Sunday, 12 January 2014

The Opening Gambit


What's this all about?

In a nutshell I received Dark Vengeance as a gift and was pretty surprised by how good the miniatures where. I've been away from Games Workshop for a good 8 years or so so this marks my return in full to the 41st millennium in miniature: with this blog I'll chart my endeavours starting with Dark Vengeance and progressing onto some of my sculpts and conversions.

I have a short narrative campaign I want to document with all these miniatures too, so there will be degree of work done on the presentation of the project. Not to give too much away but I'm a sculptor more than anything else (see my other blog), so I'll be doing a lot of one off's for this project which are already under way but in the spirit of this blog will await their appointed time for revealing.

In terms of gaming whilst I'm quietly surprised and how good the current 40k core gameplay and mechanics are, mindful that I own Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader and Warhammer 3rd Edition, I have my own rule set that does me fine. Maybe I'll show it off here.

Skirmish is the order of the day, not huge battles. Even though subject matter will include Space Marines I'll be making the squad cap 3 miniatures strong. Quality over quantity: I'm aim to make the miniatures as rich and atmospheric as possible.

Probably more than anything else, I want to make these miniatures as 40k as possible: dark, gritty, weird and saturated with northern European medievalism. John Blanche has been a favourite of mine for a long time, I intend to hopefully realise the essences of his work through sculpture and colour palettes in new ways that will inspire people.


I've been into the miniature hobby for about 20 years now, starting tentatively with Heroquest then full throttle with Necromunda, followed swiftly by Warhammer 40,000 second edition and Warhammer Fantasy Battle. Roll on the years and I went through literally everything. I still have all the rulebooks, but all the miniatures found new homes on Ebay years ago.

My day job/career is in the Investment Industry where I've managed investment teams, provided consultation on everything from Risk and Compliance to Strategic Planning, and worked for 4 separate firms here in Edinburgh.

The other blog of have, Miniatures of the North, charts my foray into sculpting and production/selling. Unfortunately Investments pays significantly more than miniatures, so it's sad for me to say that miniatures will remain a hobby for the foreseeable future.

Me vs Stormtrooper


This probably tells you a lot about their person and their methods of work, so here's my work area: the spare room.
Large Ikea conference table, daylight lamp and a 40k mug I got redeeming my Skulls tokens while I was still in high school (15 years ago I think).

Like most I enjoy nothing better than losing track of time working on miniatures. Luckily if I swivel 90 degrees in the chair I get a brilliant view... through the dining room... then through the living room. When I need to stretch out and give my eyes a rest after a hobby session I'm lucky to have the entire living room open plan with a floor to ceiling window, and a view of the Firth of Forth. This coupled with my tidy and minimal working area probably tells you I prefer to have a wide open space and a blank slate to work. I hate things being messy! (if you can see on the newspaper I'm painting on, there's a paper towel in place to catch any detritus through the modelling or painting process. It's not obsessive compulsive disorder, it's order).

And that was my opening Gambit.

Right now I've painted up my Dark Angel Librarion and 1 of the 3 Ravenwing Bikers from Dark Vengeance – expect this in the next post!

[no more scenery pics unless it's miniature scenery]

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