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Command Squad complete! Here they are in all their storm bolter/shield glory (thanks +Jonathan Scott​ for the assist on the loadout 😀)

I don't know how you freehand guys do it... I'm happy with the banner, actually more than happy, but blimey its really difficult! I wasn't sure about the apothecary, but he's turned out OK, the rest rest I'm very pleased with... I even managed to cover up the real world damage on one of the backpacks after ran over it with the wheel of my chair 😱

On a side note, new nozzle arrived for my airbrush, so my scouts are prepped, so I'll get them painted next while I consider the loadouts for my devs and tac squad.


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+Alun Heseltine Fair enough - better to do something good on them than just stick something generic in there.
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Been suffering from man flu the past few days... So lots of hobby time!

Mainly been working on my command squad ( nearly finished, needs weathering and basing), but whilst waiting for paint to dry I decided to do a bit more scenery, thanks to the templates from +Dave Westonhttp://40kaddict.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/terrain-is-everything-standard-template.html

Usual foamboard and cereal boxes, quite happy with the result. As usual, sorry for the rubbish photos!
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+Dave Weston many thanks! Planning on trying to get a better pic for the competition... March you say? May have to see if I can get another piece built 😁
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Can't believe it's been 30 years since Challenger.
 
Today, we pause to remember the men and women who lost their lives in the quest for space exploration, including the crews of Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia: http://go.nasa.gov/1QExdMW
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Finished up the next 10 Iron Warriors. Added a bit of chipping to the armour which worked reasonably well. The missile chap however, his head has lost definition (paint stripping) so hasn't turned out too well, so I'll have to replace the head at some point, but other than that... Onwards! Chosen next.
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Flipping heck... That moment when you're reading responses, look at the photos again... then realise you forgot to paint the eyes! Bugger.
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Need a bit of advice from you clever people.

Putting together my Imperial Fists command squad, got it from a painting point of view, and I know its a bit fluffy, but since I'm going to start playing, I need to make it a bit effective.

Plan on running it from a Razorback, with my Captain (grav pistol/ bolt pistol), got the Apothecary made up with chainsword, and sergeant vet with boltgun (not cos its effective, but cos it looked good).

Was thinking vet with plasma gun, standard bearer with plasma pistol, and company champion with power sword, combat shield and plasma pistol (attached to shield).

Is that all allowed, and will it be any use?

Thinking they can drive up to a target in razorback, disembark, make some big hits with the plasma weps, and have reasonable chance of defending themselves and use razorback as cover?

About to hack the combat shield apart to add plasma pistol, so don't want to do that if it won't work!
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+Jonathan Scott sooo... Just ordered some storm bolters off eBay... Figured I'd follow your advice as I'll have plenty other armour hitting type guys out there, when I looked into the storm bolters the looked pretty good for the cost, plus throw in the IF bolter drill... Well, it'd be rude not to!

I've just converted the champions bolt pistol to a storm bolter too using the bit of resin I cut off Pedro Kantor, thinking if folk aren't happy with it as a storm bolter, it'll still pass as a pistol.

Just need to work out how to shoe horn a couple of storm shields in there (one vet complete ages ago... gonna rip his boltgun off and replace with storm bolter, but the other arm is a pointy one... May have to rip that off too 😈).

Thanks guys for the help! 
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You've all seen this guy before, but I thought I'd show the finished article. Added a little mud weathering on the cloak and lower legs... and picked up some Vallejo Still Water, which I added as a waste pipe with some damp ooze coming out.

It'll get some varnish when I next do a batch... So, complete!
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Plasma looks amazing.
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FFS!

Last night: Still suffering man flu... No problem, I'll finish off my command squad, finished weathering, started taking minis off corks, snapped an arm off! And a gun hand. During reconstruction, backpack fell off. Obviously being too heavy handed due to not feeling well. Pack up for day.

Tonight: get airbrush out to varnish command squad and prime my scout squad... Airbrush blocks up during priming, field strip to clean out, screwing nozzle back in and it snapped in the airbrush! Bollocks! Field strip airbrush again and somehow managed to get the tiny bit of screw that was left, out of the airbrush... £16 to replace a 6mm piece of brass!

Never mind, ordered, take photos of command squad to post here... Notice I haven't edged the bases, or painted the lenses on the guns.

I think I'll just leave with a pic of the broken nozzle... going off to sulk and think of some terrain to build instead.
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I hate when that happens! I feel your pain. Bought 3 airbrushes, think I'm down to one brass nozzel left
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Quick WIP update on my IF command squad. Storm bolters and storm shields added... Basic detailing done, assembled and ready got a couple of coats of gloss followed by oil wash. Also need a bit more detail on the banner, but not looking forward to freehanding a laurel wreath!

Also, other photo is a side project, daughter has fancy dress in a few weeks, wanted to go a princess Leia. Couldn't find a decent blaster, so painting up a Nerf gun, basic black with some weathering 😁
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+Alan Heseltine protect the children.
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WIP

Started on my first batch paint of my Imperial Fists. My experiment with the Iron Warriors was a reasonable success, although I need to finish the second squad 🤔 but I really fancied painting some yellow!

Had a couple of hours this afternoon with the airbrush, so got the base coat, shade and highlights done on my command squad... The apothecary has been sat part finished on my shelf for ages, so I got the detail done a few days ago, assembled, and got some gloss coats on him today ready for an oil wash.

Points to note... If you're using an airbrush and don't have a respirator, get one! (Or a ventilated spray booth). It's a much more pleasant experience, I'm amazed how visually dirty the exterior filter is already, and I got to freak my daughter out pretending to be Darth Vader/Bane/SM Scout!

Don't kid yourself it's OK to thin your paint in the airbrush well. I was when doing individual models, but suffered from the airbrush clogging all the time. Today I pre mixed the main colours in some Vallejo type dropper bottles... virtually no clogging!


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+Rob Hill​ cheers dude. I'll try and post an update later, as I've moved them on a little. The airbrush is great, I didn't think I needed one but had an offer I couldn't refuse (free off father in law). Initially it was just for basecoating, you get a really nice smooth finish, but now I also do shades and highlights, and I'm playing around with doing clothe (also great for vehicles).

My advice... Get models you're not too fussed about and just go nuts. Alter the pressure, change the amount of thinner (try different thinners - vallejo thinner or windolene works quite well for me) and play around with actually moving the airbrush around... you'll be surprised how quickly you come on.

Also, make sure you clean it thoroughly after each session.
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I blame you guys... Apparently one can't have enough unpainted plastic laying around! Well at least I've cleared my Xmas vouchers 😁
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I know the feeling mate. I just built a 1500 point raven guard army using spare parts. All I had to buy was 2 assault squads
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Iron Warriors Chaos Lord. Pretty happy with how he's turned out given its a quick paint job, just need to varnish and base, but essentially done. Particularly happy with the pistol and sword blade.
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pretty!

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Theres quite a walk up a lot of steps, and it gets very narrow in places... but, wow, its so worth it. Fantastic views of the city in all directions, give yourself an hour or so and take in the view.
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Massive restoration project, done very well. Nice to walk around the walls and get a different view of the town and river. The Georgian house contains lots of local history, although the bit dedicated to the last owner is a bit overdone.
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Fantastic! Stayed here for a romantic weekend to celebrate our 40th birthday, and we weren't disappointed. The room was in the sperate annex, was well appointed and was very spacious. The main hotel was very homely and relaxing, whilst having a luxurious feel. Nothing was too much trouble, and the food was absolutely fabulous. Can't wait to go back.
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Had a family stay here, so my wife and I had a double, and my 6 year old had a separate double bed, this worked very well... The room was clean and tidy, and the staff were very accommodating, although we did request an extra set of towels that never appeared. The down side to the stay was the fact were were on the 5 the floor and the room over looked the rail tracks running into the station and boy was it noisy! Luckily the trains stopped around midnight, however the a/c unit then proceeded to make some particularly odd noises for the rest of the night. Overall it was OK, and convenient for the city centre, but I won't be in a hurry to stay here again.
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Large beach with dunes at one end and rock pools at the other. When the tides out, the water can be quite a walk, but other than that, its a great beach.
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It's a John Lewis... You know what you're getting... Overall its pretty good, staff are helpful, and I've never had an issue there.
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Great bunch of guys, very welcoming and helpful. No problem having a demo game, just make sure you give them 24 hrs notice.
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