The big boys in Red armour are done and I can finally show off to you my Blood Angels Cataphractii Terminators. I’m pretty happy with these guys and I look forward to see them stomping across a table top soon, but before we get to that, I thought I’d give you guys and gals the tour of my latest BA unit.
You saw these three in a recent post so I won’t spend too much time talking about them. They provided plenty of practice opportunities for painting blood drop shapes, and I can tell you, I still find it tough. I’m getting better at that skill, but it’s still difficult. These guys are packing fist and bolters… errr. Yeah. I think I covered them enough in the last WIP post so I’ll not dwell.
These Betrayal At Calth (Huh – I think I’ve been calling the box ‘Betrayal of Calth’ for ages, but as I’m staring at the box right now, I can see ‘at’ makes a lot more sense. Oh well…) miniatures are by far the most fiddly to paint and I can give those of you who are yet to paint them some tips as to where you’re likely to find yourself cursing. The eyes are a pain, and the inside of the shoulders will drive you nuts (especially if you’re as clever as me and make each plate and piece in there a different colour). The groin plate is hard to get to under the leather straps, and actually the leather straps themselves are a bit of a drag. But the miniatures themselves are lovely to work with – you’ll have fun.
It wouldn’t be a blood angels unit without some
fire flame power and so here’s the heavy flamer-wielding warrior to help me light the fires across the battlefields of the Heresy. As mentioned in a previous post (I think for the Leviathan Dreadnought), if a model has a heavy flamer, it will have some white flames on it somewhere, so this dude has them on his little shield. Also, of all of these guys, I think the above is my favourite fist. I think I got the highlighting just right there.
And then finally there’s my sergeant, who not only has a very pretty axe, but was also a bit of a rescue job. You see, when you put the heads on these terminators, you want them to line up with the front of the little platform within the armour where they sit. I don’t know what happened with this guy, but when I picked him up after putting him together, I realised that his head was really far back and now there’s a massive gap at the front. You can’t see it in the images above, but I filled that gap with green stuff and turned it into wires and things. It’s ok – maybe even a little better than ok – but it’s still annoying, hence why it’s not in these shots.
I added an Icon onto his grenade harness (I just wanted him to really look Blood Angely) as well as giving him an axe from the MkIV weapons upgrade box. Those axes are damn fiddly by the way, with incredibly, stupidly and annoyingly thin blades, and mould lines all over. But they do look very cool, and, if I may say so, even cooler when the blades have been wet-blended from Abaddon Black to Mephiston Red. I’m also happy with the black and yellow check shoulder. It sets him apart from his squad and nods back to classic Blood Angels too.
So that’s them done then. I trust you enjoyed seeing them. My work continues with the Blood Angels and I may be able to just sneak in one more finished miniature before the end of the year. Maybe. We’ll see. I won’t say much, but it’s about the size and weight of a half brick. That should keep you guessing. 😉 Onwards!
Some nice solid painting on those folks. Well played.
I always enjoy the day when a post from your blog pops up in my reading list, even more so when it’s Blood Angels related and these guys don’t disappoint!
Any plans to expand the unit out to ten?
Maybe one day. I’m kind of enjoying some time away from painting these guys – they were a bit of a slog. Saying that, I’m sure I’ll be buying Burning of Prospero at some point so perhaps another unit of 5 terminators in Tartarus will happen in the future. And having painted them for my Mortifactors, I know that they’re far more enjoyable and quick to get through. But first, I think I might need some real armour…
Thanks for the tips! I’m waiting on some bits to build mine as Alpha Legion Lernean Terminators, and it’s good to know what to watch for.
They look fantastic, despite the trouble they caused you.
Seriously loving your Blood Angels. The little Blanche/Rogue Trader details in the fire & checkerboard patters just put them over the top.
Man outstanding job! Do you visit London Overlords by any chance?
Thanks! Never visited LO – where does that happen?
http://www.theoverlords.co.uk/ page is bit odd but check facebook Overlords 40k, we Sundays 2pm till late. Would be great to play with you 🙂
*we play Sundays 😉
Cheers! Will check that out