Hello, my name is Shane and I’m a Warhammer 40,000 (addict) fan. If you haven’t figure out already, I collect and paint Blood Angels – one of many space marine armies within the 40K universe. This site is a chronicle of my hobby journey: from buying my first models and tools to building and collecting what I hope to be one of the biggest and best painted Blood Angel army.
My first recollection of Games Workshop models was around the age of 12 after stumbling into a GW store at the local mall. Fascinated with all the well painted pewter minis, I was shocked when I saw the sticker price of $20 for a box of 5 marines (fast forward 15 years and this is actually considered cheap!). Being young and without much disposable income, I quickly forgot about the “toy soldiers”.
Throughout my undergraduate studies, I played a few MMO RPG games (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games), one of which was Warhammer Online by Mythic Entertainment. Even though this game never gained popularity to be considered a successful MMO, it ended up being my gateway drug back into the Games Workshop hobby.
In 2008, I walked into another Games Workshop store and left with a hobby paint/tool starter set and box of sniper space marine scouts. For the next two years, I learned everything I could about the hobby side of painting and model building and collected/painted any model that I felt looked interesting: GW Fantasty, 40K, Warmachine and Hordes.
In 2010, I came across a Craigslist ad for a Space Marine army for a great price. Thinking I would add to my previously painted sniper scouts, which I had painted as Blood Angels, I quickly bought the army and started to planning my collection. The deal came with 6 Space Marine vehicles and knowing full well that I would never paint that many tanks with just a brush, I decided to get into airbrushing.
Fast forward 6 more years and I have since accumulated over 10,000 points of Blood Angels – all painted to what I would consider a high standard. This collection is and will remain a work in progress for many years to come as my model backlog grows faster than I can paint.
I started experimenting with airbrushing at the same time I started collecting Blood Angels. Back then, airbrushing was still relatively new to the Warhammer hobby scene and there weren’t many resources/tutorials on getting started (though it had been around for many years with the old school military modelling community). I started out with an Iwata Revolution BR airbrush (which I still have to this day) and a hardware airbrush compressor (almost went deaf using this). My airbrush skills eventually progressed beyond what the initial Iwata starter brush could provide. Also, I didn’t want to risk pissing of my neighbors anymore by airbrushing at night with the hardware compress so I looked to upgrade my equipment. Eventually, I’ve added to my airbrush toolbox with a Harder and Steenbeck Infinity 2-in-1 (great all-rounder airbrush for basecoating and details), VEDA 180 (cheap ebay airbrush which no longer works), Badger Sotar 20/20 (excellent fine detail/control brush), Iwata Revolution CR (primer and varnish brush) and Grex Tritium G3. Also upgraded was my compressor to the Grex AC1810 (tankless) which is now a backup and my primary Sparmax TC-610H.
These days, I have thrown out all my spray cans in favor of doing everything from priming, painting and varnishing with the airbrush. To do so, I have several air brushes with different sized nozzles to fulfill different roles and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
This blog is meant as a place to document my collection and share with the greater online hobby community the progress, tips and tricks that I learn along the way. Be sure to keep checking back for more updates!