Afternoon all! Now my Imperial Fists have everything they need for their next tournament (finished early for once!), I’ve got some painting time to devote to things that are a bit less urgent. Like Reaver Titans! Since last time, I’ve finished all the ankle piston casings and the legs themselves. The ankle pistons have been done in the standard Army Painter Daemonic Yellow / Soft Tone Quick shade combo, with the armour edging finished in black. The legs have been sprayed black and drybrushed with Tin Bitz and Boltgun Metal. I’ve then sponged on a mix of black, brown and metal paints using a kitchen scourer to simulate damage and weathering (Thanks Ben!). It’s a really quick way of building up some depth. I then sponged on some of Vallejo’s Natural Steel onto the armour edges to show where dirt and damage and been naturally worn away to reveal clean metal underneath, which also gives some highlights to it.
Next up is to mount the ankle piston casings on the legs via a multitude of pistons. Here they are, ready to spray!
I finally got the Contemptor Dreadnought painted up! He’s armed with two Kheres-Pattern Assault Cannons (which are obviously magnetised in case I ever need to change the weapon load!). I tried to pose him as though he’s steadying himself about to fire, preparing for the massive recoil. Not sure how successful I’ve been on that front, but I’m still fairly pleased with him. I’m particularly pleased with how the transfers came out. This was actually the test model for the Knight that I painted – where I applied the transfers and sealed them before applying Quickshade and matt varnish. As they came out totally matt, I went and did the Knight and neglected to finish this, until now.
I’ve also finished a Librarian to go with the same army. He’s carrying the Bumper Book of Imperial Fists – that’s how you know he’s a Librarian! Adding these chaps to my existing force (using the 40k Codex: Space Marines) gives me around 2000 points! Just right for attending a certain tournament…
I’m still painting Sons of Medusa Space Marines – here are the latest Tactical Marines.
I’m rather pleased with them, but they’re a little bit plain – they needed something a bit more special. Now as Space Marines descended from (okay, kicked out of) the Iron Hands, the Sons of Medusa are fully signed up to the ‘The Flesh is Weak’ credo. This is what gives them the 6+ Feel No Pain rule in the current 40K codex. Ideally they needed something to represent this on the models – obviously a lot of bionics would do the job! There are a few bionic bits on some of the plastic Space Marine sprues, and a couple of bits in Forgeworld’s Space Marine character bits pack, but this wasn’t really as wide a range as I would like. Enter the increasing number of third party groups producing GW compatible parts! I’ve never used any of these firms before, so wasn’t sure where to start. I posted a request for advice to the wide range of modellers at Bristol Vanguard and HATE and they recommended me some firms, including Anvil Industries, Maximini and PuppetsWar. There was lots of good stuff out there, but the Anvil Bionics just edged it for me because of the wide variety of parts I could order, including alternate arm sets, Terminator arm sets, fully poseable legs, bionic faces and some helmet crests just because they seemed cool! The first chaps I’ve built are shown below, and the Anvil parts fit perfectly onto the plastic Space Marines. The poseable arms and legs look fiddly, but are actually very easy to fit. I’ll post more pictures once they’re painted!
Of course I couldn’t resist buying the Imperial Knight when it came out. It’s everything I love about 40k – great looking models, the anachronisms – medieval knights in giant robot battlesuits! – and a cool centrepiece for my army.
Now, I like my armies to look unified, and as anyone that knows me will tell you, I have a lot of Imperial Fists. So House Hawkshroud it was! I decided to the same colour scheme as my pre-Heresy Imperial Fists, using the same techniques described here and here. GW has obviously put a lot of thought into the kit, which makes the job of painting it much easier than it first appears. All the armour plates are separate components from the endoskeleton, with very little crossover between the two sections. This means that I can spray all the armour yellow and the endoskeleton black, saving me lots of time, and providing lots of contrast! The kit also fits together beautifully – every joint is a nice clean fit and the ball and socket joint at the waist is a slight interference fit, meaning you can place them together without gluing, enabling easier transportation.
Once I’d assembled and sprayed everything, but before applying Army Painter’s Soft Tone, I put the transfers on. The Knight kit comes with a large transfer sheet, and I have to say, they’re the best transfers I’ve ever used. They fit perfectly around the armour edges and they’re not very glossy. You get a huge variety on the sheet as well. Once these were on, I added a coat of matt varnish from a pot to seal them in, preventing the Soft Tone or Matt Spray varnish from peeling them off. I then highlighted and detailed everything as normal.
In the game, it’s a lot of fun – as you would expect from a giant robot. I think GW has done a pretty good job on the rules as it feels fairly costed in the games of 1750 I’ve been using it in. It is good, but it regularly gets blown to pieces. However, if using an army of Knights, players need to be properly equipped to deal with them, and most armies simply aren’t yet, leading to very one sided games. I’ve only used it in 6th edition so far and it”ll be interesting to see what happens with 7th. The Destroyer weapon Chainsword has been toned down somewhat, but the modified vehicle damage table means that it’ll be a bit tougher. I’ll keep gaming with it and find out!
Afternoon all! This update is a little later than I planned (aren’t they all), but here are some more Sons of Medusa Sternguard to accompany my earlier one here. As I said in the previous post, I’ve been using them in some Kill Team, where despite their high points cost, they’ve turned out to be excellent. This is largely due to the fact of their special issue ammunition. This is pretty good in regular 40k, but in Kill Team the fact that all models operate as individuals operate singly means that you can optimise every single model’s shooting. Models at long range can use Kraken rounds (and they’re very good if you’re just over 12″ too to get two shots!), whilst models at shorter ranges can use Vengeance or Hellfire. Even Dragonfire is useful against certain enemies. In addition, being able to give three models in the force special skills works really well with these ammunition types. In particular ‘Ignore Cover’ and ‘Preferred Enemy’ work very well with the AP3 Vengeance rounds!
Anyway, on with the models! these are all regular Sternguard, so no additional equipment on them. I added a bionic face from the Tactical sprue to one of them – I’m sure part of his face wound being weak and had to be cut out. I’m also painting them with Clan Atropos markings, as per the Forgeworld Badab part 2 book. There’s some cool background and a heavily bionic character to go with them if I feel like expanding them.
Speaking of expanding, I’m assembled a character model to go with these chaps…
Just a quick update today – I’ve been away on honeymoon, which is why I’ve not posted for a while. But now I’m back and back painting! Our local group of players have started playing Kill Team recently and this seemed like an ideal opportunity to paint some new models without making a big commitment. I was keen to give the Iron Hands chapter Tactics a go, but I feel the colour scheme isn’t that exciting. However, The Sons of Medusa look much cooler! With my 200 point budget I’m taking a 5-man squad of Sternguard with a 5-man Tactical Squad with a Heavy Bolter. The first of the Sternguard is below! It’s a bit of a departure from the spray-and-dip Imperial Fists and World Eaters I’ve been doing recently. I was keen to go back to doing some neater models – what do you think?
Not a huge amount to report this week, but people have been asking how the Reaver Titan is going and the answer is: well, slowly. It’s a big model! But individual pieces are coming along nicely. I’ve finished a few of the armour plates and the rear centre of the body, as seen below.
In other news, the tournament season will be starting properly soon and I’d like to get my 40k Imperial Fists up to scratch. After many army planning conversations with Will Foxton, I have been convinced by him that Honour Guard make a good accompaniment for Chapter Masters, so I’m building and painting a squad right now. The first two are below. As you can see, they use a lot of Black Templar parts, but I don’t think that’s inappropriate!
- A combined Eldar / Dark Eldar force led by the BARON and a Farseer (they thought they were pretty cunning with their 2+ re-rollable cover saves – they didn’t reckon on the Thunderfire Cannon!) both of whom were shelled to pieces.
- A Space Marine force that included a Stormwing formation (a Stormraven and two Storm Talons) and Inquisitor Coteaz hanging around with them. The Thunderfire and the Chapter Master plus his hammer dealt with Coteaz’ goons, whilst the massed AA fire ruined the Stormwing. The Marines in Rhinos rushed the objectives, winning the game. Hurrah!
- An Imperial Guard force featuring three Vendettas and led by Inquisitor Coteaz (again – he gets around!). It also had a Land Raider Crusader filled with Death Cult Assassins, which was greatly worrying to us until the Chapter Master called in an orbital strike from his orbiting spaceship. One pile of scrap later, the Thunderfire cannon finished off the Assassins that survived the wreck, whilst a second inquisitor was airstriked by the Stormraven. Once we had also shot down the Vendettas, it was just a matter of cleaning up (which included killing a variety of space monkeys).
- A combined Tau/Eldar force, featuring a Firebase formation (a shockingly good unit that requires you to take six Broadsides and a Riptide that, for no extra points, gets Preferred Enemy: Space Marines and Tank Hunters! Space Marines also get Hatred against them, but that requires your opponent to tell you about it… I certainly hated them). They also fielded the new Forgeworld Riptide variant. If the Chapter Master had made it into combat, we could probably have made it, but losing him to overwatch was a disaster we couldn’t recover from.
- A Daemon/Chaos Space Marine army with two Heldrakes (boo!) and the Grimoire of True Names. Now, the Grimoire is designed to boost a Daemon unit’s invulnerable save by two points to make them a bit more survivable. I imagine the designers thinking it would be useful for units on objectives, say. I can’t imagine they thought applying it to the devastating Heldrake would be a good idea! Flying monsters with AP3 flamers and 3+ invulnerable saves. It’s pretty much all you need to know.
As per my previous blog post, I’m taking my pre-Heresy Imperial Fists to the Doubles tournament at Warhammer World in January. I’m making good progress on these chaps – here’s the latest, a Rhino for one of my Tactical squads to ride around in.
It now has a lovely yellow paint job, complete with legion badges. Except for the giant aerial identification marking on the top hatch, they’re all transfers that have been painted over, highlighted and weathered. I find that they save a lot of time and once they’ve been painted over, you can’t really tell that they’re transfers. The giant fist marking on the top hatch was sketched out based on a 3:1 size increase over one of the tank transfers. It was then blocked in, highlighted and weathered. I’m quite pleased with the results and I think it goes nicely with the Predator I did previously!