Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Master of the Chapter - Part 4

Today was rainy and bleak, and so I didn't head back to Toowoomba from Brisbane.  With not a lot going on, I decided to complete the Masters of the Chapter set.  Unfortunately with the rain and clouds there was not a lot of natural light, meaning I had to rely on my indoor lights and lamp.  I really prefer natural light, but you must use what you have.  I'm still struggling with anxiety and other issues, so I am a bit frustrated at the lack of a steady hand.

The final Master of the Chapter wields a Power Sword and a Bolt Pistol.

Raw metal and plastic pieces. Body with Power Sword, head, arm with Bolt Pistol and backpack.
Chaos Black undercoat.
I did the arm holding the Bolt Pistol first.  I used Boltgun Metal for the body of the weapon, Shining God for the shells and upper weapon and Burnished Gold for highlights on the sight.  For the body, I decided upon a green cloak with a Burnished Gold trim.  Fairly standard colors were used for the accessories and adornments.  The head was tricky as I needed a very careful hand for the teeth in the open mouth.  I was a little unhappy with the white ropes; I had a bit too much paint on the brush, and the upper rope looks a bit rough.

Painted pieces.
I was pleasantly surprised when the iPhone camera put a square around the face.  Always a nice sign.  I glued him together, and there we have the final Master of the Chapter.

Master of the Chapter with Power Sword and Bolt Pistol

Master of the Chapter with Power Sword and Bolt Pistol

Master of the Chapter with Power Sword and Bolt Pistol
Unfortunately I don't have all four Masters with me, but I did have with me the Master with the Thunder Hammer from the previous post.  So here are a couple of shots of the last two Masters together.

Masters of the Chapter

Masters of the Chapter
Not sure what I will do next.  I have some other Space Marines to put together, however I may head to the store to see if there is anything else interesting to try.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Master of the Chapter - Part 3 complete

Had a poor day so far today.  A poor nights' sleep and a nice anxiety attack in the middle of the night set the stage.  It has been hot, and as the storms roll in across the south of Brisbane, routers are rebooting, probably due to power outages.

Anyway, before the storms brought the twilight prematurely, I completed the third Master of the Chapter.  Nothing too ambitious, and just concentrating on a steady hand.  Only one more from the Masters of the Chapter box set to go.

Master of the Chapter with Thunder Hammer

Master of the Chapter with Thunder Hammer

Master of the Chapter with Thunder Hammer

Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Master of the Chapter - Part 3

So lately I've been struggling with anxiety and depression.  Last time I was having trouble, I took up Warhammer 40K miniature painting.  I find it helpful because the concentration required allows me to block out all other distractions and thoughts.

So on my last trip past home, I picked up my paints and resolved to continue painting the Masters of the Chapter set of four.  I had already completed two, and thought it would be easy to get back into it.  However, I've had some trouble with a tremble in my hand, probably related to the anxiety.

I also decided to try some of the new paint colours, even though this means the colours across the set won't quite match.  I took my time, so this figure will be across a couple of posts.  This Space Marine wields a Thunder Hammer, and after the usual undercoating, I began work on the arm and hammer.

Chaos Black undercoat
I used Skull White for the head of the hammer, and Boltgun Metal and Mithril Silver for the handle.  The Imperial Eagle on the hammer head is done in Burnished Gold over black.  Highlights on the handle are also Burnished Gold.  The arm was initially done in Macragge Blue base, overpainted with a Calgar Blue layer.  The top of the shoulder pad is Shining Gold.

Arm and Thunder Hammer

Revers of Arm and Thunder Hammer

The light is failing me now, so tomorrow, all being well, I'm continue on the rest of the Marine.