|Tactical marines from the 12th Legion - the World Eaters|
This "Work In Progress" post on my 40k Space Marine Legion project is mostly work, and not so much progress. I am trying to get all of the models assembled and primed before I start painting them, but this has created a multi-week absence from painting anything, which makes me nuts. As a result I am doing a bit of both - building and priming a bunch of figures, and then test-painting one or two along the way for a break.
|Sons of Horus tactical support marines wearing Mark IV power armour carrying plasma guns|
I have assembled the main chunk of the legion marines - 30 Sons of Horus, 27 World Eaters and 10 Emperor's Children. I still have to assemble a couple of assault squads, some more heavy weapon gunners and some command figures yet to build and prime. There is only one vehicle at this point - a Land Raider - but that is going to wait until most of the infantry are finished. The Forge World vehicles for the Legion collection are, of course, amazing, but costly, so that "part" of the Horus Heresy is going to have to wait.
|World Eater heavy support marines in Mark III armour carrying multi-meltas|
|Sons of Horus heavy support marines rocking some heavy bolters|
|World Eaters Centurion (company commander) in fancy Mark IV armour|
|Test models again - the chap with the crested helmet it the sergeant. In the Legion army list, tactical squads can be as large as 20 marines!|
I have finished five test models so far from the World Eaters Legion. I liked to think I am "used to" painting white (see here for an example) but I have been struggling with it on the Space Marines - power armour is of course very different from 18th/19th century Austrian uniforms. Duh - of course, right? In addition to the Testors Incident with the first model, overall I find the white so far looking a bit "chunky" or "chalky", a product of the thick pigment and (too)quick-drying GW paints on the marine armour.
|Another view of the test models - you can see the decals on the shoulder plates a bit from this angle|
So I am trying to thin down the paints with some kind of medium/paint extender. This sort of artsy stuff - the stuff most of you out there do routinely, I know - slows down the painting process a lot compared to what I am used to. I lack the patience, and frankly the skill, to make use of these techniques in a way I feel is consistent and easily repeatable. On the other hand, the only way to learn is to try it out, right?
|Comparison photo - I made an effort to thin out the paint layers on the figure on the left; still a lot to practice needed|
I experimented a bit on a figure last night. It improved a little...hopefully practice will improve things, particularly the speed! I believe moving over to Vallejo paints will improve things as well. We'll see!
I know Byron is working on some test models as well (in addition to a couple of final entries to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge - I've seen the previews - they will be awesome - congrats and be sure to check out Analogue Hobbies for the final entries!) so watch this space for some spooky Death Guard...
And this project, like a good heresy, is starting to spread amongst other members of the group...I won't give anything away for now, but lets just say I think Horus would approve! Horus for hope (inside joke)! Keep your planning up, gentlemen...we will announce the action at the appropriate time...