Crimson Fists Battalion

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Two years and ten months after posting my first LED Primaris Crimson Fist from the Dark Imperium boxed set on my Instagram, I’ve finally finished painting a minimum sized Battalion of two HQ choices and three Troops choices! I felt that this momentous occasion called for a group photo and a quick retrospective.

I was on something of a roll with my painting last week and completed Brother Isario and Brother Merius (don’t forget, LED helmet eye lens tutorial can be found here).

Traitors are a cancer, and cancer requires a blade to excise. – Brother Isario

I relish the dry click of an empty magazine. It tells me another thirty Orks are dead. – Brother Merius

With these two Intercessors complete and added to Brother Lyrast, Comms Specialist Cleulis and Sergeant Galvéz, this in turn completed Squad Galvéz…

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…which in turn, when added to my other two squads, Lieutenants and Captain, completed the minimum-sized battalion!

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I’m pleased with how they’ve turned out, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey so far! So what next? Well that’s not the Crimson Fists finished by any means! It’s probably time to start thinking about the Elite and Heavy support slots so I have a little more firepower on the tabletop. Plus there’s the Reiver and Hellblaster squads to finish, and ‘Armies on Parade’ to think about in the autumn…so plenty more to do!

Crimson Fists Intercessor with LED Muzzle Flare

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I’ve never met a xenos my bolter couldn’t kill. But for the day I do, the Emperor has blessed me with a grenade launcher – Brother Lyrast

After a busy couple of months working on real-life non-hobby stuff, I’m back in the game with Brother Lyrast. This Intercessor is the third member of my third Intercessor squad.

I used my standard LED muzzle flare technique on this model, as detailed in the tutorial here. The only difference was that I used the Nano SMD Chip LED (Amber 3V) from Small Scale Lights, rather than the slightly larger 0805 chip referenced in the tutorial.

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I wanted to experiment with the Nano SMDs as they are even smaller and easier to work with, in terms of inserting it into the model, than the 0805s. The downside is that they’re not quite as bright when hidden under the resin muzzle flare. I’m not especially sold on one of these types of LEDs over the other though, so I think I’ll pick and choose depending on the needs of individual models.

I’m now firmly in the habit of painting my resin muzzle flares with a wash of Fuegan Orange and a glaze of Lamenters Yellow. This makes the miniatures look better in the display cabinet when the LEDs are switched off, as shown below, and doesn’t seem to impact the LED brightness (based off previous experiments).

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That’s it for this week. My current goal is to finish off this third Intercessor squad, so please drop by again soon for more Crimson Fists!

Crimson Fist Comms Specialist with LED Hololith

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The Master of Recruits once asked me what makes a good comms operator. I told him that if he could find an aspirant who could make himself heard over an Ork Kill Kannon, then that was a good start. – Cleulis, Crimson Fists Comms Specialist

The latest Primaris to join my Crimson Fists is Brother Cleulis, an Intercessor by day and a Kill Team comms specialist by night!

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My original plan for this model started as an idea to use internal LED illumination on the wrist-mounted screen from the Intercessor sprue, essentially making a tiny back-lit screen. Then it occurred to me that a “hologram” projection, i.e. a 40K hololith, would be even cooler!

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The hololith figure is a resin cast of an old ‘Epic’ scale Space Marine Terminator. I wanted to have a figure that represented a senior Space Marine officer so to make it look more like a Terminator Captain, I sculpted on a cloak before casting. This also made the hololith figure a bit more solid and easier to sneak the nano LED into! I then painted the bare resin with a GW shade to “filter” the white LED light to my chosen colour of green, which I decided was the most “hologram” colour.

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From the start I knew that I wanted my comms specialist to appear as if he was shouting to make himself heard over the din of battle. So I went for a shouting Space Marine head (there are plenty of those) and also reposed his arm and hand so it looked like he was pressing the button on the comms bead in his ear. This used the empty Intercessor hand with the two finger “signalling” pose. It was quite time consuming to get it looking right though. As you might be able to spot in the picture above, I basically had to cut it up at each joint, pin it back together in the required pose with wire, and then sculpt in the gap areas with Pro Create modelling putty.

 

Anyway, I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out after all that! If you’d like to have a go yourself you can find a brand new full step-by-step tutorial for creating your own LED hololith on my LED tutorials page here.

That’s all for this week, but stay tuned for even more Crimson Fists and of course the rest of the Lamenters kill team!

Everchosen – 3rd Place at Warhammer Nottingham

I’m pleased to say that my Reiver Sergeant picked up enough votes to come in third place in the Everchosen contest at the Warhammer Nottingham store this weekend!

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Sadly not enough to progress to the next round, but to be honest the quality of entries at the Nottingham store was so high that I was honoured to place in the top three at all! Thank you very much to anyone who was there and voted for my miniature, if you happen to be reading this!

Nottingham isn’t actually my regular local store, but I was in the area visiting family, so it was the store I was closest to on that particular Saturday. I must say I enjoyed the Everchosen experience; it’s quite different to Golden Demon with the public vote and different rounds. The atmosphere in the store was very friendly – while I was there at least! I hope Everchosen goes on to becomes an annual event. In the meantime I’m looking forward to casting my online vote in the next round!

Sergeant Bast, Reiver Squad Leader with LED Muzzle Flares

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I only have two answers for the question of heresy, and both of them are fully loaded! – Reiver-Sergeant Bast, on the eve of the Jotun Offensive.

Reiver-Sergeant Bast is the second member to be completed for my Reiver squad, and also my entry for the Everchosen nationwide painting competition that Games Workshop are running tomorrow.

The role of the Reiver has two aspects, just like our skull helms and the human faces underneath. One is the stealthy infiltration of our targets. The other is the application of instant and overwhelming force. – Reiver-Sergeant Bast, squad initiation.

When I was first planning how to assemble this unit, I decided I wanted to go for very dynamic and aggressive poses. I was imaging them deploying via their grav-chutes, opening fire on their targets before they were even on the ground.

This conversion may look a little complex, but it was actually fairly simple. There is no left-handed bolt carbine on the Reiver sprue, but I simply cut the hand from the right-hand from bolt carbine that doesn’t have a hand on the forward grip, and then glued it onto a left combat knife arm. The LED muzzle flare effects were achieved as described in my tutorial here. Both LEDs are connected to the same battery in parallel. As they are identical LEDs there is no need for any additional resistors (the current draw is obviously the same for both). There’s no actual in-game effect for having two bolt carbines on the model, it’s just for show!

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The image above shows the model with the LEDs switched off. Normally I leave the resin unpainted, but that of course means the muzzle flares are resin white when the LEDs are not on. As an experiment for this model, I painted some Fuegan Orange shade into the recesses, and then painted the whole muzzle flare with Lamenters Yellow glaze. As you can see above it makes the muzzle flare resin look better when the LEDs are off, but doesn’t seem to effect the brightness at all, since the shade and the glaze are both semi-transparent. I’m so pleased with this look that I think I’ll go back and apply this to all previous muzzle flares.

More Reivers to come soon, and I’ll post an update over the weekend about how Sergeant Bast does in the Everchosen competition!