Well, its been a long time coming but I finally got around to it. I’ve started painting my 30k World Eaters army. Bit late maybe, but who cares, they’re going to be bad ass. I’ve actually been quite busy this last week or two with painting and modelling however I’ve been so focused on painting and modelling I’ve neglected to do any posts. Plus the weather has been seriously crap here in Brisbane this last week so the light hasn’t been very conducive to taking good quality photos. I did manage to get some pictures of my finished squad of 10 Blood Letters of Khorne and my Iron Hands Storm Eagle, however I had the wrong exposure setting on my camera and the pics turned out seriously crap. So once the light improves here I’ll do up a post each for those two completed projects.
Anyway… Back to the XII Legion. So this is a pretty ambitious project for me, however instead of tackling it all in one hit, I’ve broken it down into smaller pieces to make it a bit more manageable. I’ve actually gone and purchased over 5000pts worth of resin crack for the army, however I’m not going to attempt to paint them all at once…. I did think about it though… Plus, I’d like to enter Armies on Parade (September 28 in Australia) this year too and I figured having another Horus Heresy era army in the competition wouldn’t hurt…
Moving right along, the first lot of units on the painting table for the World Eaters are:
1. Angron (of course),
2. Terminator Squad,
3. Rampager Squad,
4. Legion Heavy Support Squad,
5. Spartan Assault Tank (pimp mobile for the Terminators),
6. Storm Eagle Gunship, and
7. Contemptor Dreadnought
Heres what all that looks like in a box after I cut off all the tabs, pour point etc incase you’re wondering….
So lets take a look at these units shall we… By the way, the pics are pretty poor quality so please bear with me
Can I just say this model is amazing. I know its been done to death on the interwebs but I just have to have a chop at it too (pardon the pun). The detail is astonishing and Simon Egan well and truly exceeded everyones expectations with this model. I won’t bang on too much about it but I’m seriously looking forward to painting this model.
I knew very early on I wanted the squad sergeant to be based on the Tyberos model of Carcharodon fame. This was for several reasons, the first is I really like the stance of this mini, and secondly, it has no Imperial Eagle on the breast plate. As you may know, only the Emperors Children were allowed to have the Aquila on their breast plate, and the final reason is I like the studs on the armour and its baroque look, and well… its just a cool model and its character really suits that of the World Eaters.
This opened up an interesting can of worms for me as the terminator models I wanted to use for the actual squad are the Tartaros pattern terminator squad. When I purchased these models, the Legion Tartaros pattern squad were not available so I had the armour I wanted, but the torsos were festooned with Aquila’s and the legs had no studs on them. I also had a bunch of left over Tyberos models from when I did my Carcharodon army a year or two ago. So I decided to go and make the torso from the Tyberos model the torso for the Tartaros squad. This required a fair bit of cutting, drilling and chopping but I got their in the end. I also added studs to the legs and power fists of the models. I’m pretty happy with the overall result. Here are some pics, and also I’ll included a thumb nail gallery of the progress shots I take with my phone as I’m going along. As I’ve mentioned previously I do these mostly for myself so I can remember how to I did something if I need to go back to it at some point in the future so they are not the most wonderfully framed shots.
I really like the squad sergeant (the whole squad will have the same should pads too)
The squad preped and ready for undercoating
These bad boys are the blood thirsty crazy psychopaths that have had the Butchers Nails implants. I guess they eventually went on to become Khorne Berzerkers… seems to fit. I tried to have as many Chain Axe variants as I could for this squad and I made the squad leader out of an actual Rampager with a massive two handed Chain Axe. I actually see these guys more as a Legion Tactical Squad that have just swapped their Bolters for Chain Weapons and Bolt pistols as opposed to a real Rampager squad, but for the sake of this post, lets just call them Rampagers. I made sure they are all shod in MKII armour, which the XII Legion favoured.
Legion Heavy support squad
The army needs someone to do the heavy lifting, so I thought some heavy weapons would be a good idea at this point. So I threw in some plasma cannons.
This is one seriously bad ass tank. If you haven’t read the Betrayal rule book yet, you may not know that in 30k these tanks were hard hitting, teeth pulling mo fo’s. With a few upgrades they are practically indestructible, easily capable of delivering up to 12 Terminators to the enemies door step to wreak havoc whist along the way delivering hammer blows to the enemy. So I decided to go balls out with this bad boy and stick practically every upgrade you can put on a Spartan on this model. One in particular that I’ve wanted to do on a Landraider for some time is a dozer blade so this was a good opportunity to give it a shot. This is perhaps what I am most proud of on this model, I hope it turns out ok once its all painted. I intend on painting the interior of this model so the hull isn’t assembled yet. A few other obvious upgrades I’ve added to this model are a remote weapons platform for the multi melta and HK missile, frag assault launchers and track upgrades. Behold
Storm Eagle Gunship
Just cos they’re cool (that gap in the hulls been filled by the way)
Assembling this kit is a real punish…
Finally… The Contemptor Dreadnought
So I’ve had this idea for a Contemptor for some time now that involves said Contempotor back handing a marine across the battlefield with a massive iron bar. Yep, brutal. It was sort of inspired by the cover of the Black Library Book Betrayer. I wanted the base to tell a small story too… So basically the dreadnought has been swatting marines with a random I beam that he’s found somewhere along the way. A marine is behind some make-shift battlefield barricade frantically trying to hold off the assaulting force, and this dreadnought has just rocked up under fire and smacked this marine with massive I beam out from behind his cover. You can see on the base spent bolter casings and an unloaded bolter on one of the drums.
Thats it for now. Thanks for dropping in, hope you’ve gotten something from this post. As usual, comments welcome.
Until next time