rhodes toplessI was going to create a ‘reference’ image of Rhodes for future use, but I figured that his outfits wouldn’t deviate much from what he wears canon-ly in Day of the Dead so it turned into this instead.

I was thinking of infuriating aspects that I could add to his personality even in such a simple image – which is why his boot laces are untied!

Can’t run away from the undead hordes without tripping over with your laces untied! Idiot.

I am so back into this fandom and I am even contemplating writing a fanfiction with them again.

I’ve never really had much success when it comes to writing them before because I’ve always doubted my skills and struggled for a setting and solid idea for them; I think I might have cracked this now.

Just need to get started on it.

Until then, please enjoy this image of Rhodes topless as much as humanly possible!!

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When the devil calls

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I’ve been back into the whole “Day of the Dead” fandom lately. It’s funny how these things get kicked back into our brains.

I was looking to see if The Walking Dead was available to watch on Netflix (It isn’t) but as a result it showed me Day of the Dead: Bloodline. It was all downhill from there.

I’ve been mostly enjoying sharing artwork and thoughts over on an instagram account that I made for the purposes of enjoying the ‘fandom.’ I state fandom in that way because quite honestly, there is only really me making content for it; and the occasional piece of fan art from others. It’s pretty lonely, but I think it’s also what I needed right about now. Something that I can casually enjoy and think about while I am going about my usual day to day.

It’s also great cause I have a lot that I can share from throughout the years; collaborations, giftarts, drawings and the likes to keep me inspired.

But, I thought it would be an awesome thing to share on here as well, cause Day of the Dead has been one of my longer term fandoms; dating back to 2004ish. When was at animal college and really discovered horror movies. I remember making a leaflet about sympathy for the zombies from that movie for my IT project; I didn’t take IT seriously!

But yeah, have a picture of Kiz and Rhodes – it’s certainly nothing ground breaking, but it’s a start down this nightmare track again~

 

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I was having no end of troubles with my photography equipment today and I’m still not really sure what was going on.

It looked like there was a film or something over the front of my lens – or there was too much light or some such, but with good olde photoshop I managed to getĀ  something workable!

I’ve been trying to tie up smaller, loose ends before the end of the year. This particular unit of Space Marines was one of them! I believe they are from a starter box-set circa 1993. Originally given to my husband, by his eldest brother, when he was a young lad himself. They got put into our legendary bits box and I reclaimed them for my Space Marine Battle Company when I only had a tactical squad slot left!

They were also a great few models to use to get the painting bug back – they’re old so I wouldn’t feel guilty if I ‘messed up’ – I’m actually pretty pleased with how they turned out and are some of the better models I have done to date.

It’s great to see some improvement in my painting skills.

I’m working on my 5 man Primaris Squad at the moment, so when they’re done I shall share a picture of them too and hope I don’t have the same issues with the camera as I did with these ones.

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This is the unedited image, if anyone can point out the obvious as to what I’ve done wrong, please let me know!?

 

Ultramarine Pin-Up

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A lot of my artwork is inspired by silly conversation over on Twitter. When discovering that there is someone out there who has as much need for Pin Up Space Marines as I do, I had to get back to work on that sort of thing!

It also fits in with the whole, trying to get better at drawing Space Marines thing, that I have going on at the moment.

The challenge is to do enough of these for a calendar. I won’t be able to get them done in time for 2019, I am not that fast, but I shall look into getting something sorted for 2020. I may look into doing my own KickStarter or some such, if the idea gets enough traction! As I sadly, cannot afford to create something like this out of my own pockets. We shall see! It will be good fun to draw them up regardless~

If you have any ideas for specific Chapters for the calendar, let me know!?

Space Marine Art Progress

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I am trying to do an amazing picture of Noise MarineĀ still and progress hasn’t been all that strong. I still feel like I am not getting the fundamental shape of Space Marines right just yet so I might have to have another hunt for a basic model and have another try. This was my latest attempt; which I got as far as lining in and then left it. Looking over it this morning, I’m not going to be finishing this one as I feel a bit too much of it doesn’t look right – nothing wrong with reassessing your work and binning it.

I shall give him another go in the near future. He has such an awesome design and I want to produce a piece of fan art that does him justice!

Ancient Tactical Marine

Maybe the term ancient is a little far fetch, but he is certainly an oldie! He and the rest of his squad had been thrown into the bits box way back when I first started my Space Marine Chapter – my husband must have thrown them in at some point – and I recently picked them up to get back into painting again; not wanting to ‘ruin’ my newer models as I’ve not been active in the painting hobby for a while.

They stem from the time ‘I had a Space Marine problem’ a turn of phrase that has since been borrowed by others. It was a problem I once had though and as soon as people from the old Bury & Bolton Wargaming Club stated ‘I have some Space Mariens for sale’ my ears would burn and I’d snap them up; which explains why I have four Vindicators and several tired looking tanks & Dreadnoughts

Now that my Company has enough models, I don’t suffer from this problem in the same way (Although, it’s probably a good idea if I no longer go to any gaming groups!)

This is how the guy ended up looking!

I am pretty pleased with how he turned out, especially seeing as I have put a base coat of red already on them (And a lot of my other miniatures, oh no!) that had gone off and split and in my n00bishness, I didn’t realise!

I’ll share an updated picture of him and the rest of his Squad when they’re done.

Primaris Psyker – Aris 412th

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I wasn’t exaggerating when I started a tweet about this model saying ‘Five years later I finally base and finish this model’ only, it wasn’t five years, it was six!

I first mentioned this character on my blog back in August, 2012, and his model came before any of the artwork of him – cause I had to base the artwork and character on something! So he has taken a long time to be finished off (It’s also kind of funny that I still think of my Imperial Guard Army as one of my newer armies too. Yikes)

Of course there are parts of this model that I am unhappy with – my faces need work still but seeing as this guy was originally painted so long ago, I can’t be too harsh and judgemental. Really, the only thing about him that is new is the base and that was a simple case of texture paint and sticking some grass on.

But, this part of the year, for me, is all about finishing off started projects and finding some closure for the year ready to start again in the New Year. So, I am pretty pleased with myself and the fact that I did, finally, get something done.