Started Thousand Sons this April as my first Heresy army. Really drawn to their aesthetic and culture, and have enjoyed the few games I've played with them so far.
Still learning as I go. Looking back at the first minis I painted, I see the need to add some more color transitions; the red is otherwise too flat:
My contemptor mortis was my first attempt to shade the red more:
Might be hard to see, but I was trying to blend brown into the shaded parts of the armor. After I painted him, I discovered spray on primer, and bought a can of mephiston red. My first few batches of minis with the spray were pretty messed up; primer too thick and cracking, or spraying from too far and ending up with rough edges. A bit disappointed in how my osiron contemptor turned out:
One learns with one's failures though, and I'm taking more time and being careful with this command squad (Ahriman's cabal) - still WIP:
2 of them are carrying spears because I like the look, even if power lances are kind of weak sauce on tsons without rules like hit and run. I might run them as power swords, with the justification that all our power weapons are mounted on hafts (like Ahriman and the Sekhmet's force axes.) I really like the FW transfer sheets, the first fellowship falcon head is SICK. I also needed a way to use the big transfers on the sheet, so a command squad for Ahriman was the easy choice even if they get smushed by any dedicated combat units. Hey, maybe I roll Precognition AND Forewarning one of these days and we go to town with 2+/4++ re-rollable saves that also lay the smackdown with re-rollable hitting and wounding power weapons. On average, once every 36 games this command squad is going to open a can of whoop*** on someone
Here's a family photo of everything with at least 3 colors down:
I have another vet squad, more heavy support, a rhino, and some sekhmet and legion termies in various stages of primed and grey plastic I'll be getting to over the next few months. Ultimately planning to run 2500 point Pride of the Legion with Ahriman as my warlord. Because he is bamf. I probably don't have enough anti-armor, but I don't like how a lot of the tanks look and will probably try to make do by buying loads of chainfists and going for objuration mechanicum where possible on my termies.