Artscale Imperial Fist – Charity A...

WOWZERS!!! Look what came in the post yesterday. It’s so weird to see something I made painted so amazingly well. As much as I’d like to keep it, this model is now up for auction on ebay, 100% of the proceeds will be going to the Birmingham Dogs Home Charity, who sadly need all the money they can get this time of year. The...

What’s on the horizon?

Greetings all. So I know updates lately have been even sparser than usual. Unfortunately that’s not going to change any time soon. It’s time for me to move away from what I’ve focused this blog on for so long (those ever popular Space Marines) and start to work on my own ideas. I know many of you 40K and truescale fans...

Truescale Kharn – Finished

It always happens that my most recent conversion is my favourite to date, and Kharn the Betrayer is no exception. I’m really pleased with the level of detail I’ve managed to get into this model, I really pushed myself to get everything as top notch as I could, and it’s nice to see a bit of improvement in my sculpting,...

Tutorial – Artscale Terminator

Ever since I made my first Artscale Terminator I’ve been asked for a tutorial on how I did it. I was very hesitant for a long time because it takes a while to put this together but also because it requires a better grasp of using Green Stuff than the Artscale Space Marine in Power Armour. However, enough people requested it, so...

Truescale Kharn – Part 1

This particular project has had an insanely long delay period, but I finally got stuck in a few weeks ago. This model is my half of a trade I agreed to with Volomir where he would paint up one of my conversions to put up charity auction in exchange for this model. At the moment this is realistically about 70% complete but the hardest...

Painted Truescale Space Marines

I recently got some pics sent my way of conversions I’d worked on for other people. It’s actually quite rare for me to see models I’ve worked on actually painted, so to see these is a bit of a treat for me (too much green and grey on this blog). I have to admit when I first was the combat squad pics it didn’t...

Black Crusade 2012: Sorcerer Part 3

I finished the paint job on this a few days ago but have been procrastinating over posting it. I have come to realise that with having painted much the last year or so that my painting skills seem to have diminished a bit. I found myself at a bit of a loss regarding the black and white areas of the model. I didn’t want to highlight...

Black Crusade 2012: Sorcerer Part 2

As is customary for me, I’ve taken far too long over the sculpting process of this mini, and have only a few days left to finish painting it. Luckily I know how I intend to paint the model so there’s no decision work (or indecision work ) to get in the way. So when I started this project I had this vague idea of making the...

Black Crusade 2012: Sorcerer Part 1

When I was asked to be a part of this years Wargaming charity project, The Black Crusade 2012, I saw it as an opportunity to do something nice and also to try something that’s been in the back of my mind for a while now, a Chaos Sorcerer on flying disc. While there’s technically no need to make this project a truescale model,...

Artscale Space Marine Combat Squad

Well it’s been far far too long since my last post. Crazy times of late have meant my priorities have had to lie elsewhere. But now I’m back on track and focused on new things… Starting with this Space Marine Combat Squad. I thought about posting an update on this squad last week but procrastinated over it and decided...

Primarchs Alpharius and Omegon

With the exception of the bases the Primarch twins Alpahrius and Omegon are now finished. This has probably been my most challenging project to date. The whole thing is about 90% self sculpted with a few bits used as armature to sculpt over. Alpharius especially is one of my favourite ever and I’m tempted to model a Space Marine...

Alpharius and Omegon – Part 3

  Apologies for  the lack of posts so far this year. I had the pleasure of being hacked last week (this site and a number of others) which is one of the reasons this post is so late. Although the actual damage incurred was quite minor and cleaned up within about 3 hours I decided to tidy up and remove any other vulnerablilites....

Artscale Space Marine Casts

In my last post I showed my attempts at making a cast of my long time coming Primarch project. I filled the silicone rubber mold with Green Stuff and the cast I got out of that the next day was actually pretty decent considering. Perhaps because the Green Stuff wasn’t exposed to air when it was curing but the cast was a bit sticky...

Look what came in the post!

I just wanted to share this little gem that I got in the post this morning. I ordered a Goldar the Barbarian from Reaper after seeing it on a Beast of War ‘On the Table‘ episode. Whenever I roleplay or play games like HeroQuest (yes I still play HeroQuest) or play MMORPGs I almost always play the barbarian or warrior....

Tutorial – Artscale Space Marine

This is my guide to how I make a basic Artscale Space Marine in Mark 7 Power Armour. This guide shows my approach to the idea of scaled up Space Marines, and has been strongly influenced by many others. Since I made this original guide two years ago my techniques have changed a little. The original tutorial is presented here but where...

Artscale Mark VIII Deathwatch

This is only my second Mark VIII power armour conversion. The first work in progress pic below shows the three basic components (legs, torso and head) assembled and based to give an early impression of how the final model will look. Normally I make the legs and torso separately and assemble later but I think doing it this way is...

Artscale Grey Knight Squad

This 5 man Grey Knight squad are to based on Grey Knights immediately after the Heresy. As such they have Nemesis Force Weapons in the style of those on 1st edition Grey Knights, ie: Halberds with storm bolters built in. I opted to use the older metal Terminators as a base for the legs as I find them to be much better posed than the plastic ones which seem to me to be a bit too widely spread. Adding Green Stuff to metal is more difficult than adding to plastic, I’m not entirely certain why that is but I would advise beginners to use plastic models as a base. The Grey Knight plastic torsos are unusually deep compared to regular Space Marines so I used no spacer in between the front and back. The NFW has had its blade removed and attached...

Artscale Combat Squad

I didn’t really get around to making a “work in progress” post about this squad unfortunately the finished pics will have to suffice. Pretty standard work, all in all. With the exception of the shoulders (I made once then cast nine duplicates using Blu-Stuff) each Space Marine was built in the same way shown in...

Artscale Talos of the Night Lords

This is a an Artscale version of Talos from the Night Lords Legion based upon available artwork (mostly from book covers). From what I can tell he seems to be equipped with almost a full suit of mark V armour. Whilst I could have fashioned one of my own style Mark V helm I decided to acquire one of the relatively Forgeworld pieces as...

Artscale Grey Knight Terminator

Overall I’m very happy with how this particular model turned out and I have to say an army of these (lets face it there aren’t many models in a GK army) would look just glorious on any battlefield, especially if they are stood next to non-superhuman models. To describe the actual work done; the legs are completely scratchbuilt to...

Artscale Deathwatch Devastator

Here is a commission for a single Deathwatch Space Marine (to be used in FFG Deathwatch RPG). The brief was far more specific than I normally like (I like to be as free as possible in the creation process) but I really liked the concept. Sometimes having someone push for a really specific finish can be an advantage and I don’t...

Artscale Commander Culln (#2)

This was my second Lord Commander Culln conversion, commissioned after I made the first one. I followed the same guidelines as before only really altering the cloak. I took this cloak from a Hector Rex Forgeworld mini (with a lot of whittling of the inside to make it fit). Even though it doesn’t match the original artwork as...

Artscale Pre-Heresy Terminator

So here is a Pre-Heresy Terminator armed with Lightning Claws (of the Alpha Legion). The claws took a while to get right, my first attempt made them with the fingers too long so I removed a few joints from the lightning claws to shorten them. The rest of the model followed my standard method of construction, although I have to admit the...

Artscale Abaddon the Despoiler

Without a doubt this is one of my favourite conversions and one I’d wanted to work on for a long long time. I waited until I had a lot of experience with scaled up Space Marines before even attempting it. The first attempt on the build had the right structure (size, shape, etc) but the pose was just off. I was able to fix this...

Artscale Terminator Chaplain

This particular conversion was part of the Mark V army I was commission to build. There’s pic of an Assault Terminator on page 31 of the 4th Ed. SM Codex with riveted legs armour. That’s what I tried to capture here, that there is an extra layer of armour riveted onto his normal Terminator suit, so the greaves are larger than usual....

Artscale Commander Culln

Even though I had no plans to collect a Red Scorpions force, I love the cover artwork from Imperial Armour 9 and decided to try and create a conversion worthy of it.   Some of the proportions will be different as with all conversions like this the intrinsic proportions between art and model are different. I used a Grey Knight NFW...

Artscale Chaplain

This particular conversion is for the Mark V army I’ve spent an age working on. Pretty straight forward really. The helm is from GW’s biker chaplain (accessory mounted on back of the bike) that’s been sitting in my bitz box for 12 years! The custom crozius is a power axe with the iron halo taken from the sanguinor model. Not much...

Artscale Word Bearer

Another single Artscale conversion done on commission. This is a Chaos Space Marine of the Word Bearer Legion wearing Mark II power armour. The brief for the conversion was quite detailed, in this case, mostly Mark II pattern but with Mark III style armour plating on the front of the legs – and also in a running pose. Space Marines...

Artscale Chaos Space Marines

Having made rather a lot of Artscale Loyalist Space Marines I thought it about time to turn to something more Chaotic. I started with just one Artscale Chaos Space Marine Chosen as a prototype. Because of the bits available to them Chaos Space Marines are far and away easier to scale up than loyalists. Add in the fact they can be a lot...

Artscale Mark V Pedro Kantor

This is one of a few characters to lead the Mark V artscale army I’ve been working on. This one is a counts as Pedro Kantor. I’ve tried to give him an authorative commanding pose, ordering his troops to move their asses to the objective. I really wanted to try another scratch built power fist after the one I made for my Huron...

Tutorial – Artscale Arms

This is a slight update to the Version 2.0 of my guide to converting Actual Scale Space Marines (original post found here) that makes arms much more straightforward and doesn’t rely on having an abundance of terminator arms. I’ve tried to make this as easy to follow as possible, a picture says a thousand words, so they say :-p So...

Artscale Mark V Devastator Squad

Click to enlarge. As part of the Mark V armoured Space Marine army I’ve been building for over a year now I present the Devastator Squad. A large amount of sculpting per model has kept me really busy. Note: some of the shoulder pads are missing on the above pic because the client was to supply his own. As part of the criteria for this squad the client asked for the sergeant to be holding a pair of binoculars up to his face, which has actually worked out simpler than I thought. Finally able to make some progress on this squad. All the studs and cabling just mean these take forever to make (Mark V’s are going to be a rarity in my Lamenters force I can tell you that much). This is the basic 5 man squad with four missile launchers and I...

Tutorial – Artscale Jump Packs

I’ve been asked a couple of times how I enlarged the jump packs of my Artscale Assault Marines so I figured I’d throw up a quick explanation. As with the regular backpacks I enlarge (by cutting up two and gluing the bits back together) the size difference is subtle but I feel it is enough to make it worth doing. Start with a regular...

Artscale Librarian (Ezekial)

One of my favourite Games Workshop miniatures of all time is the Dark Angels Chief Librarian Ezekial. It’s just a really characterful model in an awesome pose and I want to make an artscale version to include in my Lamenters force. I’ll be keeping the original head and resculpting the rest of the model in the same pose and with most...

Artscale Mark II Librarian

Here I have for you an Artscale Librarian in Mark 2 armour. I have to admit I really struggled with the pose on this. The helm, top of the torso and backpack are all the resin parts from Forgeworld and I have to say the quality of these new Space Marine bits is just outstanding, the best I’ve seen from them so far. The rest of the...

Artscale Space Marine Bike

This is my first Artscale Space Marine Bike (a prototype you could say). The whole thing is about half as long again as a regular bike, hence the need for a custom base (2 x 40mm rounds and a 40mm square). The plastics are a combination of Ork and Space Marine bikes and the exhausts came from a Baneblade or perhaps Shadowsword kit...

Artscale Techmarine

This is my second Artscale Techmarine, loosely based on my previous Master of the Forge and this awesome illustration. This one was completed far more quickly than the previous one as there was far less planning and forethought going in to it, even so I have to say I’m really pleased with how it turned out. This is part of the Artscale...

Tutorial – Sculpting Layered Armou...

Just a quick one here. As I started work on a second Techmarine/MotF for a client I figured I’d show the approach to making Techmarine layer armour. There was a curing time of at least 4 hours between each of these pics so as to make sure I didn’t damage the sculpting on the previous stage. The technique for producing each layer is...

Artscale Master of the Forge

I’d wanted to do this particular conversion for a very long time. Ever since I named the original blog “Master of the Forge” I envisioned having a pic in the header of the home page of a Master of the Forge model, something suitably impressive. I had a few sets of resin legs spare from my experimenting with resin...

Artscale Space Marine Scouts

This squad was my first attempt at truescale Space Marine Scouts. At first I just expected them to be a very simple conversion requiring nothing more than slightly lengthened legs. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case as the lengthened plastic legs turned out still too short and a bit feeble looking. My approach then was two fold. Increase the height and mass of the torso and make completely new scaled up pairs of legs. The torsos were made by chopping the breather tubes from the front of the scout torso component and then completely removing the front of said torso and replacing it with a chest piece from a regular power armoured Space Marine. The breather tubes can then (with a little trimming) fit back on top. This made the torso both...

Artscale Mark V Assault Squad

This is the finished Assault Squad built in Artscale for an entire Mark V Artscale army. Much like the previous 2 (Squad 1 & Squad 2) squads I followed a modified version of the Artscale Tutorial. The nice thing about Assault Squads is that you have far more options when it comes to posing the legs, and I’m a big fan of having...

Artscale Grey Knight Chaplain

Ever since reading the Grey Knights Omnibus book I’ve wanted to convert a Grey Knight Chaplain (NOTE: this is before the release of the 5th edition Grey Knight codex). When I decide to start any kind of project I look for inspiration (usually artwork or other minis) to help envision what I want the final conversion to look like....

Artscale Terminator Squad

To date this is the only Terminator squad I have done in Artscale. Note: the above photo shows the models not quite finished but I wanted to include a picture of the Bane-Raider in here This squad was a continuation of the first prototype Artscale Terminator. All the models had magentized arms and shoulder pads allowing them to swap...

Artscale Alpha Legionaires Squad

Like much of my converting work I personally wasn’t satisfied with this project until about 80% of the way in when it started to really come together properly. These follow the basic guidelines laid out in my Artscale Tutorial. Initially I had tried to pose some of the squad in a striding pose, but many of the legs just ended up looking like they belonged to ballerinas, skipping… you get the idea. I ended up swapping most of them out for a more standard marine pose, with some minor adjustments. Striding/running poses are very difficult to do without them looking weird, and with a only a small variety of Terminator legs to use, it only makes thing tougher. The squad was commissioned to consist of 3 x Mk4, and 5 x Mk3. I began sculpting...

Artscale Mark V Tactical Squad (2)

This squad was done as part of a commission for a full army of Artscale Space Marines all in Mark V armour. You can find all posts pertaining to that army here. The client who commissioned this squad requested that they be striding forward. On the majority of the figures I’ve tried to position the legs into striding poses, or at least a little more dynamic than the usual generic Space Marine pose. The positioning of the arms and heads also play a large part on the dynamics of each figure. Note: half the shoulder pads are missing on the main pic because the client is providing his own. The backpacks were made using a different technique than those on the previous squad. All the helmets were converted from a specific Mark VII helm with...

Artscale Back Pack (Mark 4-6)

This widened back (made for a scaled up Space Marine model) was done in a simpler and cleaner way to that featured in my Artscale Tutorial. The basic approach is to cleanly chop a single back pack in half down the centreline. Glue it back together with a plasticard spacer in the middle (approximately 3mm). At the top fill in with Green...

Artscale Vulkan He’stan

I used the official Vulkan miniature as the design base for this conversion but I want to re-pose it (as well as true scale it). I tried to give him the striding pose shown in the artwork in the codex but I wanted the arms posed differently because when arms are positioned across the chest to much of the model is obscured from view....

Artscale Errant Armour

This mini was made as the prize for the winner of my “name the website” competition that I ran over on Warseer. He requested a marine in Mark VIII armour carrying a thunder hammer. Originally I was going to make a flying through the air pose with his thunder hammer held two-handed ready to strike, but after putting together the ...

Artscale Mark V Tactical Squad (1)

Sorry no WIP pics for this squad, I was in such a rush to complete them I forgot all about it. This squad was done as part of a commission for a full army of Artscale Space Marines all in Mark V armour. You can find all posts pertaining to that army here. All the models are fully WYSIWYG, mounted on 40mm bases rather than my usual 30mm. Although these were quite difficult to make, I found myself wanting to keep them (I picture them as an Ultramarine honour guard, but that’s just me) which I think is a good thing for anyone working on commissions. Each model was made using the basic Artscale Tutorial with modifications to account for the details of Mark V power armour. I’ve also posted a Mini Tutorial on how to make Mark V helms...

Artscale Space Marine Individuals

These three Artscale conversions were my first prototypes of non-Tactical Space Marines. I was keen to try out new things now that I felt able to make basic scaled up Space Marines. The Assault Marine was painted up to be an Emperor’s Spear just because I liked the colour scheme. Admittedly the painted battle damage was a bit...

Artscale Blood Angels Combat Squad

These were my first Actual Scale conversions that I made using the tutorial first posted by Doghouse on the Bolter & Chainsword forums. This squad originally started out as a Black Dragons Squad but quickly turned into a Blood Angels squad as I’m apt to changing my mind every 5 minutes. After making this squad I coined the term...