Tuesday, September 26, 2017


From the moment I saw the Burning of Prospero box I wanted to paint Ahriman. It is a superb model, probably one of the best that Games Workshop has produced lately. And it is not a huge model as opposed to the most popular ones that have been recently made.

When I saw the Ahriman painted by KeyanSark I knew I wanted to use a similar technique, as I really like the effect he achieved with the gold basecoat for the armour. I did something similar, the basecoat was black but then I painted a couple of thin layers of gold on the armour areas. The overall effect is ok, although probably less shiny.

I am quite happy of something I have been doing for the past few years, which is keep trying new techniques and slowly improving my skills. I have been toying around with NMM for a while, never mastering it, but knowing the basics to get an ok-ish result, I think, and lately I am trying wet blending. I decided to use both of these extensively in this model, and see what was I capable of.

I still think that KeyanSark's model is better, but I have tried my best. Models like this forces you to push a bit harder and learn a bit more.

Here you can see the model with the base colours applied. Contrary to what I am used to, I only applied inks and washes to the grey areas, to bring up the shadows.

For the gold NMM I used these colours.

This figure has been painted as a present for my brother, as Ahriman is one of his favourite characters from 40K, which he painted some years ago.
I hope this is the beginning of his new 30K Thousand Sons Army!

For the pictures I have tried with different sources of light, as I was not really able to capture the colours.

Painted in 2017

I am getting slowly better at wet blending, which I applied here to the blade.

For some reason, in this picture the grey areas seem to have very deep shadows, but it is something wrong with the photo, in fact it is properly blended.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Legion Sicaran

Just after I took the photos of the last post, and before starting the holidays, I managed to get a few hours free, so I thought that I could start the Sicaran... to my surprise I managed to finish it, as even though it is quite massive, I used the same technique as with the Rhinos, so it was quite fast.
The technique is just: apply plain colours, a bit of highlight on the borders and lots of weathering. In fact with this technique the tanks and Walkers are finished quite fast and with an acceptable result.

The sponsors are magnetized, so I can choose from either the Lascannons or the Heavy Bolters. Both are shown in the pictures.

When I was almost done I had a small disaster, as I spilled a whole bottle of white spirit that I use to dissolve the pigments and to apply weathering... after some swearing and lots of paper towels, I contained the problem, but some parts of the tank were affected. I repainted them, but I think I can still see the effects, in any case, I will leave it like this for now, perhaps in the future I can repaint it a bit more.
Only one tank left in the Army, the Spartan!

This tank adds 135 points.

Painted in 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sons of Horus Checkpoint (II)

It has been a little over 7 months since I last did a checkpoint on the Sons of Horus.

At that moment, the amount of miniatures left to paint was quite impressive. I am happy to say that right now I have completed more than 70% of the Army and no basic marine remains to be painted, as they are the most boring ones!

In the first picture you can see everything that it is painted so far, from left to right, top to bottom:
  • Imperial Knight
  • 3 Dreads
  • 2 Rhinos
  • 5 Heavy support squad with Heavy Bolters
  • 1 Sergeant with Combi Bolter
  • Legion Standard Bearer
  • 2 Apothecary
  • 6 Tactical Squad with Plasmaguns
  • 1 Sergeant with Combi Bolter
  • 6 Tactical Squad with Plasmaguns (including one Sergeant)
  • 38 marines with Boltgun
  • 5 Tartaros Terminators
  • 10 Cataphractii Terminators
  • 12 Veterans including two Sergeants
  • Librarian in Cataphract Armour
  • Abaddon
  • Loken
  • Horus
For a grand total of 2 Tanks, 3 Walkers, 1 Knight and 81 on foot.

In the second picture what is left to be painted:

  • 15 Reavers with Jump packs
  • 8 Veterans
  • Sicaran Battle Tank
  • 3 Objective Tokens
  • 3 Sergeants
  • 6 Heavy support squad with Missile Launchers
  • Davinite Lodge Priest
  • 2 Heavy support with Lascannon
  • Praetor in Cataphractii Armour
  • Praetor
  • Master of Signal
  • Praetor
And not in this picture because I have not bough it yet, will be the last miniature I need to buy for the Army, the Legion Spartan Assault Tank.

So, in total, 40 on foot and two tanks.
It does not seem like a lot. Let's see if I can make it before the end of the year

Monday, August 7, 2017

Traitor Librarian

For today and for a change, I bring something a bit special.

It is the Limited Edition Forge World model from the Open Day 2016, a Space Marine Traitor Librarian with Cataphractii Terminator Armour.

I really like this model since I saw it, so I decided to grab one as soon as I could, and paint it in the livery of the Sons of Horus. I have to mention though that it is a clone, as I could not find an original one that did not go for stupid money.

I know that painting him as a Sons of Horus is a bit controversial, because, according to the Council of Nikaea, no Librarians would be allowed within the Legion. It is very unlikely that I will ever field him in battle as a Librarian. I might use him as a cool looking Praetor, though.
Or whenever I decide to play a full-traitor list embracing Chaos, then perhaps we get some nice rules for raising Daemons.

In any case, I painted him using the usual techniques, the only thing I changed a bit was the Daemon. I did not want to paint him using regular reds and oranges for the fire, but rather make it a bit more esoteric and use a mixture of blues, greens and yellows. I did not quite manage to get the effect I was looking for, but it ended up being close enough, so I am satisfied with it.

I am not sure how many points would a Librarian cost, but a Praetor in Cataphractii Armour is 177.

Painted in 2017.

Close up of the Daemon as in the other pics it is quite blurry

Monday, July 31, 2017

Legion Veteran Sergeant

This miniature comes with the Standard Bearer as part of the Legion Command kit, but, as I already have many different Praetors and Consuls, I have decided to paint him as a Veteran Sergeant.
I might still use him as a Commander in some games, but in any case he fits nicely as Sergeant of one of my Veteran Units.

Painted in 2017.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Legion Veteran Tactical Squad (I)

This is the first of the two units of Veterans I have for the Army.

I have decided to try and differentiate them from the rest of their colleagues. I have added a Chainsword and Bolt Pistol to each one, and I have tried to mix different kind of armours and weapon styles to give them a bit of an eclectic style.

Regarding the paint job, I have followed the standard green, but I have painted one shoulder pad red with the custom veteran symbol.
I think these guys, aside from having good rules, look quite cool on the table, I am quite happy as to how they have turned out.

They add a total of 160 points to the Army.

Painted in 2017.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Legion Tactical Support Squad (IV)

I was not planning on having another Tactical Support Squad, as I already have three, with different weapon combinations, but these six marines came with a pack I bought, so even though I don't need them, I was not going to throw them away!
Therefore, I just gave them a quick paint job, you just never know when you are going to need more plasma!

This adds a total of 190 points to the Army.

Painted in 2017.