This weekend I was away visiting friends and spent quite a bit of time discussing the new Horus Heresy campaign that Forge World are producing and how we both intend to collect a Legion – Death Guard for me and Sons of Horus for him. The end result is that we’re going to try and get around 500 points of army up by early next year, depending upon funds. We’ll likely be purchasing a unit every month or two, the high points cost should mean that the HQ and 2 Troops choices will make up that 500 points. Our secondary goal will be to go up to around 1000 points next year. However we both think that there will likely be a Doubles tournament next year at Warhammer World, so have decided that we both fancy playing at that. If it follows the normal 40k set up we’ll need 750 points each for that. Paint wise we’re both going to aim for tabletop standard with regular bases (i.e. just sand on the base) so overall it won’t be a horrific project. I’ll likely use weathering powders and oil washes on mine to make them quite grimy and dirty.
I’ve also decided that I want to crack on with my Space Wolves army. The introduction of the new paints means that pretty much every element of painting can be vastly simplified and I can pretty much eliminate the need to mix paints. This actually makes life so much easier and I’m hoping that I can turn around a five-man squad within a week – especially with airbrushing the armour colours on.
In order to allow me to start to do my Space Wolves I also need to get the Chaos Lord and potentially the Dark Vengeance models done. I may actually do a mix of Space Wolves and Dark Vengeance as that will give me my painting/modelling split that I try and do in order to provide some variety.
Last night was very productive but not on a modelling front. I got home late as I loitered around due to an un-forecast rain deluge and grabbed some meatballs and minced beef. When I got home I did the washing up, cooked tea and prepared a chilli con carne in the slow cooker for dinner this evening (just add rice ; ) Scarily once we’d eaten it was gone half nine and I had to help the other half dye her hair so I didn’t pick up a brush until well past eleven.
I did make a start on some of the demon faces on the armour which I think are going to look quite reasonable. I also took a much better photo of my Chaos Lord this morning (see left).
I hit a point last night where I was struggling to concentrate on what I was painting – black is a notoriously draining colour to paint onto, especially at night, so I began to snip off the miniatures on one of the three sprues I have for Dark Vengeance. To this end I’ve also done a Review on the Dark Vengeance Boxed Set.
September saw the official release of the Warhammer 40k 6th Edition Rules starter set. This set called “Dark Vengeance” comes in the usual sized box that we’re all used to from Games Workshop. There was a limited edition variant produced that included a limited edition plastic miniature.
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The Dark Vengeance boxed set contains some of the nicest Chaos miniatures that Games Workshop have produced (at least in my opinion). The Chaos Chosen and Lord are ‘spiky’ but hold true to their original Space Marine form and the spikes are more ‘warped’ than just poked on decorations. The poses also make them appear larger and more experienced (they are 10,000 years old after all). The twenty cultists are also very nice miniatures although there is a certain amount of repetition.
Games Workshop has also released a new Chaos Champion (in plastic) that is identical in style and a plastic box set of Raptors/Warp Talons that fit into this new style. I’m looking forward to seeing what else is in the pipeline (if anything!)
The Chaos Lord is the first miniature in a very long time that I’ve actually been inspired to get hold of and paint in a traditional sense and I bought one online for £5. Not long after I received him a friend also offered me the whole Chaos side from the boxed set as he had no interest in them. To this end I used my miniature to get back into the swing and experiment with the new paints.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m itching to do some ‘traditional’ painting – i.e. using a brush and not airbrush and weathering techniques. To this end I have in my possession one of the lovely plastic Chaos Lord models from the Dark Vengeance boxed set. I picked this up for the bargain price of a fiver (that’s £5). The model is a lovely piece of work and despite the amount of detail is only five pieces – backpack, cloak & shoulders, body and two arms.
In principal it’s a fairly simple paint job, made more straightforward by the host of reference pictures.