Saturday, 26 November 2016

Tallarn Desert Raiders - the start of something new

So, as many of you will be aware, 2016 has been a horror show. Part of this horror was that I turned 30 in October. So like any self-respectless 30 year old, I bought myself some birthday presents to mark the occasion.

Oh, stick this on while you read, it's pretty great!

In 2015 I happily crafted a simple, self-contained Skitarii army. The army was loosely based on the ancillaries from the fantastic novel Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. While I was working on this my friend GrimDarkRealms was really upping his game with his airbrushing techniques. So, I asked for an airbrush as my 30th birthday gift.

The addition of an airbrush to my life has allowed me to consider projects previously too laborious to contemplate. I have long had two armies in mind for 40k... an Eldar ghost army, which would benefit heavily from the clean coverage and gradients an airbrush can provide, and a mechanised Tallarn army, which needs an airbrush more to cope with the sheer surface area that has to be covered in paint than anything fancy. Well, this year the Tallarns won...

Choosing Tallarns gives me an opportunity to work with some classic miniatures...

Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Chimera Tallarn Al'Rahem Company Commander Metal well as some newer ones...
Imperial Knight Paladin and 40K Chimera Fire Barrels Conversion Genestealer Cult Parts

The Imperial Knight is from the Skitarii project. I really like the scale of the knight compared with the old metal Tallarns. They really are from different eras.

Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Tallarn Desert Raider Metal Veterans Commissar Conversion

My first complete unit of Tallarn veterans. Cyborg commissar to keep their morale up.

I'll post more as the army develops.