A mammoth update, this one – lots of stuff has hit the workbench this past week and a bit, and although I’ve not completed any of it, I’ve made some decent progress:
First up, I began work on my Inquisitor and his Retinue, who will eventually be transported into battle alongside my Deathwatch in their Vendetta Gunship. I’ll be using the rules for a Commissar Lord and squad of Imperial Guard Veterans to represent him:
I won this chap on ebay about a fortnight ago:
To represent his retinue, I’ve got a random mix of Inquisitorial models, plus a pair of Storm Troopers I found in my bits box. I also wanted some Plasma Gun-toting Servitors, and so I converted a pair of them (the were originally carrying Heavy Bolters):
I’ve lowered the position of the weapon mount, as it always bugged me how the standard models have the weapons mounted a little too high to appear stable.
The retinue in full:
Next up, I continued work on my Dark Vengeance models – I’m aiming to at least get them all base-coated up so my partner and I can start playing some games with them:
The Tactical Squad are nothing special – just Dark Angels Green, which I’ll highlight with Snot Green once I’ve painted the other parts.
For the Deathwing I’ve given them a coat of Graveyard Earth followed by a covering of Dheneb Stone (currently only the Sergeant has got to this stage) – I plan to wash this with Devlan Mud then give another highlight of Dheneb Stone to finish off the bone armour – if I need to I’ll go for a second highlight stage.
The Ravenwing should be fairly simple, as they’re just black with a grey highlight, although making them look neat will be the trickiest part.
The Chaplain, like the Ravenwing, should also be quite simple to complete with his predominantly black armour, although I’ll spend a bit of time on the bone-coloured areas to really make him stand out.
Librarians are pretty easy to paint, although I’m a bit concerned I may struggle painting his face, looking at the model. I probably shouldn’t have assembled it before painting!
Since my Dark Angels are going to be 3rd Company rather than 5th as they are in Dark Vengeance, I’m going to go with some red for the inner-robes rather than the purple that GW have used in their example piece.
Next up are the Chaos models – some of the best models in the Dark Vengeance box:
You’ve seen this chap before, although a last minute decision on my part has led me to change the colour scheme – I’ll be putting up a couple of new pages in the coming weeks with some detailed background history to my own armies, these chaps included – for now, suffice it to say that they’re called the Blood Reavers and any colour-scheme and name similarities to the loyalist Blood Ravens are intentional! 😉
Eagle-eyed readers might notice the slight conversion I’ve made on the Flamer-armed Cultist, where I’ve shortened the barrel somewhat – I was never keen on the long-barrelled look.
Finally, not to be outdone by the Deathwatch version, The Redeemers have gotten in on the act with a Pedro Kantor counts-as!
He’s in need of quite a lot of work to get him back up to standard (I’ve had to re-base coat him as his old paint job was terrible!)