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  1. "BEING THEREIN AN ACCOUNT OF THE SHADOW WARS AND OPERATIONS INVOLVING LOYALIST, HERETIC, & XENOS FORCES BEFORE, DURING & AFTER THE WAR FOR THE ODOTHESE SECTOR (M40.999)" (ALSO A CHRONICLE OF MY RETURN TO THE HOBBY AFTER OVER FOUR YEARS AWAY FROM GW..!) GUEST STARRING: THE LEGION OF TAURUS... Hello, it's been a while (almost 4 1/2 years) since I posted on here. You might remember my Chaos Space Marine plog, The Legion of Taurus. Whilst I still have that army (and have a handful of units to complete for it), due to real-life stuff (moving, changing jobs, another 'hobby' project), and generally feeling a bit burnt out with GW & 40k, I've had zero inclination towards anything related to the hobby. I did have a brief dabble with Deadzone - building the terrain is fun, but the miniatures & setting just didn't grab me like 40k did - but that aside, I just wasn't bothered to make any miniatures, paint anything, or play. I still followed what GW was up to - I'm pleased that GW have clearly changed from the sort of company they were 5 years ago, and are now more open and engaging with the community - but nothing piqued my interest. Until, that is, Kill Team was announced. It ticked the boxes for me:Squad based, smaller number of models (doing massed armies and keeping up with 'Codex-creep' I think contributed to my 40k burn out) Space for story and narrative (never been a competitive player, it's about fun and story for me) Smaller play area required (I just don't have space for 6'x4' boards and the associated terrain) Fast pace of play (since 7th came out, friends who still play have described games taking hours and hours, even just to deploy and sort out stratagems etc etc etc) As I already had my Legion of Taurus, a pile of spare Space Marine minis, and a bunch of terrain left over from my Deadzone dalliance, I felt it was time for me to return to the hobby - especially as I knew I was going to be looking at less of an investment of time and finances than back when I was building and painting armies..! Anyway, I've blathered enough. Before I commence with a few pics, I'd just like to acknowledge a few people on here who's logs have inspired me while I've been lurking for these past few weeks before posting my new log. The plogs of these are excellent and well worth reading, if you've not! Atia, Augustus b'Raas, Biohazard, Brother Chaplain Kage, Cadmus Tyro, Doghouse, DuskRaider, ElDuderino, Grieux, KrautScientist, InsanePsychopath, rednekkboss, Subtle Discord, SystemSyn, Tzen (and apologies to those I've forgotten!) Anyway, pics and details... the plan is to build 2-3 Kill Teams (apart from those I can make from existing armies), a couple of boards, and paint some terrain to go with it. Without further ado: Part One - Killzone Xergev Decades before the Legion of Taurus launched their all-out war to conquer the Odothese Sector, they lured a strike force of Avenging Eagles Astartes to an abandoned mining planet, Xergev. There they decimated the loyalist Astartes in a series of ambushes and traps - all part of a plan to lure further Imperial forces to the planet. Though the campaign against the traitors, referred to as 'The Xergev Prosecution', was considered a success, the Legion of Taurus was not destroyed. For the first of the Kill Teams & terrain, I'm focusing on this little nugget from my Legion of Taurus' background; I'm doing a Kill Team of Avenging Eagles Space Marines, and a board representing the desert-like terrain of Xergev. To start of with, I've built the Kill Team - but first, behold, the first GW miniature I've built in over 4 years..! http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c274/firestorm40k/Kill%20Team%20Project/20180822_214328_zpsajboa9nk.jpg (I've since repositioned him on the base, as he was a bit too far forward). Here's the whole Kill Team: http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c274/firestorm40k/Kill%20Team%20Project/20180904_210105_zpskul141b0.jpg (I've since had to swap the Sergeant's Combi-Grav for a Grav Pistol, as I hadn't realised it wasn't legal. D'oh!) The feel I'm going for is that these are survivors of the ambushes and traps that have wiped out their comrades, so are seeking vengeance on the Legion of Taurus (and hopefully survive long enough to get intel about the traitor's forces to the in-coming Imperial armies). As I'm finding my way back in to the hobby I didn't go overboard on conversions, and will attempt to convey that they're 'survivors', trying to evade the Chaos Marines, through how I paint them (chips to the armour, etc). Hopefully, I can remember how to paint them..! I'll post more details about each individual Marine over the course of this plog! As well as this, I've been re-configuring some of the terrain I built for Deadzone to use for Kill Team. Although it doesn't look 'standard' Imperial-style Gothic, Xergev was abandoned pre-Imperial times, so it doesn't matter. My plan is to paint it really weathered and rusted. http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c274/firestorm40k/Kill%20Team%20Project/20180904_204419_zpsvjcvkpql.jpg I'm in the process of adding some styrene rod to cover gaps that often occur with this terrain product: http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c274/firestorm40k/Kill%20Team%20Project/20180904_204441_zps8tqdugdj.jpg http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c274/firestorm40k/Kill%20Team%20Project/20180904_205856_zpsmltbfidm.jpg Thinking about how I'm going to paint these, so I've had a 'test' at using the salt-technique to get some chips going on. Starting off, I've primed this with some cheap white then red acrylic spray primer: http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c274/firestorm40k/Kill%20Team%20Project/20180909_165438_zpsqik7zo4c.jpg I then sprayed it with hair spray (!) and put some rock salt on while the hair spray was still wet; once that had dried a bit I sprayed it with blue primer: http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c274/firestorm40k/Kill%20Team%20Project/20180909_171728_zpsjzdvyigl.jpg Before the blue fully dried I brushed the salt off with a damp brush: http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c274/firestorm40k/Kill%20Team%20Project/20180909_175427_zpsg8aadnq7.jpg As far as a test goes, it's been a learning curve - I think I need to use a salt that's a bit more fine/granular, to get more coverage (admittedly I struggled to get the rock salt granules to stick). But hopefully, once I've sussed this technique, with some weathering powders and washes, I can get this terrain done quickly. More pics to follow as I get painting; in the meantime, thanks for looking!
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