Dark Angel

Just wanted to share this picture as an update on here. 

I’ve embarked on this little ‘quest’ on twitter where I draw a Space Marine Primarchs depending on who wins a poll.

Lion El’Johnson was the winner of the first poll, so here we are! 

He was a lot of fun to draw up and a challenge too. Honestly, I just wanted to draw some hero poses and guys looking badass and I’ve drawn Space Marines before to know how they look in my own art style. I hope you like it and I look forward to drawing more of the Primarchs.


Black Hands

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So much for remembering about updating things here more often and getting back into a habit! As always, whoops!

This is a commission for the Black Hands Space Marine blog of their home brew Space Marine chapter – or at least some prominent characters of which they belong.

As far as commissions go, this was particularly challenging. Drawing 4 characters together on one piece of paper is pretty much impossible (Or at least, I would have to draw them so small I’d not get much detail in) so I drew them all as separate sketches and added them all together in one canvas in Photoshop.


I then undertook the task of lining them all up together in one picture, figuring out which part of who should be showing and where!

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The colours went down rather quickly once I got started on them and got them all figured out; with a fair amount of questions being asked of and input by the chapters owner! And some proofing by my husband who made a couple of suggestions to improve how a few things looks that I had missed.

Overall, this commission took me a fairly long time – but once I got into the flow of things it all seemed to come together nicely. The subject matter is one that I was familiar with once upon a time in my fangirling history, but I’ve not done anything with it myself in a while other than use a sketch as a warm up! So it was nice to have a reminder and a revisit of an older topic; but I don’t think it’s one that I’ll be getting all giddy over again in a hurry.

But, I do urge you to look at their blog and have a good read of the articles and see if there is anything that resonates with you, you never know!


I did a thing


If the picture above wasn’t a give away, it’s to do with my Space Marines.

It’s been so long since I was inspired to do anything with them, but I caved and made a blog up for them again.

I don’t know how much I will do on it. Or where things will lead or even if the inspiration will last very long. I can’t really give judgement on these things right now. But I though I would share that I actually managed to get something started.

A lot of the blog/website is pretty empty right now, but I am hoping to include pictures and little extracts/sayings for the characters and generally get things kick started again.

Who knows, maybe I’ll actually be able to call myself a War-gamer again soon!

But I thought I would let you all know, seeing as I know some of my followers on this blog are fellow hobbiests.

A hobbiests Journey

There has been an aspect of myself that I have been missing lately – I know with now having a child that some things will naturally fall by the wayside but I read a post recently by Imperial Rebel Ork (whose blog is a great read for wargamer hobbists all round) that made me feel really nostalgic over my own Hobby Journey.

I started off the Wargaming hobby by playing Hordes/Warmac20160705_151902hine and buying a small collection of Legion of Everblight; which I painted cutesy-pooh pink and bone. It was pretty much a gathering of flying shark-monsters led by Thargosh. I just remember him being pretty awesome because his feat meant you could bring back your nastiest shark-monster with full health to fight again. But I don’t really recall much of the game itself. That and Hordes/Warmachine has changed a lot since I played as I never changed rules when second edition.

By that time I had moved onto Games workshop models – who I still believe that for customizable armies cannot be beaten in terms of their kits and models. Which may or may not annooy a few of my readers that have moved onto other games.

My first army was one that I never actually clicked with. Eldar. Fo
r some reason I picked them out of the model range. After playing a game with an army that could have taken such a beating, Eldar came as something of a shock! My HQ Autrach chose to o something ‘Death or Glory’ related with a Rhino, failed the roll and got ran over – which was pretty much the end of that army. That and Guardians are the most boring of models ever to have existed both in game-playing and painting aspects.*

So I needed a rethink.

And the Emperors light found me.

Adeptus Sororitas. That didn’t work out so well either. They felt wrong for me. Not sure why. Just never worked out how I wanted it too.

I started an Army of home-brew Space Marines and never looked back. I still have a fairly decent sized army, most of which needs to be painted – bad hobbiest that I am. I grew attached to the army and really enjoy playing with them. I’ve written posts in the past (The early days of the blog mostly) about the games I played and how everything went. I even took upon a challenge over on facebook where I’d post as Uthor Fenix, my HQ Chaplain every four hours (Even through the night) as a part of the Imperial Truth. I don’t know why. Because someone said I should maybe?

I also made a Necromunda gang out of various bits and bobs and modelled them after various action heroes – Rambo, John McClane, Dutch to name a few – which was my first real attempt at converting models to fit around an idea. I made a Hicks and Hudson for the Necromunda gang as well; but they got repurposed when I made an Imperial Guard Veterans Squad for my Imperial Guard/Astra Militarum army. An Army which although only small, I am still imensely proud of.

I’ve banged on about this army a lot, mostly through the form of Nathaniel Greyson, their HQ choice – you can read more than you’ll ever need to know about a model in previous posts here should you wish. But like many IG armies it seems; they were inspired by Aliens. The Veterans squad being the named characters from the movie.


Somewhere along the line I read the first four books in the Horus Heresy series – a great collection of books that were sadly ruined by the term flogging a dead horse – and it was these books that gave me an absolute disgust for Nurgle. I mean being touched by the Emperors light is enough to turn you against chaos, but I hod a special place of hatred in my heart for nurgle. Ugh.

But, then I had my arm twisted to try out Fantasy Battle. Where do you start there? Epic scale battles which had pretty much everything I knew about Wargaming turned on it’s head.  No longer was everything skirmish based. My units had to sit on square bases and in movement trays! So typical me. I picked Lizardmen (Tails and movement trays don’t mix)

Of course, Fantasy Battle has changed since then and is now a skirmish game called Age of Sigmar – a change I am still trying to get my head around and am hoping the Generals Compendium will help me out with.


Even writing down these few steps in my Wargaming journey has made me feel a bit more inspired to get back into the orld of it. Even if it is just taking a few photograhs and writing a bit about the model. (Most of my Space Marine sergeants had names at one point) Or just getting down to do some painting again, heck, maybe even trying to organise a game. I doubt it would take much hinting to my partner to start a Necromunda campaign… and some of those old models could really do with a lick of paint!

So, a big thank you to Imperial Rebel Ork for the inspiration for this post and for making me feel a bit of a better hobbiest.


*  I have since brought an Eldar army again and enjoyed painting it, but never played with it.

Long Post

I had a couple of games this weekend. Another training mission against the Templars of Righteousness. It didn’t go overly well, but thankfully the Blood Guard Chaplain Master Uthor Fenix did go up to their Captain and just batter him a new one! Typical of Uthor really, plead ignorance to the mess that their numbers are doing to you Sergeants and go for glory! Still, it was the first time he had made an appearance in his nice new shiny Terminator armour. He loved it! I won’t go into to much detail of how quickly a lot of my heavy support was taken out in the first round of the game. (How does that even happen!? Poor leadership skills, that’s how!) It put the Blood Guard in for a set back for the entire game without that support and the Templars of Righteousness claimed victory.

After their training, it’s always a pleasure to go against our Battle Brothers, Hive Fleet Vespidae came for a rematch.
Clearly limber from their training. Uthor, still in his Terminator Armour and his 5 man Terminator squard, took down Two Carnifexes, a Hive Tyrant and its guard. Mostly due to them having little ripper swarms under foot and stabbing themselves in the face, but don’t tell Uthor that!
One of the Vanguard took charge of a smaller unit of assault squad today while Reid was recovering from injuries sustained during previous excursions. They did themselves proud and went Brain Bug hunting!
Sadly there were few other highlights to the battles, that I can currently remember. My nice new shiny Ironclad did very little both rounds as it just seemed to get hunted down. It’s glory will come!

In slightly other news. The Demo for Space Marine was downloaded, and my Goodness. That is a game worth Fangirling over! As if my Chapter didn’t get enough attention already!

The wedding was nice.