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  • Writer's pictureBlaxkleric

"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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