Today we extended our foothold in the Kamassian District, finally ousting the Fists from the Ay Dede Wall complex. Losses were heavy, but sustainable. The bastard VIIth opened a sub-gate, and when we didn't take the bait, they resealed the complex. Of course, we had ensconced infiltraitors relay us passcodes and cipher-encrypts the moment the lore-circuits were down; but these proved to be counterfiltrating inloads: turncoat phrases that detonated sub-magazines dotted behind us.
The result? A series of impromptu mines collapsed; trapping four dozen or so of the company. I cannot imagine what it must be like to be buried underground.
Still. The Fists are dead. The Eye flies over Ay Dede. The advance continues.
Data-incept: Terra, Fourteenth Secundus. Lion's Gate Spaceport
+ Work-in-progress IVth Legion warriors. These are at an early stage of paint – stage 3 of my process for painting Iron Warriors [+noospheric inloadlink embedded+] +
+ These were the first batch to use parts from the excellent Battle of Prospero box set; a great resource. I was expecting to enjoy using the Terminator parts and backpacks, but the bits which really benefit from transition to plastic are the helms and weapons – these are really crisp and sharp. +
+ The brutal nature of the Iron Warriors – and the particularly ruthless members of the 242nd's Officia Monstrosa corps – lend themselves to understated postures that highlight their methodical, cold killing. I've added a number of chainswords and combat blades to this group and will scatter them amongst the existing Musters (squads), to add variety and represent the additional chainsword upgrades. +
+ The Iron Warriors, in common with most of my armies, are a bit thin on HQ models, so I've worked up a simple Siege Breaker. +
+ En-masse, the Iron Warriors' scheme is very effective. It's easy too look very monotone, so I spend quite a bit of time deliberately adding in variety of metals. The silver here was painted with a variety of paints including: Chainmail, Stormhost Silver, Boltgun Metal, Runefang Steel, Scorched Brown, Bestial Brown, Sepia ink (W&N) and Smoke (Vallejo). The darks shared some of these to add coherency to the scheme, utilising Abaddon Black, Sepia ink (W&N), Smoke (Valljo) and Charadon Granite. +