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


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

This 28mm plastic miniature of a Space Marine is produced by "Games Workshop" and is one of the forty MK VI Legion Tactical Marines found inside the Warhammer: The Horus Heresy – Age of Darkness boxed set. The multi-piece figure has been assembled to form part of a (second) ten-man strong tactical squad for my five-hundred-point Sons of Horus traitor force and comes armed with a standard Boltgun.


Siding with the traitorous Warmaster, the figure was originally undercoated with "Citadel" Sons Of Horus Green, before being heavily shaded with Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed with (more) Sons Of Horus Green. Following on from this I then applied some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to his helmet's beak area, Bolter, chain bayonet, backpack, and the joints of his Corvus Armour.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - The "Vallejo" Gold areas have been finished on these Space Marines

The Adeptus Astartes' .75 caliber weapon and parts of his rear-mounted power unit were subsequently treated to a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. Furthermore, I gave the miniature's right shoulder-pad a single coat of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, before applying some "Vallejo" Gold and a splash of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade to it. These areas were later highlighted using some additional touches of "Vallejo" Gold along the edges and rivets.


As with all my Sons of Horus I lastly applied some "Scalecolor" Speed Metal to the figure's eye lenses. These were subsequently given a lick of "Citadel" Flesh Tearers Red respectively and tidied up with some "Citadel" Abaddon Black. I also applied a couple of the many decals found on the "Games Workshop" Sons of Horus Legion transfer sheet onto the model's bare shoulder-pad and leg.

"Black Tree Design" WIPs - These three Autons have been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

I've still got a few more Space Marines from this particular unit to finish, and have been using them to establish whether there's an easier (or at least quicker) method to pigment them. One of my biggest frustrations with the Sons of Horus palette I'm using is the fact that I am constantly having to return to each figure's armour to tidy it up having inadvertently caught it with my brush-tip whilst doing another area. This has proved particularly true when it comes to dry-brushing the "Vallejo" Gold shoulder-pad - which invariably flicks tiny metallic specks everywhere.


Lastly, having had a good scrounge around my "Black Tree Design" backlog, I have discovered three more 'possessed' shop window dummies from their "Doctor Who" range. To be honest I'm not sure all (if any of) these particular 28mm metal figures come from their DW1013 - Autons boxed set, as their 'weathered' condition suggested they were a bit older than that, so I probably bought them as individual pieces - most likely when they were actually being sold by Dean Edwards' "Harlequinn Miniatures" in the early Nineties...

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undercoat2670
Jul 30, 2023

Lovely SoH space marine. I love the use of black as a secondary colour and the decals look really good too with all those Cthonian markings. Tremendous stuff.

More Autons. From the 1990's!! When are we seeing the Victorian tin plate soldiers you have? Lol.

Very interesting as always.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 30, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. I was pretty tempted to paint the beakie's nose gold at various points through the painting process, But thought that might mark him out as being a bit too special seeing as he's just a normal tactical marine.


I've got quite a few old sculpts on the paint table currently, as I've found a stash of Nineties stuff. Quite a few surprises amongst them too. 😉

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Jul 28, 2023

Sons look excellent. How many are in the plans for a full force?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 28, 2023
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Thanks very much Dai. They'll be thirty-one in total for the core force - three ten figure units of tactical marines plus a leader. All are built and based, I'm just working through the MK VI ones currently.

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Tim Martin
Tim Martin
Jul 24, 2023

those Sons of Horus marines are coming along nicely. if i had the chance to get into warhammer 30k, i would probably stick to Death Guard since that is what i ran with back in 2nd edition and in Kill Team, but the Space Wolves were always intriguing to me. are u gonna do any special characters like a pre-chaos Abaddon or Torgaddon and Loken? that would be a cool project all its own.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 24, 2023
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Cheers Tim. I've got a big Sons of Horus push planned to get both my MK VI and MK VII units finished. I do own FW Horus, Abaddon & Garviel - who I'll slowly be adding to my force once the basic 500 point core is finished. 😀

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Jul 24, 2023

Great work on another Son model Simon, and great progress on the next one, have you tried doing the drybrushing first to avoid the flecks ? Nice progress on the Auton, do you think that's the last of them now, or could there be more hiding in a box ? LOL

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 24, 2023
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Thanks Dave. I'm stuck with these chaps having primed, shaded & dry-brushed them Sons of Horus Green already - hence the clean up post Gold process. But I will be focusing on the gold shoulder-pads first for my unit of MK III space marines.


I'm pretty sure this is it for the shop dummy Autons. But I do have a couple of flower-seller versions - which I'll be using as unit leaders once I get round to painting them. 😀

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