On to Heresy Part II:
Building and Converting a VIII Legion Terror Squad.
Last time I shared some thoughts about the Nightlords and spoke about the reasons I like them. This time I will be walking you through how I build my newest addition to the Army.
Ok this sounds obvious but making sure you have all the tools, bits and glues needed. For this project I need some things that are not included in a normal GW set.
- · Clippers
- · Model Knife
- · Razor Saw
- · Super Glue
- · Plastic glue
- · Green Stuff (Kneadatite putty)
Kits I will need
- · X10 MkIII Power Armoured Marines (the rest of my Nightlords are in MkIII where possible, I think it just looks scarier)
- · MkIII Power Weapons Upgrade pack (Forge World)
- · Volkite Charger Pack (Forge World)
- · MkIII VIII Legion Shoulder Pads (Forge World)
- · Chain-Glaive Set (Forge World)
- · Skulls… Lots of Skulls (Luckily GW do a box with 300+ skulls in)
- . And some extra bits from my bits box
Yes, I know this is going to be an expensive unit with all those Forge World goodies, but other than the Shoulder pads I won’t be using all the bits. They will be used on future projects.
|Thanks to GW for plastic heresy kits, they really save the wallet|
2 Get to it.
Now I have all my stuff ready, time to do the building… Cue imagination. I love Terror squads, formed from the ruthless and brutal legionaries in the VIII. Terror Squads are a unit of murderers and tyrants without rival. I am going to try to represent this with my conversions, trying to make each miniature look a little different form the others.
|MkIII Armour just looks much more brutal|
The Headsman (Sgt.) has the much-feared Chain-glaive, a grisly trio of skull trophies and with an ironically worn honour crest. He is a striking figure within the Claw, most likely he killed his way to that position and now leads his Claw until he is killed. Other members of the Squad carry a mix of weapons, Bolt Pistols/guns, Volkite Chargers and combat blades. I wanted them to look as individual as possible. I don’t want to overdo the skulls, just the right amount is in order. When painted the bone colour will make a good contrast to the dark armour.
|'Honour' crest worn ironically|
|MkIV chain sword from my bits box|
3 Prep and Primer
OK, as I have used resin components I will have to do a little prep-work before using the primer.
I have already washed the resin before assembly but sometimes it is tricky for primers to get a good layer over the resin. So I use Army Painter Anti-shine, it is great for putting a coat over resin that the primer can stick to.
Once that is done its time for the old favourate – UPOL black car Spray. It gives great coverage, is cheap and easy to get.
|UPOL - its great!|
|In midnight clad? Not quite yet.|
4 Base Coat
These guys have to fit in with the rest of my army, unfortunately GW have discontinued my Nightlords colour (Necron Abyss) After a good year of searching the closest I can find is Vallejo Dark Prussian Blue, so that’s what I use. Here is our Terror Legionary in this lovely blue.
I will be finishing the paint on the squad, taking it step by step and showing you how I get a good table top standard with the minimum of fuss.