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Progress

The last week of vacation is passing fast. Too fast. I still have a bunch to do at home, furnishing the bedroom and more.

Anyway, I try to do some work on my Plague Marines and I think they are coming out nice. It is a somewhat slower process than I expected but I am finally getting the robes painted as well as the ropes holding them together. The few weapon belts get the same treatment as the ropes. Six out of the ten primed models are done to this stage.

I am painting the robes with Vallejo Model Color German Grey (70995). The ropes and weapon belts get their colour from a pot of Citadel Rhinox Hide. I think it was a mistake gluing weapon and arms to the miniatures before painting – I will not do that again! Because of this I need to do a little touch up of the armour every now and then, while painting the robes. It is not too problematic but I could have saved some time on this. For repainting the armour I use Vallejo Model Air Aged White (71132).

I am aware the paint looks very thick in these pictures but it really is not. I always use well watered down or thinned out paints. I almost got myself into retaking the pictures but it is late and I need to get a lot of stuff done tomorrow.

 

 

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Codex Khorne Daemonkin Skulltaker Edition for sale

A rare collectable item has emerged on Tradera. It is the Skulltaker Edition of Codex Khorne Daemonkin Skulltaker, numbered 342 out of total 888 – worldwide! It is in mint condition and is for sure a one of a kind item.

Check it out here: http://www.tradera.com/games-workshop-c3_341005?itemCondition=New&priceRange=E.

 

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Base coating

I managed to get some airbrushing and detail brushing done last night and it felt great! It has been quite a while since I painted the last time but most techniques just stay in memory once you have learned them; “A moment to learn, a lifetime to master”. I am far from mastering anything about painting miniature models but I am eager to learn.

I used my airbrush to put down three coats of paint and then I painted the eyes with a regular ‘fine detail’ brush. Here is the recipe:

  1. Prime the whole model with Vallejo Surface Primer Black (74602).
  2. Add Vallejo Surface Primer Grey (74601) from above at a 45 degree angle to – hopefully – add a little depth.
  3. Base coat the whole model with Vallejo Model Air Aged White (71132). This will be the colour of the armour.
  4. Use a fine detail brush to paint the eyes red with a very watered down Citadel Mephiston Red. A few thin layers should do the trick. Clean up any excess with some Vallejo Model Air Aged White (71132).

A good thing with Vallejo’s primers and the ‘Model Air’ colour-range is that they are ready to be airbrushed straight out of the bottle, without the need of getting thinned down. They also come in drop down bottles which makes it easy to put paint in the cup of the airbrush. Additionally, from my experience, Vallejo paint tend to react on airbrush thinner far better than the ones from Citadel, making it more simple to clean the brush afterwards.

I prefer drilling a small hole in the foot of the miniature I am going to paint, insert a paperclip with some super glue and then stick it in cork in order to have better control over it. Since I have only ten cork stoppers and fourteen models to paint I will have to go over these steps once more after the current batch is done.

This is how far I got last night before I felt to tired to continue and headed over to bed.

 

 

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Two squads of Plague Marines

I have now reached the point where I am ready to start up the painting process of my Plague Marines – yey! They still lack their shoulder pads and the two Plague Champions haven’t got their weapons yet, but I will sort that out later. The pads aren’t going to have the same colour as the rest of the armour anyway and the weapons should be easy to match with the rest of the models once they arrive from Anvil Industry. By the way, Anvil Industry have some pretty cool bitz – and more – and I recommend you to pay them a visit at https://anvilindustry.co.uk/.

 

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Homeworld Barbarus

“There was one who came to rest on a bleak moor, strewn with the dead and scattered with the carnage of battle for leagues in every direction. This was the world of Barbarus. A planet perpetually shrouded in poisonous fog, whose mountainous crags were ruled by warlords with fantastic powers and horrific appetites, and whose human settlers, stranded there millennia before, were crowded into the lowest valleys, beneath the choking mists. They lived lives of unrelenting terror, eking out a peasant’s existence by day beneath a dim sun which never burned completely through the fog, and cowering by firelight after dark from the terrible beings which moved unseen above.”

Find more at Warhammer 40K Wikia and the Lexicanum.

 

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First Blood

Like most hobbyists know using sharp knives tend to lead into small – but nasty – cuts every now and then. Tonight I draw first blood scratching off mold lines from my upcoming Plague Marines.

Back in 1977 Marvel Comics published a special KISS comic in full colour, presenting the band as superheroes. Blood from each band member was drawn by a nurse and poured into the vats of red ink. That ink was then used in the print of said comic.

Should I do the same? I could poor a little of my blood into the paint I am going to use to paint the red eyes. Well, I probably should not. But you have to agree with that it would be pretty cool?

I admit progress has been somewhat slow but the two squads should be modelled in a day or so, not counting the shoulder pads which have yet to arrive.

 

 

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Aged pretty well

Today’s mail brought some new pots of paint and a couple of bitz which I raided off eBay. Instead of posting yet another post of the new stuff I’ve bought, I have something else to share. Recently I went through a whole lot of old boxes and among the treasures I found there was three old Citadel Colours.

The Enchanted Blue seems slightly dry but might work. The Sunburst Yellow and the Snakebite Leather however look ready to be painted with straight away. This I find very cool! As an homage to the old days I feel that I need to add one or more of these colours onto the models I am about to paint. I wonder if today’s paints will be usable still in two decades or so?

The featured image is from here: http://ars-atra.com/

 

 

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ALEX moved in

Since I ran out of stuff to do with my upcoming 40K-army – I am simply out of miniatures at the moment – I have been looking for other things to take care of. During the past days I have been working hard on organizing my dedicated hobby work area. Living in the country where every reasonably sized town has an IKEA-warehouse has its advantages. I got myself a drawer on casters named ALEX (502.649.27). I bought the grey one which I think fits in perfectly. The plan is to store all, or at least most of, my paints in it for easy access. The pots from Citadel fitted in perfectly but I have yet to find a solution for the ones from Vallejo. Maybe I will have those on a shelf or something, we will see. Anyway, I am very pleased with how it all turned out.

The featured image shows Ingvar Kamprad, who founded IKEA back in 1943.

 

 

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I will be painting soon

My most recent order of paints have arrived. I can’t wait until I get to use these amazing product from Vallejo! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get all products I need from stores in Sweden, so the rest had to come off eBay, resulting in longer delivery times. However, Ministuff is a great vendor when it comes to Vallejo and I usually check them out first when I am in need of new pots.

The featured image is from here: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/P5G3

 

 

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Typhus the Traveller

“Look upon me and know that I can slay you at will. You have no defence save one: to look into the darkness at the back of your own mind. There, you will find Father Nurgle waiting to offer you life in return for your submission. Deny him, and you are mine.”

— Typhus the Traveller, Herald of Nurgle

 

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To Skövde and back again

For the larger part of the last week I have been to my former hometown Skövde. It was awesome meeting up with family and old friends, eating great food and even look at stars falling from the sky. Obviously I took the time to visit a couple of stores as well.

Game Maniacs in Lidköping has a huge portion of tabletop games and miniatures. They don’t just sell GW-stuff but all kinds of board games. This time I managed to leave their store without actually buying anything, nevertheless it was nice to check out their shelves.

Habo Hobby in Habo offers pretty much anything any train hobbyist could ever wish for, and more. They display a lot of stuff in their shop which I find very nice. I bought some basing materials I will use in the upcoming army of mine.

Back home in Gävle I paid my favourite local gaming store, HobbyShopen, a visit and finally got myself some of that sweet plastic drug we all crave for. Now I have one box of Dark Angels Company Veterans Squad, and two more on the way. These sets will hopefully serve me well in the conversions and kit bashing I need to do to get where I want.

 

 

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Deathwatch is here

Hear hear! Deathwatch just got themselves a codex and other cool stuff. Check the new releases out at the official pages of Games Workshop. That limited edition Codex: Deathwatch Watch Fortress Edition looks damn sexy! I bet the 1 000 copies will sell out fast, like the usually do… You want it? Get it. No doubt some will end up at double price on eBay shortly.

 

Suffer not the alien to live.

The elite amongst the elite, carefully selected and recruited for their exceptional abilities, the Deathwatch are a thin black line, a sentinel that stands between the Imperium and alien threats unimaginable. Always outnumbered – such is the staggering scale of the hordes they face – this noble brotherhood has stood stout against countless invasions, and will face countless more.

Organised into small, elite companies plucked from Space Marine Chapters that have pledged a tithe of their strength in the struggle against the alien, the Deathwatch counts only heroes amongst its ranks. Each member has been hailed as an expert in his field even before his training as a Deathwatch operator has begun. His armour painted the blackest of hues, his Chapter icon intact upon his pauldron as a mark of respect to the Chapter that made him, the Deathwatch Space Marine and his highly-specialised Kill Team descend to the edge of destruction, there to repel whatever dire threat they face.

 

 

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New list with zombies

Time has come for me to dust off the old paints and brushes. A friend of mine talked me into getting back to the hobby, and to be honest I have missed it.

As always I had trouble with deciding what force to go with but the Lord of Decay surely calls for me. I’ve decided to go with some kind of a zombie-list, backed up by a couple of fellows wearing power armour. Let us hope it turns out fun to play with, and against. I would love to win a couple of games but I am not very into the whole cookie cutting business.

For the minis I am currently looking for zombies. I am thinking of going Imperial Guard (or whatever they are called these days?) mixed up with some undead bitz. Not very unique, I guess, but they look good and make sense fluffwize. The marines will likely be kit bashed out of parts from Death Guard as well as other sources. I love the idea of robes so I will have to look that up. The HQ will come out of the Calas Typhon figure.

Wish me luck and come back later for further updates. Please leave your comments and thoughts bellow.

 

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Typhus

Typhus is the most feared of all the Plague Fleet commanders. From his ancient warship, the Terminus Est, Typhus has led countless attacks against the Imperium, spreading contagion and misery on scores of worlds.

Read more at Warhammer 40K Wikia.

 

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