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Thursday, 30 August 2012
Models on Display.....

Models on Display..... my house. I've seen a lot of people posting up pictures of their workspaces/offices/hobby dens/escape rooms and figured as I'm in the process of reorganising mine (as a distraction to a course that I'm meant to finish by the end of next week).

As soon as I enter my study, I've got a DVD rack with all my PC games and software in. I say in, the discs themselves are in a neat little tidy on my desk and just the cases are in the rack. Next that is a BILLY 40cm wide bookcase from Ikea. As you can see its mostly glass shelves in the top half and wood in the bottom half. There aren't any peg holes close to the mid point, so I drilled out my own for the glass shelf at the bottom, and it's the least wobbly of them all.

The bottom half is filled with odd bits, such as batteries, and then some my codices, rulebooks, painting guides, White Dwarves and some of the wife's stuff. On the top is my quickly made light box, but the top half is where all the fun is happening....

The very top shelf (which will become a glass one when I get drum up the courage to brave Ikea again) has a LEGO Star Wars X Wing Fighter 6212, complete with Luke, Chewy, Han, Wedge, Leia and R2. I've got a load of Lego dotted around the house, and stored in the loft. I'm hoping that at some point I'll have enough space to rebuild my Star Destroyer (6211). Anyway, on with the rest of the shelves.

I've ignored the empty shelf as I'm still unsure what's going to go on it. I may move the space Marines up one. So my small force of Marines occupy the next shelf. Next shelf down...

The next shelf contains squads 414, 913 and 914, but no command squads to go with them yet unfortunately. Below them sits platoon 7, with its command squad 701 and squads 712, 713 and 714.

On the next shelf are the heavy weapons teams, consisting of three mortars and three heavy bolters. The lascannon and autocannon squads are in my stash of almost finished models (which I think is larger than my finished stash). Below them is the company command squad and attached advisers, The final shelf is currently being used as a dumping ground for things I've cleared from my desk, but will probably be used for the sentinels. And with that onto the next shelf unit.

This unit is also from Ikea, but I don't think they make it any more. The glass shelf on the top is not part of the unit, it's just a random glass shelf that again came from Ikea and was big enough to bridge the gap between the two support pieces. The glass shelf has my Emperor's Fist tank company on parade. I've still got 5 more tanks to finish but at least they all have their camo coats done.

The wooden shelf has the rest of my armoured support, including a Baneblade, my magnetised Stormlord, another Leman Russ, a Demolisher, a Basilisk, 3 sentinels and my Valkyrie. There is also a little artillery piece butchered from a Basilisk and some more part finished models.

Here you can see the part finished models a bit better, with the Valkyrie and sentinels looming in the background. The Valkyrie's base is in need of some dire repairs, as the woodland has fallen off. The shelf below this has more of my Lego collection, mainly City items, but also a Toy Story jeep and army men. The right hand shelf has some agate rocks and other glass display items. I'm not sure why I didn't take a photo of them, obviously my brain switched off at that point.

And occupying the bottom left hand side of the shelves are all of my bits for my Guard and Space Marines. There are also some Empire pieces mixed in from where I started making a few models. I think this section is definitely organized chaos, I can find anything I'm after pretty quickly without too much hassle.

And finally on this long and hard road of Ikea shelf units, we actually get to the painting part of my desk. The desk itself is (surprise surprise) from Ikea. My paint station normally sits where the electric drill and handheld vacuum are but has been moved onto my little roller drawers. The top drawer has more sprues and useful things in, and the bottom two are chock full of my Empire army, which I keep meaning to start, but not until I've finished most of what I've begun first.

Anyway thanks for reading, and sifting through the mess that is my study.
Wednesday, 15 August 2012


This blog has hit a century of followers!!!!

Thanks to all of you who take a look at what I've posted (be it irregularly).

I've been running this blog since November 2008, so averaging 25 followers a year, which I'm ecstatic with.

Oh and this is also post number 92, maybe I can make it to 100 before November!

Thanks again everyone!

P.S. I have a favour to ask of anyone that's going to Games Day in the UK.
Can someone grab me the Event only Space Marine Model?
I will transfer funds via PayPal before the event.
Leave a comment if you can help a blogger in need. Thanks.
Friday, 10 August 2012
Crimson Fist Reinforcements

Crimson Fist Reinforcements

So 6th edition brought back the whole idea of allies. I expect that at some point I may actually try to start gaming again. But for the moment I have decided to build up a small force of Space Marines to be allied with my Guard.

Over the past few weeks, I've been looking through eBay for a few extra bits and pieces to flesh out the Space Marines that I've owned for a few years - sitting on a shelf made but not painted with most of my other projects.

Crimson Fists in all their half made glory
In the picture above you can see the force as it stands, or in some cases as it lies in pieces. the army centrepiece will be the 25th Anniversary model, who is magnetised so can be on the scenic base or on a normal round base, and the flag can then maybe be used as an objective.

The rest of the force consists of:
  • 1 x Commander - currently in pieces
  • 1 x 4 marine Command Squad - almost made - 1 marine borrowed for Combat Squad
  • 1 x Dreadnought - unmade - eBay purchase
  • 1 x 5 marine MK2 Veteran Squad - unmade
  • 1 x 10 marine Tactical Squad - basecoated
  • 1 x 5 marine Combat Squad - 3 of 5 basecoated
  • 1 x 5 marine Devastator Squad - unmade - eBay purchase
25th Anniversary Model, Commander and Command Squad 

I've had to strip some old paint jobs off some of the models. I painted up the commander in the Sons of Guilliman colours, but then decided that split schemes wasn't for me. And the devastators had been basecoated white, while the legs had received a coat of blue, so they got stripped back as well, but for £12 off eBay, I can't complain.

Devastator Squad and MK2 Veterans

The Command Squad is in various stages of construction, and 1 marine has been assigned to the Combat Squad, which consists of some starter set marines that my local GW gave me to practice using liquid green stuff on. The dreadnought was a brand new and sealed item off eBay, so that was good. I can't even remember buying the Veterans, but they are metal so it's a few years go that I got them. The tactical squad is loaded out with a missile launcher and plasma gun, but the plasma gun is not glued down so I may try some magnetic trickery there.

Combat Squad and Tactical Squad

All in all not a bad little force to start with, bearing in mind that I hardly ever play. By now I imagine some of you are wondering why the Crimson Fist reference in the title (or not).  Well the reason for the reference, other than the 25th anniversary model, is that I will be painting these marines up as Crimson Fists (big surprise for those that hadn't guessed that). When I had some marines before, I painted them as Crimson Fists, just to be different. And now I'm going to do the same with these guys, plus the back story is pretty cool.

Thanks for reading through this. Comments etc are always appreciated.

P.S. this blog is almost at 100 followers!!!! So please recommend to your friends/followers so it can break the century barrier. Thanks!
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