Crimson Fists Reiver ‘Squad Bast’ Complete

We lit the signal flare and before we knew it Reivers were descending out of the night like wraiths. I hope they scare the xenos because they sure as hell scare me!

Tobith, Guardsman

Another long running project draws to a close as I finish Reiver ‘Squad Bast’ one year and four months after beginning the first member! This squad has a long and storied history before even hitting the table top; you may remember that Sergeant Bast won the Bronze Everchosen award at the Nottingham Warhammer store and that the half-finished unit appeared on the Warhammer TV Community Hobby Round-up.

From the start I knew I wanted this squad to be arriving via grav-chute with some members of the unit still in the middle of landing. How exactly to achieve that while also hiding the LED wires in a convincing way is one of the reasons this unit ended-up on the back-burner for a year. In the end I settled on the idea of the Reivers descending above an illuminated signal flare.

As you can see from the ‘work in progress’ picture above, the Reivers are held aloft by a small length of stiff wire. The connecting LED wires are then looped tight around this wire to keep them neat. All the wires are then hidden by cotton wool sprayed red to mimic a signal flare. If you’d like to know a little more about the LED techniques involved then don’t forget I have my LED Eye Lens tutorial here and my LED Muzzle Flare tutorial here. The signal flare effect was enhanced with an additional Tru-Opto 1.8mm 3V Red LED on the base. This was simply wired in parallel with the helmet eye lens LED as it is an LED of the same type.

Now the Reivers are done there is just one more unit to add to “complete” the Crimson Fists for Armies on Parade 2020 and bring the Power Level to a nice round 60 Power. Check back soon to find out which unit it is!

Crimson Fists Hellblasters ‘Squad Ordoñez’ Complete

An overheating weapon is the Emperor’s way of telling you you should have killed your target with the first shot.

Brother Hestos, Hellblaster

Finally, a mighty two years and two months after initially starting work on the unit, the five-man Crimson Fists Hellblasters ‘Squad Ordoñez’ is now complete!

Of course that hasn’t been my only hobby focus during that time, as evidenced by my other blog posts. The reason it took so long is that while attempting to make the second model in the unit I accidentally broke four pink LEDs, which was all my remaining stock at the time. After that I rage quit, returned the half finished model to the Shelf of Shame for 18 months and moved on to the Reivers, which are still also unfinished now I think about it!

Don’t be cautious of supercharging your plasma incinerator. Be cautious of the target that requires you to supercharge!

Brother Tiro, Veteran Hellblaster

I’m afraid I don’t really have anything new to say about the techniques involved in making these models. I used my tried-and-tested LED Plasma Weapon technique that can be found in my Tutorials section. I think it’s worth mentioning that if you feel like giving LED plasma weapons a try but that tutorial looks a bit daunting, then I also have my Simple LED Plasma Weapon tutorial, which uses a slightly different and significantly easier technique.

So there we are then, the result of over two years effort and one step closer to completing the 2017 Dark Imperium boxed set! I’m reasonably pleased with the outcome, although I may revisit the very first model in the unit as both my modelling and painting have improved a lot since then. But that’s something for the future – right now I’m just relieved I don’t have to think about or look at Hellblasters again for a while! Now I guess I’d better get back to those Reivers…

Brother Adio, Crimson Fists Hellblaster

“What’s more painful than venting plasma you ask? Failing in your duty to the Emperor.”

Brother Adio, Hellblaster

About three weeks ago I ran a poll on my Instagram and Twitter. The question posed was which of the two Crimson Fists units that I was working on I should finish first: my Hellblasters or my Reivers?

The results were conclusive – although Twitter seemed a lot more certain than Instagram did! So to honour that choice, here’s Brother Adio, the third member of my Dark Imperium Hellblaster squad.

I’m afraid I don’t really have any new techniques to discuss with this miniature. The plasma glow effect was achieved using the tried-and-tested technique detailed in my LED Plasma Weapon Tutorial which can be found on my LED Miniature Tutorials page.

In terms of conversion – besides the LEDs – this was essentially the stock model from the Dark Imperium set. The only changes I made were swapping the MkX helmet for a MkIV helmet, and adding a small ‘battle honour’ to the side of the plasma incinerator to help conceal some of the re-sculpting done to accommodate the LED. Although I’ve used all sorts of helmet varients with my Crimson Fists in the past, I decided to stick with the MkIV for the Hellblasters. This is because the MkIV is different enough from the MkX to add a bit of variety, but also similar enough that it doesn’t draw the eye. With the Hellblasters, I very much wanted the focus to be on their weapons!

So that’s three down from my Hellblaster unit, and two to go! That’s it for this week, but check back soon for even more Hellblasters.

Inquisitor Syman Kant, Ordo Digna


The only thing more horrifying than the Inquisition succeeding in our goals is our enemies succeeding in theirs.

– Inquisitor Kant, Ordo Digna

This is Inquisitor Syman Kant, founder of the Ordo Digna. The Ordo Digna is a (very) minor Ordo of the Inquisition charged with overseeing the quality and purity of religious art in the Imperium. You can read more about Inquisitor Kant in my short story A Matter of Time on the Cold Open Stories website. As you can see I’ve incorporated my usual LED flourishes (more on this below) in the form of a wrist-mounted data slate and a bionic eye for Zelial, Syman’s servo skull.


I imagine that all Warhammer 40K players have an archetypal Inquisitor that they picture when someone mentions these sinister agents of the Imperium. They might picture Eisenhorn, or perhaps Draco from the Inquisition Wars trilogy, or even the venerable Inquisitor Obiwan Sherlock Clousseau. But for me, it was this anonymous black-clad Inquisitor from the Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader rulebook that really captured my imagination when I first got into the game.


As you can see, Syman Kant is a reasonably close copy of this Inquisitor, even down to the heraldry. This is a model that I’ve wanted to recreate for years, and now I’ve finally found the time!


As regular readers will know, I normally like to build my LED circuits from scratch. But in this case I used a Warhammer 32/40mm Base Lighting Kit. This is a pre-built circuit from Small Scale Lights that they kindly sent to me for evaluation. The kit can be seen in the photo below. It comes with two nano LEDs in a colour of your choosing – the LEDs on the one I received were both red. Both LEDs must be the same colour, presumably this is to keep the circuit simple. It runs from a single CR1220 button cell, which is not included. According to the Small Scale Lights website this battery will power the LEDs for 40 hours. The circuit is switched on and off by a magnetic reed switch, which is a slightly more compact solution than the slide PCB switches I often use. A single 3mm magnet is included to operate the reed switch.


As the name of the product suggests, it will fit into a 32mm base. That’s what I used for this model. I just followed my normal technique (as seen in my LED Eye Lenses tutorial) of cutting out the top of the 32mm base…


…and inserting the circuit in the gap.


Next I used some modelling putty around the rim of the circuit to secure it in place while I made the rest of the model. At this point it’s worth checking two things:

1. That the base sits flush to the table with the circuit in place, the battery inserted and the activating magnet attached to the reed switch (although I understand that the magnetic switch is latching in the latest version of this product and the magnet does not need to remain in place). If you don’t check this your finished model may be wonky!

2. That you have offset the circuit to the side of the base enough so that you can still access the battery when the time comes to change it. This should be easy enough in a 40mm base, but in a 32mm base it will require careful positioning.

Once the circuit was in place I then drilled 2mm holes in the legs, torso and arm of my model to run the nano LED cables through.


One LED went into the servo skull (the wire is disguised as one of the skulls trailing leads), and the other went into a resin arm data slate that I custom cast. Once I’d finished assembling the model I coiled up slack from the wires beneath the model’s feet, covered the circuit with modelling putty and then basing text medium. Then it was ready for undercoating – but don’t forget to cover the LEDs with blu-tack when spraying!


Here’s a 360 degree video of the finished miniature. I’m very pleased with the effect. The Small Scale Lights circuit has held up very well so far and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to get into LED model kits but doesn’t fancy doing any soldering!


That’s all for this week, I hope you found that interesting, thanks for reading!

Crimson Fists Judicar


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!

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.