I don’t usually put together and the inspiration for the scheme came from a much loved John Blanche painting he did way back when Necromunda was known as Confrontation. I’m sure you know the one? 🙂

Turnip28-Sludge_1

A very Happy New year to you all! So lets get stuck into the mud of all things Turnip and Sludge shall we. I’ve been sitting on the fence with this particular potential project and it wasn’t until a good friend of mine went all ballistic with a Sludge army that things began to change. As with everything like this other friends soon followed and before I knew it I was super excited about starting a Turnip28 army with all the root veg trimmings finished of with Sludge gravy! Yummy!!

In usual fashion I went about finding models to suit my theme and began a blitz of 3D printing to stock up on bits that will go nicely with the Perry Miniature boxsets I have just bought. But to start things off I decided to make a few characters that will be the centre of the army, two of which I shall introduce to you today.

The Spud Witch! Deeply rooted ( yes I went there! ) in evil ways, the rotting soil of her creations are things of abject horror and make even the most steadfast of turnip knights dump their spuds and quake in fear. Rotten to the core and loving it, she is the Queen of Spuds, bane of worms and mistress of roots.

She also has a skull rodent familiar for no other reason than why not.

Second character and one of the Spud Witches favourite pets is Boar. Boar is a rather large and aggressive pig and his pussy black eyes see everything. Keen on truffles he also has a taste for turnip knights and practically anything that annoys the Spud witch. Loyal to the root and as angry as they come, Boar is the ultimate battering ram, manure factory and

I purchased this model from a talented 3D artist called Alexei Konev and 3D printed it using a printer at work. The detail of it is amazing and the skin texture is especially great and a joy to paint. Now you may be thinking that you recognize this pig and as it was pointed out to me on Instagram it’s actually from a game called Blood Bourne. I think it works wonderfully as a centre piece for a Turnip horde though and after looking into Blood Bourne a bit the aesthetics of that game work well in the Grim and the Dark corners of all things 28.

I will leave you now with a few images of the modelling phase and primer phase. I always like to see the working process and will make efforts to do more of them.