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“Let The Devastator Squad Be Thy Blazing Wrath…”

“…Bringing the light of the Emperor's justice to the darkest corners of the battlefield.”

These three 15mm miniatures are nowadays sold by “Alternative Armies” as part of their "The Ion Age" selection deal IAF008 Retained Knight Post Charlie, and are armed with an assortment of weapons including an Anvil 888 Launcher, a Moth Type 12 Launcher, and an Angis Rifle with no bayonet. Usually formed into Lances of twenty-two men by the Prydian Army, I've actually painted these figures to proxy some Rogue Trader-era Blood Angels from the "Warhammer 40K" universe.


Despite eventually being based upon a medium-sized plastic "Flames Of War" stand by “Battlefront Miniatures”, each metal model was initially super-glued onto a wooden strip and undercoated with "Vallejo" Heavy Red. I then heavily washed all of the ‘beaky’ space marines with "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson, before dry-brushing them with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Red.

"Flames Of War" WIPs - An NCO and Rifleman

Each figure's significantly-sized weapon was subsequently layered with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and later treated to a combination of “Vallejo" Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil. Finally, due to my desire for these futuristic warriors to represent the “specialised Firstborn Space Marines” of a Devastator squad I ‘picked out’ their helmets with a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Blue and “Citadel” Drakenhof Nightshade.


Sticking with 15mm scale models, albeit sliding back in time to World War Two, I am making some steady progress on the first of six four-man stands I require to complete my German Panzergrenadier Platoon for “Flames Of War”. This unit, produced in plastic by “Battlefront Miniatures”, will ultimately comprise of twenty-nine soldiers, but having already finished a good handful of them I only have another twenty to finish; albeit I will then to pigment a second infantry platoon…

"Battletech" WIPs - A Stormcrow, Griffin and Mongrel

I have also managed to find the time to (re)base and prime a few more “Battletech” 1:285 scale plastic models by “Catalyst Game Labs” for my Weird War Two project. I’m still rather focusing on building up my Axis Alliance forces currently, as I want to be able to represent all the different powers who fought alongside the Germans on the tabletop.


As a result, I’ve picked a trio of Mechs to represent the ten-year Tripartite Pact (the Three-Power Agreement) between the three principal partners of the Axis – Germany, Italy and Japan. I’ve already recently painted a Stormcrow for the Wehrmacht, but thought an alternative colour scheme would make a nice departure for a second walker. Whilst I felt the quirky-looking Mongrel and somewhat Samurai-flavoured Griffin would well represent the Royal Italian Army and the Imperial Japanese Army respectively.

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undercoat2670
Aug 19, 2021

Nice Blood Angels. The blue helmets differentiate them as heavy weapons really well. I really like your 15mm Germans, they are coming along nicely and I am sure will match the excellent ones already completed. I like the new Mechs a lot. The designs of the Japanese and Italian ones are really nice and fitting choices for their adopted countries.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 19, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. I'm really happy with how the 15mm Devastators turned out. Plenty more FoW stuff to come, and hopefully the Mechs will turn out as well as planned too.

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planetmut
Aug 17, 2021

Those Blood Angels are looking great! I'm still taken aback at how similar they are to the very first Space Marine model, but they really work! I like the look of those mech too!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 18, 2021
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Thanks Planetmut. There's a definite Rogue Trader feel to the Retained Knights imho. Hopefully, I should have some more Mechs finished soon.

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wsd50
Aug 17, 2021

Nice work all round mate, I do like the idea of the Samurai flavoured Japanese Mech.


Cheers roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 17, 2021
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Cheers Roger. I was hoping to get a couple of the Griffin mechs for my Japanese force. But the entire "Battletech" range seems to have sold out everywhere, and the Griffin appears only to be found in the game's starter box set.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Aug 16, 2021

Your devastators turned out really well Simon, and nice progress on your 15 mm germans, nd more mechs on the horizon as well

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 16, 2021
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Thanks Dave. Lots of 15mm and Mechs on the tabletop currently, plus a few surprises I've been beavering away at to keep the mojo going.

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