The tickets for the next Tarssis 4 Horus Heresy narrative event hosted by Geno Five Two have gone up and at time of writing 30 mins later there is one solitary space left. After missing the doubles event in February I was super keen to get back on the Tarssis trail and bring a whole new heresy force to the ongoing campaign. To the best of my knowledge I'm in and so it's locked down; my seventeenth Legion 'Word Bearers' now need to be stepped right up in the painting schedule. Between now and July I have a 3000 point list to design, assemble and fully paint including any 'extras' I may take along, for two days of frontline and zone mortalis narrative gaming [...]
I'm giving the Dreadnought a break in order to progress with the metal areas and subframe. In the meantime I'm dealing with the first batch of the Breacher shields and the thorny problem of how to make the runes stand out, but not stand out 'too' much at the same time. More experiments with metals but no clear colours this time. Yet!
Continuing the early sub-assembly stages on the Word Bearers Leviathan Dreadnought for the Horus Heresy. Commencing laying down the base metals on the joints and frame. Now available on YouTube. Summary to date: The Forgeworld Leviathan is fantastic kit for a painter simply because it is the Dreadnought with the largest flat surfaces which makes it ideal for bigger decals or marks, exactly what I want for the Word Bearers. That bulk however does make it fiddly to get at all of the details when fully assembled so I have started with a really stripped down sub-assembly, more than I would normally for a kit. This let me get the main sarcophagus and torso section painted with the head separate and then [...]
Kicking off season three with the early work on a Word Bearers Leviathan Dreadnought for the Horus Heresy. Experimentation with layering waterslide transfers under the clear coats and weathering to create a tinted effect and depth to the metallics. Now available on YouTube.
My final Ultramarines Tarssis list post, for now. The Killbots. These were the unit I left until the very end to do as they were for me the bit that would I hoped tie the list together visually, providing a spot of complementary colour and breaking up the sea of blue and gold. The orange of the chassis and the poses were always going to be the most important part so I didn't want to rush them. Even less so them being technically one of my HQs. The Praevian Consul option allowed allowed me to include a maniple of automata as part of the unit and there was always only ever one choice; the Vorax. I loved the look of these the day I saw [...]
In my Ultramarines collection, these guys hold the joint spot for my favourite miniatures thus far. I loved painting these so much. Great shapes, textures, loads of dynamism about them. Not 'too many' sub-assemblies. Not like the Redemptor had, gods that was painful even though I was pleased with the end result. The Contemptors were a lot easier, especially once the arms were magnetised. What, you don't magnetise your Dreadnought arms? Seriously do so, makes them easy to store, fun to play and flexible/cost effective to equip. I did a short guide right here. I'm still chuckling at my 'armless' Contemptor sweeping an Alpha Legion Praetor (sorry Chris buddy, it was a suck roll but it made for an epic saga and a cool bit of [...]
I like Rhino transports, especially Deimos pattern. I like them a lot, they are part of the Imperium's DNA all the way back to good old Rogue Trader days. The M113 of the grimdark universe and just as adaptable. Sure they are laughably small for ten super-humans plus crew but I still love the little tuggers anyway. Technically I have two for the Tarssis force, but in reality I realised when I add them to the Mars pattern ones I did years back for 40K which are similarly weathered I actually have four plus a Razorback which is not a bad start at all. Include the Land Raider Proteus and the one with the missile launcher whose name eludes me right now and there is [...]
After rolling out the armour the other day, it's the turn of the transports. I may as well start with the big guy; the Caestus Assault Ram. This was a beast of a kit, not particularly difficult to assemble but boy it's a heavy chunk of reason. Just like the tanks the palette and methods are largely the same with again a couple of minor deviations to accommodate for sheer size and the fact it is a flyer rather than ground unit. I applied a lot less oils in the weathering and instead used the airbrush to apply dust along lower edges and where the backwash would throw it over the wings. I also focused more black along leading edges off the front and wings [...]
With the infantry out of the way in my previous post (Boots on the Ground), I moved on to the fun stuff, for me at least which has always been the vehicles. Aside from the transports which I'll cover in a separate post, the two main tanks I took in the Ultramarines for Tarssis were the Sicaran Venator and Whirlwind Scorpius. The Venator I took for two reasons, firstly the look of it which just screams 30K and the height of the Imperium's technological power, but also because I fully expected to encounter at least one if not more super-heavies during my frontline games. As it happened I didn't meet a single one, even though there were plenty in attendance. Regardless this was probably the [...]
Back in the saddle painting the Blood Angels Primaris Ancient and talking all things Tarssis from the Heresy weekender in Cheltenham.