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The Emperor Protects ~ Adeptus Sororitas ~ A Sisters of Battle Project

The Emperor Protects ~ Adeptus Sororitas ~ A Sisters of Battle Project

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About the Project

***** THE EMPEROR PROTECTS ***** I've been a backstage member for over 7 years now & have never shared anything I've made. (HOW VERY DARE I) After being one of the lucky few to acquire the Sisters of Battle box I thought it would be cool to attempt to track my progress of putting this brand new army (for me) together before they are let loose upon the battlefield to unleash fire & faith upon the heretics. I've already painted a test model of awesomeness but figure it may give me more of an incentive to get an actual army completed if I chuck it all on here.

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SISTERS ARE DOIN IT FOR THEMSELVES ~ BASE LAYERS PART 2

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LEADBELCHER

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It’s time for those metallics YES! I applied a single coat of Leadbelcher to the bolt gun, corsetry & details around the model.

 

 

RETRIBUTOR ARMOUR & BLACK TEMPLAR

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I then applied a single layer of Retributor Armour to some of the insignia across all four models. Using Black Templar Contrast I finished off my base layers by applying a single coat onto the raised details of the bases. I thought this would break up the brown a bit like in the first test model I painted. This will of course be highlighted at a later stage.

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

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With all the base layers finally applied to my first four sisters the next updates will focus on highlighting & shading the models. I still can’t believe how awesome Contrast paints are for getting miniatures to this stage & I would happily field these ladies on the battlefield as is. But oh no we ain’t stopping there! You’ll also notice that there’s a heap of messy mistakes left from applying all this detail. Rather than tidying up now I’m going to do that alongside the shading & highlighting stages as it’s way easier. You’ll also find a lot of errors become naturally covered up during those steps. See you on the next one people. YES!

THE EMPEROR PROTECTS

 

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Eternity Gate

 

SISTERS ARE DOIN IT FOR THEMSELVES ~ BASE LAYERS PART 1

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SISTERS ARE DOIN IT FOR THEMSELVES ~ BASE LAYERS PART 1

 

APPLYING THE FINAL BASE LAYERS

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This week I’ve found the time to apply all the remaining base layers to my first 4 sisters & they’re finally coming to life. This is the final stage before I begin shading & highlighting the miniatures. So let’s get started. Without further ado here’s this weeks paint list. Boom!

 

PAINT LIST

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• CONTRAST APOTHECARY WHITE

• CONTRAST SNAKEBITE LEATHER

• CONTRAST GORE GRUNTA FUR

• CONTRAST VOLUPUS PINK

• CONTRAST BLACK TEMPLAR

• AGRAX EARTHSHADE

• LEADBELCHER

• RETRIBUTOR ARMOUR

 

 

APOTHECARY WHITE

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I’ve not actually used this contrast paint before but really like the effect. There’s a good chance I might darken the shadows a little in the shading stage. But for now I applied Apothecary White Contrast to all of the white parts of the sisters including the front of the helmets & shoulder insignia.

 

 

SNAKEBITE LEATHER

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I then went on to working on the leather elements of the models by applying two coats of Snakebite Leather Contrast to the leather straps & holsters. Make sure you wait for the previous layer to dry before moving onto applying the second coat. By the time I’d finished the fourth sister the first one I had worked on was dry so it speeded up the process.

 

 

GORE GRUNTA FUR

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I then gave the lovely bases from unreal wargaming their first coat of awesomeness by applying Gore Grunta Fur Contrast paint. Just one thick coat like a badass. YES!

 

 

AGRAX EARTHSHADE

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Jeez! I think this is the first none contrast paint I’ve used so far apart from Wraithbone & that doesn’t count haha. I applied a single coat of Agrax Earthshade onto all the parchment parts of the purity seals across all four models. LOVE ME SOME AGRAX!

 

 

VOLUPUS PINK

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I then applied a single layer of Volupus Pink Contrast to all the candles on the bases been careful to leave the flames Wraithbone for later.

>>>> CONTINUED NEXT POST >>>>>

I'M SEEING RED

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I'M SEEING RED

 

IT’S ALL IN THE CONTRAST

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This week on & off I’ve added some proper colour to the first 4 sisters in my army. YES! In this instance it was all about applying the reds & the pinks to the material elements of each model along with the eye lenses & purity seals. These are just the base coats as I’m applying all the initial layers to the model first before highlighting & shading.

When I did my first test model there was actually no interior of the cloak showing so it was just a case of doing the whole thing red, but after realising these models had the inside showing in a lot of instances. I had to find a colour that contrasted nicely with the exterior reddish tone.

I did a couple of tests layering on top of the red before I got my colours down & I’m really happy with the initial results. Anyway here goes!

 

PAINT LIST

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• CONTRAST BLOOD ANGELS RED

• CONTRAST VOLUPUS PINK

• CONTRAST BLACK TEMPLAR

• WRAITHBONE

 

 

VOLUPUS PINK

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Jeez am I loving Contrast paints right now & I have to say Volupus Pink is fast becoming my favourite of them. I began painting the inside of each sisters cloak with between 2 & 3 layers of Volupus pink. I focused more layers towards the bottom of the cloaks & less towards the top which automatically gave this graduated almost blended look. After that I tidied up any excess pink using Wraithbone & Black Templar Contrast on the armour.

 

 

BLOOD ANGELS RED

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After that it was a case of adding 2 layers of Blood Angels Red contrast to the exterior of the material including the very edges of the cloaks. That unintentionally gave an even greater sense of blending between these two colours. Of course this will come through more when we get to the highlighting stage. At this point I also added a layer of Blood Angels Red contrast to the eye lenses & a layer of Volupus Pink contrast to the wax seals on the sisters.

 

 

FOUR COLOURS

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It’s amazing really how just 4 colours can transform these ladies into an almost table top ready state. But are we stopping there? Hell no we ain’t! Just remember to tidy up at the end after applying your reds using your base colours. In my case Wraithbone & Contrast Black Templar paints. I now have four ladies ready for the next colours to be applied.

In the next post I’ll be applying all the rest of the base coats to the sisters getting them ready for the highlighting & shading. Keep your eyes peeled for the next one.

 

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Eternity Gate

 

I’M BACK & PAINTING BEGINS AT LAST

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NOT EVERYTHING IS BLACK & WHITE

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At last I’ve finally had time to sit down & put a little bit of colour (well kind of) onto the first 4 sisters. I’ve decided to go with 4 at a time batch painting to speed up the process. If I’m honest whenever I’ve done an army before I spend ages doing one model at a time & I never manage to finish an army so this seems like a good middle ground.

Due to work, updates won’t be as regular as I’d like but they will come eventually so keep your eyes peeled. At the beginning of each painting post I’ll include the list of paints I use within the intro.

 

PAINT LIST

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• WRAITHBONE

• CONTRAST MEDIUM

• CONTRAST BLACK TEMPLAR

 

I’M BACK & PAINTING BEGINS AT LAST

 

DUST OFF PAINT ON

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Hey the above pics upside down for absolutely no reason. How weird 😂 After a base coat of wraith bone spray my models have been kicking about my office for a little while so I used a large crappy brush to give them a dust off & remove any stuff that might have settled on the surface.

 

 

WRAITHBONE

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After their brush down I hit these guys with some wraith bone from the pot mixed with a little water to thin it down & painted over the bits I had missed.

 

 

PAINTED BLACK

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The first step & largest colour on the model is the black so using a little contrast medium mixed with contrast black templar I roughly painted all the armour, the bolt gun & half the stuff I didn’t want to be black. (Hey I’m not neat ok!)

 

I’M BACK & PAINTING BEGINS AT LAST

 

TIDYING UP

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After the black I use wraith bone mixed with a little water again & applied a couple of coats onto all the bits that shouldn’t be black to tidy up. After this step I’ve got the perfect base to move onto the next stage which will be applying all the base colours to the models. Check back next time when we moved past black & white at last. YES!

 

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AT LAST THE SISTERHOOD ASSEMBLES

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AT LAST THE SISTERHOOD ASSEMBLES

 

REPENT

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FINALLY!!! Everything is fully assembled & base coated at last & here is the final few models of goodness to round off the first stage of my Sororitas army. I’ll start with this beast, the Penitent engine. Who is about to knock all the candles over in the temple & fall down the emperors stairs, but with luck he will smite some heretics on the way.

As soon as I got this awesome base I knew I wanted to stagger candles on each level & add a couple more skulls so I did just that. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

 

AT LAST THE SISTERHOOD ASSEMBLES

 

ARCO FLAGELLANTS

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Not pronounced flatulence like I keep enjoying calling them, these three gribbly boys were simple to assemble & I didn’t feel deserved any extra basing goodness. The emperors light does not shine on the heretic therefore they will have no candles for being the naughtiest of boys. Yes!

 

 

REPENTIA

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I’ve got to say I absolutely adore these models. I realise they got a bit of flack for being uber muscular on the weekender but to me they look bloody lovely. Plus how’s about that whip on the Superior. That lengthy bad boy is gonna snap off quicker thanI can say FOR THE EMPEROR! I added a couple of candles & skulls to her base but left them off the Repentia themselves. They will only receive the emperors basing extras after they atone for their misdeeds.

 

AT LAST THE SISTERHOOD ASSEMBLES

 

CANONESS

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Last but not least the Canoness. It was probably just me but wow was this model an absolute arse to put together. The giant collar & cloak had such big gaps they needed a London Underground warning over a telecom MIND THE GAP! So I made a mess of it by using a shit ton of superglue to fill them. It’s come out alright if a little messy but I’ll just cover it with paint & hope for the best. Hell I’m not that precious. As befits the holy leader of such a blessed force I added staggered candles & a skull on the bottom step to trip over the faithful in the emperors name. Yes!

I also chose against converting her as I loved the model. The only thing I did was a head swap as I wanted a younger Canoness. (HOW VERY DARE I) I also took the flaming backpack of awesomeness from the Repentia Mistress & stuck that on her instead. It just looked more impressive for a lady of her power.

That’s it! The entire contents of the starter set is built & primed & ready for me to take decades to paint them. Well I really hope not but this blog has definitely been a huge motivation in getting this far so quick. As with most of us life gets in the way & so I have limited time to hobby but I am determined to get this army finished & create something to be proud of.

At last the next post will more than likely be the first in my painting blogs. I will try & go through step by step how I bring these sisters to life to smite the Emperors foes.

I hope you guys are enjoying these posts as much as I am making them.

Oh & if I don’t make an update before then

Merry Bloody Christmas

 

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THE VISION COMES TO LIFE

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SKULLS SKULLS & MORE SKULLS

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After my last post showing the beginnings of my Seraphim flying base alternatives I’ve now finished assembling & undercoated the first part of my Sisters army. Yay! I’ll show you guys the completed Seraphim first & how I went about the extra base detailing.

 

 

BRINGING THE WORLD TO LIFE

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After attaching all my Seraphim using brass rod which I detailed in my previous post it was all about adding some extra texture & life to the bases. Where the normal sisters of battle units are within the temple with candles & temple floors I wanted the Seraphim to give the appearance of leaping out of the gates & into the fray. I wanted a mix of ruins & death & with death comes skulls. This is 40k after all!

 

THE VISION COMES TO LIFE

 

CROUCHING SERAPHIM HIDDEN SKULL

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The first part of my basing involved using the awesome citadel skull set. I wanted a mixture of both Daemon & human noggins that have taken a flogging & hid them amidst different sections of the bases. I’ve got to say my favourite is the one lodged in the Seraphim Superiors turbine base. OUCH!

 

 

GET YOUR ROCKS OFF

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After my girlfriend got a terrarium for her birthday she had a few little pebbles left over which of course like any true war gamer does I stashed away for future use. I smothered the base in more glue than a council estates street party then applied a mixture of these stones here & there to add some texture. From there I filled in the gaps by applying some Citadel Astrogranite texture paint to really complete the scene. I’m chuffed with how they came out & after a primer of Wraithbone everything was tied together.

 

THE VISION COMES TO LIFE

 

THE CANDLES ARRIVE

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YES! The candles finally arrived from Kromlech & boy oh frickin boy have they just brought these bases to life. With the temple bases from unreal wargaming combined with these tiny flaming bad boys of awesomeness, I’m chuffed with how they are going to complement my original painted sister of battle.

 

 

WHAT COMES NEXT

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It’s not quite painting time yet. I’m going to build the next part of my army first. I have the Repentia, The Penitent Engine, The Repentia Mistress, The Arco Flagellants & finally the Canoness herself left to build. There’s a reason I’ve saved her for last & it’s mainly to see what head I have left in bits that I may use for conversion work. I’ve kept everything else equipped pretty much how the box intends but with the canoness herself I may go in a different direction. Stay tuned for the next one.

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I'M STICKING WITH YOU. BECAUSE I'M MADE OUT OF GLUE

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I'M STICKING WITH YOU. BECAUSE I'M MADE OUT OF GLUE

 

A DOWN & DIRTY ASSEMBLY POST

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I’m going to post some more detailed pics of how assembly is going very soon but I’m still waiting for my candles from Kromlech. At that point I’ll show you guys the full army before priming when it’s based & fully assembled. In the meantime though I thought I would give you a guys a little update on how it’s going including my (I’M WAY TOO DAMN PLEASED WITH MYSELF) alternative flying stands for the seraphim & how I put them together.

 

 

MY LIFE IS IN RUINS

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Jeez these project blogs don’t like portrait format pictures so I”ll have to ask you guys to turn your screens over & I’ll only take landscape photos in future haha. So I began by taking some of the Ryza ruins I had spare kicking around from the conquest magazine. I then took a saw to them to get a section that would cover a 32mm base.

 

 

BRASS MONKEY

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I then used a 0.5 mm drill bit to drill a hole in the ruin & a hole in the Seraphim’s foot. The using a 0.5 mm piece of brass rod cut to size I dry fit the sister to the ruin. I then glued the brass rod into the foot of the sister which will allow me to remove her for storage ready for the burning of heretics. YES! I tried the flying stands once & then realised HOLY HELL I am not using those things so I’m pretty pleased with this method.

 

I'M STICKING WITH YOU. BECAUSE I'M MADE OUT OF GLUE

 

A SNEAK PEAK AT WHAT’S TO COME

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That’s what I’ve assembled so far illustrated with this terrible photo. Like I said I’m waiting for my candles to arrive before I show you guys the full army built which will no doubt be my next post before I start painting. The bases I mentioned in my previous post look frickin great & now I’m using normal 32mm bases for my Seraphim I’ve got a couple spare to base those sisters I picked up at the Warhammer World open day. BONUS!

See you on the slip side

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I'VE GOT THE HORN AT THE WARHAMMER WORLD OPEN DAY

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I'VE GOT THE HORN AT THE WARHAMMER WORLD OPEN DAY

 

***** SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES *****

Help! I’m running out of Sister related jokes & I need assistance! Yes I was one of the lucky few who managed to pre order the brand spanking new Sisters of Battle Box Set & holy Emperor is this thing beautiful. I set my alarm for the pre order on the GW website & was driving at the time so got my girlfriend who was sat in the passenger seat to order it for me. I remember shouting “You know those babies you want us to have one day? Well that only happens if you GET THIS ORDER”

& now she is pregnant… KIDDING! Instead I have a new child of the bestest kind. ONE MADE OF PLASTIC! YES!

 

 

***** IT’S ALL ABOUT THAT BASE *****

Initially I was going to go for a simple effective desert scheme for the basing on my Sisters army but after painting up my test model (See previous post) I just couldn’t get away from the idea of doing an entire army of candle lit temple goodness. So I made a couple of orders from the awesome Unreal Wargaming Studios & Kromlech for these bad boys! Yes I’ve collected more 28mm candles together than there would be to light an Elton John Stadium tour. CANDLES IN THE WIND BABY!

 

 

***** WARHAMMER WORLD OPEN DAY *****

I also made the trip up to Nottingham on Saturday for a celebration of all things sisters at Warhammer World. I’ve got say it was an awesome day. My highlight was getting to talk to the designers behind some of the amazing models on show & even touch them in the reals. Holy Emperor that multi part plastic kit that’s coming for the sisters is chock block full with amazing bits & bobs. Can’t wait for them to hit the shelves in January.

There was even a paint & take station set up in the hall giving people a chance to take away one of the new sisters of battle models. A special thanks must go to my friend for parting with his own Sororitas for the benefit of my holy ranks. YES! I’m also going to be honest & say these are both getting resprayed & rebased with the new resin bases too haha. CHEEKY!

Finally did mention I got the Horn…

I’ve been absolutely absorbed with listening to the Isenhorn novels on Audible recently & even got the chance to meet Dan Abnett outside the toilets at the Open Day. I remember saying “I’M NOT SURE WHAT I CAN WHIP OUT & GET YOU TO SIGN RIGHT NOW” like some obnoxious fan boy before he went & did the Emperors tinkle.

To celebrate such a meeting I thought I’d get the amazing model of the man himself (Yes it needs some gaps filling) Who knows he might even join my sisters in the future to cleanse the heretic.

So that’s another update wrapped up. I’m still waiting for my resin bases & candles to arrive before I start covering myself, the house & the dogs with glue. WOOF! In the meantime I’ll be reading this Codex from front to back. Stay tuned for the next one where assembly begins…

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I'VE GOT THE HORN AT THE WARHAMMER WORLD OPEN DAY

THE FIRST SISTER FOR THIS MISTER

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***** HUMBLE BEGINNINGS *****

As the project description says, when it comes to the Adeptus Sororitas this is indeed my first rodeo. I’ve been a Space Wolves collector up until now but I have to be honest I got a bit tired of:

  1. Painting an army pretty much the same colour as it comes out the box. (I always said to my opponents when faced with my unpainted sea of grey models, if you look from really far away & squint it could be pro painted)
  2. The ever changing & wildly confusing space marine updates & rules changes. Seriously I was starting to yearn for a HR assistant to play my wolves. JANICE COULD YOU HAND ME THE SHEET ON TOUGHNESS FOR WOLFY MC WOLF FACE…

I decided on the Order of Our Martyred Lady because for once I adored the Games Workshop stock scheme. BLACK & RED BABY! DANGER!

I’d also read the Faith & Fire series by James Swallow & really enjoyed it. I had used the black Templar contrast paint & literally fell in love.

All the blacks & reds here were painted with a contrast base then highlighted up but I’m going to try & create a little step by step. In some ways for you guys but mostly for me so I don’t forget it like I do my loved ones birthdays…

Yes this post is a half arsed beginnings but keep your eyes peeled for when the box gets in my hands.

There will be more plastic in my house than Kylie Jenner in a Lilo shop.

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