Alright as I'm painting now, I figured it was a good time to get this thread going as having a place dedicated to my Solar Auxilia Cohort will keep me painting when I start to lag some. I'm actively working on the fluff portion of the cohort and I'm hesitant to say much beyond the obvious that the Rust Scorpions were founded based on the Ash Scorpions who perished at Port Maw. That story really stuck with me as I was reading through Conquest and I decided that I wanted to do something in memory of them, without copying them. The fluff will reflect that and should be ready in the next day or so but as I was painting tonight...well I'm always eager to share what I'm painting.
I've been holding off on painting the Veletaris that I've received primarily because I need to be able to hold a base to paint smaller figures due to a medical issue with my hand shaking, it used to be absolutely horrible and was the reason I gave up on painting when I was in my 20's but it has become a lot more manageable lately. As I have a ton of resin bases on order that I haven't received yet, I didn't want to glue these amazing models on to plastic bases and then have nothing to put on the nice bases when they arrived. So I compromised and just barely glued some of them on to their bases (one literally fell off his base because the primer was holding it to tight when it dried) and put my color scheme plan into action.
Please keep that in mind with the painted figure below as the base is intentionally untouched specifically to make sure it's as easy as possible to uproot him when his real base arrives in the next business day or so.
Here is the mock up I did in photoshop when putting together the colors, I wanted to keep a grey/light grey armor like the Ash Scorpions but then use browns, khakis, and reds to differentiate the uniform due to the "Rust" portion of their name.
While I'd intended to keep a dark tan/brown for the padding, while I was painting I actually used some of the Doombull Brown that I rarely touch and worked some red into the leather which plays nicely with the rust theme without overpowering the figure...or at least I think it does.
C+C is always welcome so please let me know now while I'm doing mock ups if you think something doesn't work. I'm not thrilled with the wood of the gun stock but that's really more a matter of not having any Mournfang Brown on hand so I fudged it a bit using some other colors that don't quite work as well.
The army itself will be Volkite focused and will be an armored cavalry unit; much like it's namesake the intent is to get close inside of armored transports and strike hard. While Leman Russ Incinerator and Malcador Annihilators provide heavy weapon fire for the Dracosans.
Once I finalize the color scheme and receive the resin bases, I will knock out the current Veletaris Storm Section relatively quickly and then it's a waiting game with the mail man.
In the mail currently I have the following models:
Veletaris Storm Section (x2)
Solar Auxilia Tactical Command (x1)
Ideally, I would like to have a Dracosan for each Storm Section and then work on the Incinerators with a Malcador at the end to create a functioning force. At which point I can have fun with things and put together some of the Veletaris Axe guys, who I hope are available at that point, and maybe play with a super heavy tank...but given the fact I have two of them already, I might incur the wrath of my gf if she sees another monstrosity like that or the Marauder come in the mail.
I'll be working on my fluff for now while I wait to make sure there aren't any horrible issues with the color scheme that I might be missing. I'm really OCD about color schemes and maintaining them so it's important to work things out now to avoid issues later.
To put it in perspective here is a slightly out of date army shot of my guard force that's now over 4K points. Consistency creates a unified force on the table in my opinion and damn it if I'm going to lose, I can at least lose looking good!
(See that yellow spotlight on the Hellhammer, I hate that thing so much you just don't know...I just have never put it on the table so it's in some voodoo blind spot until I see it in a picture!)
Edited by Audemus, 01 September 2018 - 09:00 AM.