Modeling update 22/7/18

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More progress made with the Vale of Legions painting pledge – this time bases!  I’ve decided to try and push the boat out a bit and go for something a little bit more ambitious than the usual ‘generic rubble’ bases that I have done on pretty much everything in the past. I have seen a lot of people manage great results when going for a ’tile floor’ style base (either semi-ruined or not) and so I was keen to have a go myself.  However, having not done it before and forgoing the usual trawling for online tutorials, I blundered blindly into the fray and just sort of made it up as I went along!

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Painting Update 18/7/18

 

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I have made a start on the 30k Alpha Legion for this months Vale of Legions pledge, which will be 10 tactical marines from one of the 20 man blobs in my list.  All are armed with bolters which will keep it nice and simple, although I have decided to break the habit of a lifetime and actually add on all the little extras that come with the marine models – grenades, pouches, the big ass combat blades, etc.  In 40k I have normally favoured the stripped down approach of minimal adornment, but the 30k models seem to lend themselves better to having all that stuff stuck on.

However, my biggest challenge so far has been deciding what colour scheme to go for.  I am not a fan of the metallic turquois that seems to be the standard approach for Alpha Legion.  Instead I am trying to go for something a little more blue and not quite so shiny but still metallic (like the above image).  And so, for the first time ever I have displayed a rare streak of diligence and invested a bit of time in some test models!
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Painting Update 4/7/2018

 

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With the build of the Ravenwing and 5th Company almost complete (baring the numerous HQ options that is…) I decided to move on to the Deathwing.  However, on starting to build the terminator veterans I realized that I am probably not going to want to build them all first before beginning painting en-mass, as there are lots of details in behind arms, guns,shields, etc, that I am just not going to be able to access once they are glued in place.  So it is back to the old ways with these chaps – build and paint one unit at a time.  Behold the first of the first company (with many MANY more to come…)!

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‘A Vale of Legions’ Hobby Challenge

 

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As the end of the 2017-18 hobby season approaches, I have started to make some real inroads into my build targets and, to a lesser extent, my painting targets.  However, one small item on the list has been gnawing at my conscience ever sine I wrote it, but I just haven’t had the energy or indeed the confidence to begin it. That small item was one simple line on the list, yet in truth it is a pretty massive undertaking.  That line?

‘Betrayal at Calth boxed sets’, or ‘how I wanted to get into Horus Heresy’.

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PART 4.3: The Artemis Hive Campaign

MISSION 4.3: ‘Undeniable’

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Mission Setup:
The Ultramarines’ drive on, slicing through the defences with grim determination and methodical devastation. Bolter shells chatter and promethium flames flare, answered by the whistle of guided missiles and the sharp crack of pulse rounds. The human defenders continue to fall, like cattle they are butchered in the streets now slick with blood and gore. Almost all human resistance has collapsed, with units throwing down their arms before the advancing marines, begging for forgiveness. The more wary run away and attempt to hide, and wisely so as the Ultramarines meat out the Emperors justice on those they find cowering before them.

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PART 4.2: The Artemis Hive Campaign

MISSION 4.2: Unrelenting

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Mission Setup:
While the battle of the bunkers rages on, the Ultramarines spearhead drives on deeper and deeper into the network of defence lines, butchering and burning as they go. While the Tau put up an organized, efficient defense, their human comrades are melting like ice under the midday sun. Units throw themselves at the Ultramarines feet, begging for forgiveness and mercy, but receive none.

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