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(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Forgotten Heroes" June 2021

Updated: Jun 4, 2022

"The Horus Heresy is a dark, far future military space opera."

Due to this month's effort to chisel away at my ‘elevation of inspiration’ being strongly influenced by the annual “Forgotten Heroes” challenge over on the “Carrion Crow’s Buffet” website, I will be chiefly focusing my hobby time upon a selection of 15mm figures from “The Ion Age” miniatures range by "Alternative Armies". However, rather than simply paint the human soldiers up in the colours of the Prydian Army, I’ll actually be turning them into suitable proxies with which to refight the famous Horus Heresy of Warhammer 40,000 lore.


As I’ve previously started just such a project in the past, I thought I’d initially crack on with an already partially-pigmented 28mm Noble of Prydia and a converted Retained Knight with an Octa Powered Sword. Despite the fact that the ratio between these Primarchs’ great size in comparison to the range’s 15mm knights is somewhat off, I thought the duo would still rather nicely replicate the dastardly traitor Horus Lupercal and the Emperor of Mankind’s eternally loyal Sanguinius respectively.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - Saruman is slowly having his detail 'picked out'

In addition, I hope to get a lick of “Vallejo” Heavy Red paint upon a handful of other figures from “The Ion Age” range so as to create a small contingent of Blood Angels, whilst doing something similar, potentially using Heavy Bluegrey with a "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green shade, for the Sons of Horus. I might even manage to stretch to the odd vehicle, battle-tank or armoured suit, as I have done previously when building a small force of Crimson Fist Adeptus Astartes and Imperial Guard.


Lastly, I still have a handful of models from “The Lord Of The Rings” by “Games Workshop” to finish off so as to complete my 500 point Isengard army for the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game. All the figures are already half-complete, albeit my figure of the White Wizard, Saruman, will need some rework on his robes after the watered-down wash of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade proved far less successful in projecting a slightly grubby cloth than I had hoped.

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I also started my first foray into the wonderful world of 3D printed models, utilising “FullyCycled” services to manufacture me several sculpts taken from “Rocket Pig Games” fantastically visualised fantasy range. Despite having had a few problems snapping off the wrong bit here and there whilst cleaning the disconcertingly brittle figures up, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying applying a brush to them, and have several more planned for the very near future…

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undercoat2670
Jun 03, 2021

Haha, ‘elevation of inspiration’ is, I presume, your pile of shame!!

What an interesting project for forgotten heroes, I will be watching with interest.

That Saruman sculpt is superb. A cracking rendition of the great Christopher Lee. I can't wait to see him done.

I tip my hat to you sir for you output in May! Well done.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 03, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. Hopefully I can at least get my two 28mm Primarchs finished for Forgotten Heroes, and then maybe start working on some Space Marine retinues. I should have Saruman finished too. It is indeed a corking depicting of the late Christopher Lee.

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wsd50
Jun 03, 2021

Going 15mm for Forgotten Heroes is a bit of a change for you Simon, sounds like a good plan though, and as you've been so productive of late, should be no chance of you not finishing this year 😉.


Sauron looks good so far, it would be interesting to see what your 3D prints look like when they first arrive (before clean up).


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 04, 2021
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Well then I look forward to hopefully seeing your Plague figures in Zomtober, Roger 😀

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planetmut
Jun 02, 2021

Man, you churned out a lot during May! Your idea for a 15mm Horus Heresy force sounds cool and brings back memories of playing Epic back in the day.


Saruman's looking good. I usually go with Vallejo Grey Wash when shading white clothes, and it does look good when it's in the creases. I don't think I've ever successfully "dirtied" white without it looking like it's been painted :-(

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 02, 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. I managed to get 18 figures posted throughout the month, and already have 10 models ready for June too. Nice to have a bit of a buffer for when the mojo is found wanting; albeit that's not currently likely.


Should have some good stuff to post for Forgotten Heroes if I can get them finished. I always use "Vallejo" Pale Grey myself for shadowing white. But on this occasion I wanted something a bit browner to show the stain of age on the cloth.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Jun 02, 2021

Sounds like a cool project for FH Simon, look forward to seeing how this progresses, nice work on Saruman

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 02, 2021
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Thanks Dave. I think I could get quite a few figures finished for "Forgotten Heroes" if my enthusiasm for the project remains high. Hopefully, Saruman will be finished soon, along with the trio of Uruk-hai Crossbowmen I need to complete.

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