Friday, August 29, 2014

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Veteran Squad Khalmekt built

Got caught up in a frenzy of building and finished the build for Veteran Squad Khalmekt. I knew I wanted to do one unit with the full set of fancy bits that I've been cherry picking for characters thus far.

I spent a lot of time agonizing over the unit weapon loadout but ended up deciding to keep things simple - it's very easy to load the models down with all sorts of upgrades but it's very easy to end up with a 300+ point unit and for nine dudes in power armour that is just asking for disappointment. So, basic bolter, bolt pistol and close combat weapons for the troops, plus a plasma gun for the specialist and a combi-plasma and lightning claw for the sergeant.

Very happy with how Sergeant Khalmekt turned out, he ended up with a nice sense of motion to him!

I wanted to do a half-and-half split between 'ranged' and 'close combat' looking models. The first four were given a solidly-planted pose, holstered pistols and chainblades.

The other four I went more dynamic pose-wise. Gave them all chainswords (including one from the possessed kit, as though one of them is beginning to succumb to the Flesh Change), and made some slings for the bolters.

Overall I'm very happy with the builds, they're much more animated than their basic tactical squad brethren, and the loincloths and extra bling on the armor (as well as them all having the vaned 'veteran' helmets that I'm using on the various sergeants) makes them rather recognizable as a veterans squad! Really looking forward to getting some paint on 'em!


  1. These will look great painted up in your scheme! What color are you thinking will be dominant on the helmets?

  2. very nice. Great poses too!

  3. @davetaylor: Thanks! I'm thinking I might go with the bone color for the veteran's helmets (and might go back and re-paint the existing sergeants accordingly). Think it might add a bit more pop to the units that way, overall!

    @Zab: Cheers! The build process is really the most fun part, I really enjoy trying to get them to look like they're poses caught in an instant of motion.

  4. Sgt' looks really sinister and imposing.

    All very nicely done mate!

  5. Awesome, now get some paint of them! :p

  6. @Dai: Thanks! He's one of my top three favorite models in the army so far!

    @Musings of a Smurf: Hah! Got 'em primered this morning, and have the next two days off - paint inbound!