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!

My Crimson Fists on Warhammer Community Website

I feel slightly silly writing this post as it will mean that four of the last five posts on my website will have been “hey, have you seen my models featured on this thing?!”. But I just had to share the news that my Crimson Fists were featured on the Warhammer Community website on Saturday!

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There’s Captain Grimstone, front-and-centre on the preview image! My models were featured alongside the work of four other amazing hobbyists who have been sharing their painting using the #WarhammerCommunity hashtag on Twitter and Instagram. If you haven’t got involved with sharing your work online yet, then I’d really recommend joining in the fun. It’s a great way to meet other supportive, like-minded hobbyists.

Ok, that’s enough blowing my own trumpet for now! I promise that my next post will actually show some new miniatures!

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!

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!

My Crimson Fist Reivers on Warhammer TV

I’ve been very fortunate these past two weeks and was lucky enough to have my Crimson Fists Reivers featured alongside the work of other hobbyists on this week’s ‘Monday Hobby Round-Up’ on Warhammer TV (Monday 4th May episode, around the 20 minute 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 and description of me as a “mad electronics genius”!