Family Photos

I love a good group shot.

There’s something incredibly satisfying about getting all of your miniatures for any specific project and arranging them together on a surface. It’s a reminder of all the blood, sweat and tears that it took to get to where you are. It lets those miniatures that you bought, assembled and painted for the sake of completion and fluffiness get some time to shine, outwith the confines of a realistically playable game.

And heck, it just looks really cool.

This is my complete set of full-sized ‘family photos’ that I have for my various projects for various game systems. The images will be downsized to fit on the page – if you want a closer look, you can click on them and it’ll take you to the image itself without any scaling.

I can’t promise that every one of these group shots will be 100% up-to-date (as some are either missing or out of date at the point of posting this), but I’ll try my best to keep them as up to date as I can. Note that this isn’t a complete representation of my collection either, and I may be missing a couple of older projects that I haven’t photographed yet, or any armies that I’ve since sold off without capturing in photograph.

All that said, onto the armies…

 

 

 

The Horus Heresy

 

Space Wolves – 9000pts+

My first army for the Horus Heresy, and still my bread and butter for the system – as well as Warhammer 40,000 – not to mention my largest army to date. It’s got flyers, super heavies, transports, Dreadnoughts of all shapes and sizes and a crazy amount of Infantry. I’ve still a little bit to go before I hit 10,000 points – six Jetbikes, a Xiphon Interceptor, a second Sicaran and a drop pod for my Leviathan – but I’ll get there eventually.

 

 

Iron Warriors – 5000pts+

My second Horus Heresy army, and a counterpart to my Space Wolves in almost every way. The idea with these guys was to try and approach them as different as I possibly could to my Vlka Fenryka. Where the Space Wolves are combat infantry heavy, with lots of transports, flyers and fast tanks, the Iron Warriors have a ton of artillery and long range firepower. Where my Space Wolves have an abundance of bare heads and exposed flesh, only a small handful of my IW minis have any. Where my Space Wolves are extensively edge highlighted, my Iron Warriors are predominantly drybrushed and sponged, with a healthy dose of weathering powders.

 

 

 

 

Middle-earth

 

Angmar – 1700pts+

My second army for Middle-earth, although very much conceived of, planned and built in tandem with my High Elves. While on the High Elves I wanted lots of bright layering and high contrast edge highlighting, I used a lot more drybrushing on these guys – the Orcs in particular – and tried to down down any edge highlights with washes. Even the basing is similar to the Elves – texture with tufts and a good amount of water features – but washed with Agrax Earthshade instead of Seraphim Sepia for a darker look, and using Highland/Wasteland Tuft rather than flowers, with snow effects to help bring context to the dull, dead earth, as well as bringing the overall brightness back up a little. My idea with this army was to have the basic rank and file look really grim and monotonous while using the bright blue spirit miniatures such as the Barrow Wights, Dead Marsh Spectres and Shades as ‘spot colours’. Similarly, my monsters were given spooky ruins to stand on for the same effect.

 

Moria – 1000pts+

Moria were very nearly my flagship Evil force, but ultimately lost out to Angmar due to my preference of Orcs over Goblins. Still, with my Cave Trolls being entirely re-usable from my Angmar army, it was only a matter of time before I caved and got a Balrog to call my own. This was a fun project, and surprisingly fun to knock out as long as you’re willing to make concessions on the quality of the individual Goblins. I like how the characters stand out in this force, and I’m pretty proud of how the flame effects came out on the Balrog. This was the army I decided to keep a cohesive basing style for all of my Good and Evil forces on, as it really helps with miniature re-use (those Cave Trolls in the back are straight out of my Angmar army).

 

 

The Dark Powers of Dol Guldur – 1000pts

Between the low model count and forgiving sculpts, this was easily the fastest full-size army I’ve ever painted – with the Necromancer and the Nine finished in a single weekend, and the Keeper of Dungeons on a single Saturday. I’m really happy with the overall look of these guys, particularly with how well the Necromancer came out – and I re-used a lot of the lessons I learned about painting robes quickly on these guys across my Nazgul for my Angmar army, as well as The Dark Lord Sauron himself later. As a really rather standalone kind of force, I broke the mould and gave them a unique basing style using a green stuff roller from Green Stuff World, which I’m pretty glad I did – there’s not a lot of space on those 25mm bases to do something interesting, and these miniatures definitely deserve it.

 

 

Grey Company – 1000pts

Ah, heck, these guys have a whole blog post to themselves. Go read that instead.

 

 

 

Age of Sigmar

 

Maggotkin of Nurgle – 3000pts

Among my most venerable and beloved armies, my Maggotkin of Nurgle were probably the first army (and probably fifth project from re-entering the hobby overall) I started to get compliments and positive attention from other hobbyists about my painting. I swear, this range of minis has it all – from the super easy to crank out Plaguebearers, to the beautiful and complex sculpts of the Blightkings, huge monsters and grotesque flying cavalry. It’s got scope for dark and dingy, as well as bright and colourful. This project was a blast to work on and taught me a lot about working with washes, inks, highlighting bright colours, as well as getting ambitious with basing. If I was to quit the hobby today and sell off my collection, this would be the one I would take with me to the grave.

 

 

 

Blood Bowl

 

Orcs

My Orc team, ‘Turghallz Toofspittaz’ were my first team, straight from the boxed set. Although I had little to no interest in playing the Humans, the Orcs were undeniably cool sculpts and unquestionably capture the spirit of Blood Bowl. I started this project feeling a bit like I wanted it over so I could get onto my Skaven team, but somewhere between converting the duplicate poses with headswaps and repositioned limbs and painting the ‘tooth and gum’ colour scheme, I absolutely fell in love with them. It might even be one of my favourite colour schemes to date. Still need to get around to adding the ForgeWorld Orc Booster to finish them off…

 

 

Skaven

Score-score many touchdowns, yes-yes! My Skaven team, ‘The Hellpitsburgh Squeakers’ were and are one of my big passion projects in the hobby. In both aesthetics and play style, they were easily my favourite team in the game, and so they earned the right to bare my all time favourite colour combination. I used the Skaven Booster from ForgeWorld along with a number of subtle conversions and reposes to ensure every single miniature in this team is entirely unique – and I even added Glart Smashrip just cos I love that miniature. Somewhere along the line, I’ll need to finish Hakflem and my Rat Ogre to complete the team.

 

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