Those of you who read my blog frequently may remember that back at the tail-end of last year I started (yet another) project, in this case my goal was to build a force of Pre-Heresy/30k Sons of Horus Legiones Astartes for use in playing Horus Heresy themed battles. I initially churned out a ten man squad of Tactical Marines clad in Mk III battle-plate from Forge World. As these models are comparatively detailed and expensive I made sure that I spent an inoridnate amount of time on painting them and finally I produced what I consider to be my best work yet:
Anyway after this first squad was finished I moved onto other more pressing projects and they were pushed to one side and relegated to my niche models shelf. However recently my girlfriend has started collecting pre-heresy Space Wolves and I decided that I would expand my own 30k forces in tandem with her so that we would have roughly equal opponents to face! With this idea fixed firmly in my mind I decided to get to work on creating a commander for my Cthonian warriors...
|Sons of Horus Centurion|
...the end result was this fine fellow, a company captain/centurion armed with a fairly substantial power axe and a boarding shield for close assault devastation. I have a fair selection of resin models from Forge World that I could have used for the model, however I wanted something fairly unique and so I rustled this guy together. His body, which is clad in heavily-customised Mk III armour is one of the 'Masters of the Chapter' models released by GW back in 2006 and is a nice weighty model made of white metal and possessing sufficient proportions to stand comfortably alongside the slightly larger models that FW produce.
I opted not to use the head that came with the model and instead dug around my bitz box to source this helmetless grilled-visage. I really like this head as the top-knot is very Cthonian in nature and is reminiscent of the one worn by Abbadon thus creating a natural tie to the Sons of Horus's lineage. It's small touches like these that really give some personalisation to both a model and the wider army to which it belongs.
Overall it took me arond three days to convert, paint and complete this model and it was a real joy from start to finish, I really do enjoy the standard that can be reached when focusing on producing one model at a time as opposed to churning out entire units.
Again in this paint job I went for the lighter sea-green tone that GW used in its earliest artwork for Horus's legion after their evolution from the Luna Wolves (i.e. Index Astartes c.2002). I have included a stage by stage process below for anyone who wants to achieve a similar outcome with their own forces. The techniques described can be used with any legion, all you have to do is swap out the appropriate armour colours.
Preparation: Once I had cleaned up the model and glued the main body in place I then gave it a black spray undercoat ensuring that I covered the entire model and left no annoying areas of white metal showing through the paint.
|Stage 4: For the inside of the cape I mixed Charadon Granite with equal parts Regal Blue and then applied this to the model using a number of thin layers, this was highlighted by adding increasing amounts of Codex and Fortress Grey to the mix.|
|Stage 6: For the leather I simply painted the appropriate areas with multiple layers of Scorched Brown until the colour was sufficiently deep, I then highlighted this with Bestial Brown and Snakebite Leather.|
|Stage 7: The ceremonial cord was undercoated with Codex Grey and then highlighted with Fortress Grey and Skull White, I took time and care over this particular area of detail as its position on the chest will draw the eye to it.|
|Stage 9: The Crux Terminatus was given a deep base coat of Codex Grey before being given a heavy wash of Nuln Oil, once this was dry it was highlighted with another layer of Codex Grey followed by an even finer highlight of Fortress Grey|
|Stage 14: I then carefully painted the word 'TERRA' to the honour scroll on the model's right leg armour, this required a very steady hand and very thin black paint.|
|Stage 14: Everyone bases their models according to their own preference, in this case I just chose a simple muddy brown which I felt would contrast with the relative brightness of the model's power armour.|
And voila....there we have it, one Sons of Horus Centurion is now ready to walk astride the battlefields of the 31st Millennium. I thoroughly enjoyed painting this model and I can't wait to see it smashing through its foes on the tabletop with that massive axe,
If I had one tip for you then I would say please, please, please thin your paints...thin them as much as possible, whilst mutiple layers may take more time to paint the results you can achieve are notably superior!
I hope that this tutorial has been some help...or at least of mild interest!! If you found it useful please let me know and I will try to do some more!
Right...now onto my next project...my girlfriend's Space Wolves!!