I painted some terminators a couple of years ago now. They were re-purposed Assault on Black Reach models I inherited, and then I magnetized the arms that weren’t already cemented on. So right in time for our last game I finished a magnetized Power Tentacle arm!
I did the crux terminatus on the shoulder pad a little differently this time too. When I first painted them I conceived that these guys were sort of “no nonsense” and went for a basic color scheme. So their armor is mechanicus standard gray with a black ink wash with the crux being the old charadon granite color. Looks ok, I guess, when you look at it three inches from your eyeball but on the table, when one is playing, it blends in too much and the whole model seems like maybe they are taking their spartan aesthetics just a bit too far.
So for the power tentacle pad I used fenris blue, drowned it in black ink, then relayered with blue. Highlighted with a bit of lothern blue and then a touch of white. I thought this might be a bit more noticeable and add a bit of color and interest while preserving my original ideas. I probably won’t bother to go back and redo the old guys, but going forward I think I like the new crux much better.
I recently finished painting my second thunderwolf cavalry model the other day. As cavalry goes, these guys are perhaps a little unusual, but I thought it might be fun to include an iconic weapon of mounted warriors — the lance. There are no pole arms of any kind that come in the kit, so I took one from a box of amazons produced by Wargames Factory. I thought about buying some brass rod to make my own, but I had the plastic pike on hand so I decided to use it.
For the weapon arm, I used a generic space marine arm that is meant to hold a bolter. I drilled a hole through it for the lance and used a magnet for the entire arm assembly. The magnetized arm seemed to me like it would serve several uses. Being able to remove the arm would make transporting the model to games easier with less likelihood of breaking the lance haft. Secondly, I can switch it out for a different weapon if I want. Last and most important, I can pose the arm so I can point the lance in dramatic fashion whenever this guy makes his charge.
“‘From hell’s heart I stab at thee!” and all of that sort of thing.
This is the first thunderwolf I completed quite awhile ago now. I magnetized his plasma pistol arm and will probably paint up a storm shield arm at some point as another option. I’ve run him a few times as a wolf guard battle leader, the alpha of a large pack of fenrisian wolves. Now all I have to do is get a third one painted and I’ll have a minimum-sized, legal unit!
On the move! Swarming past a slightly confused warboss.
I finished two more Kromlech “Gnaws” the other day. They come in packs of three, so that finishes off the ones I have for now. They are solid, resin casts, so I didn’t have too much modelling work to do. Just cleaned off flash and trimmed some mold lines. The pieces didn’t come with bases and I thought that regular infantry bases were too small so I used terminator bases, which seem to be the right size.
My husband was right about one thing. He looked at them and said, “They seem a little too happy for Khorne.” Yeah, I agree, they probably would have looked better as minions of Nurgle. But maybe they are happy because they have just been unleashed from the warp and are anticipating the orgy of violence to come? Or maybe Khorne has a sense of humor after all?
Good things seem to be coming in three’s lately. My next piece I’m putting the finishing touches on tonight is my second thunderwolf cavalry model. They don’t have too much in common with gnaws except they also come three to a box. So it’ll be a Space Wolf day soon as I stoically paint toward my long dreamt goal of having enough Space Wolves to actually play a game without having to proxy Ultramarines!