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"The XVIth Legion Has Always Had A Reputation For Aggression..."

Updated: Nov 29, 2022

"...And employing swift overwhelming shock assaults against enemy forces."

These two 15mm miniatures are sold by “Alternative Armies” as part of their "The Ion Age" range and can be found inside IAF008 Retained Knight Post Charlie. One of the figures is carrying an Angis Rifle, whilst the other holds a mighty Anvil 888 Launcher. As a I intend to use these single-cast metal models as a proxy stand of Sons Of Horus Heavy Weapon space marines for some tabletop battles in the "Warhammer 30K" universe, they were both super-glued onto a small-sized plastic "Flames Of War" base by “Battlefront Miniatures”.

I then undercoated them both "Citadel" Sons Of Horus Green, before heavily shading the ‘beakies' with "Citadel" Nuln Oil. The duo were later dry-brushed them with (more) Sons Of Horus Green and had a couple of their shoulder-pads, as well as the tops of their backpacks and firearms layered with "Citadel" Abaddon Black. Both miniatures' power units and rifles were subsequently treated to a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil, and had a thin line of watered-down "Citadel" Abaddon Black drawn along their visor slits. Finally, I decided to spend some additional time on them by 'picking out' the odd shoulder-pad ridge with a little "Vallejo" Gold and a dash of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade.

"Quarks, reload force units."

Alongside my latest 15mm Retained Knights, I have also completed a second Quark by "Black Tree Design". Like its predecessor this 28mm metal figure from the Penzance-based company’s "Doctor Who" miniatures range had already been previously partially-painted (probably) using some "Vallejo" Black Surface Primer, “Citadel” Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil.

Resultantly I just thought to tidy it up by darkening the internal areas around its folding arms with an extra splash of "Citadel" Nuln Oil, and dry-brushing them with some "Vallejo" Gunmetal. I also stuck to ‘picking out’ the tiny rectangular areas beneath the bipedal machine’s sensory hemisphere with a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and “Citadel” Nuln Oil.

"Twisted Pinnacle 3D" WIPs - These Sentry Robots just need some shading on their metallic areas

I also applied some "Scalecolor" Speed Metal to the robot's sensors, shaded them with “Citadel” Nuln Oil, and subsequently lightly dabbed these tiny nodules with (more) "Scalecolor" Speed Metal. As a last touch the Quark’s directional crystal beam transmitters were treated to some "Vallejo" White, washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil and dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" White, so they would look more crystalline than metallic.

Alongside these reasonably 'quick wins' I've managed to get some "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade onto four more of the Sentry Robots sold under licence by “Twisted Pinnacle 3D”. These marvellous 3D printed figures have also been dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Red, so just need their metallic eyes and blasters to be properly pigmented before being completed....

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