Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Heresy Era Alpha Legion - Recon Marines built

All right - there's a whole mess of Alpha Legion coming, and I gotta start somewhere, right? My buddy Dave over at Ex Fide Vivo was good enough to give me a unit of recon marines, so Squad Effrit has now been built - the army is now 5% assembled. Heh. He's in the process of building an army of Heresy-Era Salamanders for the same event that I'm building this Alpha Legion army, should be fun to watch the two armies come together over the next couple months! I really dig these sculpts - They are chock full of character and have all sorts of neat details. I'm planning on having all of the characters in the army be un-helmeted and bald, as they strive to look like their Primarch(s) and look alike amongst themselves. "Why yes, I am Alpharius." Hah!

Before I dive in to the army though, I'm planning on doing a couple test minis to try out a couple different paint options so I banged together a couple marines to use as test subjects before committing to anything in resin. Going to try one with a basic blue with hard green edging/washes, one with a blue primer with a green zenithal primer/wash like Ron over at FTW did, and then one using the guide so helpfully provided by the very talented Zab with a bright metal basecoat and blue/green wash method. Should be fun, no idea which one's going to work out the best!

Of course, it's been bucketing down rain for days here, so I can't even primer anything. Hopefully we'll get a break in the weather soon!

Plans are firming up for the Heresy event in January, which will be using the Betrayal event rules that were used over in the UK recently. That means I need to buy, build and paint an entire 3000 point army over the course of the next three months. Gulp! I've got the army planned out and put together a painting chart to track the progress. It's a sea of red!


  1. Thanks for the shout out and; DAMN YOU AGAIN! I forgot about those recon marines. ~sigh~ another thing to add to the list...Good thing hobbyists can't die until they paint the last model in their collection ;) Cheers to immortality!!!

  2. I have to say I love the recon marines! Can't wait to see the testers, and the army for that matter!

  3. @Zab: You bet! I'm really looking forward to trying out your technique on 'em, I think it'll look really cool! I hear ya on the immortality - I have enough models to last until just a few days shy of the heat death of the universe. Hah!

    @17yearoldhobbyist: Me too! I was thinking of going with regular modern scout models, but these are definitely more flavorful. Pics to follow!

  4. You sir, are a loon.
    ANOTHER project?????


    I will call the doctor.

  5. Those recon marines look good, might have to try and capture some of that look and style in my current era Raven Guard.

  6. @Dai: Hah! I have no idea what you mean, I don't have a problOOH SHINY, TIME FOR A NEW PROJECT! :D

    @Kevin Spyrle: Nice! I thoroughly enjoyed building these models, they have a lot of personality and would make great Raven Guard. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

  7. They look great! I've been getting into Heresy stuff a lot lately too. Just bought a shit ton of Sons of Horus Figs.

  8. @The Eye of Error: Nice! Can't wait to see 'em! I'm working with Loken to get a series of Heresy weekends going stateside - details to follow!

  9. Need to echo Dai here mate - you may want to consult a professional as you seem to have developed a condition - 3months to paint an army - are you crazy - didn't the Eldar burn you out!!!

    But FW Recon Marine do look the business - the whole line is fantastic and some of the new unique legion minis are jaw dropping. I do wish though more minis would be done in Mk 2 or 3 plate rather than the common Mk 4 theme that is developing.