So I picked up a Skitarii start collecting box 2 weeks ago and I am well on my way to finishing it up . . . in Xana colors of course. Plan is to not have any twisted conversions to start off with. I want to just stick with the base Mechanicus and Skitarii models from GW and Forgeworld until I get a decent army all painted up and then start in on some of the demon forge stuff later. The idea being that the start of the force is before Xana went nuts (I mean found their way )and the later stuff will be during the transition/after they went all super demon forge traitor. Also, these will be the foot soldiers that go along with my House Malinax Knights.
Mostly the force will play as a 40k army (30k is light at the moment, several club members are still in the building armies phase) so I am looking forward to the upcoming IA forgeworld book that will bring some of the 30k mechanicum models into the 40k universe. The IA book is one of my main drivers for starting this but the biggest driver is the models on the GW and forgeworld side are super cool.
This will be a slow roll project because I plan to build and paint what I buy before buying anything else minus things that will be used for later conversions (lets see how this plan turns out lol ). The plan after this start collecting box is to get 2-3 more start collecting boxes because it is actually cheaper to buy them than it is to buy the skitarii vanguard and dunecrawler separately so I might as well get a free magos. This will give me 3 of each special weapon and some bodies for peltas/hoplites for forgeworld upgrade packs. Then I will have 2 extra magos in hand to make into something twisted. I am also getting a Cawl model so my initial plan is to maybe use the extra 2 magos from the start collecting boxes as some type of body guard for him. Not sure what yet as I have to dig into the units and rules for 30k and 40k and figure something out. Recommendations are appreciated.
Pictures will be up once I get some things finished. I am going to oil wash the magos and 10 skitarii from the start collecting box either today or tomorrow and then I just have to base them and matte varnish them and they will be done. I am going for the end of the week to finish them up. The dunecrawler is finished being airbrushed and is next up on the painting desk to get the metals blocked out.
Scheme is basically identical to how I did my first Knight.