Thursday 28 September 2023

Praetorian Las Cannons, and a Leman Russ

 This is the last of the batch of Praetorian photographs for a while. I have finished off painting three Las Cannon teams, and experimented with painting a tank. I am going to return to the Praetorian army a little later, but will be focusing on another project from October.

I wanted to try out a paint scheme for the tanks which matched the colour and look of the heavy weapons. I wanted something which looked a little more realistic, without being too camouflaged. After all, it would seem strange to have a camouflaged tank next to red tunic infantry! Anyway, I painted the tank Vallejo Khaki, washed it with Nuln Oil, again some Khaki, and then highlighted the tank and its tracks with ushabti bone to give an overall dusty feel. I still need to add vehicle recognition details, but I'll leave that for later

For the Las Cannon teams I chose a blue uniform to match the old nineteenth century British Royal Artillery uniform. I painted the tunic cuffs and epaulettes red to add a little bit of red in order to tie in with the rest of the army. The Las Cannons where painted in the same manner as the tank. I think the look works well, and breaks up the red tunic of the infantry squads without being too jarring.

Enjoy :)

Leman Russ Punisher.
The front of the tank.
Rear view.
Infantry advancing with the tank.
Las Cannon teams.
Las Cannon teams in a more staggered formation.
Close up view showing the blue uniforms with the red cuffs and epaulettes.
The battle line of painted Praetorians so far, from above.
The battle line from the side.

The next blog update will be something quite different. I am currently working on two projects. The first is Mithril Miniatures Mordor Orc army. The second is an Iron Claw Goblin army.So I am undecided which to opt for at the moment.

Wednesday 20 September 2023

Praetorian Imperial Guard / Astra Militarum Platoons.

 I have been painting more Praetorian Imperial Guard / Astra Militarum, and have been making some quite good progress. In the last few weeks I have now completed two full platoons consisting of one command squad, and two infantry squads in each. This has also included a Platoon Commander for each.

Enjoy :)

First Platoon.
Firing line!
Auto Cannon.
Unlike the Heavy Bolters I decided to add the gun shield to give it that slightly heavier look of a small calibre field gun.
The other side of the Auto Cannon.
Platoon Commander.
This miniature is the old metal Cadian officer miniature from a few years ago, but with an added green stuff moustache to give him that British 'golly good chap' look. He was originally one of my Company commanders in my previously painted Praetorian army, and all I have done is re-based him and tinkered with the paintwork. In time he will be promoted back to Company Commander when I get around to converting and painting up a new Platoon Commander.
Second Platoon.
The hcomposition of miniatures in the Second Platoon is the same as the first, so I did not see the point in photographing them. However, the Platoon Commander is different, see below.
Platoon Commander with power fist.
I had a damaged Mordian Sergeant miniature, and so I swapped his head for one of the old metal alternative heads made by GW about 20 years ago. The Power fist is from the Tempestus Scions box set. The pistol holster is from the Mark III Space Marine box (I think!).
Power fist.
I chose this power fist as it looks a little Steampunk to me.
Both Platoons.
Firing line.
"Front rank fire!"
"Rear rank fire!"

At the moment I am most of the way through painting Las Cannon teams, and have made a start on a tank! After those, I am going to focus on a different, more goblin based, project. I wanted to make a start on the Praetorians, and experiment with the newer paint scheme first, before tackling something else. So next blog update will be more Praetorians.