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"Few Other Legions Could Match Their Achievements..."

"...And of those that could few could rival the XVIth Legion for the brightness with which their victories shone."

These three 15mm miniatures are sold by “Alternative Armies” as part of their "The Ion Age" range and can be found inside IAF008 Retained Knight Post Charlie. All of the figures are carrying Angis Rifles, and whilst ordinarily fielded in Lances of twenty-two men by the Prydian Army, have actually been painted to proxy some Sons Of Horus space marines from the "Warhammer 30K" universe.

As a I intend to use these single-cast metal models as a stand of Tactical marines, they were super-glued upon a medium-sized plastic "Flames Of War" base by “Battlefront Miniatures” and undercoated with "Citadel" Sons Of Horus Green. I then heavily shaded the ‘beakies' with "Citadel" Nuln Oil, before dry-brushing them with (more) Sons Of Horus Green.

"Alternative Armies" WIPs - This Havelock Battlesuit has been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

I next applied some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to their shoulder-pads, as well as the tops of their backpacks and firearms. All the miniatures' power units and rifles were later treated to a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Finally, I carefully placed a thin line of watered-down "Citadel" Abaddon Black into both models' visor slits.

Due to wanting to slightly break up the 'uniformity' of the Sons of Horus colour scheme, I decided to spend some additional time on them by 'picking out' the ridges of the occasional shoulder-pad with a little "Vallejo" Gold and a dash of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. I also applied a small amount of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna to his belt pouches and darkened this down with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - Three Sons Of Horus primed, shaded and dry-brushed

Staying with "The Ion Age" range, I have managed to apply my paintbrush to an old 15mm Havelock Battlesuit, which I've equipped with 'Anti-Infantry' with a Moth 88 Rotary Cannon and Anda Missile Pod. This hefty multi-part metal miniature has since been "re-mastered in resin" by "Alternative Armies", and will be painted to resemble a Sons of Horus Legion Dreadnought.

Lastly, I've spent another hour working on a ten-man unit of 28mm plastic Tactical Space Marines wearing MK VI armour by "Games Workshop". The entire squad have now all been undercoated, shaded and dry-brushed, so now I'm slowly working through them 'factory line fashion' blocking in all their separate areas, such as their shoulder-pads and bolters, with "Citadel" Abaddon Black...

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