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The fires of the Pyrae burn strong

What I love about the UK weather system, is that it is usually mild, wet or windy. The reason why I live where I do is because heat is anathema to me. Unfortunately, this week it seems that the Pyrae are in the ascendancy and we're having a bit of a heatwave. 23C is a lot when the previous week was about 10 degrees C cooler! We just don't get the chance to adjust...

Anyway, although I have not been able to paint so much these last few days, it is fortunate that I have a backlog of posts to put up. I don't want to post too much and saturate the blog, and I'm instead opting for a steady delivery.

Today, I'll show you some photos of the first batch of 5 marines that I painted. I'll put the colours that I used as a list at the end of this blog post.

This is how I undercoat my models. I blue-tac them to a box, go outside (unless it's cold or raining, because it messes with the paint), and spray them from the four angles around the model, and from the top-down. Then when it is dry, I simply flip them over and do the other side. It is fiddly if your troops are in bits like this, or you are doing a lot of them, but you get a really good coverage and don't need to do any touch-ups.

The undercoated minis. Unfortunately I screwed up the arms because I was used to the old-style boltguns attached to the arms already. With the way I glue the models though, it was easy enough to snap them off and re-align them.

The shoulder pads. I didn't have any Zandri Dust, so the basecoat here was Ushabti Bone. 2/3 coats, then covered in Seraphim Sepia. The bottom four show the difference with a wetbrush of Ushabti Bone over the Sepia..

Followed by a wetbrush of Screaming Skull.

The armour has 2 coats of Khorne red, avoiding painting any gaps in the plates. I like the definition it gives the red, although it takes a lot of time. I then painted the metal on the powerpacks before I put the red on.

This is the guys in the final stages. I still need to paint the guns and some of the details, but as I am trying to get ready for some table-top fun by the 17th June I will go back and add these when the army is up and running. The colours for the lenses and chest emblems are shown below.

My list of paints:
Armour - Khorne Red. Leaving the gaps in the plate with black. I will line highlight with Wazdakka Red.
Shoulderpads & Chest emblems - Zandri Dust, Seraphim Sepia, Ushabti Bone, Screaming Skull
Guns - These will be mainly black, with the metal painted Leadbelcher, Nuln Oil, Runefang Steel.
Lenses & Purity Seals - Caliban Green, Warpstone Glow, Moot Green.

Next time I'll post about the first vehicle for the Blood Ravens - a noble Rhino. I don't rate myself as a good vehicle painter at all, but I'm pleased with this one for a change.


These violent delights have violent ends...

Welcome to my new blog! It's been a while since I played a game of 40k, or even painted a model... 3.5 years in fact. Over the years I've collected Blood Angels, Nurgle Marines, Black Templars, Imperial Guard and the T'au. With a newly reinvigorated spirit for the hobby, and with 8th Edition around the corner, I will be building an army of Blood Ravens this time around.

Why the Blood Ravens? First of all, I just love the colour scheme. I do have a bit of a penchant for red armies (there's even research to support the tendency for male bias towards the colour), but I just love the combination of the dark red armour, and bone aquilas & shoulder pads. As a researcher by trade, I enjoy the background of the Chapter and their eternal search for lost knowledge and their origins. Although they might not be the most powerful Psykers in the 40k universe, I think that the over-representation of Librarians adds some character to differentiate the Chapter from others.

This will probably irk the purists out there, but apart from always playing a Librarian I am not going to limit my army lists or collection to their representation in the computer games. My reasoning is that I've limited myself in the past and while it makes for some very individual(ish) armies, this time I just want to enjoy the hobby and build an army with units that I think are cool and fun to paint.

Here's the first purchase:

My goal is to construct a tabletop-ready army by the time 8th Edition comes out. I'll be back soon to post about my first painting efforts, and the technique I've chosen for painting Blood Ravens.