Merry Christmas from the Death Guard!

What could be more 2020 than finding Plague Marines of all things under the Christmas tree? When I started this batch I was going for an old Horus Heresy look but the longer I kept at it the more I felt like they were taking on a festive life of their own. I’m happy with how this batch turned out, though (in typical fashion) I tripped over the finish line and applied the varnish way too thick on the last couple steps and had to go back and fix a few resulting defects.

Pictured: You get an HQ, and you get an HQ, and look under your chair – it’s another HQ!

I wanted to post this to give a taste of what’s coming in 2021 for individual galleries – Death Guard, Death Guard, and lots of Death Guard, with battle reports and comparisons as well between what I’ve painted before and what I accomplished with this batch. All things considered I’m very happy with how they turned out and I’m very much looking forward to seeing how they do on the tabletop – and I’m very happy with my new Artel W proxy units, including a Sister Pestilencia model from kinpatsusamurai!

Pictured: Sister Pestilencia, who is…definitely the only Battle Sister I’ll own in the new year. Yup. Nothing to see here…

2020 has been…it’s been a year, alright. And while I think I weathered it okay, it leaves me in a pretty iffy space heading into the next year. My funding runs out at the end of this month, my Master’s is still incomplete, and I don’t have a stable job at the moment, but…all the same thankful for the friends, family, and all the other good things in my life. Here’s hoping that 2021 is a more gracious year than the one now past!

Alucard – Artel W’s “Gunfighter”

Hellsing Abridged is one of my all-time guilty pleasures on Youtube, so naturally when I saw that Artel W has a fantastic sculpt of Alucard from the series listed as “The Gunfighter,” I had to get my hands on it and try painting it up. This one turned into a sort of “color study” like my Bone Devil and Imp previously, while I tried to get myself back up to speed. I would like to thank Alucard for teaching me how to “red” again!

“When hope is gone, undo this lock, and send me forth on a moonlit walk.”

The model itself was easy to assemble, and packaged brilliantly as Artel W’s products always are. The wax seal adds a special touch every time I get a mini from them. The detail was exquisite on this – my paint job doesn’t do it justice, and the extra bits that came with the kit are going to be much appreciated down the road by some of my Eldar. I opted to keep the regular head but went with the “demon” coat piece because I thought it made the model look so much more imposing, dynamic, and – most of all – cool!

“That was a 70-inch plasma screen TV. (inhales deeply) So, how can I help you?”

If you’re a miniatures painter and fan of the Hellsing series in any of its incarnations I would strongly recommend this miniature. If you want to find it (or any of Artel W’s awesome projects) you can find this on their webpage: https://artelw.com/The-Gunfighter-p98213242. The shipping can take a while since everything’s shipped out of Russia, but I’ve always found that Artel W is well worth the wait. I have a couple Death Guard projects coming up from them, and one of these days I’ll cave and pick up their not-Fire-Dragons.

Hello, there, “General Kenobi”!

Oh, boy. I still definitely need to work on faces. The good news is that I did manage to make more detailed eyes than I usually pull off, the bad news is that the end result was much more “anime” than I had anticipated. That being said, I’m pretty happy with the end result on this model and if all goes well it’ll be the start to a small Star Wars: Legion army. I doubt I’ll get into playing the game or doing battle reports for it, but…with how brilliantly the Clone Wars series turned out, I feel like it would be a shame not to paint a few of these.

Pictured: A B2 Battle Droid stationed on Ryloth, having a particularly bad day.

Now, even though this is the General Kenobi model, I actually used this to represent a character of mine from a Star Wars role-playing group that me and some friends have had on the go over the course of the last year-ish. This orange-lightsaber-wielding Jedi Sentinel is Drake Erasmus Hyde, who went from secluded conspiracy theorist to reluctant General to full-time dad and mentor by the time that Order 66 rolled around. Currently he and his ragtag family are planet-to-planet on the run from the Empire. The Kenobi model, I should note, represents the character during his glory days – Hyde looks nowhere near this cool now.

Pictured: General “Kenobi” *cough* Hyde with two of my earlier models from Imperial Assault I’ve set on Ryloth-themed bases.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with how this model turned out. I wish however that I’d waited and started with a “troop” unit before moving onto a more detailed character. With that being said, I might have to pick him up a Hyde-themed crack team of clone commandos in the future to represent this character’s glory days during the Ryloth campaign.

Crusade Continues – Mistakes Were Made!

I’ve been playing Eldar for a long time – maybe a little too long! Taking my Death Guard out for a spin over the last couple Crusade games with KinpatsuSamurai has been a blast, but it’s definitely come with a sharp, blight-ridden learning curve. The first game against the Sisters of Battle was a train wreck – pun intended – with my Thomas the Chaos Rhino and Plague Marines all being bogged down in Repentia Sisters while the Sisters’ Immolator picked off cherished Nurgly characters.

Pictured: “Thomas had never heard of such bullsh*t before.”

I think in some ways I learned more in the second game, on a much more open board, against the Death Watch. Compared to Eldar, I definitely need to be more conscious of movement limitations, and I need a solid “delivery method” for my heavy hitters. KinpatsuSamurai won this one by a pretty wide margin, but the final melee between the Death Watch and my Biologus Putrifier and Foul Blightspawn was – pun once again intended – a blast.

Pictured: Two Elite Death Guard characters, soon reduced thereafter to mist and bone chips.

As always, Noble Miniatures in Paradise, just outside of St. John’s, was a fantastic location for the games and the setup for both games was great. I’d like to extend a thanks and a shout-out to KinpatsuSamurai for the awesome match, and for doing a battle report of his own on the second game, which is hosted on the Rolling Intentions website. They’re a group of awesome people writing on the tabletop scene in my neck of the woods, and definitely worth checking out!

Preview: Taste the Rainbow Cannon!

This is a model I’ve poured a lot of effort into over the last month – originally I was going to build it after I finished writing my Masters’ research project as a reward, but then a local painting contest came up and I thought it would be a great chance to get some local exposure for my work. The contest is part of the Sci-Fi @ Home convention, based out of St. John’s. I’ll have a proper gallery done up soon, but in the meantime, here’s the video that I sent in as a demo of the lighting system!

Pictured: The lighting demo for my Eldar Fire Prism, in Craftworld Ulthwe colors.

(www.youtube.com/watch?v=67FDkVV4CgY if you can’t see the embed.)

Thrilled to get my name out there as a painter, and I’m excited to run this in my Eldar army soon! Full gallery on this coming next week!

Chaos Rhino (Kitbashed)

Pictured: A Very Useful Daemon Engine of Nurgle.

This one is a kitbash that came to me as soon as I started working on my first few Death Guard. I built my Eldar army to be very refined, serious, lore-heavy, and my best-foot-forward into the hobby, but with Death Guard I wanted to be able to give myself a little more wiggle room and have a little more fun. The result was this crime against nature. And I think this is some of the most fun with miniatures I’ve ever had.

Thomas had never seen such bullsh*t before.

Thomas is equipped with a Combi-Plasma and Combi-Bolter, and usually also equipped with a “Strolling Through Ultramar”-style saxophone marine for good measure. The weathered, grimy and textured-looking paint scheme was heavily inspired by Spekd at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLsaW52-xDnFL2WsLhe0bmQ, who I can’t recommend highly enough. He does awesome tutorials, reviews, and has built a great community.

Eldritch Ruins

“Thrilluminati Confirmed” – Me, to “Upya Butt” on completion.

First off, a big thank you to the Ko-Fi user “Upya Butt” (who definitely, totally isn’t the same friend who’s done my Avatar art for this site) who pitched in $21 for me to resupply and take on one more fun weekend project before moving on to my Death Guard pictures and stuff on my bench. I got to paint some happy little trees, and I’m very pleased with how they turned out.

Pictured: The elusive Space Dandelion in its natural habitat.

I’ve been having a lot of fun lately with autumnal colours, and also I’m very much a fan of dandelions, so I tried to work both of those in a little in terms of the tree colours. The timing is also perfect – with 9th Edition close at hand and me and some friends planning a narrative Death World campaign (using the new Crusade format) so these are going to be real useful.

Dire Avengers

Devotees of Asuryan himself, those who walk the path of the Dire Avenger become adept at both attack and defence. Their exarchs are masters of a swift and flexible warrior-stance that capitalises on everything it means to be Asuryani.

Dire Avengers were a change of pace for me! Up to this point my only Troops units for Eldar have been Guardians or Rangers, but when a friend gifted me a box of them last year I was thrilled to be able to work on them, and to add them to my regular Eldar lists.

Pictured is yet another Fire Emblem reference – the fam’s all here!

Most of these were just done straight from the box but I did a little kitbashing with a couple of them to make homages to Fire Emblem characters, since the friend who got me to the box is a huge Fire Emblem fan. I’m very happy in the end with how they turned out, kitbashes and all, and I’m excited to see how they do on the tabletop.

Autarch Matthias

Autarch Matthias, left, pictured with my Spiritseer, Caen’thala, and my Bonesinger, Ry’hil.

Matthias is a kitbashed HQ unit who I put together with bits from a whole slew of different models, most of them Dire Avengers. Mounted him up on a custom 32mm resin base and I’m really happy with the end result. No wings on this Autarch, he’s equipped for sword-and-board with a Star Glaive.

Autarch Matthias, leading his host of Dire Avengers into battle.

The friend of mine who gifted me my Dire Avengers is a huge fan of the Fire Emblem: Awakening game, so you might notice a similarity to a certain one-sleeved sword boy – as if the symbol on my Dire Avenger banners wasn’t a dead giveaway! His Force Shield’s gems also definitely aren’t colored to look like the five different gems in the Fire Emblem.