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Looks like its time for my (...semi-annual?) journal entry.   I was in the creative doldrums for a while (and about to enter another).  As I was working on painting some unfinished minis, I was looking at bottles and bottles of GW bits that I have accumulated over the years,  which I occasionally dip into them to mix things up (old and new bitz) when working on new kits.  But I have far more than I will ever need.  I was thinking of how I could possible put them to use.  I thought about throwing them away, but my natural hoarding instincts kicked in, and I also figured that the world doesn't need yet-another bitz peddler on E-bay.  After tidying-up some arts and crafts projects my kids were involved in, I came across some excess necklace beads, and got the notion of using them for torsos for my loose miniature bitz.  Thus the Bead Marines were born (or as I like to call them 1/4 GW Marines).  

I had a big lump of green clay in my office an ex-coworker left behind many years ago, and being inspired by photos I have seen of the ancient Olmec heads of Mexico, I whimsically decided to make several clay head sculptures using minimalist principles.  I placed them on presentation bases (of a sort) and they sat on my desk for over a decade.  I gathered some junk computer heat sinks (cooling vanes), placed one of the heads on it and declared it "The Dictator", actually he reminds me of  "Il Duce".   I decided that they were post worthy after several visitors asked me to explain them.  I don't know if it exactly qualifies as Art, or not, but it is minimalist.   I thought they made great political statements.  And they are about as sensitive and attentive as most politicians.

I have just finished-up two squads of my latest miniatures designated as Black Templars Space Marines.  I guess the main inspiration for this little project was given by the Black Templars Bitmaps folder recently completed in late February.  I figured they would be suitable to accompany the Marshals and sword brethern squad I painted quite some time ago.  The new squad leaders have my recent standard of having magnetized heads and shoulders.  I used the same polarization standard that I gave my grey knights terminators, a couple of years back. (If you want to learn a hard lesson on the use of neodynium magnets, do a Grey Knights Terminator Squad).  

JD

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Iduna-Haya Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Thank you for adding my work to your collection :) I’m happy you enjoyed it

Have a nice day!

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JD20mg Featured By Owner 1 day ago
   :) (Smile) 
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NakedSnake1862 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017
U did a great job including my favorite Space Marines chapter the Black Templars, I was wondering if u could do my second favorite Space Marines chapter, The Blood Ravens.
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JD20mg Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017
Wow, such a complement!  Thanks for your faves and encouragement!  ( Honestly I thot I was the only one that appreciated that stuff. )  I was actually thinking about retiring from model kits and those pesky bitmaps (I have to balance that stuff with real world priorities of job and home life, kids in college, family issues, etc... Sadly, I have never had time to actually play with my minis.)   Not to say that I haven't thought about doing all the original loyalist and apostate chapters (and aliens) in bitmap form (each one having up to 1000 individual figures).  But it is a lot of detail work, and takes up even more valuable time (more than I initially bargained for).  Some of it requires a bit of homework pertaining to the chapter(s). 

You know, If you want to, you can actually carry that ball, (with my permission) with your MS paint program and create your own Blood Ravens Chapter bitmaps using some of my Blood Angels submissions as a template or kick starter, with some High Zoom tweaking of the colors.  Just make sure to acknowledge my template design, and Give GW their copyright due (commercial rights).

Jake
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irongibb0n Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May the emperor bless you for faving my ultra chibi squad. Have a awesome day
= )
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