Monday, 17 February 2020

Warhammer 40,000 Praetorian Guard (Astra Militarum): Part 2



Raised from the heavily populated hive world of Praetoria, the Praetorian Guard are renown for their iron discipline and courage on the battlefield.  When faced with overwhelming odds, the soldiers of the Praetorian Guard will stand in perfectly formed ranks, delivering devasting volleys of las-fire against their foes.



Praetorian Guard (front)


Praetorian Guard (back) 



I finished painting the remaining 5 guardsmen of my Praetorian Guard squad (please see part 1 for more details), which includes a rocket launcher team and three guardsmen with lasguns.  The Praetorian Guard, sculpted by legendary Games Workshop sculptors Michael and Alan Perry, were first released in 1997 as part of the Games Day 97 Massacre of Big Toof River mega display; a display inspired by the historical 1879 Battle of Isandlwana (British-Zulu War).  



















For more images of these miniatures, please visit the Praetorian Guard section of the Old Guard; a website dedicated to Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40K miniatures, with a focus on the classic range of Imperial Guard models from the 1990s.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Chaos Cultists ‘Kit Bashing’: Part 2



The bulk of the Chaos hordes are made up of heretical and weak-willed humans, seduced by the corrupting influences of Chaos. These heretics are known as Chaos Cultists and serve as expendable troopers in the armies of the Dark Gods. While the average cultist lacks the skill, training and expertise of the rank-and-file Imperial Guardsman, Chaos Cultists make up for this by their vast numbers, fanaticism and brutality.


Chaos Cultists (front)


Chaos Cultists (back) 




I built five more Chaos Cultists using components from the Frostgrave Cultist sprue and various Game Workshop sprues.  While I used three distinct colours (khaki, dark red and dark green) for the robes worn by the previous group of cultists (please see part 1 for more details), I painted this group of cultists with khaki coloured robes.  The cultist armed with the chainsword stood out as the squad leader; thus, I wanted to apply colours that would make this figure standout. Finding inspiration from the ancient Celtic warriors, I applied blue warpaint to the cultist’s face; as well, I painted the shoulder armour and sergeant’s rank insignia blue, creating a sharp contrast against the khaki robes.























For more images of these miniatures, please visit the Chaos Cultists section of the Old Guard; a website dedicated to Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40K miniatures, with a focus on the classic range of Imperial Guard models from the 1990s.

Friday, 14 February 2020

Valhallan Ice Warriors (Astra Militarum\Imperial Guard): Part 3



Hailing from the frozen Ice World of Valhalla, Valhallan Ice Warriors are a hardy breed of men and women, renown for their stoicism and dedication to the God-Emperor. Known for their courage and stubbornness, Valhallan Ice Warrior have a reputation of never retreating or surrendering, even when faced with overwhelming odds.





Valhallan Ice Warriors Reinforcements (front)



Valhallan Ice Warriors Reinforcements (back) 



I finished painting reinforcements for my Valhallan Ice Warriors.  These miniatures represent Gunner Jurgen, a Valhallan Sentry Walker and a Valhallan Officer.  Gunner Jurgen is from Victoria Miniatures; the Sentry Walker is from Dust Tactics; and the Officer is an older Citadel Miniatures model (from the 1990s).



 Commissar Ciaphas Cain and Gunner Ferik Jurgen

 
Gunner First-Class Ferik Jurgen.  From the Ciaphas Cain series of novels, Ferik Jurgen is Commissar Cain’s adjutant and loyal sidekick.  Jurgen joins Commissar Cain on his first assignment with the 12th Valhallan Field Artillery and remains alongside the Commissar during Cain’s later years, when Cain retires from active duty and serves as an instructor at the Schola Progenium on Perlia (a planet Cain and Jurgen liberated from an Ork occupation many decades before).  Jurgen is described as having poor hygiene (strong body odor), possessing a lack if interpersonal skills and suffers from a variety of skin conditions.  Despite this, Jurgen possesses a rare and powerful ability: he is a psychic blank.  Jurgen’s trademark weapon is a meltagun.
















For more images of these miniatures, please visit the Valhallan Ice Warriors section of the Old Guard; a website dedicated to Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40K miniatures, with a focus on the classic range of Imperial Guard models from the 1990s.

Warhammer 40,000 Praetorian Guard (Astra Militarum): Part 2

Raised from the heavily populated hive world of Praetoria, the Praetorian Guard are renown for their iron discipline and courage on ...