As you may recall from my October post (he says, blowing the cobwebs away) there was a painting challenge going on in the office, with an early December deadline. I had two-and-a-bit-nearly-three months to paint the new Space Marine Strike Force, with the penalty for failure being to buy a pint in Bugman's for anyone who successfully completed their Battle Force. Needless to say, that'd be a pricey round!
So, last time I posted Squad Alkaios of the Minotaurs' 3rd Company, called 'The Stalwarts', for Veteran Sergeant Alkaios' renowned courage and his refusal to arm himself with anything more ornate than a combi-weapon. This time I've got the rest of the Strike Force, which I did finish it time, I'm pleased to say.
Except the Drop Pod. Which I did finish (complete with scenic base) but I figured, a Drop Pod's a Drop Pod. Who cares. Also, by popular request, at the end of this string of photos you'll get to enjoy a step-by-step 'How I do my Bronze armour' photo montage. I bet you can hardly wait ;-)
So, first and foremost:
Brother-Captain Decualion, Keeper of the Labyrinth; Captain of 3rd Company; the Black Brotherhood.
|He's the one with the spear and the gangsta lean...|
|His command squad are equally nonchalant...|
|Except Veteran-brother Aiax who is furious at the squad's lack of being in close combat|
I wanted to build a 'surveying the battlefield' commander, given that almost all my other HQ miniatures are very much in the thick of it. Next up, Vanguard squad Deucalion, 'the Strong-Greaved'. These guys will eventually be ten-strong, and brimming with gear as befits an Apocalypse-only squad that will rain from a Thunderhawk Gunship...
|Look at all that bling|
|Everyone has lightning claws or a Thunder hammer/storm shield. Or an axe. Or a spear, obviously...|
|The multi-melta is pretty cool, I think.|
|That guy, front right. Where's his bolter from?|
So, first basecoat with Tin Bitz. I use a large drybrush for this, but you don't want to drybrush it. Instead you overbrush, which is basically a bit of a wetter drybrush (ie you haven;t got rid of all the paint from the brush). This is purely for convenience and speed!
Stage two is basically the same, but using Dwarf Bronze or Brazen Brass. Note that I have no clue what the new Citadel paint names are for these...
|I know what you're thinking...|
|... That's G.A.F - Gold As Fuck! (Apologies for this now not being SFW...)|
So that's that! A heap of models, stay tuned for more. I've got Centurions to paint soon.
*There isn't really a prize.