Plasma in Ya Grill

I’ve finished my combi-plasma sergeant. The truth is most of the kill teams I’ll actually face on a regular basis (Harlequins, T’au, Drukhari) don’t really demand plasma weapons, but I’m ready for those stinking Death Guard if they ever show.

As I have done for most of my Eremoi, I’ve hidden a surprise on his base.

Slaaneshi CSM can’t stand before the wrath of the Dark Angels!

The blood glooping out of the back of the head was sculpted with Greenstuff and painted up with Tamiya Clear Red.

Breathe Life into Faces with Inks

A subtle application of inks can transform the face of a figure from lifeless to vital quickly and easily.

The face of this Dark Angels tactical sergeant was painted from pale purple grey in the shadows, up through a yellowy skintone, and highlighted with fair skin. It’s ok, but it’s definitely missing something.

The application of very thinly glazed inks can take that same face and give it far more personality and life.

The thing to keep in mind is that the face can be broken down into three main zones of color. The human forehead is slightly yellow, the nose, cheeks, and lips are reddish, and the jawline is slightly blue.

When glazing the red, focus upon the bulb of the nose and tops of the cheeks. I’ve also glazed blue onto the scalp to suggest a shaved head rather than baldness. Space marines don’t go bald, man!

A drunken dwarf can stand a nice rosy nose & cheeks, while you need to go veeery light with the blue on female figures… unless they’re beardy lady-dwarves!

Don’t overdo the red on the lips: lips that more closely match the color of the surrounding skin look more tense and aggressive. In any event you can always add more, but you can’t take it off.

Two notes on inks:

1) They take a while to dry. Be patient or you’ll start ripping the color off in spots and create a mess. Experience and all that.

2) Inks are transparent, so you need to do all your highlighting & shadows first, because it will be your last (or almost your last) step in the process.

Use these quick tricks on your next figure to breathe a little life into him!

Plasma for Days!

In the never-ending quest for more strength and AP on my Eremoi marines, I’m working on a tactical sergeant toting a combi-plasma.

He’ll probably slot in as a sniper, taking advantage of the bolter shots when double tapping both at rapid fire range. I need to finish him up and add an intercessor sergeant with a chainsword (which I’ve built as part of a combined Dark Angels/Deathwatch group of intercessors) and I’ll be able to field two plasma, a missile launcher, heavy bolter, and auxiliary grenade launcher (so good) in addition to the chainsword sarge. Sounds pretty nasty against MEQs!

Shish Kebab Sergeant

My progress has been a little slower than usual over the last couple of days, but I’ve made a start on this fellow.

He’s fighting me every step of the way. I did a terrible job cleaning him up! I think I must have failed to complete the job, to be honest.

I’m trying to overcome the challenge and get a good result, though, both because he’s an important member of my team (he’ll probably be the default leader) and because I really like the actual conversion.

I’m trying to balance two priorities on this guy. He needs to look cohesive with the group, but I’m also attempting a few subtle changes to the ‘formula‘ that I hope will give him a distinctive look. We’ll see if I can pull it off!

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Frequent visitors to the ‘Chap will have noticed that the typical background of monkeys, knickknacks, and a teapot has changed. I’m moved into a new painting & hobby space in my attic. At 6’2″ I need to watch my head in the reading nook but… I have a reading nook! I’ve now got a huge desk, shelf space, and enough distance between me & the rest of the house to jam out pretty hard when the mood strikes. I’m also going to add a small square table that will be perfect for Kill Team, card games, small board games, and whatever else you do with tables.

I’ve still got a lot of organization to do and the cats have to figure out who’s claiming it for him/herself, but it is already much nicer to spend time here than in my previous corner of a laundry room. Laundry’s easier, too!

This is a task/goal I’ve had for months, with nothing really stopping me but my own sloth. Some projects did actually take priority, like Eldritch Elf & Tom’s GK. Had I spent a day or two simply moving into my new space, I could have improved not only my overall productivity and my enjoyment of the hobby. Had I waited until I had finished the ‘next’ project to move, I’d never have gotten up here!