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Painting Space Marine Legions – Alpha Legion – part b 3

Painting Space Marine Legions – Alpha Legion – part b

Continuing from part A, this article concludes the guide for painting pre-Heresy Alpha Legion marines.

The model used for this tutorial was built in a previous tutorial:

Mark V power armour: Part A | Part B.

One of the risks of using PVA glue to create studs is that they can be easily rubbed off when handling the model. Inevitably some of the studs did rub off this model whislt painting, leaving some areas looking a little strange. A quick an easy way to resolve this, which also helps contribute to weathering the model, is to drill small holes where the studs should be. In the picture belows, I’ve drilled a hole in the helmet and shoulder pad where studs were rubbed off.

Painting Space Marine Legions – Alpha Legion 2

Painting Space Marine Legions – Alpha Legion

The model used for this tutorial was built in a previous tutorial – Mark V power armour: Part A | Part B.

Alpha Legion, unsurprisingly, have very little pre-heresy artwork. True to their nature, they are a very secretive Legion andseem to be camera shy. From the artwork we do have, they seem to be predominantly in mark IV and V power armour. Being the last legion to be established, it makes sense that they don’t have access to earlier marks of armour.

Painting metallic pre-Heresy Thousand Sons 14

Painting metallic pre-Heresy Thousand Sons

This is my method for painting metallic pre-Heresy Thousand Sons, in seven easy steps. I’ve been assembling a force for a while and this is a test scheme I tried out; in the end I decided not to go for the metallic look on the force, although there was interest about how the look was achieved and so I created this tutorial.

I spent a while looking for metallic red paints but didn’t find anything which worked well for my purposes. If anyone does, though, please let me know! So this is all done with Games Workshop paints (regular, Foundation, and washes).

It is important that you let each layer dry fully before painting the next. This can take a few hours but if you don’t wait for them to dry then the paint can pool and mix in funny ways you don’t want. Aside from drying time it’s very fast, and could be sped up more by batch-painting and/or using an airbrush.

Legion of the Damned as Salamanders 1

Legion of the Damned as Salamanders

I decided to put my money where my mouth…was. I bought a Legion of the Damned marine yesterday and decided to kit him out for my pre-Heresy Salamanders. Multimeltas are hard to come by with only 1 per Devastator pack, so the choice of model was easy.

Reluctantly I didn’t make any changes to the model, but did use a different backpack. To fit with the rest of my Salamanders I made him my usual backpack build and kept the metal pack for another project.

Creating Feral Servitors 2

Creating Feral Servitors

I am slowly amassing a Dark Mechanicus force for an upcoming campaign and as such have delved into all things heretical and forbidden. One of my favourite concepts from the Mechanicum book are the feral servitors – wild and dangerous versions of a Techmarine’s beloved helpers.

I’ve used the idea before with my Soulforge themed Daemons, put want to carry the idea with the Mechanicus. For the campaign there’s no unique unit for them, but rather than using normal servitors, whom lack any oomph in combat, I use the models as proxy Plaguebearers.