Introducing Taghmata Tyran

When Horus Heresy Book 3: Extermination was published I, like many people around the world, immediately fell in love with the colour scheme of the Legio Fureans Titans, also known as the “Tiger Eyes”, and decided to collect a Mechanicum force inspired by them. There was, however, something that didn’t seem fit for my needs: during the Horus Heresy they sided with the Warmaster, but I wanted a loyalist army (probably because I have liked the stories about Adeptus Mechanicus since when I was ten, but I never heard about the Dark Mechanicum until a few years ago).

So, as I have always done in this hobby, I decided to take the Legio Fureans just as an inspiration to create something visually similar, but different in every other respect. Thus the Taghmata Tyran was born . If you are familiar with background of the Warhammer 40,000 galaxy, you probably recognized “Tyran” as the name of the planet where the Imperium of Man and the Tyranid race had their first recorded contact. Indeed, I am planning to run a campaign recreating the events of that conflict (even if with an “historically inaccurate” army), and to use this army to represent the defenders of the unlucky research station.

My first three Mechanicum ThallaxA view from above

The colour scheme used by the Forge World painters for the Tiger Eyes Titans (which their customer service was kind enough to provide me) involves, as usual, a lot of airbrushing. While it is clearly great for large flat and trimmed surfaces, I didn’t see it fit for such small models, so I had to devise a different procedure.

Yellow is often seen as one of the most difficult colours to paint, especially on a black undercoat, but I did not have any particular problem. The Averland Sunset base colour proved really covering after just a couple of thinned down layers. Then I just applied a couple of Yriel Yellow layers, letting the Averland Sunset show in the most recessed areas, and washed the model with Seraphim Sepia, easy-peasy. Not as neat as the Forge World models, as you can see below, but nonetheless extremely effective.

Detail from a Forge World Legio Fureans Titan

Detail from a Forge World Legio Fureans Titan, pic taken in Warhammer World


4 thoughts on “Introducing Taghmata Tyran

    • Thanks Jeff. I never really painted anything yellow before because I was scared by all the comments on the internet about it being the most difficult color to get right on a miniature, but judging from how easy it was to paint these Thallax starting from a black undercoat… yes, I think it can’t be anything else than magic.

      It is a simple yellow for I wanted to keep it simple. Apart from these models being one of my first experiments with that colour, I know myself as a slow painter, so I try to keep my “rank-and-file” models simple, devoting more time just to the characters or the biggest models. Maybe, however, that these models would deserve a little bit of weathering on their armour to make them more interesting; it is on my to-do list already.


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