The Third Covenant – II

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The Third Covenant project continues with a scout squad. Lead by an ancient Apothecary and his trusted Sergeant. For the scouts I went old school in their look. I love the old scout models and I wanted to make my own up to date version of them. I think they look the part all action compared to Bato, who comes across as slow and purposeful, all shouty and grizzled. The Sergeant on the other hand looks ready to burst into action, silent and deadly, the perfect teacher for stealth.

The aim of this project is to have an army ready for Armies on Parade this year and so I’m building squad by squad with view to paint them all together over the last few months leading up to the deadline. Fingers and toes crossed I manage to do it.

 

In Midnight Clad

Just before Christmas last year I got a package in the mail. Inside this package was a beast of a Space Marine from the very talented and generous Wier brothers of Between the Bolter and me. Now I felt like Christmas had come early! So I sat down at my bench and poured out the bits. Cast in a white resin the finish was really good and the parts went together nicely, with enough spares to have fun with later. Once I’d done a load if fiddling around with white tak I sat back and looked at this monster of a Marine. He’s tall! Primarch tall and an imposing sight. This all added to the conundrum of what colours to paint him. I wanted to do it justice and I knew I wanted to do something I hadn’t done before, so after I’d completed the posing and the bits additions and placed him on a base, I left him on the bench for a while, a menacing presence out the corner of my eye as I worked on other models and gave him thought.

I’d already had an idea for him but I wanted to be sure and I went through all the chapters but I was destined to come back to the original idea. In Midnight Clad! The Night Lords. One of my favorite Legions and also one that I have never in my long years in this hobby have painted. Perfect choice.

Night Lords in my view should be dark. Not blue like some are painted but the colour of blue-tinted night and that’s what I’ve tried to achieve here. It was a challenge to paint as I’d also never attempted painting lightning before and this proved to be very difficult and sorely tested my free hand skills, something I really need to brush up on ( pun intended 😉 Below you can see the result and while I’m happy enough with it I can see room for improvement and I may go back over it to see if I can add to it in the future.

 

The character idea for him was one of a hunter. A cold hearted killer who does it for fun. I think the gun the Wiers made is fantastic and suits this sort of image.

 

Getting the chance to paint a model like this is awesome and as with all models you should learn something new. I have with this one as it pushed me to do something I’d never done before and try new ways of painting, like using pigments for shading to try to capture the effect of shadows on his armour, lightning moving across his armoured plates and painting night shade blue. It was a wonderful model to work on and thank you to the Wiers for sending it.

Fembruary

Greetings.

Well it looks like this year could be the year of the monthly challenge. I think this is a great way to get things done and when Alex of the wonderful Leadballoony had the idea to make Fembruary I jumped at the chance. I have quite a few female models that need starting, like my Escher Gang, but I thought this needed something special so I broke out one of my Femme Militants.

So here she is my model for the Fembruary challenge, Varangii.

 

Inquisitor Gale

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Gale studied the map with his cold eyes. This mission was going to be delicate and he had no room for error. A meeting had been set, probably the first of many he thought as a sense of dread poured over him. This was not a sensation he was used to so he made his way to his drinks cabinet and soothed himself with a glass of fine Amasec. Sighing he placed the glass down and looked out the window to the dark moon they were in orbit around. No one came to this moon unless they were mad, desperate or invited, Gale felt like all those things and for a moment doubt crossed him as to his resolve and that this, no matter how dangerous, was the right course of action.

“ Are you alright my lord?” said a soft voice behind him.

Gale turned to see Mercy looking at him. He hadn’t heard her enter the room, not that that was surprising she did hover around everywhere after all.

“ Yes I’m fine thank you Mercy. Have you rested well?” He asked.

“ Oh yes. As well as I always do.” She replied.

Gale turned back to the moon it’s darkness a shroud over everything on it’s surface. Mercy floated up next to him and said.

“ It’s a dark place my lord. It’s almost as if it consumes light itself. I can feel it to.”

Gale nodded. He was sure she could. Her mind was so much more powerful than his and also more sensitive. The moon was emitting something.

“ Explain to me what you feel?” He asked her.

“ Bitter hatred, shame and lose. It’s like the moon is trying to hide by not being welcoming. It’s telling me to stay away.”

Gale nodded.

“ I’ve heard tales that any one who lands here uninvited never leave. On Guylath I met a man who had told me of his great grandfather who got stuck out here and sent a signal which told whoever was listening that he will make a emergency landing on this moon. That was the last they heard of him. There were many stories like that on Guylath but no one really knows what happens on this moon as they are all too fearful of it and they are right to be as well.”

Gale picked up his glass and took another sip.

“ Who are they?” Mercy asked

Gale looked at her and held up the map for her to see.

“ It’s taken me two years and many Astropaths to get this map. It is a path set out by them that I must follow and not deviate from. Who are they? They are known as The 3rd Covenant, they are Black shields and they are damned.”

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Display Tile 1

Welcome to the first display tile post. In these I will be showcasing my display tiles and showing a few w.i.p images as well with brief descriptions on the process.

The display tile idea came about so I could add to the narrative of my characters by placing them in particular scenes of note. The first of these are settings in which my new ][nq28 war band, pictured below, are taking part in.

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The introduction to some of these characters can be found in earlier posts with the rest to follow soon, if only there were more time in a day or better still a three day weekend! It’s only the beginning of the year and already I have a back log 🙂 Any way the stories have begun and the scenes are being made and I’m sure I’ll have them finished by mid year………or later 😉

So to kick things off are a few images of the first tile without any Photoshop parts added. I used one lamp from above to light it and white paper was used to surround it. This makes it easier to add the photoshop elements later.

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The materials used to create this tile are as follows.

GW bits. Parts from the tree kit and the flesh eater courtiers.

Scenery parts designed by myself, which can be found in the shop page.

Left over resin support bases from 3D printing. I’ve been trying to find a use for these for a while now because it’s such a waste and I’m loathed to throw resin away. So to use them as the textured floor worked really well and will do it again as I have so many of them.

Skulls, candles and random bits plus the usual suspects when texturing up a tile or base.

All was painted using washes and pigments with areas being drybrushed in grey and toned with washes.

Fake grass was added last in random areas.

Once I had the character placed right and the shot I wanted I open it up in Photoshop and began to create the background image. This one is of a worn ancient wall with a dark foreboding entrance and I used images taken on my trips to castles and various old or ruined stone structures I have seen over the years.

Although it takes a while I feel it adds to the process of a narrative wonderfully and is very rewarding. To have you’re characters placed in a scene it’s like a snap shot from a film.

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Well there you have it. I hope you like it and any questions please ask.

Formsworth

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Scuttling along trailing parchment and ink, Formsworth is a peaceful soul who’s only interest is gaining more knowledge and writing it down. Over the decades he has recorded a great deal of information, some useless, most relevant to past events and some which are his own thoughts. These are the most interesting and sometimes amusing things to read and the other members of the band can sometimes be found trailing behind him reading his thoughts as he types them out and the parchment spills out from him. Formsworth of course is oblivious to this most of the time as he is so caught up in his own stream of conscious and doing laps around wherever they are stationed at the time. The booming laughter of his Lord Gale is the only proven thing that snaps him out of it.

Formsworth has been known to get rather excited when a new mission is about to start as it presents an opportunity to record details and give his own insight to the place they will soon be visiting, saving or sometimes destroying. In doing this he has a very detailed record of the war bands exploits and Gale has had to read through his ramblings to censure certain details. Words from a Daemons mouth are not something anyone should be able to read after all, also some of the deeds of the Inquisitor himself have become questionable and reams of parchment have been put to the flame in recent years. Formsworth doesn’t question his masters methods and keeps his secrets if he is asked but deep down in his kind heart he knows the fires that are about to be released may damn them all.

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Shop page

Hello all and a very happy new year to you.

To start off this year we have launched our shop at long last. We only have a few bits at the moment but many more will be added over the coming months and I’ll be busy painting and converting to show you what can be achieved with our products, many of which featured in The Chapel project.

Below is a teaser of whats on offer.

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So head over and take a look  https://heresyofus.com/shop/

Cheers!