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Blackstone Objectives

Blackstone Objectives - something worth fighting over. So we are told.


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I have a little hobby today for you. In the form of Objectives. With all this talk of Blackstone, I thought it would be a good idea to make some fitting Blackstone Objectives. The idea was simple, get some bases, get some cheap craft style gems and glue them together.

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Bases – Blackstone Objectives

The bases I got from eBay. They are 32mm Resin Skull Bases and £3.50 for 10 (including postage) seemed like a good deal. I gave them a good wash in soapy water and based them in Steel Legion Drab.

32mm Skull Bases - Blackstone Objectives

32mm Skull Bases – Blackstone Objectives

At this point, I did not know which bases I was going to use. I have 10 bases and 10 stones but only needed 6.

Based in Steel Legion Drab - Blackstone Objectives

Based in Steel Legion Drab – Blackstone Objectives

The Skulls I did in Ushabti Bone and then Nuln Oil. Then another light layer of Ushabti Bone once the Nuln Oil had dried. I also placed Green Stuff on the bases and squashed it down with a stone. This was to give them something to stick to. I did not think they would stick well the to rough surface of the base. So far, so good. They are still on their bases and holding well. So this was a good call!

Green Stuff in place - Blackstone Objectives

Green Stuff in place – Blackstone Objectives

It is probably not clear but I clipped some of the skulls off the bases to ensure the stones would fit. If there was not enough room then usually clipping a skull was enough to open up enough room to then fit on a Blackstone. The very densely populated bases I did not use – for this project.

Nuln Oil in place - Blackstone Objectives

Nuln Oil in place – Blackstone Objectives

Finally, I added Agrellan Badland to the base. This was a mistake! I meant to use Agrellan Earth because that is what my Guardsmen are all based in. But it still works and looks good. So meh!

Agrellan Badland drying - Blackstone Objectives

Agrellan Badland drying – Blackstone Objectives

Agrellan Earth is lighter and gives more of a crack desert look, rather than cracked mud look.

Agrellan Earth Bases on Guardsmen

Agrellan Earth Bases on Guardsmen

The “Stones” – Blackstone Objectives

The stones are Glass Pebbles also from eBay, £2 for 10 including postage. I looked around for a while to find something more jagged and as cheap – but failed. A jagged stone would possibly look better – maybe just head to your garden? Or the park?

Stones and Skull Bases - Blackstone Objectives

Stones and Skull Bases – Blackstone Objectives

No prep here, just the Green Stuff to glue them on to. I added them to the base while the texture was still drying, just so it stuck to it a little bit. This was perhaps a mistake because I was not sure how I was going to denote the objective numbers. I ended up using a file and scratching them on. This would have been a lot easier and safer if I had done it before glueing the stones onto the bases.

Gem drying - Blackstone Objectives

Gem drying – Blackstone Objectives

All is now in place - Blackstone Objectives

All is now in place – Blackstone Objectives

Basing and Other Details

I think added some barbed wire to the bases and some grass tufts. The objective numbers I scratched on with a file and then painted with Ushabti Bone. The excess painted was wiped off to just leave it in all the scratches. While crude, its worked well.

Final Result - Blackstone Objectives

Final Result – Blackstone Objectives

Blackstone Objectives – Gallery

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