I deployed to Afghanistan in July of 2009. I'm an infantryman by trade, so I was constantly going places and doing things. Every once in a long while, I was able to steal a few days respite back at the base. Out of the graciousness of her love for me, my wife sent me a Space Wolf box set and the Warhammer 40,000 paint set. She also sent me a water pot, some magnifying glasses, a mixing palette, and a few other things to help get me started. The only rule was that I could only use the paints in the starter set. I couldn't borrow anything from my buddy (who also painted whenever we could). Needless to say, almsot every color on this model is a mix. After I returned back to the United States, I promptly sealed the model, keeping only what progress was completed in-country. Over the course of a year-long combat deployment to Afghanistan, I proudly present to you my Blood Claw. May he stand constant vigil over my fallen comerades.
A little while ago, I managed to paint up a few Grey Knights to go along with my Ultramarines (that's why they have the same bases). Coinciding with the release of the new codex, here's the models that I painted.
This is a special project that I've wanted to do for years. Modeled to represent a squad of warrior acolytes, they'll be part of a Grey Knights allies list. The letters on their back are AQRF: Arbites Quick Reaction Force. They're my SWAT team, supposed to be a local police team pressed into service with the PDF. They have extensive conversions, one of my most ambitious projects to date. From the pictures, you can see all the little changes I've made. Enjoy!
|AQRF: Arbites Quick Reaction Force|
|I'm really happy with how the faces came out.|
|You can see all the modifications I made to the weapons, as|
well as the little rectangles I sculpted onto the hands to make
them into gloves.
|Some of the models were given silencers.|
|The big red demo charges will represent melta bombs|
when I use the models to play Kill-Team.
|A little rust for urban terrain bases|
|I added a little racial diversity to the squad. There's not|
much of this in the 41st millennium.
|My original test model|
Before I ever knew that I was going to own a Titan and certainly before I learned many of the painting techniques that I know now, I painted up a Titan crew that I bought from Forge World. I just have them around to be used as an objective and, truth be told, I think I can do better than this. I've learned a lot since then about highlighting, metallics, washing, and flesh tones so after I'm finished with my Titan, I'm thinking of replacing these guys with another crew. It'll give me a chance to change up my color scheme and get them to match the Titan, too! But until then, this is what I have.
Warhound Titan: Canis Rex
After all these years, I've finally managed to save up enough to buy a Mars Pattern Warhound Titan! Since the Mars Pattern is the most ornate looking, I decided to go with a brown and brass scheme to make it all look more regal. After nine or so months of painting and modeling about three to five hours a day (barring long days of work and stupid Army field time), I've managed to completely finish the entire model! All that's left now are the other two weapons, which I will be working on in conjunction with my other projects. Take a look at the finished Titan!
|Warhound Titan: Canis Rex|
|Canis Rex: Primaris Warhound of the Legio Canis|
|Right servitor station|
|Left servitor station|
|Moderati and instrument panel|