It is ironic that although I chose to call my blog ‘heretic30k’, I haven’t actually made much progress on getting together an army for Heresy Era 30k or even played much 40k last year.
There are lots of reasons why, but a big part of the problem was that I wasn’t much taken with my first few test models of the Sons of Horus- the official GW colour scheme was just too much like hard work. I really wanted to pick a colour scheme which was stayed away from the reds, browns and blacks that are within my usual palette and comfort zone to paint. Of the few Horus Heresy books I got around to reading last year, the most memorable were Legion, Betrayer and Unremembered Empire, so that convinced me to think again about doing either an Alpha Legion, World Eaters, Word Bearers or Ultramarines force. Of these options, I ruled out WB as I wanted to avoid red and WE as I both hate painting white and simply find it really hard to do well. That lead me to a choice of AL or Utrasmurfs. Since, I am hoping to pick up playing a 40k RPG later in the year like Black Crusade or Dark Heresy, Alpha Legion seemed more likely that I would get some usage from.
The official FW colour scheme is beautiful, but alas I don’t own an airbrush and it looks far too long winded for me and so I came up with a quick & dirty version of my own instead.
So here is my test paint scheme for Alpha Legion powered armour: spray white, basecoat Leadbelcher, wash Coelia Greenshade, glaze Guilleman Blue, sponge mottle highlight with Iron Breaker, glaze blue again, patch glaze Waywatcher Green in any areas that still seem too sliver.