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Crackle Paste for Snow/Ice Bases

Today I just wanted to show you readers, who perhaps to do not frequent social media that much, a video tutorial I put together about using Crackle Paste for Snow/Ice Bases. Never miss an article? Subscribe! The product is Golden Crackle Paste and can be found on eBay. I am happy with the effect and now I have nailed the process it will be faster than my previous process. I guess the big question now is… Do I re-do the 16 or so Valhallans I have already done? This is how they turned out… Crackle Paste for Snow/Ice Bases Video […] The post Crackle Paste for Snow/Ice Bases appeared first on Warhammer 40K Blog.

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Grinning Skull Studios Patreon Launched!

Well, it’s been ages but I finally did it, launched the Grinning Skull Patreon page. This had been on the back boiler for a hell of a long time, but due to life commitments and other stuff, I had always put it off. Partly because I think I didn’t quite get what it all meant, […]

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40K Project – Valhallans

I’ve recently come to the realisation that I’m doing my first ever 40K Project – my Valhallans. This doesn’t feel like anything else I’ve done before and this has all happened by accident. In this article – I’ve no idea where it’s going to go – I’m going to explore what a project is, compared to everything else I’ve done over the last five years in this hobby. Never miss an article? Subscribe! And actually I’m doing my Catachans too. Although this feels less like a project because I’ve had help from Chris at The Unrelenting Brush with the infantry […] The post 40K Project – Valhallans appeared first on Warhammer 40K Blog.

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18 mm ACW Confederate Generals

I've recently finished John Keegan's 2010 History of the American Civil War (ACW) which I picked up from one of my local charity shops. I thoroughly enjoyed his approach once I'd got used to his somewhat tortured prose style. When I'd finished the book I felt I had a good grip on how the war was fought and it's unique characteristics. The only thing I found confusing was the geography but I

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Tech-Priest Enginseer Completed

This is my second Tech-Priest Enginseer completed! After the one I had performed so well against Knights & Ad Mech the other day – it made sense to get my second one painted up and completed. I also just bought a third – so now I am fully tooled up on Tech-Priests. Never miss an article? Subscribe! The Tech-Priest in that game healed about 9 wounds throughout the game. Which is a fair amount, that is like having a Leman Russ with 21 wounds to take done. A Malcador of sorts. Having another one is really going to help the […] The post Tech-Priest Enginseer Completed appeared first on Warhammer 40K Blog.

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Book Shop Launched

If you look above this post, on the blog itself not the RSS feed, you'll see that the menu bar has a new item entitled Bookshop. My intention is to feature my commercial books and publishing projects.  At the moment there are just two entries: the Poleaxed Sourcebooks for the War of the Roses and the Hobilar Archive CD. I was co-author for the Sourcebooks providing the background historical

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Underworlds Moonclan Grot Display Board Completion

This is a long long overdue post! As per usual it seems, life is busy and my motivation to blog is at rock bottom. in fact all hobby stuff in general has taken a back seat to work, life and kids. tis only a season however, the mojo will return one day. If you were following this little project you may have been wondering what happened to the finished piece, well, I actually finished this at the end of May, just in time for the two grand clashes that were happening here in the UK.I entered the board into both painting competitions, and although I didn’t win, I am really happy with how it has turned out. The idea in my head at conception and what turned out are pretty close so that’s a good win! It has taken a lot of hard work to get it to the finished stage, and there was a point where I didn’t think I’d do it (just as I was ramping up to do all the mushroom painting. Think I panicked at the thought!). While there are things that could be improved. I’m always critical of my own painting, as I can see the mista

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7 Ratlings Completed

More Ratlings now completed! I now have 17 of these little guys done! Never miss an article? Subscribe! The 17 Ratlings don’t amount to many wounds against most targets. A Toughness 4 target with a 3+ Save will take 2 Wounds and a single Mortal Wound on average. That’s three Wounds in total from 17 shots. It’s not great but I just love these little guys. Getting to 30 would be enough I think. Three squads of ten. That’s also the limit when using The Rule of Three. I get most of mine from eBay. Although I just happened upon […] The post 7 Ratlings Completed appeared first on Warhammer 40K Blog.

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Cadian Armour Photoshoot

After completing all my Leman Russ I decided to take out all my Cadian Armour and photo them all. So this isn’t much of an article, just a photo dump! Never miss an article? Subscribe! I have; 7 Leman Russ 2 Basilisks 2 Wyverns 4 Chimeras A Malcador Defender This is about 1,900 points at their base value. Not sure I will ever get to field them all in one go as Apocalypse doesn’t float my boat. And left to paint for my Cadians that’s a Vehicle I have; A Taurox 3 Sentinels A Baneblade A Valkyrie A Vulture A […] The post Cadian Armour Photoshoot appeared first on Warhammer 40K Blog.

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Cadian Leman Russ – All Seven – Completed

I’ve completed seven Cadian Leman Russ, I have completed seven Cadian Leman Russ. I wrote it twice so it sinks in for me. This feels like a big deal! Never miss an article? Subscribe! The Leman Russ is the go-to tank for the Astra Militarum and the fact it’s taken me five years to paint my first one should be enough to warrant a visit from a Commissar. But I hope I’ve redeemed myself somewhat by doing all my Leman Russ in one single batch. I’ve had these models for a long time. At least three years and I’ve never […] The post Cadian Leman Russ – All Seven – Completed appeared first on Warhammer 40K Blog.

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Arch Enemy 2019 - Warhammer 40k Doubles

Arch Enemy had great numbers of 30+ even though a few teams had to remain home due to the nasty flu that is going about mid winter (Nurge was rife). With the doubles format popular in Auckland we took the opportunity to run a event scaled up to 900pts each to test for the upcoming GuardCon 2019 convention. This meant that in a 2v2 it would be 1800pts vs 1800pts on a standard 6x4 table.We saw some interesting combinations for teams and everyone took a bit of variety to the competition. Doubles is always a great starting point and guaranteed fun when it comes to 8th edition 40k. The atmosphere was lighthearted and friendly all day. Great place to catch up with regular faces or meet new players.Here is the results for the day.Arch Enemy 2019 - 40k Doubles resultsp.Normal {margin:0.0pt; margin-top:0.0pt; margin-bottom:0.0pt; margin-left:0.0pt; margin-right:0.0pt; text-indent:0.0pt; font-family:"Arial"; font-size:10.0pt; color:Black; font-weight:normal; }     ITC Tie S    

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Quick Plasma Effect – Dry Brushing

I have another new technique to share with you today. A quick plasma effect which I tested out on my two Leman Russ Executioner turrets. One is the standard turret and the other is a Forgeworld version. Oh, I also have a quick how-to on Punisher Cannon heat burn in this article. This technique uses dry brushing and not an airbrush. The first one I did (the standard Leman Russ Executioner turret) took about half an hour. The second turret I did took about 10 mins. Never miss an article? Subscribe! The second was quicker because I knew the methods […] The post Quick Plasma Effect – Dry Brushing appeared first on Warhammer 40K Blog.

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Command Chimera Completed

Everyone knows that for every seven Leman Russ a Forgeworld provides your regiment gets a free Command Chimera. And the Forgeworld supplying me is no different. Never miss an article? Subscribe!   During my painting of 7 Leman Russ, I found a Chimera! I have three painted and ready to go for Cadia at present. So this makes four. I decided to make it slightly different from my other Chimeras and I gave it Command Chimera look. With extras radios, antenna, a Commander on top, a radar dish protruding from a missing Lasgun Array hole. Plus optional Heavy Stubber and […] The post Command Chimera Completed appeared first on Warhammer 40K Blog.

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Hobby Progress - Prophets of Bark and the Spooky Bunch Additions

Discordian here, with some new in-progress additions to my weird Mandrake themed army.You can see what has already been done HERE.New Urien Rakarth:Below are what I originally made for my Coven HQs, a generic Haemonculus and my Urien Rakarth with the Flag.Converted from Sylvaneth Tree RevenantsI was happy with them for the most part, but as time went by I wished had given both flags to make them both stand out better. So when the new Sylvaneth character box set came out, I knew it was time for a upgrade.My new Urien, complete with BEESS!!Simply enough project, and as soon as I get tree lady all painted up I'll swap her in as my new Urien.Super-Mandrake KheradruakhMy second project is something a little more absurd. And it started with this.For awhile I wanted to make a large show piece for my army, and I didn't want it to be a large tree. I wanted to focus more on the Mandrake side of things, and recently I had a cool idea when I saw that kit. There was a small part in Gathering Storm where the Mandrake

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