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Title: Sons of Horus: once more into the breach
Description: Get it? Its a siege joke.

Sheep - June 22, 2012 01:37 PM (GMT)
Hi everybody, this is my first log on these forums, but I have been converting and modeling 40k for over 16 years, so I hope you like what I produce in the next posts.

As I'm sure many of you have, I've been reading the Horus Heresy series, and as I'm sure many of you will agree, its an excellent series.

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Now I've decided to devote my horde of FW marine Mks to the dark gods, and do the main protagonist forces of the Sons of Horus legion. I'll be doing them in the Sea green scheme, the sort of interim scheme between the Lunar Wolves and the Black Legion schemes, I think it will look striking on the tabletop, and more importantly to me be fun to paint and weather.

This is my first WIP model:

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As I hope you can see, there is alot of Imperial fist casualties going on here, one because I think the yellow will look great as a spot colour/counterpoint and it sets them at the Siege of Terra, or just after when the Sons were chased into the eye.

I will be using the SW list, because its more competitive then the regular SM one (though we'll see what happens in 6th), plus I get to run terminators as troops, and since the SoH used them extensively, I think it fits.

Sons of Horus: 1750

HQ: Logan Grimnar - 275


Dreadnought - 105 Multi-melta - 0 Drop pod - 35 = 140

Dreadnought - 105 Multi-melta - 0 Drop pod - 35 = 140

Wolf Guard Pack (9) - 162 2x Combi-flamer - 10 3x Combi-melta - 15 3x Combi-plasma, melta bomb - 20 3x Storm shield - 75 Drop pod - 35 = 312

Wolf Guard Pack (4) - 72 4x terminator armour - 60 WG# 1 - Combi-melta, Frostblade - 15 WG# 2 - Combi-melta, Power weapon - 5 WG# 3 - Thunderhammer, Stormshield - 30 WG# 4 - Chainfist, Stormshield - 30 Drop pod - 35 = 247

Wolf Guard Pack (5) - 90 5x terminator armour - 75 WG# 1 - Combi-melta, Frostblade - 15 WG# 2 - Combi-flamer, power weapon - 5 WG# 3 - Thunderhammer, Stormshield - 30 WG# 4 - Chainfist, Stormshield - 30 WG# 5 - Combi-metla, power weapon, melta bomb - 10 Drop pod - 35 = 300

Grey Hunters (8) - 120 2x plasma - 20 Drop pod - 35 = 175

Grey Hunters (8) - 120 2x Melta - 10 Drop pod - 35 = 165

Total = 1749

Any ideas on poses, themes, names, markings etc would be greatly appreciated.


Brother Handro - June 22, 2012 01:51 PM (GMT)
Sheep as in Warseer's Sheep? Where's the subscribe button? :lol:

Crushed Fist looks great, Contemptor dreads just seem to fit the Sons of Horus really well for some reason. Want one for my own fledgling Sons in the future.

as for names, Apologist went with an ancient Babylonian style, and lots of "-addon's" (that pun is unintentional). I prefer a slightly more traditional Greek influence, but not too much, otherwise you end up sounding like an Ultramarine. Here is a list of most of the canonical names; Known members of the Black Legion, and we have a thread on the XVI Legion ourselves somewhere.

I hope to see more soon, keep it up!

Oh, and welcome to the forum. :)

setanta41 - June 22, 2012 02:06 PM (GMT)
Very dynamic pose! Is the marine, base, and IF door self cast? Looks fliiping excellent though. And yes....welcome to the board. Stuff like this is just gonna make this place better!

the damned artificer - June 22, 2012 02:12 PM (GMT)
Excellent pose on the contemptor, and from following your work over at warseer I'm confident the painting will be excellent as well :D

Now, hurry up with the next update! ;D

Wolf Lord Mjolnir - June 22, 2012 02:13 PM (GMT)
Very nice.

Looking forward to this.

I'm doing Sons of Horus myself but setting them on Isstvan 5 so black sand bases .

Looking forward to the Logan conversion.

Shimmy1387 - June 23, 2012 10:53 AM (GMT)
Reading this was slightly scary. The extract below could have been written by me it fits so well... 16 years of gaming/modelling/painting and recent addict to the Heresy series... I too have just embarked on a Sons of Horus detachment. I look forward to seeing your progress on this one mate :)

"Hi everybody, this is my first log on these forums, but I have been converting and modeling 40k for over 16 years, so I hope you like what I produce in the next posts.

As I'm sure many of you have, I've been reading the Horus Heresy series, and as I'm sure many of you will agree, its an excellent series."

If you don't mind, I'll add a picture to this thread of my most recent painted model to perhaps give you an idea of the colourings? I've used the light sea grey theme as well you see...

Sheep - June 23, 2012 02:08 PM (GMT)
Thanks for the welcome everyone :D

Bro Handro: one and the same, its interesting to see how everyone is spread around the net isn't it? :) Thanks for the help with the names, and the link, some thinking to go on here I think.

Another idea I had was a variation on the names of the Egyptian God Horus' sons.

Setana41: It is a recast, I am not made of money unfortunately, so a few bits and pieces have been cast so that I can use them on bases.

Shimmy: Thanks mate, that is a little scary isn't it! :huh:
I commented on you guys in your log.

I just found this

If anyone has been looking for a way to print Sons decals, now I just need some deal paper etc

Sheep - July 6, 2012 04:42 AM (GMT)
I've been a bit busy with a new uni entrance course I'm doing, and work, but I managed to cobble together this Sgt over the last couple of days. He took alot more time and fiddling around then I anticipated, the combination of various Mks of armour give a nice feel I think, and is something I can see happening during a protracted siege like the siege of Terra.

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The arms are from the plastic CSM set, and are a nice analogue for Mk2 once your file off the extraneous detail.

I hope to have the first 5-10 men finished by the end of next week, but that may blow out due to my time being taken up by work/uni entrance course I started a couple of weeks ago.

I also wrote alittle bit of fluff while I should have been listening to a lecture:

"Yes. I was there, at the end.

I fought on the world that had cradled our race, where sky and earth touched, on the walls of a false gods hubris and conceit.

I watched as demi gods clawed and grappled, murdered and speared each other. I saw the fists of Dorn bleed and die, the angels of Sanguinius weeping tears of blood as they were cast from the heavens, the Khans barbarian hordes unhorsed by bolter fire.

I saw my brothers die, in ignominy, uncelebrated by an empire we spent 300 years forging in blood and battle.

But mostly I remember hearing the laughter of the uncaring gods as we failed, and Horus died, and the bitter taste of defeat like ash in my throat.

That was your glorious siege whelp, and damn you for making me speak of it"

- Captain Tyberadon 17th company, formerly Sons of Horus

Not sure in what context that would be delivered, maybe to a new recruit before they became the black legion or something...

Arden Fell - July 6, 2012 08:14 AM (GMT)

Captain Tyberadon 17th company, formerly Sons of Horus

How quickly we are forgotten. :(


Nice looking Sons though. :)

Dargor - July 6, 2012 08:52 AM (GMT)
Welcome to the forum Sheep, good to have you here. :)

I am following your log over at warseer (my user name is DPA over there) and your work always manages to impress me. The Sons look great so far, can't wait to see what you do with them next.


CyderPirate - July 6, 2012 10:20 AM (GMT)
Great looking models and lovely little bit of fluff. I don't usually like the snippets of writing from fans, but that was excellent.

BigWill - July 6, 2012 10:35 AM (GMT)
Love the armpit cable
Insane detailing such as that means this blog will need Inquisitorial like scrutiny
:lol: :lol: :lol:
Just relised I was also following this on Ammobunker.
Here is the link you asked for here since this board is where the thread resides

Ilmarinen - July 6, 2012 01:50 PM (GMT)
Holy moley, Sheep's here!

Welcome to TGC matey! :)

Very much looking forward to seeing how your SoH progress.

Sheep - July 10, 2012 02:34 AM (GMT)
Dargor: Thanks mate, since yours are the inspiration for the colours (read blatant stealing) it means alot that you like them, unpainted ofcourse lol.

Cyberpriate: Glad you liked it mate :)

Big will: thanks for that link, now I've seen it again I remember seeing that contemptor a while ago, and the marines turn up in a google search :) good stuff.


Progress has been slow, but steady, getting into the meat and veg of any SM army now, the bolter carriers, or ablative wounds for you heavy and special weapons if you'd prefer.

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Guy on the end is dropping his bolter.

Nothing really exciting going on here, they just need alittle bit more work done to their bases and will have their bolters attached post paint.Still undecided on adding a chain bayonet or two, as I can't remember any actual references to them in the books.

As for paint, well it turns out I ordered 3 of the wrong colour . . . I ordered USMC tanker highlight, when it should have just been USMC tanker. Lesson learnt, so now I'll have to figure out a use for the highlight colour while I wait for the real paint to arrive, beacause I'm following the Dargors tut on painting them I have no use for the highlight as a highlight.



BigWill - July 10, 2012 05:09 AM (GMT)
It is always healthy to crank out a batch of 'boring' tacticals in between the cool stuff.
Truth be told I love tacs.
The running mk5 is particularly nice.
The bases might need something though,I am thinking buy a box of skeleton warriors and have a few well placed skulls and half skeletorsos this is the Seige of Terra by God :lol:

Sheep - July 10, 2012 03:32 PM (GMT)
Thanks Will :) I like the mk5 guy too, when I built him i thought he looked like he was going to run through a wall.

I'm going to do the next 4 tacs next, a pure mk2 and 3, and a mix of each, same as this lot are a pure mk4 and 5, and a mix too.

Then I plan on doing a few more tacs with more esoteric mix of pieces.

Sheep - July 11, 2012 02:33 PM (GMT)
Took your advice, added a couple of skulls and finished the bases Will :)

So heres all the completely assembled models before primer.

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I hadn't realised until I took this pic that the contemptor and Sgt model were in such a similar pose, guess I'll have to add some more variety to the future models.

The basing was done with a mix of cork, crushed slate, glued down with superglue, before adding some secret weapons razor wire.

So more assembly of the rest of the squad to follow, and waiting for paint to arrive. . .



BigWill - July 11, 2012 02:42 PM (GMT)
Sweet now let me turn you on to Eye of Horus Gemstones for the troop and vehicle
also identical to what AK interactve sells as realistic headlights ;)

What it looks like on a dred
FYI VIXI is an old latin phrase that means "I Lived" which was on old tombs

Sheep - August 29, 2012 10:56 AM (GMT)
Thanks very much for the comment mate. I'll look into all that stuff for sure.

These boys got put on ice for a while due to my nids getting some love, but I put paint to model today and came up with this

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As you can see, hes not as clean as DPA's SoH, I just couldn't get excited by that style of painting, hes in the middle of the seige of terra, there isn;t going to be time to reapply paint to chipping.

This is obviously still PIP.

Let me know what you think, and any suggestions you may have.

Wolf Lord Mjolnir - August 29, 2012 12:31 PM (GMT)
I like this alot - that poor Imperial Fist! :P

How'd you do your weathering?

I've yet to weather mine but they will not be as battle worn as yours.

Sheep - September 10, 2012 10:43 AM (GMT)
Thanks mate, Yeah poor imperial lapdog ;)

The weathering was done with a sponge, and then oils and FW pigments.

Boom sauce!

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Two months after starting him, its finally done. I lost a bit of traction painting him when I fell out of love with the scheme, but the weathering really brought it back for me, turns out I can't paint anything clean with armour.

Here's a couple more pics. The rest can be seen on my blog if you're interested.

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Thanks for looking.

BigWill - September 10, 2012 03:45 PM (GMT)
Next time try flat enamels instead of oil paints
Same results drys in minutes vs days

Aerelleus - September 10, 2012 11:03 PM (GMT)
looks great keep it up i look forward to seeing more!

Archmagos_Amadeus - September 14, 2012 03:17 AM (GMT)
How did you get that gorgeous shade of green on the contemptor? That's PERFECT for Sons of Horus.

Dogmeat - September 14, 2012 07:58 PM (GMT)
I agree, Please tell :)

Lunasteve - September 14, 2012 08:04 PM (GMT)
Stunning mate!! Love it, the bits of freehand the damage and the base, allso nicely brought together to make a stunning model, well done really like it .


Sheep - September 17, 2012 09:24 AM (GMT)
Amadeus: it's Vallejo panzer aces USMC tank crew:astronomicon grey 70:30' highlighted with a 50:50 mix thought the airbrush, then line highlighted pure astro grey before the weathering :)

Second contempt or WIP. No power fist? No worries :D

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Arden Fell - September 17, 2012 09:54 AM (GMT)
Absolutely love that pose.

malika - September 17, 2012 10:32 AM (GMT)
Another dead Imperial Fist?

Pacific - September 17, 2012 11:06 AM (GMT)
Those Imperial Fists, always need reminding by practical demonstration that discretion can sometimes be the better part of valour! :D

Agree, it's a great looking pose! Looks like a complete bad-ass.

Dullmohawk - September 17, 2012 12:05 PM (GMT)
The badassitude of that contemptor has reached max level. Please restart.

You can be very satisfied with this one, I actually like it more than the first one(which sort of kickstarted my own army...). Kudoes.

Maratheus - September 17, 2012 02:30 PM (GMT)
The finished Dreadnought looks like it's been to hell and back, excellent job on the weathering part.
This is turning out to be an interesting army!

Sheep - September 18, 2012 03:23 AM (GMT)
Thanks guys :)

Malika: Soon to be :lol: Though i am considering doing him white scars to get some more seige of terra theme going.

Dullmohawk: I am flattered you cite me as an inspiration :) I'll have to check yours out.

Ilmarinen - September 18, 2012 03:40 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Sheep @ Sep 18 2012, 03:23 AM)
Though i am considering doing him white scars to get some more seige of terra theme going.

Them's fightin' words...

Sheep - September 18, 2012 09:09 AM (GMT)
Bring it imperial lapdog . . . :P

Ilmarinen - September 18, 2012 09:49 AM (GMT)
Oh I'll bring it! I'll bring the righteous fury of the Emperor down on your worthless traitor hide!

...just as soon as FW bring out White Scar pads! several years away then!

...but then, then you'll be sorry! Grr! :angry:

BigWill - September 18, 2012 01:12 PM (GMT)
But when they do,oh man Chogoris County Choppers here we come :lol: ;)

Hey Sheep you see that new decal sheet?
It's the bees knees

Sheep - September 18, 2012 03:57 PM (GMT)
Ilmarien: I won't hold my breath then ;) But seriously, they will do WS pads in at least 2 maybe less years, when the HH series gets to the seige, if not before.

Will: I have, and I want atleast 2. I also have a gonorrhea like burning need for typhoon! Its like a vindicators big brothers who's been force fed steroids.

Morden279 - September 19, 2012 10:18 AM (GMT)
These guys are brutal.

Sheep, be a lamb and tell me how you achieved the rust patches/streaks around the rivets on the Contemptor, would you? :)

Many thanks!

Sheep - September 20, 2012 04:28 AM (GMT)
Morden: thanks mate. The rust streaks were done with FW rust pigments, and whit spirits. If it though I had applied to much I just wiped downwards with my finger while it was still wet, which gives some of the tones in the armour as a happy by product. I was using a size 0 brush to get nice thin lines of rust streaks too.

Hope that helps, it's not really an official technique or anything, I was pretty much making it up as I went along.

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