Afternoon #WarHamFam and #WarhammerCommunity I've been #PaintingWarhammer on my Deathwing Strikemaster. Now I don't know if this exists anymore but either way - SURPRISE! Yes this model has been kept secret all along [well I mentioned it a little bit in my Hobby Season review] because, well I'm doing the classic Dark Angel pose of 'swords as walking sticks'. 

A pose I've openly been aghast/against/agape[?] since I realised it had become nearly as cliche as 'tactical rocks'. Sure the original fantasy art trope looks cool, but power swords? C'mon, you'd be hilt deep with it turned on!

So I've been fixing things as Carl Fredriksen did in UP! by putting little tennis balls on the end of Citadel's myriad models for years. So many to do I actually didn't have time to keep up!


But with my own version I had to 'try' and sculpt the squished tennis ball. Which is far from perfect. I bet there's an ideal 3D model I could have used but this was the best I could do.

It's a bit too deflated but I'm doing a joke Warhammer 40k miniature - perfection is not part of the requirements.

This was so long ago that I made it I actually get a Great Big Big Build BLESSED VERDIGRIS Stamp of Approval!

Then I went on to prime and paint the base, with the rest of the Terminators last February.

Which gets me a Great Big Big Build BASE RUSTY Stamp of Approval. 

So, the third season I got into painting all the basecoats and metallics.

Highlights on the bone white.

Blessed Verdigris. At this stage I am still debating, alongside the other power weapons, how I was going to paint the Power Sword.

The conclusion I came to was to try to replicate the Swarmlord Bonesabres and sword from my Undwerworld's Steelheart's Champions, but in read rather than turquoise.

And here we ended up...

Now I have to admit, although I thought I did a fair decent attempt to replicate what I'd done previously.

I was not impressed with the end result on the sword.

So much so that it prompted me to do the remaining weapons in the molten metal effect, which I was super happy with.

I don't know what it is about the red that doesn't work for me but it just doesn't.

On top of that the plan was to perfect this so I could replicate it for the Lion's sword. But I'm now thinking I'll be better off with molten metal. I'm more confident with it, enjoy the process more and the results are better. Lorewise I'm not so sure, but it's a small price to pay to be happy with the finished article.

Anyway a Bloody Great Big Bloody Stamp of Bloody Approval!