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Which entries are your favourites?
Nevelon 3% [ 11 ]
monkeytroll 2% [ 9 ]
posermcbogus 3% [ 10 ]
Deadshot 1% [ 3 ]
Captain Brown 3% [ 11 ]
MobileSuitRandom 3% [ 12 ]
Rybrook 4% [ 15 ]
vejut 1% [ 5 ]
kavika0311 1% [ 4 ]
queen_annes_revenge 6% [ 23 ]
Pariah Press 2% [ 6 ]
MacPhail 2% [ 9 ]
Snrub 2% [ 7 ]
JoshInJapan 3% [ 10 ]
Maharg 2% [ 7 ]
Viterbi 2% [ 7 ]
Ezki 4% [ 17 ]
DJJazzyJeff 3% [ 12 ]
JamesY 4% [ 17 ]
Jamie Shred 3% [ 13 ]
Arakasi 2% [ 9 ]
feltmonkey 4% [ 17 ]
DV8 7% [ 26 ]
Freya 2% [ 8 ]
Blooddragon1981 3% [ 13 ]
Mutant Modifier 1% [ 2 ]
Turaxa 1% [ 2 ]
Tim 121RVC 1% [ 4 ]
maxwin 3% [ 10 ]
Chris56 5% [ 21 ]
dukeofbeer 1% [ 5 ]
eclecticmj 1% [ 3 ]
CREEEEEEED 1% [ 2 ]
Paradigm 3% [ 13 ]
Modock 7% [ 27 ]
Midget Gems 3% [ 12 ]
Total Votes : 382
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Legendary Master of the Chapter





UK

Slightly delayed, but I’ve got there in the end! May proved another bumper month for the challenge, with entrants taking on all things ancient, old-school and retro. From fresh takes on storied and iconic characters, through a whole host of Harlequins to some models that older than many the posters here, we’ve got a veritable memory lane, a potted history of this wonderful hobby.

As always, you can vote for as many or as few entries as you like, for any reason. Quality of paintwork, the effort on show, the interpretation of the theme or anything else that catches your eye. Feedback in this thread or on the entrants’ blog/gallery pages is also very welcome, and many of the images here link through to the Dakka gallery if you want to rate them over there as well.

The entrants:


Nevelon: Ultramarine Combat Squad
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monkeytroll: Sorcerer of Nurgle
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posermcbogus: Tyranid
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Deadshot: Blood Ravens Terminators
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Captain Brown: Jain Zar
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MobileSuitRandom: Eldar Harlequins
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Rybrook: Ultramarines Tactical Squad
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vejut: Rhinotaur
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kavika0311: Thunder Warrior
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queen_annes_revenge: Chaos Dwarves
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Pariah Press: Valkyries
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MacPhail: Adeptus Arbites patrol unit.
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Arbites Marshall.


Arbitrator.


Arbitrator.


Arbitrator.


Arbitrator with Grenade Launcher.



Snrub: Chaos Warrior
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JoshInJapan: Centaurs
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Maharg: Zoat
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Viterbi: Imperial Priests
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Ezki: Shokkjump Buggy
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DJJazzyJeff: Goblin Bagpiper
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JamesY: Chaos Warriors
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Jamie Shred:: Eldar Harlequins
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Arakasi: Knight
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feltmonkey: Eldar Harlequins
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DV8: Valten
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Freya: Space Wolf Rune Priest
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Blooddragon1981: Necromancer
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Mutant Modifier: Skaven Engineer
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Turaxa: Space Wolf
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Tim 121RVC: Dwarf Slayer
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maxwin: Imperial Fist Terminator
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Chris56: Ambush on the way to the Tourney
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dukeofbeer: Stone Troll
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eclecticmj: Goblin Chariot and Wolf Riders
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CREEEEEEED: Sisters of Battle Cannoness and Imperial Priest
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Paradigm: Baphomet, King of Beasts
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Modock: Dwarf Slayers
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Midget Gems: Orc Archer
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Paradigm's New Blog- 18/06- Geralt and Kratos

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Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

Lots of great stuff this time. I like the different takes on the Harlequins and the tartan on the goblin bagpiper. Also, the goblin green bases contrast delightfully with the more modern painting style on the ultramarines.

Now showing Frostgrave Soldiers!

Painting Total as of 1/2/2021: 4

Painting Total as of 12/26/2020: 185 plus two mechs and the Throne of Bone




 
   
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t.dot

Well done to everybody who got something done! My top 3 this month:

Ezki, Shockbuggy. Really good weathering work on that buggy, very worn feel that definitely suits the orks!

Chris56, Bretonnian diorama. Love the freehand. My only gripe with this is the inconsistent quality of the models. The knight is lovely, and so is the elf assassin. But the necromancer and sorceress just aren't up to the same level.

Modock, Slayers. Clean as always. I remember painting these years ago when they were new, and I know how bland they are! Also, Yeh boi stripy pants club!

   
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Painting Within the Lines





Lafayette, CO, USA

My name doesn't appear next to my entry. I'm listed in the voting, but not in the spoiler/photo list.

   
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Scarred Ultramarine Tyrannic War Veteran






Maple Valley, Washington, Holy Terra

I never liked those old Eldar Harlequin models, but each Harlequin entry impressed me in a different way and won my vote. Well done!

"Calgar hates Tyranids."

Your #1 Fan  
   
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Legendary Master of the Chapter





UK

 DJJazzyJeff wrote:
My name doesn't appear next to my entry. I'm listed in the voting, but not in the spoiler/photo list.


Sorry, must have hit cut instead of copy when I was adding the names to the poll. Fixed now

Paradigm's New Blog- 18/06- Geralt and Kratos

Available for Commission Work. PM me for details. 
   
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Ultramarine Master with Gauntlets of Macragge





Upstate, New York

Voted for a lot more then I normally do, So many awesome retro choices!

   
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Trigger-Happy Baal Predator Pilot




Leeds UK

Great work everyone. My votes go to QAR, DV8, Ezki and Modock.

QAR - I think the nmm came out great and the freehand shield is a fantastic representation of what is shown in the Squidmar video.
DV8 - a different style from you but I love it and the background looks amazing! I assume you painted that too?
Ezki - really nice weathering and I love the flames.
Modock - the tattoos and pin stripe pants look awesome.
   
Made in us
Dipping With Wood Stain





t.dot

I did! Although I didn't plan it as well as I should have, so the framing of the model isn't as great as it could be. Something I'll keep in mind for the next piece!

   
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Long-Range Black Templar Land Speeder Pilot





Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan

So much awesome stuff in this contest! As someone who only got into the hobby in the last 5 years, this was really great fun to watch, and participate in! I'm deadass super impressed by/jealous of some of this minis!

Kinda just went with my (drunk) gut for this, so in order of appearance in the poll -
Nevelon - I'm a sucker for RT minis, and the marines are some of my faves - I recently battled with trying to paint tattoos onto a mini, but I think you did really well. For what it's worth, I think that flamer guy is the coolest in the thread!

Monkeytroll - I love nurgle, I love wizards, I love books with human appendages! What more can I say? (other than I didn't even know that mini existed but I adore him!!!)

MobileSuitRandom - Man, there are a lot of harlies in this thread, but there's something delightful in those goofy old knife-ears. The orange-red really compliments the blue, and your colour transitions are great!

Queen Anne's Revenge - NMM might as well be sorcery for all I know, but these are some properly lovely-painted minis. Great job! the side-kicks are a perfect compliment, I'd love to see the army they end up in!

DJJazzyJeff - truly the star of the thread! Keep on tootin' lil' gobbo! Tartan is ambitious, but you've done a fantastic job!

JamesY - more minis I've never seen, but these are utterly gorgeous sculpts, and you've done them such justice! Warped warriors from a lost age, utterly brimming over with character!

Arakasi - Maybe it's because I'm looking forward to The Green Knight so much, but there's something really stylish and fun about this dude, and the brilliant heraldry you've given him! Equal parts menacing, and yet also kinda storybook-ish. Very atmospheric.

feltmonkey - the freehand here is unreal, especially on such tiny dudes. Truly great! Nice job!

DV8 - pallet, transitions, background - I'm running out of nice ways to say dope, but this is really dope, great job.

Blooddragon1981 - another mini that just fething sprays character all over the damn place - such a grumpy, wizened old necromancer. You've done a great job brining him to life - I especially like the colours you went with with his face. really really great work.

Chris56 - maybe the prettiest horse I've ever seen, and the ambushing baddies really feel like baddies - Inhuman skin tones can be tricky, and I really like what you've done with them, as well as the witch's glowy hand. The diorama is lovely and evocative, too, truly old school!

Midget Gems - did you actually just nick this from a cabinet during the red period? Absolutely beautiful recreation of retro GW schemes, and it looks perfect, even down to the coveted goblin green base. Fantastic stuff.

Ongoing P&M shennanigans!
Warband of the Pilgrim Saint - Marines and SoB, My first ever project! http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/664123.page
Assorted Inquisition stuff! I get wierd with conversions sometimes! https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/30/743187.page
The Carpathian Tin Ghosts - Skitarii Rangers who don't want redemption - only to kill xenos. https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/748211.page
Vaguely Coleridgian Eldar Friends https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/749595.page#9830499
Care for a snifter of mine-tonic, comrade? Genestealers await the coming of the Black Emperor https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/757105.page
The Moorendar 3rd and the Proselytes of the Drain Fly - Nurgle 40k https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/770536.page
Haven't bought from GW since December 2019 - resist price hikes and unfair pricing outside of the UK  
   
Made in gb
Regular Dakkanaut






It's fun to see all these older miniatures getting painted up so well. Lots of talent on display in this thread. Shout-outs in no particular order to:
  • Queen Anne's Revenge, Modock and DV8 for technical excellence.
  • Chris56 for the diorama.
  • Kavika0311 and PoserMcBogus for the interesting conversions.
  • Feltmonkey, Midget Jems, Snrub and Rybrook for nailing the old school style.

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    Made in de
    Longtime Dakkanaut






    Lots of cool entries, it's really hard to choose each month, but after a lengthy debate with myself, my five votes are going to...

    Modock: The paintjob makes those models look really great, I actually can't believe that they have so much detail The eyes really make those models, they inject so much life into them.

    Chris56: The diorama alone is worth the vote, but the paintjob is also great, especially the freehand on the knight.

    Ezki: I love the contrast between the weathered hull of the vehicle and the shiny parts where the technology to make this buggy jump. And the base is the cherry on top, really marvelous.

    Snrub: You know you're really menacing when you can walk around unabashed in bright blue armour Love the red accents on the helmet.

    Rybrook: I love that you went full old school, the color scheme paired with the basing is just great, lovely work.

       
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    A bumper month! Sorry it's taken a while to get to writing these brief comments. It's been a difficult month. I haven't even picked a mini for next month yet. Thanks for the votes, and for the comments. Posermcbogus - I was pleased to get the freehand largely right. It was obviously the hardest bit, but having commited to trying to replicate the Eavy Metal paintjobs, I couldn't chicken out and leave all their clothes plain!

    Nevelon - Your style suits these old marines well. They've got a lot of character.

    monkeytroll - A cool, gruesome little scene. I love the book with legs.

    posermcbogus - A nice sci-fi shade of black-green. The blue and red on the brain is really cool.

    Deadshot - Nice clean and smooth painting here. Simple but very effective.

    Captain Brown - I painted the newer Jain Zar model recently, but I don't think I'd ever seen the old one. Your version looks good. Your camera has blown out the white armour a bit, unfortunately.

    MobileSuitRandom - Hello, fellow Harlequins painter! I really like your take on them - the 70s orange and brown paintscheme works well, and I like how you've incorperated the diamonds.

    Rybrook - Really old-school models, and a very clean paintjob, complete with goblin green bases. Nice work!

    vejut - I like it, and I think you've done a great job on the rhino's skin. It could do with something to break up all that grey though, perhaps bright red eyes or some warpaint maybe?

    kavika0311 - Nice job making a Thunder Warrior. I think the way you've done him really captures how they feel in the lore.

    queen_annes_revenge - They're all great, but the freehand on the shield and the face of the, erm, tallest dwarf are amazing. Really great job!

    Pariah Press - I don't know these miniatures, but they look like Transformers. Is the Decepticon jet Starscream? The paintjob is decent tabletop stuff, but perhaps could use a bright spot colour or two?

    MacPhail - These are pretty cool. I like the colour variation you've introduced with the blue.

    Snrub - Very nice. You've created a super-vibrant blue!

    JoshInJapan - Good painting here. Nicely defined shading and highlighting.

    Maharg - It's always nice to see a zoat. The detail on the eyes is good, and I like the base.

    Viterbi - These kind of demented zealots are so very 40K. You've done a nice job on them - very characterful.

    Ezki - A classic ork buggy, with great weathering and lovely freehand on the spoiler.

    DJJazzyJeff - That's a very funny miniature. You can almost hear the awful racket he's making.

    JamesY - These are great, very simple but one of my favorites this month. I really like the muted colours, and how you've saved them from looking "monotone by accident" with the inclusion of the bright turquoise gems. A great choice of spot colour.

    Jamie Shred - More Harlequins! You've picked a great colour scheme, and the contrast and the placement of highlights are really well done.

    Arakasi - I love these kind of old-school minis. Nice job on the freehand heraldry.

    DV8 - Lovely painting as always. I love the hand-painted background, but the Obelix trousers steal the show for me.

    Freya - Good stuff, nice and clean and dramatc. Good work on all the many details.

    Blooddragon1981 - Another of my favorites. You've got a really cool, creey atmosphere going there, and the face is excellent. Deserves much more in the voting, in my opinion.

    Mutant Modifier - Is the first pic a WIP on the same mini as the one in the later pics? I'm going to assume so. It's good, the verdegris looks cool, and the face looks cheerfully demented. The Wip shot does show up a slight problem though - I think you need to get your metallic paints a bit thinner. Thick metallic paints are a bugger for obscuring detail on a sculpt. It's difficult of course, because they also don't thin well. I've found that Vallejo's metallic airbrush paints are the answer - thin, but highly pigmented, and if anything too shiny. I use them with a brush - no airbrush required.

    Turaxa - I have some of these same old marines somewhere. I painted them when I was just starting back into the hobby a few years ago. They are NOT on display. Yours looks pretty good. You've got all the areas of detail you need like the eyes and the areas between the armour plating. I see you've used drybrushing to highlight (and I read in your own thread that you followed an ancient guide, which is cool.) Drybrushing is perfectly fine, but you need to wipe a bit more paint off the brush so it doesn't cover the model. You're aiming to catch the edges and maybe have a few bits that can look scratched or weathered, rather than covering the model. Still, the result is okay, and the freehand symbols are a nice touch.

    Tim 121RVC - Nice work, a bit of contrast paint on the skin, I think? The base is really cool, the bare arse is slightly startling, and his glassy-eyed grin really makes me laugh for some reason.

    maxwin - A classic model, and you've done a great job on him. The heraldry is the key - the quartered shin armour, the excellent banner. That banner really is great.

    Chris56 - My favorite entry this month. I just love everything about it. It reminds me of when I go to Warhammer World, and at the beginning of the exhibition they have a few cabinets with classic minis and dioramas from the past. Your diorama would fit in perfectly there. The patterning and the shields on the horse are beautiful.

    dukeofbeer - Haha, I'm pretty sure I've met Susan in a pub somewhere in Swansea. I'd recognise that beady-eyed stare anywhere. (Nice solid colour choices, really good execution generally.)

    eclecticmj - Seems like a decent tabletop paintjob. I'd like to see more photos from other angles, it looks like the shield might be supplying a bit of colour and interest, but it's hard to tell.

    CREEEEEEED - I like that you've employed colour theory to go with a purple and yellow scheme. The yellow hasn't really worked though - there needs to be definition to the armour plates. You said you used contrast paints, maybe you've got a different contrast yellow to me, but the one I've got sort of shades to orange. I don't tend to use them anyway, as they don't really do what they're supposed to do. They tend to need some shading and always need highlighting, so they don't do the "one coat" thing and instead just give you a basecoat with some weird pooling. They're no good for speed painting because you have to be so careful to not go out the lines when basecoating. And they're terrible for beginners for the same reason - you actually need better brush control than with normal paints as if you do make a mistake it's so much harder to correct it. One thing they are great for is black-lining, so ironically the thing that you could do to really lift the Sister of Battle model is to get some thinned wildwood and run it round all the gaps between the armour panels.

    Paradigm - Wow, great work. Nice muted colours, with the pink standing out against the blue-grey skin. Loads of atmosphere. Great work!

    Modock - Technically excellent, as ever! You've given the tiny little faces of these miniatures an awful lot of character.

    Midget Gems - Straight outta the 1989 Citadel catalogue. I love it.

    Well, I better pick something to paint this month. It's been impossible to even think about painting for the last three weeks. I haven't had a Covid-related tragedy or anything that awful, but I have had some bad news that has been weighing on my mind, and painting isn't helping at the moment. I don't want to lose my streak though!
       
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    Auspicious Aspiring Champion of Chaos





    Nottingham

    Thanks for all the votes, and to posermcbogus and feltmonkey for the kind words.

    My votes went to DV8, Modock, Paradigm, QAR, and Chris56. All great entries. It's been a great round from everyone, and really nice to see some of the old favourites again.

    Have a look at my P&M blog - currently working on: Tempestus Scions/Primaris Howling Griffons

    Previous projects
    30k Iron Warriors (11k+)
    Full first company Crimson Fists
    Zone Mortalis (unfinished)
    Classic high elf bloodbowl team 
       
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    Legendary Master of the Chapter





    UK

    We got winners!

    In third place, queen_annes_revenge with some Chaos Dwarves.








    In second, DV8 with Valten



    And taking the win by a mere point, Modock's Dwarf Slayers




    Paradigm's New Blog- 18/06- Geralt and Kratos

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    Upstate, New York

    Amazing work from the winners, and a quality showing from the field at large.

    Well done all!

       
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    Incorporating Wet-Blending





    Japan

    Congratulations to the winners. Those are all fantastic models.

    Now showing Frostgrave Soldiers!

    Painting Total as of 1/2/2021: 4

    Painting Total as of 12/26/2020: 185 plus two mechs and the Throne of Bone




     
       
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    Congrats guys! Awesome work all round.
       
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    Helsinki

    Congrats for the winners, well done! So many awesome entries there.

    But Mork damn me for completely forgetting to vote in time, and upload the pic of my finished model. Been super busy just painting things. Oh well!

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    Leeds UK

    Nice looking Skaven and congratulations to the winners.
       
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    Phoenix, AZ

    If I had to pick a #1, it would probably be Rybrook's Ultramarine squad.

    The colors compliment that old school bright - almost cartoony - paint style, which you would often see on those models back when they were first advertised.

    Good job from every contestant though. I had fun surfing through each submission.

     
       
     
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