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’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!
I found some images that I’d forgotten that I had taken last night when working on a simple graphic for BlackHandMarines.com and I thought I would share a few of them with you.
As far as I remember they were all painted by Blackhandmarines.com.
I think the reason I forgot about them was because at the time I wasn’t too happy with how the shoot went.
I think there was some dreaded burn out on the first few images I looked at and I took it a bit to heart that it was all over them – looking back on them now though there were some decent images in the shoot, so thought I would share them on here.
It’ll also make a nice change of pace from the plethora of ‘furry’ stuff I have been posting! I still need to come up with a decent posting order/streamline or some such.
Maybe a certain type of post per day of the week rather than an ‘as and when I do something’ order! I shall have a bit of a think and see what I can come up with.
I had to play about with the levels in photoshop with this image, for a rather… silly problem. The lighting on the day was so bright that the logo from my light box was shining through the back of the white background and no matter how I tried the exposure levels in camera wasn’t getting rid of it. Maybe I should have tried using a black background instead due to the conditions, but somehow I didn’t think it would work as well for the models painting – which was done, once again, by my husband.
Here’s another image of the same model without the background looking quite so stark.
I’ve always been impressed by the conversion work on this model – it’s a great model anyway – but I think the different pose make it really stand out. If I recall correctly, it also won a little competition at the local Games Workshop store.
I don’t know if a dark background would work well for this model, but I’d like to give it a try sometime, just to see.