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#1 ArbitorIan

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Posted 25 September 2016 - 11:39 AM

A while ago I built a small Word Bearers force to ally to my Warp Cult. Given that I have more bits lying around, I thought I'd expand it into a small army. The whole thing is built from the dregs of old projects, notably a load of Maxmini heads and Anvil industry parts I once bought with the intention of making an 40k Iron Hands army. That never happened, so the bits have been recycled, along with a load of very old model parts, into a rather idiosyncratic 30k force. I'm trying to keep all the vehicle models RT-style, so it looks purposeful in the table.

Given that one of the (other) main reasons to do these guys was to get my Daemons painted, I've done it as Zardu Layak's Unspeaking Chapter - I've decided that this is the 7th 'Relic' Company of the Unspeaking Chapter, a motley assortment of specialists and ancient equipment kept in service in case it's ever needed again. Obviously, since galactic civil war broke out, the 7th has been remarkably busy putting its ancient dreadnought and vehicles into service.

Here's what I got done the first time:

Tactical Squad - built from mk4 bodies and pauldrons, Maxmini heads, Anvil legs, 2ed backpacks and old 2ed Chaos bolters,

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Terminators - made from some of the RT-era variant terminators, made bigger, and with Anvil arms and bolters and Maxmini pauldrons. XVII numerals are from the Cadian sheet.

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Deredeo Dreadnought - Space Crusade base model, embiggened and reposed, Drop Pod missile launchers, Ramshackle auto cannon mounted on Predator heavy bolter bodies.

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Posted 25 September 2016 - 11:41 AM

The second batch is in-progress. I've assembled, pre-shaded and then coated them with clear red (Badger Ghost Tints), and I'm just starting on the details. Shoulder pads and backpacks are done separately in grey. The clear red makes them really glossy at this stage, and they will be until the final matte varnish coats.

 

First, some Gal Vorbak, and the two Blade Slaves to accompany Zardu:

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Then, a squad of 10 Assault Marines with some modern backpacks I had spare.

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Support from 5 rotor cannons and 7 missile launchers

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Five more old-school Terminators, embiggened with a big of grey knight and anvil bionic arms.

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And finally, three third-party jet bikes I've had lying around for years..

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Posted 25 September 2016 - 11:46 AM

Nicely done mate, lots of character and great use of some retro miniatures. 



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Posted 25 September 2016 - 12:05 PM

Liking the colours. Loved that dreadnought as a kid

#5 ArbitorIan

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 11:57 AM

FINALLY got some of the Word Bearers finished. Here are Zardu Layak and his newly-completed Blade Slaves, and the squad of Gal Vorbak.
 
There are actually a fair few more ready to go, I'm just waiting to put transfers on them!
 
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Posted 05 March 2017 - 10:21 AM

Word Bearers need Chaplains! Introducing Kor Blimey, scion of the White Chapel.

 
Azkaellon wings/pack, OOP Wolf Guard Axe arm, CSM torso, Anvil legs.
 
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Posted 14 March 2017 - 08:04 PM

Got the transfers on Kor Blimey's squad - 7th Assault Squad, 8th (Relic) Company, Unspeaking Chapter.

 

I had most of these parts left over from other projectsso cobbled them together into a unit - Maxmini heads as usual, some 40k jump packs, Anvil Industry legs reclaimed from a failed project years ago and a mix of Chaos and Imperial chainswords.

 
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And, another squad done - Heavy Support Squad with Missile Launchers. Again, I had a load of these old Missile Launchers left over from my Badab Tiger Claws army, so thought I'd put them into use.
 
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Posted 14 March 2017 - 08:39 PM

And here's the force so far!

 
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- Zardu Layak & Blade Slaves
- Kor Blimey - Chaplain
- Tactical Squad
- Assault Squad
- Gal Vorbak
- Terminator Squad
- Heavy Support Squad
- Deredeo Dreadnought


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 11:21 PM

Nice use of the old MLs. Wish I had ten of 'em myself...


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Posted 04 April 2017 - 08:08 PM

Yup, I've always like the shoulder mounted weapons, they look a lot more regimented with them!

 
Next batch up - here are the last bits of infantry done and I'm ready to start on the vehicles. First, the Rotor Cannon Support Squad, using old Warzone plastic rotor cannons.
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My Librarian, Hol Imoli - ready to give some extra psychic punch to the summoning part of the army
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And a team of Rapiers - these are the same as my Militia ones - Mantic tracks and scratch-built centres with old Space Crusade weapons on top.
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And finally, a small Sky Hunter squadron made from the Maxmini Gothic Jetbikes.
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Posted 08 April 2017 - 09:21 PM


So, the next thing is to start work on the motor pool. Here's what I have to work with!

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Ancient relics! I can't to go too tank heavy as I'm planning to use The Dark Brethren RoW a lot and it only allows one heavy support, so everything is a transport. My plan is to recondition all of them, and also make the Land Raiders into original-style Spartans where the Spartan front is magnetised.

I've started with a bit of recasting just to finish off the models. I had some missing doors. I've also cut down the spindly, circular lascannons mounts to provide a wider mounting point, since the lascannons were always very easily breakable.

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For that reason, you never find enough of the original lascannons on eBay purchases like this, so I made a mould for the side ones and have constructed some extra weapons for the top hatch point. The side ones are magnetised to become 'quad' lascannons when being a Spartan. The extra too hatch weapons are swappable. On the Spartan configuration this would be twin Heavy Bolters, but the either can be used in the LR Proteus configuration.

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I've also beefed up the engines and replaced the easily breakable aerial with a radar dish.

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The Rhinos needed a bit of work - I've recast the pintle bolt guns to get enough, and made ends for the exhausts from plastic tubing - another thing that tends to break off.

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I've also recast some assault ramps for the Spartan fronts - the only thing I had lying around was a (built) SW flyer, so that rune thingy is going to files down into a diamond-shaped Word Bearer icon!!

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 08:41 PM

After a day at the geek club, I've got the basic superstructures built for the Spartans.

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They're pretty simple at the moment, and held in by friction, but they'll eventually be magnetised to the top hull. I need to add a ton of detail and fill all the gaps, but you can see the scale.

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Rescued some old rhino parts to help fill the big empty spaces!

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 10:45 PM

Constructive criticism mate, I don't think your style of basing is adding to the overall look. If you make the bases more interesting, it will enhance your fine looking paint job. 



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Posted 10 April 2017 - 02:54 PM

Constructive criticism mate, I don't think your style of basing is adding to the overall look. If you make the bases more interesting, it will enhance your fine looking paint job.



Yeah, you're probably right - they original ones were done pretty quickly to match my Militia (which, as a horde of hundreds of models, have pretty simple basing) and I just carried on in the same style. But I could probably spend a bit more time on the bases for these are there aren't quite as many of them!!

Gonna get these vehicles done, then move onto Dreadnoughts (which will have a bit more going on as per the Deredeo above) and then maybe come back to the Infantry and decorate the bases a bit more. I like the light grey but yeah, they could do with a bit more 'stuff' instead of a featureless field of grey gravel!!!

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 04:16 PM

Another batch of progress. I've done some simple milliput press molds and started to detail up the Spartan Hulls.
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I've also started on a few more projects. First is this classic GRAV ATTACK!!! There's actually an illustration of one of these in the Visions of Heresy book which is slightly updated but i can't find it at the moment!
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I'm going to build a kit that I can recast that fits perfectly on these empty deodorant bottles I got from Amazon. Like the Spartans, I'm going to make mine look a little more modern, so I've raided the bits box and found a ton of useful parts.
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Started out by glueing and filling on the model, but with electrical tape where the new bits are so that I can peel them off when dry and cast them.
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The turret is the back part of an old Eldar Vyper embiggened. I'll drill a point in for magnetisation for different weapon load outs.
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Posted 08 August 2017 - 01:53 PM

It's been a while, but I've managed to find some time to continue work on the RT-era vehicles for the Word Bearers. 

 
The las cannons have been assembled out of recast bodies and plasticard barrels. They are glued onto the Proteus bodies as one set, and magnetised to take a second set for the Spartan conversion.
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The Spartan fronts have been riveted and had detail added.
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When all assembled, the finished model is pretty huge - about as long as a FW Spartan, and a little wider at the guns. 
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Posted 15 August 2017 - 06:07 PM

I managed to get all the airbrushing done over the weekend, and spent a long day today brush-painting all the base colours (mostly silver and gold) , painting scripture and applying transfers. Here they are at the end of the day and covered in gloss varnish, awaiting weathering and washing...

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 04:24 AM

I really like hat you have done with these.  I like the grey and red approach.   Nice mix.  Can't wait to seem em weathered up.



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Posted Yesterday, 11:19 AM



I really like hat you have done with these.  I like the grey and red approach.   Nice mix.  Can't wait to seem em weathered up.

 

 

 

Thanks! The vehicles are now finished - this army doesn't have a ton of complex weathering, to be honest. It's mostly a bit of dye spray and manipulating the black oil wash.

 

Anyway, here they are! I managed to finish off a few more bits at the same time so more to come today...

 
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Posted Yesterday, 11:20 AM

Spartans!
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