Making progress on the XVth Legion Part 2

I’ve been through a few different ways of doing the red for my Thousand Sons. I experimented with painting a matte red that would be kind of like 40k Blood Angels, but settled on wanting the “candy red” of Forge World’s displays and most people’s 30k Sons.

I don’t own an airbrush, so I had to find a way of doing it without. Like most I started with the Retributor armour spray from GW. I have had horrendous luck with this spray, the finish coming out as totally different across different models in a batch, even from one press of the can to the next, not 5 seconds later. Some models are really smooth and shiny, others have a duller, more grey tone. I sprayed it on over a black spray for the most part, though a couple of models were done from bare plastic (would not recommend).

From there I tried a couple of things. The first was multiple layers of thinned down Spiritstone red, thinned with Carroburg Crimson. This is a play on the Excellent method by ElectricEve. I found that I couldn’t get the consistency right enough of the time to get the coverage and finish I wanted, and it was taking too long.

Next I tried Spiritstone red over the gold directly, and it looks awful.

Finally I tried a purple wash over the gold to tone it down, and then Spiritstone Red over the top. This was a little too bright so a wash with Carroburg to deepen the colour was in order. This made the colour far too flat, so I tidied it up with a thin layer of ‘ard coat to restore the shine. This is the result:

Quite quick to do and really effective I think.

With this in place I have now finished 5 guys with more on the way.

I’ve also put together one of the Exalted Sorceror models from the current 40k Thousand Sons to use as a Praetor, using bits which seem era appropriate, to use as my HQ along with Amon.

The next task is to get the red done on the whole pile including my two contemptors

then I will reward myself by building the Primarch of the Thousand Sons, Magnus the Red.

Thanks for reading!

Dark Angels Primaris: New Recruits for the Unforgiven.

I have a large Dark Angels successor army, the Angels of Redemption, my go to army for most of 7th edition,  based first on the Standard of Devastation, then on the battle company formation. I also own the beginnings of a Dark Angel legion force and a Black armoured Deathwing army, based on the period known as the Scouring.

With the advent of 8th and the arrival of the Primaris troops, I debated with adding them to my AoR, but instead have decided to paint up some first founding Dark Angels, consolidating all of the kits and bits that I have left over from playing DA for a few years, and then adding in the Primaris from Dark Imperium and whatever else takes my fancy. Here’s a few of my characters, Intercessor Sergeant and Hellblaster Sergeant, as well as my whole force so far.

I’ve also done a new Azrael, based on the plastic Chaplain

Gravis Captain

Primaris Librarian

Next up is paint, planning on doing quite a bright green using Zenithal Highlighting and green glazes.

Wish me luck!

Deathwatch Army Finished.

I’ve finished my Deathwatch force to a place that I like for now. I still have a few veterans and other models to paint, but for now the force I want to take to Warhammer World is ready. My next project is not yet clear, either Genestealer Cults or Primaris Dark Angels…

Pictures of the force:

I really enjoyed working on these guys, the bright, varied colours make the army a real treat to look at, despite mostly being black!

Deathwatch: 8th Edition List and Army Log

For my first army of 8th Edition, which I’ll be taking to the Throne of Skulls event in November I’ve decided to finish off my Deathwatch. The 7th Edition Codex really took the wind from the sails in completing a Deathwatch army, there just wasn’t enough thought put into it for me, the limited options, oversights and mistakes paled in comparison to the Genestealer book. For 8th though I’m giving them another go as after Dark Angels they’re my favourite faction in the Imperium.


My list is quite simple, 5 kill teams with various loadouts, along with a Watch Master and Artemis. Supporting them are 4 Razorbacks, a Corvus Blackstar and 2 Dreadnoughts, one Venerable and one giant Redemptor Dread. This should give me a highly mobile, elite force which is capable of attacking at a mid-range.

My plan is to get some practice games in before the event, as I’ve never actually played 8th edition… :S

The big boy should provide some scare factor, his damage output isn’t actually that great, but hopefully his size will attract fire.

Razorbacks are the backbone (haha) of my list really, solid transports with good, cheap firepower. I have split the four into 2 lascannon and 2 assault cannon.

I recently added grass to the bases, which further boosts the colours of the army. Even though the main armour colour is black, I wanted the force to be a colourful one, with the different shoulder pads and bright weapons in red and blue helping them to standout.


This guy is probably my favourite model. It’s a shame that dual power swords don’t have an effect in 8th, game wise he has a power sword and chainsword.

I still have another 20ish models to paint for the force including the rest of the terminator squad and vanguard veterans, so it’ll be a little bit longer before it’s all done. Wish me luck!

Starting with Primaris Dark Angels

I’ve gathered together all the models I have for Dark Angels just lying around and I’m going to make them into an actually painted like Dark Angels force, rather than a successor as I’ve previously done. I’m also taking the opportunity to “angelify” them as much as possible, including the starter set guys.

No paint so far, I’m looking for a relatively light green colour scheme if anyone has any ideas, but I’ve built some dudes, including the Primaris Company Master in Gravis Armour, Azrael stand in, and a Primaris Librarian and Lieutenant.


Not all strictly game legal but this project is going to be a work of love rather than power.

Wish me luck!

Organising the Hobby: Tools and Resources

Organising our miniature collections, models, armies, projects and army lists can be tricky, a challenge in and of itself. Every hobbyist will have their own approach and list of resources and tools that they use. Here’s mine!

Model Collections: TableTop Tyrant Figure Cases

Your choice of model case is up to you, and though I’d recommend keeping them consistent in terms of foam sheets, the actual container doesn’t really matter. I like the TableTop Tyrant ones, they hold loads of models safely, and the size of the sheet is very similar to the old GW ones, which means that it matches all of the sheets I have for old cases.

I don’t personally rate the new GW cases, they seem great for things like basic marine infantry, but as soon as you start trying to fit unusual poses or flimsy models they fill up too fast for my liking.

I also have a KR case and like it, but the tyrant ones just work better for me.

BITZ and Sprues: Very Useful Boxes

I have a set of these tiny boxes which I keep useful and small bitz in for current projects, things like Deathwatch Shoulder pads and heads, or sets of weapons for specific kill teams. There are 16 so I can separate the bitz into a fair number of categories. When I don’t need the bitz anymore they all go into the giant bitz box, which is actually a Betrayal at Calth box! This box is great to rummage through looking for inspiration as there’s almost 10 years of bitz in there. If you’re anything like me then you’ll always remember the perfect piece for a project and spend an hour or more rummaging through trying to find it, only to locate it when looking for something unrelated a week later.

Painting Organisation: Citadel Project Box

Up until very recently I didn’t have a dedicated hobby space, so my projects had to pack down into a small space. The Citadel porject box is great for this, though unessential as any large box would do. I use mostly the GW paints and GW tools etc so everything has a place. Now I have my own hobby cellar the project box holds the paints that I know I’m going to need for the current painting session/project.

Project Organisation: Excel

Excel is a great tool for keeping track of the models you own, what still needs building, painting, or buying. I tend to plan out full projects in advance and then map them into a spreadsheet, coloring particular models or squads yellow when they’ve been acquired, orange when built and green when finished. This way I can always see at a glance how close I am to finishing off an army.


The other aspect of my organisational setup is Wunderlist, an easy to use to-do list app. The app has loads of features that make it great for project management, but I just use it to list armies I want to do, projects ongoing and models I may try to sell. I sometimes make “deadline” lists to plan out what I want to get done this year, for instance.

Inspiration: Evernote

I follow a lot of warhammer blogs, groups and forums for inspiration and, if I see something I like I can use the Evernote screen clipper to save it so I can come back to it later.

Gaming Aids: Kindle

For the most part I’m a sucker for the physical copy of books, but GW’s ebook offerings work fine and I can download them onto my kindle then use Kobo Reader to view them no problem. The Kindle Fire is really cheap and relatively easy to “hack” the play store onto in order to download Kobo which works great with GW’s books. It can also show PDFs for additional datasheets and rules such as the ones updating the primaris range to be able to be used by Deathwatch. Finally, my Kindle has Battlescribe and the AoS app on so that I can always create armylists if the thought strikes me.

So these are most of the tools I use whilst hobbying, what does everyone else use, anything I’ve missed off that you find essential?


Armies on Parade Update August 2017

I’ve made some progress on putting together my board and models for Armies on Parade. The idea is a “Last Stand” of the Imperium on Terra. Talons of the Emperor, Deathwatch, Imperial Fists (Or maybe Blood Angels) and a splattering of characters like Guilliman, Voldus, Cypher, Greyfax and Artemis.

The board is representing the Imperial Palace, though a bit worse for wear. the checked marble tiles have been ripped apart and there will be pools of lava with bloodletters and other daemons climbing out.

There are 900+ tiles to paint, alternating black and white… then the pools and the columns to do.

Got the Deathwatch marines, Sisters of Silence, Guilliman, Cypher, Greyfax and the Redemptor Dread to paint, as well as the board, and up to the end of October to finish it off.

The bases I’ve made match the board. Only Voldus is on the base so far.

Wish me luck!


Making Progress on the XVth Legion

I’ve been tweaking the forumla on my red for the thousand sons. I’m finding that it is taking too many layers to build up the colour, such that the detail is being clogged a bit by the time I get to the wash and varnish. This is my most recent marine, along with a squad ready to finish off the red on.

Appreciate any suggestions.

Also got a the Forge World Praetor done.

He was done with a slightly different red, and the spray went weird on him too… ahh resin.

On the paint table next is the rest of 60 odd infantry (terminators, Occult squad, Missle guys, plasma guys, more tacs)

A bunch of 40k Thousand Sons (still haven’t decided to go red or blue on them)

And a just assembled Contemptor (I also have the Osiron in box.)

Lots to do but exciting times.



A Legion Betrayed: XV Legion Start

The Thousand Sons were always my first choice for a legion for the Horus Heresy game. Unfortunately when I started playing the game they didn’t have any rules or much stuff for them, so I started with Emperor’s Children instead. Now however, Inferno is out and I’m ready to start putting together the noble but tragic XVth.

I recently read A Thousand Sons, and putting aside the irrational hatred I now have for Space Wolves, that whole battle and the destruction of the planet is incredibly tragic. Both sides are tricked, betrayed by forces beyond even the comprehension of the Primarchs leading them. Chaos manipulates and leverages the natural tension between the Thousand Sons and the Space Wolves to put two of the most powerful of the legions at each others throat, knowing that if either was at full strength by the side of the emperor then they would definitely turn the tide of the heresy.

I am theming my Thousand Sons force around the defense of the libraries of Prospero, that crazy last stand against the wolves as the warp opens and the planet is ripped apart. To this end I’m going to use the Age of Sigmar bases to represent the surface of Tizca, painted white or beige, and also use space wolf parts in grey as a contrast to the bright red of the Thousand Sons. If I can get my hands on a bunch of warhammer scale books, or sculpt up some, I’ll add them to the bases to show the library.

That’s for later, however, so far I just have a couple of HQs painted up. I’ve mixed up a “Thousand Sons” mix for painting the red, combining Spiritstone Red, Carroburg Crimson, and ‘Artcoat. You need slightly more Spiritstone than wash, I feel. 3 or 4 coats of this over a Retributor Armour spray, then use pure Carroburg to deepen the shadows. Finally a coat of gloss over the whole armour to finish it off. My spot colours are gold, silver, black, white, and really light blue.

I plan to have the army be made up of all different orders, circles, sects, and cults. No organisation really survived the burning of Prospero, so the army will be made up of stragglers and mixed up units.

I also plan on having a Pyrae support squad with flamers, where the sergeant (and maybe other models) are channeling fire from their hands rather than from guns.

Looking forward to showing these guys off in the next few weeks/months as I build them up, and hopefully have a force ready for the next heresy event at Warhammer World (whenever that may be).


Ongoing Projects: Emperor’s Children

The Emperor’s Children have always been my favourite of all the traitor legions. There’s something about the height and speed of their fall from grace which captured my imagination when planning out my 30K and 40K Traitor forces. I wanted to show them in the midst of this fall, fully taken in by the chaotic powers and embracing the fleshchange and mutations that this brings, yet still recognisable as the legion beneath.

I also had a time pressure for this army, with a 30K event at Warhammer World only a few months away. I therefore used a lot of simple techniques for painting the marines and vehicles, spraying purple, drybrushing with light purple and then bringing it back with a wash of Druchii violet. I left the shoulder pads purple as well, rather than filling in with white, as it increases the “chaotic” and colourful nature of the force to be a mass of purple.

For the parts that I did paint “white” I utilised the Slaanesh grey line of colours to achieve this, tying in the white on the marines with the flesh of the Daemonettes that accompanied them.

Moving to 8th, I want to expand my army by painting up a couple of units of Warp Talons, an autocannon Havoc squad, some chosen and a Maulerfiend. After that I’ll be working on some Possessed, though I haven’t really thought about how to make them stand out from my regular marines who already show a fair amount of mutation. Watch this space.

Thanks for reading!