“That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.” H.P. Lovecraft
Monday, September 26, 2022
Monday, September 19, 2022
|Inhabitants of Boneforest.|
If you have been following the work of Helge Wilhelm Dahl, you might have seen that he is working on a miniature game with Nitri Michele, to be released later this year by Hollow Press, called Boneforest! While details for the game are relatively sparse, it seems to be set in a world occupied by the creepy and corpulent monstrosities he has been creating for years (and has released via Etsy and numerous Kickstarters), that is populated by the titular bonetrees. Recently it was revealed that Ana Polanšćak, of the Gardens of Hecate fame, is doing the official painting for the game, and has been revealing new models from the game weekly. Excitingly, Helge contacted us and asked if we would be interested in painting some of the miniatures to be displayed as alternative paint schemes for the game release! Not ones to pass on the opportunity to paint some macabre models, we jumped at the opportunity. We ended up painting two models, one of the Addicted (Adam painted this one), and one of the Witches (Eric painted this one)!
Friday, September 2, 2022
In this episode, we are joined by Bill Ford, a talented terrain maker who is hosting a narrative focused Mordheim event at the end of the year. We discuss at length how he got into the hobby and what pushed him to host a Mordheim event. We also talk about how he has gone about planning the event and inviting participants. He also gives advice for those who are just beginning to craft terrain pieces of their own.
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
|A MKVI Space Marine next to a Leviathan Dreadnought.|
Earlier this year, I assembled one of the plastic Deimos pattern Rhinos for the Horus Heresy, one of the first new plastic kits released alongside the new game. While I was excited about assembling the rhino, I was most excited about assembling some of the other Horus Heresy specific kits Forge World made that were always entirely resin. One of these models was the Leviathan Dreadnought. I always liked how massive the dreadnought looked, as though it was designed to be a true-scale Space Marine Dreadnought. I even think I have one of the resin kits somewhere in my backlog of models, but due to it being in resin, I never actually got around to assembling it. So when Games Workshop released the plastic version with assault weapons, I was really excited and had to get one.
Monday, August 29, 2022
In chapter 6, Alexander Winberg is joined by game designer Kevin Rahman-Daultrey to talk about his newest Kickstarter and expansion of the Forbidden Psalm miniatures game, KillSampleProcess. They talk about the new game, based on the rpg CY_BORG, before talking at length about his game design process. They also chat about some of his upcoming projects and his love of the film Mutant Chronicles, which he admits is terrible.
Sunday, August 28, 2022
The following article was originally published on Greg’s music blog, Fine Enough, I Suppose. It concerns the written work of Thomas Ligotti, and the efforts of the record label, Cadabra Records, to bring his work to a wider audience. The outlook of Ligotti’s work is deeply pessimistic, fitting in nicely with the bleakness of the 41st millennium.
One of the most affecting and memorable live performances of my life was seeing Jon Padgett doing a reading of Thomas Ligotti’s short story “The Bungalow House”, accompanied by live guitar and electronics performed by Chris Bozzone. It was my first introduction to the work of Thomas Ligotti, a contemporary horror writer who espouses a particularly dismal world view, and uses his work as a means to explore this outlook. Padgett, a fantastic author of weird fiction himself, did an amazing job invoking the crushing loneliness of the narrator of “The Bungalow House”. I was utterly spellbound, hanging on every word, caught up in a horror that was far more affecting than the hackneyed violence that is the hallmark of many modern horror tales. I came away from the event as a fan of Ligotti’s fiction, and of Jon Padgett, as well. He read his own story “20 Simple Steps to Ventriloquism”, and I was astounded at his ability to take something as mundane as a guide book (the story is presented as a guide to becoming a skilled ventriloquist and beyond), and turn it into something deeply unsettling. This event was hosted by Cadabra Records, who had just released a spoken word vinyl record of “The Bungalow House”, with Jon Padgett doing the reading and Chris Bozzone handling the instrumentation. This event was a live recreation of that release, and the first event of its kind hosted by Cadabra Records. Although it is hard to believe now, this event occurred back in May of 2019, more than three years ago! I have been eager for Cadabra Records to host similar events, but the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic prevented that.
Friday, August 26, 2022
|Despite the MKIV Space Marine (right) being a much newer model than the Rogue Trader Marine next to it, it retains much of the awkward anatomical elements.|
Over the year or two, I have been slowly painting Dark Angels, initially for a Kill Team, but then expanding to painting a variety of Dark Angel models that don’t necessarily fit neatly into a Kill Team, such as a Rogue Trader Space Marine and a converted Lunax7070 model. Having recently built one of the new MKVI Space Marines, I thought it would be fun to paint one of the older plastic MKIV Horus Heresy Space Marines I have had sitting in a case for years, with the hope of comparing its scale to some of the other Dark Angels I painted recently. Look forward to seeing one of the newer MKVI Space Marines painted soon too!
Thursday, August 18, 2022
|And they shall know no fear.|
We were pretty excited about Games Workshop's first “regular” Space Marine release in years with the MKVI Space Marines for Horus Heresy. So much so that we created a tutorial for giving them a smaller, more functional looking boltgun. When building one of the Space Marines, we were dismayed by their gigantic bolt pistol holsters. Out of the box they are so large that they hardly fit on the models themselves. We decided to convert one by cutting it down, and figured it was worth writing a short tutorial on how you can do the same!
Friday, July 29, 2022
|From left to right: Klaasje Akhmatova Bibliognost of the Church of the Red Athenæum, MKVI Space Marine, Primaris Space Marine (modified to remove some of the more glaring Primaris details).|
After the advent of Primaris Space Marines, we assumed Games Workshop would never make another traditional Space Marine model. To our surprise, Games Workshop used the rerelease of a new edition of the Horus Heresy to redesign a traditional Space Marine in the wake of years of Primaris releases. We were fortunate to be able to get a set of ten of the new Space Marines, and after assembling one, and converting a smaller bolter for them, wanted to tell you our thoughts about the models.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Dragged into Turbolasers 94: The Kroot stalk into Kill Team and Warhammer Underworlds wishes it was Mordheim
In this episode, we chat about some of the new models Games Workshop previewed at the Summer Skirmish preview. We focus primarily on their showings for Kill Team and Warhammer Underworlds. In the first half of the episode, we discuss the excellent looking Kroot warband alongside the surprisingly disappointing Imperial Navy Breacher models. In the second half, we shift to talk about the Hexbane’s Witch Hunter warband for Warhammer Underworld: Nethermaze. In addition to talking about the quality of the sculpts, we also touch on how they will be excitedly received by the Mordheim community.
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
|From top to bottom: Primaris Auto Bolt Rifle, Umbra Pattern Bolter (MKVI HH marines), converted Umbra Bolter.|
Over the years I have converted multiple more realistically-scaled boltguns, including a SMG styled one based on a Delaque flechette pistol and one from a Primaris heavy bolt pistol. I even created a tutorial showing how to convert a boltgun scaled to suit a Sister of Battle. Despite all of these conversions, I never actually made a tutorial showing how to create a boltgun variant for Space Marines. With the recent release of the Horus Heresy MKVI Space Marines, I thought it would be a great opportunity to take one of the new beakie marines and convert their Umbra pattern bolter to be smaller and ultimately more sensible.
Saturday, July 9, 2022
|“an environment built, not for man, but for man's absence." J G Ballard.|
In chapter 5 Alexander Winberg is joined by hobby enthusiast Steve Rowlinson and they discuss folk horror and how it creeps into games like the Weald. We also talk about community creation and the peculiar kind of person who is attracted to all this strangeness. And of course, we round it all out with a good chat about folkhammer, where Warhammer meets folk horror and everyone is strange.
Thursday, June 30, 2022
|The Forest Dweller next to the ancient Slambo.|
Helge Wilhelm Dahl, of WilheMiniatures, is hard at work on a board game called Boneforest with Nitri Michele, published by Hollow Press later this year. Excited about the prospect of playing a game in a world filled with Helge’s creepy creations, I found a Forest Dweller model I got from his Etsy store a while back, when I was painting some of his bone tree models. This unsettling fellow deserves to be painted, I thought!
Friday, June 24, 2022
|The plastic Deimos Pattern Rhino next to a Primaris-sized Dark Angel.|
The second edition of the Horus Heresy was just released, and with it is the promise of GW releasing plastic versions of many of the Forge World Space Marine vehicles, removing many of the assembly woes of their resin counterparts. The first of these releases, alongside the boxed game, was the Deimos pattern Rhino. I always liked the Deimos design, due to its similarities to the original plastic rhino kit, but never bought one because it was a resin hybrid kit, building on top of an already dated plastic rhino (released in 2002). With this new plastic version of the Deimos, I jumped at the opportunity to get one, and in turn see if they were able to improve the basic plastic rhino from 2002!
Sunday, June 12, 2022
|The 54mm scale Deathwatch Space Marine towers over all of the other Space Marines models I currently own.|
Earlier this year, we converted and painted a Dark Angel in the style of Lunax7070, based on parts Lunax7070 cast in resin for us. If you are familiar with his work, you would correctly predict that the Dark Angel we created was massive. We got a few comments on social media suggesting that the model was so large that they were likely similar in size to the famed Deathwatch Space Marine Artemis, released in 2001 for Games Workshop’s short-lived 54mm RPG. This got us to wonder, how do they compare to each other? Fortunately, I had an unassembled copy of the model that was gifted to me years back. It stayed unassembled due to the time-consuming frustration of metal models. This seemed like the ideal time to get the model out and assemble it!
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
|The start of Warhammer Horror.|
For the fourth episode of 32, Eric Wier and Alexander Winberg talk about the 1989 horror classic Drachenfels by Kim Newman, of the Anno Dracula fame. We chat about the novel’s interesting place in the Old World, and how things have both stayed the same and also changed in the Warhammer world since it was first written. We also talk about its unusual characters and interesting plot structure: a jailed playwright and vampire from Bretonnia creating a dramatization of the defeat of the dreaded Drachenfels.
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
|Empire Knight next to Slambo, warrior of Chaos.|
Just in time for chilvers_industries Olden Demon 2022 painting competition, I finished painting the ancient sergeant model from the Death on the Reik line of models I selected earlier in the month! I decided to base the paint scheme on a piece of John Blanche art, giving me the opportunity to practice painting yellow, along with my freehand.
Thursday, May 26, 2022
|Space Marines have come a long way since the 80's!|
I selected a Rogue Trader Space Marine for chilvers_industries upcoming Olden Demon 2022 painting competition. Although I wanted to start painting the model weeks ago, it took me a while to find a 2nd edition style backpack for the model. Eventually I was successful in getting one via eBay and was able to start painting! I decided to paint the model to fit alongside the other Dark Angels I have been painting over the last year or so. Although the scale is quite different to new models, with a similar paint scheme, I figured the model would fit in, and be a good testament to how GW models have changed over the years!
Friday, May 20, 2022
|The Horus Heresy!|
In this episode, we are joined by an old high school friend, who is well read in terms of the Horus Heresy, to discuss Games Workshop’s newest rendition of the setting: Warhammer - The Horus Heresy. We talk a little about the history of the Horus Heresy in miniature form and how important it is that this new edition has recreated many of the classic Forge World models in plastic. We talk briefly about whether we think the new game will be successful in getting new people to play the Horus Heresy, or simply bolster peoples’ 40k armies. Finally, we predict what Games Workshop will do next with the setting, in terms of new models, and talk about what models we would like to build and paint in the future.
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
|A Rogue Trader era MKVI Space Marine (left) that will be repainted, next to a MKIV and Primaris Space Marine.|
It is that time of year again, and chilvers_industries is holding Olden Demon 2022, a painting competition that asks you to paint an old metal model, making sure to paint the base the nostalgic Goblin Green (as was prevalent in the 90s)! We participated for the first time last year by painting an old Space Ork emulating the style of Nicklas Pilhlstrom. This year both Adam and Eric decided they wanted to try to paint something, and spent some time deliberating on what would fit the theme. After painting a Rogue Trader model last year, Adam decided on painting an ancient knight from Warhammer Fantasy Battles, from the Death on the Reik line. When looking through an old case of miniatures, Eric found an old MKVI apothecary Space Marine, which was actually from the second blister pack we ever purchased in our youth. Seeing the model rekindled old memories, and with the upcoming new plastic MKVI marines, it seemed an ideal model to repaint to a higher standard. Now that we found the models, we just have to paint them before the end of May!
Friday, April 29, 2022
Last week we finished building a Space Marine based on a converted cast of one of Lunax7070's true-scale Space Marines. Having finished the model about a week before the second annual Smash Bash entries were due, we realized we had just enough time to paint the model for the competition! For such a short turn-around time, we decided the Dark Angel dry-brush scheme would be an ideal choice to get the model painted quickly. I am happy to say we finished the model just in time!
Friday, April 22, 2022
|And you scorch the land.|
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Dragged into Turbolasers Bonus Episode: Thoughts on Necromunda Ash Wastes and the plastic Horus Heresy
|Necromunda is expanding to the Ash Wastes!|
In this bonus episode, we chat about the upcoming Necromunda Ash Wastes game and the new edition of the Horus Heresy. We talk about the new Ash Wastes Nomads warband and their insect-riding Dustback Helamites. We also speak sadly about how awful the new Orlock vehicles look, fitting alongside the previous Orlock gang models. We move on to talk about the upcoming Horus Heresy game, and how they used it as an opportunity to redesign the basic Space Marine, this time with MKVI armor.
Friday, April 8, 2022
|War has come to SAMMAHS2.|
In this episode, we are joined with the wonderful Witchhammerstudio to talk about their experience at the first Adepticon since 2019, Adepticon 2022! We talk at length about the Inq28 showing at the convention, including his stellar SAMMAHS2 game board of floating sections of rock, rusting machinery, and moldering fortifications. We discuss some of the Inq28 games they played, and how everyone found each other in the first place! We end the episode talking about Golden Daemon’s return to the United States at the convention.
Thursday, March 31, 2022
|A completed mold and the mold release that ensured each half of the silicone molds separated when pouring the mold.|
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
|The Crimson Blade.|
Last month I built another Dark Angel for my growing Kill Team, but rather than using another Primaris Space Marine, I used one of Paul-Friedrich von Bargen's 3D printable Space Marines. Although the model was pretty quick to build, being that it was primarily just a 3D print, it took me a while to get around to priming and painting it. When I did finally get out a brush, I followed the same procedure I did for the other models, which centered around drybrushing/stippling to achieve the green. The model fits nicely alongside the other Primaris-based models, making me consider building and painting a few more. Regardless, that is one more Dark Angel painted!
Monday, March 21, 2022
|A diorama of an Astral Claws Dreadnought and Space Marine created by the talented Lunax7070.|
Despite our efforts to steer clear of building more Space Marine models, in favor of exploring more esoteric facets of the 40k setting, we often find ourselves still working on projects pertaining to them. Just last month we slightly converted one of Paul-Friedrich von Bargen’s MKV Space Marines! When we convert and paint Space Marines, we always try to use it as an opportunity to explore scale and anatomical form in some way, usually by creating True-scale Space Marines. Over the years we have done relatively simple conversions using Primaris Space Marines as a foundation, all the way up to sculpting the majority of one from an assembly of chopped up pieces. One of our favorite hobbyists, Lunax7070, has a similar style and has spent the last few years building an array of Primarch-scale Space Marines of many different Chapters, from Iron Hands to Luna Wolves. Recently, Lunax7070 surprised us with a stunning diorama of an Astral Claws’ Dreadnought alongside one of its power-armored brethren as a thank you for gifting him a few old Forge World books. Being able to see some of his creations first-hand is truly breath-taking; you can easily get lost considering what obscure pieces he spliced together or what weathering techniques he used to create such a remarkable slice of Warhammer 40,000. This reminded us that a while back, Lunax7070 sent us one of his early casts of his iconic MKII Crusade armor, which he has used to build most of his Iron Hands Space Marines. Inspired by the Astral Claw models, we decided it would be fun to finally build the resin cast he gave us!
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
|Happy International Women's Day!|
Happy International Women’s Day! Like last year, to celebrate IWD and Women’s History month, 28 created its second special issue, 28 Presents: IWD 2022 special. At 89 pages, it is 34 pages longer than last year, featuring 27 incredibly talented women who take part in this miniature hobby! Do yourself a favor and download the new issue, along with 2021’s issue if you haven’t seen it yet.
Thursday, February 17, 2022
|The Eldar in 2022!|
In this episode we are joined with an old high school friend and Eldar fan, to talk about the newly revealed Eldar model range. We discuss the new renditions of many Eldar classics, like the Avatar of Khaine, and Phoenix Lord Maugan Ra, and speculate on what might be coming in the future.
Friday, February 11, 2022
|MKV Heresy Armor next to a True-scale Dark Angel.|
With the advent of relatively inexpensive, high quality 3d printers and 3d sculpting software, more people are experimenting with creating their own unique models. In particular, recognizing the demand for better-scaled and proportioned Space Marines, a host of people are creating “True-scale” Space Marine models. These eliminate the need for extensive Primaris conversions to create models that fit alongside the other 40k model ranges. Not all of these are created equal: some do not take the opportunity to fix the anatomical issues inherent to classic Space Marine models, and just copy the GW design, but make them bigger. Paul-Friedrich von Bargen, or bolterjugend.idstein on Instagram, recently started creating 3d printable files for different Power Armor marks, starting with MKIII Iron Armor, before creating MKIV and MKV, along with Terminator armor. Importantly, he corrected some of the more egregious anatomical issues with the classic GW Marine design, such as giving the models a proper abdomen. While you can get his 3D printable files to print them yourself, not having a printer, I contacted him directly to get some of his MKIII Iron Armor Space Marines. To my surprise, he sent a lot of additional printed models, including a single MKV Heresy Armor marine! With this post I wanted to talk a little about the quality of the models and show one I built!
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
|The Wier Cult.|
It is amazing to reflect on the progression of Between the Bolter and Me, now that we are approaching 10 years! It has grown substantially over the years, branching out into a podcast, a Twitch channel, a YouTube channel, and even a growing Discord group. Although we primarily started blogging to share our creations and thoughts, we quickly realized the best part is connecting with others who have shared interests. It is building and connecting with a wider hobby community. We have tried to do this in different ways, like holding hobby challenges (Death Guard, Bonereapers) and showcasing some of our favorite hobbyists each year. Ultimately, we just enjoy chatting with other people involved in the hobby! While we hope that we impart to others a fraction of the inspiration we get from these interactions, it can sometimes be difficult to know if we are having an impact, particularly with the decline of blogging and the faceless aspect of podcasting. Recently, this niggling thought was silenced by our friend and fellow blogger Wilbur Whateley, when he gifted us a piece of artwork he commissioned Roberto Cuevas Guerrero to create, featuring the three of us as Tzeentchian cultists! It is a fantastic piece, fitting Guerrero's signature style using the sharp contrast of black and white to emphasize all of the fine and often unsettling details he incorporates. Getting such a thoughtful piece of artwork was really touching and we wanted to share it with all of you. Now we just need to find a place in our respective hobby spaces to frame and hang the artwork!
Saturday, February 5, 2022
|A pair of delightful hoodie crows!|
Last month, I painted Deirdre, a small ghost model, created by Andrew Rae of Statuesque Miniatures. It was a fun process, and it encouraged me to consider painting some of his other creations like Left at the Bottom of the Garden, a series of lost and abandoned toys. I settled on painting a pair of adorable stuffed birds, the Hoodie Crows!
Monday, January 31, 2022
Friday, January 28, 2022
Shortly after the turn of the new year, we reflected back on all we accomplished in 2021. Having finished this, we turned our attention to the more exciting topic of considering what hobbyists and artists inspired us most throughout 2021. Like in past years, there were an astounding amount of hobbyists producing fantastic work, which made it difficult to acknowledge everyone we wanted to. Furthermore, we purposely did not choose hobbyists that we featured in previous years, although many of them are still creating incredible work, so we would encourage people to look back on our selections from previous years!
Thursday, January 20, 2022
|If you have ghosts, then you have everything.|
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
I am excited to say that the fourth volume of the Inq28/AoS28 magazine 28 is out and free for download! It has been a long time in the making, collecting and editing articles, but it was worth the wait! Like the previous issues, it is filled with all sorts of exciting articles covering topics like terrain building, painting, photography, and converting models. While my brothers and I did not directly write an article in the new issue, we were responsible for curating questions and contacting the creators of MÖRK BORG for the interview within the new issue. So if you haven't already, go download the new volume!
Thursday, January 6, 2022
|The Church of the Red Athenaeum 2016-2021.|
Despite the pandemic still making life difficult, and dramatically restricting the possibility of travel in 2021, we had a productive year as a blog. While maintaining our monthly posting schedule, we continued to do our weekly Twitch streams and monthly (mostly) podcast Dragged into Turbolasers. With this post, we wanted to recap the year as a whole, starting by examining the 3 most popular posts on each of our various platforms (blogger, Instagram, and our podcast).