Word Bearers Squad

Just going to be a short update of hobby progress today.

This Word Bearers squad has been waiting in the wings for some time now. When things need based and decals applied they slip out of urgency and I end up drifting over to the next unit in line. It was time to give them the final push and get them done.

They are the first of my Chaos Space Marine squads, equipped with an icon and a plasma gun. I mixed in a couple of other bits and pieces, including some flesh parchment (as Word Bearers seem to favour this over paper) and other additional gubbins like bone shards.

I’m also intending on taking more group shots once I get a unit finished up, as it’s kinda cool watching the army grow and seeing things coming together. Here’s one of the squad backed up by Helga:

That’s all for this update. Take care and stay safe!

19 thoughts on “Word Bearers Squad

  1. mcmattila

    Yeah, applying decals can be a hassle when you’d just like to paint something. The last models where I needed decals I had to apply them at the middle of the project, not at the end, so that I could weather them..

    But anyway, congrats for finishing the squad, they look great! And I love the group photo with the brute (“Helga” gave me a chuckle:)).

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      1. mcmattila

        No, not any more difficult than any other weathering. I tend to just wash them with the rest of the model (careful with white decals), and do chipping with the underlying basecolor or dark brown. If you put on too much, you can fix them with paint (white for white decals etc.). I’m still trying to find a good amount of weathering, I tend to go overboard, but I’m getting there I think 🙂 less is often more.

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        1. Steve Post author

          Although I’ve never tried to wash a decal, I might give it some practice on a test miniature… Agree with the less is more stance, easier to apply more if needed than remove too much 😄

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  2. Azazel

    These look sweet! I haven’t had incredible amounts of success at it, but my basic “push” for a small Marine/CSM force has been to paint up 2-4 squads (20 footsloggers) plus a hero and then a dread. After that, add some armour and then whatever you like to bulk up the force. Makes it into small enough managable chunks and (for me) more easily motivated!

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      1. Azazel

        Yeah, setting the target to be smaller groups makes it a lot easier for me to get through them, though it can still be a grind (as the ones stuck on my painting desk can attest to!)

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        1. Steve Post author

          Agreed, setting smaller targets is the way to go. Just get stuck in the rhythm of building too much and then having a sea of grey staring at me 😄

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  3. Azazel

    Also, this video is a good one for transfers/decals.
    https://youtu.be/wAQ_6iP3mJY
    I also use decal softener (Micro Sol and Micro Set) for the ones I use on shoulders, and sometimes carefully slice a line in the top so it can more easily fold.
    https://youtu.be/BGY593JeZfQ
    There are other similar products like “Mr Mark Softer”, etc
    Once they’re done and sealed, you just treat them like the rest of the model as far as the weathering, etc goes.

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  4. Azazel

    Only one way to do it, and that’s by doing it. 😉
    Maybe use a bunch of spare-ish decals on some terrain that you can cover up with weathering. Makes the terrain look better with those fine details, while giving you a bunch of practice!

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