Final Claw of 2020

Wanted to end the year with some more Night Lords so here is the final claw additions of the year.

I was getting really unhappy about photographing on white because I could not get the colours to work the way I wanted them to. So I watched the McCordall video on shooting black on black, made a new backdrop for the Lightbox and had a go.

I may try and get some black velvet felt for the fabric instead, but these already look better like this. Hard to believe that the only difference between these five and the last five is that the red in the Khorne half of the company shoulder pad is a shade darker.

All the other changes came from the backdrop fabric, the Lightbox on a lower light setting and a reduction in the camera exposure settings.

Looking forwards to more photos that try and capture the grim dark nature of these guys in 2021.

These five are a load more Bolter equipped models. I was pleased with the pose of the kneeling Plasma gunner too and this one with the sniper scope.

Another of the resin cast models, still not worked out what they are.

Night Lord Claw Additions

Adding some more traitor marines into the ranks. This was one of the targets for the year and the numbers have been pretty good.

One further squad of five to add before New Year, just a little left to do to get them finished.

I am not sure where the resin sculpt for the body and back pack of this one came from, the head is one of the amazing sculpts from Liberdaemonica imported from Russia. The combination works well.

Melta gun primed and charging,,,

Looking to the skies with the flamer.

On your toes trooper!

Used to like the look of this armour mark in the Games Workshop art work, but I don’t think the sculpt does the concept justice. Maybe it’s my painting though…

Flying the Banner for Grimdark Justuce

Enjoyed painting up the tank crew conversions and decided that I did not have enough of the earlier marks of armour in the ranks of the 19th, so added in this squad.

Also don’t have any sanctioned marines, so it’s about time to add in some red-handed models…

Grimdark justice coming to an unfortunate planet near you some time soon if you are unlucky.

Classic bolters on show…

Claw Additions

Another five added into the ranks of the tactical claws of the Skull Reapers 19th Company.

Another of the unknown resin models. Must do some research into these…

Classic original plastic space marine model head and torso…

Another plasma gunner

Blackstone Fortress Chaos Space marine model

Not so sure about this type of skull helmet but relatively pleased with how this has ended up with the crouched pose. I really wanted some more dynamic poses.

Claw Additions

Finished up the claw that went with the Sergeant I posted pics of earlier this month.

All the models posted here are part of the fish hook meat hook experiment, working much better with the finer chain.

Also featuring some grassy tufts on the bases, just for a bit of variety,

Squad Sergeant

Forgeworld Powerfist with some classic Night Lords iconography…

…plus some freehand Night Lords chapter livery on the shoulder pad I am quite proud of and the whole model came together quite well. Will be leading another claw in the near future.

Fish Hook Meat Hook Experiment

So to make some of the marines in some of the less adorned armour marks look a bit more Night Lords, I thought that I would experiment with some grim dark additions.

The plan is to use some small fishing hooks as proxies for meat hooks and variously combine with chain and other elements.

This is the first one to get the treatment, will use smaller 1mm trace chain on the next one. Concept work pretty well I think. More fish hooks will be needed.

Another fist of claws

Finished up another 5 marines for the Night Lords.

These guys are much the same as the last five.

Combination of combi-weapons, heavy weapons and bolters.

Oh and chainaxes. We do not have enough chainaxes so more of them on the way.

Also intermingling some augmentic limbs. I reckon these rag tag traitors will have needed a few of those along the way too.

Added in a standard bearer, banner comes from the Vampire Counts series.

More from the Claws

At the moment I am adding extra Marines into the 19th Company. There is no real plan here. The idea is that they are a rag tag group with scavenged armour and weapons. More to follow in future months…

This bunch loosely make up a tactical squad, but the mix of weapons clearly isn’t codex compliant. Not a problem when it comes to just needing a marine with a combi weapon or a special weapon to join a claw for battle deployment.

Tactical Claw

Another squad made up of an eclectic mix of armour types and a range of miniatures over the last 20 years – the Corvus pattern armoured marine is modified from one of the original first plastic marines.

Some closer shots of the units. A decade or more ago the thinking was that traitor marine squads should be numbered in relation to the chaos god they followed, so all my squads used to be in units of 8. In the current edition of 40k that is no advantage for special and heavy weapons so it makes sense to bring a full unit of 10.

Not really bothered with squad or claw markings. When I’m selecting miniatures for an army to play with I just select ones I fancy the look of out of the display case. That might change in future.

Still experimenting with photography. Took these ones outside on some very old concrete!