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Ninjabread23 Jan 2018 6:30 a.m. PST

This is one of my Golden Demon entries Sergeant Rophocalas of the Blood Angels chapter. He was entered into the Staff Category at Golden Demon Space Marines back in 2015.

Sergeant Rophocalas with Breacher Squad Aceldamus during a boarding action on the Space Hulk Dies Inproba Apollonis.

Sergeant Rophocalas is the event-exclusive Mark III Boarding Marine from Forge World. He's had a head-swap with a Forge World Legion Preator so I had the opportunity to paint some flesh. I also built a step-style base out of Necromunda bulhead and Zone Mortalis fittings to help draw the eye up the model.

I really enjoy painting limited edition figures. I feel they're intrinsically more valuable than their mass-produced counterparts. My enthusiasm for limited editions is more likely to last for the scores of hours that it takes to paint models to a high competition standard, so it's a great completion strategy. And, at the end of the day you have a extra-special piece with an extra-special paintjob.

There's a number of techniques on this Blood Angel I don't normally do on my gaming miniature. My standard Space Marines are largely flat block colours on their panels as I'm painting them (at least theoretically) for gaming. But on Rophocalas I wanted to push my blending and transitions. His red armour has has smooth transition from dark to mid red. Areas like the silver on his combi-bolter and the gold aquila on his shield are done is a non-metallic metal style.

I didn't nail the standard or style to be a Golden Demon winner, but I got closer than I'd been previously. I wince a little bit looking at parts of this entry now but I learned a lot and stretched myself. It wasn't the best Space Marine in the Golden Demon cabinets that day, but it was the best Space Marine I'd done up to that point.

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Dentatus Fezian23 Jan 2018 6:42 a.m. PST

Congrats. That's a great brushwork on a cool fig. Well done.

And it may not have been the 'best' in the bunch but I'm sure it held its own. You should rightly be proud.

GhostofRebecaBlack23 Jan 2018 6:54 a.m. PST

Sweet sarge!

Love the tones on his gun.

billthecat23 Jan 2018 5:51 p.m. PST

Nicely done.

…but he really should be wearing his helmet, no?

…"helmets are for sissies!"???

The H Man23 Jan 2018 11:26 p.m. PST

I think you accidently put this on the warhammer fantasy board and not warhammer 40,000.

Lion in the Stars25 Jan 2018 12:24 p.m. PST

Very nice!

deephorse27 Jan 2018 8:54 a.m. PST

Areas like the silver on his combi-bolter

Somehow my brain read that as "combi-boiler", and it wasn't until a few words later that it questioned the sense of that and made me go back and read it again!

Terrific brush work by the way.

Ninjabread29 Jan 2018 5:55 a.m. PST

Thanks for the comments!

I'm not keen on the earlier Forge World pattern Mark II helmet design, Bill, it looks a little bit too big and a little comedy. I slightly prefer the later Games Workshop plastic redesign.

Aww man, deephorse, you've spoiled the coolness of "combi-bolter" for me forever now! :D

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