Tactical Insignia

Did some sketches for squad designate markings, battle banners and kill markers.

Here’s now the tactical markings turned out after many iterations. Relatively simple for replicability and speed. You could imagine a stencil being made up so this could be sprayed on…

The 19th Company, Night Lords Chapter

When Games Workshop originally created the Night Lords as a traitor chapter the fluff linked them to the chaos god of war. As I bought into this concept all of my chaos space marines have carried the mark of khorne either overtly or as insignia.

As the universe and the narrative around it have been expanded, the chapter has been decoupled from a specific chaotic force – they’re now pitched as renegades without daemonic allegiance. Fortunately the narrative leaves plenty of scope for individualism, so…

The 19th Company of the Night Lords, known as the Skull Reapers maintain their following of the Blood God. They fight along side other Khorne followers such as the World Eaters and the hellish forms that emanate from the Khornate realm.

The Journey Starts Again

In 1987 Warhammer 40,000 came out. It was known as 40k almost immediately. Those of us who grew up playing Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (AD&D) and then Warhammer Fantasy Battle and other games like Car Wars were quick to make the transition. I’ve never looked back and although over the years the time spent on 40k has waxed and waned the enjoyment of the hobby still remains.

The beginning is the most important part of the work – Plato

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Work in Progress

The legs are made out of ballpoint pen tubes. The upper legs are a sheraton.com hotel chain pen (picked up on a business trip). These pens are dual core construction in that there is a shiny white outer and a blue inner. This means that not so much green stuff is needed to infill the tube so that it is snug around the wire.

The lower legs were from an anti-crime campaign the local police were running and was a freebie. The tube is quite thick (2mm) but soft plastic that is easier to work with in terms of sculpting (it has a high ketones content so you get that smell of pear-drops when you cut it up). The knee guards are made from stock 2mm thick plasticard that is softened up by a lot of bending around the handles on my jewellers files before being glued in place.

I think I have spend about 4 hours on this at the moment.

Stage 4…

I need to sand down the greenstuff added last night next and decide how to progress next. I am now waiting from a bits order from GW which I placed last night (so they’re at least 8 days away) which includes the head and some other bits for the base. This gives me a couple of options on what to do in the meantime, including more greenstuff on the arms, right hand and shoulders, adding details to the legs and working out how to do the feet and what they’re going to be like. Current thoughts are raptor like claws or marine boots…

I spent about another two hours on this tonight. A bit more work on the arms, but most of the work went into the legs and a little on the Kai gun, with an addition of a battery pack.

The upper legs (thighs) seem a bit long at the moment, but that’s because I haven’t done any work on the waist and groin area yet. There’s a plan for this, but I need to do some more work elsewhere on the model first.

Off on a business trip for a couple of days now…

Daemon Prince WIP

I’ve become a bit bored of repainting recently so over the weekend I put a bit more time into the Daemon Prince I’m working on. As the 19th Company is a basically some Night Lords who follow Khorne, this miniature can take reference from both spheres of influence. He’s going to have some scratch built Raptor style jump packs hence the dynamic pose. Not much to show at the moment, but here’s where things are up to.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Looking fairly rough at the moment and it’s hard to see the pose at the moment, but bear with me on this…

Spent a bit of time working with the green stuff tonight. Here’s the result:

And a scale comparison: