Fantastic looking armies, both of you! I love how the pictures really make it look like the mech just moved forward, shooting down anything that came in their path. I guess that is pretty much what happened as well
Hehe yes this is pretty much what happend. Next game will be over Easter, I exprect a wall of tracked metal this time
Your army is just looking awesome! Very nice and smooth black. Also the bases are top of the class, how did you do them? Would be nice to know, with the new Adeptus mech. just around the corner
It is very simple actually. I start by painting the sand Banblade Brown and the stones Charadon Granite. So a light brown for most of the base and a dark grey for the stones. Then I brush on the hole base Standard Rust Pigment from MIG. I use it dry, directly out of the pot. Blow away all loose pigments and seal it with MIG pigment fixer. When this is dry I go again with pigments, Standard Rust and on some places a little bit Light Rust. Blow away all loose pigments and you are done.
The very bright effect comes from the unsealed pigments (also the dark paint scheme helps), the downsied of this is that you will loose some over time, so if you plan on transporting your miniatures I would not recoment to use a foamtray. Better to glue a magnet under the base and transport them in a metal box so nothing comes in direct contact with the base.
I am very excited about the Skitarii models and I really want to include them in my army. Can you imagine them in a dark color scheme, with the skull heads and cabeling like my Thralls? I think they will look awesome!
But I really don’t want to use the Skitarii models as Thrall stand-ins. In my opinion they make a poor proxy. Skitarii are in my imagination elite warriors, breeded, trained and equipped only for war. And I think the GW models represent this pretty good, with the beautiful armor plates, bionics and decorated weapons.
Thralls on the other hand are worker that in case of war get crude las-weapons attached and are send to the meat grinder. They have a high strength, because of physical labor, a poor ballistic skill and get only the most basic equipment.
Can you imagine a proud Skitarii, shooting as bad as an orc? I can’t
Of course it helps that I love the FW Thrall models (they even might be my favorite figures in this army) and I still have many unassembled, so there is, at least in my case, no need for an alternative.
What I think is a much better unit to use the Skitarii models for, are the Solar Auxilliar.
They all come with a good armor and good equipment, like those super las-rifles. Also the storm section comes with ballistic skill 4, what gives them the same stat line like the GW Skitarii.
So what I am thinking right now, is a very small allied Solar Auxilliar detachment, with a big blob of “ranger” Skitarii as normal troops, a 10 man Volkite storm section represented by “vanguard” Skitarii and a basic HQ. This would also give me an excuse to get some of those nice Malcador based tanks.. oh my..
But nothing is carved in stone jet, I am really looking forward to what else will be coming for this army (or is it armies? Rumors coming so fast I can’t really follow). Maybe it will then be much easier to just use the GW rules and ally them (if my opponent has nothing against it of course) with the Taghmata Omnissiah.
Anyway, this will be some very interesting weeks