New Year Painting Challenge: June

It’s that time of the month again, where I show you what I’ve been working on for this year’s Painting Challenge. I don’t have much to show you this month as I finally got to return back to my home after three months of isolation thanks to the pandemic, and I have been catching up on family life. Still, I got a few bits done, including a piece for a painting competition my local LGS was running.

As you will know if you have been following this series, I have already hit my target for yearly models painted, so now it’s a case of seeing how far I can take it as we come up to the half way point of the year. I imagine that with 9th edition just around the corner I’ll have plenty to keep me busy for the last six months of the year, including probably starting a new Necron army (as you do).

The first model I painted this month was Nork Deddog, the special character ogryn bodyguard of legendary repute. I picked up this chap for the above-mentioned painting competition, The Steel Demon. There were two categories, one for vehicles and the other for named characters. I saw this as an opportunity to have a go at something a bit different, and since the first prize was a limited edition Catachan Officer, I thought painting up a model from the Astra Militarum range was only fitting.

While I didn’t win, I was fairly happy with the results of the finish product. I’ve not done much camo in the past, so it was good to try my hand at it here. Nork was a joy to paint, and really give me a great palate cleanser after cranking out so many Nurgle Daemons over the last few months. I unfortunately didn’t get chance to finish off my vehicle entry, but there is always next time.

Next up I have a whole bunch of Marines for my home brew chapter, the Novacula Strixes. This month I managed to finish off my Captain in Gravis Armour, a Primaris Lieutenant and my Hellblasters. I probably would have got much further on with them, if it wasn’t for a bit of a mishap that I had to deal with right before I was due to photograph them for this article.

You see, my original plan was to use them as Raven Guard successors, complete with a colour swapped raven icon on there shoulder pads. I planned on achieving this by first putting on the regular white Raven Guard transfer, and then going over it with yellow contrast. At first it appeared that this method was successful, and I was rather pleased with the results. But after about a day, the transfers began to peel and crack, and the contrast left some of the icon lighter in tone than others. So, I decided to scrape of the transfer, which meant reprinting the left shoulder pads on all the completed models.

This would have been bad enough, but then I was hit with a second disaster. My Captain decided to take a nosedive off the end of my painting table and snapped this sword hilt. The fragment was quickly captured by the floor and lost for all time, so I had to replace the sword. Luckily, I had a spare Ravenwing power sword to hand and after some pinning and painting I had a new and improved Captain. Maybe this is a sign that I shouldn’t have my Novacula Strixes be a Raven Guard successor chapter! Maybe the universe is telling me my allegiance belongs to the lion?

Before we finish up today, lets have a look at the other miniatures our hobby community have been painting over the last month.


First up we have some reinforcements for Steven Thomas’ own custom chapter of Space Marines. We have featured Steven’s Marines before, but during the pandemic their number have only seemed to grow. He has also started on a Sister of Battle army, lead by none other Saint Celestine. I’m looking forward to getting back gaming so I can see all these fine minis on the table top. 

Conner Warbrick meanwhile added to his Mad Max inspired Ork Boyz, with this Squig Buggy. Conner painted this for the vehicle category of the Steel Demon painting competition, and I think he did a great job. I especially like the rusty effect Conner has produced over the metal panels. Can’t wait to see what this buggy can do on the battlefield. Provided its not pointed at my army that is.  

And that will do it for today. As I stated at the start of the article I didn’t get as much painted as I wanted to this month, but I’m still rather pleased with my progress. I’ll be back at the end of July with another update for you all, so if you don’t want to miss out on that or any of the other great content we do please like and subscribe to keep up to date with all we do here at Master of Magics.

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