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    I've modelled a King Stephen and Empress Matilda, for an upcoming Civil War project. Here they are shown with a C09 Dark Elf.

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    This is one of my Golden Demon entries – Sergeant Rophocalas of the Blood Angels chapter. He was entered into the Staff Category at Golden Demon Space Marines back in 2015.

    Sergeant Rophocalas with Breacher Squad Aceldamus during a boarding action on the Space Hulk Dies Inproba Apollonis.

    Sergeant Rophocalas is the event-exclusive Mark III Boarding Marine from Forge World. He’s had a head-swap with a Forge World Legion Preator so I had the opportunity to paint some flesh. I also built a step-style base out of Necromunda bulhead and Zone Mortalis fittings to help draw the eye up the model.

    I really enjoy painting limited edition figures. I feel they’re intrinsically more valuable than their mass-produced counterparts. My enthusiasm for limited editions is more likely to last for the scores of hours that it takes to paint models to a high competition standard, so it’s a great completion strategy. And, at the end of the day you have a extra-special piece with an extra-special paintjob

    There’s a number of techniques on this Blood Angel I don’t normally do on my gaming miniature. My standard Space Marines are largely flat block colours on their panels as I’m painting them (at least theoretically) for gaming. But on Rophocalas I wanted to push my blending and transitions. His red armour has has smooth transition from dark to mid red. Areas like the silver on his combi-bolter and the gold aquila on his shield are done is a non-metallic metal style.

    I didn’t nail the standard or style to be a Golden Demon winner, but I got closer than I’d been previously. I wince a little bit looking at parts of this entry now – but I learned a lot and stretched myself. It wasn’t the best Space Marine in the Golden Demon cabinets that day, but it was the best Space Marine I’d done up to that point.
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    Those are some gorgeous Blood Angels, mate.
    Large Blood Angels Terminator
    FW Space Marine
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    Thanks Meph!

    Back to to the Rogue Trader Adventurers for a bit. Hoping to finish up a load of these this 2018.

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    good stuff curis, really cool set of models. loads of charactor. you have made a good start on them

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    Thanks Coyote!

    Every year the Curis Christmas list (or "Curistmas list") features swathes of miniatures suggestions. Family assume I'm no longer a teenage nerd (haha! half true!) and that I can't possibly still want tiny toy soldiers. However, me and a group of miniature-loving friends arranged a Secret Santa so there was a teenage nerd present under the tree on 25th December.

    ADD6 Paladin and Gobslob the Bugbear from Citadel Miniatures.

    The Dungeons & Dragons Paladin was gifted (thank you anonymous Santa) on the condition it was painted before the day the festive surfeit of Baileys was finished. I painted him alongside the Bugbear as that's the first of the monsters needed to run the Lost Mine of Phandelver scenario from the 5E D&D starter set.

    This Paladin is such a thin miniature, he's almost a Paper Mario character.

    Everything on the Paladin is a sculpted texture. All the armour panels are festooned in splodgy texture. The cloak is splodgy fur texture on one side and splodgy abstract tree texture on the other. It makes his overall form difficult to read as it's a mound of details akin to a Michael Bay Transformer design. On the plus side it does make him gloriously quick to paint, and I could spend a load of time on the only smooth surface – the plastic shield. I painted a rampant griffon design, hinting he's a distant relation of Lord Weuere in my Norman army.

    Drool-worthy painting?

    "Gobslob" is the Bugbear from Citadel Miniatures' 1983 Dungeon Monster starter set. With a name like that he had to have a big bit of drool hanging out of his mouth. It's made by melting blister pack into transparent stringy goo with a soldering iron, then dribbling contact adhesive down it. Though I assumed the glue would remain clear when dry, it went a cloudy green colour. I've decided to run with this and say Gobslob has an excessively bacterial mouth.

    Sir Griffiths du Filigrann lost in a mine, somewhere in Phandalin.

    Congratulations to Asslessman and Rochie for getting their Secret Santa miniatures painted and blogged too. Now on to paint more of the monsters needed to run Lost Mine of Phandelver.
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    These two are oh so cool. Keep after the old school minis.

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    I love the spit! Your thread is wonderful.

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    Thanks Endless! I've managed to collect another four of those slobbering Bugbears, there will be some more soon with a refined spit technique.

    I've got further on stripping the Warhound Titan. It's a challenge and a half! It's taken three dunks in acetone-free nail polish remover to get it this far.

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    With Britannia on the telly, I’m fired up for Roman Britain. The Emperor’s finest stabbing druids has given me the focus to paint these eight Late Imperial Roman spearmen.

    “Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy,” they sang.

    Late Imperial Romans? Late for what? They’d better hurry up and carpe those diems. The Late Imperial period, for me, covers everything from Septimius Severus as Emperor (AD 193–8), the Crisis of the Third Century (AD 235-84), the Barbarian Conspiracy (AD 376–7), the Roman Exit from Britain (AD 410), Flavius Aetius versus Atilla (AD 452), the Fall of the Western Roman Empire (AD 476), and beyond into the time of King Arthur. The army gives me a lot of history to play with and a lot of excuses to visit knee-high ruined walls in the rainy English countryside.

    “Roly poly, roly poly, holy poly poly,” they sang.

    I invented a mythical beast to paint freehand onto the unit’s shields – the ophiosus. It’s a creature with the head of a pig and the body of a snake. The component animals might, based on the altar below, be symbolic of Veteris – thought to be the god of Hadrian’s Wall. If you like you can call the creature a “boar constrictor”.

    An altar found at the Roman fort of Magnae Carvetiorum, with a pig and a snake carved into opposite sides. RIB1805.

    The first shield took several hours to do – from idea through to pencil sketch then freehand painting. The next shields I batch-painted and they took about 45 minutes on average. I experimented with a couple of variations from shield to shield, refining it as I went. The minor variations in design I rationalise along with the different armour styles I’ve mixed together.

    “Derpy merpy, derpy merpy, slurpy merpy merpy,” they sang.

    The miniatures are from Crusader Miniatures, and are satisfying for army building as they’re one piece castings (with separate shields). I worked on them as a batch of eight, imagining them as a contubernium – the smallest organisational unit of the Roman army who all shared a tent or barrack room together. Conveniently it’s also an instantly game legal unit for Saga’s Aetius & Arthur. Eight is enough figures to make me feel like I’m making progress on a significant chunk of infantry, while not causing burn out.

    “Sminky pinky, sminky pinky, sminky pinky pinky,” they sang.

    Congratulations for getting to the end of this post. As a special reward, let me tell you about a marvellously named woman. She discovered another altar dedicated to Veteris, and her name was “Miss Fanny Bacon”.
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    Got some vintage 1980s goodness coming soon! Lord of the Rings, D&D, Warhammer 3E and some historicals.

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    This time I present Battle Brother Groma from the Crimson Fists Space Marine Chapter, and Ruin Priest Theodolitus from the Adeptus Mechanicus.

    Only the strongest will surv-ey.

    This pair came into being as I've already painted iconic archaeologist Indiana Jones for the project, and it's made me want some more Warhammer 40,000 excavation personel.

    Theodolitus is an Adeptus Mechanicus Ruin Priest (not to be confused with the Rune Priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus or Space Wolves), specialising in archaeological investigation. You can see from his hunched back and tattered trousers Theodolitus has spent his entire career painstakingly trowelling back trenches hoping to uncover archaeotech secrets and alien artefacts from ancient times. He is a very different adherent of the Cult Mechanicus to the Techpriest Enginseers normally seen repairing machinery mid-battle; Theodolitus only works on battlefields abandoned centuries ago. Actual warfare – he wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole.

    Check out the holstered trowel added to the Ruin Priest's belt.

    Theodolitus is a minor conversion of the standard RT601 Adventurers Tech-priest. I replaced his staff with brass wire, but kept the original top with its 1980s Adeptus Mechanicus wing symbol – simply flipping it backwards and adding a ball of putty painted like a survey lens. On the back of his belt I added his trusty archaeology trowel – "Trenchbane" – made from a diamond of plasticard, a length of wire and putty.

    Theodolitus recording an ancient battlefield containing wreckage of an original Mars Pattern Warhound Titan.

    Battle Brother Groma has been temporarily requisitioned by from the Crimson Fists chapter to serve with the Explorators of the Adeptus Mechanicus. Groma served in his chapter as a Fire Support Specialist, relaying co-ordinates the rocket strikes of the Crimson Fists' Whirlwind formations. He is equally at home operating the las-survey devices of the Adeptus Mechanicus to record their archaeological digs, though it took him time to adjust to the tedium of measuring points on a landscape without witnessing their fiery destruction seconds later.

    Groma's graffitied survey case and his freehand Crimson Fists Chapter icon.

    I converted Groma from the biker-with-scanner torso from the 1980s Space Marine bike range. His legs are a mongrel of metal biker legs and RTB01 plastic legs. The tripod is plastic rod, and bits box spares.

    I decided on Crimson Fists colours as it's the iconic Rogue Trader look, and it might lead in to a Battle at the Farm project later in the year. I experimented with several different blues, trying to keep him away from the Ultramarines Blue as seen on my Rogue Trader Marneus Calgar, settling on a mix of Citadel Mordian Blue, Citadel Mechanicus Standard Grey and Vallejo Royal Purple. The key to a classic Crimson Fists scheme is staying away from white and gold, and getting in a lot of crimson.

    Groma sometimes imagines Theodolitus and his bastard pole obliterated in a storm of rocket fire when he glimpses him through his sights.

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    Got a 1980s Citadel Gnome and a 2010s D&D Halfling Rogue on the go currently. Two very different sculpting styles.

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    The Roman's and their shields are great and I love the backstory for the surveyor. Very cool idea, conversion, and execution of the idea.

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    really like the surveyor and archaeologist. very good concept and well executed. good work
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    Thanks guys! Krule, I've got some more Fists on their way very shortly, the surveyor may double as a sentry in games.

    Brimstone Horrors! The cheeky pairs of scampering bastards you get when you kill a Blue Horror. I’ve painted four sets of these quarter-daemons, but with an Oldhammer twist.

    And it’s all in how you mix the two.
    And it starts just where the light exists.

    Ever since 1989, Pink Horrors split into a pair of Blue Horrors when killed – it was the Tzeentch lesser daemon gimmick. But when Silver Tower arrived in 2016, the GIMMICK ALSO SPLIT IN TWO as Blue Horrors started to split into pairs of Brimstone (or Yellow) Horrors. This troubled me for a little while, as there are several generations of vintage Pink and Blue Horror miniatures with no corresponding Brimstone Horrors if you want to use them with modern Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000 rules. But then I remembered the tiny Epic-scale Pink Horrors from 1992.

    Do your demons, do they ever let you go?

    Epic was nominally a 6mm game, but these Horrors were hilariously overscaled and make great 28mm familiars – as I discovered way way back in 2010 when I painted Inconstantine Bowie, Champion of Tzeentch.

    Turn and face the strange

    It has taken me a while to work out why yellow was chosen as the colour for the new tiny Horrors. The answer is in this passage from White Dwarf 113 (May 1989), which highlights the importance of colours in the early Warhammer lore.

    Tzeentch is the Changer of Ways and, true to his nature, he has more than a single colour. The Pink and Blue Horrors, Daemons of Tzeentch, use magic of their own actual colour, reflecting the changing forces of their master as they turn from pink to blue. However, aside from the Pink Horrors who are associated with the Amethyst College, Tzeentch’s colours are very bright shades of blue and yellow. These colours are often dominant, though by no means exclusive, in the worship of Tzeentch. The two colours are particularly significant because they are the province of the Golden and Celestial Colleges which lie either side of the green magic of Tzeentch’s adversary Nurgle. A follower of Tzeentch could therefore be inferior or superior to Nurgle depending on his colour.
    I really like how daemons align to the Colleges of Magic, and will use it as an excuse to model some Golden and Celestial Wizards to be corrupted by Tzeentch.

    Wave your hands in the air like you don’t care.

    These newly painted Horrors join my existing 1980s Kev Adams Horror force I started 9 years ago. I’ve rebased these minis onto 32mm round bases which means they don’t have any of their toes poking over the edge. They’ve seen plenty of gaming action down the years so there were a fair few chips to repaint. I really enjoyed the restoration; it was like catching up with old friends, or wearing an old t-shirt from back when you were 14.

    New and old paintjobs together mean I’ve got all 10 of the various daemon incarnations needed to play Silver Tower.

    Rainbow in the daaaark!

    Coming soon, more vintage lead substitutes for the modern plastic pieces in Silver Tower – some of which you may’ve already spotted on the Ninjabread Workbench.

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    Freehanding some historical shields at the moment, for some upcoming Late Imperial Romans.

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    That freehand is gorgeous Curis. Always enjoy seeing what you can do with the old school GW minis too.

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    Just discovered your thread and wanted to comment...
    Really excellent and clean work bringing all these old almost "relic" miniatures back to life... some of the posts in the thread made me smile so loving those little humour touches you gave here and there.

    Also I loved that squiggy Stardust from your website/blog
    Every time I paint a mithril figure I feel a similar sentiment... it's like diving to the past.
    Last edited by Maenas; 05-14-2018 at 10:42 AM.
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    lol I didn't realize all the old Warhammer minis look so happy I love the Horror Rave!

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