Second Intercessor Squad Complete

I’ve now completed the last two Intercessors from the second Dark Imperium squad. Both of them are wearing relic helms; a Mark III Iron helm and a Mark VI Corvus helm respectively. I think I’ve written about this before, but I imagine that Pedro Kantor, Chapter Master of the Crimson Fists, would have been keen to find a way to integrate the fresh influx of Primaris Marines with the weary survivors of the recent battles on Rynn’s World. What better way to do this than to share some of the Crimson Fists’ illustrious heritage with the newcomers? Or at least any heritage that has survived the recent disasters! That’s where the relic helms come in.

These Intercessor were built using the techniques described in my LED eye lens tutorial. While building the Mark VI, I had the first ever case of an LED breaking once I had a fully assembled and nearly completely painted model! I’m not sure exactly what happened – a dry joint I think – but I had no choice but to open it up. This was a bit of a pain as I had to essentially break the model apart with a pair of clippers, replace the LED, reassemble and then fill in the gaps with putty. Back in school, my electronics teacher once said you me “your soldering is the worst I’ve seen this side of the war!”. I like to think I’ve improved somewhat in the intervening twenty years, but I can’t help but think back whenever something like this happens…

The resin Mark VII helmet the model had was unfortunately destroyed in the repair process, but I think I prefer the Mark VI that replaced it, so it was all for the good in the end.

So here are a couple of photos of the second Intercessor squad (click to enlarge). With 14 models now complete, my Primaris Crimson Fists are slowly but surely starting to feel like a coherent army.

 

Two More Intercessors Fresh From the Gene-Forges

I finished off two more Intercessors from the Dark Imperium box this week, bringing my second Intercessor unit up to three models. “Slow and steady wins the race”, as I am constantly forced to say!

With two young children I don’t get a lot of hobby time at the moment. It generally takes me a full week’s worth of hobby evenings to build an LED model, and then another week to paint it. But I’ll get there in the end!

The problem with these ‘Easy to Build’ models is that, unlike the last squad, none of them are in firing poses, so I can’t easily had muzzle flash flares. I could repose them, but that would be a lot of additional faff, so for the moment I’m content to have a squad that’s not firing. Just two more models to go in this unit now.

If you haven’t seen my tutorials yet and you’re wondering how the eye lenses are done, see my LED eye lens tutorial here.

Conquest!

Like so many others in the Warhammer 40K community this week, I grabbed a couple of copies of Issue 1 of Warhammer 40,000: Conquest. With three ‘Easy to Build’ Primaris Marines, three pots of paint and a paint brush all for the price of less than a single pot of paint, it was too good a bargain to miss!

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The magazine looks like a great introduction for newcomers – which is obviously who it is intended for – but there’s nothing in there for veterans that we haven’t seen before. This is totally to be expected as we’re not the target market. But for those already in the hobby, the real prizes are the paints and the Intercessors. This sprue normally retails for £10 alone!

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With their hollow bodies and nicely posed legs, the Primaris Marines are ideal for my LED eye lens treatment. Even the slotted 32mm bases will be easier to cut-up for battery insertion. When I look at all the Primaris releases, I sometimes think there’s someone in the GW design studio looking out for me and trying to make my life easier!

These guys they will be joining the rest of my Primaris force as Crimson Fists. I’ll be carrying out head-swaps as part of the LED process anyway, but I’m hoping some arm swaps might also add some variety to the duplicated poses. Watch this space!

The Road to Hellblasters

I should really be concentrating on the Genestealers at the moment, what with the pressing October deadline, but I was in the mood to tackle another Crimson Fist this week. Presenting: the first of the Dark Imperium Hellblaster squad.

I’m very pleased with how this turned out. I’ve tackled plasma pistols before but never a full size plasma rifle. If you’d like to know how it was done then you can check out my Plasma Weapon tutorial in the LED Tutorials section here.

The Next Intercessor

I’ve made a start on the second Intercessor squad from Dark Imperium.

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Nothing particularly special to note about this one, although I am pleased with how it turned out. I’ve just noticed that none of the models in the second Intercessor squad are in firing poses, so unfortunately I don’t think there will be the opportunity for any LED muzzle flashes in this squad.