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"Upon Wings Of Fire They Descend Into Battle..."


"...And tear the beating heart from those who would dare oppose the will of the Master of Mankind."

These three 15mm miniatures are nowadays sold by “Alternative Armies” as part of their "The Ion Age" selection deal IAF008 Retained Knight Post Charlie, and are all equipped with Angis Rifle. Ordinarily formed into Lances of twenty-two men by the Prydian Army, I've actually painted these figures to proxy some Rogue Trader-era Blood Angels from the "Warhammer 40K" universe.


Despite eventually being based upon a medium-sized plastic "Flames Of War" stand by “Battlefront Miniatures”, each metal model was initially super-glued onto a wooden strip and undercoated with "Vallejo" Heavy Red. I then heavily washed all of the ‘beaky’ space marines with "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson, before dry-brushing them with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Red.

"They appear to be some sort of robot, Doctor Kate."

Each figure's hand-weapon was subsequently layered with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and later treated to a combination of “Vallejo" Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil. Finally, I took a size 000 “Winsor & Newton University Brush Series 233 and placed a small amount of “Citadel” Abaddon Black along the eye-ridge of each futuristic warriors' helmet to provide their visors with the suggestion of shadow.


Alongside my latest additions to my ever-increasing collection of painted "The Ion Age" miniatures, I have submitted my latest entry for the Thirteenth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) in the form of another 28mm scale Sentry Robots were sculpted by "Big Mr Tong". the figure was predominantly pigmented using plenty of "Vallejo" Heavy Red, "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade, “Vallejo” Gunmetal” and “Citadel” Nuln Oil.

"Warlord Games" WIPs - This Spirit Jaguar has been primed prior to its armour being 'picked out'

Lastly, I have started working on the first of twelve random figures I intend to finish during the next year which have been randomly chosen using a D12 from a stack of small drawers I've copiously filled. With all the 3D printed models I tend to produce and paint these days I fancied doing something which would at least start 'picking away' at my metal/plastic backlog, so took some inspiration from the monthly advent challenge Dick Garrison so successfully runs over on "Rantings From Under The Wargames Table".


Intriguingly, having perused the container I rolled, I chose one of five resin Spirit Jaguars by "Warlord Games". This awesome-looking piece is part of the Inca: Sapa Warlord on Spirit Jaguar boxed set I recently bought in order to qualify for one of the Nottingham-based company's now sadly Out Of Production (OOP) "Doctor Who" freebies, and could easily stoke my enthusiasm for a future "Mythic Americas" project...


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planetmut
Jan 20, 2023

Great work on the Italian space vampires LOL! Those figures work really well as Marines and they make for really good proxies. The Spirit Jaguar is looking good so far!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 20, 2023
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Thanks Matt. LOL!! I have quite a few bases of the 15mm Blood Angels now, so must get them on a tabletop soon. I really like the Spirit Jaguar sculpt. Wasn't too sure about Warlord Games' resin at first, but its giving some nice detail.

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undercoat2670
Jan 17, 2023

Very nice Blood Angels. The premier space marine legion, so good choice!

More sentry robots is always good, but where is old BOB?

Something new! Mythic Americas sounds interesting and has a great aesthetic. I can't wait to see more.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 17, 2023
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Cheers Undercoat. Simple stuff on the (not) Blood Angels. But I now have a sizeable force of them to field for the tabletop - along with some Crimson Fists and Sons Of Horus (as well as Daemons).


Hopefully Big Mr Tong will produce some more Black Hole related figures. But he's currently expanding both his Doctor Who and Ghostbuster ranges from what I can tell from his WIPs previews.


I bought a ton of Mythic Americas to help get my Dr Who freebies from Warlord Games. But this Jaguar is being painted simply because of the luck of a dice roll. Not sure if the same drawer will be rolled a second time...

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jan 10, 2023

Great work on the not Blood Angels models and the sentry robot Simon, the spirit jaguar looks an interesting piece to paint as well.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 11, 2023
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Thanks Dave. Nice to squeeze in something from my partially-painted backlog. I may well do some more at some point as I've found a few more Retained Knights half-done.


The spirit jaguar is a lovely big sculpt, and should be a nice, fun project with its gold and black contrasting brushwork.

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