Tuesday, 24 January 2017

From GregB - Alpha Legion Marines (40 points)

Thought I was only painting fantasy? Wrong! It was more Alpha Legion deception! Fresh recruits for Alpharius...

These fantasy diversions have been fun, but I can't forget my main focus for this edition of the AHPC - and that is getting 30k stuff done.  This submission includes a squad of five tactical support marines carrying specialized energy weapons and three tactical marines carrying their standard boltguns.  The models are plastics from GW's "Betrayal at Calth" set, with some add-ons and transfers from Forge World.

Tactical support squad with plasma guns
Comms trooper on left, vexillary on the right

I love the little read-out screen on the comms trooper

The so-called Tactical Support Squads carry various specialized weapons to provide some heavy firepower alongside the regular rank and file marines.  These particular troops are carrying plasma guns, energy weapons which are useful is carving up armoured targets.  In the Horus Heresy, the opponent is often another Marine, so these weapons will come in handy in situations where even the heavily armoured witnesses need to be dealt with...

Customized bits from Forge World...expensive, but lovely sculpts

Some detail on the back packs

The three tactical Marines are just extras from the first two tactical squads.  Adding these three models frees up some of the "beakies" I had previously painted to form their own small seperate unit if I feel like it.

These models are just a ton of fun to paint, very well done by GW.  And I know it is a silly expense to incur, but I also love the accent packages from Forge World.  The sculptors hit it out of the park, and sprinkling the custom bits throughout the units is a lot of fun, and I'm thrilled with how they have turned out.

#Horus4Hope taking shape...

Every so often it is fun to put a group shot of the progress so far.  This is the Alpha Legion group that has been completed to date - 31 marines so far! This could even represent a bare-bones force on the table.  They will need some support - vehicles, maybe dreadnoughts...or just more infantry.  We'll see what comes next!

The Chaplain urges you to feel the love...

This particular submission includes five 28mm figures, so that should be another 40 points towards my target.  See you all next week!

Alan and Paul: Scraping in just in time for the end of Tuesday, here's another great bunch of GW minis. You have managed to give a stylish nod to both ends of the GW universe time line today - nice work! I must say, these are some of the nicest Space Marines (registered trademark) I've seen. I really like the slightly muted blue you've used, as well as all the details. See you next week!


  1. Keep these coming the work is excellent


  2. I am really enjoying the 30K. That is such a lovely blue.

    All cool and groovy as far as I can see.

  3. Great stuff Greg and the mobilisation continues apace! The blue is spot on and the red for the plasma offsets them nicely. I agree on the accent pieces from FW... proof of which will come if I ever get around to painting some 30k stuff!

    1. Thanks Jamie! I am curious to know which Legion(s) you are contemplating...

    2. I'm deliberately keeping it quiet. It's not that I haven't got round to it yet. No, no. Honest!

    3. Well, that kind of deception would imply more Alpha Legion...

  4. Lovely blue and lovely space marines the additional detail pieces are really nice and no doubt expensive!
    Best Iain

  5. Not my thing at all but you've done a great job on these figs. Lovely blue tones.

  6. They look great! I like the complete force pictures, far from finished but already the force looks impressive. Better pics this time, too, as we can really see the green-blue. I'll need to submit some Epic soon, if only to look like I might catch on to you in the duel...

  7. Your work on the colours and detailing is quite stellar.

  8. Stonking work, Greg. I love that blue-green that you've formulated. The Chaplain is still Da Bomb.

  9. More excellent additions for Alpharius' chosen.!

  10. Excellent painting as usual Greg. I am with everyone, I love the blue green shade, it really works. Always amazed at how many guys you can paint!

  11. I really like the aqua tone you have on the marines, the accenting and spot colors are really nice too. The forgeworld stuff is excellent too!
    I've settled on a force but I've yet to aquire anything yet. My gaming group is now whole hog into 30k. I'm going to do the Raven Guard from the Istavven dropsite massacre. With sprinklings of Iron Hands and Salamanders. But I'll also get the advantage of using traitor armor as well as the Raven Guard salvaged any gear they could while retreating....now to pull it off! ;)