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Optimates Crusade - Templars by 36Nights

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Brothers and Sisters of Dorn, the time has come for me to finally share my crusade. After many years of purging xenos, witches and heretics my boys in black need to see the world wide web.

++ Background on me ++

I've been playing 40k since 2003 and I started by playing chaos and then white scars briefly as I wanted glorious melee units but I wanted them to be loyalists. I bought my first Black Templar box circa 2008 and found quickly that i lacked the discipline to paint a whole army. For years my models lay sidelined and I occassionally came back to the hobby to add new lumps of gray plastic. Now I've returned with many evenings where I'm enjoying winding down by painting or reading new rules and fluff.

++ Background on my force ++

Motivated initially by a dislike of painting white shoulder pads, I wanted to have a force of entirely Veteran Black Templars, painted as per the 5th edition codex. I speculated on having a small crusade made up of only the Marshall's best. Whatever fluff based reason, the main force of my army is painted as veterans, with the exception of some vehicle pilots. My army also includes a small number of marines and other units who specialise in shooting, and to justify this I've painted their right hands crimson to signify respect for the devastating way CF use the holy bolter as many members of the crusade spent time deployed to support a nearby crippled company of Crimson Fists and have been inspired to adopt their fighting style, bringing depth and character to the way my crusade does battle.

Currently my force consists of the following.

- 30 Marines with Close combat equipment, 3 meltas, 3 powerfists and 5 with bolters.
- 5 magnetised Castellan/Marshall/Sgt equivalents, who can be armed and equipped in any way.
- 1 fixed bolter Castellan.
- 1 Jumppack Chaplain
- 1 Rhino
- 1 LRC
- 1 StormTalon
- 1 Techmarine
- 1 Ironclad Dreadnought
- 1 Drop Pod.

Currently about 40% of the force is totally painted and the rest remains at various stages of completion.

Here's an image directory of my painted forces, with a focus on 4 recently completed models.

Old army shot (I used 3D printed 32mm base extenders and added a lot more to the basing since this shot)

https://gdurl.com/rByAH

Techmarine & dred

https://gdurl.com/8YHb
https://gdurl.com/wCl5

Chaplain

https://gdurl.com/16ud
https://gdurl.com/ECg7

Bolter Marshall

https://gdurl.com/DR6j
https://gdurl.com/4XMd

Slash Marshall

https://gdurl.com/mJjEc
https://gdurl.com/Doj2

New army photos

https://gdurl.com/gia43
https://gdurl.com/CpUL
https://gdurl.com/wLge

Sword brother from aobr

https://gdurl.com/xnA0

Stormtalon

https://gdurl.com/2Hss
https://gdurl.com//NiLZ

I'm going to try and use image links to keep loading times and bandwidth low, but I can embed if it's neccesary.

I will come back to this main thread and add some additional image links to ensure people are able to preview all my various models as they are painted and completed. I also want your feedback, so please tell me if you'd like to see any of the following.

- Detail on how I paint my models
- Full background and fluff on my Crusade
- Battlereps

Thanks all, hope you like my models!

Edited by ThirtySixNights, 18 August 2019 - 11:39 AM.

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Looking good,

Love that Chaplain and SlashMarshal!


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Fellow crusaders, I come with a brief update on my army progress.

I've gone ahead and completed the arduous task of magnetising all the bases of my models in preparation for a magnetised army transport solution. Here's a shot of them all stuck to a metal sheet as well as showing quite clearly just about how many crusaders I've got left to paint before I can progress to the LRC, stormtalon and drop pod.

https://gdurl.com/wLge

I've also painted myself a bit of a kitbash, he will be a sgt in one of my many veteran squads.

https://gdurl.com/xnA0

Finally, my weekend progress includes the largest base I've ever done in this style, if anyone has any suggestions for what on Earth my basing style is in planetary terms that would be great! I've also had to paint my little stormtalon pilot before I could permanently entomb him.

https://gdurl.com/2Hss
https://gdurl.com//NiLZ

This means now all my basing for the army is completely finished and everything is ready to paint. I'm already theory crafting lists but I've got to wait with the others until our supplement drops! (We deserve our own let's be honest)
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Cool stuff man. For a second I thought this said the "Opiates Crusade" and I had a laugh about it, but yeah man super cool models. 


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Hey guys, I was messing around with getting softer lighting. (literally used a pillow case).

 

I want to get some better quality images so I can get some real feedback about my painting, here's my result. I really want to know how I can take this to the next level from you people!

 

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Also I've just finished assembling my emperor's champion model! Looking forward to painting that soon!!


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I like him.
Since I am not the most accomplished painter myself I always feel inadequatr when givung advice but here goes:

I feel like you Fall into the same trap as I do on a lot of models namely doing All the models in the same Gold colour. Maybe try mixing in a bit of brass or steel/silver.
You could go for a gemstone effect in the gems. Base them in Red and go up to a Little white dot as a reflection. Then glosscoat.
If you want your Highlights to be Finger, try to go over them with your basecolour again


That being said: He looks pretty cool. I have the same Model (mine is still a metal one) and I use him as often as I can because I love that guy.
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But viciousness and glory were no longer enough. Killing enemies in battle was no longer enough. I wanted to fight the Eternal Crusade. I wanted to win the war.- Reclusiarch Grimaldus
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The Chaplain looks great!
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Wolf Scout- Catachan barking toad eggs+ Thousand Sons Marine= Fun! (Wolves of Catachan)
Sisters of Battle+ Fenrisian Beer- Inhibitions- Sanity= Trouble! (Order of the Blazing Heart Rocket Punch Pimp Magnet She-Wolf)

 

Reasons to use the Steel Crusaders ('Codex: Space Marines' supplement): Because you think giving Sternguard Veterans a heavy bolter wtih special issue HEAVY BOLTER ammunition is ALMOST as much fun as shoehorning an Earthshaker cannon into a Land Raider.

 

Reasons to use the Iron-hearted Angels ('Codex: Blood Angels' supplement): Because you think the Librarian Dreadnought needs Furious Charge AND It Will Not Die to beat down a Chaos-worshiping punk and his Defiler, while a Stormraven needs a Vanquisher cannon to beat down this punk's Heldrake.


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I bring to you, new painted Templar goodness. I've begun the process of replacing my terminators storm sheilds with the forgeworld variant, along with tidying up the highlights and brightening the dull colours I painted many years ago, not my best work as I did rush to get them tabletop ready, but I still like it. The others are almost finished and will deliver a squad pic shortly.


 

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Really nice work, enjoyed browsing through the pictures and linked images.

So much edge highlighting involved, you've done well to get through it all and keep a high standard.

 

Chaplain will be fun to get onto the table top with the new rules.

The FW storm shield looks great, I'm also working on some BT storm shields at the moment, waiting for the parts to come in.


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"Trust in the Emperor at the hour of battle. Trust to him to intercede, and protect his warriors true as they deal death on alien soil. Turn their seas to red with the blood of their slain. Crush their hopes, their dreams and turn their songs into cries of lamentation." - "Uphold the honour of the Emperor", vow of the Black Templars.
 

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The thunder hammer wielding Terminator is well done. Excellent work.
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Wolf Scout- Catachan barking toad eggs+ Thousand Sons Marine= Fun! (Wolves of Catachan)
Sisters of Battle+ Fenrisian Beer- Inhibitions- Sanity= Trouble! (Order of the Blazing Heart Rocket Punch Pimp Magnet She-Wolf)

 

Reasons to use the Steel Crusaders ('Codex: Space Marines' supplement): Because you think giving Sternguard Veterans a heavy bolter wtih special issue HEAVY BOLTER ammunition is ALMOST as much fun as shoehorning an Earthshaker cannon into a Land Raider.

 

Reasons to use the Iron-hearted Angels ('Codex: Blood Angels' supplement): Because you think the Librarian Dreadnought needs Furious Charge AND It Will Not Die to beat down a Chaos-worshiping punk and his Defiler, while a Stormraven needs a Vanquisher cannon to beat down this punk's Heldrake.


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:cuss yeah love the Red helmet with green eyes.
Fw stormshield are always awesome

Really cool base too

Edited by Marshal Vespasian, 23 August 2019 - 08:38 PM.

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Thanks for the feedback guys! I'm planning to get down and busy with my remaining 10 or so initiates this week.

After getting more proficient with painting white using my new recipe, which is:

1: At least 3 thinned layers of wraithbone
2: recess shade with agrax earthshde.
3 1 thinned layer of Pallid Wych Flesh avoiding the recesses
4. Edge highlight with white scar.

I am thinking I might want to have some standard painted imitates instead of all sword brothers, as the white looks very nice and contrasting..

If anyone has any suggestions as to how I can make my paint job more interesting, am thinking lots of crusade badges, crosses and holy texts and scriptures to make them look very busy!

Otherwise, have a great weekend, I'll be posting the completed terminator squad soon, along with batreps coming.

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I have glossed over your latest post, I'm sorry, so here some random (hopefully useful) thoughts:

 

I feel you on the point of wanting some more initiates. It's kind of weird, but after painting lots of elites I feel like there is a distinct lack of white in my army. Which actually may or may not be true.

 

On the topic of white I went to:

Airbrush VGC Ghost Grey (It's really just a very light grey, celestra is the gw equivalent) accent with white.

Wash the whole thing with abteilung 502 oilpaints starship filth.

 

The key point is to let the colour cure for at least two days before attacking it with mineral spirits. Or you could just gloss varnish it and go for the oils immediately.

I am completely in love with oil washes. Don't think I'll us acrylics a lot anymore tbh. The Starship filth leaves some dirt particles on the shoulders and does a very accurate pinwash, but it does no coffeestaining and doesn't overtly tint the whole thing. It's a dark grey, if you added in a bit of brown it might work very well for the more aged/yellowish white you want to us.

 

If you want to go for battledamage on your crusaders try sponging on some reddish brown or metal colour to break up the black. All in all I have to say I get what you are saying about black becoming monotous but on the other hand I feel that, with having a bunch of robes in our armies some squads arent really THAT black. because most of the guys is covered by a cream coloured robe. You have a bunch of reds on your army so for crusade badges maybe try something with green an blue accents as a split complementary to red. That you can freehand on heraldic shields / banners / kneepads.


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Hey thanks for the feedback all! Got a great update for you.

 

Firstly the fully painted terminators as promised.

 

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Then finally a few action shots from some battles I did this weekend. One against some xenos and the other against a guard force 'obviously heretical' both battles weren't done to their conclusion, but I was an edge ahead in each and learnt a great deal about this edition and what units to deploy in future to be more effective.

 

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Hope you guys liked my action shots! I'll let you know soon what else is coming and also a few 'new to me' goodies that I purchased from an old time BT player!

 

Thanks Guys, hope you all had a great weekend!!!


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Excellent work on the Terminators.
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Wolf Scout- Catachan barking toad eggs+ Thousand Sons Marine= Fun! (Wolves of Catachan)
Sisters of Battle+ Fenrisian Beer- Inhibitions- Sanity= Trouble! (Order of the Blazing Heart Rocket Punch Pimp Magnet She-Wolf)

 

Reasons to use the Steel Crusaders ('Codex: Space Marines' supplement): Because you think giving Sternguard Veterans a heavy bolter wtih special issue HEAVY BOLTER ammunition is ALMOST as much fun as shoehorning an Earthshaker cannon into a Land Raider.

 

Reasons to use the Iron-hearted Angels ('Codex: Blood Angels' supplement): Because you think the Librarian Dreadnought needs Furious Charge AND It Will Not Die to beat down a Chaos-worshiping punk and his Defiler, while a Stormraven needs a Vanquisher cannon to beat down this punk's Heldrake.






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