Painting Challenges

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Sadly, I don’t recall where I picked this image up. So I can’t link back to the creator of it – which I like to do when it comes to these creative things.

But I though I would share it all the same as I know I have a few followers on here that might benefit from this – I know I’ll be printing one of these off as soon as I am ready to start the painting process after doing all my sticking.

Just thought I’d share, incase you’re interested.

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Fame, a last!

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I had the great fortune to be able to commission Blazbaros recently. They are an artist that I have admired for a fair while, so I was over the moon to be able to purchase some artwork from them.

Needless to say I am thrilled with the end results too.
I love his expression so much. Haha. “If I squint hard enough, looks like Heresy.”

But, yes this is an official showing off post that I felt I should share with everyone, incase they like the artwork enough and want to work with Blaz.

Let’s get Tactical – Update

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One down, one to go!
I honestly can’t believe that I’ve only got one more Tactical Squad to get stuck together.

It’s an older kit, so I am not looking forward to it as much as I have been the other additions to the Battle Company.

After that, it’ll be a heap of Biker dudes and that’s it. Done. I’m starting to feel like I am accomplishing something!

Then, starts the daunting tasks of painting models again – it’s been a good while and I am often overwhelmed by feelings on inadequacy when I paint; just got to keep it in mind that I am painting for myself and my own pleasure, nothing else.

Inquisitor Jenn and Heretic Deb

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It’s only been a few weeks since I drew anything like this and I already feel well out of practise.

But here we are, some fan art for Inquisitor Jenn and Heretic Deb who are characters over on Abaddon and Teal

I know it’s not my best work, but it felt nice to draw something Hobby related again after the few Primarchs I drew – which I will resume when I am feeling less ‘out of practise’

There is another thought to add to this post though and I hate to drag down a gift-art post, but it’s sorta, maybe relevant?
Since picking things back up here and getting back into the hobby full swing, I’ve honestly questioned myself. For a while I wanted to be seen as a credible and ‘real’ artist. But, what does that even mean? Am I less of an artist because I draw characters in the way that I do? I think it speaks volumes the amount of time I’ve been drawing characters; it’s something that I always return to and yet, I’ve always held this overwhelming sense of shame with it – maybe because I know there are a lot better people out there at it than I am. But, does that matter? Clearly, this is where my soul keeps returning.
Sure, I like painting and dabbling in other things, but try as I might to deny myself the chance to draw characters, I return to it. Always. There has to be something in that?

Then there is that ‘elephant in the room’ does everything have to come down to money?

If I am happy drawing characters, why am I trying to replace it with something else?

Let’s get Tactical

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A little bit of progress made last night on my 4th Tactical Squad – this is the newer kit that I’ve put together, mostly because I am still feeling a bit of dread when it comes to the other kit I have; flashbacks to terrible arms and bolt-guns.

But, it’ll get done.

I’ve got the more ‘interesting’ guys of this squad to put together still. The Sergeant, who I’d like to have a Power Fist and Bolt Pistol.

The Heavy and Special weapons guys I am currently undecided about; so I’ll have to see what comes with the kit and see what I like the looks of. (As well as have a think about how I’d like the unit to function if/when they get used.)

So, yep, just wanted to give a really quick update on how things are progressing while I could – I know this is leaving me with a lot to paint, but I know I am going to feel amazing when I’ve got everything stuck together; it’ll be such a hobby landmark for me~

Primaris Intercessors

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I admit, I have been really slow on the uptake when it comes to the ‘new’ Primaris Marines.

These five are the first I’ve brought – mostly from a ‘fluff point of view, my thoughts being that messing about with the Gene-Seed sounds a bit on the heretical side; but I guess if Guilliman says it’s okay, then I guess it’s okay?

Just hasn’t sat too well with my Chaplain Chapter Master..

But, the thought of sticking yet another normal tactical squad together just filled me with dread, so I brought the smaller Combat Squad box (which was an awesome idea to release cause it’s made the army more affordable to expand!)

Also, while looking for some of my artwork relating to my Chapter I found this picture:

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And it made me feel a little sad that I don’t have a closer network of people to share this stuff with since withdrawing myself from the net. I guess that’s a choice I made, but I was momentarily tempted to try again on twitter. I know people on there are welcoming, but I still feel it’s a step to far for me at the moment. A big part of coming back to the blog was to keep the internet-ty-ness at bay. Fundamentally, I know I have very different opinions on life and the way the world is viewed when compared to the vast majority of the internets user-base (At least it seems) but I am not the inherent evil that these people judge me to be. Sorry, not sure where that came from, maybe just the mentioning of Twitter! Looks like, I’m not ready to re-try yet after all!

In other news, I am currently discussing an art commission with one of my favourite artists – so I am really excited about that, I’ll keep you updated on it. Feels like a long time since I was excited about commissioning someone else~

Well, I’ve got some more sticking to get done, so post you again soon.

The final few

I bit the bullet today and brought the last two pieces for my Battle Company. I know I said I wasn’t going too, but I thought, ‘You know what, it’d be an amazing milestone to be able to get the last few in the house and ready to join the rest of the guys.’

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I know it’s not much to look at, but my last Troop choices.

A pack of 10 standard Tactical Marines and 2 Primaris Intercessors.

I’m not really sure how I feel yet about Primaris Marines worming their way into the chapter, but I thought they would be a bit more interesting from a hobby point of view compared to putting together yet another standard Tactical Marine Squad. I know there are different Marks of armour available, but they didn’t seem to fit the theme.

So, that’s where I stand at the minute!

And right after visiting the local Games Workshop I went to Wilkos to buy a heal of Loctite!

Time to get cracking!