Crimson Fists Hellblaster Sergeant

My plasma incinerator is like the sun I never had.

– Ordoñez, Hellblaster Sergeant

Almost two years after finishing my first Crimson Fists Hellblaster, I’ve finally returned to add another member to this unit. I did start assembly work on this model quite a while ago, but rage-quit after accidentally breaking the last two pink 1.8mm LEDs that I had in stock!

The details and pose of this miniature are largely unaltered from the stock Dark Imperium model, although as you can see in the WIP image below I added an extra purity seal to the plasma gun. This was to help conceal an area of the gun I had to resculpt after installing the LED.

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The LED plasma effect was achieved using the techniques described in my original LED Plasma Weapon tutorial. If you’d like to have a go at plasma weapons but are worried this method is a bit too complex, I also have my Simple LED Plasma Weapon tutorial.

I’m sometimes asked “why pink for plasma?”. As I explain in the designer’s notes of my tutorial, there are a number of reasons I chose pink as my colour for plasma. Firstly, the range of miniature LEDs I use only has a finite selection of colours available, and I’d used a lot of the other colours already. Secondly, I’ve used argon plasma in semiconductor fabrication processes in a previous job, and that was pink, so I tend to associate pink with plasma. Thirdly, it’s pretty eye-catching, and tends to stand out among the other LEDs.

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That’s it for this week. Hopefully it won’t take me two years to get the next member of the squad finished! I’m trying to get through as much of the Dark Imperium box as I can before the Indomitus box (presumably) arrives in July. I’m really looking forward to adding the Primaris Space Marines from this new box to my Crimson Fists!

Crimson Fists Standard Bearer

Never trust a regiment with a spotless banner. These colours have flown over thousands of worlds, and will fly over a thousand more while I still draw breath.

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This Crimson Fists Primaris Ancient is a conversion of the plastic Primaris Ancient found in the Dark Imperium boxed set. Rather than building the standard model with its pristine banner, I decide to change it up a bit to more closely follow some of the classic artwork.,

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I didn’t want to exactly copy either the original Rogue Trader cover image or the updated Primaris version. Instead I picked out features I liked, such as the chest cables and firing the bolter one handed. I did consider adding the bandaged head wound, but wasn’t sure I could pull it off, plus I didn’t feel it was quite in keeping with modern lore, particularly for a Primaris Marine!

The “tattered” banner that replaces the original banner is from a Fantasy Orc regiment and has been hanging out in my bits box for ages. I considered making it a white banner as in the original image but was worried it would look too much like a surrender flag!

I ummed and erred for quite a while as to what to paint on the banner. In the end I decided to keep it very simple. In some ways I felt it didn’t actually matter what was on the banner, as it was the overall impression of a well-worn banner being raised in defiance of a hostile galaxy that I was aiming for, rather than any specific details. To paint the Crimson Fists chapter symbol I followed the freehand guide for Imperial Fist symbol that I found here.

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For the LED muzzle flare, I simply used the processes detailed in my LED Muzzle Flare tutorial.

That’s it for this week. Come back again soon for more LED fun, including hopefully some Age of Sigmar!

Crimson Fists Battalion

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Two years and ten months after posting my first LED Primaris Crimson Fist from the Dark Imperium boxed set on my Instagram, I’ve finally finished painting a minimum sized Battalion of two HQ choices and three Troops choices! I felt that this momentous occasion called for a group photo and a quick retrospective.

I was on something of a roll with my painting last week and completed Brother Isario and Brother Merius (don’t forget, LED helmet eye lens tutorial can be found here).

Traitors are a cancer, and cancer requires a blade to excise. – Brother Isario

I relish the dry click of an empty magazine. It tells me another thirty Orks are dead. – Brother Merius

With these two Intercessors complete and added to Brother Lyrast, Comms Specialist Cleulis and Sergeant Galvéz, this in turn completed Squad Galvéz…

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…which in turn, when added to my other two squads, Lieutenants and Captain, completed the minimum-sized battalion!

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I’m pleased with how they’ve turned out, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey so far! So what next? Well that’s not the Crimson Fists finished by any means! It’s probably time to start thinking about the Elite and Heavy support slots so I have a little more firepower on the tabletop. Plus there’s the Reiver and Hellblaster squads to finish, and ‘Armies on Parade’ to think about in the autumn…so plenty more to do!

Second Intercessor Squad Complete

I’ve now completed the last two Intercessors from the second Dark Imperium squad. Both of them are wearing relic helms; a Mark III Iron helm and a Mark VI Corvus helm respectively. I think I’ve written about this before, but I imagine that Pedro Kantor, Chapter Master of the Crimson Fists, would have been keen to find a way to integrate the fresh influx of Primaris Marines with the weary survivors of the recent battles on Rynn’s World. What better way to do this than to share some of the Crimson Fists’ illustrious heritage with the newcomers? Or at least any heritage that has survived the recent disasters! That’s where the relic helms come in.

These Intercessor were built using the techniques described in my LED eye lens tutorial. While building the Mark VI, I had the first ever case of an LED breaking once I had a fully assembled and nearly completely painted model! I’m not sure exactly what happened – a dry joint I think – but I had no choice but to open it up. This was a bit of a pain as I had to essentially break the model apart with a pair of clippers, replace the LED, reassemble and then fill in the gaps with putty. Back in school, my electronics teacher once said you me “your soldering is the worst I’ve seen this side of the war!”. I like to think I’ve improved somewhat in the intervening twenty years, but I can’t help but think back whenever something like this happens…

The resin Mark VII helmet the model had was unfortunately destroyed in the repair process, but I think I prefer the Mark VI that replaced it, so it was all for the good in the end.

So here are a couple of photos of the second Intercessor squad (click to enlarge). With 14 models now complete, my Primaris Crimson Fists are slowly but surely starting to feel like a coherent army.

 

Two More Intercessors Fresh From the Gene-Forges

I finished off two more Intercessors from the Dark Imperium box this week, bringing my second Intercessor unit up to three models. “Slow and steady wins the race”, as I am constantly forced to say!

With two young children I don’t get a lot of hobby time at the moment. It generally takes me a full week’s worth of hobby evenings to build an LED model, and then another week to paint it. But I’ll get there in the end!

The problem with these ‘Easy to Build’ models is that, unlike the last squad, none of them are in firing poses, so I can’t easily had muzzle flash flares. I could repose them, but that would be a lot of additional faff, so for the moment I’m content to have a squad that’s not firing. Just two more models to go in this unit now.

If you haven’t seen my tutorials yet and you’re wondering how the eye lenses are done, see my LED eye lens tutorial here.