In this batch we have a unit of five Veterans with close combat weapons and a Predator Annihilator (that's a big tank for you non-40K peeps).
The Veterans are all my favourite "beaky" style helmets and have a two-tone red/green scheme with gold helmets (to indicate their Veteran status). Like all 100 or so previous metal body and plastic armed chaps these have had their arms pinned in place and yes I did drill each and every one by hand. My doctor says I'll be fine so long as I stay away from crowds and keep taking the tablets.
They each have pimped up jet-packs with extra gold widgets and wing thingies for extra woot. The sergeant also has a natty loin-cloth covering up Emperor-knows-what...
Until now I've been pretty light on with armoured support basically because I like painting infantry and hate painting vehicles. Painting this beast I remembered all the reasons why. I'm a bit over the top when it comes to pimping my rides and this is no exception.
I've added loads of icons, a pile of custom made Mechanicum-style gear tooth extra armour and several other bits and bobs. All that means loads and loads of careful edging, nooks, crannies and general faffing about. Looks OK though...
You'll note there is absolutely no light weaponry like MGs on "Big Red". That's because I envisage he's something of a WWII German Elefant-esqe monster designed to kill other tanks and not much else. Anything on foot that gets near him will be dealt with by someone (as opposed to something) else. I hope.
I've got one more AFV to go which might appear in next's weeks batch if my eye stops twitching. I might also have a few more infantry but I've got no idea where they are right now. Like that's never happened before...
Millsy, I can't remember, did you start this force with us a Challenge or so ago or was it a previous project? No matter, I've always really enjoyed watching your progress with it. It reminds me of the heady days of early Rogue Trader where GW actually encouraged people to make up their own Space Marine Chapters.
I love the punchy colours of this army, especially the bold choice of combining green with red - which can often go terribly awry, but the tones you've chosen work marvelously well together (especially with that judicious touch of gold you introduce from time-to-time). The Predator looks, well, very predatorial! Nonetheless, after seeing the behemoths coming out of Forge World it will need every las-cannon it has to keep up with the arms race.
Great job Millsy!