The Future’s Bright…

So it’s been a little while since I posted (again). In the meantime we’ve had the gorgeous Thousand Sons Chaos Space Marines plastics released. It would have been rude not to have picked myself up a box to try them out.

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So, a couple of weeks and one box of Rubric Marines later, and I’ve got the gold on an entire squad done. “Is that all?” I hear you say. Well yes. But then I’m also using Duncan’s method from Warhammer TV and done the gold to the exclusion of everything else. On the entire squad. So cut me a little slack!

Over to our left we have Dust Bunny #1 (or 9, how can you tell the difference?). Basecoat Retributor Gold, wash with Agrax Earthshade. Drybrush with Sigmarite along the edges and raised areas, and finally highlight the edges with Stormhost Silver.

Next up will be painting the blue. That’s intended to be Thousand Sons Blue as a base, wash with Nuln Oil, add a second coat of TS Blue, highlight with Ahriman Blue and then maybe an edge highlight with Baharroth Blue. The aim is to have the blue done by New Years, with the detailing finished by the middle of January.

Yes, I know glaciers advance at a faster rate, but this is me we’re talking about. I mean come on!

All that remains is for me to wish any readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’ll see you all in 2017 (if not a little sooner).

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Oh no Rhino!

Just a short post to show the state of my Rhino after 4 coats of Angron Red applied  with a bristle brush. Definitely going to need stripping and re-applying with an airbrush – it looks worse in real life 😔

Better Late than Never

So, 6.5 months after my last post I’m back, and I’ve actually finished a squad of Thousand Sons legionaries. That’s the first full squad of anything I’ve painted in about 10 years.

So, without further ado, the first 10 Tactical Marines of Magnus’ little family *cue drum roll*

My OCD is telling me I need to do better next time. I want to make the golds pop a bit better, and the red needs some silver highlighting on the edges, plus I need to put the tactical squad markings on the right shoulder, but still, it’s a start.

Next up will a Volkite Caliver equipped Tactical Support Squad. The Heresy era rhino they’ll ride in is assembled and basecoated, but I need an airbrush to layer the Angron Red on it – bristle brushes don’t cut it without making an ungodly mess.

Stay tuned!

“When the dog bites! When the bees sting! When I’m feeling bad”

Ok, it’s obvious to anyone that this blog hasn’t been updated for a bit. I’m currently enduring what Winston Churchill called his “Black Dog days”…and the dog’s biting of late (clinical depression for anyone not familiar with Churchill’s mental health battle).

I managed to get a little bit of work done on my tactical squads a week or two ago (picking out details in white and some of the gold), but I’ve mostly hit a wall with my head (not literally, although that might have a better effect).

This is the problem with trying to do hobby when your head is falling into pieces around you.

They say a change is as good as a rest, so when I get back home I’ll look at assembling my contemptor, and also starting work on my Legion Praevian (I want a Legio Cybernetica detachment with my Sons at some point), see if that helps.

TTFN, hope to have better news next week!

Incoming!

Two weeks at my parents have meant that I’ve done precious little hobby work (seeing Deadpool doesn’t count). So the Sons of Magnus are no further forward painting wise than they were a fortnight ago.

But I haven’t been completely idle. Instead I’ve managed to get a few bits together to provide reinforcements for the Sons. First up is this chap:

 

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An (as yet) unnamed Contemptor Dreadnought for the Fifteenth Legion, equipped with Contemptor Power Fist CCW, Conversion Beamer and Twin Linked Bolters. The first Contemptor in my planned Talon, he’ll do until the Thousand Sons Legion Contemptor chassis is released later in the year.

I’ve also bought another Betrayal at Calth Veteran Tactical Squad. Combined with my existing Thousand Sons heads and torsos that should give me 7 more marines that I can use to start my Tactical Support Squad with Volkite Culverins. This unit will also have a Deimos Pattern Rhino to ferry it around (seeing as Culverins are Heavy Weapons). Again, I have all the bits for this lot, but they need preparing and assembling. I’ll also have three marines left over after. I’ll either keep them in the bitz box for when I get another set of TS upgrade sets and add them to the Support Squad, or I’ll play around with them for a Blackshields force (Tempted to do a loyalist detachment from the first traitor legions – Vive la Luna Wolves, Dusk Raiders and War Hounds!)

The last piece of the puzzle for the time being is a backpack for Orthraxes. I ummed and aahhed over what to go for. A normal backpack? Too dull for a senior legion officer. An eagle-headed pack from the 40K SM Commander box? Too aquiline. Then I turned attention to the Dark Angels and their character backpacks. Although Azrael was an early front runner, I eventually came down in favour of the plastic Interrogator-Chaplain. His pack can be seen here:

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Ornate Skull vents? Check. Wafting Incense burner on top? Check. Reliquary type closing? Check. Annoying Dark Angel Chapter Symbol to be delicately filed off? Check. So I blew £18 on the Interrogator-Chaplain just to get a backpack. Yes, I know. I need psychiatric help. Maybe I can recoup some of the money by flogging Mr Crozius Power Fist (stupid combination) on eBay or something.

Hopefully the next blog entry will be less dithering by me and more painting of models!

Professor XV and his XV Men

Although my painting has been a little slower than I liked (and will go in hiatus for the next fortnight), I haven’t completely given up on the hobby front.

I’ve got two tactical squads being painted (giving me my two compulsory Troops choices), but I’m also going to need a HQ choice.

Enter this chap:
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Azashah “The Unschooled” Orthraxes; Prosperine Legate to Terra, Tribune Senioris of the Corvidae.

In game terms he’s a Librarian Consul equipped with Artificer Armour and a Force Weapon. He’s mostly made from the 40K Space Marine Sternguard and Grey Knight kits, with a staff topped by a WFB Empire Wizard finial.

There’s one major problem with using the Sternguard kit – there are several Imperial Aquilae on the armour. Hence why I’ve given him a background as being a Legion representative on Terra before Nikaea (well, if Garro can have Aquilae why can’t I?).

Until yesterday I was stuck for inspiration on what shoulderpads to give him. When I saw the Achaen Pattern shoulders I knew immediately they were what I would use.
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It’s not very clear from this photo, but these shoulderpads have a slightly more ornate trim around the edges, reminiscent of the post-Heresy Chaos Space Marine Thousand Sons.

Orthraxes isn’t going to be painted anytine soon I have to admit, but that’s fine as it gives time for the Achaen Pattern shoulders to be released.

PS: My next post won’t be for a week or two. Hopefully I’ll have something to update the blog with by then.

Forgeworld: Where bank balances go to die

Day 2 of the Horus Heresy Weekender was light on Thousand Sons pictures, but we did get some info on Book VII: Inferno.

According to most sources (and I’m drawing primarily on Battle Bunnies here), Inferno will see Sons, Wolves, Custodes, Sisters of Silence, Legio Cybernetica, Arkhadian Mechanicum and Prospero Spireguard.

That sound you just heard was my debit card expiring from despair.

No word on what the Achaen Pattern armour is about, but it was apparently stated that the Sons wouldn’t go in for attritional warfare – there would be fewer of them and they will have options to psyker-ise them. Hooray!

The Forgeworld of Arkhadia is a Sons-allied Mechanicum stronghold that worked with Magnus. Psychic weaponry anyone?

Finally, the Prospero Spireguard. These are the nomal human PDF/Imperial Army regiments raised on Prospero that serve alongside the Astartes of the XVth Legion.

The one glimmer of hope for my bank balance is that although the Spireguard will get rules, they may not get models – instead being like the Solar Auxilia. Not sure whether that makes me feel good or bad (my wallet is certainly recovering from its earlier coronary). 

Book VII should be out by the end of 2016; presumably we’ll see some of the models in the second half of this year as well. Fingers crossed!

Just Take My Money Forgeworld!

AKA: Do you accept kidneys as payment in kind?

This post was meant to be “All that Glisters…” but my painting schedule’s been knocked behind (duvet day) and the interwebs are full of Horus Heresy-related resin rectitude

This weekend is the Horus Heresy Weekender where Forgeworld is coming up with yet more ways to lighten my wallet. Although there’s a lot of good stuff for HH armies being shown off (Mastodon, Stormbird, Mechanicum etc) it’ll come as no surprise that I’ve been eagerly devouring any Thousand Sons related information.

Up first, we have the XVth Legion Contemptor chassis (credit to @imperial_truth on twitter):

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Despite being nicknamed “Dreadnought Bunny Ears” on balance I like it. The lighting could be better (it looks like a metallic red paint scheme but difficult to tell). I doubt I’ll use the white edging on the shoulder pads and headdress. Although the weapon fit is spot on for my plans (Twin Linked Volkite Culverin and Dreadnought CCW) I plan for my Volkite weapons to have a blue or green glow on their power coils, which should make for a good spot colour, contrasting with the red and gold.

Although the Sons don’t appear to be in the first wave, FW are doing legion-specific shoulders for the Betrayal at Calth Cataphractii teminators. Also displayed were some new heads and shoulder pads for MkIV power armour – called “Thousand Sons Achaen Armour”. The heads aren’t radically different to the current upgrade packs, but the shoulder pads have more ornate rims and also have a right hand shoulder with a scarab design. The Achaen shoulders seem to be the perfect fit for something I’d been pondering the past week…stay tuned for an update on that!

Painting the Town Red pt 2

(AKA: Sixty Shades of Red)

Sorry for the lack of updates in the last week. The delay was caused by the sheer mind numbing thought of having to paint the equivalent of 60 models in Angron Red. Yes, SIXTY!

But Stuart, I hear you say, you’re only painting a couple of 10-man Tactical Squads. Which is true. But I have to paint each model with three layers of Angron Red to get the scarlet hue I want. And although it’s the best way to paint Angron Red, and one of the most efficient ways of panting full stop, I abhor batch painting. So it’s taken me a while to work myself up to it. Anyone who’s ploughed through the dolorous torment of E.L. James’ magnum opus will understand my reference to the Sixty Shades of Red above

Anyhow, enough griping. All 20 models are now covered with three layers of Angron Red and I can start picking out detail. Below is a side by side shot of how the models look after 1, 2 and 3 coats of Angron Red – I think they come out quite well after the third coat:

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Next Up: All that Glisters…

Painting the Town Red

There are several different schemes for painting Pre-Heresy Thousand Sons. Having looked at various sources, including the Index Astartes and the Horus Heresy Card Game art, 2 points struck home:

Firstly, my Sons need to be distinct from the Blood Angels and Word Bearers Legions – the red used can’t be mistaken for either of those forces.

Secondly, the scheme needs to work with the classic 40KSons’ egyptian motif of copper/gold decoration – yes, I’m going to be focusing on a metallic edged scheme, rather than the red/white version

Enter the scheme I settled on, courtesy of those wonderful people at Forgeworld:

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The metallic red and gold scheme, with silvered edge highlights and some white detailing appeals to me – there’s no confusing these lads with the lectitio divinatus bashers of the XVIIth Legion or the emo-boys of the IXth Legion!

After scouring the internet for, oh, about 5 minutes, I found a chap who’d emailed Forgeworld to get the paint scheme details (Athrawes on Bolter & Chainsword – link here, it’s about 4/5 of the way down the page).

After a little adaptation I got the following GW paint scheme (note: I don’t have an airbrush so everything is with an old fashioned hand brush):

Metallic Red: Prime the models black; basecoat Leadbelcher (the new GW Leadbelcher spray can is great for this). Heavy highlight of Runefang Steel all over the model. Apply 3 smooth layers of Angron Red (it’s an airbrush paint, so no need to thin down) to the model. Shade recesses of model with Nuln Oil (not too much). Edge higlight with Runefang Steel.

Gold: Basecoat with Retributor Gold. Wash with Seraphim Sepia. Highlight with Auric Armour Gold and edge highlight with Runefang Steel.

White: Basecoat Celestra Grey. Layer with Ulthuan Grey and highlight white.

This gives us what a friend unkindly called “Mr Stark’s Mk42” (although to be fair I can see where he was coming from):

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Not a perfect match for Forgeworld’s opus, but the basic idea’s sound – I’ll refine it as I go along and update this post accordingly.