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“We Call Them The 'Tall And Strong' You Know."


"The Havelock's are a real life saver on the battlefield."

This 15mm "white metal kit" of a Havelock Type 57 Battlesuit are sold by “Alternative Armies” as part of their "The Ion Age" range and can be bought as code IAF020 with no less than five ranged weapon options included. As I wanted this particular sculpt to be an anti-infantry combat walker I fitted it with a Moth 88 Rotary Cannon and Anda Missile Pod.


The multi-part miniature was super-glued to a medium-sized plastic "Flames Of War" base by “Battlefront Miniatures” and primed with a double helping of "Citadel" Sons Of Horus Green. I then heavily shaded the entire ensemble with "Citadel" Nuln Oil, before enthusiastically dry-brushing it with (more) Sons Of Horus Green using a soft-bristled make-up brush. With the majority of the paintwork finished, I next applied some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to the Battlesuit's Rotary Cannon and various mechanical devices across its torso.

"Alternative Armies" WIPs - These two Ventus Bike riders have been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

These areas were later treated to a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I also carefully 'picked out the Havelock's cockpit windows, and outer shoulder-pads with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, before applying a little "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, Gold and (finally) "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade" to the right pad to make it stand out all the more. Lastly, I gave all of the vehicle's missiles a splodge of "Vallejo" Heavy Red, and shaded them with "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson.


Due to wanting this particular figure to form part of my 15mm Sons Of Horus force as a proxy dreadnought, I applied a couple of decals taken from the Traitor Legion's transfer sheet by "Games Workshop". These tiny gold emblems fitted rather nicely onto the model's left shoulder, and right knee-pad.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - These three MK III Space Marines are having their details 'picked out'

Sticking with both Horus Lupercal's space marines and the Ion Age range by "Alternative Armies", I am currently working on a couple of Retained Knight riders on Ventus Bikes. Unlike the 'official' basing, I'm not planning on having these vehicles mounted upon flight stands. But instead hope to base them up as a pair on a medium-sized plastic "Flames Of War" base by “Battlefront Miniatures”.


Unsurprisingly, I am also beavering away in the background on my first thirty-one Sons Of Horus space marines for "The Horus Heresy" by "Games Workshop". I've actually been spending a little time on a handful of MK III armoured Tactical marines lately, and managed to get them primed, shaded, dry-brushed and partially-detailed with a little "Citadel" Abaddon Black.

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undercoat2670
Jul 15, 2022

I like that battlesuit. It is a hulking brute next to the not marines. Great stuff. Those jet bikes are fabulous. I think they are great looking sculpts.

I think the mk3 marines look fantastic too. I think the brutal armoured look captures the 30K feel perfectly. Awesome stuff.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 15, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. I was hoping to find a second battlesuit in my collection, but apart from a destroyed resin one (sold as a scenic piece), that's it for my Havelocks for now.


Hopefully, I can get the first of my MK III Space Marines posted up soon, and then open the 28mm Horus Heresy floodgates. LOL!!!

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jul 13, 2022

Great work on the Havelock Simon, fits inreally well with some of GW latest Dreadnought sculpts , the bikes look good and are very reminiscent of the MK2 jetbikes that GW produced for Space Marines, before dropping them for many years. Great progress on the Sons too.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 13, 2022
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Thanks Dave. The Havelock will be on the tabletop for the next part to my BatRep campaign later in the week. It's quite the size, and definitely fits in with how I imagine the early HH space marine kit looks. Same with the Jetbikes too. The Ion Age really is such an awesome range, and I'm really enjoying delving into the various plastic baggies I've dug out. 😁

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