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Sons of Dorn - The Emperor's Blades

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Deafbok

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Greetings, brothers.

15 years into the hobby, I'm drawing close to actually finishing off painting my collection. I turn 30 on Sunday, so roughly half my life has been spent working on a single crusading force.

I envision this thread as a way to collect my efforts - to track what's left of the painting project, to gather advice on what to do with the last remaining kits that have yet to be assembled, to organise the disparate elements available to me, and to gather additional reinforcements once all the current forces are 100% battle ready, pending wifely Adeptus Ministorum approval. 

There shall be fluff. There shall be army lists. There shall be pictures. There shall, hopefully, be battle reports. 

So, to kick things off, barring a few weapon options and mislaid models, this is the sum of my current collection.

 

+++ FIRSTBORN BATTLE COMPANY (3RD CO) +++
 
+ HQ +
 
Captain [6 PL, 155pts]: Jump Pack, Storm shield, Thunder hammer
 
Chaplain [5 PL, 85pts]: 2. Catechism of Fire, Fortress of Resolve, Litany of Hate, Plasma pistol
 
Librarian [5 PL, 90pts]: 3) Null Zone, Bolt pistol, Force sword
 
Lieutenants [5 PL, 93pts]
. Lieutenant: Chainsword, Jump Pack, Storm bolter
 
+ Troops +
 
2 x Tactical Squad [10 PL, 180pts]
. 7x Space Marine: 7x Bolt pistol, 7x Boltgun, 7x Frag & Krak grenades
. Space Marine Sergeant: Chainsword, Combi-plasma
. Space Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Heavy bolter
. Space Marine w/Special Weapon: Plasma gun
 
Tactical Squad [10 PL, 200pts]
. 7x Space Marine: 7x Bolt pistol, 7x Boltgun, 7x Frag & Krak grenades
. Space Marine Sergeant: Combi-melta, Power fist
. Space Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta
. Space Marine w/Special Weapon: Meltagun
 
Tactical Squad [10 PL, 195pts]
. 7x Space Marine: 7x Bolt pistol, 7x Boltgun, 7x Frag & Krak grenades
. Space Marine Sergeant: Plasma pistol, Power fist
. Space Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Multi-melta
. Space Marine w/Special Weapon: Meltagun
 
Tactical Squad [10 PL, 175pts]
. 7x Space Marine: 7x Bolt pistol, 7x Boltgun, 7x Frag & Krak grenades
. Space Marine Sergeant: Bolt pistol, Power sword
. Space Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Missile launcher
. Space Marine w/Special Weapon: Flamer
 
Tactical Squad [10 PL, 180pts]
. 7x Space Marine: 7x Bolt pistol, 7x Boltgun, 7x Frag & Krak grenades
. Space Marine Sergeant: Bolt pistol, Power sword
. Space Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Missile launcher
. Space Marine w/Special Weapon: Grav-gun
 
+ Elites +
 
Apothecary [4 PL, 55pts]
 
Company Veterans [8 PL, 167pts]
. 3 x Space Marine Veteran: Combi-plasma, Storm shield
. Space Marine Veteran: Combi-plasma, Thunder hammer
. Veteran Sergeant
. . Power Sword, Combi-plasma
 
Vanguard Veteran Squad [7 PL, 130pts]: Jump Pack
. 4 x Space Marine Veteran: Chainsword, Plasma pistol
. Veteran Sergeant: Bolt pistol, Thunder hammer
 
Vanguard Veteran Squad [7 PL, 145pts]: Jump Pack
. Space Marine Veteran: Bolt pistol, Power fist
. Space Marine Veteran: Bolt pistol, Power sword
. Space Marine Veteran: Grav-pistol, Power axe
. Space Marine Veteran: Bolt pistol, Power fist
. Veteran Sergeant: Bolt pistol, Thunder hammer
 
2 x Venerable Dreadnought [8 PL, 128pts]: Assault cannon
. Dreadnought combat weapon w/Storm Bolter: Storm bolter
 
+ Fast Attack +
 
2 x Land Speeders [5 PL, 70pts]
. Land Speeder: Multi-melta
 
+ Heavy Support +
 
Centurion Devastator Squad [14 PL, 255pts]
. 2 x Centurion: Centurion missile launcher, Grav-cannon and grav-amp
. Centurion Sergeant: Centurion missile launcher, Grav-cannon and grav-amp
 
Devastator Squad [8 PL, 140pts]
. Space Marine Sergeant: Chainsword, Plasma pistol
. 4 x Space Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Plasma cannon
 
Devastator Squad [8 PL, 135pts]
. Space Marine Sergeant: Bolt pistol, Chainsword
. 3 x Space Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Lascannon
 
Devastator Squad [8 PL, 110pts]
. 2x Space Marine: 2x Bolt pistol, 2x Boltgun, 2x Frag & Krak grenades
. Space Marine Sergeant: Bolt pistol, Power sword
. 2 x Space Marine w/Heavy Weapon: Missile launcher
 
+ Dedicated Transport +
 
5 x Drop Pod [4 PL, 68pts]: Storm bolter
 
3 x Razorback [6 PL, 110pts]: Twin heavy bolter
 
2 x Razorback [6 PL, 120pts]: Twin lascannon
 
+++ PRIMARIS REINFORCEMENTS +++
 
+ HQ +
 
2 x Captain in Gravis Armor [6 PL, 115pts]: Master-crafted power sword
 
Primaris Captain (Indomitus) [5 PL, 105pts]
 
Primaris Chaplain [5 PL, 85pts]: 5. Recitation of Focus, Fortress of Resolve, Litany of Hate
 
Primaris Chaplain [5 PL, 85pts]: 2. Catechism of Fire, Fortress of Resolve, Litany of Hate
 
Primaris Lieutenant (Indomitus) [4 PL, 90pts]
 
Primaris Lieutenants [8 PL, 150pts]
. 2 x Primaris Lieutenant: Master-crafted auto bolt rifle
 
Primaris Lieutenants [8 PL, 150pts]
. 2 x Primaris Lieutenant: Power sword
 
+ Troops +
 
2 x Assault Intercessor Squad [5 PL, 95pts]
. 4x Assault Intercessor: 4x Astartes Chainsword, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Heavy Bolt Pistol
. Assault Intercessor Sgt: Heavy Bolt Pistol
 
4 x Intercessor Squad [5 PL, 100pts]: Bolt rifle
. 4x Intercessor: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Intercessor Sergeant
 
+ Elites +
 
Aggressor Squad [6 PL, 135pts]: 2x Aggressor, Aggressor Sergeant
. Auto Boltstorm Gauntlets/Fragstorm Grenade Launcher
 
Bladeguard Ancient [5 PL, 85pts]
 
Bladeguard Veteran Squad [5 PL, 105pts]: Bladeguard Veteran Sgt
. 2x Bladeguard Veteran: 2x Frag & Krak grenades, 2x Heavy Bolt Pistol, 2x Master-crafted Power Sword, 2x Storm Shield
 
Judiciar [4 PL, 85pts]
 
Primaris Ancient [4 PL, 80pts]
 
Primaris Apothecary [4 PL, 60pts]
 
+ Fast Attack +
 
2 x Inceptor Squad [6 PL, 120pts]: Assault bolter x2, 2x Inceptor, Inceptor Sergeant
 
Outrider Squad [6 PL, 135pts]: Outrider Sgt
. 2x Outrider: 2x Astartes Chainsword, 2x Frag & Krak grenades, 2x Heavy Bolt Pistol, 2x Twin Bolt rifle
 
+ Heavy Support +
 
Eradicator Squad [5 PL, 120pts]: Eradicator Sgt
. 2x Eradicator: 2x Bolt pistol, 2x Melta rifle
 
2 x Hellblaster Squad [8 PL, 165pts]: Plasma incinerator
. 4x Hellblaster: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Hellblaster Sergeant: Bolt pistol
 
+ Dedicated Transport +
 
2 x Repulsor [16 PL, 346pts]: 2x Storm Bolters, Auto Launchers, Heavy Onslaught Gatling Cannon, Icarus Rocket Pod, Ironhail Heavy Stubber, 2x Krakstorm Grenade Launcher, Onslaught Gatling Cannon, Twin lascannon
 
 
+++ 1ST COMPANY TASKFORCE +++
 
+ HQ +
 
Captain [5 PL, 95pts]: Master-crafted boltgun, Relic blade
 
Lieutenants [4 PL, 85pts]
. Lieutenant: Combi-melta, Power fist
 
+ Elites +
 
3x Sternguard Veteran Squad [6 PL, 85pts]
. 4x Space Marine Veteran: Special issue boltgun
. Veteran Sergeant
. . Special Issue Boltgun/Bolt Pistol
 
Terminator Assault Squad [9 PL, 183pts]
. Terminator Sergeant
. . Thunder Hammer & Storm Shield: Storm shield, Thunder hammer
. Terminator w/THSS: Storm shield, Thunder hammer
. 3x Terminator w/x2LC: 3x Lightning Claw (Pair)
 
Terminator Squad [18 PL, 223pts]
. Terminator Sergeant: Power sword, Storm bolter
. Terminator w/CF: Chainfist, Storm bolter
. Terminator w/Heavy Weapon: Assault cannon, Power fist
. 3x Terminator w/PF: 3x Power fist, 3x Storm bolter
 
++ Total: [451 PL, 8,369pts] ++
 
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EDIT: Double-posted the army list, cleaned up formatting for ease of reading.

Edited by Deafbok, 04 September 2020 - 12:55 PM.


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When lockdown hit here in South Africa, I threw myself into my painting. I figured it would be an outlet that allowed me to remain sane - and finally tackle the Pile of Shame ™! 
 
Sometime last year I got my grubby paws on my first Contrast paints, and tested this scheme - Black Templar over a metallic base. I was sold pretty much immediately. Before, I'd been using mostly Tamiya, which is just completely outshone by the Citadel range. I'm also a lot more patient now than I was even 5 years ago, so was able to pay more attention to detail.

So, those models that still needed paint got a silver spray.
 
Those that were painted got tossed into a Cleen Green bath! 

Because that was the order of things, the Primaris got done first:

Painted Demi Company

There are some elements of the Indomitus set that still need to be finished off, so they're missing. I'm waiting to see if the Assault Intercessor Sergeants will have any options available to them (I have piles of Deathwatch Thunder Hammers waiting to be used...), the Chaplain needs a damn helmet (I have issues with models not wearing helmets - missing information from the HUD, actually functioning as armour, etc...) and the Judiciar head is probably my least favourite head option ever. Ideally, I'd love the standalone Primaris Chaplain head on both, but Reivers may be a good replacement option, too. 

 
Gravis Captain

Gravis Captain
 

Primaris Chaplain

 

Primaris Chaplain - Probably my favourite model so far - the sculpt just oozes menace, and stretched my skills to paint. 

Primaris Ancient

Primaris Ancient - This was actually the first time I've ever painted a banner!

Primaris Apothecary

Primaris Apothecary - I kitbashed this guy using the second Ancient from the marine half of Dark Imperium. I MAY go back and resculpt that Narthecium using a spare Aggressor fist. 

 

Primaris Lieutenants

Primaris Lieutenants - Made some slight adjustments to these guys to avoid repeated poses, and the "Every man has a helmet" rule struck again.

 

Intercessor Squad 1
 
Intercessor Squad 2
 
Intercessor Squad 3
 
Intercessor Squad 4

 

Intercessor Squads 1-4 - These were the first models painted in my new style, and you can see the progression in confidence, I think. The basing was also a learning curve - UV resin is just AWESOME when combined with shades. The trick, it seems, is to lay down the shade FIRST, then add the resin over it. Also, make sure you have access to a sunny spot, or it dries a bit funny. 
 

Hellblaster Squad 1
 
Hellblaster Squad 2

 

Hellblaster Squads 1-2 - Again, these were some of my earlier models. I experimented a bit with the basing again.

Aggressor Squad

Aggressor Squad - By the time I got to these guys, I'd cemented my style. I'm really happy with the scheme, and I'm looking forward to putting these guys on the table. 

Inceptor Squad 1
 
Inceptor Squad 2
 
Inceptor Jump Pack

Inceptor Squads 1-2 - Whoever designed those flying stands needs to be taken into a dark alley and shanked repeatedly with the blunt ends of the broken ones...

Seriously, they're annoying as all heck to deal with. I'm either going to replace them all like I did for the guy with the pipe on his base, or invest in some magnets. 

That said, I had a lot of fun with washes when I worked on the jump packs. 

Primaris Outriders

Outrider Squad - My first bikes! These were the first models I painted on the sprue, and I am SO GLAD I DID. It would have been impossible to get at all the details if I had opted to assemble them first. My only gripe was the push-fit design - I chose to snip off the rods and glue them together instead, as it got incredibly fiddly and some of the pieces weren't aligning after painting. 

 

Bladeguard Veterans

 

Bladeguard Veterans - I LOVE THESE MODELS. They were an absolute blast to paint - look, I still have some detailing to do (Yay for freehand heraldry and transfers!) and the bases need finishing off, but this has been easily one of my favourite units. 

Next up, the 1st Company elements!


 

 


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Fine work on the models.
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Wolf Scout- Catachan barking toad eggs+ Thousand Sons Marine= Fun! (Wolves of Catachan)

Warhammer 40,000+ Star Wars- Rian Johnson- Reylo= AWESOME! (Knights of Renaissance)

Reasons to use the Steel Crusaders ('Codex: Space Marines' supplement) or the Iron-hearted Angels ('Codex: Blood Angels' 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.

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Great color scheme; they really look all cohesive with one another and the application is really consistent too!
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Nice consistent colour scheme!

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Thanks for the responses, gents! 

Contrast has really worked well for me with this scheme, and I'll happily recommend it to anyone. 



I've been working on my Firstborn over the last week or so, and have completed 35/42 bolter-armed battle brothers for my Tactical squads so far. I'll see if I can get some decent pics up during the week - between adding that last squad's 7 basic troopers and everyone's special/heavy weapons!

I've already completed all but 2 of the possible sergeants I have in the army, so it'll be fun to see who fits where. 

Speaking of which, I'm in 2 minds about how to do the specials/heavies/sgts - I could paint them as members of specific squads, but then feel a bit odd about switching them out for games if I ever do so, or I could leave them with blank shoulders and feel like I've not quite finished them. 

Current thinking is:

 

2x squads with HB/Plas/Combi-plas and chainsword sgt
1x squad with MM/Melta/PF & combi-melta sgt
1x squad with MM/Melta/PF & combi-plasma sgt
1x squad with ML/Grav/Power sword & bolt pistol sgt

1x squad with ML/Flamer/Power sword & bolt pistol sgt

Paint those up as the "official" battle company guys and then figure out what to do with the rest from there.







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