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"The Remaining Portion Of The Legion Was Betrayed..."

Updated: Nov 29, 2022

"...And wiped out by their brothers on the world of Isstvan III,"

This 28mm plastic miniature of a Space Marine Sergeant is by "Games Workshop" and comes from the now OOP (Out Of Production) Burning Of Prospero boxed game. The multi-part figure has been assembled wearing MK III armour, and had a resin Sons of Horus "Forge World" shoulder-pad super-glued onto him so as to specifically mark him out as belonging to the Traitor Legion.

The figure was initially undercoated with "Citadel" Sons Of Horus Green, before being heavily washed with Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed with (more) Sons Of Horus Green. Having spent some time pouring over the various colour schemes of Horus I decided to apply some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to his shoulder-pads, as well parts of his backpack, Plasma Pistol, Chainsword and Lightning Claws.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - Three Sons Of Horus primed, shaded and dry-brushed

The model's power tubes, hand-weapons and firearm were later treated to a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I then 'picked out' all the ridges and details on his shoulder-pads, and his helmet's brow, with a little "Vallejo" Gold and a splash of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. These areas were later highlighted with some additional touches of "Vallejo" Gold on the edges and rivets.

As a final touch I applied some "Scalecolor" Speed Metal to the composite ceramite cooling coils of the Sergeant's plasma pistol, and later a single layer of the "Citadel" Contrast colour Talassar Blue. I also applied one of the many decals found on the "Games Workshop" Sons of Horus Legion transfer sheet onto the space marine's bare shoulder-pad.

"Alternative Armies" WIPs - These Retained Knights have been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

Alongside my Sergeant I have spent another hour working on a ten-man unit of Tactical Space Marines wearing MK VI armour. This has enabled me to get all of the figures primed with two coats of "Citadel" Sons Of Horus Green, and shaded with Nuln Oil. In addition, I've managed to get four of the miniatures dry-brushed, so hope to soon be 'picking out' their shoulder-pads and bolters.

Lastly, I have managed to potter about with a trio of 15mm Retained Knights sold by “Alternative Armies” as part of their "The Ion Age" range. I'm painting these Prydian warriors up to proxy some Sons Of Horus space marines for some tabletop battles set during an alternative Horus Heresy, in which Horus Lupercal allies himself with H. R. Giger's Xenomorphs from LV-426, as well as the forces of Chaos...

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