Wednesday, 20 February 2013

“Up then, fair phoenix bride, frustrate the sun;
Thyself from thine affection
Takest warmth enough, and from thine eye
All lesser birds will take their jollity.
Up, up, fair bride, and call
Thy stars from out their several boxes, take
Thy rubies, pearls, and diamonds forth, and make
Thyself a constellation of them all;
And by their blazing signify
That a great princess falls, but doth not die.
Be thou a new star, that to us portends
Ends of much wonder; and be thou those ends.” 

John Donne

This miniature is a commission piece for a client. It is set on Istavan III at a crisis moment for the Primarch. He stands on the precipice of the greatest betrayl in human history and the betrayal of his closest friend. I wanted to represent the Primarch as a haughty aristocratic figure, nimble and refined. He is slighter than the guady creations of the Astrates but he still maintains that indefatigable aura of one of the First sons of the Emperor.

I wanted Fulgrim to stand on a barren outcrop, an outward marker of Fulgrim's inner sickness. Despite the refinement, the trappings of civilisation and the exaltation of human cultural achievements, Fulgrim is ultimately a flawed creation, a being of light but not heat.

I painted portions of the armour (chest guard, and hands groping at his knees and shoulders) in a mother of pearl effect and created a freehand Phoenix on the back of his cloak.

I hope that Callum enjoys his new commander and hopefully we will be seeing a lot more Heresy era Emperor's Children soon!


Sunday, 3 February 2013

Throgg is an amazing miniature. He has a very characterful face, something that draws me to any miniature. I loved the job the 'Eavy Metal team did on the original miniature, but I wanted the skin to be slightly lighter and have a blueish green tint to it. This was the first time i've used the Citadel Wash range and I was very pleased with the subtle changes in hue I was able to achieve with these paints.

This miniature and the Dragon Ogres have been displayed on Games Workshops Daily White dwarf Blog here


I bought these miniatures on Saturday morning and could not leave them alone until they were complete on Sunday night. I felt like I was possessed by my paintbrush!

"The Dragon Ogres (who i've since called the Lords of Carnage) were a treat to paint. I love painting miniatures with lots of skin on show and these offered ample opportunity to play with highlighting and shading. The little details like the scales and skulls really make these miniatures something to savour as a painter.

This miniature and the Dragon Ogres have been displayed on Games Workshops Daily White dwarf Blog here!

Next, Throgg! 

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Do you know those miniatures you just can't stop painting? Throgg is an amazing miniature to paint, I just got lost in it and after waking from my painting trance I had this. 

Looking at the picture I can see bits and pieces I need to clean up. The skin tones are a little flat and I can work on the cape a little more. I'm still unsure whether yo give the model an ink wash to sharpen up a few of the details or leave it as is. 

A question for everyone; I intend to have some UHU stringy drool on Throgg's many mouths - but what colour should it be? I'm leaning toward a nice vibrant toxic green, but blood may be more frightening. Any input here would be invaluable. 


Today undoubtably belongs to Chaos and to celebrate I decided to pick up a couple of the new kits to paint up. 

First on the shopping list was Throgg The Troll King. The model is a bit of a beast, the pose reminds me a bit of Bender's iconic fist pump in the 80's classic The Breakfast Club. I was a little apprehensive buying this miniature in finecast. My previous experience with this material has not been a positive one and I was mightily relieved to find that this set has no flaws. No bubbles, irreparable warping or missing pieces. From look at the spure (below) we can see that there are a lot more injection vents than would be found on a plastic or metal miniature. Unlike previous moulds being used for finecast production, this model has been designed to be cast with finecast in mind, and the toolers have allowed for the frailties of the material. 

The miniature is incredibly detailed and very characterful. Its a fantastic sculpt and I think a lot of credit has to go to Games Workshop team who produced the kit.

I also decided to pick up a set of Dragon Ogres. The models look amazing and the kit is of the same high quality as the Dark Vengeance plastics. I was absolutely blown away by the ease of assembly. Just looking at the sprue is a humbling experience - the GW team have gone to mighty lengths to produce a vibrant and characterful unit. The Dragon Ogres really add weight to Games Workshop's boast that they produce the finest wargaming miniatures in the world. 

I decided to go with the double handed weapons for my Dragon Ogres but I haven't glued on the halberd / stone / axe heads. These will be going up for sale and I wanted the buyer to have the option of how to equip them. 

Until next time chap and chapettes.