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Chaos Space Marine Raptors – WIP 1, Or: My Weird Painting Habit

01/21/2016 2 comments

This evening I started painting my ten man Raptor squad, I unleashed my spraying stick and got the lads under and basecoated. 

 

Once the second coat of Macragge Blue had dried I selected one of the regular models that were armed with a bolt pistol and chainsword and got started. 

  

As you can see I’m making decent progress, but it’s also clear that I’m not attempting to production line these models. 

Why? Because whenever I start a new unit, even a type that I’ve painted before, I always paint one to completion before bulk painting  the rest. 

I’ve no idea why I do this, but it’s proving to be a hard habit to break!

In Remembrance – The Shell Case

01/02/2016 Leave a comment

Shell Case Logo

This is the hardest post I’ve yet had to write, The Shell Case is no more.

On Thursday, Phil brought down the curtain on his seminal hobby site.  I still can’t quite believe it.

My poxy little site, and so many others, owe their existence to the example that The Shell Case provided.  We could never compete, nor did I try, for Phil had bottled raw hobby magic and it was always a pleasure to read his work.

I hope that when the time is right, Phil can return to the hobby he so obviously loves.

The #Warmonger community feels a bit less bright this new year.

Brushes Fear Me

04/24/2015 1 comment

Earlier this week I popped in to my local GW to pick up a couple of new drybrushes.  Here’s a comparison between them and the ones they’re replacing.

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Let’s zoom in for a closer look, shall we?

The small drybrushes

The small drybrushes

 

The medium drybrushes

The medium drybrushes

 

I believe that my problem is threefold.  First of all, I use drybrushing all the damned time, especially to highlight, as I like the rough look it gives miniatures.  I know, I know, I really have to experiment with a more varied portfolio of techniques but at heart I am a very lazy individual.

Secondly I suspect that there’s something to be said about the quality of these brushes.  I don’t want to start yet another round of GW Bashing but I’m certain that the older GW brush lines lasted longer.  I have invested in a set of the Ichiban Studios brushes and without mincing words, they are fucking spectacular; I got them through the Kickstarter but these days you can get some here.  The Ichiban brushes do not have a drybrush and I’m certainly not going to use the others in the set for something that heinous so I think I’ll try the Army Painter’s range to see what they’re like.

Finally, I think that I’m not as disciplined at cleaning my brushes as I really should be.  Like every other sane individual, I use The Master’s Brush Cleaner and Preserver however I think that I’m just not using it properly when it comes to cleaning my drybrushes.  I’ll pay extra special attention when cleaning these to see if it makes a difference.

My main problem is that while brushes aren’t really that expensive, it’s still money that’s being diverted from my hobby budget which would be far better spent.  If anyone out there has any tips, tricks or hints please feel free to comment below.  🙂

In Memoriam: Chaos Black

03/29/2015 5 comments
Chaos Black c1979 - 2015

Chaos Black c1979 – 2015

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the passing of my last pot of Chaos Black.

Chaos Black, or CB to his friends, was a stalwart of almost every paint collection.  Over the years he helped guide many into the Hobby with his wisdom, understanding, and ability to completely cover over any mistake an overenthusiastic twelve year old would make.

CB was honoured by his employers, Games Workshop PLC, in 1995 when they released a range of miniatures in his honour.  These ‘Death Company’ models were usually only ever painted in Chaos Black with some minor contributions from CB’s long time associates, Blood Red and Bolt Gun Metal.

Obit - Death Company

I tracked down Brother Seraphus of the Death Comany, one of the first of these models to be painted by CB, here’s what he said:

“I first met CB on this kid’s bedroom table.  There was me, all bare and metallic but he didn’t care.  As you can see, the work he did on me nearly completely obscures that strange laurel wreath Jess Goodwin put on my left calf.  In many ways he was more friend than paint, I’ll never forget… forget… for… fo… HORUS, TODAY YOUR REBELLION ENDS!”

Over the years CB, like so many, others reinvented himself many times.  No one can forget his Hexagonal Phase or the time he insisted he was shaped as a bolt shell.  But progress can be unkind and in 2012 the decision was made to formally retire CB and replace him with his oft wayward son, Abaddon Black.

Obit - Abaddon Black

I caught up with Abaddon Black a few months ago and we discussed how he feels about taking over from such a legend.

“You see, to me he was always Dad first and this painting legend second. When I told him I was dropping out of Uni to be a miniature paint like him he could have been, like, ‘No way! You’re going to complete your studies and maybe you can be a Dulux Paint one day’, he was so supporting of my decision, he even introduced me to some of the guys he’d worked with over the years.  They were so god damned cool, I knew I’d made the right choice.

“Some painters still have issues with me, they say I’m too thin or I finish too early.  Some even say that it can take, like, twelve or thirteen coats to get a decent result and even then it’s ambiguous.  I just want to say that I’m doing my best and I promise that one day I’ll make you all proud.”

Finally, I caught up with two of his oldest friends, Terracotta and Bad Moon Yellow.

Obit Friends

These two gentlemen retired many years ago, I met them at their retirement villa to discuss their time working with CB.  Time has not been kind to these two venerable hobby supplies, but after a while they were able to recollect their time working with their departed friend.   Of the two, Bad Moon Yellow was the most lucid, here’s what he had to say.

“It’s such a shame CB wasn’t allowed to come here but they [Games Workshop] kept on working and working him so I’m not surprised that he eventually gave out.  He and I had a rocky relationship, I always worked better with Skull White, rest his soul, but given time CB and I could really make a miniature work.  He will be missed.”

Terracotta on the the other hand made no sense at all.

“I can be used to paint Blood Angels!”

Sheer madness.

Chaos Black will forever be remembered by hobbyists and dry-cleaners alike.  He was a paint for the ages and it is likely that none will come close to emulating his success.

Rest in peace, old friend.

 

GW Customer Service to The Rescue!

02/09/2015 2 comments

Like so many of us, it can take me months, sometimes years, to get started on a purchased miniature.  Indeed, it’s often be said that the whole industry would collapse if people built and painted everything before purchasing more shiny things.  While this habit is an intrinsic part of many of our hobbies, sometimes it can potentially bite you in the arse.

Last Saturday after finishing my Bloodletters, I thought I’d make a start on the Finecast Dark Eldar Succubus I purchased about a year ago.  When I bought it, I did performed a cursory examination of the contents before moving onto whatever it was I was working on at the time (these, I think).  Evidently this was not enough, since when I opened the blister pack I discovered this:

I'm fairly certain she's supposed to have a cheekbone on her right side too.

I’m fairly certain she’s supposed to have a cheekbone on her right side too.

 

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Looks like her tailor cut away some of her robes. I’m pretty sure he’s dead now.

 

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Hip armour? Who needs hip armour!

This discovery presented me with a couple of problems.  While I was reasonably confident I’d bought it within the last year, the new GW website that had appeared in the interim meant that I couldn’t check for my order number.  Secondly this particlar model has been superseded with a plastic version.  Nevertheless I decided to chance my arm and fire off an email.  I was pleasantly surprised with their response.

Games Workshop Customer Service

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While I was half-hoping they’d send me out one of the new plastic Succubus models, I can’t really complain.  Plus now it’ll only cost me £30.50 to try and win a Golden Ticket 😉

 

40K End Times: Why It Won’t Happen (yet)

11/14/2014 Leave a comment

Yesterday Spikey Bits posted a letter from a hobbyist claiming to be a former GW staffer detailing some ideas regarding what would happen to our favorite grimdark universe should The (False) Emperor finally get around to shuffling off the mortal coil.  You can read the whole article here.

First of all, please remember that this is not presented as something that GW is currently bouncing around its Nottingham fortress, rather this is work of supposition and fan fiction.  Indeed this is not the first (nor will it be the last) attempt for fans to progress the narrative forward from the perennial two minutes to midnight 40K’s been stuck at.  My favorite interpretation has Guilliman healing and assuming the mantle of Emperor by stealing his pop’s corpse and thus angering his also newly returned brothers and instigating yet another civil war.  Such creative endeavors are healthy and can create nice alternative scenarios in which campaigns can be run.

Here’s why I think there won’t be any official Warhammer 41,000 any time soon.

  1. Forge World’s and Black Library’ Horus Heresy series.  GW are ploughing major resources into this outstanding series, it’s nowhere near halfway there and it would be foolish to create a third major historical setting without the ability to do it justice.
  2. Codexes, Supplements and Campaign Book.  The advent of the seventh edition has created a new paradigm which has allowed a wealth of publications with alternate rulesets and thus far I believe they’ve only released the tip of the iceberg.  I’m sure that over the next few years we’ll see more campaign boxes (Shield of Baal is arriving imminently), a continuing deluge of supplements and codexes to allow players to explore the 41st millennium better than they’ve ever been able to before.
  3. Warhammer Fantasy End Times.  While this emerging series is, thus far, absolutely freaking awesome, it’s still not clear how it will play out on the long term.  Is it a new way to play Fantasy or is it eventually going to replace the established universe?  Also, will it make money in the long term?  These questions still need to be answered and I can’t see GW taking another risk until they have them.
  4. LOTR/The Hobbit.  Remember this game?  Until GW gets shot of this property I can’t see the wanting to expand further.

Personally, I’d love to see a 40K End Times, but as an optional ruleset.  The main drawback with Warhammer Fantasy is that the Warhammer World is so small compared to the Imperium of Man, there’s less scope for stories in it so it needed a massive upheaval to keep it fresh, interesting and profitable.

When will 41K happen? My bet is a decade from now, after The Horus Heresy concludes.

Unless of course they do the Great Crusade…