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Showcase: Dark Angel Primaris Inceptors

I'm on a mission. I'm going to smash all my unfinished projects like an Inceptor making an orbital drop on a mob of Orks. I'm firing on full auto at the moment as cut through projects in rapid succession. I'm painting at least one project a week. After the jump see more shots the Inceptor unit and I'll share 'The List' with you. More after the jump

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WIP: Dark Angels Hellblasters and Inceptor

Since I cancelled my Conquest subscription, I've been working on Warcry and Beastgrave. Both of these Games Workshop games are excellent and I've had a blast painting and playing some games but it's time to return to the projects I abandoned at the start of the summer. Starting with Dark Angels. Find out what else is on the 'to do' list after the jump.More after the jump

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Dreadtober 2019 - Mostly TO DONE!

#Dreadtober update and as promised yesterday, today is just a preliminary wrap-up of pics. There's still varnishing to do and adding some flock but it's effectively complete. I have to say Dreadtober has been an absolute joy this year. Sure I made it easy on myself by prepping so much of it in advance, but I do that with all my projects and even so I almost [actually] didn't meet the deadline so I can't be too hard on myself - I know my pace. I think next year I'll have to post every time I progress instead of sticking to my schedule and doubling. it might be a nice exercise in micro-blogging and also help with the whole community vibe.It's also worth mentioning Mordian 7th's hard working in keeping Dreadtober up-to-date not to mention painting his own Contemptor Achillus. Collating everyone's work in an additional blog is a thankless task, so I just thought I'd say 'thank you'! lastly a couple of comparison pics, alongside my old skool Rhino/Razorback. Not quite as saturated green, but th

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Dreadtober 2019 - The Final 5

#Dreadtober update - "so say we all" fellow Dreadtoberists and Dreadtoberistas! Given the timescale I pushed [aka rushed] on through with this last night. Not only did I resolve most of the remaining details, but I got the glow FX and battle damage done.Now the glow FX is not my best work, but once again I can live with that. Tyler Mengel covered something applicable last week in his article The Art of the Shortcut I'm referring to - 'point 2. Focal Points', in that although my glow FX is the brightest colour and stands out, the actual high quality shading of the bulk of the model may help mitigate the roughness of the glow and gives the illusion that it has all been painted to the same standard. Either way I'm not that fussed, it's alright and I'm happy with 'alright'.With the reactor glow done I could finally glue on the Dark Angel reliquary. I broke it off about 5 minutes later so I can foresee that super-gluing it is going to come back and haunt me. If it does it again I may try polycement.The fist i

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Dreadtober 2019 - Devil in the details

#Dreadtober update and time seems to be running out, but that's only because these first 2 pictures are from the 24th of Dreadtober. The truth is I'll most likely be on track to finish this, what with working on the details now. But trying to fit in the blog updates before the end of the month, now that's the difficult challenge.As you can see I've started to pick out some pipework on the sarcophagus, shaded his power fist, added grey and a shadow wash to the Dark Angel Chapter moulding on is front and also added a company number on his shoulderThe other shoulder will have a Dark Angel decal, so I've glossed it, complete with these chunky brush strokes 😞 I'll do another coat and see if it smooths out. I mean I could have free-handed this but for some reason just felt that a decal was the right way to go, time will tell.I had a few more details to pick out, [red pipes, lenses, Tyranid elements on the base, Dark Angel Relic trophies on the back, rivets etc.] highlight all the black areas and some other bits an

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Dreadtober 2019 - Verdigris and vert de green

#Dreadtober update and the verdigris has been added. Typically it is a mixed affair, where sometimes the application looks as close to what it can be in realityAnd then in other areas where it just looks like I've splodged turquoise paint on it. But the fist got quartered for the 5th company's badge and I also started shading all the panels with black. Again, subtle unwanted tide marks with the black, that's what happens when you don;t apply a layer of texture to hide all these mistakes! However, the subsequent highlights/glazes should mitigate this issue.  Waaargh Flesh I think is the highlight, mainly drybrushed on but some areas where it was applied as a line-highlight and others where it was thinned and blended.I could feel myself rushing this a bit in places, but I'm thinking I may go back in with some Caliban Green, drybushed to help blend the lighter and darker shades together.This will also help cover up any marks I hadn't resolved, although if I do any weathering/battle damag

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Dreadtober 2019 - Shadow metallics

#Dreadtober update and I've shadow washed all the metallics. My Valejo Sepia 'dipping' wash is the main difference.In truth it is not the best product in the world but I've tons of the stuff and a lot of this will be further enhanced with Army Painter String Tone wash for even more contrast and then the VerdigrisBut you can clearly see on the assault cannon unwanted tide-marksIt's less noticeable on the Plasma weapon and certainly makes it look a little more ancient but it's still a bit of a gamble using it.Perhaps a mix with Lahmian Medium might make it settle a little better but that's always too much faffing for me 😂And then not too much difference but this is after the Strong Tone wash as wellBut a back shot, curiously missing from the last set of pictures.I then shaded the pauldrons with black and painted the fist Angel Green.And at some point plaid down the skull for a Renegade Knight banner that will go on the base of Lady Pettorini. It's not quite working but maybe it'll come right in the end...Verdi

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Chat: Garfy's Armies on Parade Experience 2019

Hobbyists all over the world flocked to their local Warhammer Stores on the 19th October 2019 and I was one of them. I only decided to enter three days before the the event after chatting with friends. I decided to take my Dark Angels which I'd been painting since September 2018.  Read on after the jump.More after the jump

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Dreadtober 2019 - Moar Metallics

#Dreadtober update and yet moar application of the metallics. This is the mid-season finale so to speak, whereby I apply the final set of highlights before I add a wash layer to grime it up a bit. I believe it's Valejo Game Color Gun Metal and Shining Gold [whatever they're in this intro set and still going strong after 9 years] sponged on for the texture.It works particularly well on the hip joint. There are still areas I can't decide how to paint but I've no doubt my decision will crystallise green or bronze without delay when the time comes.The weapons also got their highlights, I even had an Imperial Knight Icarus array that got a quick highlight. I will regret not pursuing the Deathwing Knights in parallel but that would dismiss my feelings that it would be too much to take on simultaneously and despite the metals being the same the application requires a different approach. The terminators are much smaller and need more care, whereas this thing is a beast and I can just slap it on and any issues can be

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Dreadtober 2019 - Metallics

Dreadtober continues inexorably but as expected my progress is slow. In fairness this has nothing to do with the model or even the usually problematic brassy bronze. No it has been impacted both by the weather and general fatigue. Heavy rain has meant the garden has flooded and wading to the Man Cave in my wellies has often been sufficient to discourage me even attempting to crack on with my Dread. One night I braved the elements to get out there and slap on some Balthasar Gold on top of the Warplock Bronze.Weapon options too. Originally I hoped to throw in my Deathwing Knights as well, as they are at the same stage but half an hour was just about as much as I could do before I felt it was time to go to bed. I've been monitoring my sleep again using Google Fit, I think I've made a little improvement in my sleep schedule. There are still the occasional late nights but I think they're more uncommon now. I've had some early nights too, which doesn't help the hobby obviously but should help me long-term.Another n

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Dreadtober 2019 - A 'cheaters' guide...

Dreadtober begins next week and I have this Redemptor Dreadnought to do. Now it's supposed to be you build and paint your Dreadnought [or equivalent] in the month but I know my hobby pace and knew building it in advance was a minimum.I also got it based, primed, base-coated and then painted the base [along with a lot of other models]. Now this took a significant amount of time to get to this stage, so I wouldn't have achieved this and potentially finish the model in month otherwise. At least now I have a fighting chance.All the brassy bronze is the next priority [ I will start that on the 1st] and my prior brassy bronze exploits will reveal this can break me, so I need to hold strong and get all those bits metalled up so I can enjoy painting the greens! And we all know how much I love doing that - just a bit above Ravenwing... is there anything I actually like to paint? Sometimes I wonder why I put myself through all this if it's all so difficult, but we rise to the challenge and maybe that is the reason - th

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Chat: The Missing Models! - Dark Angels in White Dwarf

The cover story on this month's White Dwarf is all about Dark Angels and I was invited to share my collection on these hallowed pages. Regular readers would have been following my progress on my Dark Angels for a while but I thought I'd use this post to share the models that aren't in the article. Check them out after the jump. More after the jump

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So what have I been up to?

Hoi,Yeah I know, real life takes up too much time by far. So what figures did I paint during the holidays? Well I did mention I painted quite a lot of Space marines so here are some of my Dark Angel and Death Watch marines. These are some Dark Angels. There's a Plasma gunner, you can't have too many of those for sure! The two smaller figures are "Watchers in the Dark" ethereal figures who sometimes help the highest ranking Dark Angels. Next up are some Death Watch troopers. There's two old white metal figures (the Ultramarine Veteran and the Blood Angel) and one new plastic one, the Ultrasmurf wielding the Phase blade.That's it for today. Next time I'll be showing you some more 40K stuff and I will be posting a special item about my trip to the UK where I met a pretty special person.Cheers Sander

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Dark Angels - Ravenwing Dark Shroud part 10 - TO DONE!

And here we are the Ravenwing Dark Shroud is complete. I think I'm satisfied with the result. As usual there are elements that exceed my expectations while there are others that fall short, or are compromised.But I'm not overly fussed about the result, which I appreciate sounds a little underwhelming. This is a model I need in my army to make the Ravenwing more effective. Their function/inclusion is a key element of taking Ravenwing so he had to be done.And the result matches my existing Ravenwing so all those boxes are ticked. The black highlights are exactly as expected which is good but as predicted the varnish did show up some brush strokes, but I'll not lose sleep over them.Almost everything else went to plan, although I didn't take any pictures with the plasma battery.The red glass windows are another area that falls a little short. A lot of the preparatory shading/highlights have been neutralized by the Tamiya Clear Red X-27, which is a shame. I should probably go super contrast next time, probabl

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