Itchibitz, Skink Starpriest

In their wisdom the Old Ones gifted us with comets. Would you like a closer look, warm-blood?

Itchibitz, Skink Starpriest

Happy New Year everyone! This is my first post of 2021 and it’s time to talk about #NewYearNewArmy. I’ve been promising myself a Lizardman (or should that be “Seraphon”?) army for Warhammer Age of Sigmar for many years now. The beginning of a new year combined with my eternal quest to clear the Shelf of Shame seems like a good time to start! I’m planning the army to mainly be composed of Skinks and Dinosaurs. They will be setting out into the Tallowlands (my gaming group’s Age of Sigmar custom setting) in search of the missing saurus warrior Xali-Qhops (my character in our group’s re-skinned Age of Sigmar themed D&D campaign). You can read more about the Tallowlands setting for Age of Sigmar on our joint blog here. First to march forth from their temple-city will be Itchibitz, one of the Skink Starpriests leading the Seraphon on this sacred quest.

LED ‘Blazing Starlight’ Spell Effect

I’m going on record now and saying I don’t want to go too nuts with the LEDs in this army, although we’ll see how that sentiment holds up over the coming weeks! However I do want to include some LED weapon and spell effects to help my heroes stand out on the battlefield. In this case we have the Itchibitz conjuring the ‘Blazing Starlight’ spell.

The LED used is an ‘Ultra Nano’ 3V blue LED from Small Scale Lights, my favourite LED supplier. You can see the LED emerging from the left palm of the model in the ‘work in progress’ image above. The palm on the left hand of the standard Skink Starpriest miniature is facing down, but I cut the wrist between the two bracelets and rotated it through 180 degrees so it could be “holding” the spell effect.

The wiring for the LED in this miniature was achieved using the techniques explained in my LED Psyker Tutorial. The shape of the comet was produced using the same techniques as described for flames in my LED Nighthaunt Candles Short-Form Tutorial. I went for the twin-tailed comet as this is an important symbol of order in the Age of Sigmar, as well has being significant for the Seraphon (representing the forked tongue of Sotek) and also in the story of Xali-Qhops.

Colour Scheme

The planned colour scheme for my Seraphon is heavily influenced by the toy Jurassic Park Tyrannosaurus Rex from 1993. When I picture dinosaurs, this is one of the first colour schemes that spring to mind. I chose the rest of the colour palette for this model as analogous harmony colours with the red. 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. The 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 Back Scales
    • Rhinox Hide base
    • Agrax Earthshade shade
    • Doombull Brown highlight
    • Tuskgor Fur highlight
  • Orange Crest
    • Contrast Gryph-Hound Orange
    • Fire Dragon Bright highlight
  • Pink Feathers
    • Screamer Pink base
    • Nuln Oil shade
    • Pink Horror highlight
    • Cadian Fleshtone highlight
  • Black Claws / Leather Straps
    • Contrast Black Templar
  • ‘Gold’ Staff / 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
  • Human Skulls
    • Contrast Skeleton Horde
    • Ushabti Bone layer
    • Screaming Skull highlight
  • Ancient Stone
    • Contrast Skeleton Horde
    • Screaming Skull highlight
  • Base Texture
    • Sand & PVA Glue (before undercoat)
    • Contrast Snakebite Leather
    • Zamesi Desert drybrush
    • Ushabti Bone drybrush
    • Mordheim Tufts
    • Steel Legion Drab rim

That’s it for this week. More Seraphon to come over the next few weeks, as well as more Crimson Fists and Lamenters of course!

“No More Last Stands!” Crimson Fists ‘Armies on Parade’ 2020

“We are surrounded, Brother-Captain,” said Lieutenant Alehoc, gesturing at the frothing sea of greenskins around their position. Captain Grimstone nodded curtly.

“Excellent, that means we can launch the counter-attack in any direction, as the old proverb says.”

Alehoc grinned, then began issuing orders.

“Forward brothers! Show these xenos what it means to face the Crimson Fists! Remember Rynn’s World!“

The fourth company surged forward, bellowing their new battle cry.

“Remember Rynn’s World! No more last stands!”

Here we are then. Three and a half years after starting this project Captain Grimstone and the Crimson Fists fourth company are now at 60 Power Level and submitted for my first ever entry to the ‘Armies on Parade’ competition. I call this entry “No More Last Stands!”.

I’m very pleased with how this project has turned out. The display board was made from a picture frame with a hill built up from layers of foam card and putty. I deliberately selected quite a compact display board as I’ve found it easier to photograph LED models when they are close together, although getting these photos took over an hour! The other factor that made me want a compact board was so it would fit in my display cabinet once it was done.

The impression I wanted to create was of the hill from the iconic Rogue Trader cover art, only this time the Crimson Fists weren’t making a last stand, but breaking out and surging forward in their new Primaris forms. Basing the board around a hill also made it easier to display the models in a compact space without them obscuring each other too much.

Don’t forget, if you’d like to have a go at LED miniatures yourself then I have my tutorials here and FAQ here. I now also have handy lists of suggested tools and consumables for anyone who is just getting into miniature electronics, which can be found here.

There are various debris scattered around the battlefield, including ork and human skulls, and some original RTB01 Space Marine helmets that I had in my bits box.

That’s all for today. Do check back in the future for even more Crimson Fists, as well as various other side projects. Don’t forget you can keep up with my latest work on Instagram and Twitter.

Crimson Fists Reiver ‘Squad Bast’ Complete

We lit the signal flare and before we knew it Reivers were descending out of the night like wraiths. I hope they scare the xenos because they sure as hell scare me!

Tobith, Guardsman

Another long running project draws to a close as I finish Reiver ‘Squad Bast’ one year and four months after beginning the first member! This squad has a long and storied history before even hitting the table top; you may remember that Sergeant Bast won the Bronze Everchosen award at the Nottingham Warhammer store and that the half-finished unit appeared on the Warhammer TV Community Hobby Round-up.

From the start I knew I wanted this squad to be arriving via grav-chute with some members of the unit still in the middle of landing. How exactly to achieve that while also hiding the LED wires in a convincing way is one of the reasons this unit ended-up on the back-burner for a year. In the end I settled on the idea of the Reivers descending above an illuminated signal flare.

As you can see from the ‘work in progress’ picture above, the Reivers are held aloft by a small length of stiff wire. The connecting LED wires are then looped tight around this wire to keep them neat. All the wires are then hidden by cotton wool sprayed red to mimic a signal flare. If you’d like to know a little more about the LED techniques involved then don’t forget I have my LED Eye Lens tutorial here and my LED Muzzle Flare tutorial here. The signal flare effect was enhanced with an additional Tru-Opto 1.8mm 3V Red LED on the base. This was simply wired in parallel with the helmet eye lens LED as it is an LED of the same type.

Now the Reivers are done there is just one more unit to add to “complete” the Crimson Fists for Armies on Parade 2020 and bring the Power Level to a nice round 60 Power. Check back soon to find out which unit it is!

Crimson Fists Hellblasters ‘Squad Ordoñez’ Complete

An overheating weapon is the Emperor’s way of telling you you should have killed your target with the first shot.

Brother Hestos, Hellblaster

Finally, a mighty two years and two months after initially starting work on the unit, the five-man Crimson Fists Hellblasters ‘Squad Ordoñez’ is now complete!

Of course that hasn’t been my only hobby focus during that time, as evidenced by my other blog posts. The reason it took so long is that while attempting to make the second model in the unit I accidentally broke four pink LEDs, which was all my remaining stock at the time. After that I rage quit, returned the half finished model to the Shelf of Shame for 18 months and moved on to the Reivers, which are still also unfinished now I think about it!

Don’t be cautious of supercharging your plasma incinerator. Be cautious of the target that requires you to supercharge!

Brother Tiro, Veteran Hellblaster

I’m afraid I don’t really have anything new to say about the techniques involved in making these models. I used my tried-and-tested LED Plasma Weapon technique that can be found in my Tutorials section. I think it’s worth mentioning that if you feel like giving LED plasma weapons a try but that tutorial looks a bit daunting, then I also have my Simple LED Plasma Weapon tutorial, which uses a slightly different and significantly easier technique.

So there we are then, the result of over two years effort and one step closer to completing the 2017 Dark Imperium boxed set! I’m reasonably pleased with the outcome, although I may revisit the very first model in the unit as both my modelling and painting have improved a lot since then. But that’s something for the future – right now I’m just relieved I don’t have to think about or look at Hellblasters again for a while! Now I guess I’d better get back to those Reivers…

Brother Adio, Crimson Fists Hellblaster

“What’s more painful than venting plasma you ask? Failing in your duty to the Emperor.”

Brother Adio, Hellblaster

About three weeks ago I ran a poll on my Instagram and Twitter. The question posed was which of the two Crimson Fists units that I was working on I should finish first: my Hellblasters or my Reivers?

The results were conclusive – although Twitter seemed a lot more certain than Instagram did! So to honour that choice, here’s Brother Adio, the third member of my Dark Imperium Hellblaster squad.

I’m afraid I don’t really have any new techniques to discuss with this miniature. The plasma glow effect was achieved using the tried-and-tested technique detailed in my LED Plasma Weapon Tutorial which can be found on my LED Miniature Tutorials page.

In terms of conversion – besides the LEDs – this was essentially the stock model from the Dark Imperium set. The only changes I made were swapping the MkX helmet for a MkIV helmet, and adding a small ‘battle honour’ to the side of the plasma incinerator to help conceal some of the re-sculpting done to accommodate the LED. Although I’ve used all sorts of helmet varients with my Crimson Fists in the past, I decided to stick with the MkIV for the Hellblasters. This is because the MkIV is different enough from the MkX to add a bit of variety, but also similar enough that it doesn’t draw the eye. With the Hellblasters, I very much wanted the focus to be on their weapons!

So that’s three down from my Hellblaster unit, and two to go! That’s it for this week, but check back soon for even more Hellblasters.