Where the hell has January gone? I can’t believe that four weeks ago today was New Years Eve and I was looking forward to a quieter year with more modelling opportunities crammed in… The last ten days have been really bizarre for me and a lot of the UK in general. My other half managed to badly sprain her ankle which resulted in her having to be at home (on crutches) for two working weeks. This incident was rapidly followed by the UK receiving quite a bit of snow, we had a good 10 inches over the period of a couple of days which hung around for quite a while and then froze solid. Unfortunately I walk to work so rather than getting a few nice snow days, I put on substantial boots and trekked in. The weather has now suddenly become much warmer and much wetter so it looks like huge parts of the country are going to flood – again…
Thankfully other than more rain, everything has once more settled down. The other half is back to work full time again and the snow is starting to become a distant memory (until next month when I personally reckon we’ll get more). Yesterday a large portion of the day was spent tidying things up and sorting things out, which means less to do when I get in from work.
The intervening days between my last post and this one, have however been quite productive. As you can see, the Apothocary that I’d airbrushed using a white undercoat has now received the various washes and such like and I’m now working on the details. The picture is actually a few days old, as I’ve pushed the shadows deeper and painted more of the details (pipes, lenses etc). This model is without a doubt the way I’m going to do all of my Legion.
Saturday I made the most of the rare sunlight and my first 15 marines have been primed grey and under-coated white and are now ready for airbrushing. Additionally (see I told you I’d been productive) my Cataphractii Terminators are now half assembled.
I must be honest and in comparison to the MkII marines, the Cataphractii are a bit of a mare to assemble. The torso and legs need pinning and filling to ensure a good join and the overhang on the vambraces (the armour panel on the forearm) means that regular gun weapons are a pig to get lined up. In real life you’d actually have very little mobility to turn your hand. I have managed to magnetise one though so that I can use the Heavy Flamer, Reaper Autocannon or Plasma Blaster.