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A gathering place for all my present and forthcoming Imperial projects. I love IG and Space Marines can be badass at times. I currently run Cadian, Catachan and my own home grown chapter. I will post fluff when fluff is due if people want of if I can be bothered (the latter most likely as this is my thread and I'll do with it as I please).

So I have this oath not to buy many models until my collection is all painted. A hard task I know. I had these 10 marines knocking about in my foam for years now and decided to paint them. I removed the assault squad's arms and went for the vanguard veteran force org slot instead.

I ebay-ed some deathwach & terminator honours shoulder pads so that I could better display pimpage on the field. Painting will help this. Pics.








Arms will be magnatised for super awesome awesomeness.





I really like the idea of only being able to enter the 1st co by serving time in the deathwatch (even before the RPG - that chapter approved article was too cool) and so a high proportion of veterans will have deathwatch pads or other such lofty heraldry.

A regular tac squad. I know, a 5 man squad can't have a meltagun. I'll have to get more marines to fill in the gaps but for now at least I have something to paint.




The metal arm is from the oop devastator kit and was a bitch to cut and file if I remember correctly. For those interested in paint scheme and some fluff you can check here.

This is an ongoing project and will contain lost of Imperial goodness ofer the years. Expect gaps between mini projects as I have other armies in need of love and attention!

Anyway, thanks and until next time.
 

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A word of advice about magnetizing, don't overdo it on each miniature. I find that 2 magnetic points on each miniature (left arm and backpack, right arm and backpack, both arms and so on) is about as much as you can do before it's starting to get confusing - specially on a squad basis. I concur that it's good to be able to try different options but sometimes less is more :)
 

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Thanks Xenobiotic and Bane_of_Kings for your interest. I have made some progress and plan to have more done over the weekend.

A word of advice about magnetizing, don't overdo it on each miniature. I find that 2 magnetic points on each miniature (left arm and backpack, right arm and backpack, both arms and so on) is about as much as you can do before it's starting to get confusing - specially on a squad basis. I concur that it's good to be able to try different options but sometimes less is more :)
I heed your warnings. Don't worry, they're keeping their jump packs. I just wanted to try my hand at being able to swap out weapon options. It worked really well on my CSM terminators and I wanted more of the same.

I hope you don't mind xeno, but I wanted to try my hand at replicating to some extent how you achieved your excellent white armour. Originally I painted white over a codex grey base layer but I found this just wasn't what I was after. It sufficed but since seeing your minis I couldn't resist.

Well, here are some pics. Sorry they're a little on the blurry side. I had to take them in haste. I was thinking about the white areas of their armour. I have been reading this amazing Blood Angels successor chapter thread and I wanted to try it out - after all you can't highlight white.










The bone armour is going to get highlighted up and cleaned a bit and I still have a fair amount of work to do. I also washed the yellow to prep it for the 2nd layer of yellow. I am planning to do purple power weapons as as it stands, all mine are simply metallic and I wanted to try out something new. I'll see if I can get some sort of sheen to them.

Then its just simple detail work then the highlight on the black armour. Oh, I think I might even buy some gold. For the moment I've been using tin bits and while its highly useful its not 'Marine' enough for my liking. Mind you, I don't have any more space in my paint cases for another paint. Hmmm.

Thanks guys for takin' a looksey. Comments on how to improve things and any suggestions are welcome. This army is really a learning exercise for me at the moment. After these babies I have a whole bunch o' guard to build/paint and some older Marines to strip and paint again so this should keep me going, plus all of my other projects.
 

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I hope you don't mind xeno, but I wanted to try my hand at replicating to some extent how you achieved your excellent white armour. Originally I painted white over a codex grey base layer but I found this just wasn't what I was after. It sufficed but since seeing your minis I couldn't resist.

Well, here are some pics. Sorry they're a little on the blurry side. I had to take them in haste. I was thinking about the white areas of their armour. I have been reading this amazing Blood Angels successor chapter thread and I wanted to try it out - after all you can't highlight white.

The bone armour is going to get highlighted up and cleaned a bit and I still have a fair amount of work to do. I also washed the yellow to prep it for the 2nd layer of yellow. I am planning to do purple power weapons as as it stands, all mine are simply metallic and I wanted to try out something new. I'll see if I can get some sort of sheen to them.
I'm glad you found my method to your liking, it's always nice to inspire others! Remember that many thin layers of wash are better than a thick one when using this approach. If you do it in a controlled manner I find that I don't even have to do any clean-ups (then again I'm after a dirty armour so the effect is nice for me). As you mentioned yourselves these miniatures need some clean-up to remove the streaky character in the shading.

I highly recommend experimenting with washes, I love doing it and most of my miniatures have a multitude of washes used on them!
 

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So I've been a busy boy over the last couple of days and have got most of the marines painted. I re-painted the bases on a 10 man tac squad so they all matched and I did some highlighting. All I have to do now is a few washes (to darken the highlights on the black armour and to drab up the white), eyes and a few bits and bobs here and there. Oh, and drill and magnetise. But apart from that, they're mostly done. Took ages mind. I started a new job and while its pretty badass I don't have all that much time for hobby.

Anyway enough rambling! Pics! Lots of 'em this time. I was working on like 20 guys in all.
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Tac squad w meltagun







Tac squad master crafted plasma pistols














They'll be put on the back burner for a bit while I get some chaotic goodness done but I'll fix their arms and prepare the next set of marines. I could do with an HQ. I was thinking of Sicarius but for now my old one will have to do. You know the metal guy w storm bolter & power sword.

I'm going to get some dettol this week to begin the stripping process of my ~10 year old models. I'm revamping them - giving them the love they deserve. You can look forward to more tac marines, a command squad and terminators on 25mm bases [gosh!].

I've been eyeing up the Ravenwing box set and DA veterans too but they'll have to wait. I have a cool ass idea for a master of the forge on bike w conversion beamer. I can't wait! Oh, and I just noticed some mould lines and the insides of bolter muzzles need to be painted [gasp!].
 

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Loving this! The black and yellow colour scheme looks really good. That sergeant with the duel plasma pistols is badass!

I dig your oath not to buy any more stuff until you've painted what you've got. I made the same pact but then saw lots of Forge World goodies that were too tempting :(

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So another update! I haven't touched my marines since the last post. I got bored of painting and I was feeling a little apprehensive about magnets to tell you the truth. I don't know why as I have done it before. I guess I was scared about getting cloudy white glue on nicely painted areas.

I have been working on my beloved IG. "Guardsmen?" I hear you ask. Well, guard are awesome and I have a sizeable Cadian and fleeting Catachan army. A while ago I bought the Warhammer 40,000 Compendium which is a totally badass 2nd Edition supplement. Inside its hallowed pages lay rules for a Commisar Training squad which, although the artwork was a little old, gave me loads of inspiation and with the release of the Commander squads for IG I knew what I had to do. Origionaly I planned on 10 officer legs but that would have led to rather stagnant poses so I scrapped that.

Anyway, I originality wanted them to be hardened vets as it fits into my Regiment's fluff a bit more. That being said, I wanted to be able to kill marines instead of loosing much of the time so I will also add to their shoulder pads to make them into counts-as Stormtroopers. The Sgt is my attempt at 'Bastonne' and will be suitable re-named.

Included are also a medic and two generic demolitions/heavies. I may even mutilate one's lasgun into a hellgun to be able to sub out the heavy flamer - which I am not convinced doesn't look like a childish conversion.

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Bastonne



I made a powerpack from the Sentinel targeting array and thin plasticard rod. Initially I wanted to make all teh lasguns into this variety but it wasn't easy and I didn't fancy doing it 6 other times, plus I only have one other 'power pack'.

Lasgun-related inspiration was taken from these two marvellous sources:
http://www.wargamerau.com/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t63551.html
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http://www.librarium-online.com/forums/projects/163704-petes-various-projects-3.html

Two excellent points to go for modelling tips and lovely images.

I will paint the squad to look like Commisars. Plenty of deep greys and red trim. Even though there is no option for a standard the old entry had one so I had to make one for the squad. Initially I wanted to make them look disciplined, all with peaked caps but due to a lack of heads and my rubbish gs skills I went with a more rough-and-ready deal.

I will post WIP pics of painting these babies together with interspersing them with finished pics of the rest of my Cadian army so you can get a feel o where I am heading. At the moment I have a lot of guys equipped as field demolitions/surveyors. Perfect for a Cityfight any day!

Well I hope you like 'em.
 

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Definitely some nice work here Piemaster! Keep it up!
 

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Thanks guys for your kind words.
Unfortunately due to the rather damp weather I was unable to do any priming of miniatures today. I have some metal SMs that I stripped and re-based but they'll have to wait. I'm also going to add kit to my baby Commissars to bring them more in line with gnarled desperadoes that I kind of hoped they'd turn into.
 

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So I realised I have been mis-spelling Commissar wrong [gasp]. Sorry about that.

This post is a double post as I work on bringing an 8 year old marine army in line with my current painting techniques and complete my Cadian army. So far I have painted up 15 tac marines and a vanguard vet squad. I finally got around to magnatising them - pics to come later on today perhaps. Currently on my work bench is part of a command squad, a devistator squad and random marines. I stripped the paint off the metal areas using the marvels of cilit bang! and am painting them as we speak [well, not actually as I'm typing but you know what I mean].

I also have a 6 man terminator squad and 5 man assault squad recieving the cilit bang! treatment. They are painted so horribly that it's not funny. Pics will follow. The terminators are old school and will need new bases on them.

As for the Commissar training squad I have them nearly finished. THe pics I'm posting now are unfortunately a week old but there's no point in posting nearly finished minis when they're so close to completion and you will be able to see what's going on. I've also tarted up the bases on a squad of Hardened Veterans serving in the same fire waste environment of my marines.

Update time!
For the Commissars I wanted them to look like regular Commissars, none of this blue trim that I have seen about. Pah! The Universe is a big place and sometimes red is used. I gave the armour two washes of baal red to make it a bit different from their black fatigues. Red gore was then painted on the edges. I love this red colour. Its so much cooler than blood red as far as I'm concerned. That being said I also used blood red for the fabric areas for a bit of variety. So far you can just see the edging and a mecrite base layer before blood red is added.

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Also an update for the marine side of things.
I started dipping the assault squad into cilit bang and removing the paint before taking pictures so that's what the sheen is. It isn't peurity seal or anything. Gloss is for wusses.
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Bang! and the dirt is gone. Look what it does to this penny! Good as new! - Well, actually not a penny but a marine.
Afters will be posted later.









I used to work on the premmise that more is more...

Anyway, here are some wip pics of my command eschelon.
I removed the metal figures' back packs as they were the old school ones that I don't care for, plus I couldn't be bothered stripping them. These guys actually got some tesco own brand detol rather than cilit bang but hey.

The commander will have a red/bone coloured cloak. Red on the back and you guessed it, beige ont he front. I was kind of annoyed that these figures all have insignia sculpted onto their right shoulder pads as this is where my chapter symbol will go when I have figured one out. Plus I wasn't able to badass them up with 1st company left shoulder pads. They will suffice for now but I will have to plastic it up later.



For now the dude ont he right will be a devistator sqt. and the banner pole will be bannerless until I get my ass into gear and sculpt one.



I was really pleased in this rescue effort. Initially he was a lascannon marine that I had glued together and hadn't let dry before adding metal parts. Needless to say [but I'll say it anyway] hes toreso slipped down and dried like that. I replaced his top half and stole the idea of an empty bolter magazine/pistol combo from an old forum I was a part of. I really like him. He stands taller that the metal figures which is a bit weird.


This is them as they stand on my kitchen sink.

I need to get these guys stripped/painted and then I can work on a 6 man tac squad I painted but to a better standard than the terminators. When everythings finished I will make a penal squad and get my very own Scicarius model, sternguards and DA ravenwing box set. The penal squad will be sooner as I already have the bits.

I need to name the Commisar training squad but that will come later. I name all my guardsmen.
 

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Update [again!].

So my Commissar Training squad are nearly completed. I just need to go over a few areas I forgot and change the heavy flamer into something not complete rubbish. Pics





Pachenco is my Bastogne and will have a suitably more awesome back story than 'guy who remembers his fallen comrades', incidently Pachenco is a character in Death Race and also a badass. Linkage



Gunner is equipped w a demo charge as you can plainly see.













I also made 3 regular Cadians for my regiment. I figured I'd be needing a medic and more regular troopers with lasguns. The extras are beefed up with extra equipment over my line guardsmen as I plan to make a demolition/engineer platoon at a later date and it can't hurt to have more specialists that I can draw upon when the time comes.





Note the Baneblade shoulder pad




Here are those space marines I have been prattling on about for a bit now. I'd say half way finished. Highlights, extra details and that sort of thing still to be done.








That's yer lot for now. I'm off to make some dinner. Salmon, squid, rice and fried veg awaits. THen a spot of washing up is to be had.
 

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No pictorial updates I'm afraid this post.

I've painted the white shoulder pads on like 7 marines and had to redo the twin plasma pistol squad as they weren't up to all that much. They're much better now. I've also painted 4 bikes, some arms for my vanguards so they can be regular assault squad guys and have been patiently removing the paint from my terminators.

So far I have to:
Paint the brighter yellow on the bikes aquillas,
Weather their white areas
Do small bits here and there on the command squad/miscellaneous guys,
and edge highlight both the comm and bike squads. (7 marines + 4 bikes)

I'll have lovely photos up when these are all done before I set upon painting the terminators. I'll cut their arms off as I have some TS SS & LCs ready to be magnatised. These are new plastics so it will be interesting to see what they are like up against the old models. Oh, and I'm going to pimp them out with extra bits & such.
 

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Update! I've painted up a SM bike squad, magatised the special weapon and have made some more 'standard' bolt pistol + cc wpn for my Vanguard Vets. I've also been doing some highlighting on my commander + others but there's nothing to report too much there so I won't.

I've been working a bit on the fluff and will post some when I have more time but for now... pics!











I need to put some of those round edged bases on these babies as I have an allergy to right-angles; they bring me out in a rash don't you know. Next on my work bench is more marines, a penal legion squad, gretchin and a whole bunch of other stuff.

I think I'm going to redo the front white fairings where the bolters sit as I'm not too happy with them but for now they are painted and unpainted miniatures get precedence. For now I'm just happy they are tabletop.
 

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Howdy again. Firstly I hope the pictures aren't too dark. It was gradually getting darker after I finished work when I was taking photos.

I've stopped painting for a bit and did some modelling. I've wanted to make Penal legionnaires for a while now, and well I had the bits for 'em just waiting. I just love really unique units that are there just to look nice. I wanted these guys not to have helmets apart from the custodian who will be magnatised so he can have a shotgun or las pistol/cc just for the hell of it.

I removed some butts, all eagles and some chest armour as well as some shoulder pads - although I really hate it and will put some new arms on instead. Next time you'll see these will be with (hopefully) orange fatigues and the like. Did think of putting a ball & chain around their ankles but that's a bit too impractical for the likes of me.






I had to cut his side ponytail as it looked rubbish. In its place, he'll have an explosive bolt attached to his head. Nice!




I also have some pics of a few older miniatures that I haven't yet shared with you. heavy weapon teams and random special weapons. I painted these years ago but recently went over and redid their skin tones, removed mold lines, added hazard stripes and that sort of thing.








Sentry gun:



Objective marker, etc


Demo charge:




Specialists / field engineers:












Cityfight lascutter stratagems:



Guardsmen Thorp and Thorp are identical twin brothers responsible for the safe passage of guardsmen through otherwise impassible terrain in the ruined twisted streets of any urban hellhole.

Connor J the company's senior officer armed with his trusty power fist and trophy of a slain Ork's head driven from the streets of one of Armageddon secondus' hives:



Some Catachan demo charges for good measure:


Finally the cockpit of one of two Sentinels:


That's yer lot for now. I'm also uploading photos into my Ork log if you can find it and are interested.
 

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So I just got a little gem of an ebay purchase through in the post this morning. Nothing too exciting but it was enough to finish my command squad bar the apothicary and to beef out a tactical squad to the full 10 man. I got 2 forge world heads and plenty of weapons and trinkets. In all I got enough for 6 marines. Pics will be uploaded some time tomorrow before I prime them.
 
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