Friday, 26 September 2014

III Legion Emperor's Children Part 1

G'day fellow nerds and lovers of all things Heresy, Wadey here! Well the day has finally arrived that the mighty III Legion makes their way into AGIF history! I know many of you… well Keepy, Macca and a few of the other cretins I kick around with doubted this day would ever come but to those nay sayers I say NAY!

The arrival of the Emperor's Children on AGIF comes well timed as this coming weekend in sunny Townsville (home of AGIF and gateway to north Queensland, Australia) is the Warhammer 30,000 invitational dubbed "Like a Sir".
This 1000 point event is being hosted by AGIF and the lads over at The Traitors Hand and will be focused around fun and competitive gaming, delicious grown up beverages and subsequent jawing off and yelling at Braden for his bullshit ability to make saves… such a jerk!
Moving along, I felt what better way to introduce my Emperor's Children than to show you guys the army I am running, why I chose what I did and how I got them from zip lock bags to purple badassery!

I do not claim to be any sort of an authority when it comes to our beloved hobby, nor do I regard myself as having the same skill in painting as the other lads I blog with.. Truth be told although being an AGIF member right from the start I, along with you guys the readers, I have learnt so much from the boys as they have posted their tutes and hints and tips. I am however a VERY enthusiastic gamer and to have the opportunity to share my stuff with like minded people is why I'm here!

Here is a very basic overview of my list with details to come:
Legion Consul - Librarian
Tactical Squad - Foot
Tactical Squad - Rhino
Legion Rapier Laser Destroyers
Sicaran Battle Tank

I decided I wanted to theme my army around Isstvan III, that way I can run them as either Loyalist or Traitor. The following is a list of the main materials I used to get them from start to finish:
Squrits flat black spray paint
Xerxes Purple (GW)
Genesteeler Purple (GW)
Gehenna Gold (GW)
Leadbelcher (GW)
Mechanicum Grey (GW)
Fortress Grey (GW)
Abbadon Black (GW)
Runefang Steel (GW)
White (Vallejo)
Brown weathering powder (Humbrol)
Acrylic clear gloss spray (Tamiya)
Acrylic mat clear spray (Tamiya TS-80)
Black Oil based paint
Oil thinners

There are other colours I used a little here and there but I'll cover those as I talk about each unit.
I thought I'd come out swinging and thus will begin with my beloved Sicaran! These bad boys are worth every point and they hurt! They are tough as nails and smash face! I've tooled mine with a very basic load out.. This being due largely to point restrictions. I am simply running mine stock with the only upgrade being Heavy Bolter sponsons for 20 points.

For this legend I assembled the model fully and glued on some of the Emperor's Children etched brass as you can see on the front track guards, under the view port and also on the sides. I also magnetized the sponsons so that it can be run in both the Heavy Bolter and Lascannon configuration.

I undercoated black and with the trusty airbrush layed down Xerxes Purple as my basecoat. Also with the airbrush I highlighted it with Genesteeler Purple and then airbrushed the white panels on the front and sides. I used Gehenna gold to paint EVERY stinking rivet, the EC heraldry and also the trim around the view port.

The Accelerator Autocannon was painted with Leadbelcher and Gehenna gold and my Heavy Bolters were all painted with Abbadon Black and Leadbelcher with a touch of Wazdakka Red (GW) on the cables at the rear of the weapons. The tracks were painted using Runefang Steel then dry brushed with Dwarf Bronze (GW). The sensor globes were painted using Caledor Blue (GW) and Moot Green (GW) and Highlighted with white. After all the details were done I sponged on some battle damage using Mechanicum grey as a base then Fortress grey as a highlight. .

Once all the details were finished I sprayed the entire model with Tamiya clear gloss and let it fully dry. Then using the principles found in Maccas excellent oil wash tute I mixed up a black oil wash and went over the weapons, rivets, tracks, heraldry. I left the Sicaran for 24 hours (perfect time to play some Destiny!!!) then using Tamiya TS-80 mat clear coat I sprayed the whole model and got rid of that shine from the gloss. Then from there I simply gave it some weathering with the brown weathering powder and added gloss again to the sensor globes.

There you have it folks, the mighty III Legion Sicaran and the first of many posts following the journey of the proud sons of the Primarch Fulgrim. I hope you have enjoyed reading and if anyone has any questions or suggestions feel free to leave them here or PM on the AGIF Facebook page.
Cheers for stopping by,


  1. I'm not sure if my original post made it... I had some issues with Google sign in... so here it is again!

    Great tutorial, same colours as i've chosen, except i go with 3 Gold colours and a wash when doing the gold, building up from Balthassar Gold to Gehenna then to Auric. I cannot wait to get an apartment where I can invest in an airbrush, it will make everything so much easier :)

    I have one question about your choice to include a Librarian. The EC were reknowned for the perfectionism and were outwardly against Librarians for the Geneseed was a mutation.... I would like to try librarians in my list too, but couldn't bring myself to use one. Then I read some lore about a Thousand Son psyker being seconded to the EC for a time, so I plan to paint up a Librarian in Thousand Sons colours. I stay within the fluff, get to use a psyker and paint something other than purple. Win, win, win!

    Hope to see more posts from you and your EC!

    1. Cheers for the response Craig it would be great to see some of your work mate! I went with a Libby purely for the buffs for my praetor.. not the fluffiest thing out but I figure traitors so meh. What are you running in your list mate?

  2. Reply button doesn't work for me... I a fluff bunny, so I had to come up with a way of being able to use a Librarian in my army :) You can see my work on my blog.

  3. I really like how the brass etch turned out, I've been at a loss for awhile on how to make it look natural. Would you mind sharing the process and colors you used on yours?

    1. Thanks mate honestly for the etched brass I used gehenna gold then washed with the oil wash then removed most of the wash.

  4. That tank is sick dude, and looks even more awesome in person!

    1. Cheers man appreciate it! Next time you and I are playing for sure!