In just a couple of weeks, I’ll be heading up to Nottingham for the Horus Heresy and Necromunda Weekender and I’m very excited about it all. Among the many things to do and see, there is a Golden Demon competition going on, and I wasn’t going to take anything because a) it’s a bit of a hassle, and b) I know the quality of those attending and I don’t want to feel too bad about my own paint jobs. But as I’ve said before on here, you should enter these things for you, and not for other people, and I like to show off my work. It may not be the best but it can stand alongside (albeit slightly behind) the best.
With that in mind, I decided to man-up and take a couple of things along. I’m hoping a certain leopard-print-cloak-wearing Praetor will catch some eyes in the single miniature competition, but I want to take a squad too. While I have more than a few display stands for single miniatures, I wanted a plinth that could hold 10 miniatures on 32mm bases. Could I find one of these? I could not. I scoured the net, asked around, and got nothing.
So, I made my own. What’s more, I’m actually pretty happy with it (considering I’ve not done much woodwork for the past 15 years) and I thought I’d take you through the process of how I built my squad display stand, especially as you may have to make your own one day too. Here goes.
First off, I was up and early one Saturday morning to head down to what passes for a lumber store in my neck of the woods (we’re very good for antique silver birch logs for a fireplace, not so hot on untreated pine planks down my way) to pick up some wood. I bought low quality but straight edged pieces that were a couple of feet long, along with some Gorilla glue, a couple of clamps, and some felt.
I measured everything up and arrived at the conclusion that I’d need a couple of pieces that were 21cm long. I then realised that the wood that I bought was too thin, and that I’d actually need four pieces and a little more of that Gorilla glue than I’d planned on using. After the measuring (twice) and sawing (once), and a little gluing, this is what it looked like:
With everything sawed and sanded (including another little piece to act as a stabiliser for my stand’s stairway design), I did need to make a couple of fixes. Annoyingly a couple of clamps that I’ve had for ages went walkabout, so I had to improvise and I did it badly – we had gaps by the time the glue had dried (O, forgive me, Mr Pitcher [my former woodwork teacher at school] for I have failed you!). But being someone who has a lot of greenstuff around anyway, these weren’t hard to fill (I know this is not the traditional method, but it does fit the theme). A little more sanding, and all was sorted, at least to a level I could live with.
A trip to the paint store, and I had some primer (as seen above) and some black satin paint. Dulux Satinwood Once was what I bought, but boy do I wish I’d read some reviews of that paint online before buying. Here it is with the Once paint on:
The problem here is that the 16 hour drying time mentioned on the can is a complete lie. I actually don’t know how they get away with having it printed on there. Reading online, some people who had used this had tacky shelves for months afterwards. My fingers left big imprints, and I was left with oily black residue all over my hands, and that was after it had been drying for over 48 hours in a dry room! I had a decision to make, given that Nottingham is in just a couple of weeks. Here’s what I decided:
I stripped it. As much as I could. It had cured quite well over the upright sections, but even that was loose and tacky. I literally lifted it all off with just a dry tissue too – don’t use this paint if you can avoid it. So what did I do? I used the paint I should have used all along. The unsung hero of so many painting projects. I speak of course of Chaos Black spray. And once that had been applied all over in one even and easy spray (which of course was dry in 5 minutes), it was time to think about magnets.
I had thought about drilling out spaces for miniatures to sit in, but I don’t intend to get caught out the next time a base size change happens, and it would be good to use it on other units as well, so instead, I resolved to add 10 mini magnets to the stand, and add a small metal washer to the underside of each mini’s base (£1.99 for 50 steel/zinc washers at Robert Dyas – bargain). This way, the miniatures could be packed together without worrying about them shooting off and sticking to each other. After gluing these in place, I applied another thin coat of Chaos Black, and when that had dried, some Purity Seal spray was used to add a little protection. Last up, I added the padding to the underside:
And we are done! Here’s a little look at the finished product again:
And you know what, I am genuinely proud of this. It may not be the finest bit of carpentry ever, but it’s mine, and it does just about pass muster. It’s a simple design, well executed, and I made it – like I said, genuinely proud. I could have done some things differently, but in the end, I am thrilled with the result, and it was truly rewarding to see each miniature gently snap to it.
I’ll be taking my Veteran Blood Angels Tactical Squad up to Nottingham on the 3rd, so if you’re popping along to the event too, keep an eye out for both the miniatures, and my marvellous carpentry (and me!). I very much doubt they’re good enough to do much up there, but after all of this, I just want to see my stand in all of its glory.
To help you make your own, the length is 210mm, and each surface is 44mm wide. Magnets were placed along a centred line at the following points: 25mm, 65mm, 105mm, 145mm, 185mm. The height of the lower level is 22mm, and the upper level is 18mm. I hope that helps if you do make one yourself! Onwards!
Have you ever made a plinth? Have you ever bought a plinth for a squad? Tell me your plinth stories in the comments below. Plinths!
Dispatched by the Prince of Pleasure to guard her servants in the depths of the Underhive (or wherever else they need her), the Guardian Huntress is a stealthy assassin who will protect her charges with her own unnatural life if necessary. In her hair she wears the feathers of the unflamed Phoenix, and she bears signs of transformation into a daemonette – something she cannot escape, though her Goddess has slowed her transformation so that she may be better suited to her current duties. Let’s look closer at this dark warrior.
This is my hand-to-hand combat specialist for my Dark Mech Slaaneshi warband, and while she isn’t Dark Mech per se, she has been sent by Slaanesh to ensure that the Magos’ mission succeeds. I’m thinking that in terms of weapons, as well as the obvious claw and dagger, said dagger should be dripping with some sort of poison or potion that Slaanesh has crafted – perhaps one that seduces any model it hits and makes striking back at the Guardian Huntress a little harder to do. When I get to writing some rules for them, I’ll be sure to keep it fluffy.
The miniature is obviously based heavily on the Sisters of Silence kit, but there are daemonette and Escher gang kits involved too, and the bronze shoulder armour is from the Helstrider kit. A little bit of greenstuffing, and the whole thing went together quite easily.
Above you can see the cloak that I worked on for this. It’s loosely based on the pattern of a clouded leopard, but I wanted to try and make it not an easily identifiable animal in the end – more of an exotic beast hunted in the realm of the Prince of Pleasure. I’m particularly pleased with the feathers in her hair which are nice and subtle, yet interesting enough to be a focal point on the miniature. The brass armour was fun to do as well, and also has a subtle yet flashy look to it.
The base was plenty of fun to work on. The stone has a muted purple hue to work with the theme of the miniature, while beneath that stone, the grime, decay and ruin of the world using mud, a broken pipe and some fallen fencing, show through. What’s best about the base though is that it adds to the miniature’s character. It gives her a real hunter’s stance, and you instantly get that her foes would hate to see her towering above them like that, ready to strike.
She has been a very fun little project to get in to, and it was fun to work on something a little more subtle after the glaring bright tones of the Noise Marine. What’s more, she really fits in with the gang she’s now a part of…
And the gang is almost all here, but there’s something missing I feel. As this is Dark Mech, shouldn’t there be a robot in there? Well, I think there should, and I will be addressing that in a couple of months, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, I hope your own painting work is going great guns. Onwards!
You ever feel like you’ve written the same blog post already before? I’m sure I wrote an article like this last year, and, as I have no intention of trawling through all my ancient drivel, I’m not sure if much has changed here or not. Well, maybe the ending. Anyway, here is my list of the 5 things I want for 40K in 2018.
1: The Storm Has Gathered – Now What
Awww, yeah! Everyone, I’d like you to meet my very own Original 1991 Noise Marine! After looking for this miniature for years, I finally found it on Ebay, and after a torturous week-long auction, he finally became mine. And when it came to painting it, I couldn’t think of anything better than a slightly updated version of the original paint job to do it justice. Let’s take a closer look, at the miniature that I have always wanted to paint.
First of all though, let’s take a look at the original Eavy Metal mini from all of those years ago that I saw in the colour-section of the 2nd Ed 40K Rule Book. Here it is alongside the above image:
I saw that guy and it sold me on Slaanesh, Noise Marines and 40k in general. I was in love, but I never saw it in a store all those years ago. If memory serves, he was only ever available for a couple of years back in the days of lead miniatures. So when it came to redoing it, I wanted to do a very similar job with just a couple of updates. Firstly, starting at the bottom, I gave him a slightly more grimdark base. The rock acts like a little stage for our axe-man, and there’s even a skull that looks like he’s singing along down there.
I made the leopard print a little more leopard like, put a bit more shadow into the hair, added a Slaaneshi symbol to one of the shoulders, and used a more modern Noise Marine backpack – the old Chaos packs are hard to come by, and they don’t look great in all honesty. Other than a few tiny changes across the model, I tried to keep it as faithful to the original as possible.
After painting more sombre, earthy tones on recent miniatures, it was a joy to go nuts with all the paints at my disposal. I swear at one point, probably while I was doing the hair, I got a headache from all the colours (though that may have had something to do with licking the paintbrush and this being a lead miniature, but whatever). I think this is what’s called an eye-bleeder.
What I think is really weird is that this miniature, to me at least, doesn’t look totally out of place. Yes, he does look ridiculous, but he’s not so ridiculous that you couldn’t see him blasting people apart with his guitar-gun. Ok, now I hear it. But whether he looks suitable for the grimdark or not, he does look cool (provided your definition of cool is an up-armoured member of the rock band Poison) and that’s all I asked for.
Regarding the backpack, it’s kind of the good thing about the current Noise Marines being such an old sculpt, is that it fits in with this even older sculpt. And the demon head speakers definitely lend themselves to the heavy metal feeling of the overall miniature. That being said (presses play on the broken record player) some new noise marines would be nice (anyone from GW reading this, take note).
The leopard print is done using a method I’ve used several times before, and regular readers will recognise it from older projects. I’ve had a couple of requests over the years, and if I get the time, I’ll do a short tutorial piece on how to achieve the look. At some point. No promises.
And that’s that done. I can’t tell you how much fun it was to paint this miniature, or how happy I am with the result. If I had an army of these guys, I’d be in painting heaven, though I now feel the need to get on an do something a little more sombre, but I want to retain some of the flamboyance from this work. Let’s see what happens next.
It’s always good to bring in the new year with some fireworks, and nothing has more colours and craziness than the original Noise Marine. I think I’ve done him justice, and if someone asked me to paint another one, I wouldn’t hesitate (though it might take me a while to find another guitar-wielding lead miniature, so bear that in mind). I’m off to go listen to AC/DC and WASP, while I cover my head with a whole can of hairspray. Onwards!
Heresy & Heroes has been a lot of fun to work on in 2017, and I want to have just as much fun with it in 2018. What’s more, you’ve all been reading, liking and enjoying the posts and pages here, and we definitely want that to continue, right? So, rather than review everything that’s happened in 2017, I’m looking ahead to the future (and because I barely remember half of it), and I wanted to give you lot a quick update on that. A preview, if you will.
What You Can Expect
In short, more of the same with a few sprinkles on top. 2017 started off with me heavily entrenched in my Blood Angels Legion project, and as 2018 is more than likely to bring us a Forge World book and miniatures introducing the Sons of Sanguinius to the table top, I’ll be onboard with that. As I’m going to a Horus Heresy (and Necromunda) weekender in February, I’m hoping that I see a bit more evidence of this in the flesh/resin. Imagine if they have Sanguinius on a little plinth in a cabinet there! I’ll be squealing like a stuck squig.
I’m still nuts for Necromunda too, and there’s plenty for me to do there. I have and Escher gang that I need to start on, and I’m hoping to bring you some game and campaign reports too – we’ll see about that. Bounty hunters, hive scum, NPCs and lots more will hopefully all pass across my table in the new year as well. I’ve got some very fun conversion ideas that I’ve already picked up a few bits for, so I’m really looking forward to working on those.
And there will be all the random characters, retro miniatures, wish lists, reviews and a few pop culture nods that you’d expect from this place. Retro miniatures is an area I want to focus on a bit more, as they’ve provided a lot of satisfaction over the last year. And the random ones of course; what will be 2018’s Pickle Rick?
I also want to try some new things here. Maybe it’s time we heard a few more voices on these pages, and that this blog had a couple more features too. We shall see, but this is also a good time for you to tell me what you want to see. Should I be doing more of something? Less of something? Do you have any ideas of something else you’d like to see me do? Do you fear change and cower in the corner at the slightest alteration of the norm? All suggestions will be considered, so shoot me your best ones in the comments section below.
And at some point, and I make no promises here, I may even try a few characters from armies I’ve never tried before. I may make some things specifically for Golden Demon competitions – we shall have to wait and see. I may even get back to my
Warhou …never mind. The point is, there’ll be plenty of newness going on around here as well as all the things you enjoy about this blog.
A Message For 2018 – A Brief Bob Ross Moment
Approach your hobby time like a treat. Over this year, I think I’ve enjoyed painting more than during any other year, though I’m not sure why. Focussing on smaller projects that I really care about has probably helped, but no matter what I’ve been working on, I couldn’t count the amount of times that I’ve been near giddy with anticipation at work for getting home and hunkering down over my paints an brushes. And I want you to enjoy your painting like that too. 2017 has been a rough year for all of us (some more than others) and your painting and gaming time should offer you a bountiful oasis in a storm of bad news, real life and all the horrors that assail us throughout the days, weeks and months. Treat the time at your desk or table as a respite from all of this, and a chance to really enjoy yourself, better yourself, and feel innocent and rapturous pride in your work.
One of my resolutions for 2018 is to play more. I lost the bug for playing games probably back in 2016, but with both Blood Bowl and Necromunda now out, I’m going to use these as gateway games to help me really get back into the swing of it all, and with the Blood Angels getting their book at some point, I want to give Horus Heresy a real go too. And that’s one of the great things about this hobby. There are always areas to be revived or explored for the first time. I challenge you to find an area of this pursuit that you have not devoted much time to in 2017, and spend some time on it. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to continue to do it, but you might find something new to do that you love doing.
So trying something new, and enjoying ourselves – that sounds like the perfect way to sign off on 2017 don’t you think? May 2018 bring you all the joy you could wish for, both within and without the world of your toy soldiers. May you learn valuable lessons, make friendships that will last a lifetime, and find all of the things that can make you happy. Thank you so much for reading Heresy & Heroes, and may the Dice Gods be forever on your side.
And One Last Thing…
Before I sign off, I can give you a quick clue as to what will be appearing on this blog soon. All I’ll say is this; It’s almost time to… KICK OUT THE JAMS!
Happy New Year! And, as ever; Onwards!
It’s time to smash some stuff up with my Goliath gang leader completing the gang that I will take into my first Necromunda campaign. Bash ‘The Destroyer’ Bonebreaker is here to lead the Jagged Aggressors into the depths where his power hammer can cause maximum damage, if his combat shotgun doesn’t blast his enemies apart before he gets close enough. This hulking brute represents the end of my initial Goliath gang, as the six that are now done clock in at 995 credits with their added gubbins. What’s more, this allows me to create the warriors I need as campaigns go on, and take advantage of any weapons sprues that Forge World might be releasing in the future.
I went with the Power Hammer because it’s both fluffy and fantastic in a fight. It also looks brutal, and I decided to give it a weathered bronze look to set it apart from other weapons in the gang. And the respirator mask puts the leader out on his own as well. I had to chop and change the combat shotgun with the combi-plasma in order to get it onto the same mini as the hammer, but that was easy enough. And of course, as is now my signature with any leader, sergeant, boss, champion, etc, I added a lone skull to the base.
I like the idea of this guy striding, unbowed and uncaring into the heart of the fray, blasting his enemies apart with shredding buckshot, before swinging that monstrous hammer to crush and cripple any foe foolish enough to try and take him in close combat. It takes advantage of the Goliath’s fantastic strength and the leader’s attack stats. And I really can’t decide which part of this miniature is my favourite, in terms of my painting. I’m very happy with both weapons and how they look, so maybe I’ll pick those as my highlight, but there are other bits I’m equally pleased with.
It’s been a really fun project to work on, and I look forward to expanding the gang in the future with more weapons and maybe even some juves (rumour has it that Forge World are working on this kit), but for the time being, and until my campaigns kick on, that’s this project done!
And so there are the Jagged Aggressors! Looking pretty good (if I do say so myself) in their initial iteration. My camera has just about been able to cope with all the metallics going on which is alright, though they do of course look better in the flesh. I’ll be returning to them a few times in 2018 I dare say, but from this little project alone, the Necromunda miniatures get a huge thumbs up from me. A joy to paint.
Next up from me, well, I have a few smaller projects I want to work on (there’s some very exciting things coming), and then eventually, I’ll crack on with the Eschers. In other news, I’m off to the Heresy/Necromunda weekender in early February, so I’ll be picking up whatever’s new from there, and will of course be reporting from the event as well. Stay tuned for all of that, but in the meantime, I hope you have a great week of painting. Onwards!