Category Archives: 40k Space Marines

Blood Angels Death Company and Chaplain

After the Space Marines Ultramarines project, next lot of projects that came along was the Blood Angels, the Blood Angel Death Company. Black armour is another challenging colour scheme to work on. The usual impression for painting black colour for most starters, is usually an easy colour to manage. In reality, its one of the tough and challenging colour choice.

For the Blood Angel Death Company, the edges of the Space Marines Armour were carefully blended with Citadel Administratum Grey and Black. Thereafter the the edges were all edged out with a light mix Citadel Skull White and Midnight Blue (as requested by Client). With the highlights and blends, this made the black armour more outstanding with depth.

blood angel death company

blood angel death company

The thing about painting Blood Angels is that each Space Marine Blood Angels, whether its normal marines or the Death Company, they are all full of accessories all over. Nice to look at and be amazed with all the detailed accessories, but painting them can be tedious and patience is definitely needed.

blood angel death company

The normal Marines are already full of details and accessories, talk about the characters. The Terminator Chaplain, he is filled with accessories all over his armour. Definitely a tedious task to get the accessories live with colours.

Well, though there were full of details and accessories to be painted, but once they are painted, these Marines simply looked amazing with life… Cheers!

Firepower! Ultramarines!

More fire power and strength was needed for one of my client’s Ultramarines. I got to paint up the updated new Ultramarine Devastator Squad, along with another 2 squads of 10 men Ultramarines and 5 Assault Terminators.

ultramarines terminators

ultramarines

The troop Ultramarines and Terminators were nothing much. Just some usual painting of the 40k finest Ultramarines.

I was excited about the Devastator Squad though. Some of the details on the marines were updated as compared to the old ones. I do like the missile launching off the launcher pieces. It gave the squad a much more dynamic feel to it. To add to the feel, the squad comes in the 32mm base, which makes the overall composition much more wholesome and dynamic.

ultramarines devastator squad

ultramarines devastator missile launcher

If only the lascannon has some sort of laser pieces blasting off, that would definitely make the whole Devastator squad very dynamic battle mode! Cheers!

Captain Sicarius of the Ultramarines

With all the kickstarter excitement and work, I managed to steal some time to complete a single miniature commissioned miniature painting. He is none other than Captain Sicarius of the Space Marine. Though I don’t collect Space Marine, I still do enjoy painting Space Marines… that awesome feel and power and its a Space Marine!

Captain Sicarius is made of GW’s finecast. With the last few commissioned Miniature Painting Service projects, I still feel that finecast is still not a perfect cast. There are always minor hole bubbles in the cast. Though some are minor which can be ignored, but those in obvious position will still need some green stuff patching. Well, if comparing to other makes of miniature, there are others which produces better quality.

Captain Sicarius

Captain Sicarius was painted as an Ultramarine as requested. The base blue was painted with Citadel Ultramarine blue, followed by a diluted wash of an old range of Citadel midnight blue. Once dried, it is highlighted with a mix of Ultramarine Blue and Skull White. The red cape was painted with Citadel Scab Red, washed with Nuln Oil, then highlighted with a mix of Scab Red and Skull White. The grey interior of the cape was painted with the same method but with a mix of black and white to create grey. The edge of the cape was also dry brush with Citadel Snakebite Leather followed by some Tamiya weathering powder.

The gold portion on the Space Marine was painted with Vallejo Gold, washed with Citadel Gryphonne Sepia, then highlighted with a mix of Citadel Gunmetal and Vallejo Gold. Client wanted his favourite Rolling Stones logo somewhere on the Space Marine, so I left a Rolling Stones logo on Captain Sicarius’s left knee guard. The rest of the details were then picked out slowly with its respective colours.

I sure had lot of fun getting Captain Sicarius up in its glorious Space Marine feel. Next stop, I am on the way to finishing my first Flames of War unit… Stay tuned! Cheers!

Commission Forgeworld Contemptor Dreadnought

Forgeworld Contemptor Dreadnought is next. Assembling the Dreadnought was definitely a challenge as the parts of the Dreadnought were all individual component. Had to test out various pose with blutacks before using superglue to confirm.

imperial fist contemphor dreadnought
imperial fist contemphor dreadnought
imperial fist contemphor dreadnought

Painting a yellow Imperial Fist is another challenge. I knew yellow will go well with white undercoat, but I risked it with a black undercoat. After the black undercoat, it was painted with Citadel Dheneb Stone. Yellow is slowly layer on the Dheneb Stone to achieve the clean yellow efffect.

The weathering is done mostly with Devan Mud wash and various mix. Secret weapon Weathering powder was used to add on and enhanced the weathering.

Overall, the Contemptor Dreadnought was definitely a great Dreadnought miniature to paint, especially trying to assemble the pose!

Commission 25th Anniversary Space Marines

Games workshop released this amazing 25th anniversary Space Marine sometime back. Have always wanted to paint it, and this commission project was a great opportunity! The finecast sculpt is finely detailed, but as with many comments and complains when finecast was released, I still find faults of minor tiny bubbles holes among the miniature that still needed some patching and filling.

25th anniversary space marine

The banner had a real issue though. Just as I was packing up the miniature, I noticed that the banner had bent leaning backward away from the marine. It was only about weeks ago that I completed the 25th anniversary marine. Seems like the finecast material is not firm strong when they are of thin sculpt.

Anyway, with some hot water I was able to bend the banner back. Supported the banner with a small rock and patched it up with green stuff. Now the banner will stay firmly against the rock… Dreadnought next… stat tuned…

Commission Legionnaires Marines and Terminator

Yes, after much painting, I am finally done with my commission projects. Total of 6 miniatures, definitely very exciting to paint. I shall post each miniatures in a different post.

Legion of the Damn! The Legionnaires Marines are already in their new finecast release. These I painted are in the classic metal range. The best part of the painting was to get the flames all lited up. Client requested for an orange outline shade like the flames. The overall result was an orange fiery feel to the Legionnaires.

Legionnaires Marines
Legionnaires Marines
Legionnaires Marines Terminator
Legionnaires Marines and Terminator
Next is Forgeworld Tyberos Red Wake terminator. The request was to be painted pretty much like the Legionnaires. Cool, another flame and cool orange fiery theme. With the lightening claws and the orange fiery theme, he’s looked amazing when I completed it.

Hmmm, where are the rules are the Legionnaires? In which issue of White Dwarf? Wonder any updates with the new 6th edition? More Marines, next… stay tuned…

We are the Ultramarines

Have been busy painting a Ultramarines commission project, 10 tactical Marines and a Rhino. Finally managed to complete it and got it delivered. The last time I painted Ultramarines Squad was also a commission project Assault on Black Reach. This time, this project of Marines required a bit more icon / banner customization. But I sure had lot of fun painting the Marines and the custom icons.

Its been a while since I painted a Rhino as well. Come to think of it, my last Rhino was my Grey Knights Rhino. Was real excited to get a Rhino painted. Recently I have been looking airbrushes, and I was wishing I had an airbrush to paint the Rhino. But my plan to purchase an airbrush is on hold until I setup a proper work space for it. So I thought I try some dry brushing highlight techniques suggested by Melvin a while back. Basically the light and highlighted portion on the Rhino is achieved by using an old brush, with a mix of Ultramarines Blue and Skull White, and really little and dry dry paint on the brush, and keep brushing in circular motion. And thats the cool highlighted effect.

40k Ultramarines Rhino
40k Ultramarines Rhino
40k Ultramarines Rhino
40k Ultramarines
40k Ultramarines
40k Ultramarines
40k Ultramarines
The Painting Shop packaging

So much for the Ultramarines, had a lot of fun as usual painting them. And, hope Matthew and Sam enjoy it as well. Meantime, I’ve got another commission project lining up, been a busy month. I got to squeeze some little time for my Wyches which is lying around too long, haha.

FOR THE EMPEROR!

Ultramarine and Ork

Been trying to complete my diorama of an Ultramarine and Ork in the heat of battle. And, finally its done. Actually the diorama is for an entry in the WAMP painting contest. Guess due to work last month, just couldn’t find enough time to get it to the contest. Since it was planned and constructed, I decided to complete it.

I had always wanted to build a diorama with the Ork that came with one of the issues of White Dwarf. And when I saw the cover of the Warhammer 40k Space Marine Game, I was inspired to assemble and build a scene like the cover art with the Space Marine jumping off, swinging his chain sword to hack some orks! The actual plan was to assemble something similar to the Space Marine cover art, but I did not have so many Orks. In the end, I settled for a duel fight between the Ultramarine and Ork.

The Ultramarine leaped off some high ground, landing with his hand on the Ork head, other arm swinging the chain sword. The ork was caught by surprised and was too late in trying to fire its weapon… Arrgghhh…

Ultramarine and Ork
Ultramarine and Ork
Ultramarine and Ork
Ultramarine and Ork

I sure had lot of fun constructing this scene and painting it as well. The battle between the Space Marine and the Ork keep ringing in my head as I was constructing and painting it. More Marines to go, as I got a commission for some Marines recently as well. And my Wyches are still waiting… cheers!

Assault on Black Reach

Get ready, this post gonna be images intensive, might wanna grab your boltgun clips and load your bolts while it loads… haha.

Have been a busy month, and I finally got my commissioned box of 40k Assault on Black Reach completed, all Ultramarines and Orks painted in a typical table top gaming standard. Speed painting wasn’t really my cup of tea, as I still like to breathe some souls into the miniatures with basic and simple blends, washes and highlights.

Most of the miniatures I painted using a watery wet layering blending and highlight technique. This method is slightly faster than my usual methods of wet and smooth blending technique. Well, still, I have to get the miniatures painted at a reasonable pace. Though I painted using the mass factory method, I still wanna inject soul into each miniature.

Overall, I must say I really enjoyed painting the marines and the Orks. As I don’t collect Orks, it was a new experience painting Orks, and I grown to like the Orks bunch, haha. I think the box set of the Ork Boyz would be much more fun to build and paint, as there are more parts individually and having different pose options. The Black Reach Orks and marines are all snapped on pieces. Easy to build, but the option for different pose is limited, as each miniatures are fixed and snapped on only. The moulding technology and idea to layout all the miniatures in a few sprues were amazing though.

Don’t think I will buy more Orks to paint… Maybe Orks boss, haha. But as I was referring to the White Dwarf issue 345 for the Assault on Black Reach reference, I recalled that issue of White Dwarf came with a set sample of a Terminator and a Ork Boyz. Hmm, let me do a search in my piles, and maybe I can paint one more Ork Boyz in my usual methods, and create a battle diorama with the terminator and the Ork Boyz… good idea…!

Once everything was completed, I could not resist not doing a photo shoot of a battle scene like a typical Black Reach battle Scenario, and besides I will need to hand over the completed miniatures to my client. Took my 2 blocks of Cities of Death and set up a photo shot session. With the Ultramarines on the left and the Orks on the right, both parties emerge from the shadows of the Cities of Death and assault! Gosh it was fun shooting the battle scene with the visions and animation happening in my mind at the same time. The only irritating constrain is my camera, sigh, only limited to what the camera can focus with no options for control. Still trying to save some budget for a better camera, but my last miniatures order already burned a big hole in my pocket… haha.

Meantime, enjoy the pictures while I finish up loading my bolt rounds into the clips for my Bolt pistol, haha. FOR THE EMPEROR!

40k assault on black reach

40k space marine commander

40k space marine commander

40k ultramarines

40k ultramarines

40k ultramarines terminators

40k ultramarines dreadnought

40k Orks Boss

40k Orks Warboss

40k Ork Boyz

40k Ork Boyz

40k Ork Nobz

40k Ork Deffkoptas

assault on black reach

assault on black reach

assault on black reach

assault on black reach

Ultramarines Movie Review

For the Emperor! And… Thou Shall Know No Fear!

40k Ultramarine movie Movie time over, let’s chat about the movie, Ultramarines The Movie. First, at the end of the movie, I did not stand up and shout “For The Emperor!” I did not seem to have the same feeling and inspiration as compared to watching the Dawn of War trailer. The impact factor seems to be missing, the wow and inspirational feel also seems to be missing. The movie did not have the “Emperor” level of hype I was hoping for.

The animation. Well, There are much better superior animation out there, this one I would say its only average. The smoothness of the animation is slightly less then smooth I would say. Some of the motion does not seems smooth and signs of slight jerk can be observe. The background and backdrop I thought can be much more detailed and more expressive. The desert waste land have too much mist, dust and sand… haha.

The storyline written by Dan Abnett, I guess it puts everyone to have a certain level of expectation. I was hoping for a much more “hype and into” kind of story, but the overall story did not wow me much, just probably an average story. The turn of event in the story did caught me though.

The screenplay I think is a bit draggy. Into about 20 min or so of the movie, the Ultramarines are still walking in an uneventful scenario. Even my son watching with me, asked why are they walking so long… haha. Actions only come much later part of the whole movie. The character development seems to focus only on the Ultramarines. Not much character developments for the bad guys, feel like they are just there to be there to be shot without knowing much about them…haha.

On the good side, I think the movie did a very good visual representation of the Ultramarines and the weapons of the 40k universe. The Thunderhawk and Imperial Cruiser were nicely rendered though. One question I ask while watching, there seems to be only those Ultramarines on the giant Imperial Cruiser, no others?

To sum it all, well, the movie did project a very good visual representation of the Warhammer 40k universe, along with the Space Marines and its armoury. I think fans of 40k would love to see the bolters and Space Marines in action. The bonus DVD features the armoury and weapons, characters and such, more for reference, nothing spectacular. For the story, screenplay and animation, there’s much more room for improvement. Probably maybe the Codex Pictures team should learn more from the THQ Dawn of War trailer animation team. Let’s hope future warhammer movies to come would fill us all fans with the hype to serve the Emperor!

Last but no least, the movie itself does not hype up and makes me feel “For The Emperor” and worth it to own a special edition copy, even though I own the special edition one already, haha.

FOR THE EMPEROR!