Hive Helsreach

Hive Helsreach
Battlegroup armageddon defends the lines against the withering ork assault!

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Legions of Armageddon Have Mustered!

Armageddon is a world blighted by thousands of years of pollution, ashe wastes beyond the horizons, and hive cities where people live on top of each other like rats. Worste of all, it is cursed with the attentions of the orks in their innumerable tide. Site of large scale arms production and manufacturing for the Imperium of Man, can the Imperials hang on to this blighted world, or will the massive ork Waaaagggghhhh! Overtake the war-wracked planet?

OK, now...this campaign happened over...well, about eight years ago. I got involved in the hobby and participated in this war at the same time, so it is very dear to me. Also, I just like the ideas, fluff, ect of the war and the planet/system. Yarrick is a bad ass. That being said, the war ended with ork warlord Ghazkul Mag Uruk Thraka (or however you spell it) being driven off the planet, but there is still fighting...and plenty of it to go around. All of my IG that I've collected, although almost subcontiously, have been IG involved with the campaign. Funny huh? But anyways, I thought I would take this time to share my Steel Legion miniatures with you.

My idea for all my IG dudes is to have them be a small Imperial Crusade sent to aid in the war, and in its "aftermath" continue fighting within the sector. Neat idea? I sure hope so! It is not complete, of course, without some sweet Steel Legion platoon or two. I got more on the way (buying them back after selling them years that they don't sell them in the GW store anymore, that looks even more like a dumb move by the hour) so they will number in the sixty or seventies. Lucky me! But, I took a departure from the tan uniforms that they normally sport. I did a light blueish grey, because I can and also because it will probably blend in better with the wastes, cities, and maybe even the equatorial jungles.

How to paint them:

Codex grey coat over black. After even coat, Fortress grey highlights. Did not know at the time that this would yield a slightly blueish color...but hey, it looks good. who am i to argue with the success of a color scheme? The helmest and fatigue pants are catachan green over dark angels green, while the ammo pouches and other accessories are snakebite leather over bestial brown. Metal in chainmail over boltgun metal.

Goggles: Scab red. After this, blood red for an even, rich coat of paint. In one corner, a sliver of blazing orange. The other, opposite corner a sliver of scab red again. Then, two small white dots for the reflection/light playing off the goggles. That turned out great. I intended for it to look like the GI orange/red tinted goggles they use today, and it worked quite well.

That's it for my Steel Legion! Hope you enjoyed this and as always, more to come soon.

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