The Blue Scribes are a pretty easy model to build, however the difficulty comes with cleaning the Finecast resin. Once assembled and primed, The paint layers were pretty easy to do, and followed the way the other Tzeentch daemons were done.
For consistency's sake, I gave the Disc the same cat eyes as the Screamers. The teeth on the Disc were just as big a pain as those on the Flamers too. The feather quills were painted with layers of GW red, then P3 Carnal Pink, and then a layer of White Scar.
Once the model was painted, I used a Micron pen to add the faux writing to the scrolls and book pages that were open. I'm still waiting for my Fateweaver to arrive, but once here, that will be my next Tzeentch model.
The second unit I worked on from the Daemon wave was the unit of Screamers. When they were metal, this was one of the pointiest, annoying units to paint because of the spikes. With their reincarnation into plastic, I found them the easiest of the new models to build and paint.
I opted for a simple build without excess tentacles or spikes on these models. The ball posts don't fit perfectly on the screamers, however once painted they worked pretty well.
The blue was painted exactly like the Flamers, and I stuck with the bone and yellow that I normally do. I chose to give them cat eyes, rather than round pupils and did that with the Micron pen.
I've been keeping my Tzeentch army on the back burner for a while. But the combination of my First Founding project coming to an end, the new allies rules for Warhammer 40,000, and the timely release of some new models, now was a good time to continue with it.
The new daemon wave, and the new allies rules have allowed me to re-imagine the way my Thousand Sons army will work. For one thing, I now have more daemons than Chaos Marines. For another, a Thousand Sons or Chaos Marines release appears to not be coming until October at the earliest (if the rumormongers are to be believed).
The first unit I chose to build and paint from the new wave was the Flamers. This was a difficult group of models to paint. For one thing, they all have mouths all over the place with tiny fangs that were hard to paint. I also picked up three new paint pots to do the blue: Macragge Blue, Alaitoc Blue and Hoeth Blue. Of which I did layers in that order.
Based on feedback I got from a previous post, I spent some time looking at pictures of fire trying to decide which way to layer the colors. I saw examples both ways, and ultimately decided to go red to white, rather than the reverse as had been suggested in that previous post.
While this wasn't the biggest pain of a model to build, it was still pretty annoying. The two resin pieces of the fuselage were warped outward pretty badly. There were also pretty bad thin spots and some parts of the models were miscast somewhat.
For the warping, I ran the model under hot water, though it might be worthwhile to pick up a hot air gun (or borrow my wife's). Some rubber bands along with the glue were enough to glue the fuselage together. The canopy, and multimelta were painted separately so that the clear canopy could be glued on with canopy glue.
I painted the model in the same way as the Storm Talon, then, once it was sealed, I used the canopy glue to put the clear canopy on. The the model was fully assembled.
The second tactical squad I built for the Disciples of Caliban I decided should have a plasma gun and a sergeant with a pair of pistols (in keeping with the Dark Angel gun fighting aesthetic). This time I used the Dark Angel's Veterans kit to build them.
I used the same paint palette as previously. Although using the new white paints from GW helps make the chapter symbol look better.
For the short term, this will be the end of the Disciples of Caliban. However, I will most likely be revisiting the army once the new Dark Angels starter set comes out. As well as when the new Dark Angels codex comes out.
Priests of Mars by Graham McNiell is the story of a group of Adeptus Mechanicus Explorators planning to go after a failed expedition beyond the Imperium. Space Marines from the Black Templars and Imperial guardsmen from Cadia join the expedition as military reinforcements, and a Rogue Trader is involved as well. There are also one or two surprises from McNiell's past writing as well. Overall this is a good novel, filled with action and intrigue and a couple twists not seen at the beginning. Definitely worth the read, though not sure if it is worth the hard cover price.
The bitz to make this squad were given to me as a gift by HuronBH from the Blood & Blades blog. It consists of five sets of heads and legs from the Sanguinary Guard boxed set. The torsos and axes are from the Forge World Honor Guard kit, the bolters and shoulder pads are from the Raven Guard Forge World kit.
In every space that could fit it, I used a Micron pen to draw the Executioners Chapter symbol on. Then used Mephiston Red, Evil Sunz Red, Wild Rider Red and Fire Dragon orange.
The biggest addition for this paint scheme is the use of Thunderhawk grey as a middle highlight on the models. I really liked this color, and may go abck and add it onto previous Executioners models.
The Space Marine army I've had the most fun working on in the last year is definitely the Executioners. They have an aesthetic and force organization that is very comparable to the way my style of 40k playing has evolved to.
With that in mind, and having a gift on the back burner to influence me, I decided to kit bash together a Chapter Master for the Executioners. There is a short story in the second Badab War book of Thulsa Kane meeting with the current Executioners Chapter Master. It results in him taking all of the blame for the Executioners siding with the Astral Claws for honors sake, but him leaving the chapter in exile as well. So this model is a re-imagining of a future chapter master.
The model was built with legs, axe and arms from the Sanguinary Guard boxed set. The hood is from the Dark Angels boxed set, and the shield and purity seals are from the Grey Knights boxed set. The backpack and standard are from the Tacical Squad boxed set. The shoulder pads are from Forge World.
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