|Troops of the 12th Legion, ready for action in GW's Horus Heresy|
The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge is back again! It's great to be back in the madness. This submission was my first on to the Challenge, submitted just before Christmas.
|Unit officer, equipped with power claws/back scratchers|
When it comes to painting I don't do well with plans and I'm not much for focus, but I am hoping to come out on top of my 30k side duel, so that is where I am starting this year. This is a unit of Space Marines and a Dreadnought from GW's Horus Heresy setting, known colloquially by nerds like me as "Warhammer 30k".
These troops are from the 12th Legion, known charmingly as the "World Eaters". While the Sons of Horus have a sort of pride-of-place in my 30k collection so far, the World Eaters are there too, some of the first 30k models I painted. I have had these models gathering dust for over a year, sitting with primer on them, waiting for brush attention. Curt's Painting Challenge is always a good spur to tackle projects like that, so I did these guys first. They are the first new World Eaters added to the roster since September of 2014...that doesn't seem long ago to me, but man, time flies.
While the comically homicidal nature of the World Eaters does not represent the finest efforts of GW's writers, I'm not that mature and I still enjoy the Legion. I can see the Sons of Horus hanging back while letting these guys go in first to absorb some damage before they swoop in to finish things off (and take credit for any overall success).
The World Eaters are fun to paint and you can make them look a little rough and ready without spattering blood effects etc. on the models. That is the effect I tried with this group. White is tricky sometimes, and I had a few problems on some of the models, but they got some heavy weathering which helps the problems go away :) The Forge World decal sheet was extra handy for helping add little bits of character and customization to the models.
The infantry models are assault marines, sporting jet packs and equipped with heavy, short-range pistols and flamethrowers as well as the chainsword, the ubiquitous face-wrecking device of the grim and dark future.
The assault marine models are resin castings from Forge World - you can tell, as some of the jump packs have some appalling mold lines. Forge World has great sculptors, but their casting quality is often indifferent at best...
The larger model is a Dreadnought, a heavy armoured support unit for the Space Marines. The Dreadnoughts can be configured with a wide assortment of different weapons for different purposes. It is armed with a Kheres assault cannon (rule: rotary cannons are always awesome) and a power fist to punch large obstructions rather directly in the face. This is a plastic model from GW's "Betrayal at Calth" game - a bit of a disappointment in terms of how wooden it looks, not GW's best work, but certainly easier to assemble than the resin ones from Forge World.
There are ten 28mm infantry models in this submission, but one of these models is a test model, painted prior to the Challenge, so the squad should be worth 45 points. I can't remember what a Dreadnought counted for, so I'm thinking it's like an artillery piece - 10 points? So that will be 55 points. A small step toward my goal of 1000, and more importantly, a small step toward revenge against JamieM!