Brother Akerman, Flesh Eaters Assault Marine

Nice try, heretic. Now it’s my turn!

Brother Akerman, Flesh Eaters Assault Marine

My collection of Flesh Eater Assault Intercessors continues to grow. This week I’ve added Brother Akerman, a chainsword-wielding marine with a short temper who doesn’t take kindly to being shot at!

Building & Painting

With Brother Akerman I’ve revisited the LED effect bullet ricochets last seen in Brother Kane. I decided I wanted to give the impression that the whole squad was under fire, not just Kane, which meant someone else needed to step into the line of fire! Akerman’s bullet ricochet effects were achieved using the techniques described in my Simple LED Muzzle Flare tutorial, only with the “flares” coming from the armour rather than a gun barrel. Both LEDs are powered from the same battery. They are connected in parallel with each other and in series with a single 100 ohm resistor and a single switch. In the two images above you can see the exposed LEDs on the left, and then the impact effects after the acrylic gel had been applied, as described in steps 13 – 15 of the tutorial.

As I’ve described previously for other members of this squad, the base model is a Primaris Assault Intercessor that I have modified to wear MkVI armour, in keeping with the War of the False Primarch theme for my Flesh Eaters army. You can read the latest from the War of the False Primarch campaign here. For those that are interested, my painting recipe for the red Flesh Eaters armour can be found in this previous post.  

That’s all for this week, I’ll be back again soon with the final member of this unit! As always, thanks for reading, and please don’t forget you can also follow my work on Twitter and Instagram.

Brother Talon, Flesh Eaters Assault Marine

Death in battle holds no fear for me when it serves the Emperor’s will.

Brother Talon, Flesh Eaters Assault Marine

My Flesh Eater project continues this week with Brother Talon, a chainsword-wielding Assault Intercessor equipped with an LED infra-visor.

Building & Painting

This miniature and the idea of Assault Marines with infra-visors was inspired by the classic model Rogue Trader Assault Marine art and the miniature shown above. For me this is the classic Assault Marine look; fearlessly storming the breach with little more than a pistol, chainsword and faith in the Emperor. Of course this battle brother has a little extra as well, in the form of the infra-visor. As the name suggests, the infra-visor was a piece of equipment that helped the wearer identify the infrared heat signatures of hidden targets. Ideal for spotting potential enemy ambushes in close-quarters fighting and boarding actions!

I’ve recreated this Rogue Trader-era look using the head of a Space Marine Primaris Incursor and the techniques described in my LED Eye Lens tutorial. The only difference worth nothing is that I used a TruOpto 1.8mm Green LED instead of the red LED described in the tutorial. The base model is a Primaris Assault Intercessor that I have modified to wear MkVI armour, in keeping with the War of the False Primarch theme for my Flesh Eaters army.

I’ve added some “gore” to the chainsword using a fairly simple technique. I applied two thick coats of PVA glue to the chainsword – waiting for the PVA to dry after each coat – and then applied a thick coat of Citadel Blood for the Blood God. I also streaked some of this over the side of the blade, hilt, hand and wrist guard. This process is shown in the two pictures above. You may also notice the ‘skull and crossbones’ on the wrist guard. This is a classic piece of heraldry that indicates Brother Talon is seeking an honourable death in battle to prove his faith in the Emperor. If you’re interested, my painting recipe for the red Flesh Eaters armour can be found in this previous post.  

The only other thing of note is the bolter. Rules-wise, I will use Brother Talon as a Primaris Assault Intercessor, so he is equipped with a heavy bolt pistol. I didn’t want to spoil the MkVI aesthetic though, so instead I used an Umbra-pattern bolter with a shortened magazine as a visual representation of the heavy bolt pistol.

That’s all for this week, I’ll be back again soon with more Flesh Eaters. Just two more models to go in this unit, and then I think it’s time for a character or two! As ever, thanks for reading, and please don’t forget you can also follow my work on Twitter and Instagram.

Brother Levers, Flesh Eaters Sergeant

Sometimes the meat needs a little tenderising.

Brother Levers, Flesh Eaters Assault Sergeant

Here is the next model in my (very) slowly growing Flesh Eaters Space Marine army, the duel power fist wielding Assault Sergeant Levers.

Building & Painting

This miniature was inspired by the classic model Rogue Trader Space Marine ‘Brother Levers’, as seen in the photo from White Dwarf 100 above. I used to own this model back in the day, and I always loved the brutal look of it, which I hope I’ve successfully captured in this updated version. Unfortunately Assault Intercessor sergeants can only be equipped with a single power fist under the current rules, so this pairing is strictly cosmetic!

The base model is a Primaris Assault Intercessor that I have modified to wear MkVI armour, in keeping with the War of the False Primarch theme of this army. The power fists were from a Forge World Horus Heresy weapon upgrade set, although I’m not certain which one. I’ve just been looking on the Forge World website so I could provide a link, but can’t seem to find a match. These power fists have been sitting in my bits box for a long time! I think it was the Tartaros Terminator weapons set, but I suspect this has been discontinued since the plastic Tartaros Terminators were produced.

For the LED effects on the helmet eye lenses I followed the techniques described in my LED Eye Lens tutorial, except using a TruOpto 1.8mm Green LED instead of the red LED described in the tutorial. My painting recipe for Flesh Eaters armour can be found in this previous post. It might be slightly premature as there’s only two of them, but here’s a shot of the Assault Intercessor unit so far!

That’s all for this week, I’ll be back again soon with more Flesh Eaters. As ever, don’t forget you can also follow my work on Twitter and Instagram.

My Ultramarine Primaris Lieutenant on WarhammerTV

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to have one of my models make it onto Warhammer TV again! My Ultramarine Primaris Lieutenant featured alongside the work of other hobbyists on this Thursday’s ‘#WarhammerCommunity Hobby Round-Up: March For Macragge’ episode on Warhammer TV (Thursday 14th April episode, at around the 1 hour and 20 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 as always a big thank you to Nick, Simon and the rest of the Warhammer Community Team for their kind words and high praise!

Classic ‘Screamer Killer’ Carnifex

My latest project is an update of the classic ‘Screamer Killer’ Carnifex released by Games Workshop way back in 1992. Although the first Warhammer models I ever bought were Blood Angels, my first full army were the Tyranids. In fact, Tyranids are the only army that I have consistently purchased a codex for in every edition of Warhammer 40K! So it’s a happy coincidence that I finished this on the same week the the 9th edition codex is being released.

Building & Painting

I have many happy memories using this model back in the 90s – mainly in unsuccessful attempts to beat my friend’s Avatar in close combat – but it definitely needed a little TLC after years languishing in a box. As well as paint-stripping and updating my previous ancient paint-job, the other goal of this update was of course to add a little LED magic to create a ‘bioplasma’ effect. I think it almost goes without saying that drilling through the chunky metal leg and body of the Screamer Killer was a lot more onerous than drilling out a plastic Space Marine leg! You can see the route of the wire in the images above. I was influenced by the classic Mark Gibbons artwork shown above, and hopefully you’ll agree that I’ve captured the look. I tried to echo the pose as well, although there’s only so much that can be done with the limitations of a chunky metal model.

The LED bioplasma effect was achieved using the techniques described in my Simple LED Muzzle Flare tutorial, only with a green 0805 chip LED instead of the yellow one listed in the tutorial. Additionally, the acrylic gel was simply painted with Citadel ‘Technical’ Hexwraith Flame instead of the yellow colours listed in the tutorial.

When it came to the painting I wanted to stick fairly close to the original scheme, especially as all my other Tyranid models are in red and bone. I deviated slightly from the classic ‘Eavy Metal scheme for this model by making all the armour plates and all the flesh areas a consistent colour. The original scheme had a bit of a mish-mash of colours in different areas that, in hindsight, didn’t make a lot of sense to me. I also added the mottling to the head to give a bit of visual interest to what is otherwise a large area of flat colour.

As ever, when I list my painting recipes on this blog, I’m not only recording them for those of you who are interested, but also as a reminder for myself! All paints listed are from the Citadel range and are applied over a grey undercoat.

  • Red Flesh
  • Mephiston Red base coat
  • Agrax Earthshade shade
  • Evil Sunz Scarlet highlight
  • Wild Rider Red highlight
  • Bone Armour
  • Zandri Dust base coat
  • Contrast Skeleton Horde shade
  • 50:50 Zandri Dust / Ushabti Bone highlight
  • Ushabti Bone highlight
  • Screaming Skull fine highlight
  • Pink Flesh
  • Corax White base coat
  • Carroburg Crimson shade
  • Emperor’s Children layer
  • Fulgrim Pink highlight
  • Dark Pink Flesh
  • Screamer Pink base coat
  • Drakenhof Nightshade shade
  • Pink Horror highlight
  • Purple Mottling
  • 50:50 Genestealer Purple / Emperor’s Children base coat
  • Genestealer Purple layer
  • Xereus Purple layer
  • Naggaroth Night layer
  • Green Organs
  • Waaagh! Flesh base coat
  • Biel-Tan Green shade
  • Warboss Green highlight
  • Skarsnik Green highlight
  • Yellow Eyes
  • Averland Sunset base coat
  • Agrax Earthshade shade
  • Yriel Yellow layer
  • Rhinox Hide pupils
  • Corax White fine highlight
  • Green Bioplasma
  • Hexwraith Flame base coat
  • Urban Base
  • Mechanicus Standard Grey base coat
  • Nuln Oil shade
  • Dawnstone drybrush
  • Administratum Grey drybrush
  • White Scar drybrush

That’s all for this week, I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane – or enjoyed seeing the ‘Screamer Killer’ for the first time if you joined the hobby more recently! Hopefully see you back here again soon. Don’t forget you can also follow my work on Twitter and Instagram.