Community Spotlight: Building A Chapter, Old Trees & A Bad Ass Biker

August 7, 2019 by crew

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Come and join us for another delve into the Forums and Projects to find the best of the best from the last week or so. We're going to be getting stuck into lots of great looking pieces this week...

...make sure to always let us know what YOU have been working on and share it across the site.

Death Strike Space Marines by dogma2097

dogma2097 has been building up his particular Chapter of choice, the Death Strike Space Marines, for a while now and recently he has managed to bring at least a portion of the tale to an end as he brings together a force that is 119 models strong.

Death Strike Space Marines #1 dogma2097

His impressive array of soldiers, tanks, flyers and walkers is a pretty awesome sight to behold and the photography work here is great at bringing out not only the painting techniques on show here but the style and character of the army too. The choice of colours here is nice, going with an almost shadowy blue which is then matched against a striking and very bright yellow.

Death Strike Space Marines #2 dogma2097

This army has developed over the years and now numbers a vast array of new and old models. You can actually see more of the work by dogma2097 over on his blog HERE where he goes into detail on each element of his force, naming particular squads and vehicles so that they all fit into his narrative. Primaris Space Marines now fight alongside their veteran battle-brothers in their unwavering quest to battle the foes of the Imperium.

Death Strike Space Marines #4 dogma2097

As I mentioned above, one of the cool things about checking out this army is the photography which not only shows off the paint schemes in these nice gallery shots but also in situ, battling across a little scenic area. This is the kind of thing that I used to see in magazines like White Dwarf that made me want to go out and collect the models, hoping that one day I'd be able to paint to that level.

Death Strike Space Marines #3 dogma2097

This is a very special project and it's good to see that dogma2097 has reached a level of completion with it. However, as with everything in our hobby, nothing is truly finished. It seems fitting to talk about a Space Marine army ahead of the 40K Hobby Weekend that is looming in a few days. Maybe it will spark the sense of enjoyment dogma2097 obviously felt here and years later we'll see another Chapter completed.

Make sure that you head on over to the Project System if you're taking part this weekend of course as we've made an area where all 40K Hobby Weekend projects can be viewed by everyone!

Moss Beard by chaosgorka

Next up we're turning our attention to the painting machine that is chaosgorka. Now, as many of you will hopefully know I am a bit of a fan of fey creatures like treemen and dryads. Well, when chaosgorka painted up Moss Beard from Reaper Miniatures I just had to feature the end result.

Moss Beard #1 by chaosgorka

This ancient creature which has no doubt seen the world turn hundreds of times is painted beautifully. I love the warmth of the wood here with the red colour showing through really nicely against those deeper browns that give him a wrinkled and ancient feel. The wood effect is great but the real star of the show here is where chaosgorka has used tufts and flowers to really bring the model to life.

Moss Beard #2 by chaosgorka

Whilst this makes perfect sense now I've seen it I wouldn't have thought about doing this before now. In essense, Moss Beard is probably a very slow-moving 'terrain piece' most of the time and so moss and vegetation would grow on his old body. I like that it hasn't just been shoved on either and instead, there has been thought and attention given as to where the moisture would gather and moss would follow. The little flowers also dotted across the model really help brighten him up as a model too.

Moss Beard #3 by chaosgorka

This is genuinely a wonderful piece to behold and a fantastic take on a treeman. It shows off what you can do when you've got a lot of bits and bobs in your hobby kit. It has also been making me think hard about creating a generic nature-based Fantasy army for use on the tabletop which simply features woodland animals and a few treemen here and there. Whilst I like the Sylvaneth ones from Games Workshop I think this old and creaky 'Treebeard' style of treeman is much nicer for the theme I'm looking to explore.

Kasym Beg by macgothmog

Last but not least we're heading back to the far future and the simply awesome paint job that has gone into macgothmog's Kasym Beg from the world of Infinity.

Kasym Beg #1 by macgothmog

From what I can tell in the forums there are still a few bits and bobs macgothmog would like to do this but I'd pretty much consider this finished! The model looks amazing with the very subtle blending of colour across the model serving to get that comic book/anime feel just right. I particularly like the non-metallic metalwork on the engine of the bike and the gun. The bright green armour also works really nicely against the deep red of the bike.

Kasym Beg #2 by macgothmog

Every Infinity model could, in reality, be a display piece but I think the characters like Kasym here push it to the next level. I forgot to mention how good the skin tones look and the way that grim facial expression has been picked out! This is a very nice model that you find yourself peering at from all angles.

What Are You Painting Right Now?

Every week we’re absolutely blown away by the incredible topics that are put into the Projects, it’s getting more difficult to choose Community Spotlights! We love your work and we hope to see a lot more of it in the future!

If you fancy getting your hobby fingers out and showing off your newest paint job, terrain piece or even greatest gaming achievement, we want to know about it!

We don’t mind if you’re a newcomer to painting or a veteran of the brush, everything you do inspires us to create more and more content together!

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