So I know Betrayal at Calth (BaC) has been done to death on the interwebs, I will none-the-less make my somewhat belated contribution to this vast body of work. Firstly, BaC represents a significant milestone for GW in terms of their approach to their business model and attitude towards their customers. It has been well traversed elsewhere, however I will add this: I welcome this new direction enthusiastically as it represents a return to GWs roots. Were it not for games such as HereQuest and Space Crusade, many of you reading this blog would not be here today. In fact, this very blog would not exist. These so-called gateway games are a fantastic way to bring in new gamers, and re-energise the existing (and somewhat jaded) fanbase. Since getting my copy of BaC I have had many an enjoyable evening rolling some dice, drinking a few beers and eating pizza.
My progress on these minis has been very slow to date. This is partly due to other painting priorities and life priorities. I originally intended to fully magnatise the terminators so that they could take all of the weapon load-outs available on the spures. I even purchased extra shoulder armour and decals to achieve this. However after seeing the size of the job at hand, I decided to scale back my ambitions, get some runs on the board and just paint up a basic squad with bolters and power fists. I may return to the other selection of weapons and paint them up, however it’s not going to happen any time soon.
I went all out on the tactical squads for both the Word Bearers and Ultramaries, purchasing the Forgeworld torso, should and helmet upgrades respectively. I’ve never really been a fan of the embossed shoulder armour produced by GW and later FW, however after adding them to the Iron Hands I gained a new appreciation for the contribution these upgrades make to the aesthetic and theme of the models and indeed the army. So I went all out on them. The Ultramaries Tactical squad is next up, so with any luck I get them painted soon-ish.
In terms of painting these terminators, there is nothing revolutionary here, however I did paint hazard stripes on the power fists as a bit of a nod to the good’ol days of the 2nd ed visual story.
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