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.
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.
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…