the-modelmaker

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Quick Hobby Update

Been working on the Quad Mortar tonight, and I’ve got it mostly finished now. Just the rusting and dusting to go, I’ve started on the front fixer blade and quite like how the rust has come out. Also got the base scattered with debris and green-stuffed, ready to be sanded tonight.
I’m hoping I can get the whole thing finished over the weekend!

Happy Hobbying!

David

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Diorama Update!

So after a whirlwind weekend, it’s back to the hobby progress and I snapped up an old Tomb Kings army book from eBay for a couple of quid.
I’ll be using this to get some inspiration for my upcoming Tomb King diorama, it’s is packed with great background stories, artwork and colour schemes for the models.
A layout for the diorama is beginning to form in my mind so I’ll be working on this to get some sketches drawn up and will hopefully be starting the project soon!

Happy Hobbying!

David

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Sons of Olympia!

Last night I finished off the Legion Praetor who will be forming part of the command structure for my 30k Iron Warriors.
The model is the plastic Praetor from the Betrayal at Calth boxed set, with some lovely Forgeworld IV Legion Transfers to add some character.

This is a lovely model, the level of detail is excellent and I particularly like the ribbed cabling connected to his Chainfist.
For the bare head, I tried out some techniques to show the mottled skin and protruding veins, as This guy is a veteran who has been pretty much locked in his armour for years on end.
The last picture shows the Praetor alongside the other leader of my army, the Lodge Master.

Next up I’ll be continuing work on my last veteran tactical squad. Hopefully I’ll be able to get them done over The next week or so.

Happy Hobbying!

David

Thoughts on a Diorama

I’ve been thinking for a while that I’d like make a diorama for 40k/Age of Sigmar, and some ideas are starting to form in my mind.

I have an old Tomb King on Foot metal model from many years ago, I actually bought it for my dad as he loved the Undead Skeletons and Tomb Kings (he is a big fan of all the old horror movies and films like Jason and the Argonauts). He did try and paint a few skeletons but it was never really his thing, he was happy to just look at the ones I painted.
The Tomb King sadly never got a paint job, and has sat undercoated for about 15 years!

So, with that in mind, I’m thinking of creating a desert-themed diorama with the Tomb King standing amongst some plastic Arcane Ruins, awoken by some unfortunate band of mercenaries.

I might add in some skeletons climbing out of the sands, raised by the Tomb King to see off the intruders.

I do have another couple of ideas for different dioramas but this idea has definitely taken my interest the most so far.

I’d love to hear what you folks think of the idea and any suggestions you may have !

David

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Getting back into the swing of things with some Sons of Olympia!

I’ve been working this morning on my Cataphractii Terminators for the Iron Warriors and have finished all the base colours, as well as getting the transfers applied.
Just waiting on the transfers to dry before starting in the shading. In the meantime I’ll be working on the bases for this squad.

Feels good to be back painting again after a pretty hectic week!

Happy Hobbying!

David

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Sebastian Harding, Illustrator & Modelmaker

20 Cock Lane - Poltergeists in the Panelling - The name of this street can be traced to its proximity to the market, where poultry would once have been traded, but it also serves also as a risqué innuendo, since for hundreds of years it was the preferred haunt of prostitutes. It was on this street that fraud, haunting, murder and sex were all intertwined in one story.

Mother Clapp’s Molly House, Field Lane - An Unusual Coffee House - his was not a coffee house as we would know it, but rather a private club for gay gentlemen, where they could meet and form relationships without fear of discovery. The discretion of fellow members was crucial and entry was only permitted to those who knew a password. There were even gay marriage ceremonies conducted in locked rooms between men, with one donning a bride’s dress and the other a groom’s jacket. Mother Clapp herself presided over all, only leaving to get refreshments from the pub across the street. 

John Aston’s House, Charterhouse Lane - An Unfair Execution - John Aston was a priest in the parish of Smithfield, arrested at the same time as the influential protestant leader John Rogers. Queen Mary’s secret police randomly inspected any priests who had been advocates of protestantism before her ascension to the throne in 1553.

The Fortunes Of War Public Tavern, Cock Lane - A Sinister Sidetrade - Smithfield Market’s proximity to St Bartholomew’s Hospital betrays a lot about the British public’s distrust of the medical trade. It is fitting therefore to focus on one building that catered to both trades – The Fortunes Of War Public Tavern.

Illustrations copyright © Sebastian Harding.

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Deathwatch Overkill!

This beauty arrived in the post today, I had treated myself with some birthday money and I am mega excited about it!

I ordered from Element Games (I honestly cannot speak highly enough of the service from Element, it’s fantastic) on Friday at 1:30pm, and it was delivered to my door less than 24 hours later, and I saved £20 on the Games Workshop price as well!
I don’t know where to start with this box, so I’ll start wth the box!
Similar to Betrayal at Calth, the box itself is superb, with great artwork on the front and lovely detail images of the models around the sides.
I’m sure much has already been written about the quality of the models in this box set, but let me just say that in my opinion they are some of the finest miniatures I have ever seen.
The sculpts are fabulous and crammed full of detail, and they really do give a nostalgic nod back to the original Rogue Trader Genestealer Cult miniatures, but with some nice modern twists.

Again, as wth BaC, the game tiles are really well finished in high quality cardboard, with embossed areas of detail that show the level of thought that’s went into the game as a whole.
There’s lots of great accessories thrown in too, such as the clear plastic range ruler and data cards, the obligatory dice and model bases.
The companion/rulebook follows in from the rest of the box in that it is simply brilliant, very high quality.
There are character profiles for each of the Deathwatch Team and a full ‘Eavy Metal gallery of each marine and a selection of the Genestealer Cult miniatures.

Overall, this is simply brilliant as a standalone boxed game, and I would urge anyone out there to grab a copy, you will not be disappointed!

I’m going to be painting the Genestealer Cult in the classic blue/purple and pink as I want to pay homage to my old Rogue Trader Cult models.

Finally, I would urge you all to have a look at Element Games as they offer a good discount on GW products (10-15% typically and 20% when preordering newly released items) and their service really is top notch!

Hope you are all well!

David