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(Lead) Mountain Musings - "The Ion Age" July 2022


"It was treachery at first. To turn against brothers, to kill for personal advancement and power."

This month's attempt to greatly reduce my embarrassing backlog of unpainted plastic, resin and metal will largely focus upon the "galaxy-spanning civil war" of the early 31st Millennium known as the Horus Heresy. However, whilst I will be steadily working my way through the formidably-large contents of the 28mm Horus Heresy: Age Of Darkness starter box by "Games Workshop" in the background, I also plan to progress several 15mm scale mini-projects using "The Ion Age" range of figures by "Alternative Armies", so as to maintain my mojo.


I've previously painted quite a few miniatures from the Prydian Army in the 'spirit' of the Horus Heresy, as I've found their Retained Knights to make good proxies for Mark VI Space Marine armour. Admittedly, several of my 'beakie' units, along with some accompanying tanks, have been painted to replicate the Crimson Fists chapter, which was only formed in the aftermath of Horus Lupercal's fall from grace.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - Three MK VI Space Marines primed and shaded

But I have also pigmented plenty of Blood Angels, Imperial Guard, Daemons and even the odd Sons of Horus stand. Plus, I don't intend for my favouring Chapter Master Pedro Kantor's colour scheme over Rogal Dorn's predominantly yellow Legion from stopping me getting more loyalist Crimson Fists on the tabletop.


In addition, I am hoping to get a sizeable number of 28mm plastic Space Marines finished as well, with two ten-man strong Tactical Squads already assembled and primed. I have also managed to 'convert' a Praetor with Axe to act as the HQ for my 500-point Sons of Horus force, and intend to get a third Tactical Squad, using the MK IV armour sprues found inside the Betrayal At Calth boxed set, quickly built too.

June 2022 - Both "Crooked Dice" and "Battlefront Miniatures" climb up the Top Five table

Quite staggeringly, the past four weeks has been the most productive June I’ve had in nine years. This was undoubtedly due to the large number of 28mm figures I finished by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio", as well as the completion of three more 15mm World War Two German bases by "Battlefront Miniatures" for my "Flames Of War" army.


This forthcoming month should be equally as rewarding, as besides all the Horus Heresy-flavoured infantry I am working on, I also have several 15mm scale vehicles, robots, armoured suits and personalities from "The Ion Age" range on my painting table. All of these mini-projects should keep my enthusiasm for the Warmaster's traitorous assault upon the Emperor super-high, and if so, then I might even try to squeeze in a few other miniatures related to the civil war from my "Epic" and "Battlefleet Gothic" piles of potential...


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planetmut
Jul 04, 2022

Well done on smashing your June output record! I'm really looking forward to seeing your Sons of Horus marines and hopefully some more of your great BatReps too!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 04, 2022
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Thanks Matt. It's not the greatest of monthly outputs I've achieved, but a good one when the month is hot, and life tends to throw so much more in your direction. I've got four BatReps planned for this month, as the Imperium attempt to thwart the growing menace of the SoH traitors and their chaotic brethren. All in 15mm too.

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undercoat2670
Jul 02, 2022

All Horus Heresy great and small sounds like a fun month. Well 15mm and 28mm to be precise! Looking good so far. Those beakies are looking excellent. I can't wait to see the finished models get posted.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 02, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. I've already got a MK III Space Marine and plenty of 15mm beakies ready to post. Hopefully, this will be a very productive month, as I've assembled quite a mixed bag of models to paint throughout it.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jul 02, 2022

Good luck with your challenge goals for this month Simon, hopefully it will help maintain your focus. Also great to see that has been your best June results, as it often seems to be a difficult month for you.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 02, 2022
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Thanks Dave. I thought things would get pretty boring with endless posts about GW Space Marines all July, so hope a few different 15mm models from the massive Ion Age range will break things up nicely.


I think being retired has had an impact upon June tbh, as in the past I've always been busy with work and my other hobbies, so painting has taken quite a back seat. Fingers crossed it'll mean getting some more games for BatReps completed for this month too.

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