Terradon Rider Alpha

This week I took a quick break from the Crimson Fists to make a bit more progress on my Seraphon with this Terradon Rider Alpha. The Seraphon were supposed to be my #NewYearNewArmy for 2021 but I haven’t got as far as I would have liked. Five months in and so far all I have to show for it besides this guy are the Skink Starpriest and the Saurus Oldblood! Still, it’s been a lot of fun to get this far at least.

I said from the beginning that I didn’t want to go overboard with LEDs in my Seraphon. That might be a bit hard to believe when they currently have a 100% rate of LED inclusion, but that’s because I’ve started with the fun stuff. I just had to include the LEDs for the sunfire bolas as I was fairly confident it would look awesome – and hopefully you’ll agree it does!

Assembling

Once again I’ve used the same technique to create the flaming bolas as I used for the Nighthaunt Candles – this technique is just so versatile! The LEDs used are two ‘0805 Chip LED’ 3V yellow LED from Small Scale Lights connected in parallel on a single 3V CR2032 battery. I used the LED wires covered in modelling putty to form the leather straps of the bolas. The wires then run down through the Skink Alpha’s arm, body, leg and then into the Terradon. From there they run down the Terradon’s right leg, through the chain and the ball of meteoric stone, down through the tree and into the base to connect to the battery and the switch. You can see the path of the wire in the pictures below before the putty was applied to hide them.

You’ll notice that I replaced the default flying stand with a plastic tree from my bits box. There were two reasons for this – firstly I don’t really like the aesthetics of the clear plastic stands, and secondly clear plastic isn’t very good at concealing LED wires!

I decided to paint the acrylic splash gel flames just to make them look a bit nicer when the LED is switched off. Once the final layer of the gel was dry I applied a shade of Fuegan Orange to the top half of the flames, then a yellow glaze all over. You can see the ‘on’ and ‘off’ comparison pictures below.

Painting

As I’ve mentioned previously, the colour scheme for my Seraphon is heavily influenced by the 1993 Jurassic Park toy line, in this case specifically the Pteranodon. Whenever I record my painting recipes on this blog, it’s not so much to give out advice on what is a “good” colour scheme, but mainly as a reminder for myself! But I also think it’s nice to share in case anyone is interested how a particular colour was achieved. My updated Seraphon recipes are shown below. All paints referenced are Citadel paints.

  • Undercoat (all areas)
    • Grey Seer contrast undercoat
  • Bright Red Scales
    • Contrast Blood Angels Red
    • Wild Rider highlight
    • Fire Dragon Bright highlight
  • Dark Brown Scales / Jungle Bark
    • Contrast Cygor Brown
    • Doombull Brown highlight
    • Tuskgor Fur highlight
  • Orange Crest
    • Contrast Gryph-Hound Orange
    • Fire Dragon Bright highlight
  • Pink Feathers / Tongues
    • Screamer Pink base
    • Nuln Oil shade
    • Pink Horror highlight
    • Cadian Fleshtone highlight
  • Black Claws / Leather Straps
    • Contrast Black Templar
  • ‘Gold’ Weapons / Jewellery
    • Contrast Aggaros Dunes
    • Screaming Skull highlight
  • Yellow Eyes
    • Averland Sunset base
    • Fuegan Orange shade
    • Yriel Yellow layer
    • Abaddon Black pupil
    • Wild Rider Red veins
  • Terradon Scales
    • Contrast Talassar Blue
    • Lothern Blue highlight
  • Human Skulls / Terradon Wings
    • Contrast Skeleton Horde
    • Ushabti Bone layer
    • Screaming Skull highlight
  • Ancient Stone
    • Contrast Skeleton Horde
    • Screaming Skull highlight
  • Meteoric Rock
    • Contrast Basilicanum Grey
  • Jungle Leaves
    • Contrast Militarum Green
  • Base Texture
    • Sand & PVA Glue (before undercoat)
    • Contrast Snakebite Leather
    • Zamesi Desert drybrush
    • Ushabti Bone drybrush
    • Mordheim Tufts
    • Steel Legion Drab rim

I’m really enjoying Contrast paints; they’re so quick to apply and give pretty good results! I’m particularly in love with Aggaros Dunes – combined with a Screaming Skull highlight it can really give a fast and passable NMM effect. I don’t think I’d use Contrast paints on the smooth surfaces of Space Marine armour, but for Seraphon and their scales they are ideal!

That’s all for this week, I hope you’ve found it interesting. Speaking of interesting, don’t forget that it’s the Warhammer Community preview of the new Age of Sigmar box set this afternoon!

Captain Grimstone, Crimson Fists Primaris Captain

I don’t know exactly how many Orks I’ll slay during my service to the Emperor, but ‘all of them’ seems a worthy goal.

Captain Grimstone, Crimson Fists 4th Company

Meet Captain Grimstone of the Crimson Fists 4th Company, or at least the latest version of Captain Grimstone! This model is an update and replacement for my previous Primaris Captain. The LED in the plasma pistol on my old captain recently stopped working, most likely due to a dry solder joint or other loose connection. I could disassemble the model and repair it, but I thought it might be more fun to make an updated and slightly more personalised model for some of the narrative games that I hope to play soon now Covid restrictions are starting to ease.

Assembling

Captain Grimstone uses parts from a number of different sources, but is mostly based on the limited edition Sergeant Jovan model. This kit has sat on my ‘Shelf of Shame’ for a couple of years now, so it feels good to put it to use. The power fist – most likely representing the relic ‘Fist of Vengeance’ in game – is made from a spare Pedro Kantor power fist. As you can see in the ‘work in progress’ images below, it took some careful cutting and gap filling to replace Jovan’s normal hand!

For the LED plasma pistol I used the techniques described in my LED Plasma Weapon tutorial. As you may be able to see in the picture above, the front half of the plasma pistol is cast resin and the back half is sculpted from scratch to hide the LED connections. The connecting wires then run through the hand, into the raised leg and down through the dead ork to the battery in the base.

With the defeated ork I wanted to give the impression that the greenskin had been killed with a head-shot from the plasma pistol, and the plasma flames were still consuming him, even as he lay on the ground. The ork skull is a hollowed out skull from the Citadel ‘Skulls’ plastic kit. The LED used in the skull is the same type as used in the plasma pistol and is connected in a parallel circuit with the same battery. The ‘plasma flame’ effects around the eyes and mouth were achieved with Water Splash Effect Gel, available from Green Stuff World, using the technique described in my Nighthaunt Candle tutorial.

Captain Grimstone consults with his command staff during the liberation of Csian Bastion.

That’s it for this week, I hope you all found it interesting. Next week the Crimson Fists 4th Company will be off on crusade, so I’ll be back soon with a look at a 50 Power narrative list!

Instagram & Future Plans

This week I passed nine thousand followers on my LED miniature Instagram, so in honour of this milestone I thought I’d make a fun diorama using some of my favourite miniatures. I hope to take both the ‘Church of Cosmic Wisdom’ Genestealer Cult and the ‘Task Force Grimstone’ Crimson Fists out on Crusade soon, just as soon as UK lockdown restrictions allow. In the meantime, who do you think would win in a battle of psychic might? The All Father of the church or Epistolary Gabriel? Let me know in the comments!

This also seems like a good time to talk about future plans. There’s still a lot to come for the Crimson Fists; I have a Repulsor, a Firestrike turret, Aggressors, Assault Intercessors and the parts to make a new version of Captain Grimstone languishing on the ‘Shelf of Shame’. There’s also my Lamenters kill team to finish and my Seraphon to properly start! Plus it’s not only miniatures I’m working on, I’m also developing three brand new tutorials demonstrating new LED effects, as well as an upcoming 2021 revamp of my classic LED Eye Lens tutorial. And as if that wasn’t enough, I’ve also started to draw-up plans for my #ArmiesOnParade2021 board. It’s going to be a busy year, and I hope you all stick around to see the results!

Primaris Librarian Geokinetic

A rolling stone gathers a lot of xenos.

Epistolary Gabriel, Crimson Fists Geokinetic

Today I’d like to present Crimson Fists Epistolary Gabriel, Master of the Geokinesis psychic discipline! This Primaris Librarian is another long-term resident of the ‘Shelf of Shame’, having languished in his box since the model was released back in 2017. This model will also be my entry for the Warhammer Community #WarhammerPaintComp for April, which is on the theme of “Wise Wizards”. It was actually this contest that inspired me to bump Gabriel to the front of the queue.

Assembling

The LED techniques used in this model are those described in my LED Psyker tutorial, except this time I used two separate circuits rather than one, powered by two separate batteries in the base. This required a 50mm base to accomodate both batteries, which was also useful also for allowing more room to model the ‘geokinetic’ floating rocks. One circuit consisted of three 1.8mm TruOpto Blue LEDs (the head and base) in parallel, and the other circuit was two Blue 0805 Chip LED (3V) (the hands). I expect it would have been possible to use five of the 0805 Chip LEDs running in parallel off a single battery instead, however I decided to use the LEDs I had in stock for this one rather than ordering more. The ‘energy’ effects around the hands was achieved with Water Splash Effect Gel, available from Green Stuff World, using the technique described in my Nighthaunt Candle tutorial.

If ez da rock I’d ‘ate to see da ‘ard place!

Zogbag, Ork Weirdboy

For the pose, I was going for the classic X-Men Magneto hovering posture, only throwing rocks instead of metal. I was also inspired by Apologist’s classic Iron Hands Clan Trago Librarian “Psi-Cursed Merdardus” (scroll down). The left hand is the default ‘open’ hand of the model, while the right I had to resculpt after removing the force sword. The left leg is also repositioned forward, although this might not be evident in the pictures. As he was no longer holding his sword I added a sheathed sword which was from the limited edition Space Marine Captain that was released a number of years ago. The “floating” rocks were made from small pieces of cork tile, cut into rock-like shapes with a hobby knife and then superglued together.

Painting

I’ve never particularly been a fan of the ‘codex’ approach of repainting armour for specialist roles. I quite like the Rogue Trader era solution of just one arm being the appropriate specialist colour, as I did with my Imperial Fist apothecary. But I didn’t feel this was an effective solution with the blue of the Librarius being so close to the blue of the Crimson Fists, and also with much of the model being hidden by robes.

I remember seeing in White Dwarf a long time ago an article with a Dark Angels army where all the specialists had their armour painted in Dark Angels colours – either green or the bone of the Deathwing – and their robes painted in the colours of their specialism. I thought that looked great, so I decided to follow that approach here. The paint recipe I used on the robes uses Citadel paints: Macragge Blue base, Nuln Oil shade, then highlight up through Calgar Blue highlight and Fenrisian Grey. Otherwise I stuck to the pallet that I used for the rest of the army. It would have been very easy to get carried away painting the Librarian’s ‘bling’ but ultimately I felt the focus of the model should be the LED effects.

That’s it for this week. I hope you found that interesting, hopefully see you back here again soon!

Crimson Fists Eradicator Squad Complete

“Let others bring the Emperor’s light. We bring His heat.”

Sergeant Paulo, Eradicator squad

This week I’ve finished the Eradicator squad from the Indomitus box set. I always find it immensely satisfying when a squad comes together and is ready for deployment on the table top – just in time for the lessening of pandemic lockdown restrictions here in the UK too!

I don’t have a great deal new to say about the third squad member that hasn’t already been said elsewhere since he’s so similar to the first member of the squad. I’ve already discussed LED melta weapons here, and the sergeant with his LED bionic eye here.

So with a little hindsight, would I have done anything different with this unit? Perhaps I’d tone down the brightness of the bionic eye in some way. Other than that I was fairly pleased with the results. As I think I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve had a clear idea in my head of what I wanted to do with this squad from the start, and I’ve managed to live up to the vision in this case.

That’s all for this week, but I’ll be back again soon. Don’t forget if you want to try making LED miniatures for yourself then my tutorials are all here and if you need tools and supplies you can buy them here.