Another Steel Guard squad, plus another Captain for the Command Team. I’ve painted one of the Space Wolf Captain minis before, for the Captain of the 3rd Company. That time I experimented with non-metallic metals, attempting a gold armoured marine. It wasn’t especially a success, though I might try again sometime now I’ve had a few more years practice. I’ve been trying to clear my leadpile recently, having moved countries to glorious Cymru and having therefore to have to confront the sheer piles of stuff I own. I’ve sold off all the mid-period miniatures, leaving only the cool old stuff and some of the brand spanking new sweet miniatures the GW workshops are cranking out these days. Thus this squad is all classic minis from the days of Rogue Trader and 2nd Edition, and I think it looks before it, don’t you?
So it’s been a bit quiet from me in December. December is a busy month for us all, but I got some painting done. I finished two things since I last posted, and to tell the truth I’m not really happy with either of them. In neither case do I think I’ve improved on my earlier work. Still, that’s not the end of the world and after a week or two of them sitting on my shelf I’ve decided to add them to the blog anyway.
First up is another Steel Guard tactical squad. This is 4th Company I Tactical Squad. Led by Veteran Sergeant Sakhalin, a lovely Rogue Trader era mini, mostly this squad are old plastics.
After reading a comments conversation on someone else’s blog, I painted the edges of the bases brown this time and I have to admit that I think this is the best way of basing I’ve seen so far.
Next up is a unit of Imperial Guard. I’m more used to painting traitors and cultists, and found this lot hard work. The unit consists of a standard bearer and his bodyguards, and 2 heavy weapons squads. Mostly these are Rogue Trader models. I am a huge fan of the RT plastic Guardsmen – though when I was a kid I thought the very boring. The injured guard is a great sculpt, a real pleasure to paint. The guard with the plasma gun had damage to his face which I have tried to paint as a scar, with only limited success. I hate painting eyes – the good eyes in this unit, on the missile launcher guard, were done by the original owners.
Just finished basing these monkeys! I’m quite pleased with these. Compared to my early work they’re Golden Demon standard, but compared to much of the Oldhammer community i’m still little better than a child 😀
I’ve finally settled on a Chapter Badge – nearly 100 marines into my chapter! At first I used a sovietesque star, but freehand stars are surprisingly difficult, and I hate transfers. My fingers are too fat to get transfers right, or maybe it’s a depth perception thing (I only have one working eye), but transfers weren’t for me. Then I used the letters SG, in a kind of art-deco style. That was easy to do, but it didn’t feel right. Yesterday, however, inspiration struck. I discovered astronomical notation. Each planet, moon, dwarf planet etc etc in the solar system has a shorthand sigil. For a comet, the sign is a circle in the lower left hand side, with three lines to indicate the comet tail. Easy to draw, and appropriate for a fleet-based Space Marine chapter. So comets it is. The first 10 look ok! I must have been a bit tipsy when I did the tactical squad arrows though, so those are going to get a touch-up before this squad are consigned to the stasis of the Finished Box.
Not a lot of oldhammer glory in this squad. I’ve taken close-ups of the sergeant, an early-90s metal Space Wolf; and of the special weapon marine, a Space Crusade plastic with a flamer.