"They never tell you about the beatings in the recruitment reels, do they? No, they save that for later. Ceaseless beatings at the hands of the commissars. 'Hestar! You're late again!' Beating. 'Hestar! You fired your weapon without permission!' Beating. On and on until one day you finally beat them back." - Guardsman Hestar, formerly of the Jumael 27th "Bear-Baiters, Cult of the Blackened Sky
Pictured below in the midst of a firefight, Guardsman Hestar still bears both the wooden lasgun and the fur cloak issued to him after joining the Jumael 27th. Note the Imperial Fists helmet at his feet, likely discarded in the intensity of the urban combat on Vigilus.
Small update, but it heralds big things. I've redone my formula for highlighting black and now I've started a production line of cultists that should see them finished sooner rather than later. How about those Shadowspear models though, eh? I'm splitting boxes with both Soldier of Dorn and BlueBelly1863! Twice the Chaos Space Marines for me! Onto the replies:
That is a fantastic looking model. The headswap turned out great.
I was planning on finishing building and painting the rest of the BSF models before I touched the CSM, but I think I'm going to change that. I've been trying to decide if I want to paint them as Black Legion to go with the game or Night Lords to match my army. I think you just convinced me to go with BL. Your model looks great in black.
Glad I've swayed you onto the true path Magpie Knight! The Black Legion is the legion created for The Long War... And there are no others like us.
Awesome work mate, can't wait to see what you have in store for us. The helmet is a great idea, will have to use it myself on a fell champion of the Black Legion!
Thank you Brother Mayhem! The Death Guard kit has lots of stuff that can work across any faction of Chaos (with the right paint job, of course).
That’s really cool man
High praise coming from Midnight Runner, one of the lords of the Black Legion! I'm basing my color scheme on yours, truth be told (though it won't look quite as good).
Nicely done, although they are well painted I think the highlights are almost too much in some places - like the back of his right hand. They are very sharp lines though and round some of the fiddliest bits too so kudos for pulling that off! I suspect this may be one of those situations that is less noticeable in person than on camera though.
Looking forward to seeing more.
MaliGn, you are 100% right and I've spent most of the past few weeks fiddling with my black highlight formula. The new results are above. Better, don't you think?
That is amazing mate, I love the head you used it gives it a proper chaos lurking within look.
It's within us all, Doghouse. Thank you for the kind words!
Looking forward to this
Hopefully I can meet your expectations, Draakur!
Awesome paint job and the helmet choice really ‘caps’ it off.
Will be checking back in on these traitors for sure!
Thank you Brokejaw Gutripper! Does this update whet your appetite somewhat?
Great work as ever - those extreme highlights are crisp - although they look a little stark on the black - would you consider making the mid-tone highlight thicker to give a less steep gradient?
What's up next?
I agree completely, Xenith. I'm in the midst of redoing his highlights now. But the new formula for highlighting the black is on display with this cultist. What do you think?