Tuesday, 14 June 2016

This Rainbow Warrior kills fascists


I suppose I don't have to tell any of you what happened in Orlando recently so I've just felt the urge to let my brushes drain the frustration away. Just yesterday again, a cop's family has been shot down so I could just as well have picked an arbite or a Judge from Judge Dredd I guess.
This was a rainbow warrior I chose to paint though.

Why the rainbow ? Well that's just the symbol of a community that has suffered its share.


Now the rainbow warriors are also an iconic chapter in Rogue Trader so I thought it was quite the occasion. I first started painting my marine in a superbly blended style with a pristine armour but then  realised that marines and especially the rainbow flavour have to withstand a lot of shit so it made more sense to have him all weathered and battle worn.


You can see I tried to stick to the original iconography as much as I could and I even painted the little symbol meaning he's supposed to carry a bolter.


 The model was built and painted in 2 sessions which is quite unusual for me (I imply hate working on a single project). Here's what I had after a couple of hours, starting from loose bits :

I just love plastic beakies and how they look like they want to go to the loo...
I find I've overdone the battle damage as for once it's not meant to hide the crudeness of what's beneath but hey, the model's done and looks alright I suppose...


So here it is, Sergent Pride of the Rainbow Warriors, I won't soothe anyone significantly and it won't change much to the fact that more people will get their lives wrecked by others but in such times, creating even the most humble forms of bonds seems like a duty.


Oh and just because :


49 comments:

  1. Good for you mate - so much shit and hate in the world right now. Oh well, at least we have friendly celebrations like football to bring us all together... oh, wait... hmmm... maybe not then :-(

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    1. Football... OK let's put that aside shall we ? ^^
      As g33ks we should relate to other ostracised groups ;)

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  2. Nice work (particularly the rainbow on the helm), and appreciate the sentiment too.

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  3. Kudos to you, great initiative! (and of course great mini)

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    1. Cheers amigo, it's sometimes good to put our selfish hobbies to use for something more meaningful.

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  4. Yep, great effort for a very good couple of causes.

    Rainbow Warriors... We made fun of them SO much when I was a teen. :) Not exactly tough sounding fellows. *says the bloke who loved silly-sounding "Space Sharks"...*

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    1. I know where you're coming from, there were plenty of chapters we could laugh from actually.
      Cheers !

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  5. Oh, awesome! That's as solid a tribute as any I could do. I just added a flag (well two) to my banner. But I do have a gay dwarf with a pink triangle badge I painted many years ago. He's a good guy, that one. And his husband too, since they were finally able to get married a year or so back.

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    1. Congrats to them. My stupidly optimistic self like sto think in the grim darkness of the far future, Mankind has overcome such prejudices and has projected its fear of "others" on aliens and people of different ethnic origins and cultural can live pretty much OK together... Wishful thinking isn't it ? ;)

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  6. Nice work. A fitting tribute.

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    1. It didn't take much time but it's a candle in the dark at least.
      Thanks.

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  7. Nicely done, both in brushwork and sentiment.

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  8. I don't normally go for these sort of symbols of solidarity, not that I disagree with them but perhaps my British inhibition prevents me. I think maybe I will paint up a squad mate for him though perhaps heavy weapons specialist Naḵwa. It won't be nearly as good as Sgt.Pride though.

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    1. Stiff upper lip heh ? ;)
      Let the brushes talk then. A fair few people have already started cintributing so having you along us would be very nice.

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  9. Beautifully painted, well said, and as a human being who owns himself I appreciate the anti fascist statement.

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    1. Cheers, it's sometimes weird how stating the obvious is important !

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  10. Excellent idea! Especially since I chose Rainbow Warriors as my chapter when I first saw them on the side of the old RTB-01 box, back when they were associated more with Greenpeace than LGBTQ rights - which I also support fully.

    Really good work on the helmet. Much better than mine came out.

    Keep fighting the good fight!

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    1. Thanks a lot !
      I honestly wouldn't even start stating which fights are good or not but some seem right to me and even then, I'm a white male living in France with a job and a wage to feed my kids so what do I know about fighting and struggling... ^^'
      Glad to find like minded folks along the way though !

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  11. Une excellente initiative, vraiment. Et bien réussi aussi, le casque est un succès (and its all about the helmet with these guys!) Le genre de Chapter qui fait tellement Old School et RT, et s'éloigne tellement du nouveau ultra sérieux "Grim Dark" de GW.

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    1. C'est vrai que pour le coup, c'est un chapitre qui fait bien de son temps !
      Merci à toi !

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  12. Very nice, great idea. Indeed, a small candle in the dark.

    "this maRine kills fascists" is a terrrific slogan I'll steal for my renegade marines. :D

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    1. This marine kills sounds even better I reckon !
      Cheers !

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  13. Bravo for this idea. I hope to be adding my own Rainbow Warrior to the Oldhammer fb page later this week in tribute to the LGBT community and the tragic events in Orlando.

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  14. Great sentiment!! Great painting...the helm looks outstanding. Very well done!!

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    1. Cheers, the rainbow was all nice and neat until I went a bit crazy on teh weathering, glad it still does the job !

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  15. It would never have occurred to me in a million years to have a flick through RT for inspiration if I wanted to show solidarity with the LGBTQ community. Your a lot more resourceful when it comes to creativity than me Jean-Baptiste that's for sure :)

    I'll be stealing some of your pics for reference when I eventually get around to painting up my Space Wolves too. I'm gunna weather them up kinda the same I think.

    Cheers bud :)

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    1. Thanks mate. The rainbow association was pretty évident I have to Say, after That it was Just replicating the colour scheme.
      Rtb01's can use a bit of weathering given the soft edges, a bit of blacklining too.
      Looking forward to your marines. ;)

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    2. I just noticed something, did you drill out the backpack vents?

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    3. You bet I did ! I'm a bit anal about that, guns, vents, I drill them whenever I can otherwise I don't feel alright !

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    4. It looks JB! I always drill out the barrels, but I've never thought of doing the vents. I might give it a try though.

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    5. (grabbing you by the collar) You have to ! How can they breathe otherwise ?!?

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  16. That's a great way of coping with an awful event. Cheers, JB.
    (And I always love seeing a sprue marine come to life).

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    1. Cheers Matthew, RTB01s are always dutyful it seems ! ;)

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  17. An excellent response to something truly awful. Bravo.

    W

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  18. A wonderful, classic miniature, painted with a good heart and compassion, which sadly is much needed in greater quantities at this moment of time.

    Well done.

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    1. There's some good will around, just needs a little digging !
      Cheers !

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  19. I'm slow, and behind, but I may even be collecting a small Rainbow Warriors force as a result of this.

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    1. You can't be late, I'm th eone who painted a model released 25 years ago ! ;)
      I'd like seeing where you go with them so I'll keep a special eye for this on your blog.

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    2. Just promise you won't hold your breath. There's a few things ahead of this in the queue... ;)

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    3. I've been following (and enjoying) your blog for some time, I know ;)

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