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“Terminators Are Space Marine Veterans…”


“…who have earned the right to wear Tactical Dreadnought Armour, better known as Terminator Armour.”

These 6mm scale plastic models of five Adeptus Astartes terminators used to be produced by “Games Workshop” as part of their now long out of production (OOP) “Epic” range, and were predominantly found inside my original box of “Space Marine” from 1991. However, I’m pretty sure the elite, First Company veterans were actually acquired second-hand, as some were already primed on the sprue with a thick, black paint, and there weren’t any space marines wearing tactical dreadnought armour in the starter set I owned.


Due to these miniatures’ disconcerting undercoat, I decided to make them a squad of Black Templar terminators, as I feared what soft detail there already was on the sculpts would diminish even more following much more paint being applied to them. This effectively meant all I needed to do was just give them a lick or two of watered-down “Citadel” Abaddon Black, before ‘picking out’ any noticeable details.

"Fortuitously... the German defences were even weaker in this sector of the beach."

The diminutive figures’ shoulder-pads were all treated to a simple layer of “Vallejo” White and a dash of Pale Grey. Whilst, all of their storm bolters were treated to a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil. I did consider applying some “Vallejo” White to their power-fists too, however, I thought this might then just merge the over-sized, armoured gauntlets into their shoulder-pads.


In addition to my latest Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) submission, I have also completed four more plastic 15mm miniatures by “Battlefront Miniatures”. Found inside the company’s “Hit The Beach” starter set for “Flames Of War”, these figures form another of the MG34 and K98 Rifle teams I require for my German Beach Defence Company’s second Panzergrenadier Platoon.

"Warlord Games" WIPs - These ACW Confederates have had their trousers and shoes layered

As with all my other “FoW” German soldiers, the models were initially super-glued onto wooden strips, before being primed in “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII, shaded using “Citadel” Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII. Their details were then ‘picked out’ predominantly using “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna, Gunmetal, Buff, German Camouflage Dark Green, Heavy Brown and a series of “Citadel” Shades.


Lastly, with the arrival of my pre-ordered Epic 15mm British Infantry Brigade by “Warlord Games” just around the corner, I have continued practicing my approach to the Nottingham-based company’s plastic strips of infantry by working on another of my (spare) American Civil War stands. I’ve now settled on painting the soldiers’ trousers first over a “Citadel” Abaddon Black prime, and then selectively ‘picking out’ their shoes before working on the much more complicated details of their torsos etc…

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