In Midnight Clad – Praetor

Horus Heresy, Night Lords, Painting

FEAR THE PRAETOR

Having wanted to have an option of a leader for my VIII Legion that was not a named character I set about creating my Praetor;

CONSTRUCTION

The Praetor was constructed with all options magnetized, since this hobby is hardly cheap, it also opened up more battlefield options without having to create a whole unit of characters!

JUMP PACK OPTION

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STANDARD INFANTRY OPTION

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BREAKDOWN OF TORSO & PIECES

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I’m going to make some more weapon options when I have the pieces and some battlefield experience. The Helmet is also awaiting some bits, namely some Vampie Count helmet wings before I start that piece.

PAINTING

SOON…

BASING

I converted up some of the 40K dead marines into 30K dead marines, which involved changing shoulder pads/helmets/weapons. One of these will be the base detail for the Praetor, and another will detail my Contemptor base.

They are going to be Sons of Horus marines, which you had probably guess by the iconography…

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In Midnight Clad

Horus Heresy, Night Lords, Painting

AVE DOMINUS NOX!

This will be/is an oft updated blog about my journey into 30K, having been inspired by the novels of Aaron Dembski-Bowden and then the Horus Heresy series of novels from Black Library.

I’ve always had a soft spot for the children of Nostramo, even having my Night Lords Demon Prince featured in the Chaos Collectors guide (2006?) and now with the resin-crack that Forge World has been churning out I’m back in. I’ve picked up Night Haunter, Sevatar, some Apothecaries and have 30 MK IV marines and a Night Lords Contemptor in the post.

I also sourced some cool extras from 3rd party suppliers, links below if you fancy picking some up.

NOSTRAMAN CHAINGLAIVE

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The Chainglaive is cool from a fluff perspective and pretty good in the game so I’m told. However FW don’t sell them. Anvil Industy to the rescue! The only down side is thet are all right handed, and the Raptors, whom can all have one carry their combat weapons in their left hand, which left me drilling and pinning 10+ hands and weapons…

GLADUS

GLADUS

The Aaron Dembski-Bowden books mentions that all Night Lords carry a Gladus into combat as a back up weapon, so these are the right scale and have a bunch of options on the sprue.

BIONIC ARMS

BIONICS

For when I want to ad some spice to a unit or make a marine more of a Vet.

BASES

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I opted for the City Rubble bases from Anvil Indusrty, the Night Lords are great at urban pacification. It also gave me a chance to paint the bases in warmer tones to contrast with the cold blues of the marines.

BASING 

The bases were painted by airbrushing the tiles with Deathclaw Brown and painting the pavement with Charadon Granite. The whole base then had an  airbrushed highlight with Screaming Skull.. This was then washed with Agrax Earthshade and again once dry with a mixture of Nuln Oil/P3 Mixing Medium 30/70. Edged black.

Sevatar – The Horus Heresy

Horus Heresy, Night Lords, Painting

IN MIDNIGHT CLAD…

I very recently discovered the Black Library Night Lords novels by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and was almost instantly turned back onto the 40K setting after years of being abused by it while working for GW. (Dealing with a million ‘spacky Billys’ armed with their ‘Blue Teams’, *shudder*.)

This combined with Forge World releasing their head honcho, Night Haunter was enough for me to jump back in. Having decided to go for Heresy-era Night Lords I ordered a bunch of Resin-Crack and got to it. I started Night Haunter, but then Sevatar was released. I threw money at my screen until it was delivered and cracked on with Sev. He’s the first Night Lord I’ve completed for my fledgling 30K force, and I’m not 100% happy with him but I tried out a bunch of new techniques and painting methods I usually stay away from.

JAGO SEVATARION, The PRINCE of CROWS

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Since everyone has their own take on the Night Lords colour scheme I have listed my method, with bits & techniques claimed on my trawling of the inter-tubes. I don’t like the GW style of darker Ultramarines, especially since the Aaron Dembski-Bowden books describe it as ‘In Midnight Clad’, so dark its almost invisible in the shadows. Here it is:

UNDERCOAT 

The models were undercoated with GW Black Spray

ARMOUR

The armour was drybrushed with Rub and Buff Pewter, bringing the black undercoat upto a silver colour.

Tamaiya Clear Blue and Clear Red were mixed together to make a clear purple which was applied over the whole model in 3-4 very thin coats.

Once the model had dried, the whole thing was airbrushed with a layer of Auto Air colour Transparent Blue.

The Lightning strikes were painted on with Administratum Grey as a base coat.  Then were the lightning strikes meet, it was highlighted with white.

TRIM

The armour trim was basecoat Warplock Bronze, Highlighted Balthazar Gold, followed by Gehennas Gold and  finally given a wash of Agrax Earthshade.

HELMET WINGS

Bat wings etc. were basecoated Khorne Red, given a highlight of Mephiston Reh, adding flesh tones (Pallid Wych Flesh) for edge highlights. A glaze of Druchii Violet was applied to the recesses to increase the tone

SEALING

Once the model had dried, it was protected with a coating of GW Purity Seal.

NAFC 2015 Duel Entry

Blood Bowl, Gaming, Manticore Blog, Painting

Here’s the process of the construction and painting of my NAFC Duel entry.

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CONVERSION & ASSEMBLY

I was inspired by all of the outstanding entries of the 2014 Duel competition to such a degree that on the drive home an idea for the below popped into my head. Having been an life long Dark Elf player I appreciated the dynamic poses of the new GW Witch Elves, this exact pose has been used for one of my team Witches, so that was a no brainer.

When it came to her opponent I looked through the GW web store (barren as it is nowadays…) and remembered the Animosity Orcs from WFB, such great models that were crying out for some Blood Bowl action! It was a simple job of adding the arm holding the ball & green stuffing the join (a 40K Ork arm that usually holds the firearm), scooping out the head (!) of yet another unfortunate 40K Ork to gain his helmet and adding a shoulder pad from the WFB Orc sprue to make the Blood Bowl-ification complete.

You’ll notice that the Witch is leaping off the broken body of a fallen Gobbo, this was also from the Animosity Orc kit, and he’s normally being wielded as a weapon by another greenskin. So I removed the hand griping his head & flattened the back his body, with that he was ready for the diorama.

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PAINTING

I followed an old White Dwarf ‘Eavy Metal article for the orc, it was taken from the scheme for the plastic Ork Warboss, the Witch Elf utilized the new Wash & Mediums GW now produce. The blood is a mixture of GW’s Blood for the Blood God (what a stupid name…) & Tamiya Red.

You can see that I kept the Duel’ers separate for the painting, that way I could position them much more closely once they had been painted.

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EPIC BASE CREATION

I talked the resident Team Model Maker, Alan ‘Lamby’ Casey about a display base for the project. (You may know him from his awesome Dwarf Slayer team with custom beer barrel display) Things quickly evolved from a classic wooden display base, to a Block Dice and finally to a rotating display Block Dice!

I re-drew the dice face icons in Illustrator and then sent them over to be used in the laser cutting of the faces, the rest of the craftsmanship was then expertly executed by Lamby, including all the whirly gubbinz & gears contained within the base to make it rotate.

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FINISHED PIECE

Here are some multi-angle shots of the finished piece: (Click to enlarge)

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MOTION VIDEO

Here’s a video of the finished piece in motion.

If you want to contact Lamby about some equally insane custom work, email him at: lamby@manticore-inc.co.uk

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Welcome to the Manticore DESIGN Blog!

Things will be (even less) informal than the rest of the site, I’ll try to keep all you lovely internet people abreast of the goings on & developments at Manticore Towers in the various stages of my ongoing projects!

Until next time.

Rich