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Talons of the Emperor (by our_baz) WIP


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After taking a decent break from the hobby during lockdown 1.0 here in the UK (mainly work related, no free time). I've used the later part of autumn and lockdown 2.0 to get started on a new project, now that work has chilled out a hell of a lot. Doing a Talons project has always an itch that I have wanted to scratch since reading the "First Heretic". Reading "Master of Mankind" probably like many pushed over the edge and I decided to get down to it.

My goal is to get 1000pts painted ready to go once I can start playing again I plan to keep to infantry for the time being. If funds permit I would like to pick up a FW dread. I've mainly picked up model I like the aesthetic of rather than how they work on the table top.

So far I've picked up (assembled):

Valerian and Aleya

5 Custodians w/spear

4 Wardens w/spear (will run as custodians)

3 Allarus TDA w/axe

1 Vexilla w/axe

5 sister of silence (unassembled, will make as vigilators)

So far I've got Aleya, 5 custodes and 2 warden complete (see below). I wanted something a little different colour wise (than reds/purples you tend to see) so used a dark blue as a third colour, you cant see too well but its slightly metallic blue on the shoulder guards. The painting for these is a bit of departure for me in terms of technique too (in order to try an get through stuff quicker!), I decided to change to drybrushing (w/make brushes) for all my highlighting rather lining in as I have been doing.

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Thanks for looking, Baz

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A wild Baz appeared from the warp! Sounds like a good plan! Which dread? You know you want the telemon :wink:

@Duz yeah deffo returned from the warp, been away too long from these parts. Well I've always liked the  simple FW relic Contemptor Dread w/AC and Fist, Not very glamourous but I think it would look banging in gold, blue. But then again the Achillus is also pretty darn cool looking and would cost about the same. Probably one of those.  I do have a confirmed Dreadnought problem though, so this could get expensive quickly!

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So this is where you have been baz :wink: I don't know a huge amount about Custodes, but they're looking good. The red weapons really work nicely and help give them that royal and imperial look as is fitting!

Well technically the warp. Thanks for the comment, yeah I want to do something a little different, hence the blue. nice to hear it works.

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Thank you for the positve comment guys its appreciated. Made some more headway in the last week, on my final two wardens. I also finished another agent of the imperium, not strictly a Talon of the Emperor, but just thought to share none the less.

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Xmas is coming, and I am thinking about adding to my list. Get a feeling the sword and board custodians might be popular in the meta for 9th, but how obnoxious will to my gaming group (if we every get the chance to meet again)? Mainly not too sure what to add next to take the list up to ~1500pts.

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First Update of 2021. Most of my first batch of modles are complete, just waiting on the weather to warm up before I can undercoat my Allarus and Prosectors squads.

Valerian, Vexilla and Warden squad are complete. Got another Allarus squad and Custodes squad for Xmas, they'll get assembled ASAP . Bit will still be short of the 1500 pts target, I thinking of adding a Dread but which one?

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Nice work baz, I'm no expert on Custodes but don't forget to think about opponent's AT. A single Dread will be a big fire magnet for all your opponent's best guns!

Telemon has t8 2+/4++/6+++ and -1dmg. It's built to eat firepower so the rest of the army doesn't have to :)

So what you are both saying is i need two with all weapon options for redundancy and my wife doesn't need to know.

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Nice work baz, I'm no expert on Custodes but don't forget to think about opponent's AT. A single Dread will be a big fire magnet for all your opponent's best guns!

Telemon has t8 2+/4++/6+++ and -1dmg. It's built to eat firepower so the rest of the army doesn't have to :smile.:

So what you are both saying is i need two with all weapon options for redundancy and my wife doesn't need to know.

 

thats exactly what I did. Lol

 

I did this in 8th though before they sky rocketed in points. 

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I have to admit: I bought a double fist Telemon because it is cool. But I also got a set of guns because they are better.

 

Trouble is... I don't have both sets of guns.. which means by the time I get those I've paid 50% more for 3 sets of weapons than the machine itself.

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Not given an update for a while. Getting close to having my first 1000pts finished. Just 5 TDA and 2 sisters to go. I've shown some close-ups on the capes from my SoS, not because they are going to win me a Golden Demon (far from it!). But to show especially for the fur one the effects you can create with contrast paints with minimal effort (and I my case talent). I will also mention that for me this project has been an experiment in terms of technique. Normally I would use edge highlighting to build up highlighting, for this project I've used dry brushing to build up the depth with the highlighting in an attempt to speed up my painting. Thanks for looking Baz

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