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"Rynn's World" - Rogue Trader 40k log

 Post subject: "Rynn's World" - Rogue Trader 40k log
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 11:31 pm 
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Just like I have announced on my blog on February 28, I am planning to run a campaign set on "Rynn's World" - home of the Crimson Fists chapter of Space Marines and target of an invasion of brutal Ork forces.

These are my first painted up Rogue Trader 40k era models that I've finished. A squad of Crimson Fists Space Marines with a rocket launcher.

When I decided to only pick models from that era of Citadel's miniatures that I wanted to use for this project, I also came to the conclusion that they need to have that old school 40k look. In other words: painted on rank insignia and chapter emblem and helmet stripes - no decals whatsoever (these are my first free hand painting attempts ever in 22+ years of table top wargaming!)

The squad consists entirely of models made from the sprues included in RTB01, these were the first ever produced plastic Astartes. The only exception being the Sergeant's head, which is a trimmed down Veteran Sergeant Culln from Forgeworld. Another premiere in my hobby history is that I have also painted the eyes of the bare headed marine. I am getting more confident about painting such details now that I can see the result which in my own humble opinion is not too bad for someone who never bothered doing so before. ;-)

This project is going to get my very best of painting skills ever. I am absolutely in love with Citadel's early range of Beakies. Enough of the words though, I know without pics it didn't happen. ^^

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Squad #1

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Sergeant, three Marines with Bolters, one rocket launcher.

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On the Sergeant I made use of the bits that are included on the sprues.

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Hand painted Crimson Fists chapter emblem and Sergeant rank insignia.

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Squad leaders have a red stripe with yellow trim on their helmets.

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One could argue that a veteran must have a red diamond in his rank insignia but I am only going to give that to those who have better stats (so, those that are veterans by profile).

In addition to the first plastic squad I have painted up another squad leader. This one will see action in a mission out of the second edition 40k starter set (part of "Battle for Armageddon" booklet). This is a pewter figure whose only mod was to update the Chainsword with a modern plastic Cadian Shock Troopers one. This looks better IMO.
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I love that dude, the pose is just awesome. Finally a model that looks like its fencing in close combat - and he's from 1987!

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The new sword does improve the model a lot. I had to use a Chainsword from the Cadians though - a modern plastic Marine sword is just too tall.

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Since he doesn't have the stuts in his should pad I decided to use the blank space for a Crimson Fists symbol. Note the yellow trim on the helmet, just like the plastic squad leader above.

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Rank insignia of a Sergeant.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:15 am 
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Very nice ! Very Old school !

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Ah, good old Beakie Marines. Gotta love 'em!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 9:06 am 
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Excellent! I have a few similarly painted beakies myself - but I never got around to painting the shoulder emblems on them. Your free hand painting skills are truly impressive (I know how difficult this is, especially getting them to look so consistently good!).


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:00 pm 
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I am in awe. These are so nice. Very sharp tactical markings.

I have a full set of these guys that I recently dug out of hibernation. Bike, robot, old style dread. Pure charm. A friend of mine has threatened to run a RT campaign. I hope we eventually get around to it. Will follow your progress for sure.

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Really nice old school efforts, good job!

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Super cool :-).

I had a similar army a few years back:

http://s349.photobucket.com/user/RyanDo ... t=3&page=1

For inspiration if you want it :).

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@Man of Kent: nice !!

@everyone else:

Thanks a lot guys. ;D

Next squad's humble beginnings (no plastic miniatures in this squad):
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Weren't you tempted to paint them as Rainbow Warriors? ;-P

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@Stormwind: no way! :D

After a little delay (its called real life I guess...) here is squad #2 of my Rogue Trader Crimson Fists:

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Squad #2, all metal from 1987
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Sergeant's helmet in appropriate markings
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Free hands for chapter badge and rank emblem
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I just love that aiming squad leader figure!
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..so here he is close up.

There were two more figures I finished at the same time. One is a lascannon that one day will be part of a support squad and the other miniature is going to be Veteran Sergeant Huron Grimm who is going to see action in the "Battle for Jadeberry Hill" scenario.

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I wasn't sure about adding gems to a space marine but in the end I think it looks not too bad.
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Power pack :-)
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Veteran Sergeant Huron Grimm
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One of the cool things about RT era miniatures is that their guns don't have that heroic scale. A bolt pistol actually is small like its supposed to be compared to the guy wielding it.
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More to come guys. I promise!

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So nice. Quite excited about this. Not too sure if the color of those gems. It is retro, I suppose.

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Nitpick wrote:
So nice. Quite excited about this. Not too sure if the color of those gems. It is retro, I suppose.



Thanks. To be honest, I wanted the gems to be red. The ones on the lascannon however have a drop-like shape and in red that would be too much of a Blood Angels look. Green I have used on lenses and eyes so there wasn't much of a choice for a dark colour to go along the blue of Crimson Fists...


In a forum someone asked for a pic before the paint was applied. Here you go - the servitors are working hard and mindless to produce even more WH40k RT era Mk. VI power armour ;-)

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I use "UHU patafix" strips (I think you guys in the English speaking countries know it as "blu tack") to attach my figures to that piece of wood - its an easy way to use spray primer on them because you can turn them without falling down and get the primer everywhere. The weapons have been temporarily pinned to old flight bases to handle them while painting.

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So will you be adding retro first edition vehicles to this force too?

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Seeing those plastic beakies brings back memories of the smell of humbrol poly cement!

I remember spending all night assembling that box at my grandma's house when I was about 10 and getting unintentionally high as a kite on the fumes.... :) great work and a real blast from the past!

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After being away from the painting table for two weekends, I managed to finish the first few models of what's going to be two support squads for the Crimson Fists army.

A mix of Lascannons and Heavy Bolters - still missing are the Missile Launchers and the Sergeants.

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Four Lascannons and two Heavy Bolters for starters
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