I’ve been updating some of my Deathwatch space marines so that they’re a bit more consistent – sternguard and veterans get nicer shoulder pads (the metal ones from Games Workshop), sternguard with their special issue ammo get the deathwatch boltguns with ammo selectors (also from that kit), normal marines get standard boltguns and plainer Inquisition shoulder pads, and veterans get forgeworld boltguns.
Thus, I’ve changed out Kantor’s bolter for a forgeworld one.
Dorn’s Arrow goes pre-heresy
Similarly, I’ve swapped out the Librarian’s bolt pistol for one from forgeworld as well.
Forgeworld Bolt Pistol
Along with this, I’ve redone the apothecary I did ages ago for a Deathwatch RPG campaign, so that now his gun is magnetised and swappable for a bolt pistol (since apothecaries don’t get special ammo in 40k, if I ever actually use an apothecary in a command squad that is), and given him a nicer shoulder pad.
Shoulder Pad (I went a bit overboard with the wash though…)
I also edge-highlighted his reductor arm in white, to make it pop a bit more (as it looked a bit too grey before).
Re-highlighted the reductor arm, to make it a bit more white
So, after my unplanned two and a half month long hiatus – due firstly because I was finishing my thesis, and secondly because I haven’t had internet for the past week – I’m finally back. I’ll try to get some photos of recent stuff I’ve finished done and uploaded, but no guarantees (since ANUCON2013 is coming up in a week and a half).
So, I’ve seen the new book, and although I’m slightly underwhelmed (yay… a couple of new toys to go with the new kits and a much-needed revamp of Chapter Tactics) I think it’s generally a good codex. More of my two cents follows…
I’ve finally given these guys a touch up, and minus their final protective varnish coat I’m happy to call this army finished (finally!). These are my deathwatch space marines – played using the Space Marine codex, the army consists of:
25 Sternguard (2×10 with meltagun, heavy flamer, powerfist, 1×5 with 2 heavy bolters)
2×5 Scouts with sniper rifles and missile launcher (obligatory troops choices, as Inquisitorial troops)
5 Scout bikers (as more Inquisitorial troops)
I’ve included a gallery of the entire army (generally front/side shots of everything), but here’s some comments as well:
Quick mid-week post – I’ve been trying some more advanced stuff recently, and one of the things which caught my eye is the lightning-style power weapon effects. One of my friends at my local club has done it with great results, so I figured I’d give it a go as well.
I’m a fan of simple, clean schemes, so I didn’t want to do lightning power weapons everywhere, but the force weapons on the two librarians I own seemed like a good place. The Deathwatch librarian above has a magma-style lightning axe, as befitting his Salamanders origin chapter.
I didn’t do much mixing of paints here – instead, I did thined layers and tried (with some success) to wet-blend from red through oranges and yellows to the white spots. Once everything had dried, I glazed it with the new GW yellow glaze to soften the edges where my blending was less than successful.
It doesn’t stand up to a close inspection very well – I’m way too lazy to do that kind of detail – but I think it looks effective. Just don’t look too closely please 😛
The rest of him isn’t done – I’m redoing all the deathwatch marines with the new washes to give them a little more detail, so right now most of him still is rather flat.
Emboldened by the previous success, I went ahead and did the terminator librarian’s converted axe as well. The rest of him is still in progress, but I’m pleased with how the green lightning effect came out on the rather small areas of the big axe (that eagle takes up a lot of space!).
One problem with slowly painting better – or with more detail – than I used to: the new models make my old models look bad. Hrm.
Small mid-week update: I managed to put together and paint up my character for the Deathwatch campaign Winter is running for a few of us at the ANU Wargaming Society. He’s Kestyr, a Storm Wardens Apothecary. All-around pic and his background are after the jump: