Sunday 28 July 2013

WIP Up-date 1

A WIP up-date. Since the last post the paragon knight has been undercoated and based, I’ve started on my next project and committed a bit of nostalgia. Sorry about the lack of posts I've had real life take over toy soldier life.

Sir Junkie looks much better now. I think that he just needed some bulking up around the shoulders and 40king up some. The eye lens and the ubiquitous 40k tubing has helped a lot on that score. I tried the epic marine commander on the helmet but he seemed too flat. The laurels with the tactical marine seem to do the job though. Next I need to work out some colours for him. At first I was planning a blue/green palette to show up rust and brown grime on his once pure “white” (silver) armour but I’m not so sure now.

The next project is a planetary governor based on the great John Blanche picture of a high lord of terra in the old 2nd edition Codex Imperialis. He’s part of my fallen paragons so is not a heroic figure; he’s a confused old man wrenched from his palace and caught in a battle he doesn’t understand. To begin with I was converting one of the Empire battle wizards but found the weird pose too restrictive. After a couple of days struggling with it I abandoned what I’d done and pulled out the sculpting tools. I know that this may be a faux pas in the world of =I=28 to sculpt a whole model but it was the only way that I could get something that I was happy with. Please forgive me.

As a side note the original picture makes the high lord look like a hard arse. It’s not something that I imagine that they would be; in my mind they would be standing by a brass-bound cogitator attached to the Golden Throne endlessly waiting for a message from Him that will never come as the scribe whose job it was to stock the machine with punch-cards died 5,000 years ago and, because of a administrative error, was never replaced, or sitting in a dark, gothic board room reading endless centuries old casualty reports and trying not to let the state of the Imperium crush them.

Finally, I’ve also been working a few other bits and pieces: an astropath that I saw on eBay and could not resist; Lt. Varras for my Imperial Fists; and some old eldar. This October marks 20 years of toy soldiering for me, and the eldar were some of the first miniatures that I got. My plan is just to paint ‘em up nice. Better that I could in ’93 at least :-)


  1. Absolutely love the high lord sculpt, very much looking forward to seeing him finished.I like sir junkie and the idea behind him is cool but i think i am going to need to see him painted. Im of two minds about his head. How are you thinking of painting your eldar? Are you going to go all retro and blind us with fluro or are you going to go for more muted tones?

  2. Mike: '90s retro all the way with the eldar. I'm going to copy Mike McVey's 'Eavy Metal Dire Avenger Exarch and paint the guardian in Iyanden colours. Bright with fine line highlights is the plan.