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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Horus Heresy: Iron Hands Sicaran Venator Wip By Hellstrom


Been busy recently increasing the size of my vehicle pool. At the time of writing I have put together two Spartans, a Sicaran and my personal favourite the Sicaran Venator. All the kits went together fairly well; aside the usual re-bending of some bits with hot water. All the tanks have been built with sponsons removed, as I intend to magnetise them for ease of transport and also the option to swap between lascannon/heavy bolters where applicable. 


As you can see in in the background I also went ahead and treated myself to the Legion Astartes Gamer Editions. While I do like the standard books, they are far too large to be lugging around to games so it was an obvious choice to make life easier. 

So with the tank pool filling up nicely, there was only one thing left to do really and that was to treat myself to something big. With any luck this order will turn up soon, so I build and share - The mighty Legion Glaive.

Thanks for reading,

Hellstrom
The 14th Legion

Monday, 1 December 2014

Horus Heresy: Night Lords By DiStudios Army Update #2


Taking the opportunity on one of my rare days off to show you the additional reinforcements for my Night Lords project. Basing it loosely on the background, I started investing in some armoured units for the legion, in the form of aircraft and drop pods. At the time of writing though, I am still a little sceptical as to how these elements work within the Horus Heresy backdrop as in my opinion there is quite a lot of anti deep strike options that make a great deal of the Night Lords 'tactics' difficult to pull off. Stack this with the inability to first turn charge, Night Lords are really left relying on getting that all important Night Fighting rule to come in play (Curze makes it automatic). However from a visual concept, Dread Claw Assault Pods backed by aircraft look simply amazing!


As you can see from the photo, on the table I currently have a Dreadclaw Assault Pod ready for painting, a Fire Gunship nearing build completion and still new in the bag - a Primaris Lightning Strike Fighter. I did initially want to use the Storm Eagle, but ended up preferring the more dedicated role of the Primaris. I actually am not a fan of paying a premium for troop transport and this shows in my lists and choice of aircraft.

I appreciate this is only a small update, as I only have the one day off this week, but I do have some other pieces which are at work - 10 Night Raptors armed with chain glaives! I am really excited to get this unit together as I feel they will look extremely visceral on the table top; sadly though; as the toys add up, the model count goes down!

Thanks for reading,

DiStudios

p.s Sorry about orientation, Blogger just not playing nice with this pic today 8(

Friday, 7 November 2014

Horus Heresy: Iron Hands Autek Mor & The 'Retro Father' By Hellstrom


Greetings all! The tides of iron march onward in the Emperors name! Having ordered quite a large number of miniatures I have been busy working out a 1500-1750 points list as a guide. While it has been fun getting back into the hobby and building what takes my fancy, I really wanted a focus of some sort and nothing quite does it like a army list.


I have a real fondness for the Iron Fathers, so much so that I think I have around 4-5 of them, with respective servitor bodyguards. Naturally I do have some robots on the way to take advantage of the cortex controllers, but that is way in the future. Above is the finished 'Retro Father' I showed off in my first post. While he was more or less finished in the last post, I really wanted to get the transfers on for effect, it is also fun to point out, that the addition of a small amount  of brass really makes the miniatures stand out. I have also tried to match the base to DiStudio's Night Lords army, to give some form of narrative.


The overall leader of my starter force will be Autek Mor, and while from a fluff perspective he was not on Isstvaan, he is simply too good a choice not to take, until I get my Ferrus Manus done. I suppose that the first game narrative game I play could be a boarding action of some sort...


While these are the only two miniatures I have fully complete, I have a whole host of infantry and tanks in various stages of paint or construction, probably enough to make a 3500 point army. A long road but one with focus, perhaps if I remember, above is a the initial lot of Iron Hands being drafted for the war.

Thanks for reading,

Hellstrom
The 14th Legion

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Horus Heresy: Night lords By DiStudios - Army Update #1


Welcome to the long overdue first post of my latest Horus Heresy project - Night Lords! Originally started a month ago, as part of a joint project with Hellstrom's Iron Hands, we have been avidly pooling together miniatures to build, paint and finally share; here on the 14th Legion Blog. I will be running the Terror Assault Rites Of War and I have to admit, that at first glance; I was daunted at the prospect of having to build and paint thirty Terror Squad miniatures, just to have a legal force. One of the key problems was keeping each squad unified, but also contain enough unique features that would separate them and keep a gang themed hierarchy. By adding a few well placed pieces of greenstuff I think I have achieved that look so far.


Monday, 13 October 2014

Horus Heresy: Iron Hands Test Scheme By Hellstrom


Greetings and welcome to my first post here with the 14th Legion! Here are a couple of works in progress of my budding Iron Hands army. I actually have quite a large amount of models already but all of these are in various stages of cleaning and building. I have a decent balance of infantry and while I have some heavy armour, I will be adding the majority of tanks towards the end as these will take longer to get up and running. I will be using the Rites Of War and of course Ferrus Manus in the foreseeable future! 


I decided to use one of my original Rogue Trader Terminators as a Forge Father for nostalgia's sake and I intend to throw a few more old school models in the mix here and there, ultimately though the army will be made up from Forge World's lovely range. Colour wise I am using gun metal over black with a wash of Tamiya Smoke and finished with Dark Tone, some final highlights with chain mail were then applied to the edges. I decided very early on to go the route of metallic, as I find flat black some what boring and wanted a bit of the 'Iron' in the Iron Hands name to show on the models.

So only a brief glimpse into my starter project, but signs of life to counter the Night Lords menace! Stay tuned for more updates soon!

Thanks for reading,

Hellstrom
The 14th Legion
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