This week I passed nine thousand followers on my LED miniature Instagram, so in honour of this milestone I thought I’d make a fun diorama using some of my favourite miniatures. I hope to take both the ‘Church of Cosmic Wisdom’ Genestealer Cult and the ‘Task Force Grimstone’ Crimson Fists out on Crusade soon, just as soon as UK lockdown restrictions allow. In the meantime, who do you think would win in a battle of psychic might? The All Father of the church or Epistolary Gabriel? Let me know in the comments!
This also seems like a good time to talk about future plans. There’s still a lot to come for the Crimson Fists; I have a Repulsor, a Firestrike turret, Aggressors, Assault Intercessors and the parts to make a new version of Captain Grimstone languishing on the ‘Shelf of Shame’. There’s also my Lamenters kill team to finish and my Seraphon to properly start! Plus it’s not only miniatures I’m working on, I’m also developing three brand new tutorials demonstrating new LED effects, as well as an upcoming 2021 revamp of my classic LED Eye Lens tutorial. And as if that wasn’t enough, I’ve also started to draw-up plans for my #ArmiesOnParade2021 board. It’s going to be a busy year, and I hope you all stick around to see the results!
Today I’d like to present Crimson Fists Epistolary Gabriel, Master of the Geokinesis psychic discipline! This Primaris Librarian is another long-term resident of the ‘Shelf of Shame’, having languished in his box since the model was released back in 2017. This model will also be my entry for the Warhammer Community #WarhammerPaintComp for April, which is on the theme of “Wise Wizards”. It was actually this contest that inspired me to bump Gabriel to the front of the queue.
The LED techniques used in this model are those described in my LED Psyker tutorial, except this time I used two separate circuits rather than one, powered by two separate batteries in the base. This required a 50mm base to accomodate both batteries, which was also useful also for allowing more room to model the ‘geokinetic’ floating rocks. One circuit consisted of three 1.8mm TruOpto Blue LEDs (the head and base) in parallel, and the other circuit was two Blue 0805 Chip LED (3V) (the hands). I expect it would have been possible to use five of the 0805 Chip LEDs running in parallel off a single battery instead, however I decided to use the LEDs I had in stock for this one rather than ordering more. The ‘energy’ effects around the hands was achieved with Water Splash Effect Gel, available from Green Stuff World, using the technique described in my Nighthaunt Candle tutorial.
If ez da rock I’d ‘ate to see da ‘ard place!
Zogbag, Ork Weirdboy
For the pose, I was going for the classic X-Men Magneto hovering posture, only throwing rocks instead of metal. I was also inspired by Apologist’s classic Iron Hands Clan Trago Librarian “Psi-Cursed Merdardus” (scroll down). The left hand is the default ‘open’ hand of the model, while the right I had to resculpt after removing the force sword. The left leg is also repositioned forward, although this might not be evident in the pictures. As he was no longer holding his sword I added a sheathed sword which was from the limited edition Space Marine Captain that was released a number of years ago. The “floating” rocks were made from small pieces of cork tile, cut into rock-like shapes with a hobby knife and then superglued together.
I’ve never particularly been a fan of the ‘codex’ approach of repainting armour for specialist roles. I quite like the Rogue Trader era solution of just one arm being the appropriate specialist colour, as I did with my Imperial Fist apothecary. But I didn’t feel this was an effective solution with the blue of the Librarius being so close to the blue of the Crimson Fists, and also with much of the model being hidden by robes.
I remember seeing in White Dwarf a long time ago an article with a Dark Angels army where all the specialists had their armour painted in Dark Angels colours – either green or the bone of the Deathwing – and their robes painted in the colours of their specialism. I thought that looked great, so I decided to follow that approach here. The paint recipe I used on the robes uses Citadel paints: Macragge Blue base, Nuln Oil shade, then highlight up through Calgar Blue highlight and Fenrisian Grey. Otherwise I stuck to the pallet that I used for the rest of the army. It would have been very easy to get carried away painting the Librarian’s ‘bling’ but ultimately I felt the focus of the model should be the LED effects.
That’s it for this week. I hope you found that interesting, hopefully see you back here again soon!
“Let others bring the Emperor’s light. We bring His heat.”
Sergeant Paulo, Eradicator squad
This week I’ve finished the Eradicator squad from the Indomitus box set. I always find it immensely satisfying when a squad comes together and is ready for deployment on the table top – just in time for the lessening of pandemic lockdown restrictions here in the UK too!
So with a little hindsight, would I have done anything different with this unit? Perhaps I’d tone down the brightness of the bionic eye in some way. Other than that I was fairly pleased with the results. As I think I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve had a clear idea in my head of what I wanted to do with this squad from the start, and I’ve managed to live up to the vision in this case.
That’s all for this week, but I’ll be back again soon. Don’t forget if you want to try making LED miniatures for yourself then my tutorials are all here and if you need tools and supplies you can buy them here.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to have one of my models make it onto Warhammer TV for the seventh time! My Ultramarines Veteran featured alongside the work of other hobbyists on this Thursday’s ‘Community Hobby Round-Up #MarchForMacragge Edition’ on Warhammer TV (Thursday 1st April episode, at the 46 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 a big thank you to Ben, Nick and the rest of the Warhammer Community Team for their kind words and high praise!
It has been a long vigil my brothers. But as we endure, so endures the Imperium.
Stolus, Ultramarines Veteran
Something a little left field this week: an Ultramarines Veteran, based on the limited edition ‘Imperial Space Marine 2016’ model and painted in the Rogue Trader era Ultramarines colour scheme. A friend recently gave me this model brand-new-in-box as a gift. My first instinct was to paint it up as a Crimson Fist, especially as that is how the box art miniature is painted. However I realised that it might look a bit strange alongside my Primaris Crimson Fists due to the size difference, so I started to wonder if I might go down a different route…
If you’re on “hobby” Twitter or Instagram then you may have seen the #MarchForMacragge hashtag floating around. If you’re not sure what that is, basically it’s just a bit of fun to encourage people to paint Ultramarines or Ultramarine-adjacent miniatures during the month of March and post them online with the hashtag. This set me to thinking about the Ultramarines army that got me into the hobby.
Back in the early 1990s I was introduced to Rogue Trader – as the first edition of Warhammer 40K was known – by the son of one of my dad’s friends. He had a large army of classic plastic ‘RTB01’ and metal space marines all painted up as Ultramarines. He would split this army in two and we would play games of Ultramarines vs Ultramarines so that I could learn the rules. Thinking about Rogue Trader era Ultramarines gave me a warm nostalgic feeling, and suddenly I knew exactly what I was going to do with my Imperial Space Marine!
Building & Painting
The LED effects for this model used my standard LED Eye Lens Tutorial. The specific LED used was a TruOpto 1.8mm Green LED, but otherwise it followed the LED Eye Lens Tutorial to the letter. I went for a green LED mainly to differentiate this Ultramarine from my Crimson Fists, and also because I felt the green went very nicely with their particular shade of blue.
The paint recipe I used on the armour is fairly simple and uses Citadel paints: Macragge Blue base, Nuln Oil shade, Calgar Blue highlight and Fenrisian Grey final highlight. Readers with long memories may recognise some of the Rogue Trader era iconography; the chequered helmet stripe indicates a veteran and the small icon to the bottom right of the Ultramarine symbol indicates a ‘beamer’ operator. This seemed like the closest match between the ‘disintegration gun’ the Imperial Marine is equipped with and the established weapon icons from that era.
That’s it for this week. I hope you’ve all enjoyed this slight tangent from the normal marines that I paint and a trip down memory lane! I’ll be back again soon with more Crimson Fists, so stay tuned, and please don’t forget you can find me doing hobby stuff on Twitter here and Instagram here.