Monday, 14 December 2015

Battle Bunnies 20 Legions of Xmas: Death Guard

On the Fourteenth day of Xmas The Emperor gave to me:

Poi-son and cont-a-gion
Big blue bastards
12 Butchers Nails
Ten Ma-chine addicts
9 Angels weeping
Psy-chos a' skin-in'
Seven breachers breaching
Sa-vage laugh-ing kill-ers!
Dirty ditch diggers
+++Records Expunged+++
And a Legion full of mys-ter-y

Legion: XIV
Name: Death Guard
Former Names: Dusk Raiders
Primarch: Mortarion
First Captain at outbreak of Heresy: Calas Typhon
Forge World Paint scheme:
1. Undercoat with Skull White spray;
2. Wash with 50/50 mix of Seraphim Sepia and Lahmian Medium;
3. Highlight with White Scar mixed with Lahmian Medium.
1. Basecoat with Castellan Green;
2. Highlight with 50/50 mix of
Castellan Green and Elysian Green;
3. Highlight with Elysian Green.
1. Basecoat with Warlock Bronze;
2. Highlight with Runelord Brass.

How I did tanks:
Then I did a green stripe with the help of masking tape. This was done from Castellan green to Elysian green with an air brush. I then sponged a touch of White at the green edges to represent green paint getting scratched off. 

I then did a spray of 2 part Tamiya flat earth and 1 part Tamiya flat flesh 5 part Tamiya thinner really lightly over the dusty areas. 

Then a light sponging of equal parts Rhinox hide, Warplock bronze and chaos black on the raised areas. 

Then we Purity seal coat the model to help with the next stage; the oil wash of Burnt umber. 

Bare in mind this is my first ever time using this technique or even oil paints. 

Medusa - Pre oil. 

Ok then. On your Palette put a small amount of burnt umber oil paint. Thin it with a bit of white spirits to a slightly thicker than wash consistency. 

Do one face of the tank at a time. Paint it on around rivets, vents and panels. Eww. That looks terrible at the moment! Once this face was done I moved straight onto the step below. 

Then after the paint has dried (10 mins). cover every surface on the side with white spirits using a clean brush. When all panels are wet you then blend the oil in. Using a hot hair drier helps too to heat the oil. You can manipulate it better when hot. Try to keep certain areas whiter where they will receive less grime. 

Then I bust out my AK streaking paints again after leaving the oil to dry for a day. I use "Rust streaks" and "streaking grime" for this vehicle and my Death Guard. 

Draw a vertical thin line with the enamel colour, wait 5 mins, then with a clean brush paint white spirits on downwards to blend the streaks in. 

Sample list:
Calas Typhon 200
Moritat: artificer armour; plasma pistol; plasma pistol; power weapon; melta bombs; refractor field 165
2 Deathshroud Terminators: melta bombs 100

13 Tactical Space Marines: chainswords; nuncio-vox; legion vexilla; + 1 Tactical Sergeant (artificer armour; Deathshroud power scythe) 263
9 Breacher Marines: flamer; meltagun; + 1 Breacher Sergeant (artificer armour; combi-weapon; power weapon; breaching charge) 290
4 Tactical Support Marines: + 1 Tactical Support Sergeant (artificer armour) 110
9 Tactical Space Marines: + 1 Tactical Sergeant 150

5 Grave Warden Terminators: heavy flamer with chem-munitions; 3× chainfist; + 1 Chem-Master (combi-weapon) 260
4 Heavy Support Marines: plasma cannons; + 1 Heavy Support Sergeant (artificer armour) 220
4 Heavy Support Marines: missile launchers; + 1 Heavy Support Sergeant 160
Vindicator: auxiliary drive; extra armour; armoured ceramite 160

Mortarion 425

2,503 points

This list was built to use the reaping rite of war. I will talk more of this tomorrow but for now I can't keep awake. 



  1. Up the XIV, Cheers for the list Drake, looking forward to the update. Going to take a while to traverse the battle field with no runs. No medusa?

    I'm thinking of getting some artillery, are medusa better than basilisks for DG?

    1. Yup. Medusas are great (add Phosphex shells).
      No left them without transports as it goes with their heavy infantry "face down their guns" ways.

  2. Love the simplicity of the Oil weathering guide, I really want to try this on some of my stuff but I'm a little scared :-D

    1. . . . That was my first attempt Ben with no previous practices etc. :) really easy and forgiving.

  3. Another awesome bauble!! Interesting list as well, looking forward to the update on the rite of war!

  4. Impressive weathering. As with others, I'm scared of giving this a go