Usually when I finish up my ETL vow, I have some vaguely insightful observation about my own building and painting skills and the things I've learned while doing such. This year though, I am happy to just finish. I had thought that this first vow would segue into completing some of my other unstarted projects, but motivation can be a fickle thing, especially when trying to find that balance between work, hobbies, friends, and loved ones. I am satisfied enough that I could repaint my old whirlwinds, add some new units and do a little but of kitbashing. Without further ado, my first vow is complete!
1505 point of Ordo Chronos Long Range support
The Whirlwinds, these were actually some of the first vehicles I bought for my army, and as such, they started life in wildly different schemes which can now only be found in old pictures. They've been updated to the standard yellow with deep blue accents, and their missiles were re-colored to match the orange used everywhere else.
The Whirlwind Hyperios launchers were finally painted yellow to match the army overall, and missiles repainted orange again. Storm Bolter is from Kromlech.
I've been wanting a whirlwind Scorpius for a while, and when kromlech came out with a scorpius inspired launcher, I knew what I had to do. Interestingly, while in the process of building and painting this model, I was able to become the owner of a Deimos Style Whirlwind Scorpius from forgeworld, I just have to spend some time with a heat gun straitening it out.
Another Kromlech piece that allowed me this time to have a Damocles Command Rhino, my favorite part of this is that I didn't feel the need to paint the interior of the Rhino because it was an expensive resin piece. Honestly though, it is just a good looking radar dish, and the most kitbashed of all my models this time around, front plate from a Baal Predator, doors from a Storm Raven, Hunter Killer Missile from an Ironclad Dreadnought, and the guns and dish from Kromlech.
Again Kromlech had a lot to do with this unit. Their turrets looked great, and being able to add a magna-melta analogue for a "modern" Deimos Predator Infernus was too cool to pass up. The base rhino began life as an ebay rescue Baal predator that never really looked ok, but after a fair stripping, and a difficult tear down back to basic components, it got rebuilt to what you see here.
More Kromlech stuff, this time I had wanted a techmarine on of their tracked bikes, because what sounds more apt? The Axe and the Combi-Grav were Kitbashed (badly) and then mounted using bluetac, because there's just not enough surface area for all the weapons that this guy is carrying.
The Last of the Kromlech based units, this is a stand in for the Rapier Carrier with Laser Destroyer. I think my favorite part was making the marines, especially the shrugging marine.
I'll go back and get a better pic at some point, but I'm glad to have another Deredeo to bring out.
Closing out with my second Storm Hawk interceptor, again, better pictures later (when it's not nearly 0100 local).
As always many thanks to Captain Semper for running the show, and to all my fellow ETL marine painters, while I didn't interact much at all, it's always an inspiring time of year!