Another year, Another ETL...

Behold - in the nick of time - my finished ETL 2018 vow to complete 6 Scimitar Jetbikes as a Sky Hunter Squadron, with a sky Hunter Sgt with Phoenix power spear of total value 270 points! Its a shame I couldn't do a second pledge, have a lovely purple Dreadclaw that is gathering dust!

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For those that dont know, over on Bolter and Chainsword there is an annual event called the ETL ("E Tenebrae Lux" - Or for us peasants, "From darkness, light"). It is popular, and as such is now in its 6th year.

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Pledges are made to a particular faction on the boards, and their points cumulative to that faction's grand total, 270 points is a poor show in all honesty, but real life does get in the way.

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These are my first jetbikes. I have one more being built as a legion champion for Maru Skara shenanigans....but that can wait...

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I even put details on the control panel - a rare treat for me!

In the works are a Dreadclaw, 2 10 man tactical squads, 5 more phoenix terminators, a librarian (for the IIIrd you say?!) and some more HQs.....oh, and a Spartan!

[Brother Handro: "That's basically 2 years' work right there...."]

Der H

Summer 2018 - Pledges, the ETL, and life in general!

Well that was a long month! For once, I've made no progress because I've been on call or away for every weekend for the last 5!

April's pledge for me was a complete non-starter. With Land Rover woes [Brother Handro: "Joys of classic motoring right?"] and work it just didn't happen. May has also been empty so far, mainly due to weekends out of the country, or certainly out of the basement!

Life overall is getting better, but still very changeable!

To top this off, I have a post grad exam coming up which is costly - in both time and money (£1000 worth to be precise!).


Brother Handro and I have been talking - rarely, but it happens! - and have a plan: for the summer we will have no Hobby Butterfly Pledges. Instead, given a love of a certain forum, we will engage in the ever popular...

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...without further ado!

Der H

I Der H rise to the challenge of E TENEBRAE LUX with my IIIrd Legion and vow to complete 6 Scimitar Jetbikes as a Sky Hunter Squadron, with a sky Hunter Sgt with Phoenix power spear on or before August 1st, 2018. Success will redeem my honour whilst failure will doom me to wear the Badge of the Oathbreaker and bring shame upon my Legion.

My pledge can be found here and my progress can be found on my Bolter and Chainsword plod here.

Brother Handro



May the forces or the warp, the Warmaster, the Emperor, or mighty Slaanesh guide our way!

Brother Handro & Der H

April 2018 - Schroedinger's Pledge

In which we ponder whether a pledge is complete or not... 

Brother Handro 


I had high hopes for this one. A single model in a month...I could lavish care and attention on it...and yet in the end I kind of lost my way with it, and the result is functional, nothing more. Still, one more finished model for the collection! (*Tries not to think about the hundred models he's added since then*)

Der H

Yea, that didn't happen! I pledged to complete my Dreadclaw drop pod, and it is in EXACTLY the same condition as when I started....and it is also now the end of May...

Now...where is that woman with that bell...ah here she is...


Der H & Brother Handro

March 2018 - Pledges Complete

Behold! I FINALLY finished something!

Der H

Some time ago...I, Der H, pledged to build, prime and paint to completion my conversion of Lucius "Soulthief", "Fulgrim's Champion", "Blade of Aeons", "Scion of Chemos" or, as he who would become known, "the Eternal"....and so it has come to pass!

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Brother Handro

Meanwhile, I, Brother Handro, pledged to paint 10 Slugga Boyz and a Nob....



I'm actually really pleased with how the Boyz turned out...less pleased with how many more I still have to knock out...



WIP - Lucius (aka by the Almighty Emperor, painting!?)

It’s finally happening, Der H is painting something!

Today saw a flourish of progress from both Brother Handro and I - more on Brother Handro’s progress another time!

Lucius is more than just purple! 



An early wash saw me set me off slowly - needing to let washes dry has delayed many a project!



Other projects always need some paint too!



Not much in the way of WIP pictures - I often think models look much worse before they look better - but here we are with all colours blocked out, just waiting a few more details, highlights, and other finishing bits!


Stay tuned for the completion in the next week or so!!

Der H

WIP - Der H's Pledge - Lucius

What! There is actually an update...


It turns out that there is actually life in my basement yet....and my cat will certainly find it and try to kill it....

[Der H: "what am I doing again..."]

[Brother Handro: "Pledge. Pledge!"]

...that's right!

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Lucius now has the base purple and the first shade. Just needs a final zenithal highlight after a wash and then I can start blocking out the other colours.

Given the corrupted look of his armour I am likely to go relatively simple on the colour scheme in terms of the brightness of the pinks. Perhaps some pearl/white panels and some silver/platinum sections to denote veteran status.....and obviously the skin chest plate!

I even managed to get some purple on my other big project...

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Good lord, there is life in the basement yet!

Der H

Life, the Universe and Everything - Why life is a PITA

There we go...I said it...Life is a massive bitch! The last few months have been a PITA and hobby, the least vital of the things I spend my time doing, has taken a back burner.

Does it matter?


For me, the hobby is partially about an escape. I do a job which requires lots of thinking and unfortunately, like the chap above, no matter how good you are you win and lose.

The last 12 months have been the most demanding professionally, and being able to sit in my basement and, essentially, play with toy soldiers has helped a lot!

Work, personal life and (more recently) cars take a huge amount of time, and like many a hobbyist I needed to take a break.

The final problem is deadlines; life is all about deadlines. Whether it is the real deadlines of life, bills, work and chores or the ficticious ones I make for myself [Der H: "Landrover, I'm looking at you...."] they all add to that stress...

The solution?


Fuck it!

Take your 26 page statement and shove it up your arse....what's that? You want me to reply on my day off? NOPE.

New rule - Der H gets to play with toys once a week! [Brother Handro: "you sure thats enough time to make a dent in that collection...."]

Stuff I have to be working on is certainly not the issue; my current work bench is as follows!

2x plastic connies, assorted IIIrd Legion characters, Custodes, IIIrd legion librarian, aegis defence line parts, tech marine....

2x plastic connies, assorted IIIrd Legion characters, Custodes, IIIrd legion librarian, aegis defence line parts, tech marine....

2x 10 man Tactical squads

2x 10 man Tactical squads

Sgts and vexillae!

Sgts and vexillae!

This isn't even starting on the Blood and Plunder, the Bolt Action (Winter airborne?), tyranids, genestealer cultists, BFG Eldar, BFG Alpha legion, Crimson fists, Arcworlde (either kickstarter) and harlequins....and deathwatch.....and Necromunda....and Spacehulk......

At least the basement is tidy right....

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Right....lets get to it!

Der H