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Challenge round up!!

Hello all! Long time no write on my behalf and I’ve just had a flick through what you’ve all been up to and I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. You busy bunch!

So why the silence? Well I’ve been busy moving work location and trying to keep the business afloat. It’s been hard going these last few months and I’ve had to change my outlook for this year. The first change that I’m in the process of making is the change to the blog. It’s become a shop! I’m still in the process of creating it but when it’s finished it’ll have my Mag Bellum tile system to purchase, random bits and models I create and a download section for large terrain pieces so you can 3D print them yourself. Busy, Busy, Busy!!! So as you can imagine this all takes some time, as well as dealing with the real world and it’s challenges I have, however found some time to get some hobby stuff done, as it’s tied in nicely with my goals for the blog and business.

JANUARY CHALLENGE. Scenery.

Azazel January challenge, I decided to have a bash at trying to finish off one of my Mag Bellum skirmish boards. Geared towards ][nq28 gaming this one is called The Obsidian Room and it’s a prototype for things to come with the system, namely multi level sections. Unfortunately I didn’t quite get it finished but I was damn close!

 

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FEBRUARY CHALLENGE. Fembruary

So Alex decided to get the Fembruary challenge going again and I jumped on it straight away! For this I decided to paint one of my own sculpts the Plague Shepherd. She’s been sitting around half done for a while and so it was time I got the paint out and slap some on her. I’m pretty pleased with how she’s come out and will be adding some plague ridden little creeps for her to herd around soon. Once they are done I will be attempting a kick starter with her, so keep tuned for more info.

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Mag Bellum

Hello folks!

So my tile system Mag Bellum is nearly ready for release. It’s been a bit of a ride getting here and after all the hard work I have to say I’m pretty happy with the way it’s turned out. This, the first edition of the system, will be available from the beginning of next week and I’ll be hosting the first Bellum Knights day on the 2nd of December, which will be held at The Museum of Futures in Surbiton Greater London, so if you are in the area or wouldn’t mind traveling to attend then please drop me a line. At these events I hope to have a group of gamer’s attend and play the games we love like Inq28, AoS28, 40K, AoS, Kill Team, Necromunda and Morheim all on the Mag Bellum tile system as well as other boards that will be created for campaign events. The aim is to have a Bellum Knights event monthly and hopefully in the future have workshops as well.

Well that’s enough prattling on for the moment let’s get to the pictures! They are all in moody black and white as it’s at the primed stage except the trees, which were painted by Alex and have been found on many a battle field.

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This edition is the Skirmish and is 2ft x 2ft. It consists of 16 tiles, 7 of which are blank with the rest having plates that insert into their tiles. The idea is that you build your scenery on these plates so that the buildings or other terrain are not sitting on the surface ( you can do that to of course ) but look as if they are built onto the board. Extra plates and tiles will be available in packs of five as well so you can expand your board and add even more variety to a setup. Each tile is 150mm x 150mm x 6mm and is magnetized by 2 magnets on each side. This allows them to click into place nicely. Now because the magnets come unfitted I needed a way of fitting them into the tiles as they are small and fiddly and my first attempt at getting them in the right way was messy and frustrating with a lot of glue sticking my fingers to everything.  So I set about engineering a tool that will make this job easier and less messy.

 

Introducing the Mag-tool.

 

I will be doing an animation on how you use the Mag-tool soon but basically it allows you stick and then slide the magnet into place.

 

 

The main idea behind Mag Bellum though is that it’s designed to be a space-saving system, so after you’ve finished the battle you can just take the scenery off and stack the tiles away safely in their box. More on that next time but for now some more images of the board in a slightly different setup.

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Well that’s it for this update. If you are interested then you can follow Mag Bellum on Face book and Instagram for all the latest updates plus info on up and coming events and campaigns.

Thanks for the support 🙂

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W.i.p AoP ( Armies on Parade )

Greetings fellow hobby nuts.

Today I am going to photo bomb you all with w.i.p shots of my Armies on Parade entry.

Enjoy 🙂

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I love it when it comes to priming. It all just comes together.

 

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Not long to go now and I have a load to do. Still need to convert 10 more characters and then paint the whole army. Pressure!! But I love it! 🙂

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Stylites Game

Hello all.

So last weekend I got together with Alex of Leadballony and we had a few games of Stylites, a game that Alex and I wrote one hot summers day. It was the first time we played on the board I designed and I tell you what it’s a pretty brutal game.

 

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The rules, which you can find here, are very simple allowing for very quick games of stylite hopping, servo skull dodging madness.

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One of the things we found was that the penitents that occupy some of the stylites are tough buggers and I found myself being battered off an occupied stylite more than once ( rolling damn 1’s ) ending the game as my character plummeted to the ground with a wet thud.

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After playing a few two player games we decided to play some four player ones and this is where things got interesting. Hacked servo skulls flying around all over the place! Cruel shoving, bad fumbles and just hanging on for dear life after being smacked around by an insane penitent. All good fun 🙂

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Now come to Papa.

All in all much fun was had and don’t forget to design your own Skull – Jackers and penitents for your chance to win the monster Skull Crab. Here’s some more images from the day. Cheers! 🙂

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Caetronia Caelistis and Monk

Caetronia Caelistis is an abomination. She’s cruel, vindictive, sarcastic and clever, she also happens to be an extremely powerful psyker. The middle sister of the three she used to be beautiful and had a rather pleasant personality, that was before her powers corrupted her. An act of sheer violence, instigated by her elder sister, ripped her soul and personality in two.

After the event Caetronia began to change. Her appearance became bloated and hunched and in her rages of pain, power would lash out with surprising force. It was at this time that the greatest change to Caetronia occurred. She became pregnant. Or so it seemed.

 

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After a few months what came out surprised them all. A freak of nature. Although Caetronia was already looking more and more freakish, the little thing that spewed forth was disgusting and comical in appearance and her sisters where going to kill it right there and then. Before the blow could fall though Caetronia shouted ” NO!! You will never touch her!” And with a flick of her mind she sent them flying back.

” I have given much to this family in the years past but you shall have no more. I will always be loyal to our blood line and you will accept this new addition to our family because it is by your hand elder sister that she has been born. She is me and I am her. She is the better part of me that remains.”

 

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The better half became known as Monk. Monk is, to all sense and purposes, Caetronia’s joyful happy side. She is the thoughtful one, she is the calming one, she is the one that sees the funny side of all things that occur. This can be annoying at times because lets face it some things that happen to Inquisitors and their followers are far from having a funny side. Psychically tuned in to Caetronia she acts as a booster for her powerful psyker mother and she never leaves her side. Together they are formidable and the only other psyker on the force that descended upon Gellath Prime that is more powerful is Mercy.

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” Why must you move around like that? You have legs, why not use them?”

” Because my little joy it upsets and unnerves people. And I like to upset and unnerve people. Anyway you are one to talk, your legs are far from normal.”

” I like my legs, they make me fast.”

” Well my fast little freak would you be so kind and run off to find our beloved sisters. We need a chat about Inquisitor Gale for he will arrive soon.”

” Ah, Inquisitor Gale. It has been a while since we saw him last. I like him. He’s like a big psyker teddy.”

” He’s dangerous and impulsive and far to smart for his own good. He will need to be knocked down a peg or two.”

” I suppose you will try to wind him up again.”

” You suppose right.”

” You know I won’t let you go too far.”

” Yes you are forever ruining my fun.”

” I am forever saving your life you mean.”

 

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The Chapel Box of St Ascerion

Hello one and all.

Some of you may have seen this already but this time it’s with more info!

I started making this box a while ago and the one you see in this post is the prototype of a kit. The idea of cool travel boxes is awesome, with the likes of Nicolas Grillet doing some truly inspired work and it got me thinking about making a kit that you can customize to create your own box of grim dark.

In this kit you get 8 wall sections that make 4 walls, 4 lid corners with inserts and a blank plate for the middle, 4 floor sections and 2 flag stones. You also get the wooden box that comes blank and ready for whatever staining or painting you wish and a steel plate that your magnetized models will stick to.

The design of the parts are pretty blank with only a few details, this is so you can use your own bits and textures to make it original. There’s lots of space to do so, the box is 29cm x 24.5cm x 15.5cm in size. Most of the kit is 3D printed in grey plastic with the rest of the parts cast in grey resin. This will change to fully cast in resin in the near future.

So there you have it. Now it’s on to making one for an order and depending on how busy I am they can take up to three weeks to complete. I will post an image of that order before it gets sent so you can all see it in its blank, hurry up and paint me, stage 🙂 Any questions please ask and if you are interested in one for yourself please contact me via email as found on my about page. The cost of these depends on where you are in the world as the postage for one can be hefty due to its size and weight.

Here’s mine, hope you like it.

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The Caelistis Sisters

The other week I started work on another ][nq28 war band with the main characters being 3 sisters. Now I haven’t thought of any back ground for them yet but they will be involved with the business of Inquisitor Gale and his group ( info of which can be found here )

Any way let me introduce you to……

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Caedicia Caelistis. Inquisitor.
Caesinnia Caelistis
Caesennia Caelistis. Gunslinger
Caetronia Caelistis
Caetronia Caelistis. Psyker Abomination

The idea was to have them look like sisters but have them totally different in style. The Escher gang box came in handy for quite a few of the bits especially the heads and weapons and this is what ties them togehter as looking like sisters. The other two characters shown in the image below are a familiar who is bonded to Caetronia and a Black Shield Marine who has been assigned to accompany them on their mission.

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Stay tuned for more coming soon.

 

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CYBERPUNK 40K. Bringing the neon to the grim dark.

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That’s right! I want to bring out the elements of 40K that are totally Cyberpunk. Why? Because I love Cyberpunk and with the release of Necromunda it is the perfect playground for such a thing.

First off, if you want to know more about Cyberpunk, have a read of this article on the subject. It’s well written and will give you a nice overview of the history of the sub genre and the films that were produced that shaped the style.

So recently I’ve been going back to my roots of sci-fi with the main focus on films like Akira, GiTS, Blade Runner and Johnny Mnemonic as well as artists like Simon Bisley, Kev Walker and Brom. Also the new releases on Netflix like BLAME, The Expanse and Altered Carbon have all got me thinking about applying cyberpunk themes to 40k and creating a gang of characters that are so wonderfully over the top and Cyberpunk that it hurts. Now 40K has a lot of Cyberpunk imagery already, just have a flick through Rogue Trader and you’ll see what I mean, so it is just a matter of focusing on the styles and colours that define Cyberpunk and bring them into the grim dark. As far as models are concerned the new plastic Necromunda models suit the imagery perfectly, as they should being largely inspired by what came before, but other manufacturers of miniatures will be used as well, along with my own designs that I’ll 3D print.

 

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First up we have this lovely lady. Poison Shade. She’s bad, really bad. A pumped up, psycho poser with cannibalistic tendencies that loves blades and more blades, especially ones covered in poison. She’s quick, acrobatic and extremely strong and loves nothing more than being dominant over everyone, especially men, whom she’s been known to eat for breakfast with a nice hot mocha after killing them with her butt cheeks. Miss Shade is all scary and has made a living from being so. Hire her at your peril and desperate men beware. So ladies and gents cover your crotch as I present…………..

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The main influence for this character came from the art of Simon Bisley. I’ve been a great lover of his in your face art for many years and I remember as a teenager being totally in awe of his style. His depictions of characters are wonderfully insane and so very over the top, especially his women characters. They are exaggerated to the point of being grotesque but even so you can’t help but look and you end up feeling dirty for doing so. No wonder I loved his work as a teenager 🙂 His art also possesses a vibrancy, a toxic overload of colour, which compliments his larger than life characters perfectly. That’s what I have tried to achieve with Miss Shade here. A toxic psycho you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark ally while boozed up and fiddling with your fly. You know it’s all going to end wrong.

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This will be an ongoing project with no real-time limit and if any of you lovely creative readers want to get involved and poke some fun at 40K then please feel free.

 

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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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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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