“Check yourself before you wreck yourself”
– Ice Cube, ancient Terran poet
Wow, my last blog entry is from 2017! Do people still read blogs these days? Or does it really matter at all? I decided to return here since I think blogging still has something to offer for us.
Gaming has not played a big role in my hobby in recent years. I have played a few skirmish games using small warbands but that’s all and I feel that is a real shame. Last summer I met some of my Sleet brothers in Mordheim gaming event in Helsinki. Lassi joined us and we had a good chat about how cool it would be to build an army and actually start playing some 40k together. I Became interested but the whole idea about painting several dozen miniatures still terrified me. The final push towards starting an army came when I saw the first of these in late 2019. What an absolutely brilliant way to paint Space Marines. I was blown away. This was it! I had dreamed about army of Ultramarines for many years but I had never gotten the blue Chapter color to look right in my head. Metallic blue, that was the answer!
Sons of Ultramar
Fortunately Migs was kind enough to share his BA recipes and I was able to begin my journey. I decided to build a force based around Primaris Astartes. Miniature wise I wanted to make the army too look like they were really combat-ready, so no overly gothic stuff like skulls or candles sticking out. I Also wanted to draw inspiration from ancient Roma so definitely nobility over brutality with these guys!
Metallic Blue Astartes
This has been quite a journey so far. Really getting into airbrushing, learning how to use all these technical paints, learning how to use pigments. So many new things I haven’t done before. I’m still learning the best way to present my vision for Ultramarines but getting there slowly.
This was my first squad for the army and it served me as a studying ground for the techniques. Many things there that I would now do differently but this is the way these things go. I wanted the squad to have strong Legion Theme so I used many bits from the 30k range (helmets, shoulder plates and, some minor details)
This squad was painted as veteran marines so Codex white markings were added to complement the blue. I also used darker metallics to emphasize veteran status. The miniatures have bionics and lots of normal space Marine parts from many different kits. With the experience I had gained from painting the previous squad I think these guys came out much better.
I now have the core of the army painted. To make them Battle Ready I need to start painting some characters, so a Captain and a Librarian for sure. I would love to ad Dreadnought or perhaps a Repulsor Executioner that I have traded from Lassi…