Crimson Fists Judicar

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Judicar Gistaín wears a Iron-pattern helm recovered from the rubble of Arx Tyrannis. A skull is painted on the front of the helmet to remember all those who gave their lives in defence of Rynn’s World, and the mouth vents are sealed shut as a symbol of Gistaín’s vow of silence. The Judicar will not utter another word until he has fulfilled his oath of vengeance and laid low the enemies of the Chapter.

This Judicar is a relatively simple model by my recent standards. I picked the Judicar as the next model from Indomitus that I was going to paint since it was a “low hanging fruit” in terms of LED work. Plus it’s just a badass looking model!

The LED work on this model is just a simple LED helmet, using the techniques set out in my LED Eye Lens Tutorial. Like many other people I’ve seen posting their Indomitus work, I’ve chosen to swap out the standard Judicar head. It’s not that I dislike the standard head as such, I just felt the MkIII helm was a better fit for my force. Plus I had the clear vision of ‘sealing’ the mouth vents and adding a skull image in their place. One of my games club friends described the model as having “resting Punisher face” when he saw the WIP shot, which I thought was a brilliant way of putting it!

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Brother Gistaín leads his fellow Crimson Fists comrades from the front.

I’ve never been keen on the ‘all one colour’ scheme for space marine specialists. I prefer the Rogue Trader/Horus Heresy approach of just a portion of the armour – normally the arms and helmet – in the specialist colours, and the rest in normal chapter colours. In this case I painted the arms, shoulders, helmet and power pack in the black of the reclusium, and the rest of the armour in the blue of the Crimson Fists.

That’s it for this week! More Indomitus models and various other bits and pieces on the way soon.

Indomitus Crimson Fists Primaris Lieutenant

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CHOOM!

– Lieutenant Alehoc

A week ago today I received delivery of the wonderful Indomitus boxed set. Normally I wouldn’t start a project with an HQ model – I feel that’s something you have to build up to! But the new Lieutenant is my favourite model in the Indomitus set, plus it was the one that I had the clearest vision for. I’ve known what I wanted to do with it from the moment I saw the previews.

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This model was not only a record build and paint for one of my LED models (less than a week), but also one of the rare occasions where a model ends up looking exactly as I imagined! I’m very pleased with how it has turned out.

 

To achieve this volkite effect I simply followed the process that I used in my LED muzzle flare tutorial, except rather than sculpting the standard muzzle flare, I tried to capture the distinctive volkite muzzle flare seen in the artwork. You can see what the resin effect looks like the the LED off in the pictures below. The LED I used was a TruOpto 1.8mm Red LED.

 

That’s all for today. More Indomitus models to come soon!

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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!