Bike Space Marine

I was a little undecided on what to photograph today, so grabbed the nearest model. One of my many unfinished Space Marine bikers! Because they are currently unfinished, I thought I would spare everyone the grey of unsprayed and unpainted plastic and shoot in black and white – this also gave me the chance to play around a bit more with light and shadows than I normally do; I’ve this vision of using gritty lighting in my photography for some reason.

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I remember backlighting from various lectures; from University and my City and Guilds programs, so it was great fun to try and give it a revisit! And I think it worked pretty well considering that the model is unpainted – so it didn’t give that game away too much.

But, this image holds a little ‘special’ something to me as well. It came about on Instagram; Debbie Forster requested a print – I don’t know if this was to make me feel better about where I am heading or not – but ask, and thou shalt receive!

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The last, brave few.

Bikers

Wow!
Today, I stuck together the last four guys of my Space Marine Company.

I have now collected and made all the model I require for my Army.

It feels like a momentous occasion that needs celebrating and sharing! I’ve had these bikers sat in a box since before I left Lincoln University in 2012.

I now have the mammoth task of painting them all – some have already been painted, so it’s not as big a task as painting the entire company, but there is a lot to be getting on with. (As well as fixing casualties and finding bases)

I last posted about this here, at the beginning of the year so it really has been slow progress. But, hopefully I can keep the forward momentum going a bit better this time and share more updates with you as I go.

[Edit] The missing guns are no longer missing!

The Iron Warrior

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It’s been a little while since I drew one of the Primarchs and Perturabo has been waiting ‘patiently’ for a while for his picture, so, here he is.

In all his wonderful Terminatory glory!!

I really enjoy drawing Space Marines and the Primarchs series, because I feel that I can really, really push myself and learn while I am doing the deed.

However, they do trigger all my ‘I am shit at everything’ feelings and I have more doubts that I can ‘do good’ while doing these more than any of my other art pieces. It’s most likely because I lack confidence with drawing both them and the backgrounds as well as the full illustration-y feel they have.

I just need to work through these thoughts until they become second nature – as a part of that I’ve been doing a few sketches in a sketchbook too. Really quick images to get more comfortable with the concept of them

I am thinking, maybe I should make this a ‘daily thing’ like a couple of two minute sketches a day until I am a lot happier drawing Space Marines whilst still keeping ‘my style’ of art with them. These sketches were all drawn really quickly too, so they aren’t going to eat into much of my other free time.

Might be something for regular viewers to look forward too as well?

I’m contemplating on taking most of my artwork down this route, even the anthro/firry stuff. More illustrations than quick pin-ups, but maybe there should be a good, clear divide. The Warhammer stuff for full illustration, furry for quicker stuff? Just some thoughts.

Either way, I hope you enjoy the arts~

Where was I?

Mostly due to the house move, I have lost my way a bit with where I was on the hobby front.

I only unpacked my models today and managed to get them on the shelf.

So I really should get them sorted out better into their individual units so I can easily see where I am at.

I half recall having the need to stick together some more Bikers – as there only appears to be four base coated – so I shall have to find them and put them together as I believe these are the last few models I have to stick together before my company has enough models in it to be called a Company (I think that was my aim before moving house anyway, getting them all stuck together before painting them)

Thankfully during the move there was little in the way of casualties – just a few arms need sticking back on. Ideally, I would like to get a display cabinet for them nearer where I do my ‘art stuff’ in the conservatory.

But, this is their home for now and I just need to find the last few biker dudes and ‘crack on’

Guest Post – Wargaming addiction?

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This is a Guest Post from Ray Deg

Hi there, I don’t really blog, but as Jenn was asking for guest writers I thought I would give it a go.

So, like most folks I started wargaming as a kid, I saved my pocket money and I brought new units, got a decent haul for Christmas and Birthdays, but never really had much of a backlog, most stuff was painted before the next purchase.

Next up puberty hits, I stop for a few years as you do, then got back into it, now with a job and more disposable income, so I would buy a few units come payday, but again no real backlog.

Fast forward to today, as a “Proper Grown up” I could pretty much buy whatever I fancied, so I did, from side projects to new armies to impulse buys on bundle boxes etc, so the mountain of plastic grew and grew.

But you know what, I have far less time to paint now, grown up responsibilities being what they are, and yet I bought more because I could. (ooh ltd release etc etc) so now I find myself with a lot of different armies most half built and half painted none of them getting the love they deserve.

Of course, I could get rid of them all, I did in fact sell a lot, but I do like my models, they have just become a chore. I find myself thinking I SHOULD paint X or Y or I need to get a certain unit done and trying to force myself to power through…

I think I need to box them up and just pull out one unit at a time, actually go back to painting for the fun of painting.

What do you think?

Getting closer

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Please forgive me while I shed a bit of a tear over this one.
This is the last tactical squad I am ever going to glue together (For the time being at least, but I don’t foresee my starting another Battle Company in a hurry)

It’s one of Games Workshops older kits; but I was pleasantly surprised how little anger and frustration there was in it’s construction. I recall these being a complete pain in the rear end when it came to arms and guns! But this was pretty easy going – aside from the Plasma Gun dude. He was excruciating when it came to being a pain in the rear end.

Giving credit where it’s due, my husband converted the Plasma Canon dudes arm, I think another missile launcher heavy would have made me cry.

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In the grand scheme of sticking things together for my chapter – I’ve got a handful more bikes to do.

Then, I’ll be praying for some nicer weather to get some things base coated so I can power through the painting process and have something really worth-while to share.

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.