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 get 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.
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.
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.
I’ll be completely and totally honest – I do not find drawing Space Marines easy. I’ve not come up with a style or visual short hand that works for me yet; but I am trying my best and if I keep at it I know it’ll only get easier and I am sure I’ve improved since I first started drawing them as well; there I believe there was a ‘high point’ when I was drawing them more often where they looked better, but maybe that’s me looking back at my older artwork with rose tinted glasses?
The above guy, is Sergeant Rafen from my home brew Space Marine Chapter, Blood Guard. I really should give my guys a bit more attention; especially with the Codex in mind! If I’m going to be filling it with artwork and photographs I guess I need to actually do some of them!
These are just a couple of sketches from last night, where I was having a bit of a ‘dead art day’ and things weren’t looking right to me. I think I need to look for some artistic influences when it comes to Space Marines that also aligns with my own style; Games Workshop does produce some absolutely fantastic artwork, but it’s not as cutesy and cartoony as what I do so I either need to adapt my art style for the theme or find some sources of inspiration that align with my own style.
As a bonus, Nathaniel Greyson and Nihilius Tybant, Imperial Psykers both. Another couple of characters that I should draw more and do more with; but this is a sign of things to come. More 40k, less furry. Rejoice!
I’ve still got a lot of work to do on this particular project and I’d even put it to the side for a while in lieu of other things I wanted to work on.
But, this is the first page of Codex: Blood Guard; a mock up image of my home-brew Space Marine Chapters very own Codex.
My intention is to write a whole codex for them (For personal, non-profit use only) as a challenge and to prove to myself that I can get things finished! I’ve had my Chapter for a few years now and it would be great to have something to show for it – other than just the 4th company in models!
I know theres a lot of typoes in the mock up and due to a catastrophic Mac failure I no longer have the original file to edit, but it wouldn’t take long to remake this page.
Honestly, I just want to feel like I am ‘back on track’ with the hobby in one form or another, and just writing this I feel excited to crack on again!
This is another model that I’d forgotten I had taken some pictures of.
It’s actually one of my own too! Le-gasp!
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Primaris Space Marines when they first showed their faces – a part of me feels somewhat sad for the standard marines that it feels like they are replacing – but I figured I would get a small unit of five to see what all the fuss was about.
They’re interesting to paint and I am a little ashamed to say that I prefer them to the regular little guys. They have a bit more of a canvas to paint, so to speak.
I think the hardest part was something that my husband had a bit of an issue with and that was converting an already existing paint-scheme to a bigger scale without it looking boring. I learned from conversations with him, so hopefully my dude here doesn’t look too bad.
I’ll have to pick up the rest of the squad soon and try and get them finished off and see how they look next to their chapter-mates!
This is my home-brew Space Marine chapters (Blood Guard) Chapter Master model.
And I cheated my hind legs off to get this photograph looking right! This is the overall feel I would like to achieve for my photographs, but I managed to get this looking right thanks to using Photoshop and merging two photographs together – I’d much prefer to be able to do all my tricks and fancy stuff in camera; but I don’t think my current kit is capable of doing it somehow.
This was taken by using my light-room and a spot-light behind my Canon Eos 20D. This set up lit up the whole photograph too much, but I liked how the light hit the model making some interesting contrasting shadows.
So it was a case of having to darken the background without making the model himself too dark – so exposure compensation wasn’t going to do the trick here. Duplicating the layer, setting the new layer to multiply and removing the character from the multiply layer was the only way that I could achieve the look I was going for.
Not ideal when it comes to wanting to be able to create these images in camera – but still something useful to remember for another session in case I don’t get the results I am after originally. Unsuccessful camera sessions do not have to be written off as a loss.
I’ve included the original image below – just to emphasise my point that the original picture didn’t work. There was also some cropping involved – which I am sure is a standard of photo-editing.