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  • Writer's pictureBlaxkleric

"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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