Thursday, March 31, 2022

Mold making: Lunax7070 Space Marine

A completed mold and the mold release that ensured each half of the silicone molds separated when pouring the mold.

Earlier this month, I started converting the components of one of Lunax7070’s True-scale Space Marines. After adding ball-bearings to some of the components to help with posing, I decided the model would be a good candidate for creating a two part silicone mold. Years back, when I first attempted resin casting, I created a series of posts describing the process, from the initial attempt to some tips to make the process easier. It had been quite a while since I made any molds or did any casting, resulting in this attempt not going as smoothly as possible. In the end, however, I was able to create a mold that will serve my purposes!

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

The Unforgiven: Dark Angels Kill Team Sergeant

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

Building a Lunax7070 Space Marine

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

28 Presents: International Women's Day 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.