Sunday, 25 September 2016

WIP Dark Angels

Some quick WIP shots here...

Dark Angels - I'm trying to riff off 2nd edition here. I've still to go and add the detail like squad numerals and some chequerboard personalisations.  

Thursday, 25 August 2016

25mm (heroic style) - puny humans

This isn't everyone's cup of tea. Most people seem to go to the trouble of 'bigging up' their Astartes to make them true scale or art scale (both terms I really can't stand.)

I went the opposite way... I scaled down the humans. Totally easier. Here's my rationale:

  • This project is for a self contained heresy era Astares and human collection - no other ranges will pollute the overall cohesion of the project.
  • Bigging up all the Astartes is a lot of wasted effort
  • If you make your Astartes larger, then the tanks and warmachines look too small... really you should big up all the other Astartes pieces too.
  • Nostalgia - all my old Rogue Trader era plastic guardsmen were this size...

Easy decision for me, so I created a little multi part guardsmen range that would scale with the Astartes.

5 Greatcoat legs
5 Greatcoat torsos with guns (single piece)
3 blank torso's for conversions
35 heads (Yep 35, 7 different styles, 5 copies of each)

Everything went into a single 12" silicone mold plate and was spun in metal.

The masters

WIP shots



first assembly, with some sculpting

and some painting

So this heresy era Imperial Army regiment, as yet unnamed, will be allied to the Word Bearers and turn upon the Ultramarines. There will of course be a Calth defence force in full Ultramarine liveries, but that's for another day.

#### a note on army composition: I'm not following any army list or restrictions, this is freestyle - Astartes will be in units of 5, Imperial Army in units of 7 or 8 ###

Next up will be some leaders and special weapons to go with the riflemen, just to add a little flavour. I can't wait to make a standard bearer too! 

Thematically they aren't going to be full on chaos yet, only the early stages of the taint - just another regiment following their Astartes orders. 

Monday, 22 August 2016

Blog Rebooting......

I'm rebooting this blog, it will continue my Inquisitor inspired 40k miniature and will expand to include my Betrayal at Calth purchases, and other general 40k items.

The miniatures and collections are being split into 3 project:

30K - Calth 

Ultramarines and the Calth defence force vs Word Bearers and some traitor regiments. This will be a mix of Betrayal at Calth and Dark Vengeance, along with small scale humans I sculpted and cast specifically for this project. 25mm heroic humans makes the Astartes look huge.

These will be small scale armies, 40 minis max, with the intention of playing some little 40k second edition games!

40K - Inquisitor

Skirmish! Inquisitors, cultists, mechanics, etc. All the dark gothic stuff using 28mm heroic style. Unlikely I'll have Astartes in this.

41K - Desolation

A rough idea, after the fall of the Imperium, the Astartes found small empires! An excuse for my Dark Angels to get some little 25mm heroic humans in dark angel livery!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014


It's been a few months since I sculpted so here's some basic stuff as I try to warm up:

Monday, 21 April 2014

Test miniatures for a few factions

Some more paint jobs for this project. I'm still finding my feet with heroic style. In terms of photography my natural style is to use a light tent, daylight bulbs and to ramp up the brightness and expose everything (even the flaws). I notice that a lot of 40k blogs generally use a darker and ambient lighting and black backgrounds, I like this a lot but feel it can hide a lot of the miniature which I'd rather have on show. If I could pull it off though, darker would be my preferred presentation method.

There's not a lot differentiating the Guardsman and the Traitor at this point in time, subtle differences play their part of course but with a near identical colour scheme they are easily confused. I'll need to explore ways to rectify this as I progress the rest of their comrades.
(This is the first ever plastic Cadian I've painted, I previously collected them when they were in metal for second edition..)

This guy is based on a design I've been mulling over for a number of years, Redcoats, with Shakos. If you're interested in converting your own, the basic mini I've used is actually the original sculpt for a squad available on sale at Troll Forged Miniatures:

The Mechanicus guy is simple enough but for future miniatures I'll be sculpting more cogs, icons and identifiers. If you notice, especially around the shoulder pads, I've tried to emulate what a plastic figure would look like – zero undercuts and softer edges/details. (I originally sculpted this with casting in mind but veered away near the end).

First test on a Dark Angel. Not sure I like it... more experimentation to follow. I've not painted a marine in about 7 years or so...