Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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A Tale of Five Heretics: Eddie Remains Eddie-ish.

Good news and bad news, my pretty chickens. The good news is that I just about have a new office now, after many hours of construction work, ballache, and cash money. It’s taken a long time, but the Aaronorium has gone from one room (a games room) to three (a games room, an office, and… I guess another games room).

The whole thing is basically a series of braced and insulated wooden rooms constructed inside a previous structure: the latter of which takes the form of these old linked farm sheds, which used to hold cows, mud, dust, mould, and the skeletons of five million dead birds. Perhaps even their ghosts, too. I lacked the requisite equipment to check for bird souls trapped between this life and the next.


Here’s a photo of me in a storm of rock dust, just after we finished grinding through the wall between the second and third rooms.


I’ll give you guys and girls a proper tour inside when it’s decorated in a week or two, but at least the fucker’s built.

Anyway, the bad news isn’t that I’m using all the construction work as an excuse for no progress. No, the lack of progress was because I’m me, and I’m eternally useless. I painted half of 3 World Eaters that I didn’t like, half of 1 Thallax that was too dark and which I hated, and built 4 Tau Stealth Suits (5 tau models in total if you count the marker drone – and let me assure you, you bastards, that I do. I take every teeny-tiny victory that I can.)

No, the bad news is that I had to sell a huge amount of my Heresy (and Blood Angels / Angels Numinous) stuff to recover from the financial ball-flicking of all the construction work. A treasure trove of bits, kits, and every bolter variant you can imagine, into the aether. It’s set me back no small degree, as well as being about as heartbreaking as the time I hocked all my RPG books on eBay to pay my rent for 3 months. That one still hurts. But needs must, right? Onwards and upwards.

Also my grandma died, and so did my car. But these events aren’t related, either to each other or to hobbying.

I’ve got a Myrmidon Destructor on my painting table at the moment, and he’s going to get some love in the next few days. I’ve also scavenged a chunk of Mechanicum models from here, there, and everywhere, so I may press-gang them into the firing line just to have something, anything, done – just to get myself going.

Either way, I’m down but not out. And it gives me an excuse to use the new Martian Ironearth, which looks lush. Anyone using that already? Reviews in the comments, please.

Rather than put the update off any more and wait for me and Neil to get our thumbs out, I wanted to show you what’s been done so far, because Jesus Christ, guys, for really reals, look:


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Jordan’s been learning/using airbrushes for the first time, with some smugness-inducing results. He was the first to Go Big on the new Space Marine bases, but we’ve all done the same as well. (I’ve got them on my XV25s, too. They look rad.)

He’s got a huge-ass Forge World order on the go for next time, which is beautiful in its promise of midnight-clad carnage:

fgfrgI always imagine Heresy Night Lords in Mark II, like, as the default image in my head, but the volkite squad up above has started swaying me towards Mark IV in a big way.

John’s been busy, too – he got his Blood Angel Command Squad done, with his next project already built:

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It’s sort of weird how effective the simple helmet swaps are, ageing the models back to an entirely different era. I dig that.

My first thought at seeing them was “Oh, shit, I should do that with my Angels Numinous Sanguinary Guard”, and my second thought was “Oh, shit, I sold all the Sanguinary Guard boxes and now I’m sad.”

My third thought was “Damn you for doing stuff when I’ve been useless, John”.

And my fourth thought was probably about basketball, because although the Phoenix Suns are a hot mess, I still love them.

Without further ado, here’s Eddie with some more Fallen Angels, many of which reach between the 30K and 40K eras in irritatingly cool ways. I’ve seen a fair bit of Heresy Traitor armies that can double as Chaos Marine armies, and I’m always pretty taken with the idea, especially given how much more common it’ll be as the Heresy advances towards Terra.

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These are the Iron Wardens of Aldurukh. Look upon them and despair.

No? Not enough for you?

Have some Fallen Angels Obliterators because Eddie was in the mood to do them:

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And then, one of the Iron Riders of Caliban:

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And in the man’s own words: “Those troublesome Dark Angels, left behind by the Lion on Caliban have been experimenting with forbidden Daemonology (when the cat’s away…)
So now, when they find themselves in a pickle, they can call in reinforcements on the fly (ba-dum-tish).”

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I think it needs expressing again that he does these, out of boredom, while waiting for the rest of us.

And lastly, there’s a Fallen Angel Lord on a daemonic Black Lion of Caliban.

This makes me think two things:

1. Imagine Lion El’Jonson’s face when he goes home and sees the Fallen Angels again. “Hey, Luther, how are you guy d– OhmyfuckingGod.”

2. Even for Eddie this is pretty damn magical.

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Update concluded, my lovelies.

More to come soon.

Late-Breaking Edit: Getting an unexpected expression of sympathy on FB and Twitter over the current impoverished state. Which is lovely! But honestly unnecessary. Yes, we’re currently dirt-poor, but it was a noble sacrifice that basically gave me a new office with two nice side rooms. Selling minis to cover a housing spending spree definitely sucks, but we’re not starving or homeless, so please don’t take my teeth-grinding confession of mini-selling as anything more than a hobbyist’s lament. (Plus, all the bitz went to good homes, so I’ll probably see a fair amount of those bitz shooting at me from across a table next year. Every cloud, silver linings, all that jazz. Thank you, though – what a surprisingly sweet reaction, you crazies.)

May 27, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Night Lords should be in MkII armour because Judge Fear, obvs!

    Comment by Dukeleto | May 27, 2015 | Reply

    • That seems so obvious, but I totally never thought of it until you pointed it out. I am The Dumb, but also, I love you.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | May 27, 2015 | Reply

  2. Good call on judge fear, can’t believe I never noticed it. The night lords look great but those fallen angels look stunning, I imagine there must be two reactions when you see them on the board 1 this army is one of the coolest I have seen 2 secretly I hate Eddie because his modelling and painting skills dwarf mine and makes me look bad. At least that’s how I would feel

    Comment by Glyn Pascoe | May 27, 2015 | Reply

  3. sorry about the grandmother man

    Comment by Anthony Lambe | May 27, 2015 | Reply

  4. Martian Ironearth can be a right bastard. I’ve discovered three things that cause it to chip/flake off after it dries.

    First, make sure that your base has a solid primer coat on the bottom. I actually paint my bases with Scorched Brown after the black primer, just to make sure I didn’t miss a spot, and so it looks nice through the cracks.

    Second, don’t put it on too thick. The thicker it goes on, the larger the cracked chunks will be – and, as I found out the hard way, the easier it will be for those pieces to fall off. I like my GW spatula because its bendy-to-stiff ratio (technical term) helps me get the desired thickness pretty easy.

    The third thing you need to look out for is poltergeists jacking your work when your back is turned. Wish to hell I knew how to stop them, but with all those bird spirits in your Aaronarium maybe you have resources I don’t.

    In all seriousness, sometimes the stuff just doesn’t work. At least it’s relatively easy to scrape off and try again with.

    Good luck.

    Comment by J-P | May 27, 2015 | Reply

    • Helpful stuff! Thanks J-P, that kind of insight is appreciated. Anything that gets me out of flocking a whole army, y’know?

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | May 27, 2015 | Reply

  5. Wow! Eddie is a kit bashers wet dream. That Fallen Angel Lord is simply jaw dropping!

    Comment by Zeuso | May 27, 2015 | Reply

  6. Awesome models! Wish I had skills like that.
    There is one question that keeps popping up in my head on regular basis; Has the work on the sequel to Talon of Horus began?
    just finished the Prince of Crows last night. It was fantastic. Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Glenn Hansen | May 27, 2015 | Reply

    • There’s a new policy on silence at BL Towers, partly from a paradigm shift and (maybe?) partly because I’m so slow I think they’d prefer me not talking about novels I may not finish for X months to come. But I’ll keep you posted as soon as I can.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | May 27, 2015 | Reply

      • That is good news. I interpret that as “I have started, but am not allowed to tell.”. Even though I might be wrong. Either way, it is much better than “I haven`t started yet and don`t know when I will.”. And thanx for keeping me posted. I like being posted.

        Comment by Glenn Hansen | May 28, 2015

  7. First of all, condolences on your grandmother. As J-P said, ironearth is a pain, but in my experience it’s decidedly better than agrellan earth. I found it much easier to get thin enough of a coat that it didn’t flake off much at all, more so than with the previous iteration. Easily had 3-5 successes to every 1 with agrellan earth.

    Comment by gwingfan | May 27, 2015 | Reply

  8. Hey man. My condolences on losing your grandmother. I hope everything goes well with the business of the funeral and the paperwork that must surely come with it. My best wishes to your family as well and I the summer doesn’t get too hot for you. Baltimore is sweltering right now.

    Comment by oniagent150 | May 27, 2015 | Reply

  9. It sucks to hear about the suckiness of bit-selling, dude. I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother too. I hope you’re well otherwise, and that this level of time-Dyson passes soon.

    Comment by kiersparey | May 27, 2015 | Reply

  10. its been a while since I followed your stuff ‘oh saviour of my Word Bearers’ but I have to say since then and now your painting has improved exponentially!! (For memories sake I’m the guy from b@c that asked to use Ingethel as a wow char name)

    Comment by Saa | May 27, 2015 | Reply

  11. To be honest, you wouldn’t be dirt poor if you got on with writing Master of Mankind 😛

    Comment by Jake Bishop | May 28, 2015 | Reply

    • The schedule decides all. For all that the world knows, MoM could be finished already. Plenty of books ahead of it in the list, either way.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | May 28, 2015 | Reply

  12. Condolences on your granny. What happened to RoJ? Is it still on the table?

    Comment by Adrian | June 4, 2015 | Reply

    • sorry I meant Road to Jove

      Comment by Adrian | June 4, 2015 | Reply

      • Many thanks. And yes indeed, I spent all of Monday doing the Patreon rewards for RtJ – it’ll be going live in just over a week, on the new website.

        Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | June 4, 2015

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