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This was the sort of thing I was thinking +Tim Hutchison​ the angle in the photo doesn't help, but I glued some cork down then sloped milliput over the back and side, but left the front edge exposed.
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Nice, i see what you mean. Gonna have to think some more about my options.
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If you have an Nvidia Shield K1.... this is worth £11 of your money. Haven't played the PC version, but believe it's a port, and a good one at that. It juices the battery, but loving it.
Limited Time promotion price of $14.99. Normally 19.99 Prepare to Face unch...
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First of hopefully 2 posts today... Scout Squad Tirik of the Imperial Fists.

Didn't really enjoy these guys, and by the end they became a bit of a chore. Not helped by silly errors along the way, getting glue all over the paint and generally ballsing it up.

Anyway, they're done now, and they're serviceable... hopefully the next post with my tac squad will be better!
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That yellow is on point. Plus your details are awesome too.
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Quick question... in a world of re-basing SM to 32mm bases, should SM scouts be on 25mm or 32mm bases?
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Popped into my local GW... 25mm it is!
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WIP shot. There are some very-nearly finished scouts sitting on my shelf, waiting for the finishing touches and bases... but I'm not happy with them. So I've moved onto my first tactical squad. Set it up as heavy bolter and plasma. The sarge and one bolter dude were done ages ago, so this will make up the remaining eight. Not much to see... just lots of yellow!
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+Karlen Kendrick I think its just the base coat, sir..
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So my local GW is running a painting competition... The Golden Troll, and they suggested my daughter have a go in the under 16 category. She actually sat down, paid attention to what I was saying and I even let her use my airbrush!

So behold! Golden Snowberry Warrior!

I also decided to put some of my guys in for a giggle... Entered my rhino, dreadnought, command squad and my Iron Warriors Lord. I don't think I'll be close to the other entries but it might give me a push for next year.

EDIT: photos for mixed... My daughter's is the pink one... In case you didn't work it out.
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Your daughter has done a wonderful job on that marine.

I love the work you've done on that Imp Fist Dready, he's great.
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Battle Report!

Ok, not really. But yesterday I had my first "proper" game against Rich, one of the staff at my local GW. I stated collecting in the mid 80's, I'm now 43 and this was my first ever game... and I loved it!

Unfortunately I was knackered as I flew home the night before, getting home at midnight, and I was up for work at 0530. Nearly cancelled the game, but pushed on fueled by coffee and bacon.

I ran whatever I had painted: 10 man tactical squad, combat squaded (plasma gun and heavy bolter), Captain with Command Squad (storm bolters and shields), in the Rhino. Scout squad with snipers and missile launcher, and twin linked Las Cannon dreadnought.

Rich was running Blood Angels, 2 razorbacks with 5 man squad in each, one with sanguinary priest, the other a chaplain. There was also a Dreadnought.

No objectives, just trying to kill each other... the high point was early on when I took first blood destroying one of the razorbacks with las and rockets... however the dice gods turned their backs on me after that and the brave Imperial Fists saw a steady attrition of figures until we called it at the end of turn 4 (I think). I think the final score was 6-3 to the blood angels... regardless I had immense fun, and have a much better idea if what to buy next!

Not sure when I'll get chance for my next game, but looking forward to it.
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Sounds decent. In my experience vindicators get targeted early. Very good when they get to shoot but they need protecting
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And the second post! Lots of photos I'm afraid... here's Squad Beros, 1st Tactical Squad of the Fifth Company, Imperial Fists.

Aside from the sergeant and the guy with the grass, these were batch painted, although it still took me a long time. I think as +Nick Thrower​ has blogged, batch painting worked to get the basecoat on, but after that I found it hard going keeping enthusiasm for blocking out all the colours on all of them before moving on to the next... it seemed like I'd spent ages doing them, but was no closer to finishing. I nearly switched to painting them individually but stuck with it, and it was quite gratifying to have them all suddenly come together at the end. I think next time I'll get all the yellow done then switch to working on individuals.

I have to say I was reluctant to start these guys, because they're just standard troops... but I really enjoyed the whole process and love the final look, plus this marks a milestone for me as I can now rustle up a game ready IF force. This was also my fist attempt at scratches... some worked well, some not so much, need a bit more practice.

My favourite one... has to be the heavy bolter!
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Nice squad, Good consistant yellow throughout, and yeah, the HB guy looks amazing.
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WIP... the state of my desk this morning. Two of the scouts have had decals attached and are awaiting final details. The tac squad has had decals applied and oil wash tidied up, Lysander has had loads of filler.

Things have progressed this afternoon, the tac squad has had guns attached and I'm now considering which heads and their positions, and Lysander has been primed.

Next, weathering, basing and final details.
Onwards!
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+Dave Weston to be honest, it's been in the back of the cupboard for years. It's effectively acrylic floor polish, made by Johnsons... just spoke to my good lady wife and we thought maybe cleaning idle of supermarket, but can't remember seeing any recently. I think we got ours at an independent homewares/hardware type place... the sort of place you can buy single washer and sell old fashioned brasso.
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So this happened!

As you all know from my previous posts, myself and my daughter entered some models in my local GW painting comp... The Golden Troll. Regrettably my daughter didn't win in the under 16 category (hey, she's only just about to turn 7!)... I however was gobsmacked to learn I'd won a Golden Troll in the 40K Vehicle category.

Shocked and stunned. I've been very happy with how I'm progressing and the results I'm getting are improving all the time, but I didn't think I was even close to the standard of winning a competition, albeit a local one. Very humbled and very happy.

I'll post some pics of the other entries, and the overall winner ( or check out the GW Aberdeen Facebook page, they've put a couple of shots up... The overall winner is stunning!).
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Well deserved. It looks incredible!
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A little more info and a couple of pics of Lost Patrol...
 
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Space Hulk 2nd ED Redux

First squad of five terminators pretty much complete. Pretty happy with how they've turned out, especially the bases (doesn't really come across in these very poor photos!), the freehand was a complete ball ache though... that's why only 5 are complete, the others are finished apart from the chapter symbols. I'll go back and add some highlights to the symbols then take a shot of all ten complete.

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+squareoaky stewart No kidding ;-)
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