Horus Heresy: Thousand Sons Tactical Marine

The start of a new project! Tom and I have split the Horus Heresy: Burning of Prospero box and we’re both painting our respective halves. He’s taken the Space Wolves/Custodes/Sisters of Silence, and I’m doing the Thousand Sons. Tzeentch stuff for the Tzeentch guy, etc etc.

This first Tactical Marine was a test run, and he’s not 100% finished – I still need to apply decals to his shoulderpads, which I’ll do once I’ve had a chance to practice with them. The key thing I wanted to do – and sadly the photos really don’t show this off – was to create a metallic red effect for his armour, as in the old Forge World Thousand Sons reference pictures. Burning of Prospero’s photography show the Sons painted a matte red, not dissimilar to Blood Angels. It looks good, but I really think that a metallic finish suits the Horus Heresy era, and particularly this chapter, better.

As such, this is the first miniature that I’ve painted almost entirely with washes and glazes. The entire model was basecoated gold with Retributor Armour spray, then washed with Reikland Fleshshade and drybrushed with a Liberator Gold highlight. Then I applied two thin coats of Vallejo Transparent Red to the armour, which gives it an Iron Man-style shine. I then shaded the armour first with Carroburg Crimson and then with Nuln Oil in the deep recesses. One great thing about this approach is the gold trim was effectively finished by the time I’d painted all the red, just needing some touch-ups and a highlight with Runefang Steel (which I also used to pick out chips and battle damage elsewhere on the model.)

I’m really happy with how it turned out – when enough of these models are done, I’ll ask Pip to take some proper photos. In the meantime, however, I’ve got a lot more Tzeentch demons to finish ahead of my first Age of Sigmar event later in the month. I’ll be returning to Horus Heresy stuff when that’s done.