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Genestealer Patriarch

All hail the four armed emperor!

This was another of my ‘start building, take years to finish’ projects. I was given one of the old classic seated patriarch models from Warhammer 40k but it was missing the throne. That’s nothing that will stop me, so I started designing.

Started in Nov 2016, it wasn’t finished until Oct 2021!

It needed something to base the scene on and give it a narrative. To do this, I created a backstory around the idea of a throne room for a Patriarch on a feudal world. Taking some inspiration from Frank Frazetta images, I managed to get a couple of slave minis and a Necromancer model from Games Workshop as well as a few upgrade pieces for Genestealer cultists to use.

I felt I needed to make some change to the Necromancer model, to make him a little more themed. He was greenstuffed to give him a bigger hump and expanded his robes to make them less undeady.

I started messing about with the base to make some details such as a carpet, the poles behind the scene, 3d printed a couple of urns even though only one was used and the wall which was made from blue foam carved with the stone pattern.

The banners behind the throne are freehanded onto some spare fabric left-over from the Flying Galleon.

As the slave minis are a little… erm… yeah… I painted one of them up with purple skin tones to suggest she is a Genestealer hybrid.

She went on with the magus being a bit creepy to her. I then worked on other details like the slime around the organic throne base.

Then working on his military advisor which was a kitbash of some 40k and Warhammer parts.

Before working on the main man himself.

Then it’s was putting the final pieces in place and taking some snaps.

Final pics

I tried to add plenty of details without overloading it with too much. hopefully, it’s a fun little scene with plenty to look at.

The finished piece has gone back to the chap who gave me the original metal Genestealer model in the first place. He’s a big GSC player and thought it should go back to the owner.

Blood Axe Ork Kommando

I’ve got a soft spot for Ork lads. It’s sort of green and a bit spongy.

Every now and then I find an image that I really like and that inspires me to sculpt something. I came across this illustration by DiegoGisbertLlorens aaaaages ago and thought I’d have a go at doing a large-sized piece based on it.

This started as a rough blob of car body filler over a wire armature. Then I started throwing Milliput and Super Sculpey over the top to build some shapes.

I’m afraid this is going to be a hodgepodge of images as I spend about 2 years poking at this guy on and off. I didn’t keep a very accurate record, or even any record of it.

One problem I did run into was the back of the Ork as I didn’t have any minis which looked like this. I ended up having to ask someone to send me photos of an Orks bum so I could see what their trousers looked like. A bit of a random request.

This should give you an idea of his scale. He is about 6 1/2 inches tall and a bit of a big lad.

His little details were added with nails, pins, bits of wire, chunks of wood, metal tubing and other scrap bits I had in my bits box. While the knife was carved from hardened Aves Apoxie sculpt and added after.

He was baked and I also made up some stikkbombs from brass tubing. No point in being a sneaky lad if you can’t blow stuff up.

Loads of primer, sanding, carving, cleaning, etc…

Spinny Ork lad has his plastic shooter added as well.


At this point, I’m just painting and adding more details. I wanted something to be hanging from his belt, so 3d printed a marine helmet but it didn’t look right. I also had a skull that I was going to use on him. That went on the belt, while the helmet got cut up and used on the base. The grass flock was a mix of tea leaves and spices I have which I use for basing.

The final details on the base was a load of moss, seed pods and the painted marine helmet.

Since finishing, he has snuck off and joined a WAAAGH! run by the chap who kindly supplied the Ork bottom photos. He seems happy there by all accounts. At least he’s with his own ladz.

Ork freebooters glyph

Ork Glyph

I wanted to try some quick and simple 3d modeling in Cinema 4D to have a little practice. I came up with the idea of a 40k Ork Freebooterz symbol after a suggestion on a Discord server and quickly threw something together which would print easily.

The mesh is a little messy but it did the job. After a couple of quick test prints which had some warping or areas I wanted to tweak, I ended up with something I was happy with.

I also did a couple at different sizes so I could try out how it felt.

After some priming and sanding, I made a mould and set about casting a few.

As well as blank resin, I’ve cold cast a few in aluminium to get a silver effect. Apart from a couple of air bubble in one, I’m really happy with the result.

Ork Freebooterz glyph
Ork Freebooterz glyphs in cold cast Aluminium
A 3d printer with ork, inquisition and adeptus mechanicus symbols

My 3d Printer is now protected by the Inquisition, the Adeptus mechanicus and looks like its also been looted by some ork lads.


Skully the Servoskull

The humble Servoskull, they’re everywhere in 40K artwork. Last year, just before Halloween, I was in town and spotted a cheap plastic skull in shop window that had a light inside it. Seeing a bargin that had potential, I snagged it, planned to turn it into a Servoskull. Heres how it went.

It’s not very big but enough for what I wanted. The bulb inside is quite bright and the whole skull has a soft glow to it when lit. I started by cutting the bottom away and was hoping to scoop out the soft gooey brains within. Sadly, no brains, only wires.

The inside of the skull was lined with milliput for two reasons. Firstly to give it a rigid core, the soft vinyl bent too much. Secondly to block any light spilling out inside it. I started to sculpt some details to the outside skull and add some bits as decoration. A brass Aquila from Forgeworld, some screws drilled into the skull, a few random bits of 3d printed parts I made, some milliput over the top in places and I added anything else I could find which fitted.

I also sculpted some teeth over the top of the old ones as they didn’t look right. Skully has a little bit of overbite but doesn’t look too bad.

I designed the base in Cinema 4d and 3D printed it so it could house the battery and hold the whole thing up.

Testing the light to make sure nothing spills out around the edges.

Primed in black and then a base coating airbrushed a bone colour.

The painting was fairly simple with lots of weathering using oil paints. I hot glued plenty of wires dangling out of the end to hide the battery wires sneaking into the base as well.

One servoskull. It came out well for a cheap skull although most of it got covered in new material.

There some more pictures in the google gallery below.


Warhammer 40k Skaven Jezail sculpture

In an attempt to remove some of the rubbish from the blog, I’m consolidating some of my old little posts into one big post. This is an update of a set of blog posts from 2011 about sculpting a figure based on a concept design of a Warhammer 40k Skaven, so any references to dates are from back then.

I had started hunting through my books for some ideas and I thought I would go for something a bit bigger than I’d normally made. Whenever I made something large I always made an armature but couldn’t find any wire so legs got chucked as an idea. I went through plenty of books looking at goblins, monsters, beasties and assorted things until I flicked through my copy of “The Gothic and the Eldritch: The Collected Sketches of Jes Goodwin” and stumbled across this…

Oh yeah!

Reading the notes it seemed that Mr Goodwin had run over some ideas for the Skaven in 40k but they got dropped, which is a shame as the idea of scavenging, WWI style gas mask wearing rats carrying crude black powder weapons just hits all the right spots for me. So, here we go…

The base to hold the shape while sculpting starts life as a chunk of wood with two holes drilled into it, a couple of wooden sticked are rammed into the holes and then…

Two metal tubes are placed over the top so that when the final piece is baked it will slide off easily. Two sticks/tubes are used to stop it spinning around while sculpting. Next came blocking out the basic shape.

blocking out the upper body and the right arm as well as…

Getting the back into shape.

The filter part of the gasmask was made from 1 marker pen lid, several bits from an old tape deck, some small screws, the inner part of a set of headphones and a couple of bits of plastic.

It’s mounted on a bit of wood so it will slide in and out when needed as I won’t be able to bake this part with the rest of the body. Super glue doesn’t seem to like heat and I’m pretty sure the plastic will object to being put in the oven.

The gun barrel was made from a long bit of brass tube I had, and used some more to make the shell casings on the bandolier.

The rifle butt is now in place and there is a long tube of copper running from the back of the butt through the hand up to the barrel which in turn is attached via some milliput. The other arm is in place to add some support and to hold it in place. The back has the gas tank roughly in place with some details glued on. This tank comes off as its just held in place with a couple of screws which slide in and out of the sculpey body. Like the gas mask front, the tank has plastic bit so will not be going into the oven at the end but will be glued on after it has been baked.

Two things i’m not happy with. Firstly the barrel, not so much what it looks like (it will end up with loads of sculpey around it) but the fact when I swing the body around i sometimes nearly take my eye out. The other is the feet. There are two things I hate to paint, draw, sculpt, model… hands and feet. I don’t know what to do with them at the moment as the semi finished one (left foot) looks like a clowns shoe. All it needs is to be about an inch longer and it will be perfect for Mr Tumble. I needed to rethink them before I tackle the right one.

The final baking process happened on a Sunday night at around 10:30pm because I thought it would be a good idea to do before bed… yeah smart move there. I watched the gun burn slowly while the rest of him cooked but fortunately no serious damage happened. There are a few cracks in the robes but overall it happened pretty smoothly.

I gave him a once over and a quick spray to get the first coat on him. Next will be crack filling and replacing the one thing that got damaged which was the end of the gunsights. I now need to add some extra details such as the hammer on the rifle, the trigger guard and some extra bits of detail. After another coat to get the spots I’ve missed and cover the new details I’ll leave him for a while for the paint to fully cure. I also needed to come up with some sort of colour scheme.

The base was quite tricky as I had no idea what to do, other than I wanted something to hold him in place. What I finally ended up doing was blocking up the wooden base with some Das modeling clay and then adding detail to the base. I found an interesting tutorial on how to create scenic bases at xenite.wordpress.com which involves sand and sculpey.

The final piece is quite chunky, over 30cm long with that gun barrel poking out and 18cm high. He is one of the bigger pieces I’ve done but he is lacking in detail and textures. I’ve thought about tidying him up a few times but I’m going to leave him as he is. He’s a good reminder of how my skills have improved over the years.

A full collection of images showing the start to finish process are in my Picasa gallery

Innsmouth and back

March turned into a bit of a two sculpture for the price of something very pricey. First up was something I’ve been itching to do for a few years.

Aaaarrrrr, he has the Innsmouth look about him

Quite a while back (around 2011!) Francesco Francavilla posted a picture which just smacked of Lovecraftian goodness and there’s also a black and white one tucked away in his site. I loved the look and feel and have had it tucked away in the back of my mind for a while. So early in March I dug it out of my mind and did my own take on this chappy after getting a couple of ships wheels.

Usual method here. A central support, slathered in milliput and coated in Super Sculpey firm. He’s only a few inches high but I really enjoyed doing it and I think its one of the best things I’ve sculpted and I’m enjoying working on these small pieces.


He looks a little older than the picture so I think that he’s probably moved to a bigger ship now. I do need to work on my painting skills as I haven’t done the sculpt any justice. Ah well. It comes with time. The Cap (though I refer to him as the Innsmouth Skipper) is now sitting next to a couple of my other sculptures in the living room and is charting a course to R’lyeh as we speak.

In the Emperors name!

The other thing I finished last month was a 40k purity seal made originally for Matt Smith who has been hassling me for years (literally YEARS) to make him something.

Roughly “full size”, the purity seal is 3″ and was sculpted from normal pink Super Sculpey. It’s been moulded in easy flo mixed with red dye and then hand finished with black polish to get an aged look. I also tried drilling a space and then glueing a magnet into the back to make the ultimate fridge magnet.

Purity Seal

I’ll be selling them in my Etsy shop soon, I just need to hunt down a job lot of very strong magnets.

April may take a hit in my plan to do a small sculpture a month but as I did two last month, I’m ahead of myself.