Eleven of the Thousand Sons

A short while ago, I posted pictures of my first Horus Heresy-era Space Woofs – and now the Thousand Sons have joined them!


For some reason that is still not quite clear to me, I decided to do their armour in the ‘cherry red/lacquered’ scheme, as opposed to the flat Mephiston Red base recommended in the Prospero Painting Guide. As it turns out… it is not amazingly difficult.


You kick off with an overall coat of Iron Hands Steel, available from the Forge World Airbrush range (and no, I am not using an airbrush with these models, everything was done with a brush). I am not convinced that you could not just use Leadbelcher instead, but people smarter than me use Iron Hands, so that is what I went for.

You then splosh the entire model with Angron Red (Clear), also from Forge World. This is the first time-consuming part, as you will need four, probably five, coats to get the effect you see in the photographs. This is actually dead easy, and the time is taken up by drying – if you do these coats in-between other models, you won’t even notice the time they take, and you will have some nice red-lacquered models at the end of the process, a nice motivation to carry on.


After that, they are basically normal marines. Do the gold next (Retributor/Reikland/Liberator), metal (normal Leadbelcher/Nuln/Runefang), weapon casings and any other white bits (Celestra Grey/Nuln Oil in the cracks – the only fiddly bit on these models – White Scar), and then the eyes (Runefang Silver/Waystone Green).


So, why did I do two supporting squads and a leader first, before any Tactical Squads? Well, a Tactical Squad was put together and had one dousing of Angron Red – but I ran out of paint, as these eleven models pretty much took the contents of one pot of Angron Red!

Expect to see the first Tactical Squad soon though…

So, what next for the Thousand Sons, and Space Woofs, for that matter?

Well, I have (had) this idea that I would build up the forces for a proper Prospero campaign, as outlined in the Horus Heresy book, Inferno. So, I started making lists of all the models I was after (got a Recon Squad on its way for the Space Woofs, and one of those cute Contemptors specific to the Thousand Sons, as well as the contents of the Prospero box set to work my way through). However, reading through Inferno and noting the units used, I came across the Canis Vertex.

The Canis Vertex is a Warlord Titan. It appears in quite a notable battle.

And, it turns out, the Warlord is not the biggest bad in 40k. That would belong to the Sinister-pattern Warlord Battle Psi-Titan. So, that would be two Warlords…

Not sure I am quite ready for that. Going to be plonking around with, you know, the more normal units before I start thinking in terms quite that large…

Horus Heresy: Space Woofs

So, here is me, a Dark Angel player through and through… and I have just painted my first Space Wolves in over 30 years of gaming.


And I think they have turned out rather nicely!

I really wasn’t going to touch the Horus Heresy (it is not as if I don’t have enough projects clicking along right now) but I started reading the novels, ‘acquired’ the Calth and Prospero box sets, and ‘accidentally’ put the Calth models together. It might have stopped there but I started reading up on Prospero, and thought that a campaign based on that might be fun.

So, expect some Thousands Sons to appear in the new future too…


I picked up the Prospero Painting Guide, which also incidentally includes painting guides for every legion, and was a little dismayed, as every scheme used lining and edging – which I hate. However, I decided to do these Wolves as suggested… and it was not as bad as I had thought! In fact, they were positively speedy to do.


In a nutshell, these models started with a Mechanicus Standard Grey undercoat, and got an all over Dawnstone. Balthasar Gold did all the goldy bits, and then Agrax was used over the gold and in the cracks of the grey. Runefang Silver highlighted the gold, and then a little Dawnstone tided up all the mistakes. A light drybrushing/edging of Administratum Grey more or less completes a Space Wolf.

After that, metal bits (Leadbelcher), gun casing and the odd detail – and done!

For the bases, I tried something new, moving onto the Armageddon Dust texture paint. Agrax goes over the top of this, and then drybrushing with Screaming Skull. Add the odd tuft of Mordheim Turf, do the base rim in Steel Legion Drab, place transfers, and the models are finished.


Even something like the big Contemptor was done in exactly the same way, and I availed myself of the Forge World transfer sheet for the Space Wolves.


With those two squads and some serious support done, I just needed to add a leader – the Captain from the Calth set.


Before doing more Space Wolves, I am going to be doing some Thousand Sons, using the remainder of models in the Calth set. This is breaking down as a Chaplain, a Tactical Squad, and two support squads – one with Meltaguns and the other with Missile Launchers. Then the Prospero box set will get opened and the models split between the two legions with a bias to the Thousand Sons, as the Space Woofs will be getting help from the Sisters and Custodes.

I am also trying the ‘cherry red’ approach to the Thousands Sons, though I am not sure how that will turn out as I am not using an airbrush (I might be forced to when I move onto vehicles).

Lots of experiments happening with these models!