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Fresh Blood for the Long War


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#51
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Thank you all very much for the compliments, and remember, TrawlingCleaner, the Iron Warriors helped pull off the greatest sneaky trick of all at Istvaan V - how any of them managed to get through it without profusely giggling to themselves at their own deception. biggrin.png

 

I managed to get the last three members of my combat squad completed today. I went with a more natural skin colour for my melta-gun wielder, and I started adding hazard stripes to the round mark 7 kneepads, a practice I think I'll continue.

Squad Command

 

 

This completes my ten-man combat squad, who are eager to start chainswording the enemy to oblivion. 

Fully Augmented Combat Squad

 

For now, I'll be taking a break from painting infantry squads, and will be putting a lot of my effort into getting the venomcrawler painted next, as well as getting my Forgefiend built up.

 

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They are looking great.

 

I agree about continuing to put the stripes on the knee pads - it looks really good.  I'm impressed how straight and consistent you've gotten them.


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Lovely dark Iron there, and they're based really well! 


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Thank you, The stripes are fairly difficult, but I've attributed their success to the fact that it's only small pieces of the armour I'm painting, I actually had a fair bit of difficulty painting the stripes on my venomcrawler, causing me to stop and restart a number of times.

I tend to use a few different texture paints on all of my bases, as I find that it adds a lot of colour and texture to it, and for the Iron Warriors I tried to get the bases to be reminiscent of a trench, so it has a dark brown at the bottom, and typically two lighter brown shelves to the side, followed up with some grey drops here and there to represent rocks.

 

I completed the venomcrawler last night, and am pleased to show the finished result! I am happy with how it has turned out, and it has certainly given me a lot of confidence for further vehicles (daemonically forged or otherwise)

Finished 1
Finished 2
Finished 3

 

This also marks the completion of the Start Collecting kit, which is a milestone in its own right. I found out the other week that this set has become unavailable online (no doubt to make room for the new box coming soon), so I feel lucky to have grabbed the kit when I did. 

Finished Start Collecting

 

My big game planning continues apace, I've written a narrative to fight over, I just need to write the actual scenario! I've also been able to mask the general points cost of the thing by privately messaging the participants over what size forces they can bring. So far, no one has asked what I'm bringing, but as we all know, Spiros14 always takes Blood Angels.

 

I shall be the architect of the Imperium's destruction!

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Today's weather has been kind of miserable, so I focussed on getting the models from the Eldritch Omens boxset all built ready to be sprayed. While I will still be painting these one unit at a time (Warpsmith, then Chosen, then Forgefiend) I do try to get all of my stuff sprayed and undercoated when I can.

Eldritch Omens Built

 

In the end, I went for a chosen squad armed with two combi-meltas, two plasma pistols, and an axe, fist, and mace, with the general idea that this squad should be able to jump out of a vehicle close to an enemy transport, turn it into slag with the meltaguns, then beat up any elite infantry that may have been hiding in there. I do like these models very much, and I look forward to painting them up and having them hang around my Chaos Lord as a sort of bodyguard.

Built

 

The biggest thing I like about the models when I first saw them were the "holstered" weapon options you could put on the backpack. It's something of a rarity with astartes models, and I think it lends the model a "well travelled" look to it. Unfortunately, I did not realise at the time that each of these weapons are designed to only attach onto a certain backpack each, rather than being a universal fit, so my plan to give holstered chainswords to the two combi-melta guys and holstered boltguns to the plasma pistol guys were dashed, and I was only able to do that with the one model. What I may do now is keep hold of these weapons and try and model a terrain feature or objective marker to look like a weapons rack or something, we'll see.

Backpack

 

Hopefully I'll get some nice weather in the coming days so I can get all of this sprayed and begin painting! Until then!

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You're on a roll, keep the progress coming :tu:


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Great updates Spiros! A great milestone to have the whole SC box done too, the Venomcrawler is a stand out and it's stripes are so clean!

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Thank you. I have the warpsmith strapped to a painting handle at present - so I hope you will not have to wait long before the Eldritch Omens box is complete.

In the meantime, I thought I would show the mission I will be playing during an upcoming apocalypse game in June. I had written the scenario with both the Iron Warriors, and my group's upcoming campaign in the Nachmund Gauntlet in mind. 

 

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Viridian Manor
Commissioned prior to the great rifts emergence by Rogue Trader Akia-Diaz as both research base and holiday home, Viridian Manor is a pinnacle of engineering, and one of the better forms of architecture found upon Vigilus, even against the noble spires of Mortwald hivesprawl.
It’s manse design allows for all the comfort a powerful viscount could ever want during a weekend break, and is fitted with a pool whose waters come not from the questionable Oteck resevoirs, but from shipments of pure ice taken from Kaelec’s Bane. For defence (for even Rogue Traders have their spiteful rivals), Viridian Manor has a well-stocked bunker, and a void shield of similar design to the great Hivesprawls themselves. As an extra measure, a small town to house the dynasty’s arms men was in the progress of being built shortly before the war of beasts, known as Ciudadde Akia-Diaz
The biggest wonder of Viridian Manor is not the manse itself, however, but in fact the grounds. Genetically bred by Akia-Diaz’ pet explorator as part of a larger experiment, a forest of revenant trees graces the lands owned by the Rogue Trader. Though incredibly difficult to cut and slow to grow, the plant life is able to thrive even in Vigilus’ desert, and is predicted to turn the barren soil into fertile grounds over the course of three centuries. Should this experiment be a success, Akia-Diaz has several contracts in place to distribute it to many of the Imperium’s blighted worlds, including more famed locals like Baal Primus.
 
Upon learning of the brilliance that was Viridian Manor, honoured Captain Fane of the Imperial Fists fifth company was reported to have said “It needs to burn – all of it.” 
 
In an attempt to dodge building and planning tax, Viridian Manor had been built outside of Mortwald Hivesprawl’s fortwall, but still inside the void shield matrix the hivesprawl had been covered in, allowing for what was considered the best defence at a fraction of the cost. When the Mortwald shield went down, however, Viridian manor became a dangerous liability to the Imperial war effort defending the hivesprawl’s fortwall – while the outside desert provided nowhere to hide for an invading ground army charging the gates, the Manor’s revenant tree forest would provide enough cover for anything smaller than a super-heavy vehicle.
 
It was not long before the forces of Chaos, under orders from Abaddon to take the hivesprawl at all cost, pooled their resources together to attack the fortwall through Viridian manor. Imperial command sent defenders to the area, hoping to push back long enough for the manor’s field to be taken down, and the area to bombarded from orbit to rid Mortwald of the unnecessary cover.
 
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Viridian Manor Map

 

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Viridian Manor Briefing

 


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