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Ultramarines! Or Why did I sell these again ..? Part 2

Welcome to the conclusion of an old project I sold ages ago..  This project was a great test for Deco Art paints and I had got into a great rhythm painting the Ultramarines.  I choose to continue the colour scheme into a new project.

Oldhammer is what many players are calling the 80s period of the hobby.  For this project I wanted to get into some classic models.  That last thing I had painted for the previous project army was Terminators so I decided to continue..

One of the things I like about these models is the concept has not changed much over the years.  They are still very recognisable.  Once I started the squad I quickly added a classic Terminator Captain to the production line.  Again I added designs and detail to the officers.  Though this wasn’t too hard.  The knee pad had an embossed skull & Iron cross onto a quartered background which was copied onto the shoulder pad and belt buckle.

 

For sergeant and assault cannon I didn’t do anything too fancy.  Sometimes completing a project is better than being too ambitious and not completing it.  It can be seen that The Inquisition has favoured both those brothers and they proudly display the accolade.

 

After completing both projects they went into my eBay shop.  The RT Terminator squad lead to a further commission of more terminators from the original release.  The client was going to use them all for Space Hulk and had special bases prepared so I left the bases blank.

 

I really enjoyed this commission a great excuse to paint more models.  Perhaps one day I will revisit my painting roots.  Though there are excellent models being released all the time, it’s important to remember the classic models from yesteryear.

 

 

Paints – Deco Art Crafter’s Acrylic

Models – Citadel

Varnish – Vallejo

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Ultramarines! Or Why did I sell these again..? Part1

Before I opened the store, I had recently recovered from a painting hiatus.  Like a number of gamers I was buying figures from eBay and trade shows.  This can be a good way to get cheaper and out of production models – though you can never be sure of what is available.  Among the figures I ended up with was a number of Space Marines with an embossed symbol on their armour.  I had painted a squad for a commission years ago and thought that it would be good to revisit the familiar colour scheme.  Combined with a number of older figures in my collection the decision was made.  I was going to  paint an Ultramarines Army.

 

The last time I had painted Ultramarines was over 10 years ago.  The principles hadn’t changed though one big thing had.  I was using an entirely new paint set: Crafter’s Acrylic from Deco Art.

My first to paint was the tactical squad  now named Squad V.  Composed mainly of  starter set, many of them have chapter and tactical symbols moulded onto the armour already making painting them really easy.    To complete the squad I needed a heavy weapon and another marine.

 

These two were from my existing collection the 1998 tactical marines and the 2004 plastic devastators. I chose the heavy plasma gun to be different from the usual missile launcher squad weapon load out. The final marine was completed with an arm from an earlier version of space marines.  Which brings me to Squad III all the way from 1993.

 

OK so a few are from the 1998 version of MK7 armour.  Though if you look closely all of the backpacks, arms are from the early nineties and most of the weapons are too.  By now I had got into a rhythm of production line painting ultramarines.  So I needed to change things up.  It was time for Terminators

 

These older figures were pinned onto larger bases than they shipped with, and they certainly look more comfortable on them. The Codex Astartes is a great resource for Space Marine colour schemes, even if it is fictional.  It certainly helps to be accurate on things like helmet colours and sergeant markings especially with Ultramarines.  Shields on the other hand are for personalisation…

 

I filled in a few quarters though I left the last one blank for future honours.  This marine was being prepared for promotion to a command position.

To be continued…

 

Models by citadel miniatures

Paints used are Deco Art from Crafter’s Acrylics

Citadel Varnish

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The Future …

A new game has happened here over the summer.  OK maybe it’s not a new game, but its new enough.  Deadzone from Mantic games is a sci-fi skirmish game that is fast and fun.  The miniatures are great and the scenery actually makes sense with the rules.  Best of all it’s played on a 2′ x 2′ board so a large number of games can be played here.

 

 

One of the factions you get in the box are called Enforcers.  In the background of the game they are above the local corporate interests and are the one who ‘enforce’ the councils will.  That is they are the ones who makes sure everyone in the Deadzones are dead and that no-one gets in or out.   These men and women are enhanced psycho’s with the best armour and equipment available.

 

My take on them..  In the background book to Warpath, another great game (actually two) set in the same universe.  There is a passage about failed and past experiments of the enforcer program, what caught my eye was the passage about re-routing troopers personality to never stray from the preservation of the GCPS.  Also the fact that they hacked their own masters computers and tried to  eliminate a council member.   So my seeds for a store army are in said “failed experiment” and it’s re-structuring for use in patrolling Deadzones and limited law enforcement…

 

So guess what film I was watching the night before painting…

 

 

 

 

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Store Army – Oldhammer 40k Space Marines

I love Rogue Trader.  It’s fun, irreverent, and full of useful information.  I encourage everyone who plays 40k now to read this book and any publications from that era.  But it doesn’t explain how I ended up with this particular 40k army. …

It all began when I was stripping some RTB01 marines. I once witnessed a group of gamers playing call of duty, who decided to have a knife fight, instead of running round shooting each other.  It was very odd as no-one spoke – it just kinda happened.  I thought that was pretty cool so I modelled my first squad on that encounter. For a colour scheme I thought that nothing says Rogue Trader louder than Dark Angels in black.  After painting them I was hooked.  So a tactical squad and a rhino inevitably followed.

There are a few bits  from newer kits on these models.  Though I don’t think they disrupt the feel of the army.

My next mission was a scout squad.  By the time the Advanced Space Crusade scouts had come out, the Dark Angels had gone green.  No references at that time to what their colour scheme should be in RT print so I made one up.  The Imperial Guard had a unit called whiteshields.  A unit of young cadets who had yet to earn the right to wear the insignia of the regiment.  I thought the same could apply to the marines.  Also as scouts why should they give away vital intelligence?

Scouts bridge the gap between Imperial guard and marines, so I used green and brown here, as well as black.  And yeah a range of skin tones here marines are all of humanities finest. A planet that had just one skin tone / hair colour would have died from inbreeding long before colonizing the stars.

Anyway I ended up playing the force in a small campaign.  They needed a lascannon, for this mission so I ended up painting another squad.  What is the point of one marine when you can have ten?

A little more detail here went into this squad.  Purity seals and dedications from the codex itself.

Finally a terminator librarian.  I did think about original black for him.  Though re-reading Deathwing  (the short story from the Space Hulk supplement) convinced me otherwise.  Blue being the codex colour for librarians is used as a secondary colour.

 

Thanks for reading this far, when I add more models I will let you know…

 

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Kings of Death

Background to my store undead army. The locations and time-line is vague enough for it to be placed in any number of fantasy settings.The rule set I am using is currently Kings of War from Mantic.  Kings of War game rules can be used in a number of fantasy settings and I encourage everyone who has not done so to try them out.

I believe many people are under misconception that certain fantasy armies are good and others evil.  In an age where it is common for people carry axes and swords.Where folk can be killed due to their race and/or religious beliefs, quite openly and their deaths welcomed. Where many castles have torture chambers. Good and evil can cease to carry any meaning.

Undead armies in particular are nearly always portrayed as the bad guy.  How many times has the word evil preceded ghost or dead.  Though I am of the belief that folk do not return from the dead for no good reason.  Anyone who has seen “The crow” may agree with this.

While I am not trying to create an army of heroic, dead, good-guys.  What I am trying to present is a more balanced view, of an army containing flawed yet honourable individuals who happen to be on the wrong side of life.

Kings of Death

The Warriors

They hail from the ruins of Ceargwarchodwyr. In life they were a force of brutal but honourable warriors. Sworn to protect their fortress and the roads from any who would challenge them. Ceargwarchodwyr was also a military academy of incredibly high standards. They would accept only the strong and most courageous fighters of all the land. Training was brutal, long hours and tough physical and mental challenges over seen by a graduate. Death and injury was not uncommon among prospects. Upon completion of training usually at a battle a prospect was welcomed as family member.

The Oaths taken by prospects upon elevation were binding and complete. They swore fealty to their order, the roads, their comrades. They swore against dishonour, cowardice and dishonesty. They were not however a deeply philosophical or spiritual people, though they may have started that way. Having hailed from many backgrounds the warriors had one part of philosophy that united them which was courage. The differences in each faith mattered less and less over time. Even the binding vows that were still made were misunderstood as “mere ritual”, as “courage is the true soul of life”.

Their responsibility was to protect trade routes and lines of communication. They maintained several keeps at various intersections. Their enemies could be anyone, and once found the wardens would demand reparations for the transgressions. For small groups of brigands this usually amounted to all their possessions and their lives. Were any quarry to have origins in a village, town or larger settlement a tribute for reparations would be demanded from the leaders. If the tribute could not be met, the city would be besieged and tribute taken by force.

The betrayal

The Wardens built a number with the many settlements of the different races across the lands. This aided the towns for trade in times of peace, though hindered the machinations of the ambitious warlords. Most of the worldly languages were learned and news began to travel fast.  Ceargwarchodwyr was set to become one of the dominating powers of the world. Diplomacy and trade however is a two way street and no King needed reminding of to whom they defer…

It did not take long for the enemies of Ceargwarchodwyr to begin to conspire. A well placed bribe to the lord and chancellor of the keep to ‘look the other way’ so as “Individual Kings may decide to exact their own justice, without troubling the brave Wardens” was all that was needed. And soon Ceargwarchodwyr  itself was besieged. The lords who had broken their word were eradicated by the forces which they swore against. The resultant backlash of power breached the fortress walls and the enemy poured in.

For the warriors who remained true, they found themselves on the loosing side of the battle. Unable to keep their vows, betrayed and outflanked they soon were all defeated. The remaining keeps remained steadfast though eventually they all succumbed. The binding forces, upon which they had sworn refused to let them rest in peace. They had sword upon their lives, to the land herself that the roads will always be safe, to the sanctity of their fortress and to each other. Once the vows were broken the imbalance was clear – storms, earthquakes and diseases tore through the lands they once protected. Propaganda was spread regarding the “true dark nature” of the once noble protectors. The intemperate world added “proof” and the people cursed and then forgot their former wardens.

Next time – survival in un-life and the cult of death

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Store undead army

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A few pictures of the undead army I am working on for kings of war.  The kings of war army lists are great for incorporating models from any number of manufacturers.  Here I have Oldhammer skeleton cavalry alongside Mantic’s revenants lead by a characters from reaper miniatures.   I hope to stock reaper miniatures in the new year.

I am working on more skeleton infantry from Mantic.  They are really great models and the sprues have many great things on them. Anyone who knows me recognises the fact that my army needs more spearmen…

 

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Anyway the idea of my army is that an independent liche has enlisted the services of an army long dead.  They were a group of warriors who protected the roads from brigands.  They were betrayed by their own leadership and their fortress destroyed in the ensuing battles.  However the vows each warrior undertook were binding beyond the grave – the old leadership suffered terrible consequences.  Those who remained true could not pass on, and continue to patrol the roads and bring death to the dishonourable, the cowards and the brigands.