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Tau Fireblade

Posted: January 26, 2015 in Warhammer 40k
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Tau Fireblade

Here is a Tau Fireblade I painted as a gift for a friend. The colour scheme is based on his Tau army who wear green fatigues and white armour. It was quite challenging painting a model in someone else’s colour scheme and there were times when I wasn’t sure what colours to use on areas like the cape and detailing that are not found on regular fire warriors.

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The white is based on an ‘Eavy Metal Masterclass in White Dwarf for a white Scar model and is basically Space Wolf Grey and Steel Legion Drab with increasing amounts of white added and painstakingly layered up in numerous thin coats. The recesses were then shaded Charadon Granite before a final edge highlight of pure white was applied.

 

 

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The green is VMC Luftwaffe Green washed with Agrax Earthshade before being highlighted with Loren Forest and Straken Green. The purple detailing was added using Screamer Pink washed with Carroburg Crimson and highlighted Emperor’s Children. The skin of the model was painted following a guide White Dwarf 356.

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Space Marine Dreadnought

Here’s a picture of my latest space marine dreadnought in a very early stage of painting. This one is kitted out for long range fire support. He’s primarily intended to take out heavily armoured targets but the missile launcher adds a little flexibility to his armament.

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The Flaming Scimitar is now finished. This was an interesting and enjoyable model to paint. As with many of the Dreadfleet ships, the sails really pushed me out of my comfort zone and developed my painting skills. I opted for a NMM look on the sword, an advanced technique that I haven’t had much practice with. However, using real metallics on a cloth sail just wouldn’t look right and so I painted it with a combination of blue/greys and used the images in White Dwarf for reference as to where to place the highlights. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

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The sails were primed white and painted Pallid Wych Flesh and shaded with Dheneb Stone. which produced a nice, bright finish which really helps the iconography on the sail stand out.

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For the figurehead I opted for a a blue genie rather than the traditional gold figurehead seen on many renditions of this ship. I wanted to keep the gold on this ship to a minimum so that it didn’t look too ‘blinging’ and over the top. In order to help him stand out against the water on the base, the water around him was glazed with Coelia Greenshade to give it a green tint.

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Overall, I am very happy with the results. As with the other Dreadfleet models it is a nice, detailed kit that really rewards careful painting and attention to detail.

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2014 has been a busy year for me as I finished my PGCE and embarked upon a new teaching job which has been very demanding. The bulk of my hobby activity recently has been helping to run the G.A.M.E.S. club in my school with friend and fellow teacher Mr Taylor. It has been really rewarding to see the kids enthusiasm at discovering and exploring this great hobby.

In terms of my own hobby, I did manage to get some time to work on my own models. Here’s a quick recap of 2014 on Miniature Miscellany.

January

January saw the completion of what has definitely been the most popular series of posts on Miniature Miscellany, my Astral Claws Centurions. These were great models to paint and I am really pleased with how each one has turned out; they all have such individuality and character.

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I also converted a captain for my Astral Claws.

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I also continued with my Dreadfleet set, painting up another three ships. This is a fantastic set and has been a real ‘slow burn’ project for me. The models are fantastically detailed and it has been nice to take my time over them. I tend to paint them up occasionally as breaks between other projects which explains why it has taken so long to get through them.

Dreadfleet

February

In February I painted up some dwarves from the Hobbit using quick and easy techniques (silver spray paint, washes  and drybrushing). I’m really pleased with the results of these simple methods. The dwarves from the film have a great design and these are finely detailed sculpts. It’s just a shame that there isn’t more variety to the range, I’d love some armoured dwarves with shields and spears.

Grim Hammers

March

March saw something of a real highlight for me as one of my models was featured in White Dwarf! A boyhood dream come true.

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April

April saw some retro hobby goodness with this classic model from the Gorkamorka range of the late ’90s. I had planned to paint up more orks and do a write up on how to paint ork skin tones but never quite found the time. Perhaps I’ll get round to this in 2015.

Nazgrub

May

In May I painted up these Dead Men of Dunharrow using quick techniques (spray paint and washes).

LotR Army of the Dead

June

The summer saw some reinforcements for my Astral Claws in the form of a venerable dreadnought and a drop pod. The dreadnought was fantastic fun to paint although I had a few initial problems getting the colour scheme right. The drop pod, on the other hand, was a real paint to put together as it had to be assembled in lots of sub-assemblies and painted in sections. I’m pleased with the finished result though.

Venerable Dreadnought

Astral Claws Drop Pod

July

July saw a variety of orcs/orks in the form of some Lord of the Rings uruk hai and my Battlefleet Gothic ork fleet (still a work-in-progress).

Mordor Uruk Hai

Ork Fleet

Perhaps the most ambitious project for me was working on a fully modeled terrain board. In July I finished the first of the board tiles.

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August

August saw some more work on Dreadfleet and some Astral Claws.

The Curse of Zandri

Astral Claws WIP

September

September wasn’t a very productive month hobby-wise as I started my new job. I’m pretty sure I did paint something but no blog posts.

October

In October I started work on Shelob.

Shelob

November

Who was finished in November.

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December

Which brings us up-to-date with some more Lord of the Rings models and Dreadfleet.

Mordor Orcs

The Mouth of Sauron

Flaming Scimitar

Not bad for a year’s work. There have also been other side projects which have not made it onto the blog but which I hope to bring to you soon including the start of a warband for Inq28 (inspired by the Blanchitsu articles in White Dwarf and a number of fellow bloggers) and the start of my Space Hulk set.

2015

So, what does 2015 hold?

I’m not going to make any hobby plans or resolutions for 2015 as I have seen other bloggers out there do. My free time is very precious at the moment and so I tend to paint what ever I am in the mood for when I do get some hobby time rather than trying to discipline myself and be prescriptive. As I don’t really play games at the moment I am not worried about completing armies for painting up certain units to a deadline. However, I do have a few ideas for  projects I would like to work on.

As I write this I have a Space Marine dreadnought and the Witch King of Angmar primed on my desk and awaiting paint. As mentioned above, I purchased the limited edition Space Hulk set and so I definitely want to get some of those models done. The other day I unearthed three Eldar grav tanks airbrushed red which I would like to finish and which might lead to an Eldar army. I will also continued to work on Dreadfleet. Who knows, perhaps 2015 will be the year in which the set is finally finished. I would also like to continue working on making terrain, an often overlooked but very rewarding part of the hobby.

Hopefully some, if not all, of these projects will make it to the blog over the next twelve months. However, you know how it is with Games Workshop. Their release rate at the moment is incredibly prolific and so no doubt there will be something new and shiny released in 2015 that will grab my attention.

What about you, readers? Do you have any hobby plans for 2015?