Category Archives: Space Marines

Riptide WiP and Darnarth Lysander

Two WiPs for tonights blogging efforts, First up is the start of my Tau Riptide. After cutting away the locating pins, I found the kit to be immensely posable. The base is a cut away section of the Blastscape scenery from GW.

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Whilst I’ve been painting up a terminator for a tutorial, I also took the time to paint up the armour on my all-time favourite Space Marine character, Darnarth Lysander.

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Mac and Dillon from Predator, a Dryad and more Lamenters.

The characters for the predator diorama are progressing nicely, I mixed up a spot on skintone for Mac and Dillion using rhinox hide and bugmans glow, the highlights are very very subtle but were created by adding a touch more bugmans glow and a dab of cadian fleshtone to the base mix.

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Next on the frankly enormous list of projects is a wood elf army, and here’s a WiP of a dryad (since this picture was taken I’ve added a few glazes and scratches.)

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and lastly, here’s some more lamenters!

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Lamenters Space Marines

One of the bigger projects we have on at the moment (but not the biggest, more will be revealed in coming weeks) is a Lamenters Space Marine army, which so far, has been a blast to paint.

For anyone wishing to recreate this particular scheme it’s very important that you start with a brown basecoat. Why you ask? well, black tends to have tiny amounts of blue mixed in to give it depth, and we all know what happens when yellow and blue get together.

For this armour we’ve used a vermin brown basecoat (its and old discontinued GW colour but any darkish sandy brown will do the trick).

next we’ve airbrushed yriel yellow as the next layer, focusing on the uppermost parts of the models . After that its Flash Gitz yellow followed by a 50/50 mix of Flash Gitz yellow and White Scar, both through the airbrush and with the area they cover getting smaller as the colours get lighter.

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Edge highlights were done with VMC (Vallejo Model Colour) Pale Sand and then the whole thing was glazed with GW Lamenters yellow, which tied everything together nicely.

The chips were sponged and brushed on with Eshin Grey and a thin highlight placed underneath each chip and scratch with Pale Sand.

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So far we have an assault squad and a tactical squad done this way, with a unit of terminators and several drop pods also to be done.

This is a quick run-through which is hopefully easy to follow, but there is a step-by-step on the way which will go all the way to a completed figure.

Thanks for reading!

Darkest Vengeance

Well, it looks like I’m slowly getting the hang of blogging In a reasonably timely manner (instead of having a bit of a ‘moment’ around 11pm and posting very late). Today’s shiny pictures are of my Disciples of Caliban, finally finished and photographed with some degree of success.
To be honest I probably won’t carry on with the army as something just doesn’t feel right. I think there’s a lot to be said for picking an army based on their background, it’s a very personal thing and speaks to us wargamers in a special way. You have to feel a connection with the army you pick, and thus far, neither Dark Angels or Disciples of Caliban have made me want to do anything more than the odd character or single squad. Space Sharks, however, are a different story, I adore their very limited fluff and like the tribal style designs shown in Forgeworld’s Badab wars books. Both versions of their chapter name however are very silly. Anyone that has any suggestions is welcome to chime in on the comments….not blood angels though, anything but the space vampires.

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Keeping up appearances

Blimey, keeping to a one post per should rrally not be difficult, but here I am, fairly late in the evening, suddenly realising that I’ve not done a post yet. Today has mostly been a catch up session for my disciples of caliban army I’ve been tinkering with. Not my favorite choice to start an army with, but as I had the dark vengeance box set lying around, a dark angel themed chapter seemed logical. Gut instinct is telling me to use these to fund a primarily forgeworld iron hands, space sharks or ravenguard force. So far I’m undecided.

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There’ll be some better pictures tomorrow when I do my ‘tidy up and photo’session. I make such a mess and have so many paints out during a project that once its finished I have to have a massive tidy up of the desk so I can take some decent photos of the finished mini, and it also helps as that simple act of tidying seems to clear the mind and get me excited and ready for the next awesome project.