Back to the field!

Hello, everyone! I am finally back for an update. I have been silent for more than six months, and for almost all of this time I was away from the hobby. The last time I posted anything on this blog the summer had not yet struck with all his might – then the hottest season I can remember began. It was so hot that, even during the night, the paints would dry on the palette as soon as I thinned them, so all my projects suffered a severe setback. I think this could be the main reason why the hobby is not so popular in the southern parts of Europe while being extremely widespread in the northern Countries.

When the temperature reverted to acceptable levels, the much-awaited Metal Gear Solid V – The Phantom Pain was released, and most of my sporadic free time was absorbed by it . Now, having finally completed its main story, and with the complicity of the flu that prevented me going to work for a couple of days, I finally found the time to return to my miniatures. And this is going to be a big post!

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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