I finally finished painting the Terminators from Space Hulk 3rd Edition. They are beautiful miniatures, and I made the mistake of painting them in odds and sods as part of other Terminator squads or as individuals. Mrs Plunger and I had a couple of games of Space Hulk the other week, so I thought it would be nice to finish them off and bring them all together as one. The quality of paintjobs is variable, a couple of these are a bit shonky and a couple I’m very pleased with. Better play some more Space Hulk now I guess.
So I finished this gang a couple of months ago and didn’t take photos at the time because I wasn’t too happy with them. But after a couple of months sitting on the shelf I have decided to take pictures, explain the problems, and move on.
Actually it should be clear what I’ve done wrong here… I’ve mixed periods too much. From Space Hulk to Rogue Trader to Space Hulk 3rd Edition is too much. The difference in scale and quality between the 1st Edition and 3rd Edition makes the 1st Edition Terminator look too small and too square. It really emphasises the limitations of plastic models back then, and I’m not a skilled enough painter to cover it up. I think in future that I will not mix such a wide range of models in one squad.
It’s not that I haven’t been doing anything recently, it’s just that I haven’t been completing anything. But over the weekend I said to myself that I need to do some basing and get the last month’s fabulous minis photographed. As ever, my paintjob isn’t really the draw, but the wonderful variety of miniatures.
This is the X Squad of the 2nd Company. I’ve used a miniatures from a lot of different periods – the Sgt is a Rogue Trader Marine, there’s some 2nd Ed Long Fangs, and lots of different plastic ones including a Dark Vengeance marine. In the middle of this shot you can see one I’ve modelled as a casualty, knocked of his feet by a shot to the head.
A group shot. That RT sculpt really is very odd. I count it as artificer armour. Does anyone know what the wrist-mounted weapon is?
Here we have a couple of old favourites. The Painboy I am using as a Servitor – hence the multi melta arm. The model is possibly one of my favourite ever sculpts and I wanted to use it in my armies despite not collecting Orks. Except now I’ve decided that I collect Orks too. The lure of RT Orks became too much to bear!
I love the Exo Armour Squat too. I haven’t yet found anywhere to shoehorn him into my collection. I think I’ll make a Rogue Trader warband, or just use him as a chaos champion. Either way it was a joy to paint.
A mark II terminator suit (with mark 3 arms). I was intrigued to discover that this was sculpted before the space marine mk VII armour and so that this is the first appearance of this style of helmet.
The rest of the squad. Note the two Space Hulk terminators hiding at the back here. Surprisingly tricky to paint, they were.
This werewolf isn’t from Citadel, I don’t think. I enjoyed painting it just the same. It doesn’t look that good, more practise on fur needed i reckon.
A close up of a Cultist Squad. You may well recognise a few of these old miniatures. The leader is a beastman but that photo didn’t come out too well.
Some DV bikers.
No once cares about the Tau, do they? But a converted 2nd Ed Sergeant might be a bit more interesting. It looks better in the photo than it does in real life, unfortunately. But it’s a start.
That’s all from me for now. On my desk at the moment is a ruin, and another squad of cultists. See you soon!
So I’ve just finished basing this lad. On paper it looked good. A Terminator Chaplain, home-made crozius, a lamp instead of a banner. But look how it’s come out. Black really is an awful colour to work with for the beginner. the edge highlights look like it’s chipped. the face on this is a terrible mould in my opinion, painting it bone-coloured looked awful, then instead of stripping it and starting again I painted over the face with gold and tried to use washes and drybrushes but it doesn’t look like it at all! I’m still quite pleased with the little conversion but the paintjob, not so much. Still, it’s all practic e innit?
Been a quiet couple of weeks on the posting front. It’s not that I’ve not been doing anything, it’s just that I haven’t gotten anything finished, so nothing to show off really. But I’ve just finished basing this Terminator Assault Squad for my Steel Guard Space Marine army. I’ve used a variety of models, an old lead Grey Knight body for Segeant Rakosi (though I’ve used modern plastic arms so that I can give him a thunder hammer and storm shield), an old lead lightning claws termie, a couple of plastic terminators from mid-late period wh40k, and finally a Dark Vengeance termie that I have given a truly huge thunder hammer for uber-smiting. I’m generally quite pleased with these. I’ve tried a few new-to-me techniques here and whilst none of the actually worked, i can see better how to do it next time. Here’s Squad Rakosi in all their (slightly shabby) glory!