OK so I have had interested people ask for pics after I tell them about my theme and what I've done so far. I think it was you Voyager, back at ARC said you wanted a peek, so here they are.
Backstory is gigantic (and still all in my head!) so just basically, They are the Pegasian 7th. The Pegasian system is out in the Halo Stars, cut off from the Imperium like a bajillion years ago, contact re-established during Macharian Crusade. Imperium discovered the small interplanetary empire/kingdom spanning 2 or 3 systems. The Pegasians are pretty much a conglomeration of various Prussian themes from Napoleon kinda era through to ww2. They'v all got Bicorn hats and stick grenades/potatomashers I made myself. They're banner crazy and each squad has a banner, they are removable in case of WYSIWYG issues. I make them all myself on paint.
They use Auxillary troops from their colony on a snowy/icy planet inhabited by what are essentially vikings in a nearby system. Penal squads will be vikings, ogryns = berserkers, and anyone with magical ability in the codex will be modelled into some kind of viking shaman! you get the picture
anyways onto the good stuff...did I mention that they all have mutton chops?
Infantry Squad Sergeant (squad leaders and men of rank have their hat rotated forwards)
Platoon Command Vox - had none of basic troopers but this gives you the general idea
Platoon Commander - the officers have big blue coats like French marshals from Napoleonic Era.
Platoon standard - all real banners (not for aesthetics) have an icon on top all others do not
Here are the Vikings, as they are penals I'm going for 3 diff gear outs (like the penal table) Gunslinger, Psychopath & Knife Fighter
Here is the Penal squad leader - the symbols on the shield is from an alphabet I made up for them
Looks good so far
I like the sideburns and colors, the the hats and eyebrows are quite comical >_>
I couldnt help but notice the pixels in the banners. Your prussians cant afford antialiasing
They look a little odd with their hats and flah armour chests.. The leader figure looks very much in place with the hat but the rest look like some IG attending a fancy hat party. Now THATS a good backstory.
PS. interested in your backstory. Write a short story about them.
PSS. the last barbarian figure from a WFB stowed away on the delorean and pimped his shield with a ninja pistol attachment.
Love your Platoon command, and love your Vikings. I also like the idea how you've represented all three of the "psychopath ruley thingys" on them.
The hats on your basic troops look a little awkard though, like they're barely sitting on the head and all they need to be blown off is an overly hungry ratling running by to get his dinner and creating a slip stream.
And don't trust your brains inbox, it's unpredictable as hell. If you get an idea - write it down straight away so you don't forget.
Well if you have fun making them that's what counts ay . And eventually, the more you do it the better they'll become and you'll find yourself waking up one morning, tangled in your sheets wondering "holy crap where am I" and finding yourself surrounded by tonnes of forage caps that you made whilst dreaming about commanding a platoon of crazy prussians.
And your eyes are probably better than what I can do. I've only ever managed to paint one set of eyes right and that was ten years ago on my first Blood Angels commander. Those eyes made him look more Khornate than anything. Again, the more you do it the better you'll become.
My major problem is that I've always had the shakes, it's a genetic thing that'll never change. So if you don't have that problem then you should be able to improve over time.
Anyways, your marauders have given me an idea for a chaos lost and the damned army. Never realised how good they'd look in a 40k context.
Well tah muchly!
As I've found, they fit rather well sizewise with the buff Catachan arms.
I vaguely remember this - but then again, I can't remember what I did last week.
One thing I love about playing miniature games is the incredible diversity of the forces people come up with and the ways they choose to execute the work. I, sir, take my (napoleonic) hat off to you for that effort.
Oh, and antialiasing means smoothing out jagged edges. The diamond on your banners shows the "jaggies".
ah I see. Thankfully, they don't look quite that profoundly jagged at a distance, it was just the close up that showed it. I'd see if I could smooth it a little if I hadn't already done 4 or 5 squads - cbf changing that many
And keep watching this space guys I've just about finished my colonel. I converted a Death Korps HQ for it!
OK guys as promised, My Colonel has been finished! I've finally gotten my hands on a camera too, since that time though I've been able to convert a Master of Ordnance (or as they will be known in my army: Artillery Liason) So you're in for a treat, these are in my opnion two of my best works, though the lighting could be slightly better. Those of you in the SEBF club will get to see them on Sunday!
Ok, the Colonel. His name is still in the works, but I was thinking 'Krueger'. Anyway, I was quite pleased with him, except for the way that the wash went which makes it look like he is crying mud out of an eye. I sawed the head off of the Death Korps Colonel and added a head and hat!
The Artiller Liason (MoO) is a real favourite of mine. All artillery models are going to use Death Korps legs and have this model of hat (the Napoleonic upended bucket look ) and will follow this paint scheme. As this bloke will represent an Artillery officer I felt it neccessary to have him with medals so I used arms and a torso from the Command sprue. The hat I made by chopping an officers cap down to the brim gluing a conveniently shaped bit of FW resin sprue for the body of the hat, the decorations are the end of a grenade and string from a teabag!
Do please comment folks!
PS not far off another update, just bought some Mordians I'll convert into Fusiliers (Stormtroopers) and Cavalry heads! in the mail as we speak apparently
looks like a good enemy for these guys if I ever get them done
I would suggest you check out the range of plastic mini's made by the perry twins, they usta work for GW and produce some good stuff, stuff that is nearly compatible with GW stuff. Oh and the boxes come with lots of head varients.
One technique for the eyes would be to paint the eyes earlier in the process. Paint the face base coat and apply the shade, then paint the eyes using bleached bone for the pupil and then repaint the edges of the eyes with the flesh base coat.
It's easier to paint around the edges of the eyes than it is to paint between two lids.
This might go some way to avoid the the Buzz Lightyear thousand yard stare you have on some models.
Good idea to use a historical period as the basis for your army. Do you just have infantry, cavalry and artillery or will you break theme somewhat and introduce armoured vehicles as well?
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