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[30K] Isstvan III Death Guard

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 4:24 pm 
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Let me start with a confession: I’m a total Horus Heresy nut. It all started in 1990 with the original Space Marine game. I liked the models and fluff, but it was the artwork that really struck a chord. I spent literally hours staring at Kevin Walker’s and Adrian Smith’s drawings of power-armoured superhumans blasting and smashing each other to pulp. 8)

I played dozens of games with my friends, trying to recreate these heroic battle scenes. Much fun was had by all, but deep down I always felt a bit disappointed: the rules were just too clunky to allow for large, sweeping battles as depicted in the rulebook. The following editions remedied this to an extent, but deep down I regretted that the HH was no longer the driving fluff element.

Then Forge World released ‘Betrayal’. And there it was again, that indescribable HH thrill I remembered from 20+ years ago. It even convinced me to collect a heresy-era army and start playing 40K, a game I tried a couple of times before through demos at my gaming club but had never really liked. After drawing up some army lists, I visited the Forge World online store – and nearly died from shock upon seeing how much the army would cost.

Depression loomed, but then my regular epic opponent discovered Fattdex’ excellent legion army list on this very forum. We quickly organised a test battle using our old (and very brightly painted) SM2-era forces and had an absolute blast. Needless to say, we both decided to start new 6 mm heresy-era armies that same evening. Soon after, vintage and not-so-vintage space marine models from all over the globe started arriving in Belgium.

But which Legion to take? I briefly considered Raven Guard or Iron Hands, primarily for ease of painting, but in the end I went for (loyalist) Death Guard on Isstvan III. White, green and gold should make for a striking colour scheme, especially in combination with dark rubble/ruin bases.

So in this thread, I’d like to share my painting efforts with you. In part to keep motivated – I’m a slow painter and a notorious hobby butterfly – but also to thank the many TacCom users who made this army possible by developing army lists or helping me to obtain the necessary models. Cheers guys, you know who you are!

Enough waffling, time for some pics (sorry for the bad pic quality and the red background, slowly learning to take decent pics).

Below, you’ll find my first finished units. They’re mostly older models, as I prefer to get a bit of practice before tackling the newer and more detailed sculpts. I went for nearly white power armour and vehicles, as opposed to the yellow/brownish white used in the Forge World books. This was done for two reasons: it makes the models stand out more, and I love the ‘Galaxy in Flames’ cover.

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Tactical detachment

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Alternative transport

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My preferred transport option >:D

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Heavy support stand

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Some test models for my next units

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The paint job is probably too clean for Death Guard, but my efforts at weathering didn’t end too well. Does anybody have any good (and preferably easy) weathering tips for 6 mm models?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 4:32 pm 
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holy crap..... those are sickeningly well painted....

now if you'll excuse me I am going to go and chuck my imperial fists in a skip....

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 4:33 pm 
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I find weathering wise, that a heavy drybrush of P3 gun corps brown on the tracks and a lighter one on the panels nearby, followed by a devlan mud wash on the track sections works pretty well

but I am not worthy of your skills, so feel free to ignore me

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 4:45 pm 
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Fan-Fing-tastic

Perfect contrast with the bases and the deep panel lines and recesses really make these pop. That Spartan really takes the crown for me. Something immensely pleasing about that model. I concur that dirtying them up a tad would take these already awesome models to another level.

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True that, Whiskeyjack. :)
Kyuss and myself seem to have a reputation for grim, dirty, rusty used equipment so take our comment with more than a grain of salt! ;)

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Thanks for your kind comments, guys!

@Kyuss: thanks for the tip, I'll give your recipe a try. Your Fists inspired my basing choice, by the way - I love the way the dark bases make the models pop.


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Another heresy era collection nice.

Excellent paint work on these sir that spartan is lovely. Overall a very pleasing force with great attention to detail, keep it up.

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ace, lovely - brilliant.

Gent? lovely city, much better than Brugge in my opinion. Belgium rules, but I am biased.


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Oh, just stop. Just stop painting this well. You're discouraging all of us mere mortals!!

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Splendidly awesome!

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out standing minis love the work on the shoulder pads, and that heavy weapons stand is ace
hope to see more of this army as it comes along


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Yep, these are stunning!

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Beautiful, just beautiful.


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