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02 November 2017

Something fishy (Part 1 - Carcharodon Primaris WIP, and a few other tidbits)

Hobby mojo has been sputtering at best since my last post. I've sat multiple times to try and work on those poor unloved Winter Germans and.... well nothing.

Then a good mate at work got into the new Warhammer40k edition and it got me nostalgic. Worse still,  it got me appreciating the new space marine Primaris sculpts as they were the "larger-than-life" superhuman combat monsters that the fluff always described, but that never really felt correctly represented by the model range produced up until these new releases. Whilst i didn't go nuts and start a new army or anything so silly, i did pick up a (very affordable) handful of these cool new space marines - just because.

Here's the first in the Carcharodons scheme. (Carcharodons now the new name for the old school "Space Sharks" chapter of space marines.) I read the recently released Black Library novel my James McNiven: Carcharodons Red Tithe and got sudden inspiration to paint my newly acquired armoured giants in the livery of these secretive and brutal (Dare I say it, more brutal than the famed Space Wolves?) wanderers in space.

This sculpt is one of the lieutenants from the current 40k starter set, easy to assemble with lots of cool detail and WAY better proportions than the older marine range:

Couldn't fix the lighting on this one, so forgive the oversaturation.







Pre-head attachment. This pic to highlight both the naff freehanded chapter symbol and my first attempt at power-weapon effects.

Carcharodons/Space Sharks now have a strong Polynesian theme and adorn their armour and pale skin with islander style tattoo designs. Did a bit of research and had a go freehanding some on his pauldron. It'll do.

That's not all the painting ive done, i managed to get in a pitiful pair of Zomtober Zombies done to add to my growing group. Officer Douglas and Doctor Shaddix both succumbed to the virus whilst trying to hold out against the undead onslaught at the veterinary pratice that the good doctor resided at. Sadly it was an infected three toed sloth that got them both. Tragic.



I also managed to sneak in a 3rd zombie, Ms Stroker, still walking about town in mid-stroke apparently after being bitten trying to save wee Willy Finkle who was floating in the local County dipping pool. Little did she know he was just playing dead and waiting for a snack to come splashing his way.




My birthday came and went and with it my sanity, but that's a story for another time. For my birthday, my lovely mother gifted me a pair of books that I'd been coveting but had held off on picking up because they were from France and pretty steep in price after shipping. So there we are, more reference material for yet another Bolt Action project. The failed Dieppe Landing of 1942 by the allies was an awful disaster of an operation, but it helped the organisers of DDay to see mistakes never to repeat again. Unfortunately almost a 1/4 of the men sent never made it back - a horrid price to pay for lessons learnt. I also found the "Ranger at Dieppe" novel at my local library, which is an easy read and describes the newly founded US Rangers who were sent to the UK to learn Commando techniques so that the US could finally boast an elite special forces unit of their own. Armed with these I have gotten the urge to get working on my early/mid war Bolt Action army - watch this space.


Lastly, a small bit of non miniatures hobby painting. With halloween here as i type (and intermittently answer my front door to costumed children), i feel a small bit of pride as my son goes off in search of sweets  with his mates wearing a mask that i toiled over so he'll have the look he was hoping for. Here's me in the mask from last night, then afterward is the spawn in his whole nasty yucky chest beared ensemble.  About two hours went into this dollar store plain mask to get it to look as good as my patience and the medium to hand would allow. It'll do.




28 comments:

  1. Loving the freehand shark. Very impressive!

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  2. great posting Dai, and good to see the mojo is back!! Space Marines and zombies - the perfect combination imho and some corking paint-jobs to boot. Love the Space Sharks chapter and your Primaris has done them very proud! Looking forward to seeing your 2500pts Chapter come to fruition over the next few weeks ;-)

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    1. O goodness no! O_o Just a handful to satiate my piqued painting curiosity for the shiny new sculpts.

      Cheers Simon!

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  3. The freehand on the Charcharodon is very good. Nice work Dai ! More brutal than the 6th Legion ? Nah. More brutal than their 40K Space Wolf contemporaries ? That's a harder question...

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    1. 30K Wolves would only win cos there's 1000's of the buggers to contend with. :P
      But yeah, 40K Wolves aren't nearly as nasty.

      Thanks matey.

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  4. Excellent secret World Eater, er I mean Charchardon, even if it is one of those newfangled "biggerized" marines.

    have you been looking at the new Necromunda?

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    1. World Eater.... interesting theory! I like it! ^_^

      Thanks mate.

      Bloody heck have I - it looks so good! Would love to get it, but just can't justify the cost right now. Maybe next year?

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    2. I am in a similar boat myself... hopefully the rules are available cheap, as I have some old gangs that could be ported over.

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    3. I have an old metal orlock gang crying to be painted. Maybe we can make something happen!

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  5. Awesome work, man! They all look rad, the tribal work on the primaris is rad!

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    1. Thanks Joel. There'll be more of it on the next marines too.

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  6. I'll echo the other comments: very nice free hand work. I though the shark was a decal in the first few pics. Had to zoom in on the picture after your comment to note that, yes, it was indeed free handed.

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    1. Cheers Dave. Guess i should be a little kinder to my efforts.

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  7. Great to see you back Dai and what a great post!

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    1. Thanks Michael, kind of you to say so.

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  8. Great stuff with the Space Tuna mate, wish I could freehand like that.

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    1. Cheers Chico. I'm blushing.

      I wish I could paint as much as fast as you do, so I guess we are even. :)

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  9. I love love love both designs on that Marine's shoulder pads. Go Space Tunas!

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    1. Am glad to hear that Matthew. Thanks loads!

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  10. Great freehand shark, thought you were having a laugh and it was a transfer, really nice, always good to knock out a few zombies, I'm assembling my soviets now honest, they're just so fiddly!
    Best Iain

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    1. Nope, twas tellin' the truth. Thanks Iain, can't wait to see some of those Ivan painted up!

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  11. I like the way the zombie cop is still carrying his gun. 😀 Great job on the space marine too, probably a gateway drug to restarting 40k.

    Happy birthday! 🎉

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    1. Doubt he remembers how to use it though.

      No, no restarting. Just a toe dipped inside.

      Thanks matey!

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  12. Seems quite productive actually. I really liked you Jason mask. I wish I had been allowed to do a tad more on mine, but the boy was happy and everyone reacted favorably to his costume. The only thing he needed reminding about was not to wave his machete about while he was grabbing candy. A few near misses.

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    1. Hehe - yeah, my boy was a bit enthusiastic with his machete too.

      Thanks Sean.

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