Saturday, July 30, 2016
The march to total army completion continues, as I finish my Support Squad of plasma-gunners. Tonight, I will be working on the final leg of the army: the Heavy Support squad and the handful of remaining characters that I will be rounding out the force with. Stay tuned! Hopefully by tomorrow I will get some actual army shots!
Monday, July 25, 2016
Shadrak Meduson's ultimate fate is currently in question, as his identity was at some point taken by none other than Alpharius, Primarch of the Alpha Legion himself. Assuming the mantle of Meduson and garbing a unit of his own marines in Iron Hand battlegear, Alpharius' disguise was completely undetectable by the members of the Iron Hands legion he met. Travelling in a vessel that appeared to be the Iron Heart, Meduson's own flagship, Alpharius fell in with a seperate unit of mixed Istvaan survivor marines under the command of Cadmus Tyro and convinced them, in his guise as Meduson, to aid him in an action against other members of the Alpha Legion. His deception was revealed towards the end of the affair, and the survivors of Tyro's force escaped with the knowledge that Alpharius had been impersonating Meduson.
As to whether Shadrak Meduson still lives, or whether he was killed by Alpharius, or Tybalt Marr, or any other hazard to a loyalist marine operating behind enemy lines during the Horus Heresy...that is currently not yet known."
-via Lexicanum (http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Shadrak_Meduson)
"Following the Drop Site Massacre, a mentally volatile Fulgrim would have Fabius Bile clone Ferrus. However these clones proved unstable and each refused to turn against the Emperor, forcing Fulgrim to once again kill his brother and driving him even madder."
-via Lexicanum (http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Ferrus_Manus)
Shadrak Meduson's amalgamation of Iron Hands, Salamanders, and Raven Guard continued their campaigns against the Traitors for long into the Horus Heresy, until he disappeared. His preferred targets were those legions who's betrayal stung the most: Emperor's Children, Sons of Horus, and Alpha Legion. Utilizing new tactics learned from collected survivors of the Raven Guard and Salamanders Legions, Meduson staged multiple raids and lightning offensives, aimed at severing the leadership of the Traitor legions.
However, after the Battle of Dwell, sightings of the Shattered Legions Warleader became sparse, conflicting, and sometimes outright contradictory. Who is to say what really happened to Meduson? I imagine we will find out in upcoming publications from the Black Library.
In the meantime, I propose this alternate backstory. Mostly it is to support my vision of my 30k forces. I hope you enjoy it...
After the failure of the assassination attempt on the Sons of Horus leadership, the decision was made to split the fleet into smaller raiding parties. "We present an easier target, the larger our force collected under this banner," Meduson is quoted to have said. Taking to heart the new tactics he had learned from his Salamander and Raven Guard advisors, the decision was made to split the might of the Shattered Legions, to detract attention and give credibility to the rumors that the Warleader was indeed slain.
An assassination attempt would not be successful at this point. The failure of the previous attempt meant that the guard against such a coup d'etat would be vigilant, indeed. So secondary targets were assessed, and the Shattered Legions waited, and watched.
Their careful observation was shattered when Raven Guard observers discovered a horrifying realization. They had discovered that the genetic material of the fallen Primarch Ferrus Manus was being transported by the Emperor's Children, presumably so their foremost apothecary (Fabius Bile) could begin his foul experimentation on it.
Coupled with the secret information stolen at the Battle of Dwell, this genetic material could give the Traitors the means to create their own Primarchs.
Disregarding earlier agreements to disperse the collected Loyalist forces, Meduson rapidly assembled a strike force and set off after the Emperor's Children fleet, intent on securing the genetic material of his Legion's sire. This was both an emotional and logical goal. Letting the Traitors to profane the corpse of his sire was a personal insult. Furthermore, allowing the Traitors to unlock the process behind the creation of the Primarchs would be disastrous for the Loyalists arrayed against them.
The speed in which Meduson made his decision, collected his forces, and departed did not allow for tactical data to be forwarded to his field commanders. Alone, save for the forces accompanying him, he made the utmost speed for the last known location of the Traitor fleet bearing the remains of the Gorgon.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
- Paint a square
- Paint a trapezoid underneath the square, leaving a line of separation between them
- Individually paint 4 thin lines for fingers, leaving the middle finger the longest (I cut off the picture above by accident)
- Paint a diagonal line from the side of the square for the thumb.
- Be sure to continue to leave a thin line of separation between all the fingers and the square.
- If you mess up, black paint (carefully applied) can act as your eraser.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Friday, July 22, 2016
Work progresses on my first tactical squad. I took this shot while their basing materials dried, I have since done some washes and such on them. Almost table-top ready, though even after that point I will continue to add details once I finish the bulk of the army to table-top quality.
So I need a large number of transports for my mechanized vision of the legion. With that in mind... I set my lovely slave-servitor to work. (Please don't tell her I called her that...)
This is what she came up with. A few minor mistakes aside, this will be the STC for the Rhinos for the Legion. It is resplendent with Iron Hands iconography, is of appropriate design for the era, and (most importantly) it is extremely frugal! This allows me to save my pennies while greatly increasing the viability of my 30k forces.
It is a Patoroch design that I found in a back-alley of the internet. I couldn't be more happy with it. With the experience she gathered making the first one, the next 4 should go very smoothly!
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
So I have been test painting various models and I am narrowing down my available options and techniques for the black armor. So far, the method I am leaning toward looks something like this:
- Drybrush Pewter Grey (non GW color)
- Drybrush Bright White (non GW color)
- Block paint 50/50 mix of Abbadon Black / Water or medium. (This one is the tricky part. I have to block only the inside portions of large armor panels, leaving all the drybrushed high points.)
- Nuln Oil wash (pretty heavy).
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
I finally did it. I did not have the Stubborn USR to save me. I broke down and relented...
I am now into Horus Heresy gaming!
The more I learn about Iron Hands, especially in Pre-Heresy times, the more I like them. Cold, ruthless, efficient... everything a space marine should aspire to be. Their affinity with technology and their fraternity with the Mechanicus is yet another selling point for me.
The Ferrus Manus model is yet another. That model is absolutely beautiful.
So, when I picked up a Betrayal at Calth box set, I decided to make them all the 10th Legion. With some extra bits left over in my personal collection, plus a few vehicles, I can easily create a 2000 point list. When I can afford Ferrus Manus, that will bring me closer to 2500. Not a bad value.
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