|"Let the galaxy burn..." Horus Lupercal, Warmaster, Primarch and Master of the XVI Legion. Figure from Forge World.|
The sculpt is from Forge World, part of their "Horus Heresy Character Series". Forge World started this series years ago, and there are figures available now for just about every Legion Primarch (I think they have them all covered...?) as well as a few of the notable special characters from the long series of Horus Heresy novels.
I had assumed that any model of Horus from GW would be covered in all sorts of Chaos nonsense, but I was wrong. This sculpt certainly portrays the Warmaster as a menacing fellow, but he is not obviously gone over to the dark side - he could just as easily be leading his Sons of Horus during one of the final battles of the Great Crusade, as opposed to coordinating his attacks in the Isstvan system and beyond during his revolt.
The figure is very large - Horus himself is a Primarch, much larger than an average Space Marine, which in turn is already a lot larger than an average human. He is made even larger by his custom suit of Cataphract Terminator armour, and his personalized special weapons - and then there is the huge base he is standing on. Overall, the effect is of a figure from another scale. While this rendering of Horus is meant to co-exist (in theory) with the other "28mm"-sized 30k models, the effect is much closer to a larger scale diorama figure, 40mm at least.
The larger the figure, the greater the amount of detail, and the sculptors at Forge World did not scrimp on detail. From the intricate symbols on the armour, to the detailed weapons, to the face, to the elaborate base, there was a lot to ponder from a painting perspective when considering how to tackle this project. My painting techniques are pretty basic ones, and I found this figure very intimidating. I wasn't sure how much I could push my basic approach to painting...but what the heck, you have to try sometime, right?
|So much detail on this very elaborate base."Aquila Eterna" heh? Not so much...|
|Early WIP photo of the base.|
|The finished base, with Horus removed. Note the crushed Mk III shoulder pauldron at the bottom under the rubble...wonder what happened there?|
|Another view of the base...more smashed marine shoulder pauldrons...so many possible stories spring to mind...|
|Humanity's last hope, Horus Lupercal...hey, this eagle seems pretty handy....|
|WIP - the beginning....|
|The base mostly finished, some basic colours in place on Horus.|
|Basic greens in place, base of red on the cloak.|
|Armour mostly finished, base coat on the face.|
|The finished Warmaster.|
|Another view of Horus, directing...something.|
Horus On The Gaming Table
|Horus "detached" from the main base, in theory for use in a game.|
And yet...you can detach Horus (a bit, at any rate) to theoretically use this model in a game. He's still huge because he's a Primarch, and even detached from the bottom section of the base, he is standing on the head of a huge eagle statue, but there are stats for Horus Lupercal to be used on the 30k gaming table if you want to play a game where Horus personally goes to battle.
And...he's scary! In the 7th edition of the 40k game (which is still formally the "current" edition of 30k because GW), Horus has a basic stat line of a train at full speed...ST of 7, T of 6, with a base of 5 attacks and 6 wounds. His save is 2+, and 3+ invulnerable....on and on. His weapons, as you might expect, are fantastic. Oh, and he can call in an off-table bombardment. In the fan-made 8th edition of 30k, Horus has 7 attacks, 9 wounds...oh man. No matter edition of the game, this guy would bash an entire Space Marine squad to pieces every turn - and would probably be able to rip up vehicles and dreadnoughts too.
|"Let's Make the Imperium Great Again"....|
Steve B - Thanks!
Just wanted to add a special thanks to Steve B in Winnipeg! He put together this figure, as well as the two Land Raiders I painted earlier this summer. Much appreciated Steve!!
That's all for now - thanks for visiting. I hope you are having a great summer, wherever you are!