Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Spartan painting complete!

After leaving the new computer running all night to update and upload, I finally have a wodge of new pics to show! Leading off with what has become the must-have tank of the Heresy, the Spartan has been detailed, weathered and sealed (taking advantage of a narrow window of nice weather we had last week):


Added a further rune to the front section, and gave the tracks another layer of washes to give them a bit more dirty and oily look. Once that dried I went in with a sponge and added some charred brown followed by boltgun metal to represent a little battle damage. The extreme edges of the exposed metal was then given an edge highlight in silver. Generally speaking I go with the 'less is more' approach and just add a little weathering here and there. It's always easier to add more later than it is to try and clean up an overzealous application after all!


Never fails that once I think I'm done and have the models sealed that I notice that I forgot a step. Generally speaking I give the exhaust stacks on the vehicles a little heat distortion/soot which I'll have to go back in and add. Doh! Nevertheless overall I'm quite happy with how the giant brick of a tank has turned out. In game it'll carry a big ol' squad of Terminators, and likely ol' One Eye himself as well!


  1. Do you seal before weathering as well?Or just as a final step? Tank looks fantastic. I especially like the color use on the side. The cream really adds a nice pop.

  2. That red is vibrant!

    One stompy looking end result. Hope it's as effective in game as it looks.

  3. It looks fairly huge. It looks like it weighs a lot.

    And full of termies ? hummm...

  4. Really eye catching. Nice job. Zzzzzz they definitely are bricks.

    I like where the cream colour was applied. Always trouble to select appropriate spots for the accent colour.

  5. That freehand work on the front really sets the tank off nicely. Eye catching but subtle.

  6. Nice work. In the beginning I did not like the spartan that mutch, but with your paint scheme and quality I am starting to warm up to it.

  7. @Greg Hess: Thanks man! Usually I'll seal a model after it's painted "factory-fresh", then apply any waterslide transfers and weathering, followed by a further seal coat over that. In this case there were no transfers so I skipped the interstitial sealant step and skipped right to the weathering.

    @Dai: Thanks! It's definitely got a presence on the tabletop. I have a feeling that means it'll attract all sorts of fire. :)

    @Zzzzzz: Indeed! Not only a fun model, but also doubles as a doorstop or bludgeon. Hah!

    @TheAmbit: I appreciate it! I'm in the same boat, very challenging to find the right balance.

    @Phil Morris: Cheers man!

    @Pawn Cocktail: Thanks very much!

    @Agis: It took me a while to warm up to it as well. Once I got it in hand I found I quite enjoyed painting it!

    Cheers everyone!

  8. Thanks! I was debating sealing my entire stompa before applying salt and another coat. Sounds like a good idea!

  9. Fantastic! I like the freehand, it is very clean and fitting to the look. The minimal wear matches well with the Thousands Sons, they seem like a legion that cares enough about looks to maintain their vehicles (perhaps with their sorcery), but not as vain as the Emperor's Children

  10. @Greg Hess: Nice, looking forward to seeing how it turns out!

    @D'nyarak: Thanks very much, man!

  11. Some of your best work yet brotha. Nice job!

  12. Oh boy. I've always loved Spartans - ever since I noticed a guide on how to convert your own in an early-90s White Dwarf...