Monday, 20 May 2019

"The Space Marines Are Humanity's Finest Warriors."

"The Adeptus Astartes are genetically modified superhuman warrior-monks
This 28mm scale plastic model of an Adeptus Astartes was produced by “Games Workshop” way back in 1988, and could be created from the numerous parts found within the (original) RTB-01 Imperial Space Marines boxed set. Produced by Jes Goodwin, Aly Morrison and Bob Naismith, this particular iconic miniature has been assembled so as to carry a missile launcher, and was originally going to join my recently completed Black Templar tactical squad as an additional heavy weapons option.

However, having dusted the old sculpt down and determined just how disconcertingly thick its "Citadel" Chaos Black undercoat was, I felt it would probably better serve the Emperor as a bronze statue placed atop a square-shaped resin plinth sold by "Telfer Model Design". Resultantly, the miniature was treated to a double layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, before being treated to two coats of Brass.
Interceptor Justicar WIPs - The Grey Knight has been primed, shaded and dry-brushed
The Mk VI Corvus suited Space Marine was then heavily washed with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and heavily dry-brushed using (more) "Vallejo" Brass. Later I applied some generous dabs of the "Citadel" Technical paint Nihilakh Oxide to the vast majority of the figure's numerous nooks and crannies, such as his riveted shoulder-pad, in order to denote the statue's great age, and subsequently blended this in with a second dry-brush of "Vallejo" Brass.

The model's plinth was initially pigmented using a few applications of "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey, and then enthusiastically shaded with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Finally, the detail in the stonework was 'highlighted' courtesy of a "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey dry-brush.
Wrath-axe WIPs - The Judgement of Khorne has had its flames finally finished
Sticking with the futuristic universe of "Warhammer 40K", I have made some progress on the leader of my Grey Knight Interceptor unit. The Justicar has had a couple of additional adornments glued in place, and then been primed, washed and dry-brushed in line with his silver-coloured brethren.

Lastly, I have almost completed the last of my Judgements of Khorne for "Age Of Sigmar", the formidable Wrath-axe. This multi-part plastic model was unfortunately super-glued together before I realised just how difficult it was going to be to get my paint-brush to reach into certain areas of the ensemble. However, having rethought my palette for the "supernatural blade that cleaves through enemy units" I believe it should still look rather imposing as part of my Blades of Khorne warhost...

14 comments:

  1. Nice work all round Simon< I love the idea of recycling the classic space marine into a statue, and he looks fantastic to boot. those Judgment's of Khorne things are odd things aren't they, though you've painted them up really nicely in my opinion.

    I also love those "Toon" miniatures (I know this was last post but by the time I've got to comment you're onto the next post!) :-)

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks very much indeed, Roger :-) I was a bit gutted that I couldn't use the Missile Launcher for my current Space Marine force. But the statue is definitely the next best thing, plus he'll probably see more tabletop time that way too!!

      The Judgements of Khorne have been an absolute blast, but as you say, they are indeed "odd things". I'll certainly need a break from Endless Spells for a while after the Wrath-axe is finished.

      I love "Toon Realms" - its definitely the surprise manufacturer of 2019 for me by a long way, and I have many more to come over the next few months :-)

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  2. Nice idea with the statue it turned out great.

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  3. The statue is very good and I really like the Grey Knight. I have never seen the Wrath Axe before, it wasn't around last time I played. It seems a bit `Loony-toons' cartoons to me, that or backdoor way of getting magic into a Khorne force. That said you are doing your usual sterling job.

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    1. Thanks very much Phil. I think "backdoor way of getting magic into a Khorne force" is a very apt description of the Judgements of Khorne, tbh. And they're certainly no different to the other Endless Spells I've seen either. I do think they should look pretty darn good on the tabletop though once finished... they've certainly taken enough effort ;-)

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    1. Cheers Michal. The statue seems to have gone down very well :-)

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  5. Eye candy across the board Simon, and I said before that the statue idea was terrific - well, you've done a cracking job of turning the idea into reality :-)

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    1. Cheers Greg. That is very much appreciated :-)

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  6. A very interesting way to paint flames, it makes them look a bit supernatural.

    Lovely work on these metalics, you really nailed these models.

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    1. Thanks Wouter. The flames look a lot more yellow/reddish to the naked eye, so hopefully will pop more in the photos once varnished. I'm a big fan of the Grey Knights, so hope to get them on the tabletop soon... ish ;-)

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