Flesh Eaters & ‘New Year, New Army 2022’

As we reach the end of January, I can finally unveil my “New Year, New Army” project for 2022. This year I plan to expand my Flesh Eaters Kill Team into a small army in time for Armies on Parade in November. This is the first member of a new Intercessor Assault Squad, Brother Kane.

Brother Kane is depicted charging into the fray, bullets ricocheting from his armour. He carries the squad’s “Terror Banner”, an evolution of the vexilla carried by Legionaries in millennia past. Used by forces on both sides during the War of the False Primarch, they were unfurled at the moment the shooting starting, leaving their victims in no doubt as to who had come for them! The “Prey For Death” message is a homage to the slogan painted on the shoulder pad of the Flesh Eaters marine depicted in the colour section of the Warhammer 40K first edition ‘Rogue Trader’ rulebook.

Design, Building & Painting

I had a number of different design goals with this model. Firstly, I wanted to convert the base Primaris model to look like he was wearing Mark VI armour to help him fit more closely with the War of the False Primarch M34 setting. I achieved this by removing a lot of the distinctive Mark X armour details – ankle stabilisers, knee pad rims, etc – and adding chest power cables made from guitar strings. The shoulder pads and backpack are from the Forge World Mark VI armour kit.

The base model is an Assault Intercessor from the Indomitus box set. The left arm is in its normal position, and I repositioned the right arm and wrist to form a straight line with the other hand to allow the model to carry the flag. The flag pole is 1mm wire and the flag itself is a Tactical Marine banner turned on its side.

The LED effect bullet ricochets were achieved using the techniques described in my Simple LED Muzzle Flare tutorial, only with the “flares” coming from the armour rather than a gun barrel. Both LEDs are powered from the same battery. They are connected in parallel with each other and in series with a single 100 ohm resistor. You can see and On/Off comparison picture on the right of the gallery above.

The paint scheme is exactly the same as described in this post about my Flesh Eaters Kill Team.

That’s it for this week. One Assault Intercessor down, nine more to go! See you again soon for more Flesh Eaters space marines, and maybe even finishing some of the other projects I have on the go as well!

Primaris Pedro Kantor

Broader shoulders rightly mean greater burdens.

Chapter Master Pedro Kantor, on crossing the Rubicon Primaris.

What if…Pedro Kantor crossed the Rubicon Primaris? Although it hasn’t happened in canon (yet), it’s a question that many fans of the Crimson Fists have already considered. I had originally hoped to include my take on this idea as part of my Armies on Parade 2021 display board, but when it became clear that I wasn’t going to get it all done in time I put Pedro on the back-burner for a couple of weeks while I finished the board itself. But now Pedro is finally done!

Painting & Assembling

This was a relatively simple conversion based on the Imperial Fists character Tor Garadon. All Tor Garadon’s distinguishing features were removed, such as his head and the grav-gun. I also replaced the ruined defences he was standing on with a pile of Ork skulls!

I then added a few parts from the Finecast Chapter Master Pedro Kantor, specifically his personal banner, left forearm and Dorn’s Arrow. The helmet is from the limited edition Primaris Captain; I chose this one as it had the same laurel wreath as Pedro’s current model. I also sculpted the circular gemstone on his forehead from modelling putty to echo the gemstone on the existing Pedro model.

To create the LED helmet eye lenses and muzzle flare I used the techniques described in my LED Muzzle Flare Tutorial that you can find here. For the paint scheme, I resisted the temptation to go too “bling” with the detail on Pedro’s and kept to the comparatively limited palette that I used for the rest of my Crimson Fists.

So there we have it, Primaris Pedro Kantor! Rule-wise, I’ll simply use him as with his normal rules on the table top. The Primaris upgrade is simply an aesthetic improvement so that I wouldn’t need to field a “first born” Pedro Kantor in an otherwise all-Primaris army. That’s it for this week, see you all again soon!

Ork Kommando ‘Breacha’

Little squig, little squig, let me in…

“Krumpa” Zog, Ork Breacha

This Ork Kommando ‘Breacha’ is my latest effort from the ‘Kill Team: Ocatrius’ box set. Originally I thought this would be one of the few non-LED models in the unit. But then I realised it might be fun to have him bursting through a door with bullets ricocheting from his armour! I made a few mock-ups with the door, but as it turns out the breaching ram takes up most of the 32mm base, and the door just obscured too much of the model. In the end I decided to simply hint at the door with the ruined door frame on the base. One of the bullet impacts is on the door frame to help draw attention to it.

Painting & Assembling

The LED techniques used on this model were fairly simple. I followed the procedure in my Simple LED Muzzle Flare tutorial, except in this case the LEDs are on the rubble and shoulder armour rather than the end of the gun! I used two of the same 0805 chip LED as detailed in the tutorial, both connected in parallel on the same battery.

I tried to sculpt the “flares” (using the Water Splash Effect Gel from Green Stuff World) so they looked like the sparks from a bullet ricocheting off a solid surface. I then painted them with a light shade and glaze, as detailed in the tutorial. When painting the rest of the model, I used the ‘Blood Axe Kommando’ scheme seen here.

That’s it for this week. I’ll finish up with a group shot of the Kommandos so far. Hopefully see you back here again soon!

More on Flesh Eaters Kill Team Caro

Last weekend I published an article about my new Flesh Eaters ‘Kill Team Caro’. During the week I’ve been sharing some extra close-up images and background snippets about each member of the unit on my Twitter and Instagram. Now that I’ve covered them all, I thought it would be nice to compile the images and information here on my website as well.

First up we have Sergeant Caro himself. The honour markings on his helmet indicate he is a veteran of the Flesh Eaters famous “Jaws of Doom” assault squad. He lead his kill team to infiltrate Partisan space and target key assets during the so-called “Sorrowful Years”, the period during the War of the False Primarch that saw mainly retrenchment and small scale skirmishes between Orthodox and Partisan forces.

Next we have Brother Orr. He is equipped with an Umbra Ferrox pattern bolt gun with autosense-linked scope. This weapon has similar range and stopping power to the much later marksman bolt carbine and was the bane of Partisan counter-insurgency forces throughout the War of the False Primarch.

Then we have Brother Holman. As the unit’s Helix Adept his medical skills keep them in fighting shape while behind enemy lines. He also carries the squad’s “Terror Banner”. Used by forces on both sides during the War of the False Primarch, they were unfurled at the moment the shooting starting, leaving their victims in no doubt as to who had come for them!

The fourth member of Flesh Eaters Infiltrator ‘Kill Team Caro’ is Brother Amos. Like the rest of his unit, Amos wears ‘Imperial pattern’ power armour, a rare archaic variant of MkVI ‘Corvus’ armour, characterised by its narrow greaves and external cabling. Brother Amos is proficient in the use of bolt weapons, as indicated by the circular tactical marking on his right pauldron.

The fifth and final member of Flesh Eaters Infiltrator ‘Kill Team Caro’ is Brother Stern. His bolter is equipped with a close combat attachment, an upgrade popular with the Flesh Eaters during the War of the False Primarch. These weapons were valued for the psychological damage they inflicted on the foe as much as the gruesome physical injuries they caused.

I think that’s enough Flesh Eaters for the moment! If you like what you’ve seen here and would like to make your own LED miniatures then I used the techniques detailed in my LED Eye Lens tutorial and my Simple LED Muzzle Flare tutorial. If you need electronics supplies and consumables, you can buy them here. That’s all for this week, see you again soon!

Flesh Eaters Space Marine Kill Team

Kill Team Caro’s modus operandi is simple. Steal in, explode out.

Chaplain Urias

Allow me to introduce ‘Kill Team Caro’, a Flesh Eaters Infiltrator kill team and my latest LED Space Marine project. This kill team was built with two things in mind; firstly, the new edition of the Kill Team game. Secondly, Apologist’s ‘War of the False Primarch’ community project. If you’ve never heard of the ‘War of the False Primarch’, then you’re not alone. This little-known piece of Imperial history takes place in the 34th Millennium, and is described in very few official sources.

The War of the False Primarch was a dark and bloody episode of the Imperium’s history, now largely lost to myth and purged from all records, that plunged the Segmentum Pacificus into anarchy from 780.M33 to 860.M33. The conflict was finally ended when the High Lords of Terra convened the Pentarchy of Blood and tasked five loyal Chapters to destroy eleven others that had been declared Traitoris Perdita for their actions during the war.

Imperial Armour Volume Two – Second Edition pg. 17

As Apologist was already building Silver Stars, a chapter linked with the False Primarch, I decided to join the so-called ‘Pentarchy of Blood’, those chapters who enacted the will of the High Lords of Terra on the wayward Partisan chapters. Of the five chapters who form the Pentarchy, the Flesh Eaters were the ones that appealed to me the most (and we know I already have a thing for off-beat Blood Angels successors). If you’d like to read more about the ‘War of the False Primarch’ community project, then check out the ‘Some Things Are Best Left Forgotten’ blog. You can read a battle report involving Kill Team Caro here, although you may notice their paint job was still a little “WIP” during that game!

Design & Building

From the start my intent was to alter the MkX Phobos armour type of the Infiltrators to more closely reflect the retro look of the so-called ‘Imperial Marine’. This was the very first Space Marine model produced by Games Workshop, pre-dating even the venerable RTB01 plastic Space Marine kit. The ‘Imperial Marine’ received an update in 2016 with a special anniversary plastic remake by Games Workshop. I adopted this aesthetic for my kill team to help them fit in with the early-Imperial period setting, and also to satisfy my love of “Beakie” Space Marines. To get the correct look, I made the changes listed below.

  • Swapped the helmet for a resin cast of the 2016 ‘Imperial Space Marine’ helmet
  • Swapped the shoulder pads and backpacks for the Forgeworld MkV/MkVI equivalents
  • Added 1mm wire antenna to MkVI backpacks (since Infiltrators have antenna on their backpacks)
  • Swapped the bolt carbines for Forgeworld Umbra Ferrox pattern bolt guns
  • Added power cables to the chest armour made from guitar strings
  • Re-sculpted the kneepads using modelling putty to match the distinctive ‘Imperial Space Marine’ angular kneepads
  • Removed the circular ankle stabilisers

You can also see my earlier take on this armour type with my Ultramarine Veteran. I was amused to see references to the ‘Imperial’ armour variant coincidently appear in a recent White Dwarf article about Space Marine armour types. My head-canon is that ‘Imperial’ armour is just a variant of MKVI armour, perhaps a lighter recon version.

For the LED effects, the helmet eye lenses followed the technique described in my LED Eye Lens tutorial, except using a  TruOpto 1.8mm Green LED instead of the red one used in the tutorial. Sergeant Caro’s muzzle flare used the methods described in my recent Simple LED Muzzle Flare tutorial. If you’re going to give this a go yourself then please don’t forget that you can buy electronic supplies and consumables here.

I also made an effort to make the helmets and muzzle flare still look acceptable when the LEDs were switched off. I applied two thin coats of Citadel Biel-Tan Green shade to the helmet eye lenses. This gives them some colour and definition without detracting from the brightness of the LED. The muzzle flare was painted using used the techniques mentioned in the tutorial, which is basically a Citadel Fuegan Orange shade and a Lamenters Yellow glaze.

Painting

As ever, when I list my painting recipes on this blog, I’m not only recording them for those of you who are interested, but also as a reminder for myself! All paints listed are from the Citadel range.

  • Red Armour Recipe
  • Chaos Black undercoat
  • Mephiston Red base coat
  • Agrax Earthshade wash in recesses
  • Evil Sunz Scarlet edge highlight
  • Wild Rider Red fine edge highlight
  • Chapter Symbol, Helmet Stripe & Insignia Recipe
  • ‘Sketched’ in with Administratum Grey
  • Filled in with Corax White
  • Basing Recipe
  • Sand, slate and PVA glue
  • Chaos Black undercoat
  • Rhinox Hide base coat on sand
  • Skavenblight Dinge base coat on slate
  • 50:50 Rhinox Hide:Zandri Dust drybrush on sand
  • 50:50 Skavenblight Dinge:Zandri Dust drybrush on slate
  • Zandri Dust drybrush on sand and slate
  • Middenland Tufts added
  • Rhinox Hide on base rims

Personalities & Insignia

Attempting to stick the the ‘retro’ aesthetic, I went ‘old-school’ with the insignia. Every Marine has their name on their shoulder pad, as well as the Rogue Trader-era black and white ‘bolter’ symbol. Space Marines used to have a symbol on their shoulder pad denoting which weapon they were equipped with! You may also notice the honour markings on Sergeant Caro’s helmet, which indicate he is a veteran of the famous ‘Jaws of Doom’ assault squad.

Brother Holman is a Helix Adept, basically an apothecary in training. I gave him a “Terror Banner” that he can unfurl once the Infiltrators have revealed themselves and the shooting begins. The Partisans shouldn’t be in any doubt about exactly who it is that has come for them! This is also a nod to the classic Blood Angel apothecary who carried a large banner in one hand. The banner is made from a Tactical Marine back banner turned on its side.

That’s all for today, I hope you enjoyed it. I’m really pleased with this unit, and think I may have caught the Flesh Eaters bug (metaphorically, not the actual one)! I’ll probably be posting more individual pictures of these models throughout the week on my Twitter and Instagram. I’ve had to stare at these guys for hours and hours, so now so does everyone else, haha!