XIV Legion

A quick “state of play” update today. The Ultramarines have reached 90% completion with all 2500 points assembled and painted bar the Vorax. There are a few final weathering touches still to apply to the infantry, walkers and tanks which I’m purposefully leaving until after the MKA Painting event in June as it may change how I approach finishing the army. Plus it makes sense to apply any new skills I pick up. I will show the finished force here in detail after those last touches have been applied, so apologies to leave things hanging if you have been following my foray into 30K with the thirteenth legion, but I promise they will return in a couple of months in full ready for the Heresy Event weekend. Until then they have been mustered back into a figure case to make room in the cabinet for the next legion to go under the brush; Mortarion’s Death Guard. Oh yes, I have three Legions in plan to paint before the end of the year of which this will be the second, each 2500 points. Potentially four if Kev joins the throng as I said I’d paint his as well should he take the plunge. I digress, back to the Death Guard.

You will have seen the palette test I did a few weeks back and since then I’ve started cranking out the Tactical’s just as I did with the thirteenth to establish a core. Unlike the Ultramarines however I’m not holding back on the big guns and will flesh out a thematic foot-slogging force of heavy infantry augmented by artillery and line-breaking armour. That means Rapier quad mortars, Vindicators, Medusa and quite possibly a Lord of War. I’m thinking a Fellblade would fit the Death Guard theme nicely and really suit the heavily weathered palette. To counter-balance the template heavy siege guns I’ve deliberately held back on gifting dedicated transports, forcing them instead to rely on their legendary resiliency. The Prospero boxed set has furnished me with plenty of Mark III sprues so other than a few legion specific heads I’m good to go.

  You’ll notice I haven’t included a sergeant yet in the ten-man Tactical squad above and that’s because not having transports I’ll be filling them out to fourteen in each squad. I know along with not taking transports it’s not remotely optimal but it does really fit the theme and I’m primarily a narrative player first and foremost.

While I create the next batch of legionaries, I’ve cleaned up and assembled the three Quad Mortars and thought I would share a couple of quick tips while at it. Not counting the crew I construct Rapiers in three sub-assemblies; the chassis and primary weapon, the tracks and the gun mantlet. This lets me access all of the key parts of the model for ease of painting without leaving large amounts of post-painting assembly to do.

When putting the bottom track section onto the side pieces I first of all superglue the front link only and let this cure. I then heat the rest of the track with a hair-dryer so it becomes pliable at which point I attach the back so it is flush and shape the rest of the tracks around the wheels to fit better and create some natural looking ‘track sag’. As the resin cools again it will hold this shape. In reality it’s the top of the tracks as they follow the return wheels where they are more likely to sag but as this is not possible with the parts as sculpted I applied a little artistic licence.

The second quick tip is to apply a tiny strip of masking tape to the inside edge as shown prior to priming. This can stay in place throughout painting and is removed just before final assembly. Its function is to provide a paint-free surface for the superglue so you get a much better bond otherwise you are just gluing paint to paint. You will need to lightly sand down the respective section on the chassis part as well to remove any paint and primer but as this is unsighted once assembled it can be done at the end without needing to worry about damaging the rest of the model.

With that task out of the way I can now get on and paint them, which will be this weeks challenge. More to come as the Death Guard muster.

By |2017-09-13T09:38:15+00:00April 17th, 2017|Categories: Death Guard|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments


  1. audrey April 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed the painting progress you showed with the Ultra Marines. I like look of the Death Guard as well. I love your weathering so I have been paying attention to any details you give on that. I’m getting ready to work on some 30k Alpha Legion, though they will be used as chaos marines in Shadow War, and plan on weathering them a fair amount.

    • Carl Woodrow April 17, 2017 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      Cheers Audrey, I should be able to go into a lot more detail with the Death Guard as there’s nothing stopping me taking it to completion. It was just a bit unfortunate that a lot of the Ultramarines needed to be parked at final weathering step until after the MKA event in case I decide on basis of that to change my approach.
      DG on the other hand I know pretty much what I want so I’ll just crack on and describe each technique as it comes up.
      Be interested in how you approach weathering Alpha Legion as may be doing some of those for a friend and suspect they would require a slightly different method.

      • audrey April 24, 2017 at 4:04 pm - Reply

        I did some test weathering this past weekend for my Alpha Legion. First I’ll mention that I am painting the AL as early HH colors. I don’t care much for the metallic paint scheme and no blue to green fade. So I’m airbrushing vallejo model color Turquoise up to Light Turquoise. Then giving them a wash of Coelia Greenshade mix 50/50 with vallejo glaze. I was aiming for a mid tone shade with the turquoise. I knew the figure would get darker with weathering and such. But I also am not a fan of bright vibrant colors (Looking at you 90’s era GW).

        On my weathering test the lighter colors worked better. My favorite is a mix of burnt sienna oil paint with some Secret Weapon Orange Rust weathering powder. I tried burnt umber but it just did not show up well. I also played with grey oil paint mixed with SW Slate Grey powder. You could see it fine but I like the burnt sienna mix better and has more of the old warn beat up/rust look I am going for. I’ll throw in the caveat that this weekend was my first time trying oil paints for weathering. Plus I’ll mention that your posts about using Klear before weathering with oils pushed me to give it a try instead of using vallejo gloss varnish. Klear worked well in the airbrush. See your posts do influence others :).

        • Carl Woodrow April 24, 2017 at 10:01 pm - Reply

          Huzzah! Burnt Sienna is also nice and Paynes Grey, I tend to use them where I really want those rusty streaks rather than just grime. Oil is a great medium I find because it is very forgiving, far more so than acrylic washes but then again they both achieve different results, hence why I use both.

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