The last, brave few.

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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!

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Blood Angel Pin Up

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Sometimes, the need to do something Warhammer 40k related takes over.

Alas, I am still very much caught in the ‘Pin-up’ trap!

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?

Big Announcement Time!!

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You might have already seen it if you’ve viewed my main page.
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You don’t need to pledge any money to follow me and most of my posts will be public – I’ll share things over there that I don’t here, like Speed Paint Videos, Sketches and WIP’s so it’s worth while!

Even better if you’d pledge! I only have one tier for my ‘stuff’ and it’s only $3!

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Let us spray

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Finally!!

Some decent weather for spraying! I’ve only been waiting all year for it! Living in the grim North has it’s drawbacks. Mostly it being grim, rainy and/or snowy and windy!

But today, we had some relatively decent weather so I was able to get out there and spray some models. Means that when I have the last 4 bikers glues together I can get on with painting the lot of them!

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Also managed to get my other army sprayed as well. Which I have had sitting on the shelf for the longest time ever!

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Rumours of my actually being a Heretic are vastly exaggerated. This army is for Age of Sigmar – it doesn’t count!

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.

Inquisitor Jenn and Heretic Deb

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It’s only been a few weeks since I drew anything like this and I already feel well out of practise.

But here we are, some fan art for Inquisitor Jenn and Heretic Deb who are characters over on Abaddon and Teal

I know it’s not my best work, but it felt nice to draw something Hobby related again after the few Primarchs I drew – which I will resume when I am feeling less ‘out of practise’

There is another thought to add to this post though and I hate to drag down a gift-art post, but it’s sorta, maybe relevant?
Since picking things back up here and getting back into the hobby full swing, I’ve honestly questioned myself. For a while I wanted to be seen as a credible and ‘real’ artist. But, what does that even mean? Am I less of an artist because I draw characters in the way that I do? I think it speaks volumes the amount of time I’ve been drawing characters; it’s something that I always return to and yet, I’ve always held this overwhelming sense of shame with it – maybe because I know there are a lot better people out there at it than I am. But, does that matter? Clearly, this is where my soul keeps returning.
Sure, I like painting and dabbling in other things, but try as I might to deny myself the chance to draw characters, I return to it. Always. There has to be something in that?

Then there is that ‘elephant in the room’ does everything have to come down to money?

If I am happy drawing characters, why am I trying to replace it with something else?