Conquest!

Like so many others in the Warhammer 40K community this week, I grabbed a couple of copies of Issue 1 of Warhammer 40,000: Conquest. With three ‘Easy to Build’ Primaris Marines, three pots of paint and a paint brush all for the price of less than a single pot of paint, it was too good a bargain to miss!

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The magazine looks like a great introduction for newcomers – which is obviously who it is intended for – but there’s nothing in there for veterans that we haven’t seen before. This is totally to be expected as we’re not the target market. But for those already in the hobby, the real prizes are the paints and the Intercessors. This sprue normally retails for £10 alone!

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With their hollow bodies and nicely posed legs, the Primaris Marines are ideal for my LED eye lens treatment. Even the slotted 32mm bases will be easier to cut-up for battery insertion. When I look at all the Primaris releases, I sometimes think there’s someone in the GW design studio looking out for me and trying to make my life easier!

These guys they will be joining the rest of my Primaris force as Crimson Fists. I’ll be carrying out head-swaps as part of the LED process anyway, but I’m hoping some arm swaps might also add some variety to the duplicated poses. Watch this space!

The Road to Hellblasters

I should really be concentrating on the Genestealers at the moment, what with the pressing October deadline, but I was in the mood to tackle another Crimson Fist this week. Presenting: the first of the Dark Imperium Hellblaster squad.

I’m very pleased with how this turned out. I’ve tackled plasma pistols before but never a full size plasma rifle. If you’d like to know how it was done then you can check out my Plasma Weapon tutorial in the LED Tutorials section here.

The Next Intercessor

I’ve made a start on the second Intercessor squad from Dark Imperium.

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Nothing particularly special to note about this one, although I am pleased with how it turned out. I’ve just noticed that none of the models in the second Intercessor squad are in firing poses, so unfortunately I don’t think there will be the opportunity for any LED muzzle flashes in this squad.

Primaris Captain with Plasma Pistol

I have finished work on what is possibly my most complex model to date – the limited release Primaris Captain with plasma pistol and interchangeable head!

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As you can see the plasma pistol is always on, but the helmet with the LED eye lenses and the bare head (without LEDs) are “hot swappable”. Check out the video below.

Primaris Space Marine Captain with LED effects from Bob Hunk on Vimeo.

This was achieved by hiding a transistor socket in the neck which the legs of the LED could then slot into easily. Now I’ve shown this works, I’ll probably use this technique again in the future.

Primaris Lieutenant with Power Sword

I have finished the Primaris Lieutenant with power sword from the Dark Imperium box.

I’m very pleased with how the power sword turned out. It was definitely one of my most fiddly LED conversions to date. As there was a bit of trial-and-error involved I didn’t take photos to make a tutorial this time, but now I’ve perfected the process I will do when I make the next model with a power sword.