Archive for Aug, 2013

Astral Claws Tactical Squad

Yet more Space Marines stride forth in the silver and blue livery of the Astral Claws. This six man squad is kitted out for anti-infantry duties and so have been given weapons with high numbers of shots. At some point these guys will get a Forge World Razorback to ride in and so will stay at six men rather than being expanded into a full Tactical Squad.

I added a power sword as an opportunity to paint a crackling lightning effect across its surface. Not only does this look cool but it also helps the sword blade stand out from the silver of the rest of the model.

Another fun detail is the marine throwing a grenade. With the reintroduction of thrown grenades in the latest edition of the game I thought it would be fun to represent this ability on a model. It also adds variety to the number of poses in the squad.

Astral Claws Tactical Squad

Just a quick update to show my progress on the next Tactical Squad for my Astral Claws. These guys were built using GW parts along with some Forge World mkIV helmets left over from my Assault Squad. As you can see, they are at a very early stage of painting. The armour needs highlighting and the details need painting. Hopefully I can get these guys finished over the weekend.

The Tainted

I said in my last post that I was working on more Nurgle models. These are the Tainted, a Chaos  Space Marine warband described in Imperial Armour Vol. 7. They were one of the warbands that took part in the siege of Vraks.I really like the idea of having an army made up of different warbands who worship the same god. Also, it helps my regular Chaos marines stand out from the Plague Marines.

I went with a quick and dirty paint job on these in order to match my Death Guard. This was achieved through drybrushing, sponging and a wash with oil paint . Obviously these are still work in progress and need weapons and backpacks adding.

Blight Drone

Some of you may have seen my Death Guard army from a few years ago. Well, while reorganising my study in order to accommodate some books I moved out of my old office I discovered this Blight Drone at the back of a shelf. The model was painted quite some time ago but I’d never finished the base. A quick bit of drybrushing and the addition of some basing materials soon sorted this out. Now that the model is 100% complete I thought I would photograph it and show it off on the blog.

Blight Drone

Finding the Blight Drone has inspired me to paint some more Nurgle models. Keep an eye on the blog for these in the near future.



I’m gradually getting through my Dark Vengeance models. Here is my version of Azrael converted from Master Balthazar from the set. This was a very simple head swap as Balthazar has the same equipment as Azrael. I chose the bare head from the Devastator box as it looks very similar to Azrael. Although I like the original Azrael model it is now looking a bit dated and doesn’t really fit in with the current look of the Dark Angels chapter which has become more ornate over the years.