I’ve been struggling to write something that caps off the year…

There wasn’t really any success in that department, so you are stuck with this.


I’m a big fan of the Horus Heresy series, both the novels (save for the unnecessary draw out of the series) and the game adaptation from Forge World. In fact, the love and care that goes into the Forgeworld volumes and models shames Games Workshop. If you’ve kept up with this humble blog you’ll know that I’m all over Forge World’s wiz biz.

Horus-mainRight before Christmas I picked up Vulkan, Primarch of the Salamanders Legion from the Forge World Horus Heresy Character Series complete in the box through a lucky find on eBay. My original intention was to get the piece and document the entire painting process from start to finish. But, that promptly went south when I found myself clipping and cleaning a washed up model. I get anxious to get going, so, after that, I opted to just paint. The mistake gives me more time to think about the process and execution of documenting a large project like this.

For Christmas I was extremely fortunate to receive Konrad Cruze, Lorgar, and the man himself: Horus Lupercal from my wife and family. Horus is the centerpiece of the entire collection and he is obviously a beautiful model. I thought documenting his painting process would be entertaining enough for myself and my “audience” to sit through. Konrad was a very close second.

I thought about doing a tutorial, but I’m not entirely sold on the idea of tutorials. Tutorials kind of go like this on the internet:


Miniature painting is no exception. Techniques, no matter how well explained, need to be practiced. Tutorials about airbrush painting are absurd. Showing nozzle control is difficult. As an alternative, I think I might document the ENTIRE process of painting Horus in a time lapse video. That way you can watch the drama unfold in its unadulterated totality to music i’m sure you’ll hate. If this goes ok I may produce more of these or, if there is demand, produce a more in depth study on a specific part of the process. Not in a structured tutorial form, but perhaps a closer examination and slower video. We will see.

I’m going to finish up Vulkan and get him photographed for my portfolio first. I’ve also got some MkII Ultramarines to finish up. After that I’ll probably set up the logistics of getting Horus done. I plan on the entire process taking a week or two and i’ll document the documentation of Horus here on the blog so you can ride along on my blundering. I’m interested in seeing how this all works out.

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