Television is rather a frightening business. But I get all the relaxation I want from my collection of model soldiers.
Peter Cushing

Sunday, 23 July 2017


Another of the characters from Space Hulk. Again, quietly rather proud of this one...

Sunday, 16 July 2017

A Dream to Some: To Others - A Nightmare!

Excalibur is a terrible film. I mean, it's very watchable and great fun but it's pretty dire. I am constantly grateful that Boorman didn't get the rights to The Lord of the Rings. Be that as it may, my closest work colleague is a massive fan; there's something slightly perverse about a medieval historian liking a film with such egregious anachronisms, but whatever. He's also the only man I know who can recite the entire Charm of Making which is, I suppose, admirable in a weird way.

In order to celebrate us surviving an absolute cast iron bastard of a year, I wanted to get him a present. There was really only one choice:

This is a lovely, simple sculpt from Rogue Miniatures. The hardest part of the paint job was when I looked at the film and realised that Nicol Williamson's costume wasn't black. There was blue and brown in there as well. 

So the technique was based very heavily around glazes and wet blending to give some different hues to the black robes. Overall, a simple scheme but quite effective. 

The finishing touch was to write the Charm of Making round the base. 

I just hope he likes it!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Fallen

This is one of nicest pieces from the new Space Hulk set and I used all the weathering and aging techniques I've been learning over the last year or so to really work up the age and sense of a forgotten corner of a ruined ship.

I'd really like to grime up the other Terminators but seeing as they're supposed to be elite troops it doesn't really fit. I think I'll save it for the  scenic elements of the bases on the Stealers.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Winged Nazgul

This has been one of those miniatures I have wanted for a very long time; as it turned out, I got it as a Father's Day present.

It was basecoated with the airbrush with varying tones of grey and a fairly pallid flesh tone. The underside of the wings was built up with various flesh tones with a final Dark Flesh overspray - my tinking here that this wil probably be feilded with Uruk-Hai, so it main sense to try and tie them together with the palette.

Here's my Heath Robinson spray booth:

And here's some WIP shots:

There's a few little touchups left to do and the basing, but overall I'm, very happy. 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Space Hulk Redux

How do I love my wife? Let me count the ways...

Given that this has been an horrific couple of years at work for me, the Good Lady She Who Must Be Obeyed decided to celebrate the light at the end of the tunnel by buying me a present. And she bought me this:

Now we all know I love Space Hulk, but this new edition is something else. The tiles are beautiful and embossed so they have texture. The rules have been left as they were with a couple of tiny tweaks. And the miniatures.... oh, the miniatures are lovely. I think they may have been GW's first foray into CAD sculpting; in any case, they are delicious.

And obviously I had to get stuck in. I undercoated all the Terminators using the airbrush and then painted the first two:

Quite proud of the little motion tracker I painted on his arm, there. 

So another little fun project that should see me well into the summer. 

Sunday, 2 July 2017

The Far Side of the World

"The Acheron is a tough nut to crack... more than twice our guns, more than twice our numbers, and they will sell their lives dearly. [...] Much will depend on your accuracy... however... even crippled, she will still be dangerous, like a wounded beast."

The second part of my little treat to myself. The difficulty with building the Acheron is that she never existed as a ship; in the book version of Fat Side of the World, the enemy is an American Privateer, more or less the Constitution. For the film, they replaced it with a french Frigate.

I bought a Langton French frigate and brass sails and set to work creating as close as I could version of the ship from the film:

I think, overall I got there. I haven't normally put flags and signals on these models, but for this one I decided to try and match the screen version.

So another two ships to add to my growing fleet.