|"The Addans were themselves all Marcher Barons..."|
This trio of 15mm metal miniatures come from the "The Ion Age" Code IAF022 Muster First Patrol and are some of the last remaining models of an order I originally picked up at "Salute 2014". The soldiers are actually designed to be used with the company’s “Patrol Angis” rule-set, but I’ve based them together in order to form an infantry unit for a home-made set of rules loosely based within the early “Rogue Trader” era of the “Warhammer 40,000” Universe.
All three figures were resultantly primed with two layers of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and washed with “Citadel” Nuln Oil in order to try and duplicate the palette of the Imperial Guard way back when "Games Workshop" first released their '"hard plastic" boxed set in January 1989. I then applied some watered-down "Vallejo" Black to their body armour, shoulder-pads, boots and weapons, whilst 'picking out' their capbadges with a combination of Heavy Red and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson.
|Nox WIPs - The Shia Khan EMpire elite troops have been shaded and had their base layers painted|
The troopers' bare hands were painted using some “Vallejo” Heavy Skintone and subsequently shaded with “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade. I also applied a double coat of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna to their backpacks and any waist-baggage before treating these areas to a healthy dose of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. Finally, I applied a base layer of “Citadel” Ironbreaker to their Moth Type 6 Rifles and heavily washed them in Nuln Oil so as to dull the metallic paint down somewhat.
Sticking with my quite considerable backlog of miniatures from "The Ion Age" range, I have managed to make some more progress on some of the numerous Nox figures I own. Despite being sculpted to represent the elite troops of the Shia Khan Empire in "Patrol Angis", I have been painting these demonic-looking warriors as if they were heavily-armed Bloodletters recently escaped from the Eye of Terror.
|US Lunar Force Rocket Sled WIP - The metal model has had its underbelly primed and washed|
I've a fair few of these models from Code AIAF001 to pigment "Vallejo" Heavy Red and then thoroughly immerse in "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson. However, I shouldn't get particularly demotivated by working on a horde of similarly-posed sculpts as I have since discovered that I also own some of the more recently released Nox figures armed with both Janus Blastguns and Jupiter Plasma Rifles, so I can always add some of these into my queue to mix my Khanate Army schedule up a bit...
Lastly, I've also been busy basing some of the models found within the US Lunar Marines Starter Force by "Ground Zero Games", such as a fantastic multi-piece US Lunar Force Rocket Sled. This vehicle actually comes with enough rear seating for an additional six astronauts and initially I had planned to purchase said space explorers from the Essex-based company at "Warfare" in Reading. Fortunately though, having rummaged through the starter set's cardboard again, I have discovered that I already own enough of the "Moongrunt" travellers to fill my flyer to capacity.