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Ultramarine Master with Gauntlets of Macragge





Upstate, New York

Day 3:
Spoiler:



This guy was my 3rd? chapter champion. When they broke up squads in 8th they also restricted his gear down. There used to be no reason to take the knife, now at least he gets a free stab with it. He was an interesting build. Took some work to get the torso halves lined up. He was also I think the first to use a 3D printed part (his champion shoulder pad). It took a LOT of cleanup work, and is still not perfect. Filament printers might not be the best for this scale work. Or I just need to learn more. From a paint POV, I really like how he turned out. He didn’t do horribly in the poll (for me), but wasn’t making any major waves.



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And some new paint going down. Done with the first blues, and the carapace on the guard. Also doing a spare farseer helm for my bits goal.



Edit: And becasue it might be missed in the page rollover, still looking for thoughts on the Judicair.

Judicar is basically done. You might recall that I was on the fence about his head:


Not glued on yet, so the angles can be tweaked to try to get the mood from the orginal pics (which I think captured the nature of the faces well)


Thoughts?

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Perfect Shot Ultramarine Predator Pilot





Macragge

I'm a little torn on the judiciar heads. On the one hand, I think the skin tone and especially the eyes came out really good on the left hand model. On the other hand, I also really like the scar and blind eye on the right-hand model (who also happens to serve as a living object lesson on why helmets are issued in the first place ). I'm probably leaning in favor of scarface if only for the reason that his dour scowl oozes chaplain character, while the other guy looks a bit more generic space marine.

Edit: I'd be interested to see the left hand model with the head's gaze shifted to straight forward and a bit down, to see if that gives him more of an "I'm coming for you" attitude.

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Ultramarine Master with Gauntlets of Macragge





Upstate, New York

One reason I included the test head pic was for that angle. Left has that focused determination with the head down and forward, and scar has a little tilt that says “who’s next?”

This is a little better to convey what I’m going for:

   
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Executing Exarch






That closeup of the Champion rocks.

Torn on the heads, as well. The scarred one just has that cool detail and character, but the skintone on the other is so rich and the shadows are killer. Tough to say but the darker skintone might be my favorite.
   
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Macragge

Okay yeah. That shift in angle gives the lefthand model all the menace he needs as a chaplain. I'd say he gets my vote now.

   
Made in ca
Fixture of Dakka





Surrey, BC - Canada

I like the one on the left/most recent looking slightly down.

My two cents,

CB

53 successful trades in the Dakka Swap Shop. I have an ongoing Sale Thread there with painted Elysian and Tau units looking for a new home. Unpainted Bretonnian metal units and figures for sale.
Finished Forge World Elysian Army | Finished Tau Sept Cadre | Finished Ork Waaagh | Alaitoc Eldar Warhost | Building Necromunda and Terrain
Finished Order of Our Martyred Lady - Sisters of Battle | Finished Necromundian Imperial Guard Regiment | Finished a 1/72 Flower Class Corvette - HMCS CHILLIWACK
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Made in us
Ultramarine Master with Gauntlets of Macragge





Upstate, New York

OK, glued on baldy. Next squad of intercessors might get scars as a sarge. Unless I build more HQs (which could happen) Rocks and tufts also down, so just needs flock.

Few more layers on the eradicators, plugging along there.

Day 4:
Spoiler:



This sarge was just an arm and head swap on a monopose DV sarge. But it completely changed him. It was a little challenging to find a fist that fit. While a lot of old arms can work, some feel a little stubby, fists especially. Scale creep has always been a thing, but primaris turn that up to 11. Once I found one (from the Mk. IV BaC sprues) the next issue was getting the pose right. His helmet on his belt blocked a lot of potential angles. I like the final feel of the model, and think I did a solid job on the paint. And stat wise, it’s crazy not to hand out CC toys to sarges these days. It used to be a waste of points to invest in a fist for a guy who might get a couple of swings with it. This guy? He gets 4 swings on the first round of combat. That’s Phoenix Lord/Hive Tyrant level of attacks. He definitely punches above his weight class.


Probably swing by the GW store today for a paint run. Running low on some basics. Have a great weekend all.


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Done. I’ll get his lightbox pics later.

Finished building the dakkafex, and went back and magnetized the heads on the other one.



Also did up a pair of scything talons for him. Seems wrong not to have any stabby bits on a ‘fex. Off to the to-prime pile, which was empty.

WIP:


Move the old one eye head down to paint. It’s a little cheating to do swap bits before the main model, but it gets them out of the pile, so that counts.

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Executing Exarch






Judiciar turned out swell. The gold and coat are especially nice.

I have also found the bits from the two 30K games work well with Primaris.
   
Made in de
Longtime Dakkanaut






Late to the party, but the chose head fits perfectly. The scarred one looks equally great, but would probably been too stark a contrast.

And always good to see more big bugs built (if you are an ocean away from them ).
   
Made in us
Ultramarine Master with Gauntlets of Macragge





Upstate, New York



This is not an uprising. Honest. So the first Sat of the month the local GW hands out free minis while supplies last. They claimed “genestealers” on the web, which I could obviously use more of. The 14 of them in the to-build pile get lonely. But in fact, I got a cultist. With a webber. He’s going to be lonely for a while. It won’t be too bad. Right now he’s got the fex to keep him company in the to-prime pile, and he can hang out with the nids once he gets hit with the rattle can. Although that’s getting a little thin these days.

Which brings up the question: What’s in store for the bugs? Or next year in general?

The carnefexes were the last of the big bugs on the scope. There are a handful of medium bigs on the to get list. A box or two of zoenthropes, same with warriors. Maybe some raveners. Little bugs is another box of hormagaunts, as I just don’t see a dozen of them living long enough to do anything constuctive. So about 2 dozen or so total until the swam is “complete”. After that there is a good chance I’ll consider branching out to the cult. My big issue with them is that they seem to require a zillion character packs, which are priced outrageously. But that is probably not going to be a 2022 issue. Buying/building/painting the last parts of the main swam should take the bulk of the year. I’m not going to promise that, although it would make a decent goal to reach.

What I suspect is going to be hitting the bench is Eldar. Reliable rumors promised up a significant (although not complete) influx of models. The rumor engine is all rangers, probably both on foot and on bikes. We’ll see if more gets leaked. But I’m in for at least a box of whatever they put out. The big question is how much and when. I should make an effort to push the old stuff out of the primed pile.

On the marine side I might pick up a box or so to fill out the company. This shouldn’t be necessary in 2022, as I should have enough in the pipe to keep me painting blue for a year.

Paint in ’22 guess:
about 3 dozen bugs, probably an even split of old vs. new. Might go up to 4 doz, which would approach a completion of the army.
~5 “units” of Eldar (guessing 15-20 models). This will include some vehicles and characters. Hopefully all the old stuff, with d6 random new things depending what comes out.
20+ 3rd company marines. This will be about half of what’s needed for the full company.
Assorted other marines. I’ve not some non-company stuff I’m looking forward to doing.
Undead in october. Would like to build/paint the last of the chainwrasps, which would finish the Soul Wars box. I’ve got some other things to build in the Pile of Shame, so should get on that.
Random other things, to spice things up and fill comp goals.

Speaking of random, Day 5:
Spoiler:


I’ve briefly touched on my old Wood Elf army before. It never really got off the ground. Ironic, as it was going to be composed almost entirely with angry trees and things with wings. So I had a few blisters of these gals kicking around collecting dust. Dryads, but not in their sexy wood spirit form. Angry trees. But when the topic of the month was “wild world” it was time to knock the dust off and give them some paint. Which was also one of my fist steps in using contrast paints, and the first time on basically the whole model. Quite happy with how they turned out. They even did well on the poll, probably from good theme adhesion and nostalgia. But also paint. Bit of a shame that they are probably never going to do anything but collect dust from now on. Unfortunately, that can be said about a lot of what I do. It is a bit liberating not to be beholden to army lists, and just to paint for paint’s sake. But the wargamer in me mourns the fact that so few things will see battle, where they belong.


Anyway, that’s enough rambling. Enjoy your Sunday’s all.

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Aye, that's the rub, isn't it? You couldn't possibly paint and play a full army of anything, but there's always that "but, maybe" in the back of your mind because they are GAME pieces. I, too, still get caught up in units and armies when really I haven't put GW minis on a table in years. I bought my game group Blitz Bowl teams for Xmas last year. Helped them paint them. Painted my own. The only time we played I was odd man and wound up reffing the matches. Sigh.

Anyway. Dryads still look good. Something about those models. They were some of the few I kept when I got rid of my own short-lived WE army in the great WHFB dump several years ago.
   
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Ultramarine Master with Gauntlets of Macragge





Upstate, New York

Day 6:
Spoiler:


The annual halloween entry. One thing about these guys is that they are almost all washes and drybrushes, which are organic techniques. I know generally where the paint should layer down, or how the washes are going to pool, but every time is a little different. Sometimes it just clicks, others is just there. I really like the way the executioner turned out. There is -just- enough drybrush on his face to show through the ink wash to bring out his face. And the transition to mist on his axe is just right, as is the bleeding into reality on his robe which I don’t get every time.

At this point I’m almost done with the nighthaunt. Not that I am opposed to getting more, but I’m also at the executing a scheme stage with them. I still enjoy painting, but the newness has worn off. I think it’s time to switch to vampries for a bit. Once I finish the last few.

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Ultramarine Master with Gauntlets of Macragge





Upstate, New York

Day 7:
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So anyone who’s been listening to me for more than a minute knows my feelings on edge highlights. Hate doing them, finicky work, worth the effort. While not perfect, I like how it came out on the reivers here. Especially on the chapter pads, where I feel I nailed it. Picking chapters was fun. I sifted through all the transfer sheets I had for assorted markings, and picked semi-random colors. Poof! New chapter of marines. Some of the lads do get real chapters, but some are just whatever I have kicking around.
Deathwatch unfortunately are a project that got gutted by the rules change. While technically I can still use all my models, the whole point of the army was in the Kill Teams. And the way they re-jiggered the primaris ones killed my list before it even hit the table. Oh well. Eventually I might get back to them, and still have a few models in the pipe to get painted.

   
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Executing Exarch






That's a drag. At least they can still be put to some use, if not the one you had originally planned.
   
Made in us
Ultramarine Master with Gauntlets of Macragge





Upstate, New York

I used the intercessors in my crusade list to represent veteran intercessors. All hope is not lost. But they are a back-burner project for now. Some of that is also the focus on the nids and the company project.

Day 8:
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So the whole “I don’t do a lot of converting” thing. Yah. This guy had a lot of knife work done. And not to pat myself on the back, nailed it. Probably one of my favorite models I’ve done, without qualifiers. Not perfect, but up there. Until I get a phobos captain, he’s going to be leading the 10th company elements on the shelf.


I really need to get painting done. So much other crap going on though. Such is December. And being a homeowner. Sigh. Hang in there eveyone, week’s half over.

   
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Macragge

That is a sweet conversion. I love the camo-cloak vestments he's wearing.

   
Made in us
Executing Exarch






Chaplain is worthy of "favorite model" status. The coat is awesome, of course, but I also really like the way you incorporated the Phobos armor elements.
   
Made in us
Guardsman with Flashlight





Northern Virginia

I like the look of those artic marines, the camo and basing really makes a nice contrast to their armor colors, well done., its so rare to see non space wolf marines on snow bases.

Do you have a winter/snow terrain board for the marines and nids to fight over?
   
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Ultramarine Master with Gauntlets of Macragge





Upstate, New York

brushcommando wrote:That is a sweet conversion. I love the camo-cloak vestments he's wearing.

Probably my favorite of the cloak/robes that I’ve done in camo. The librarian wasn’t bad, but the chaplain wears it best.
youwashock wrote:Chaplain is worthy of "favorite model" status. The coat is awesome, of course, but I also really like the way you incorporated the Phobos armor elements.

I almost skimped out on the legs. It’s a lot of work for a little return. But does sell it a lot more than just the shoulder swap would have. Sometimes I just need to tell the bean counting penny pincher in me to shut up and listen to the Rule of Cool. Could have had one more battle-brother in the fight, but nope, he gets cut up so the chaplain can have new pants. Worth it. Will be interesting to see if we ever actually get rules for phobos chaplains. I’m ready.
ValhallanWinter wrote:I like the look of those artic marines, the camo and basing really makes a nice contrast to their armor colors, well done., its so rare to see non space wolf marines on snow bases.

Do you have a winter/snow terrain board for the marines and nids to fight over?

I have a 6x4 snow mat, but most of my random assortment of terrain doesn’t match. It’s something I need to work on. Some day I want to make the Macragge polar fortress. Or at least some outbuildings and a gate. It’s a dream.

Some armies get typecast on what kind of bases they live on. Wolves in snow, Salamanders on lava. But it’s not like they are mono-clime armies who only fight on their homeworld or similar places. Heck, marines almost never fight on their home turf. They go where the emperor needs them. Someone with more color theory then me could probably tell you what bases work best with what schemes. For me, it’s the 3rd company in the tyranic wars, cleansing the polar fort. Fluff over color. Plus it was easy to retrofit old models into a deep snow flock base. And while the nids are not in the correct behemoth fleet colors, there was no way there were going to be based anything but snow to join battle with my Ultras.

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So, paint:


Got some more layers down on the marines. Getting there.
Experimenting with getting the exposed bone right on OOE. Tried the white contrast to try to bleach it, not happy. Went over that with a thinned darkoath flesh. Might be OK.
Hive guard got his red, needs the black, and then a LOT of cleanup. Thinking of going back and doing the guards over his feet with purple. They look more like hard armor that weapons, although it’s close. almost did them red.
Eldar helm is kicking along.

Not pictured is 4 stealers clipped in blisters waiting to be cleaned. Claws and hands to seperate them from the stabby ones.


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Day 9:
Spoiler:


2020 saw the launch of the tyranids. There is a core of old lead I picked up along the way. It passed through a few hands before it reached mine, and the years were not kind. Rattling around in a shoebox for a couple of decades. These spore mines were a salvage project. They all have an extra GS tentacle or two added to help keep them on their bases. I don’t do a lot of green stuff work, but if you can’t make a tentacle, you should take a long hard look in the mirror and evaluate where you are in life.

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Spore mines...

So much fun in 2nd edition. Scatter upon firing. And if it didn't blow when it landed, random drift every turn. They killed more time than anything else.
   
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Ultramarine Master with Gauntlets of Macragge





Upstate, New York

 youwashock wrote:
Spore mines...

So much fun in 2nd edition. Scatter upon firing. And if it didn't blow when it landed, random drift every turn. They killed more time than anything else.


I loved guess range weapons and scatter dice. But in retrospect, how much did they add to the game? I can’t say I’m sorry to see them gone.

Finished the last of the base coats on the marines. Next steps soon. Did the purple leg armor on the guard. Have tomorrow off, but a tons of things on the to-do list. Some of which is painting.

   
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Longtime Dakkanaut






You take that back with the GS tentacle comment, I'm sure I would fail

Fun pic with all those mines together and the white camo contrasting with the black armour of the chaplain is ace!
   
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Ultramarine Master with Gauntlets of Macragge





Upstate, New York

 Viterbi wrote:
You take that back with the GS tentacle comment, I'm sure I would fail

Fun pic with all those mines together and the white camo contrasting with the black armour of the chaplain is ace!

They make rollers and templates if you don’t think you can freehand a tentacle. I’ve got more “normal” pics of the mines, but I like the action one. A lot more fun then just minis lined up on a plain background. I should do shots like that more often.

WIP pic from the bench.


Day 10:
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2020 was the year of the sisters. This is the army box they came out with, painted up in one year. 25 models, so not an outrageous goal. By my 1-a-week pace, half a year’s work. Not that i actually paint at that pace, but it’s my yardstick. Got a decent system for these gals, but the white on black is a brutal scheme for those who are not the most precise painters. Was a lot of fun to break out of my normal subjects. Also nice that within the box was an assortment. Not just power armor, but some repentia, arcoflagelents, and that big damn Pengine. Bunch of work with contrast paints here. Used the white on the armor, but also the skin tones and the red for robes.


   
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Executing Exarch






Was it really last year? Wow. Time does fly. Like those Seraphim. Great batch, there.
   
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Ultramarine Master with Gauntlets of Macragge





Upstate, New York

 youwashock wrote:
Was it really last year? Wow. Time does fly. Like those Seraphim. Great batch, there.


Time can be fuzzy. For somethings it’s “Didn’t I just paint that” and others it’s “how long ago did that get done?” Like when I was doing a archeological dig back into my blog to find out what’s been sitting in the primed pile the longest. Some things have been lingering back in 2015. Next year I’m going to try to focus on getting some of the old stuff out of there.

It’s hard to tell which of the SoB stuff is my favorite. The icon bearer is up there. As a squad, it’s the seraphim. Also a soft spot for the red robed zealots, both the arcos and repentia. It’s easier to pick out the ones I’m not fond of. The penitent engine and the canoness. Overall, quite pleased with the lot of them.

   
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Fixture of Dakka





Surrey, BC - Canada

Thanks for sharing your Advent photos.

Cheers,

CB

53 successful trades in the Dakka Swap Shop. I have an ongoing Sale Thread there with painted Elysian and Tau units looking for a new home. Unpainted Bretonnian metal units and figures for sale.
Finished Forge World Elysian Army | Finished Tau Sept Cadre | Finished Ork Waaagh | Alaitoc Eldar Warhost | Building Necromunda and Terrain
Finished Order of Our Martyred Lady - Sisters of Battle | Finished Necromundian Imperial Guard Regiment | Finished a 1/72 Flower Class Corvette - HMCS CHILLIWACK
DC:70S++G+M++B+I++PW40k-89-+D+++++A+++/aWD088R+T(M)DM+  
   
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Upstate, New York

 Captain Brown wrote:
Thanks for sharing your Advent photos.

Cheers,

CB


It’s a fun activity. Good excuse to mull over your collection, pick out some of your favorite work, or bits with story attached, etc. The first time I did it I was more comprehensive, as I was pulling from everything I had done. I also made an effort to make sure at least one representative of all my armies was there, and mixed things up so it wasn’t just in blocks. This year It’s basically a last 3 years in review. Broken up roughly into thirds for each year and mixed samples of the assorted factions.

I don’t think I could do it every year. I mean, technically I could, but it would end up just being part of my year-end woolgathering, just stretched over the whole month. 2022 will be 10 year of me on Dakka, and 2023 will be 10 years blogging. I’ll probably take one of those (2023 most likely) and do a retrospective. Otherwise every 3-4 years seems about right to build up enough stock to choose the best out of.

Day 11:
Spoiler:



These guys are pretty solid representations of my DW. The plan was (and still technically is) to work up a more dedicated squad of vets. The ]first one I did[/url] was designed to play counts-as sternguard. Second was going to have more DW specific hardware, like frag cannons. I like the way these guys turned out, especially the heat work on the flamer part. Need to remember to do that on the eradicators.

   
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Heat stress makes for instant visual interest. Always like seeing it. The DW heavy weapons are great minis. Part of my long-term plan for Marines is a counts-as Devestator squad made up of DW minis.
   
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Dipping With Wood Stain





Colorado, USA

Is it already the 11th? Dang.
So much coolness around. I like the edge highlights and the snow bases, just my two cents. I made wasteland-style, dirt and dry grasses bases on my first couple marines and feel a little bit trapped in the scheme now. Especially with Gaslands and Zona Alpha models having similar terrain. If I had a complete do over I'd probably pick something else, but oh well.
I agree that fluff should take precedence over most other factors in decisions.

Also, I had a dream last week that I was visiting family out on the East coast and randomly saw a Gondor flag hanging in front of a house. Stopped the car, went up to the door, and we hung out and nerded up.
Not sure if it's cool, or creepy, but just dropping that tidbit of knowledge for you.

   
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Upstate, New York

youwashock wrote:Heat stress makes for instant visual interest. Always like seeing it. The DW heavy weapons are great minis. Part of my long-term plan for Marines is a counts-as Devestator squad made up of DW minis.

I do enjoy the look of a squad of DW guys. Painting black can be tedious, but all the shoulders are fresh.
DJJazzyJeff wrote:Is it already the 11th? Dang.
So much coolness around. I like the edge highlights and the snow bases, just my two cents. I made wasteland-style, dirt and dry grasses bases on my first couple marines and feel a little bit trapped in the scheme now. Especially with Gaslands and Zona Alpha models having similar terrain. If I had a complete do over I'd probably pick something else, but oh well.
I agree that fluff should take precedence over most other factors in decisions.

Also, I had a dream last week that I was visiting family out on the East coast and randomly saw a Gondor flag hanging in front of a house. Stopped the car, went up to the door, and we hung out and nerded up.
Not sure if it's cool, or creepy, but just dropping that tidbit of knowledge for you.

If I had to do it over, I might have gone for a slushy snow over rubble, rather than deep snow. Lot more work and harder to retrofit onto old minis. But even when basing my minis was still a pipe dream that was never going to happen, it was always gong to be arctic. But I think the white makes a nice contrast with the rich blue I use for my Ultras.

One of the reasons I fly the White Tree is to literally let my geek flag fly. I grew up in an era where being a geek was not well accepted. But I’m tired of hiding it. Not that I expect strangers to come up an knock on my door. But anyone who knocks and says “Can Nevelon come out to play” will be welcomed.

Day 12! Halfway there?
Spoiler:



The core of my camo starts back in 2nd with my marine scouts in tiger stripe. At least in 40k. I might have done some battetech first. But the scouts were in woodland camo. The idea for tiger stripe came from an ork (w/ yellow pants and the bandana) painted by my friend Dave. Seemed very easy and effective. The first arctic camo was on the rangers, although that was more blotch then stripe. The infiltrators were the first of the marine arctic camo, the vanguards of the scheme which all primaris 10th company phobos troops will wear. And I’m quite happy with how they turned out. Enough camouflage to sell the scheme, but enough details popped out for visual interest.


Paint progress:
Hive guard done, off waiting to be based. Fresh one down to his spot. Need to start the second blues on the marines. Put the black down on the guns. Finished the Eldar and OOE heads, which is my 12 spare bits for the year

Edit:

Grey Seer down on the bug, guns drybrushed.

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