July 27, 2012

A Tale of One Gamer - Part Four

After a fast start (I finished my Vanguard Veterans way back on July 9th) I didn't have as much time to paint as I'd hoped, but I did manage to add two units to my Red Scorpions army...

These units bring me up to 1020 points and (more importantly) the addition of the Scout Squad gives me my second Troops choice - I now have a legal army for the game table. By the end of August, with the gribblies sitting on my desk, I should have at least 1000 points of Tyranids as well and I'll be able to play my first game!

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  1. Dear Clarence,

    One of my objections to many 40K armies is that when I wander through 40K tourneys, most of the armies I see are painted in black or other dark colors.

    Personally I like to see color on the battlefield. When I did play 40K (quite a few versions ago), I had a Blood Angels army in red (of course) and an Eldar army in orange and gold.

    Why do so many choose what I consider as visually uninteresting color palettes?

    Please note that my rant is not a criticism of your painting or army composition. You are an excellent painter . . . your historical units clearly demonstrate that . . . I just don't care for the color choice you and so many others make.

    -- Jeff

  2. No idea, Jeff. To venture a guess, I'd say because it's fast to paint if you're just going for table-top standards. Undercoat black, a single highlight, and then pick out the contrasting bits.

    I picked the Red Scorpions because they are featured in many of the Forge World Imperial Armour books and fought along side the Death Korps of Krieg (one of my existing armies) during the Siege of Vraks. Once I get to the vehicles, they are pretty much half gold and half dark grey which makes for a striking contrast.

    Over the years I've painted Blood Angels, Dark Angels, Ultramarines, three chapters of my own design, and Crimson Fists (all long gone except for the Crimson Fists). After getting my Red Scorpions to 2000-points, I am planning on painting a third Space Marine army designed around the Rogue Trader era of models - either purchased from ebay (I still have three squads from my original foray into 40k of the old metal beakies to start) or by investing into the Forge World kits of retro armor...