Fear the Reaper

In 9th Edition these heavy weapons have been my go to load out for tactical traitor marine units.

I decided that I would make up another model from the bits box

Reaper chain cannon came from Zinge Industries.

Shoulder pad and backpack were 3D prints from a seller who was on eBay for a while but isn’t anymore.

Might do some more like this at some point in future, but the idea is just to have some more options to mix and match in with other troops.

Assault Squad

First half of a new 10 marine claw, second half in primer and to follow shortly.

I am not sure where the backpacks and some of the torsos came from which is a shame as I would have liked some more.

Plenty of Night Lord grim adornments from Liber Daemonica to add to the mix.

The helmet design on this power fist equipped model is my least favourite from the Forgeworld Terror Squad set but I reckon it looks better painted like this.

Second Dreadclaw

Second Anvillus Pattern Dreadclaw painted up for the Skullreapers.

 Maintaining the custom decals developed for these with a couple of the great decals from The Mighty Brush in the mix too.

Eight Legion, C Battallion, 19th Company, Anvillus Dreadclaw No. 5

Heavier weathering on this one, think it looks a bit better for it.

Fjallrvn the Grim

I admit to not being a massive fan on the contemptor pattern dreadnoughts so I put extra effort into this one.

Added a few more grim embellishments to bring it on theme with the Skull Reapers company.

The model was an eBay rescue and was missing a shoulder piece which was found in the bits box. It was badly magnetised and had to be re-done.

Twin heavy bolter and chain fist load out is unusual, but has grown on me.

I also went with the base that came with the model, adding some extras including these resin cast clump of skulls I had stashed.

A few decals from different sources and I’m calling this one done. There are another two waiting for paint (one built and primed and the other still in the box)…

Spartan

The Forgeworld Spartan Assault Tank is a classic design and a big hunk of resin.

This one is painted up in Skull Reapers livery, usual approach for this company of the Night Lords.

Grim and dark with some bespoke campaign markings and livery.

A mixture of corpses from different sources…

…and the obligatory skulls!

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…

Sniper Squad

These have been sitting primed on the shelf for most of the year so made a push to get them finished.

They get a stealthier version of the 19th Company livery with no brass on the armour.

Some classic poses on these models even if they have no place in 40k I really like them as miniatures.

Slight modification to the backpack of this comms specialist.

Eye lenses and sights give great contrast to these guys.

Bit of leather work on display too.

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.