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Saturday, 15 April 2017

The white bolter conundrum

I've painted a lot of Thousand Sons now, I haven't posted many but believe it or not over eighty are done. The reason I haven't posted any is due to my decision to paint the bolter casings white. This has lead to a problem as the multiple clear layers of red have leeched into the white when the model is varnished.

I have been able to remedy this with subsequent coats of ulthuan grey and white but it means a redo of the casings essentially after the model is finished, a little frustrating to say the least.

I had a think about this and tried sealing the figures with varnish before painting the bolter casings, I tried his with both matt and gloss varnish with no success. It looks like the long way round is the only way, I will continue to post as the bolter casings are redone, for now here are a few more marines, I intend to have two squads of ten rotagun marines as the Thousand Sons seem to make best use of them and they look cool.


I have more Thousands Sons done and in progress, however, some things keep me from posting them, but more on that later. For now our group has been painting up some test of honour figures, this is a new samurai skirmish game by Warlord games.

I haven't  played the game yet but it looks simple yet complex enough to allow some quite subtle tactical input. The figures are a bit of a nightmare to put together, a lot of parts and no indication to the pairings between components such as left and right arms. The figures look good in the end but assembly is definitely frustrating.

I went for a straightforward colour scheme with black armour plates, cream coloured body suits and a little red heraldry. The models below include six ashigaru archers, six ashigaru spearmen and two samurai beside a torii gate.

I have a lot more of these to do, this is about a third of the boxed set so we'll see how a couple of simple skirmishes go and then do some more.