Posting the link to the fluff got me inspired to got take some progress pictures. So, here is my second painted squad--Tactical Squad Diocles, 3rd squad of the 2nd Company.
The Sergeant is the same one you've already seen. the rest of the guys are new recruits. I am still putting finishing touches on them, especially the eyes. the eye lenses on space marines are one area where I am still struggling with my technique. It hasn't helped the quality any that I started out going for the gem-style approach to painting them, and then switched to a "glow" effect on a few of them. I can't decide which style I like better, however, I think I might move toward the gemstone approach because I am not confident in my ability to do object source lighting (OSL) from glowing eyes at this point.
anyhow, here are the other 5 members of the squad. The special weapon guy on the left end is an old metal sculpt who looks significantly smaller than the rest of his squad. I probably should have put him on a base piled with cork "rocks" to fool the observer into thinking he's just as tall as his battle brothers, but he was already glued onto the old slotta-base when I got him, and I just never quite had the desire to try ripping him out of it. the squad leader is the one on the right end. He is going to eventually have an red "iron halo" marking painted onto his left shoulderpad just like the other squad leader in my earlier tac squad.
I'm not sure what to do about that purity seal blocking the breach/bolt of the squad leader's firearm. when I was building him, I had this idea that i needed to cover it because the rifle should only have an opening on one side (i know very little about guns). But now I think that these rifles are supposed to have a breach that runs clear through the rifle there, and i stupidly clogged it with that purity seal. any thoughts from teh community on this?
Here he is from another angle
Next up is a pic of a landspeeder Tornado in the making. Here's a piece of advice: do not magnetize your models while under the influence. I magnetized the underslung gun-mount bit and the assault cannon with the polarities mixed up so they repelled each other, and I had to rip an already-glued magnet out of the mount with a hobby knife and a nail. by this point my fingers were raw. then I started magnetizing the flamer and realized that the magnet in the gun mount was on the wrong side. I had put it where that little headlight is supposedto go and as a result, the magnet in teh assault cannon was also on the wrong side of the cannon. after fixing that, I managed to somehow get the polarities wrong again with the flamer. Aaaaagh. what a relaxing hobby this is. anyway, it's all fixed now, and there is very little evidence of a struggle, in spite of the amount of times i had to rip out the magnets.
I'm going to have to make some better support stems to connect my speeders to their bases, since the stock ones feel flimsy as all get out and the second one has no base. Any ideas for how to scratchbuild bases and what to use for the "stem" would be appreciated
I actually inherited the second speeder from a friend who bought the third edition boxed set (dark eldar and SMs) and then decided 40k wasn't for him. That speeder's plastic is very brittle, and there are some interesting differences in the way they made it fit together back then vs. now. the Typhoon is a simple conversion wherein I put the missile launchers on the opposite sides and moved them back over the wings. I was inspired by Paul Gaynor's Crimson Heralds army featured on the GW website a couple years ago. I think it looks much better than the standard upright possition for the launchers.
Finally, I've stripped down an old Tiguarius model and have been documenting my progress on him step by step. He's going to be either an epistolary or a chief librarian for the Shadow Guardians when finished. My army is going to have a definite librarian focus, as the fluff explains that they originated on a planet that had a lot of psykers and a tradition of psychic shamans and warlords being the leaders of the tribes.
He's nowhere near done, but hopefully I'll get to work on that force weapon some more this week, if I can just manage to not waste too much of my freetime browsing the internets and actually choose between either full on study or hobby.