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  1. LotusArenco

    Space Marines

    Disengage warp drive and prepare for real space transition in…. 3 2 1… Yet again, I’ve spent very little time over the past few months actually modelling. Although, I’ve certainly not stopped buying various bits and bobs off ebay and the occasional splurge on the GW website £££. What had started as an exercise to finish off old unmade figures and vehicles has ended in adding even more stuff to an ever growing pile of shiny new GW plastic crack! ‘It’s not an addiction, I can give it up at any time!’ There were a few times when my workbench looked like an abattoir with various body parts strewn around. I bit the bullet and finally decided to go for a battle force at the time of the ‘Declates Crusade’ which involved both the Crimson Fists and the Black Templars working together in mixed squads. “Both his gauntlets were crimson; he’d served time in the Crusade Company among the best of the best, and on the knee of his armour, a Black Templar cross was proudly displayed. The Declates Crusade, when the Templars and the Fists broke ranks to fight in mixed units, was a point of great honour for both Chapters.” ‘One Hate’ by Aaron Dembski-Bowden (one of the better Games Workshop authors IMHO). The Black Templars are another one of my favourite Marine Chapters. Even amongst hate filled xenophobic genetically modified super soldiers, they take some beating. ‘No Pity, No Remorse, No Fear!’ (They even chain their weapons to their wrists!) Adding a few Templars to my force of Crimson Fists allows me to use up some of my old bits of plastic, and will add some variety to an otherwise dark blue army. The GW Templars upgrade set and some MkIII Marine armour gives a nice look of ‘Knightly Crusaders’ compared to the relatively cleaner look of the Crimson Fists. Some of the poses are a bit goofy looking, but I had fun mixing the different parts from various kits. The GW kits are fairly well designed allowing you to use components from different sets to achieve the look you want. Undercoated with my new best friend – Hycote matt (well, matt-ish) black. On the down side, by doing a ‘Declates Crusade’ force I won’t be able to mix in any of the newer larger Primaris Marines. The established GW back story time-line would have this as being the equivalent of having an F-35 JSF flying in the Battle of Britain! On the plus side, the Declates Crusade was fought against the Orks! And gives me a wonderful excuse to model some Orky goodness for the Marines to fight against. WAAARGH! I’ve got a few days off over Christmas, so I’ll continue rescuing some of my old (and new) GW paints and transferring them to dropper bottles, and hopefully actually get some proper painting done! For any 40K aficionados reading: I’m assuming that Declates occurred before the Rynn’s World incident when the Chapter was still at full strength and if/when I ever play the actual game again the Templar element of the force will just use standard Crimson Fist rules rather than Templar ones. Mart
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    Riveting tool

    Sounds a bit like the set that Model Design Construction (MDC) sell? LINK Mart
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    Radiator grills

    Have a look here: http://modelshop.co.uk/Shop/Raw-Materials/Mesh?orderby=1&top=120 There’s bound to be something you can use. Mart
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    Black is Black

    Don’t you name your dinosaurs? Stuart Semple would make a fortune with this if he jumped into bed with a company like AK or Mig (with added ‘modellers tax’ of course). I’m tempted to try out some ‘developed for artists by artists’ Black 2.0 if only to smell the ‘Black cherry scent’. Anish Kapoor Mart
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    Krieger Lunadiver variant - MANTA

    Oh nice! And very much in-keeping with the original SF3D Ma.K aesthetic of using helicopter parts. It was quite a (obvious in hindsight) revelation to me when I realised that the Gustav's torso is just an upended helicopter (Hughes OH-6?) body. Mart
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    Space Marines

    I’m really not sure what’s going on with the Vallejo Decal Medium? It seems to work wonderfully on the GW decals I’m using, but I’ve tried it out in the past on Airfix decals with little effect (probably just an error between my chair and the workbench?). Nowadays, it would seem that unless you’re doing Ultramarines, GW have you by the short and curlies when it comes to doing other chapters markings. Fortunately, I’ve still got a few of the older decal sheets with Crimson Fist markings and I’ve started playing around with some blank decal paper to print off more if needed. Just my luck that Forgeworld no longer have their Crimson Fist decal sheet available. (Forgeworld is the name for GW’s in-house (£££) aftermarket bits and bobs https://www.forgeworld.co.uk/en-GB/FW-Home) The new Marines do make the old classic ones look a bit on the dumpy side. Other than applying some squad markings to a few of the lads, I’ve got very little done. They still need tidying up and edge highlighting, as well as some wear and tear weathering. "Get on the ready line, Marines, get some today! Get on the ready line! Move it out! Move it out, goddammit! Get hot! " I have however been hitting ebay for some spare parts to dress up the remaining figures in the stash, as well as adding some reinforcements in the form of some of the older armour equipped ‘Heresy Mark IV’ Marines to perhaps use as the veteran first squad. I’ve still got this silly idea of making a full ‘Battle Company’ of a hundred Marines. Mostly using the smaller classic Marines, but with a few of the newer larger Primaris ones mixed in. Not sure if this’ll fit in with the background of the Crimson Fists or not? (The established GW history has most of the Crimson Fists being wiped out during an Ork invasion of their homeworld.) The normal (Codex Astartes ) layout of a Battle Company consists of ten squads of ten Marines, plus a command squad and troop carriers. Squads 1 to 6 are ‘Tactical’ Battleline squads consisting of a Sergeant and nine troops. Squads 7 and 8 are Close Combat Squads equipped with jump packs and close combat weapons. Squads 9 and 10 are the heavy weapon Fire Support Squads. I’ll also slot in a couple of scout squads and of course the bikes that I’ve already started on. I’d better clear some space on a shelf for that lot! Mart
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    Kill Team/Space Wolves

    IIRC back in the day, ‘Ceramite’ was jokingly described by GW employees as being the exact same colour as unpainted GW plastic. Lovely Dread Will, but I’m still blaming you fairly and squarely for the mass of GW kits now cluttering up my workroom! Mart
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    Recent and upcoming 40K stuff

    I’ve got a fair few of the original Epic vehicles and I’m sorely tempted by the new boxsets. And Speed Freeks will be mine! Orks are one of my favourite 40K factions and only yesterday I went into work wearing my ‘Dakka, Dakka Dakka’ t-shirt. WAAARGH! Mart
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    Space Marines

    I hit a stumbling block when it came to applying the decals onto the shoulder pads of the Marines. Although the Games Workshop decals are commendably thin, the shoulder pads themselves are curved enough to be a right pain in the bum getting them to snuggle down without creasing. Micro Set and Sol were used using a damp cotton bud to roll and stretch the decals into shape and after a few choice swear words, I had a reasonably snug finish. To get rid of some of the more obstinate creases I brought out the big guns and used some Daco decal solution to surprisingly little effect. As a last resort I dug out a bottle of Vallejo alcohol based ‘Decal Medium’ which I had dismissed as useless in the past. The effects were a bit of a shock, as it looks like the Vallejo solution has apparently melted the decal carrier film and left a matt finish over the decals. Or it could just be that the matt finish has hidden any remaining creases. Either way, Result! Mart
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    Local show pics (cars, tractors, lorrys and buses)

    Cheers for that. I love this sort of local car show, the type that includes some of the old ‘normal cars’ we know and love. If you’ve ever wondered how rare some of those are, have a nose at this site. https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/ Mart
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    How many have you done?

    A quick count up of the kits on the shelves and in cabinets in my workroom comes to 61, mainly 1/72 aircraft. I’d guess mostly built in the past 10-15 years. Not too bad considering I’ve had a few years’ worth of modelling breaks over that time, plus the fact that I’ve always considered my modelling pace as glacial! A few of my (much) older completed models are consigned to boxes in the loft, mainly 1/48 aircraft and 1/35 armour which I no longer build, adding another 30 odd kits? As to my early teen years? I must have made my way through the entire Matchbox catalogue, all scales and subjects plus a few added Airfix (I was always a bigger fan of the Matchbox kits). No idea whatsoever as to the amount, but probably as many as my newspaper round and pocket money would have allowed. This thread has made me actually look at the models I have on display, and realise what an eclectic modeller I am. I’ve always considered myself a WW2 propeller modeller, but see that I have built many more jet powered ones. I’ve also realised just how many Sci-Fi models I’ve recently built. Mart
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    Landing Mat runway San Carlos

    I had a go a while back at making a San Carlos diorama in 1/72 incorporating a Harrier GR3 (XZ989) in trouble. I was going to try to replicate the matting using lots of plastic strip glued together to form the _ -_-_-_-_ shape of the individual decking mats, but gave up on the idea and cheated by just modelling the general grassland. It may be easier to scratchbuild using plastic strip in a larger scale? https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235015132-italeriesci-harrier-gr3-172/ Mart
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    1/12th mounted Life Guard

    How about modelling it with the long calf length red coat they wear sometimes? (Winter dress?) It’ll cover virtually the entire saddle and most of the underlying uniform apart from the helmet and boots. Mart
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    Winsor & Newton Galeria Varnish - white flecks?

    Wonderful stuff. It’s smelly and obviously petrochemical based, but I’ve found it to be great at giving a proper matt finish. The white and grey parts of this Gundam robot thingy were left in unpainted plastic with some weathering applied. The W&N matt spray gave the bare plastic look an almost painted on finish. Mart
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    What music are you playing ? Part IV

    If you’re a Peter Murphy fan, you may enjoy this. Bauhaus+ Nine Inch Иails + Joy Division! And while I'm at it.... Mart