Having had recent inspiration to continue with the XIIth Legion War Hounds, I've decided to finish the Breachers/ Heavy Infantry squad. Frankly I find them pretty hard to pose behind that big shield, so trying to find interesting poses has been a challenge - his guy, however, came up a treat! As with a few of the others, I used the Death Guard torsos to make them look bulkier and the addition of the Mechanicus head seems to work nicely too. The War Hounds icon on the shield is from Pop Goes The Monkey.on Shapeways. Notice the Umbra Patter Bolter as well - a little salute back to Rogue Trader era Space Marines
few weeks ago we shared the beginning of our then-unnamed War Hounds Legion Praetor.
Instead of rushing it, I decided to take a bit of time, try some new things with techniques and also so the first real scenic base for my War Hounds.
As mentioned previously, the look of the War Hounds has been evolving from the one drawing in the Horus Heresy Book 1, and now being bale to do an officer, I think this scheme and the way they would do markings are now fully evolved in my mind.
There's been a lot of conversion on this model, but it ties in, so it's hard to see - the cape at the back covered up the largest conversion - the Stormcast shin armour. Below is a breakdown of the mini, done in the three sub-assemblies.
The Praetor itself was a read amalgam of bitz - Imperial Fists torso (for that Great Crusade look), Raven Guard claws, Red Scorpion and Iron Warriors should pads, Stormcast shin armour, plastic MKIII legs, Space Wolf pelt and Veteran head. After a lot of trial and error, and a few cut thumbs, the look was complete. I wanted him to have a close combat look to carry forward the War Hounds Legion fluff, but at the same time be regal and really stand out from the rest of the troops. Although he is primarily the standard War Hounds blue and there's actually no more white on him than the normal War Hounds, he needed to be different - so I decided on red to set him apart. His groin armour was four layers of blending to get the right shade, and adding the fur pelt was something I'd wanted for the War Hounds for ages - it is in their fluff after all!
The mix of metallics was a bit of trial and error, but seems to be about right. His shoulder pad heraldry is unusual for a War Hound, but for a Praetor it needed to be. Was going to go reversed colours with the rampant hound, but decided that was too much red. The Red Scorpions studded shoulder really makes it I think - it's unique. The Stormcast shins were a test really, having used the front, but cut the backs off the add the plastic MKIII calves and then adding new studs to make it more dynamic. The face is from a Veteran, and is washed and then blended, while the scars got their own wash and highlight.
The backpack was a bit of a challenge - I knew it needed height, but it also needed to look regal without being a gold mess or a crown. Luckily I am an incessant bitz buyer, so had lots to play with. The backpack is a fiddly conversion using the Limited Edition Space Marine Captain backpack, with the funnels, pipes and fan from a plastic MKIII backpack. It's fiddly, but fits surprisingly well and the Iron Halo is perfect for the fluff. The cape is from the Custodes, painfully cut and bent into shape and then padded out with Green Stuff to get the shape right. The colours are standard War Hounds and don't deviate from the rules I've set for which bits are white and which bits are blue dependent on rank and role. There's lots of little details, but the decision to do it white was really to make it look less like an Ultramarine, which would generally go for red. The gold was layered on and the decals placed to make his Legion affiliation not-so-subtle.
Although the Stormcast shins gave him a tiny height advantage. he needed more and this Age of $igmar scenic base seemed the way to go. All the beses of my War Hounds are running on the theme of planetfall. They have just hit the planet, maybe taken out some advanced parties and are moving in on the cities of this world - a world needing to be brought back under the rule of the Emperor of Mankind. This civilisation will have some Mayan influences, so the little triangles on this base were perfect. The metallic arch is a metallic not on any of the War Hounds, so is truly unique, and the helmet is a conversion from a Dark Elves Executioner with a Chaos Marine top knot. I added plastic card to put flag stones on the ground, and rocks and shrubs (Gamer Grass BTW) to tie in with the other War Hounds bases. Overall I am very happy with this simple base and his pose, although not designed for the base, does seem to suit it.
War Hounds Legion Praetor Farrar KerRis
And assembled, here he is - Praetor Farrar Kerris. The name comes from Matthew Farrar, the author of the first War Hounds story and as far as I can tell, then guy who actually named them.
The colours on the Praetor are very simple - bronze for rank, silver studs to make him stand out from the rest of his troops - even veterans - the dirty white, blue with the subtle highlight and two tones of red; the crimson red for the War Hounds bits and a brighter red for the purity seals. The orange of the enemy helmet and markings on the base are to contrast with the blue which give it an alien feel.
Overall this was an experiment that I think adds to the army, which - despite being critical of my work - I'm really proud of actually. Now... maybe I need to flesh out what the enemy look like!?
As we've mentioned before, coming up with the look for the War Hounds was a long process, and that was just the troops and vehicles, but when it comes to officers - that's a whole other story!
There's already a start to the Command Squad with one guy with a big Celtic/ Norse inspired war horn, and a non-command officer in the Praevian with his robot, but building the big cheese for the War Hounds Legion was going to be interesting!
People make some amazing officers with such cool conversions mixing bits from all over the universe, so this challenge was much anticipated and a nice change after really being unable to do much hobby due to illness.
For a more indepth look - head over to the War Hounds page
Getting a whole squad done one miniature at a time is a long process, but when you're done it's exciting.
Today I finally finished my Veteran Tactical Squad for the War Hounds Legion and having been the first squad I started it's good to have them now being able to sit proudly next to their completed Tactical Squad brothers. Having finally worked out markings and how to inject a bit of character really helped bring each one of these guys to life - and not just have a whole lot of "gun pigs".
More images and write up HERE
So it's been a pretty busy time and I haven't updated the hobby projects for a while, and a bit has got done - from a test scheme for the Skitarii Rangers for my DIY Titan Order Legio, to some War Hounds which are really starting to come together in terms of character and look... finally!
This update also gave me the opportunity to test out the crappy cheap photobooth I bought on eBay.
That was a $20 I won't be getting back anytime soon hahaha!
Skitarii Ranger of Legio Ballista
Legio Ballista has been a project that's been in the works for decades. Born as a tribute to the great Bolt Thrower, the look of Legio Ballista has pretty much gone unchanged since the late 90s - no surprise when you look at it! You may have seen this Kastelan before, and there's also a Rhino in the same colour scheme - well now they have a Ranger to keep them company. This was a little bit fiddly to do, but not horrible. The miniature itself has lots of hidden detail, and overall I'm pretty happy with it. Obviously now the photo has been taken I need to go and touch up a few things though!
War Hounds Legion Update
I'm going to put it out there - I've never been good at painting officers. There's this fine line between too much bling and just a guy with a plume on his helmet! So I set about to practise what an officer in the War Hounds Legion would look like.
Fist up was the Breacher Squad Sergeant. Really happy with the pose of this guy and this is the first time I've painted Lightning Claws. The torso is a Death Guard one, but perfect for this guy. This is also the first time I decided on the symbol on the shoulders of the Breachers, a smaller Assault cross which seems to be okay.
The Assault Squad Sergeant was a bit of fun. Now having double Lightning Claws was interesting and fits well with the War Hounds fearsome reputation. The scroll was added for adornment and I did a similar decoration on one of the Lightning Claws that appears on the Legion Praevian from last month. Notice also the MasterCrafted spiked pauldron. He nearly had two, but thought that was overkill!
Not an officer as such, but the Veteran Tactical Vox guy was a chance to try a different type of comms unit which I built onto his glove with Green Stuff and also the face tattoo which I really like. Bit of a risk but he looks hard as frakk! My first attempt at a Plasma Gun too, steep learning curve there, not entirely happy.
You know sometimes you have one of those hobby-brainwaves? "What a great idea!", "By George, he's got it!!", that kind of thing - well I have one a week or so back and it's been stuck in my head.
As you may know, we're huge fans of the Kastelan robot here at Beardy Hammer HQ and considering it's vintage takes it back to the Great Crusade era and potentially WAY before, I really wanted to add one to the War Hounds force. It's not in the rules for 30K, no, but honestly I think this is an oversight and having chatted to a few learned people and they agree. Green light in my mind! This wasn't going to be some large blue robot, it was going to look different - really stand out... and then I came across the Consul Praevian and it got more interesting!
Being a Consul, he deserved a bigger base, so this Dragon Forge one seemed appropriate. His stance is very swept back, so giving him a mighty hammer to crush his enemies like the tide of robots he commands worked thematically. The Power Fist too was to replicate the ones on the Kastelan, with the markings moved slightly to fit in better. The backpack is a Sons of Horus one, but works nicely on this mini.
I couldn't find any markings for a Consul Praevian, so found this shoulder pad in the bitz box and added a Mechanicus decal from the Kastelan kit. Fits like a treat! The backpack was more blue and white to bring him back to the War Hounds.
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The original idea for this whole project was this guy! Dark metal colour scheme with splashes of the War Hounds livery. The off-centre chest colours were to give more room for the decals and also to make it a bit more interesting. The rampant hound on the glove fitted perfectly!
The clolours were kept very restricted with mainly just metallics, the blue and white and a touch of yellow for the cables (also seen on the Consul around his neck).
I added an exhaust from the Lord of Skulls to give it a more of an older look and really dirtied it up.
Haven't decided on the armament yet, so that's still to come.
Bit of a hobby update for the weekend. Hope you got some stuff done too. Was going to be a big one this weekend, but it's too damn hot here in Sydney to do much else than sweat. Anyway, did get this War Hounds Tactical Support guy done. Not sure if he's going to be the Sergeant. Apparently the Sergeant can now have the same weapons as his squad, unlike the rules printed in Horus Heresy: Betrayal. The xenos skull on the backpack seemed like a bit of fun and another way I'm trying to add more character to each one of the War Hounds Legionnaires. Part Prospero MKIII and Forge World MKIII, I really like the pose.
I've recently been listening to the Horus Heresy audio book Betrayer and although not the core part of the book, there is a fair bit about the War Hounds legion spattered throughout the book.
The book is set 20 years after Angron has taken control of the War Hounds and made massive changes to the Legion, including changing it's name to the World Eaters.
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What planet striking Space Marine force would be complete without Drop Pods? Well in the world of 30K (or even pre-Heresy like for my War Hounds) then it's not a Drop Pod, it's Dreadclaw (below left)!
Forge World make a very decent Dreadclaw, but it's a large piece of resin and frankly a lot of money for something that sits there looking like a rather unhappy crab!
So when I saw some of the Guardians of the Galaxy toys (The Nova Corps Starblaster below right) on sale for $10 I thought I'd grab one just to add to the massive toy collection here at Beardy Hammer Central.
It wasn't until I sat it on it's bum that any notion of anything else even stuck me - but there it was (below right) Dreadclaw-ish. All it would take was some paint and a bit of slicing and dicing!
Screwdriver in hand, it was time to pull this thing apart. There's only one screw holding the base together, so I channeled my inner MacGyver and got to it. The thing basically fell apart, so it's very easy to do.
Once the pieces were all apart I gave it a good soapy soak, then filled some seems with glue and sanded them flat when dry. The whole thing was undercoated black, then the metallic pieces were sprayed Leadbelcher, and Balthasar Gold was then used as an alternate metal colour for some areas. When this was dry, the metallic pieces were were washed heavily in Nuln Oil and left to dry while the cabin was sprayed white, then sprayed Macragge Blue. The metallics were then drybrushed in Ironbreaker.
Once the legs and engine section were completely dry the legs were placed back in the engine section and the plunger that was originally removed was placed back in and glued in place (below left). This would keep the legs as far apart as I wanted without them doing the splits (below centre)!
While this was drying, extra armour plates and rivets were glued to parts of the hull (below right). This was to give it a more Imperial look in tune with the Warhammer theme. SO MANY RIVETS!!
Once the plates were done and dry, the hull was sprayed black, then a light coating of white, followed by Macragge Blue spray again (below). No work was done on the cockpit as it will remain closed.
The previous cockpit section was sprayed white then washed and highlighted with shades of light grey worked up to white (below left). Not sure happy with this result as the shape is awkward to do.
Decals were applied for my War Hounds Legion and the blue was shaded and highlighted. A word of warning though, there are a lot of angles on this proxy Dreadclaw, so be prepared to do highlighting!
... And there we have a $10 Dreadclaw!
Project: War Hounds
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