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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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planetmut
Jan 30, 2022

The Termies look great, Simon, and there's nothing wrong with not wanting to possibly bugger them up by trying to paint tiny chapter markings on the shoulders :-) I used to with my Ultramarines Epic figures but soon stopped when I realised how terrible they looked.


The tiny Germans also look awesome, the detailing is amazing given their size.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 31, 2022
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Cheers Matt. I must confess I haven't yet seen anyone paint the chapter markings on shoulders in a way I've liked - even the professional painters. Plus at this scale, I just need them to look like what they are - and I think you can see they're Black Templar Terminators without any other detail.


The FoW plastic German infantry are excellent. Though I'm currently painting some HMG teams, and something seems to have gone slightly awry with their sculpting imho.

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wsd50
Jan 29, 2022

Nice work on the Terminators, but I too would have liked to see some insignia, and perhaps the odd purity seal? 😉😋 Your Jerry's are excellent s always. And I admire your quest to find a quicker way top paint the ACW, I think I would just set aside a month of misery plug into a podcast and slowly hack my way through them till they were done (or go insane, whichever came first). Though your way might be healthier 😁.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 29, 2022
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LOL!!! Hopefully, we might have got some super-small decals by then, Roger. 😀

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undercoat2670
Jan 28, 2022

Great terminators. Very disappointed that you haven't painted the chapter symbols on the shoulder pads though!

I think those Germans are superb! I absolutely love them. Fantastic stuff!

I think you may be in the right path with your epic painting. Doing all one thing then moving on to the next might be a winner!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 28, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat, LOL!!! I wasn't even slightly tempted, I assure you!!! More Germans to come. Certainly getting happier with the 15mm epic - especially as the British Naps will be more uniform in colour than the ACW stuff.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jan 28, 2022

The epic terminators and Germans look great Simon, hope this new approach to the ACW strip works out well for you, and you're able to find a quick approach to these models.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 28, 2022
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Thanks Dave. I've got some metal Terminators, which I recently bought, so I wanted to practice on these plastic ones first. Love painting the Germans, so unsurprisingly I have another base ready to be posted. Definitely looked into a black prime, trousers and shoes for the 15mm WG strips... looks like flesh being next is the key too. 😀

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