Author: SLMNN

Ignited for War: Imperial Fists

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Praetorians of Dorn. Sentinels of Terra. The VIIth Legion.

The very first pic with Alex Boyd illustration on the backround embodies everything you need to know of this. The feeling of the stories rendered in miniatures, unfathomable scale of the 41st millennium, warrior-gods, inseparable union of man and machine.

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My latest and largest project to the date. I’am extremely pleased how they have turned out. I also like the feeling that I can trust myself more as a modeller and painter, even when making a larger continent of models.

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Astartes squad

Gods of war. Scrimshaw, relics, gothicness, pain and punishment; all crucial elements of VIIth. Inhumanity that looks human.

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Neophytes in training. Super dynamic young warriors. The new Reiver models work as perfect basis for Astartes in the making.

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Reclusiam Engines

Actual pieces — reliquaries — of the Phalanx, unplugged from the cathedral walls, ignited, and ready to march. 

In addition to Astartes, I’am going to incorporate elements from the Phalanx as part of the army. Phalanx has similar characteristics that always interest me in 40k: It’s man made behemoth with deep bowels housing anything you can possibly imagine, winding passageways and gothic corridors. Bio-mechanical fusions of man and machine and massive cathedrals, at the same time being fortress-monastery. Only the sky is limit. After this mostly astartes heavy start, I’m going to study Phalanx and it’s non-astartes denizens.

As a tasting of what I mean some WIP shots of Reclusiam engines. Shrines for past warriors, carrying their scrimshawed skeletons. Dataports and connectors on it’s back where it’s attached to Phalanx itself. Armed automata to be released when they are needed once more. Building these was so rewarding. Great practice in realism when building bigger pieces.

The process continues. I want to retain the aesthetics and feeling I have achieved, and carefully add more and more pieces to the force. Esoteric beings pouring out of the Phalanx, a Dreadnought, servitors to name a few. Mood and look of the army being the key driving element.

I have very serious intentions to actually learn the rule and find same-minded people to play with, hence making this force rules compliant. All tips and tricks regarding that and comments very welcome!

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Sentinels of Terra



Getting back into regular posting! I was lulled by the easiness of just smashing photos on instagram, but I’ve been feeling my hobby has been missing something essential i.e this wonderful community. 

Starting off with the current state of the Caretakers of the Golden Throne, venturing in the depths of Imperial Palace… They are now based uniformally to represent the time-crusted layers of Holy Terra.

The book is amazing piece of art and story combined. Chris Wraight’s Vaults of Terra: Carrion Throne, designed by Tim Molloy. A must read for everyone interested in Inquisition, affairs of Terra, secrets of The Imperial Palace and the very nature of religious madness 40.000 is all about.

Lastly, my scribbling representing Curaetorii Primarium and endless, vast winding bowels of subterran Underworld of Terra filled with servants of The Throne. Ink pen and acrylics on paper.

Tyrant of Badab

Long time no see chaps! Here’s a little something I’ve been working on lately. An iconic character with the coolest backround – And my all-time favorite Champion of Chaos.


Huron Blackheart and Hamadrya



With my take I’am aiming to  create a more realistic version that shows his formidable bulk of corrupted astartes physique. Bound to machines and re-constructed from charred flesh, combined with bionics and ruinous powers to stand and command once more.


Armour of Pride – Warp infused and bulging with auxiliary support systems of the Blood Reaver


The protective Iron Halo and his power axe


The ultimate combat weapon, Tyrant’s Claw: Monstrous bionic arm with clawed powerfist that has built-in heavy flamer incorporated, built by Armenneus Valthex, also known as the Alchemancer

I wanted to build Hamadrya more true to it’s lore, make it look like it’s just forming into being from ground and breaking through the empyrean;

“The Hamadrya appeared at his side then, almost as insubstantial as a wisp of vapour. As Huron recovered and his power grew, the Hamadrya likewise grew and took on a more cohesive shape. Its exact appearance is unknown; sometimes it is invisible, and when it chooses to appear it can be avian, reptilian, or mammalian in shape”


It’s left claw coming into being



Chaotic shapes that vary greatly


Can it be true, can the Tyrant of Badab yet live, at least in some form by some foul agency? I have seen too many miracles both wondrous and nightmarish to claim it cannot be so. Are we, Mankind, then doomed to be always the father of our own torment, the genesis of our own destruction, time and time again? God Emperor help us – ever has it been so.

— Quoted by an anonymous Inquisitor

The Astartes Cycle


“Your approach was made with great skill, but this is Raven Guard work”

Aethon Shaan, Captain of the 4th “The Silent” Company





Recruits for the XIXth are drawn from their homeplanet Deliverance. Due to instability of the Raven Guard gene-seed these aspirants then introduced to rigorous training and testing to ensure their fit for becoming astartes. Recruit’s capability for sublety and stealth are tested in real missions.




Raven Guard combat doctrine favours usage of scout marines. These initiates who have passed the Aspirant Trials are undergoing physical and mental metamorphosis that is needed to become superhuman astartes. Already fit for battle, neophyte scouts are essential for pinpointing enemy positions and possible landing sites.




Fully matured astartes of the 4th company. Organs succesfully implanted sans Mucranoid and Betcher’s Gland, and the Melanchromic Organ malfunctioning, causing skin to become pale, almost albino like due to degeneration of their geneseed. Power armours of the Raven guard marines are painted pitch black to absorb radiation of the visible spectrum and fitted with enhanced cooling systems to distract thermal and infrared systems. 


I always find origin stories fascinating, from Fabius Bile’s experimentations and grotesque birth of noise marines in Graham McNeill’s Fulgrim to Raven guard’s (re)creation and the problems surrounding their gene-seed in Deliverance Lost by Gav Thorpe, so I just had to make post that touches the same subject. On the sidenote those two legions are my absolute favorites from loyalists and traitors. I also have one champion of The Emperor’s Children in the works…

I made progress in painting realistic metallics with the scout and the aspirant so I revisited the astartes a bit too. Next step is learning to create convincing battle damage and work out those clean shoulderpads a bit. Thanks for Thomas for pointing out the problem with the marine’s base and opening my eyes, bigger one looks much better. I also got some pigments (and binder!) to experiment with and went with lighter base to create some balance with colors.

What’s up next! Summer is finally ending and I’am getting back on track with head full of ideas. I have new inspirations for older projects to expand them aswell as all new ones. Thank you for reading, enjoy the pictures!


Ps. Have you guys seen this? Holy terra that looks sweet.