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My Black Templars fought and lost their first battle last night against my mate Steven’s Eldar (nicely painted they were). I had promised myself not to play with the Templars until enough were painted, but I broke my trust with the Emperor and fielded a bunch of half assembled grey plastic warriors. The lord of mankind duly cursed my dice with his super mutant brain. Drat. Here’s an Imperial Inquisitor. I’m on a mission to paint up some of the many models I’ve accumulated over the years, so I’ll be doing some metal Stormtroopers to go with him which are equally ancient. To me they seem new, but I’ve actually had them for over a decade. I am beginning to feel a little old. I’ve nearly finished an Imperial Priest, you’ll get to see him soon.

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Nobody expects the Imperial Inquisition!


Hello, hello. My, I’ve had a busy few weeks. Been ill. Been away. Been to a wedding. Been working hard. I’m flat out with promotional work for a book right now – you’ll get to hear all about it sooner or later. I’ve had a lot of interest, far more than for any of my other novels and that is very promising, but boy, it’s a lot of extra writing on top of trying to finish my latest 40k. I’ve still got time to paint though. I have to do it, or I’d go potty.

Here’s the Black Templars land speeder that I mentioned. I hope you like it. Number two is on my painting desk right now. I painted an inquisitor the other day. I’ll post that as soon as I’ve done the base.

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I went to town on this – sub-assemblies, weathering powder, the lot!

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Top down view. The land speeder is one of my all-time favourite models.

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Are you looking at me?

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Red rims – they’re assault marines.

 


I finished a pair of Hobbit eagles a week or so ago. Here’s pictures of just the  one because honestly, how much giant eagle can you take?

I’m only just getting round to putting it up today. Busy, and ill. My cold, the one that caused me to lose my voice at Warhammer World (if you find it, please return), has now given me bronchitis. Whoopee. To make up for this slackness, no matter how well justified,  I’ll have a Black Templars landspeeder to show you soon. Won’t that be lovely?

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It’s quite atmospheric, this shot. Totally by accident. I really need to buy a couple of anglepoise lamps so I can do this properly.

 

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A blurry close-up. Need lamps!

 


Today I have TWO little bits of hobby for you. Glorfindel the elf for my Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game army, and an orc drummer for the same game. Different side, obviously.

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I painted Glorfindel the weekend before last. I’m fairly pleased with this paint job, but the amazing quality of the sculpting on this particular model made it very easy to accomplish.

The orc I’m less pleased with. This is actually the second time I’ve painted this figure. It was the first model I painted in my new house last summer. The initial paint job was better, but sadly ruined by the spray varnish I used and I had to strip it. This is despite me following the instructions exactly. I was so miffed that I’ve stopped using spray varnish of any kind. I’ve always given my models a coat of Winsor and Newton matte artists varnish to take the shine out of the sprays I did use. Now this and this alone stands between my hard work and over eager, scrabbling fingers energised by gaming adrenaline, but it’s better than nothing and doesn’t shag up the paint job.

Glorfindel is an interesting character in The Lord of the Rings mythos. All of Tolkien’s elves have unique names. But he accidentally used the name Glorfindel twice, once for a First Age Elf killed at the fall of Gondolin fighting Gothmog, chief of the Balrogs, and the one that lives in Rivendell at the end of the Third Age. In Tolkien’s notes he suggested perhaps that they were one and the same, the original Glorfindel having being reincarnated by the Valar. However, Tolkien died before he could make his mind up. I prefer this never implemented explanation.


IMG_2870 I’ve been reading about Space Marines for the last fortnight as I attempt to catch up on the Horus Heresy. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this has induced an urge to paint power-armoured post-humans, so I added another warrior to my Crusader Squad. As this unit can take an additional specialist melee weapon, I’ve given him a power fist. Smush! Bzzt! Crush!

On this model I experimented with the Blood for the Blood God  technical paint, to make him look like a killer (they are, after all, fanatical zealots). Next time, I must remember to put it on after I’ve applied my usual coat of Winsor and Newton Matt varnish, otherwise you lose that fresh gory look. Obviously.

Not a bad job, but the models always look better in real life. Photographs mercilessly expose every dodgy highlight, speck of dust and missed millimetre of detail. Seeing my perfectly painted mini become a botched maze of overly thick paint and shakily applied line effects only intensifies my respect for the ‘Eavy Metal painters.

I’ve now painted twelve Black Templars over the last year – pretty much one a month. At this rate, I’ll be out conquering the galaxy by the actual 41st Millennium. Fear me.


IMG_1616I painted this chap before Christmas. I didn’t put an image of him up then, but as pictures of toy soldiers seem to be popular, I thought I would share. He’s the warlord for my Anglo-Danish Saga warband. I’ve also painted a Viking leader. Both are on 50mm bases with a couple of attendants. This makes them stand out on the tabletop and justifies, in my mind at least, the huge number of attack dice they get.