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.
A lot of my artwork is inspired by silly conversation over on Twitter. When discovering that there is someone out there who has as much need for Pin Up Space Marines as I do, I had to get back to work on that sort of thing!
It also fits in with the whole, trying to get better at drawing Space Marines thing, that I have going on at the moment.
The challenge is to do enough of these for a calendar. I won’t be able to get them done in time for 2019, I am not that fast, but I shall look into getting something sorted for 2020. I may look into doing my own KickStarter or some such, if the idea gets enough traction! As I sadly, cannot afford to create something like this out of my own pockets. We shall see! It will be good fun to draw them up regardless~
If you have any ideas for specific Chapters for the calendar, let me know!?
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.
As mentioned previously, I am trying to change my content direction a bit and do more with the Warhammer hobby; be it photography, drawings, games or painting (Or anything else I can think of.)
I did a bit of sketching yesterday – I’d like to make Space Marines a part of my daily drawing practise as it’s the only way I’ll improve my craft with them – and these are the two I came up with.
They are both of the same character, Lucas Agrahim, a tactical sergeant from my Blood Guard chapter and twin of Rafen (Who needs a new first name as he currently shares the same name as my son which feels a bit weird now)
When I get some Bios up on here, there will be more about them both there~
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!
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.