LED Miniature Makers of Social Media 2022

About a year ago I published an article looking at other LED miniature makers in the online community. I thought it was about time to do the same thing again and celebrate other members of the Instagram and Twitter LED miniature community. Embedded below are some of my favourites, presented in no particular order. Why not take a few minutes to check out their work, and if you like what you see then give them a follow!

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Let’s start with Doc Brown, whose LED and motor work is absolutely incredible! Check out the Chaos Mauler Fiend below with moving tentacles! Doc Brown also does a good line in LED and motorised Necrons and Kharadron.

technicalrunnerd

A true follower of Chaos, Paul is always coming up with new and inventive ways to use LEDs in his Emperor’s Children and Nurgle Daemon armies.

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Alex is a LED-miniature-making-machine, seemingly pumping out endless LED armies. Check out his Instagram for Necron, Chaos and Space Marine models. He takes commissions too, so why not drop him a DM if you’re in the market for some custom LED work?

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Jesse has made some beautifully grimdark Necrons, Chaos, Space Marines and Undead with LEDs.

stephaneimbert

Stephane has many amazing display boards on their Instagram, including some with LEDs. Well worth a look and a follow!

Bobo’s Hobbies

Bobo continues to astound with their amazing LED Space Hulk project, including a digital command console! Breathtaking work!

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Ben has lots of interesting LED projects and is currently doing cool things with with fibre optics.

Ian “Wargame Trader” Wood

Ian has some very cool LED projects with Necrons. Why not give him a follow on Twitter?

That’s just a small sample of the great work that you can find out there. Many apologies if I follow your LED work on Instagram or Twitter and I’ve missed you out, it wasn’t intentional! If you have any suggestions for other great LED miniature artists that I’ve not mentioned above, please let me know in the comments. If this has inspired you and you’d like to have a go at making some LED miniatures yourself then you can find my tutorials here and supplies here. That’s all for today, see you again soon!

One Week Until Golden Demon 2022…

This time next week I will be at the Golden Demon 2022 event! I was lucky enough to get a ticket in the first round of releases, which was very fortunate considering the limited number available. I will be submitting an entry in the Open category. I’m still working on it with less than a week to go, but I’m nearly there and confident I’ll be able to finish in time. Here’s a sneak preview…

Yes, it will be Flesh Eaters related! Also – perhaps foolishly – I’m adding a brand new LED technique into the mix. Will it pay off? Check back in a week to find out I guess! As ever, thanks for reading, and please don’t forget you can also follow my Twitter and Instagram for live Golden Demon updates next weekend.

Iron Duke, 15mm Scale Land Raider

The Land Raider is to other vehicles as the Astartes are to baseline humans.

Rogal Dorn, ‘A Treatise on Tanks’

Here’s something a little different – a 15mm scale Land Raider! This cool little model was printed as a gift by a good friend who owns a 3D resin printer. He also threw in some 15mm MkVI Space Marines and a few other bits and pieces to go with it. Models at 15mm scale sit somewhere in between the 6mm scale of Epic miniatures and the 28mm scale of Warhammer 40,000. They’re small enough that they don’t take super long to paint, but large enough to tackle some interesting details.

Painting & Modelling

Like so many of my other projects, initially I said “no LEDs”. But in the end I couldn’t resist putting a few in the Land Raider to make it seem as though the lascannons were firing. This was quite fiddly in terms of drilling, and as you can see in the WIP picture above I ended-up replacing the lascannon barrels with plastic tubes to make drilling the wire holes easier. Each lascannon has a 3V Red Ultra Nano SMD Chip LED (available from Small Scale Lights) at the aperture. The LEDs are in series with their supplied 100Ω resistor and then in parallel with each other. The whole circuit is supplied by a single 3V CR2032 coin cell battery and switch in the base.

The muzzle flare effects around the LEDs – simulating scattered laser light on the dusty battlefield – are made from acrylic gel. I have an explanation for how this is done in my Simple LED Muzzle Flare Tutorial.

The banner is an addition from my bits box, which I think may have come from an old Black Templar accessory sprue. The miniature is mounted on a 65mm base.

15mm scale Land Raider next to Warhammer 40K model ‘Sergeant Scale

I decided this Land Raider would essentially be a 15mm scale version of my classic 30K Land Raider ‘Iron Duke’. To paint the yellow, I fell back on my tried-and-tested recipe:

  • Corax white undercoat
  • Averland sunset base
  • Cassandora yellow shade in recesses
  • Yriel yellow (two thin coats)
  • Flash Gitz yellow edge highlight
  • Dorn yellow final edge highlight

Although this gives a nice bright yellow, it is quite time consuming, especially with the multiple applications of Yriel yellow. In hindsight I wish I’d invested in the new Imperial Fists contrast paint and given that a go instead as I imagine that would have been much quicker. Ah well!

So now I have this model, what am I going to do with it? Well my good friend Apologist also recieved some of these 15mm miniatures, and decided to paint them as Emperor’s Children so we could have a cool Horus Heresy themed game with them! You can read the battle report on his blog.

That’s it for this week, I hope you’ve enjoyed this slightly unusual project! I have some more 15mm models to finish, so I’m sure we’ll see some more of this project again in the future. As ever, thanks for reading, and please don’t forget you can also follow my work on Twitter and Instagram.

Brother Nikko, Flesh Eaters Drum Major

Here come the drums!

Drum Major Nikko

Drum Major Nikko is the next officer to join my Flesh Eaters ‘Armies on Parade 2022’ project. He will count as a Primaris Lieutenant on the table top, with the inspirational beat of his drums representing the ‘Tactical Precision’ aura.

Design Influence

I enjoy a little medieval and renaissance pageantry in my Space Marines. Not necessarily on every trooper, but certainly on the officers. Artificer armour, master-crafted weapons, banners, falcons, musical instruments – I love it all! With this project I think it particularly helps to add to the archaic feel of an army set in the 34th millennium. Ok, so that’s still the far future by our standards, but from point of view of the 41st millennium it’s a distant and forgotten past.

My other influence for this model was the Royal Marines band. I had a grandparent who was in the Royal Marines during World War 2, and when I was a child I was taken to places like the Royal Marines Museum and saw many parades involving military bands. So I guess the concept of military musicians stuck with my over the years.

Building & Painting

The base model is the Indomitus Captain with relic shield, although his weapons have been replaced with scratch-built drumsticks made from wire and plastic tube. The drum-sticks went through several iterations. First the tips were circular, but I wasn’t happy with how that looked, so I switched them for miniature plastic skulls! But I decided these drew the eye too much, and made the whole model look a little “Chaos-y”. In the end I settled on the cylindrical shapes you can see on the finished model. The drum has been knocking around in my bits box for a while; I’m fairly sure it is from AOS Freeguild Guard set.

The LED eye on the sheet music servo skull was mostly achieved using the basic techniques described in my LED eye lens tutorial, with one main difference; instead of recasting the skull in resin I used the plastic original. I drilled a 1mm hole into the eye socket of the skull, and then a larger hole up through the neck to meet the eye hole in the middle of the skull. I then fed the wires of my 3V green 0603 nano SMD chip LED in through the eye hole and out of the bottom, then gently pushed the LED into the hole with fine tweezers. The wire then formed one of the “tails” of the servo skull. I ran the wires through the backpack, torso and legs of Brother Nikko – again, as described in my LED eye lens tutorial – to connect to the battery in the base. Then I applied a small blob of Water Splash Effect Gel, available from Green Stuff World to fill in the hole over the LED. Finally, once the gel was dry I applied several shades of Citadel Biel-Tan Green. This is to give the eye some colour when the LED is off and also to prevent the LED being too bright.

When it came to painting, I largely stuck to my previous Flesh Eaters colour palette. There was one exception though – the leopard-skin robes! This idea came from the animal skins traditionally worn by the Royal Marines band. I hesitated about breaking the palette at first, but I gave in eventually as I couldn’t get the idea out of my head or think of a more appropriate colour to paint the robes. They were painted with the following Citadel Colours:

  • Zandri Dust base coat
  • Seraphim Sepia shade
  • Karak Stone highlight
  • Screaming skull fine highlight
  • Tuskgor Fur small dots
  • 50:50 Abaddon Black:Rhinox Hide irregular circles around the dots

That’s it for this week, I hope you’ve enjoyed slightly unusual character concept! I’ll be back again soon with some new models. As ever, thanks for reading, and please don’t forget you can also follow my work on Twitter and Instagram.

Flesh Eaters – Armies on Parade update

Give me a hundred Space Marines. Or failing that give me a thousand other troops.

Rogal Dorn

Here we are, seven months into my Armies on Parade 2022 project, and the Flesh Eaters are starting to come together as a force. This is just a quick update to share some group shots and look at the last few months of progress.

So far my Flesh Eaters army consists of:

My goal has always been to complete approximately 750 points by November, so only three months left to go. In that time I need to finish:

  • Second Assault Squad
  • Lieutenant
  • Ancient Standard Bearer
  • Dreadnought
  • Display Board!

I may need to pick up the pace a little! I also have an idea for another vehicle that would take the army up to 1000 points, but I’m not sure if I’ll finish that before Armies on Parade.

That’s it for this week, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the group photos of the army so far. I’ll be back again next week with some new models. As ever, thanks for reading, and please don’t forget you can also follow my work on Twitter and Instagram.