The amber and sable Titans of the Tiger Eyes led the way, striding forward at flank speed, contemptuous of any ally who might get underfoot in their headlong charge and behind them, taking advantage of the shadow of the Titans' void shields came two vast strung-out echelons of Alpha Legion strike armour: Predators and Sicaran tanks and the deadly new Scorpius Whirlwinds. Behind these came the columns of super-heavies: Fellblades and Glaives for the most, chosen for their speed as well as firepower, and behind them the dispersed squadrons of Land Raiders and Spartans, in which the infantry strength was carried, a hundred tanks strong. Above flew gunships and speeders in close air support, a hazardous task given the choking air. Further back from this vast conglomeration of apocalyptic armoured might, came the sinister and strange forces of the Taghmata Satarael creating their own spider-like formation, the air around them shimmering with the distortion of a mobile power field generator mounted on a hovering Ordinatus class platform at the centre of the mass of arcane war engines. Alongside the Taghmata came the bronze and crimson Knight walkers of House Perdaxia and the ghost-grey Knights of House Rajha, answering the deafening war sirens of the battle Titans with kindred answering cries of their own.
Rearing up a vast swathe of dust behind it like an oncoming hurricane, the army of the Traitor Legion and its allies thundered towards the Paramar Nexus.
- THE HORUS HERESY, BOOK THREE - EXTERMINATION -
I've finally started a painting log! Been thinking of doing this for years, and planning on doing this for months, but it took the hype of the Horus Heresy to get me moving.
Had a lot of thoughts regarding the army I was going to collect. Night Lords were top of my list, with some proxying to get the feel for them. But I kept getting drawn to the Alpha Legion, those slippery snakes! I needed more than simply a Legion though, so I opted for Mechanicum allies, with Knights and Titans to (eventually) follow. And the ideal setting for all this was Paramar!
First up, I have painted the Cataphractii Terminator Sergeant from the Betrayal at Calth set, mainly because I'm waiting for FW to bring my Alpha Legion upgrades still. These will actually be used as Siege Tyrants, with Coils of the Hydra set to be my Rite of War. When the Cyclone missile launchers from Spellcrow arrive, I will magnetize them on top.
I wanted to show my method for achieving the Alpha Legion metallic scheme too, as many people have struggled with it. betrayer41 has done some inspirational work with his Alpha Legion, so props to him for making me believe it could be done! Not owning an airbrush meant doing it by hand(brush), but I'm happier than I expected to be (especially given I haven't painted a thing in 18 months).
- I started with a base coat of Army Painter Gun Metal spray, straight onto the plastic. Note that GW have just re-released Leadbelcher spray, an almost identical colour, as a permanent line.
- next was a light brush application of Citadel Glaze Waywatcher Green over the areas I wanted to be coloured.
- then I added a light brush application of Citadel Glaze Guilliman Blue over the same area.
- here I applied an edge highlight of Citadel Ironbreaker to all the blue metallics, as it works nicely before adding more Guilliman Blue.
- repeat the Guilliman Blue - you'll see that the 4th model suddenly looks pretty good! Be careful not to be too liberal with it or the model may be too dark.
- after that, I finish up with all the details. The metal is Ironbreaker - Nuln Oil - Mithril Silver. The leather is Pallid Wych Flesh - Nuln Oil - White Scar. The bronze is Balthasar Gold - Agrax Earthshade - Runelord Brass. I used the Agrellan Earth crackle paint for the base to represent the deserts of Paramar.
Will finish off the unit next. Have to add some transfers to them too, so they'll be on my next order.
Thanks for dropping by!
Edited by Caillum, 08 November 2016 - 06:37 AM.