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Barrow-wights

I’ve not been sleeping very well over the course of the last two weeks, with sleep disturbed by odd wake-up times and the odd nightmare. As such, my day-to-day workings have been fairly skewed and that goes for the painting as well. Still, I’ve found some pockets of time to get work done on the minis in my cabinet, and have managed to finish a couple of Lord of the Rings models. Being tired as hell, they are two of the easiest miniatures that I could paint.

The Barrow-wights act as ‘captains’ for an Angmar army, being classed as a Hero of Fortitude which allows them to lead their own warband of 12. With decent stats and the ability to paralyse enemies, a Barrow-wight seems to be a bargain at 50pts. I painted them up to reflect their appearance in various pieces of Lord of the Rings artwork, having a more earthy/dead flesh colour to them than the default paintjob from the website. I would have liked to have attempted an even darker colour to match that of the spirit that appeared on the Barrow-downs in the LotR: War in the North video game, but I didn’t want them to end up blending in with the Ringwraiths.

As for the models themselves, they bring back pleasant memories. I used to have the ‘Fog on the Barrow-downs’ set that GW came out with about 15 years ago, a set that included Tom Bombadil, Goldberry and a quartet of Barrow-wights; unfortunately the contents of that kit have long since left my possession. I recently bought this pair of Barrow-wights from GW, overjoyed (and also surprised) that they were still in production.

I’m aiming to getting my Imperial Guard Scions finished by the end of April, which is a generous deadline to say the least. I’ll see how my sleeping improves.

Thanks for reading, and take care.

Hobby Progress (13th March)

A few days ago, I made the smart decision to start building the last Imperial Guard model that was yet to be assembled, the Hellhound kit that was a gift from Christmas that I hadn’t gotten around to. Unfortunately, I forgot that there was a reason I’d been leaving this can of worms to one side for a later date.

Jokes aside, this wasn’t as painful as I anticipated. The bulk of the Chimera chassis came together easily, and the interior was fiddly as hell though I didn’t encounter anything too bad. One of the armour plates refused to seal with the plastic glue, but this was down to a wonky strut that hadn’t gone into place.

The chassis and the loose plates were sprayed in grey while the drums for the interior were primed in black, then painted up with Leadbelcher. After a black ink wash and some time to dry, I could finally put it all together. In case you can’t tell, I hate doing models in sub-assemblies. It makes me twitch, maybe because you have loads of half-painted, semi-built parts everywhere with the increased chance of something going walkabout.

It’s fully built and ready for the standard vehicle rundown, but I want to take a break from painting up another tank a) until the Basilisk is fully painted, and b) after I’ve painted up some more infantry. At this point in time I’m torn between painting the Command Squad or the Scions next.

The Tainted. He just looks really sad.

In other news, I finally replaced my Witch-king mini that got damaged beyond repair around 6 years ago. That was a Witch-king on fell beast though, a model I had built at whatever age, 15 maybe? It had been hanging on for dear life ever since and after two house moves and 12 years of bumps and scrapes, the ancient superglue and modelling cement finally gave way when my wife bumped into a table he was balancing on. I’d never seen a metal miniature break into so many pieces before.

That was probably my last metal mini, no joke. This week, however, I was looking at LOTR minis online and figured it might indeed be time to replace him. The fell beast mini was gone from GW’s store but I picked up a Witch-king happily riding his horse, accompanied by a few badass-looking Ringwraiths.

Maybe after all these years, I’ve been wrong about metal miniatures. Maybe back when I was wrestling Mordor Trolls together at the age of 15, the superglue was just bollocks. Building these guys was quite relaxing, and they required little to no clean-up (apart from the resin King himself). It’s been an hour and they still haven’t fallen apart!

As always, thanks for reading and take care.

A Relictor Ancient- a WIP

It’s no secret that I love the old White Dwarf magazines, especially the ones around 2004-2005 when you had all the mad shit going down with the Inquisition and Sisters of Battle range, large manic battle reports and some pretty random articles mixed in. While I don’t hate the way that things are with the magazine these days, I read a lot of the beloved issues back in the day and still enjoy going back to them for inspiration and tips.

As I mentioned in a previous lore post, my main point of reference for the Relictors is White Dwarf #295, where they featured in Chapter Approved. This was the first time that I had encountered these Space Marines outside of the Armageddon codex, getting a taste of what a renegade Space Marine army was like.

standard bearer

Chapter Approved laid out the ground rules for using a Relictors army, and featured some relics that these Space Marines could take. Characters could have anything from a Dark Blade to a Pandemic Staff, to a Dread Axe even, all through the roll of a D6 before the game. What was also interesting is that the same applied to banners. Now, this was all under the notion that the player would have both the Space Marine and Chaos Space Marine codices to hand, one for selecting their army and the other to find out what bizarre side effects theses relics would conjure.

“Just as the senior members of the Relictors bear Daemon weapons to war, so too does the Chapter make use of captured banners, icons and standards, believing the unholy powers bound within these relics can be turned upon their erstwhile masters.” (pg. 73, White Dwarf #295)

This acted as an upgrade to a standard bearer, and so I thought that I would take the opportunity to customise a figure that I plan on using. I have put together an ancient for use in the backfield, making use of some extra pieces from the Blood Angels kit, sternguard kit and some old command squad gubbins that were lying around. In the spirit of the old mags, he is equipped with a Chaos banner.

The icon for Chaos Undivided is quite grisly, however it was the least offensive of the four available that I could find. Sure there’s an Imperial Guard skull and helmet lodged on the top, but the Relictors have slain members of the Guard in the past. If anything, they probably would have scoffed when they saw it!

I got the icon itself from eBay, the rest being built from spares. Gradually I’m wanting to whittle down the amount of loose marine parts that are kicking about and maximise any customisation and kitbashing that I can, maybe extending to creating a lieutenant or two as well. Time for painting has been minimal with exams popping up here and there, hence the small assembly projects on the side, but I plan to resume this coming week.

Thanks for stopping by!