Lightbox

It turns out that Instagram peer pressure is a thing, but not as much as the issue with inconsistency in lighting for photos. Most of the time when I want to take photos of miniatures it’s after hours. Kids are in bed and it’s dark outside. Natural light is not going to happen very often for my photos.

Painted up the new Obliterators from the Shadowspear box set, Great models!

So after some basic research I bought a Lightbox from Amazon and have been experimenting. Turns out this is not a simple thing to use and certainly doesn’t lend itself to point and click digital photography. Previously I’ve tried black backdrops and think some of my better photos have come from diffuse natural light and a matt black backdrop.

Liking the poses our of the box on these

Yet in the light box white backdrops and the exposure ramped up seemed to give the best results. I recently upgraded my phone to an iPhone 11 Pro Max with it’s fancy triple lens camera set up so there are some good adjustments and fiddling about to be had.

In addition to the Obliterators I also bought some of these Apothecary models off eBay. In hindsight I am not sure why I painted them like all the other Marines. Maybe I thought white armour probably wasn’t the best for slinking about in the shadows.

However every time I look at these guys I think that they are not ‘right’ so at some point I am going to have to revisit them and address this. They’ll probably end up getting repainted. In white. Just like every other Apothecary model. In every other chapter. Hmmm. Some research needed.

I’ve also ended up with these on the wrong sized bases. As there isn’t an Apothercary model equivalent in Chaos Space Marine army lists they’ll basically be fielded as Exhalted Champions and need to go up to a 40mm base. Let’s just say mistakes were made.

I also stuck together and painted up a couple more chaos cultists with heavy weapons. Yes one of the Heavy Stubbers is off a War Dog knight!

Chaos Nutters Part 2

Finished the painting, based the renegade chaos cultists up messed about a bit trying to remember how to take reasonable photos of small figures…

Then these additions arrived courtesy of the bay of E. So started a bit of work on them. The band’o’nutters is growing…

Chaos Nutters Part 1

Turns out that these days in 40k you need some surprisingly dangerous in large number type units to distract your enemies and to camp out on those objective markers.

Chaos cultists, renegades or whatever you want to call them seem to be the go to unit so I thought I’d raid the old miniatures box and see what I could dig out and found these…

Yes that’d be three metal figures (L to R) namely a Guardman, a Scavvy and a Bratt. Horrendously painted (in possibly enamel) with what appears to have been a decorators paint brush by a person with no talent. When you get a box of random figures it can be lucky dip. Time for a bath in paint stripper…

Stripped back to bare metal and in need of a bit of final scalpel work to get the last remnants of paint off ’em. Then onto a bit of conversion work and raiding the bits boxes to make these:

Time for paint and to get some better photos…