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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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’

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?

Exorcist Pin-Up

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Another suggestion that came from the land of twitter.

I am still very surprised at the reception my Pin up Space Marines have had over there – I’m glad that it has been overwhelmingly positive though, it gives me encouragement to keep doing them; and I really enjoy doing them. They’re different and they are what I enjoy drawing. Pin ups are awesome; even if everyone and their Mum can do it too~

No video with this one though, sorry. I honestly forgot about recording!

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If you didn’t already know – you can support me on Patreon, where I take suggestions, requests and a whole host of other fun things!

Blog Feature – Abaddon and Teal

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Hello everyone!

I wanted to give some exposure to one of the blogs I read on a regular basis.

It’s titled Abaddon and Teal and is about  the adventures of Warmaster Abaddon (Warhammer 40K) and his pet cat Teal; as well as some other strange misfits  the rest of the Warhammer 40k Primarchs and associates!

If you couldn’t tell by the feature artwork, it is a comic that isn’t to be taken too seriously, but is still an enjoyable and funny parody – probably because of the lack of seriousness factor.

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As you can see, the characters are presented in stick form, but if you’re familiar enough with the main characters of the Horus Heresy (and why would you be reading a 40k related blog if you’re not?) then the simple individual traits make the characters obvious enough. And if you get confused, there is always the handy who’s who page to refer back too!

The story itself is presented in a variety of ways. There are some mini series within the comic; such as ‘Through the Keyhole. Or episodes of a longer story arc, like ‘Crusade’ but most of the posts are one-off funnies!

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It’s a wonderful little read, if you can get ‘into’ it and I admit, I was somewhat skeptical at first, but it has totally grown on me and I look forward to seeing updates from it in my Reader.

So, why not give Abaddon and Teal a try for yourself, see how you get on with it!

Enjoy~