Now on instagram…

Instagram link

I’ve finally taken the plunge, and signed up for Instagram. I expect it will be a slow and painful learning experience, as I’m definitely not the greatest fan of social media, but I’m there now, and will be playing around with it a bit, so please stop by and check it out! You can find it here:

https://www.instagram.com/duncanmhamilton/

‘Long overdue’ is one of my most used phrases on this website, and this update post definitely falls into that category. It’s been a pretty crazy year with all the lockdowns. Lockdown and working from home didn’t change my ordinary work practise much – this is how it is for me most of the time! The good news is that I’ve been reasonably productive and have some new work at advanced stages.

The main update on work is my next fantasy trilogy, the series title for which is ‘Blood of Kings’, will be out in the new year. I hope to have some news to share in that regard in the next few days!

The eagle eyed among you will have noticed a link in the menu bar above taking you to a sci-fi site under the cunningly opaque pen name ‘D.M. Hamilton’. To remove any possibility of doubt, that’s the variation I’m going to release the sci-fi work I’ve been playing around with for some time now. Fantasy will always be my main stay, but I love reading sci-fi, so love writing it too. It’ll be very much in the style of my fantasy novels, but set in space, with all that this entails! I’ve had a lot of fun writing these stories, so I hope you will enjoy them when they finally make it to release!

I hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy!

Space Marines – The Next Generation! Crimson Fists.

With lockdown easing, it’s time to get back to something we haven’t seen here for a while – badly painted Space Marines! Having finished the previous box up, this time they’re the new generation models, starting with an easy build one I got with a painting guide.

This space marine is painted in the livery of the Crimson Fists. I particularly like the colour scheme for this chapter of marines. I’d been playing around with the GW approach of edge highlighting a bit in the previous batch of old school marines, and wanted to follow that approach completely here. I was pretty surprised and pleased with the end result.

On to the photos:

Space Marine - Crimson Fist 1
Space Marine - Crimson Fist 2
Space Marine - Crimson Fist 3
Space Marine - Crimson Fist 4

I’m not sure why clicking on the images doesn’t allow them to be enlarged any more, but I’ll look into it and hopefully get that fixed for my next post.

Overall, I’m really happy with the way this turned out, and am going to apply myself to this method for the next few models in the regular box of this guys that I got. In the interests of full disclosure, I painted this before lockdown, so don’t remember any of the issues I might have had while painting it (it’s been 3 months – I’m lucky if I can remember what I did 3 minutes ago…).

Looking it over, I’m impressed by how quick this approach is (mainly in removing the time I spend agonising over where to place the highlights…), and how effective it looks. I think it’s definitely one worth practising and having in your toolkit of techniques. It involves 6 steps in its basic form:

  1. Laying down a base colour.
  2. Shading the recesses with a carefully applied wash.
  3. Painting in any details like symbols, equipment etc.
  4. Touching up the base layer for any mess made shading or detailing.
  5. A thicker mid shade edge highlight over all the edges.
  6. A thinner light shade edge highlight over the upper/light catching edges.

I also started using decals here, something I’ve never had much success with before. With the help of some youtube videos and a bottle of micro-set, I actually managed to get it on, pretty contoured to the surface, and not torn anywhere. Still far from perfect, but this is the best result I’ve had with a should pad transfer to date, so I’m hopeful I can get better again with the next one.

Next week will have a post-lockdown painted Space Wolf, and sadly 3 months away from the painting table have taken their toll. Hand steadiness and ability to be neat has definitely declined, but hopefully that’ll come back to its usually high (cough) standard quickly!

Cover reveal for Dragonslayer

Today is cover reveal day for my upcoming book, Dragonslayer, the fist part of my Dragonslayer trilogy! Without further ado, here it is:

I’m really pleased with how it turned out, so I hope you like it to! The official cover reveal page can be found over on the Tor website, which you can take a look at here.

Dragonslayer will be coming out in the summer of next year!

Society of the Sword nominated!

It’s definitely been too long since I last posted an update – apologies! My only excuse is that I’ve been incredibly busy working on the three Dragonslayer books with Tor. They’re still on schedule for publication next year!

The news of the day is that the Society of the Sword audiobook has been nominated for a SOVAS award in the Best Voice Artist category, for Derek Perkins. I think he did an incredible job in narrating it. Win or lose, I think Derek brought a huge amount to the audio production, and the nomination is the least amount of recognition he deserves.

The awards are on 18 November, so I wish him the best of luck, and am sorry I won’t be able to make it to the ceremony myself!

I spy, with my little eye…

…something beginning with D!

I wasn’t expecting to see this when I went abrowsing on Amazon today… Dragonslayer is already up for preorder! I guess that’s the release date announcement taken care of!

I hope everyone’s well, and looking forward to the summer! (if you’re in the northern hemisphere… otherwise, I hope you had a nice summer!)

Some news…

Hey everyone, I hope the new year is going well for you!

Things have been pretty busy over here since Christmas, and there’s some news to announce in that regard.

I’ve just agreed to a 3 book deal with Tor. The first book in that trilogy, Dragonslayer, will be out early next year. Those of you who are current with my work will have seen a hint of dragons (indeed, a couple of people have mailed asking about that!). They’ll be appearing centre stage in this trilogy, with some new heroes to meet and locations to explore in my Middle Sea world. I’m really pleased with how the story has developed, and I hope those of you who’ve enjoyed my work to date will think it’s my best yet!

It’s a pretty exciting time, and there’s lots of work to be done, but I’ll do my best to keep my updates as regular as I can. Thanks again for all your interest and support!

Duncan

Wolf of the North 3 out now in audio!

I’m delighted to announce that The Blood Debt – Wolf of the North Book 3, is now available in audio. You can get your copy at:

Audible US

Audible UK

It’s also available via the regular Amazon product page. Once again, it’s narrated by the excellent Simon Vance, who has wrapped up the trilogy with another superb performance! I’m really pleased with how the audio version of the series has turned out, and I hope you all really enjoy this final part!

Wolf of the North 3 Out Today!

As the title says, the day is finally here – Wolf of the North 3, The Blood Debt – is out today.

You can get it at the following links:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

This marks the end of the Wolf of the North trilogy, which has been a pretty incredible experience for me to say the least. The support that readers have given me over the past year has been both overwhelming and humbling, and I appreciate that more than I can ever say. I only hope that I’m able to continue producing books that you enjoy reading, but rest assured I’ll be doing my very best!

Duncan

Wolf of the North Audio Nominated for a SOVA Award

It’s always a bit of a surprise to wake up to the news that something you’re involved in has made a list or is nominated for an award, but it’s always a nice one. In this instance, I can’t say I’m quite as surprised as usual, as Simon Vance did such a superb job narrating The Wolf of the North, for him to be nominated for Audiobook Narration – Fantasy, Best Voiceover for this book is very well deserved. Fingers crossed that he can take home the top spot!

You can see the full list of nominations here: http://sovas.org/2017-nominees/

Wolf of the North 3 – The Blood Debt out on 2 October

Wolf of the North 3 – The Blood Debt will be out on Monday 2 October. If everything goes to plan, the paperback will be out on the same day as the kindle version, which is a first for me! I really hope you all enjoy it! The audiobook will follow on a little later, and should be released in January 2018.