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Yes I finally got some photos of the noble Imperial Knight, Optimus Bob. Clearly inspired by the legend Optimus Prime, I couldn’t think of any better role model! Sure Optimus isn’t super grimdark but I think the overall paint job came out ok. I used my iphone to take the photos so its likely that some small details have been lost but hopefully it doesn’t take away too much from the model. I am considering adding some detail to the trim above the head, it feels like there is too much red and needs to be broken up a bit.

Furthermore, I didn’t glue on small details like the imperial symbol or the ladder type stuff on the top carapace. They wouldn’t be a big job so I might add them at a later date, and would probably help to make him pop a bit more. Also I didn’t add the knee pads as a I felt the exposed knee vs the covered knee was a colour balance issue to consider. Too much blue on the legs would probably have looked silly so I didn’t bother with them.

Hope you enjoy šŸ™‚

Floorhammer fans, finally I have a hobby update for you. There are million reasons I could use to justify the lack of any hobby progress, but I’ll put it down to laziness. Alas, recently I’ve turned my attentions to getting my Space Marines completed. They are a ton of fun and so its only fair that I get a lick of paint on them to carry out the Emperors work.

Firstly is the Land Speeder. This model is ancient, in the region of 16 years old, and so the original base has been lost. So I threw a base together using some spare bits lying around. In addition, I haveĀ used a coupleĀ magnets for safety and ease of transport. Secondly, actually the model is incomplete- I need to model the crests of the Marines inside. Finally, these marines cannot be modelled with cloaks, thus their story is that as a junior in the Chapter they haven’t earned the cloak yet, thus paint their armour red in hopes of achieving the cloak one day.

 

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The model is painted in in metals and black mainly. I want to keep the model dark and metallic to create a contrast between the near white armour of the infantry. The dark colours create an ominous presence, and metal is cold, which emphasises that point. I hope to complete the model in the week, but no guarantee on when I will get the pictures here.

Next is the Techmarine. He has been heavily converted from the 3rd or 4th edition Techmarine. Iv added an extra servo arm (harness) from random bits I found, its a little Doctor Octopus style. Then the plasma cutter and flamer have just been slapped on, its a little unprofessional but I don’t think those who follow the machine god care too much. I had to add the power axe as its in his wargear. The other interesting feature was the helmet, at this stage I can’t remember the inspiration but still looks just fine. Finally, I added the typical Sunbreaker regalia with the crest (Techmarine style) and the cloak.

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Again the theme with this model is to generally be cold and intimidating by being heavy on metals and black. The helmet/visor is where I can give the model a bit more of a personality. I am tempted to heavily contrast the helmet with bright colours to represent some glowing light etc emitting from the all the data processing units in the HUD. Iv done a little bit of work recently using blues, into nearly white to create this effect on grav cannons. Other ideas include to try to use similar light contrasting to create a ghostly face of sorts, but that might out of skill league!

Anyway thanks for stopping by and hopefully il be back soon with the finished products. Happy wargaming!

Wow, it has been years since I visited my site, let alone posting any content. This wasn’t necessarily out of forgetfulness so first I want to explain what has happened in the intervening time.

Last time I posted I was in the final year of my PhD and I was happy with the progress of my 40k project, and I had tried to introduce my brother as a Yugioh columnist as a way of branching out into new areas. That changed quite significantly when the PhD was wrapping up. The timeline of what happened is now a little fuzzy but late 2013 I wrapped up my experimental work with my PhD, and so I moved home to my parents house in Ireland while I could write the thesis. I needed to finish experiments earlier than normal because I wanted extra time and care to write, especially something as important (to me) as a PhD.

However, during the summer 2013 I was helping my supervisor to organise a conference in our University for summer 2014. Whilst writing it became evident that more experiments were required for clarification purposes etc so I would travel to back every month or so to visit the lab to get some experiments done as well as visit my girlfriend and friends. This continued until about autumn 2014 when I finally submitted, shortly followed by the viva (defence) in late 2014. So I had achieved something I never thought I would ever do, and I cringe I little every time I see the thesis now but I am proud to have finished it.

During the conference, a colleague of my boss offered me a job in Japan starting as soon as possible. I accepted this job and once I had obtained the PhD I was set to go in the second week of January 2015. I have been here since with my girlfriend and experiencing life in a whole new way. My girlfriend and I moved in together for the 1st time in coming here, but I knew we were solid so wasn’t a problem. Scary yes, but obstacles are for overcoming. A year and a half into the journey here has been exciting and long may it continue. I don’t expect the blog to feature much on life in Japan. It is something that is hugely fascinating but I am not integrated enough to fully understand how and why things are how they are. What I will say is that I am thoroughly enjoying myself and trying to build a future which would have been difficult anywhere else.

With regards to hobbies, I kind of ditched Yugioh as it is too fast paced with ban lists changing every 3 months, and that Japanese/English versions aren’t compatible. Instead I picked up Magic, its a wonderful game and a bit more accessible than Yugioh due to its slightly more mature target audience (arguable now) and that there is no problems using different language cards. However, the tournament scene is just a tough and every changing metagames has pushed that down in the pecking order. Recently I discovered that a good friend of mine plays 40k which got the blood flowing through my veins again! What 40k does for me is combine my love for arts and crafts, sci-fi stories, and games. I also joined a rugby club which is also a blast due to the relaxed nature of all the guys (mainly foreigners too).A week agoĀ I decided I to pick up some 40k again, which led me back here as writing here was a good outlet for self-expression. Just to note that in the move back to my parents house I have misplaced my Spartan marines! As far as I know they are tidily packed away in the carry case I had for them. The project wasn’t finished so I was pretty bummed when finding them wasn’t so straight-forward. The next time I am home I will try harder to find them.

I know this post is so brief compared to the amount of time I have been away but now I’m back!!! My life has change a lot since I last was regularly posting, but mentally I am in a similar place as before- a good place- to begin producing more content. But for now, ciao ragazzi!

Chris