+++Kar Maaneth's Mission+++
This will be my Word Bearers project and will be tied to the Loyalty & Treachery event that is to be launched on January 15th, 2015.
A few words for my force:
I got the Betrayal at Calth box set and totally fell in love with the minis (bar the Contemptor but I can live with it). I immediately decided I wanted to go for an all-WB force given I always wanted to go for it - I even tested a few minis back in my Emperor's Children thread. Zardu Lyak has nothing to do with it, I swear! Truth being said, the only mini in the Word Bearers' range I'm not too hot about is the Primarch himself...
Anyway, back to my project. I decided that the first batch of my force will be the entire contents of the B@C box and will aim for my favourite 1,500pts force that is to be expanded later on as I add units at whim. Right now the focus is to get a playable force up and running. To this end I worked out the following list:
Centurion Delegatus Kar Maaneth - 120pts
+ Cataphractii armour w/ chainfist
+ Master of the Legion (Chosen Duty)
The reason I want for Chosen Duty is that it allows and indeed makes it compulsory to use at least two Vet. Tacticals as troops. I decided early on that there were too many funky stuff in the box to just go for "boring" Tacticals. However, if the box was offering 40 PA minis I might have considered it - just for the pure size of it.
Chaplain V'Atan - 140pts - WIP
+ Artificer armour
+ Burning Lore
+ Plasma Pistol
Total 260 pts
The Chaplain is compulsory for Word Bearers (well, it's either that or a plain Centurion). Since the mini was there I was compelled to use it.
Three Veteran Tactical Squads each ten-strong with vexillas and tooled up Sergeants:
+ Tac 1: Snipers with two plasma guns - 275pts
+ Tac 2: Tank Hunters w/ two missile launchers - 285pts - WIP
+ Tac 3: Furious Charge w/three power weapons + lightning claw for the sergeant - 285pts
Contemptor w/ multi melta - 175pts
Termies w/ heavy Flamer, three Power Fists and a Chanfist - 220pts
Overall total: 1,500pts
The fluff behind the force is that Centurion Kar Maaneth was given some mission of high importance of taking and keeping a Manifactorum sector (also a project underway) in a city the WBs invaded. To this end he was given a small but elite force to see this through. In his side is his friend and mentor, Chaplain V'Atan who will join him in his mission. I need to flesh it out some more but this is it for the time being.
Now enough of the intro, let's see the minis.
This is my first squad assembled:
Now this is a statement: WORD BEARERS ARE NOT BLOOD ANGELS OR THOUSAND SONS!
What I mean is, my personal preference is that the WB the red should be really dark. Like really dark.
So what I did was undercoat them with Army Painter Chaotic Red - a colour that is very dark, bordering to brown. There are not enough good things to say about this colour! I love it. Really do... So that's how everybody looks after the spray:
And the Chaplain:
So next steps:
- I'm using Agrax Earthshade to shade it. I am using it without thinning it with Lahmian Medium - just a bit of water. I try to keep it tidy though, I'm not dipping it or anything... Just the recesses.
- then I'm using a 1:1 mix between Army Painter Chaotic Red and Khorne Red to cover most of the mini leaving not only the recesses but also the dryer areas in this very dark red.
- then I use Khorne Red as a final highlight. Initially this was where is wanted to stop.
The mini at that stage looked very nice under intense light but in normal conditions it seemed a bit too dark. So I used light dry brushing of Mephiston red in the most exposed areas...
Here is the result:
So I'll be doing this squad as for now and see what I'll pledge for the L&T - Probably another squad, the Termies and the Consul Delegatus himself!