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Grim Dark Angels Interrogator-Chaplain






A Protoss colony world

Hello everyone. I've decided to restart my P&M blog as I've made some changes in my hobbying (mainly in my life priorities) and wanted to start fresh. I've had a bit of a "crisis of faith" recently, meaning that I've realized that, as a Christian, I've realized that I've neglected my relationship with God. I began to question a lot of things I've been spending time doing, and Warhammer was at the top of that list. I realized that I was obsessing over it too much, to the point that not only was I forgetting my religion, but it was overriding my life decisions (and even common sense) as I'd begun to structure my life around my hobby instead of fitting my hobby into my life. I also started to wonder about the content of Warhammer, with all its hopelessness and demonic imagery and stuff, and its possible impact on my mental and spiritual health. I seriously considered quitting Warhammer right then and there and even prepared to sell all of my models, but then I kind of came to my senses, realizing that, first of all, I'd regret the decision pretty quickly, and also I'd probably just start obsessing over some other stupid thing unless I got my head on straight. So I've decided to continue, but tone down how much time I spend on Warhammer-related stuff. I've also sold my entire Tau collection and I am currently in the process of selling the remainder of my Chaos armies. Meaning that as of now I'm a purely Imperial player. It actually feels good to downsize a little bit, as now I can focus my collection on my other armies. I'm also going to get rid of Blackstone Fortress as it's just taking up space and I've pretty much lost all interest in it (probably was a mistake to pick it up in the first place, just one example of poor life decisions in my hobby).

I'm going to be diluting my Warhammer hobby time with some other model stuff, mainly Lord of the Rings, as I've already got a decent collection sitting around. I picked up the Pelennor Fields box set recently and have assembled a bunch of the models already. I'm really looking forward to painting that, as The Lord of the Rings is probably my favorite book series of all time and the movies (which inspired most of the miniatures) were really good also. My first Lord of the Rings project in this new era is actually going to be Tom Bombadil and Goldberry, who I'm painting for the monthly painting challenge. Pics of them will be coming soon.

As for Warhammer, I'll be continuing mostly as before. Most of the changes will be "behind the scenes" things like not making as many purchases and stuff. On that note, here's a WIP shot of Logan Grimnar, who was going to be part of my entry in last month's painting challenge:

Plenty of work left to do on him, but he'll get there.

On the Sisters of Battle front, here's a WIP of the Seraphim:

Kind of a crappy photo, but most of the contrast paint work is done, so I'm down to the parts that will be done with traditional paint.

Finally, here's a link to my old blog, in case any new viewers want to see my past painting and modelling exploits: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/647095.page

This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 2020/08/01 05:09:50


My armies (re-counted and updated on 11/22/19, including modeled wargear options):
Dark Angels: ~13000 | Space Marines (Blood Ravens and others): ~1300 | Space Wolves: ~3400
Astra Militarum: ~500 | Officio Assassinorum: ~500 | Imperial Knights: ~800 | Sisters of Battle: ~1500
Check out my P&M Blogs: ZergSmasher's P&M Blog | Imperial Knights blog | Total models painted in 2019: 62 | Total models painted in 2020: 17 | Current main painting project: Sisters of Battle
 Mr_Rose wrote:
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Longtime Dakkanaut






I hope these changes make some positive impact for you. Looking forward to seeing how you progress.
   
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Near Golden Daemon Caliber





Affton, MO. USA

Always good to put the Lord first. Tolkien was a believer too, I have a book dealing with it at home. I have a hard time prioritizing hobby and God at different stages of life as well. It gets even harder if your gaming group has no desire to even discuss it.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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Ultramarine Master with Gauntlets of Macragge





Upstate, New York

On the plus side, working on your faith should get you that sweet 6++ save!

You do what you need to do to keep yourself happy and going strong. If the hobby was edging out other more important things, paring it back is not a bad idea. It should be something done for fun and to relax, not a burden or an obligation.

Looking forward to seeing what you are up to. I’ll be here if you need anything.

—Nev

Ultramarines, 3rd Co. and friends, 13K+ Slowly growing 3Kish
Nevelon's Workbench: Ultramarines, Saim-Hann and other assorted oddities

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Made in us
Grim Dark Angels Interrogator-Chaplain






A Protoss colony world

@YWS: Thanks, I think it has already helped.

@Theo: Good to know I'm not the only believer around here. My local group had one other good Christian guy, but he left once he got his PhD.

@Nev: Thanks for your support, and you're right. My hobby had become too much of a controlling aspect of my life, but rather than a burden, it was just kind of an unhealthy obsession. Going forward I'll be more careful to keep things in perspective and keep my priorities straight.

Been spending a bit too much time playing video games and stuff and so not getting a lot of hobbying done, but I do have some progress to show finally. I've gotten a pretty good start on Tom Bombadil and Goldberry for the monthly painting challenge, so here's the latest WIP of them:

Still some work to be done, but all the major colors are blocked in and some shades and highlights are already down.

Got a couple more colors down on Logan Grimnar:

Gold and the gray Crux Terminatus on his left shoulder have now been basecoated. Not shown in the photo is the underside of the pelt which has also been basecoated in Rhinox Hide.

Finally, in part as preparation for the upcoming 9th edition of 40k, I've gotten back to some of my WIP Primaris Dark Angels, starting with this Eliminator Squad:

They were already decently far along, but now they are almost done. Just a few highlights and small details, plus the bases to finish. After this, two more Eliminator units to finish. I'm hoping to get most if not all of my Primaris Dark Angels done in time to pick up the Marines half of the Indomitus box when it drops (and ohh baby am I looking forward to painting those models!), but I might get distracted with some Lord of the Rings stuff (got some Minas Tirith guys primed and I'm itching to paint them!).

Stay foxy, my friends!

My armies (re-counted and updated on 11/22/19, including modeled wargear options):
Dark Angels: ~13000 | Space Marines (Blood Ravens and others): ~1300 | Space Wolves: ~3400
Astra Militarum: ~500 | Officio Assassinorum: ~500 | Imperial Knights: ~800 | Sisters of Battle: ~1500
Check out my P&M Blogs: ZergSmasher's P&M Blog | Imperial Knights blog | Total models painted in 2019: 62 | Total models painted in 2020: 17 | Current main painting project: Sisters of Battle
 Mr_Rose wrote:
Who doesn’t love crazy mutant squawk-puppies? Eh? Nobody, that’s who.
 
   
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Tom Bombadil, Tom Bombadil-o...nice to see them coming along. More Dark Angels are looking good, too.
   
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Ultramarine Master with Gauntlets of Macragge





Upstate, New York

Looking good. Nice progress.

Ultramarines, 3rd Co. and friends, 13K+ Slowly growing 3Kish
Nevelon's Workbench: Ultramarines, Saim-Hann and other assorted oddities

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Affton, MO. USA

Yep, hard to find "believers" who game. It's a stigma from my youth when news media made up stories of D&D cultists and wargames being an entry drug into the satanic lifestyle. My parents did not approve of my gaming, but most of my friends who gamed either were church goers, are now pastors (one priest) and/or live a life which is generally wholesome.

Good to see some more models, any progress is good progress.

Video games are the death of my hobbying. While sitting at my printer it is so easy to turn on our old desktop computer 10+years old and play a 20+year old game of Alpha Centauri , then hours are lost .

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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Grim Dark Angels Interrogator-Chaplain






A Protoss colony world

@YWS: Thanks!

@Nev: Thanks!

@Theo: Major kudos for mentioning Alpha Centauri! That's perhaps my favorite Civilization game ever (I mean, it literally is Civilization on another planet). Very easy to lose track of time and keep playing into the wee hours of the morning because "just one more turn!"

Finally finished Tom Bombadil and Goldberry, and in the nick of time too! Here are the final pics:



Really had fun painting these models, as they are fan favorites from the books who didn't make it into the movies. I probably could have done better, particularly on Tom's jacket (probably should have done an intermediate highlight instead of going straight to the stark bright blue edge highlights), but overall I'm happy with them (particularly how Goldberry's hair turned out).

Next month, my painting challenge entry is likely going to be some Warriors of Minas Tirith. From what I've seen and heard they are about like painting Space Marines, in that the color scheme is pretty straightforward and the models aren't overly busy. Getting a bunch of those done will help bolster my flagging model count for the year, as I'm massively off the pace to make it to 100.


My armies (re-counted and updated on 11/22/19, including modeled wargear options):
Dark Angels: ~13000 | Space Marines (Blood Ravens and others): ~1300 | Space Wolves: ~3400
Astra Militarum: ~500 | Officio Assassinorum: ~500 | Imperial Knights: ~800 | Sisters of Battle: ~1500
Check out my P&M Blogs: ZergSmasher's P&M Blog | Imperial Knights blog | Total models painted in 2019: 62 | Total models painted in 2020: 17 | Current main painting project: Sisters of Battle
 Mr_Rose wrote:
Who doesn’t love crazy mutant squawk-puppies? Eh? Nobody, that’s who.
 
   
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Land Raider Pilot on Cruise Control





Vigilus

Nice work! I'm kind of glad Tom and Goldberry didn't make it into the LOTR films. I doubt Peter Jackson would have understood them and would probably have inserted needless drama. You did a really nice job bringing the models to life. Excited to see what you do with the rest of your LOTR stuff.

   
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Affton, MO. USA

Nice work highlighting the browns and blues on tom .

Yep, Alpha Centauri is a time suck. But the other game I’d rather be playing, which I can’t find the play disk for is Might and Magic Vi (I think it’s 6) the next iteration the graphics sucked. I had found the cheat/secret passage on the first map to the dragonlands and if your quick you can amp your characters up from first level with basic attributes to all max attributes in a half hour or so. Then your dropping meteors within 24hours of starting the game and wiping out all the dragons in the dragon sands . This is why I can’t play newer computer games .

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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Longtime Dakkanaut






Good job getting them done. I love Tom's trademark yellow boots.
   
Made in us
Grim Dark Angels Interrogator-Chaplain






A Protoss colony world

@brush: Thanks, and you're probably right about Tom Bombadil in the movies.

@Theo: Thanks!

@YWS: Thanks! The bright colors really made these models fun to do.

Gotten some more work done. Finished one set of five Infiltrators (half of the squad from Shadowspear) that had been sitting half done for the better part of a year (since late October 2019!). Here's a quick pic:

I'll take proper pics when I finish the rest of the squad. Speaking of which, here's a WIP of them:

These are my entry in the July painting challenge. I'm off the pace to finish them by the end of the month, but I think I can still do it if I can just get over my short attention span for once.

I'm also working on the Lieutenant in Phobos Armor at the same time:

He's going to get a little more attention to detail than the regular joes since he is a character, but otherwise I'm using the same techniques and paints (a lot of contrast paint). Overall I don't think I'm going to use Contrast paints for Dark Angels armor anymore as it gives kind of a candy look that I don't care for (like a green jaw breaker or something, if that makes any sense). Contrast is wonderful for some things, but Space Marine armor isn't really one of them IMO. Your mileage may vary, of course, and I would definitely stick with contrast for painting Imperial Fists or anything else yellow (hence why I'm using it for my Sisters).

Finally, I've started working on some Warriors of Minas Tirith as well:

Might be one project too many right now, but these guys are low-effort, simple models that should be very easy and give me a break from endless Space Marines. I do want to build up some fully painted stuff from my Middle-earth collection, and I'm starting with Minas Tirith as it's probably my largest Good army right now.

Just one week left until I get my hands on the Marine models from the Indomitus box set and probably the 9th edition rulebook as well, so something else to look forward to!

My armies (re-counted and updated on 11/22/19, including modeled wargear options):
Dark Angels: ~13000 | Space Marines (Blood Ravens and others): ~1300 | Space Wolves: ~3400
Astra Militarum: ~500 | Officio Assassinorum: ~500 | Imperial Knights: ~800 | Sisters of Battle: ~1500
Check out my P&M Blogs: ZergSmasher's P&M Blog | Imperial Knights blog | Total models painted in 2019: 62 | Total models painted in 2020: 17 | Current main painting project: Sisters of Battle
 Mr_Rose wrote:
Who doesn’t love crazy mutant squawk-puppies? Eh? Nobody, that’s who.
 
   
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Longtime Dakkanaut






Nice work on the first Infiltrators, they are some of my favorite marine models and were really fun to paint.
   
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Ultramarine Master with Gauntlets of Macragge





Upstate, New York

Infiltrators are coming along well. They are fun models. I’ve still got 2 more from my squad I need to find time to paint.

Painting up different things helps keep the burnout away. The LotR stuff might help you there. Mix things up, keep it fresh.

Ultramarines, 3rd Co. and friends, 13K+ Slowly growing 3Kish
Nevelon's Workbench: Ultramarines, Saim-Hann and other assorted oddities

Competition Index 
   
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Infiltrators look real good. Looking forward to seeing some of those new Marines in DA colors.
   
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Land Raider Pilot on Cruise Control





Vigilus

Looking good! I hear you about contrast paints and space marine armor. I do however find that if you just want to use it a base coat, following Duncan Rhodes' famed advice of two or three thin coats works wonders for getting a solid foundation down. Weirdly didn't occur to me to use as a technique until I saw his video. Minas Tirith look great as well. They're very simple to paint up (except the tree on the shield) but they look great when finished. Excited to see more.

   
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I actually really like the look of those infiltrators. Contrast paints are finicky, but I kinda want to experiment with that now. What'd you paint it over? Also the Minas Tirith look good too.

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Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

Sometimes it's good to take a step back, reflect, and make some changes. I'm sure you'll find your new balance quickly.

I like your work on Tom Bombadil and Goldberry. I find it refreshing to work on something every now and then that isn't about killing and violence.

Now showing even more dwarfs from Mantic!


Painting Total as of 8/12/2020: 140 plus two mechs

Painting total as of 12/24/2019: 138 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit and two hills.


 
   
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Grim Dark Angels Interrogator-Chaplain






A Protoss colony world

@Viterbi: Thanks!

@Nev: Thanks, and you're definitely right about variety helping keep the burnout away. Not a cure-all, but it helps.

@YWS: Thanks, and hopefully you won't have long to wait...

@brush: Thanks! To me, using multiple coats of Contrast kind of defeats the purpose. With the dark colors, it just makes it all look black (I tried it once and had to redo it).

@JT343: I painted the Dark Angels Green contrast over a basecoat of Wraithbone.

@Josh: Thank you, and you're right. Tom and Goldberry made a nice change of pace from endless Warhammer stuff.

Some small progress, but nowhere near enough to make the painting challenge deadline. Latest WIP of the Infiltrators:

Metals and leather are down, still a few basecoats left to do on smaller details and then those things will need shades and highlights.

Lieutenant is in a similar spot:

Once I finish this guy, he'll be my fourth Primaris Lieutenant. The one from Indomitus will be number five. Speaking of which...

Indomitus has arrived, and it heralds the 9th edition of Warhammer 40,000. This will be the third edition of the game I've played (assuming this stupid pandemic ever lets me get any games in ). A lot has changed, but overall I'm still a huge fan and the models are getting better all the time. I picked up the Marines half of the Indomitus set, and I've assembled the models complete with a few Dark Angels-themed accessories to show their allegiance. Here's a shot of all of them in their bare plastic glory:

The picture doesn't clearly show what I changed, so I'll list the things I did to customize some of the models:
Captain (Master): Instead of using any of the stock heads, I opted to use a robed head. It fits in well since the model has robes on. I also added a bit from the old DA upgrade sprue (with keys and a sheathed dagger).
Chaplain: Only thing I did was add a censer to him on the front right side. These models are posed very specifically and already have so much bling that it was tricky to figure out how to add anything.
Bladeguard Ancient: Added a Deathwing icon to his backpack, and a ritual dagger (from the Deathwing Terminators set) to his right front side.
Intercessor Sergeant: Instead of using the Sergeant front plate from the kit, I used a regular front and added the tilting plate from the DA Primaris Upgrade sprue. I also used a head from that sprue instead of the included Sergeant head.
Bladeguard Sergeant: Added a ritual dagger, similar to the Ancient above.
Outriders: Added a Ravenwing icon to one side of each bike, and a rucksack to the other, which should evoke the old Ravenwing bikes well enough. Didn't see an easy way to add the iconic winged fairings, and I don't have enough of them or the tail fins to add them to all three anyways (the tails from the Ravenwing sprue are a little small anyway).

Hopefully I get a chance to prime the new stuff soon, then I'll get started painting! I already have an order planned for them: 5 Intercessors, Judiciar, 5 Intercessors, Chaplain, Eradicators, Lieutenant, Bladeguard, Bladeguard Ancient, Outriders, Captain. This way I'll start with the least interesting stuff and "reward" myself by painting a character each time I do a unit.

My armies (re-counted and updated on 11/22/19, including modeled wargear options):
Dark Angels: ~13000 | Space Marines (Blood Ravens and others): ~1300 | Space Wolves: ~3400
Astra Militarum: ~500 | Officio Assassinorum: ~500 | Imperial Knights: ~800 | Sisters of Battle: ~1500
Check out my P&M Blogs: ZergSmasher's P&M Blog | Imperial Knights blog | Total models painted in 2019: 62 | Total models painted in 2020: 17 | Current main painting project: Sisters of Battle
 Mr_Rose wrote:
Who doesn’t love crazy mutant squawk-puppies? Eh? Nobody, that’s who.
 
   
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drinking tea in the snow

That's a lot of neat little changes! I like that you're adding variety to them, keeping it interesting.

realism is a lie
 
   
 
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