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!

My Ultramarines Veteran on WarhammerTV

Yesterday I was lucky enough to have one of my models make it onto Warhammer TV for the seventh time! My Ultramarines Veteran featured alongside the work of other hobbyists on this Thursday’s ‘Community Hobby Round-Up #MarchForMacragge Edition’ on Warhammer TV (Thursday 1st April episode, at the 46 minute mark, if anyone would like to see it).

I’m very honoured to once again have had my work exhibited in this way, and a big thank you to Ben, Nick and the rest of the Warhammer Community Team for their kind words and high praise!

Ultramarines Veteran

It has been a long vigil my brothers. But as we endure, so endures the Imperium.

Stolus, Ultramarines Veteran

Something a little left field this week: an Ultramarines Veteran, based on the limited edition ‘Imperial Space Marine 2016’ model and painted in the Rogue Trader era Ultramarines colour scheme. A friend recently gave me this model brand-new-in-box as a gift. My first instinct was to paint it up as a Crimson Fist, especially as that is how the box art miniature is painted. However I realised that it might look a bit strange alongside my Primaris Crimson Fists due to the size difference, so I started to wonder if I might go down a different route…

If you’re on “hobby” Twitter or Instagram then you may have seen the #MarchForMacragge hashtag floating around. If you’re not sure what that is, basically it’s just a bit of fun to encourage people to paint Ultramarines or Ultramarine-adjacent miniatures during the month of March and post them online with the hashtag. This set me to thinking about the Ultramarines army that got me into the hobby.

Back in the early 1990s I was introduced to Rogue Trader – as the first edition of Warhammer 40K was known – by the son of one of my dad’s friends. He had a large army of classic plastic ‘RTB01’ and metal space marines all painted up as Ultramarines. He would split this army in two and we would play games of Ultramarines vs Ultramarines so that I could learn the rules. Thinking about Rogue Trader era Ultramarines gave me a warm nostalgic feeling, and suddenly I knew exactly what I was going to do with my Imperial Space Marine!

Building & Painting

The LED effects for this model used my standard LED Eye Lens Tutorial. The specific LED used was a TruOpto 1.8mm Green LED, but otherwise it followed the LED Eye Lens Tutorial to the letter. I went for a green LED mainly to differentiate this Ultramarine from my Crimson Fists, and also because I felt the green went very nicely with their particular shade of blue.

The paint recipe I used on the armour is fairly simple and uses Citadel paints: Macragge Blue base, Nuln Oil shade, Calgar Blue highlight and Fenrisian Grey final highlight. Readers with long memories may recognise some of the Rogue Trader era iconography; the chequered helmet stripe indicates a veteran and the small icon to the bottom right of the Ultramarine symbol indicates a ‘beamer’ operator. This seemed like the closest match between the ‘disintegration gun’ the Imperial Marine is equipped with and the established weapon icons from that era.

That’s it for this week. I hope you’ve all enjoyed this slight tangent from the normal marines that I paint and a trip down memory lane! I’ll be back again soon with more Crimson Fists, so stay tuned, and please don’t forget you can find me doing hobby stuff on Twitter here and Instagram here.

My Armies on Parade 2020 Entry on Warhammer TV

Yesterday I was lucky enough to have my models make it onto Warhammer TV for the sixth time! My Armies on Parade 2020 entry ‘No More Last Stands!‘ featured alongside the work of other hobbyists on this Thursday’s ‘Community Hobby Round-Up’ on Warhammer TV (Thursday 21st January episode, around the 21 minute mark, if anyone would like to see it).

I’m very honoured to once again have had my work exhibited in this way, and a big thank you to Nick, Wade and the rest of the Warhammer Community Team for their kind words and high praise!

My Crimson Fists Battalion on WarhammerTV

I’ve been very fortunate these past two weeks and was lucky enough to have my models make it onto Warhammer TV for a third time! My Crimson Fists Battalion featured alongside the work of other hobbyists on this week’s ‘Wednesday Hobby Round-Up’ on Warhammer TV (Wednesday 13th May episode, around the 8m30s mark, if you’re interested in seeing it).

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I’m very honoured to once again have had my work exhibited in this way, and a big thank you to Nick, Wade and the rest of the Warhammer Community Team for their kind words, especially the praise for the Lieutenant’s power sword. This reminded me that LED power weapons are a tutorial I haven’t got around to yet. Hopefully that’s something I can find the time to do sometime soon!