View Full Version : The Argonauts

20-07-2010, 13:25
so my best mate's marines have been sitting in my room for almost a year now gathering dust, and while he doesn't want to get back into gaming he still holds a flirting interest with the hobby and will occassionally rock a game.

as such, he wants me to paint his army. his idea is that this will be a fairly conventional codex chapter, but stuck out on the eastern fringes of the galaxy and having been beaten up a little by nids. each company is essentially a working battle company, there's no strict heirachical command structure, instead the marines working together in councils

its all a little rough and loose, but the general idea is to make these guys pretty spartan - not a lot of decoration and fairly weathered armour. gives me a chance to try a few things out and i'm trying to actually take my time with these guys. its also kinda fun because my friend's army has a lot of 2nd ed marines, models i drooled over as a high school kid, but never ended up getting.

so i give you the Argonauts. mainly naming the characters after Jason and the Argonauts, we've also loosely based the story around the various themes of the army

the chapter badge is based around the horns and skull of the sheep, and choice marines will be adorned with the golden fleece

here's the first two marines i finished, a devastator sergeant on the left and tactical marine on the right.
the tact marine is an old Grey Hunter model, so there's a few space wolf models in the mix. the iconography isn't too obvious, and i'll just remove anything that's blatantly SW as i come to them (like goofy topknots).

22-07-2010, 12:01
so continuing the project, what i've completed so far is a tactical squad, jump pack chaplain, devastator squad and dread

tactical squad Echion


dev squad Lynceus


all the names are derived from the crew of the Argosea, so we're sticking to that theme

22-07-2010, 20:13
I like these. I love your chapter fluff, the movie is one of my fav's. Those marines look pretty grim and grizzled. I look forward to seeing more

22-07-2010, 21:13
They have a very cool look to them. I like the toned down colour scheme and the method aswell, nice damage.


22-07-2010, 21:21
The colour scheme is awesome, there seem to be a lot of bright colours around at the moment. I know what you mean about the models too - that's either Grey Hunter or Blood Claw #3.

22-07-2010, 22:11
Cheers guys, I've got a post awaiting approval that has images of everything I've done to date on it.

Really trying to make these guys look like they've been through the wringer - a) because fluffwise they'll be some what isolated and stretched resource-wise, and b) mainly because me and my friend take issue to how clean and pristine most armies look. while we do appreciate a good paint job, we're pretty set in our minds as to how marines were/are; gritty warrior priests, thrown into the thick of it. to us, neatly painted armour isn't really a part of this

22-07-2010, 23:51
ah mean, the rest of the boys are up

currently working on 12 jump pack marines, so two guys can be swapped in and out for the purposes of running it either as an assault or vanguard squad.

so far only the lightning claw guy is done, but a couple more are on the way

23-07-2010, 11:23
Beautiful painting, I love the guy holding the psword in two hands.

25-07-2010, 15:03
Absolutely beautiful colour scheme - reminds me of a dusty marble-type stone.

25-07-2010, 18:45
Excellent army! I really like the weathering - you don't see very many beaten up SM forces, and this is done very well.

25-07-2010, 18:52
The Sergeant and the two-handed sword marine are fantastic. Well done once more.

25-07-2010, 23:35
cheers guys. and to tcraigen, i should give you props for your blood angels. i followed your thread, back when i was just a forum lurker and some of what you did i tried to do here: like the exposed parts of armour, leaving the odd bit here and there.

just went to the local club and swapped out a bunch of Tau i'll never get around to painting for a bunch of old 2nd ed metal marines, mostly the old devastators and long fangs. man, they're fantastic. can't wait to incorporate them into the army, i'm thinking the old devs may make suitably staunch looking sternguard. will think about it a bit more

26-07-2010, 06:26
Great looking army mate! keep up the good work!

Shadow Nugz
26-07-2010, 17:04
For the sake of we who art color blind would you mind describing how you go about achieving your paint scheme?

26-07-2010, 20:22
sure thing man - my process is adapting as i learn to drop unnecessary steps, but currently i do this:

lay on the base coats over a black undercoat; this consists of bleached bone, fenris grey from the foundation range for the blue, and boltgun metal. all the little detailing gets slapped on to, goblin green for the eyes and blood red for purity seals and whatnot.

then everything gets a generous helping of devlan mud, miracle worker that it is. i'll go back over the bleached bone parts, and do the same with the blue - except for the blue i'll actually mix and blend bleached bone and fenris grey together on the model itself to setup a lighter shade and get some preliminary highlighting.

with a little piece of sponge, i'll dab flecks of black ink onto the model for the weathering. then i go over the whole model with mithril silver, picking out the weathering and also highlighting the boltgun metal areas.

then i can procede with harsh highlighting - i use watered down bleached bone for the blue parts, feathering it out. it'll come out fairly grainy and crusty as you can see. the bleached bone areas get a highlight of skull white. black areas, such as the chapter symbols and weapon casings get highlighted with codex grey.

after all the other detailing gets done (eyes, scopes, purity seals, etc) i wash the bleached bone areas in gryphonne sepia. finally the base gets different drybrush treatments of codex grey and snakebite leather. i also drybrush snakebite leather up the legs, for a bit more weathering and show these guys have been tip-toeing through the mud a little

Magos Explorator
26-07-2010, 23:21
These guys look really nice. :) I look forward to seeing more!

03-08-2010, 05:40
just a small progress update: four vanguard marines are now done, so i'm not being a slouch.

decided to do individual shots for them, as opposed to waiting for the group shot, and please excuse my shoddy photography and random colour correction


i might have to work on building up the bases more, add detail and what not, they're looking a little boring right now

03-08-2010, 08:07
I really love the dirty, battle worn look to them. It's a very unique looking army. The storm shield is an excellent addition aswell, the hazard markings really stand out nicely.


03-08-2010, 12:30
This is one of the best painted and most original space marine armies I have ever seen. Period.
I'm really digging the chipped armour and the very worn look you've applied to them, it makes every single marine unique. The torn purity-banner on the dread is a personal favourite.

Also, love the fluff about the councils and the flowing command structure!

03-08-2010, 12:36
Your marines are fantastic fella, a very tricky aesthetic to achieve indeed. i concur with 'dullmohawk' this is one of the best painted and most original space marine armies i have seen! too!

03-08-2010, 12:37
Wow, this army is just... wow really, I was just wondering how long does it take you to paint like 1 of 'em?

03-08-2010, 22:18
cheers for the feedback guys - i'm thinking i should go in and add some weathering to the chainswords too, they're looking a bit to clean.

Gravehound - i think it takes about 3 or 4 hours to do one of these guys from start to finish. not entirely sure as i just have minis all over my table and i work on them all sporadically when i get the time.

I'm keen to build up some more fluff around these fellas, and work on a model for Jason soon. I know the model i want to use, its just a problem as to how to acquire it :s

03-08-2010, 22:47
Really good looking weathering mate. Keep it up!

01-10-2010, 05:41
Absolutely fantastic stuff.

Mega Nutz
01-10-2010, 06:57
Brilliant, your friends a very lucky fellow!

01-10-2010, 08:16
Magnificent painting. Thanks for sharing!

01-10-2010, 11:37
Nice work mate, with a beatiful colur scheme and chapter mark.

12-10-2010, 05:15
finally managed to sneak in a couple more vanguard into the mix
inbetween an essay, band practices and shows, finding/moving house, work argh too much on.

but just four more of these jokers to go - decided to leave out the last two, i really can't be stuffed doing them for now

Space Monkey
12-10-2010, 09:50
I like these guys alot, they kinda remind me of pre-heresy Death Guard. (which is a good thing)

keep up the good work, can't wait to see more.

15-10-2010, 11:30
They're amazing.

15-10-2010, 13:50
Poor guys look like they've been through hell. Amazing work. i'll be keeping an eye on this one.

16-10-2010, 12:47
Fantastic work fella, reminds me very much of the description given in Helsreach of the Black Templars after a few days of fighting, looking forward to your next update.

16-10-2010, 18:56
Love the minis! The dark and battered looks is amazing.

17-10-2010, 23:47
thanks heaps guys :) it'll be a while before i crank back into these guys, they're currently packed up and over at my new house, i just have to move the rest of me and my stuff in there.

keen to finish them off and start on more vehicles and the next tactical squad

11-11-2010, 18:19
These are great. Its a lot easier to picture super soldiers going into battle painted like this rather than bright yellow or blue.

21-01-2011, 00:41
a much belated update;

i've actually had these guys finished for a while, but just didn't bother to take photos till today.

so then, the last 4 members of our vanguard squad;

Relic Blade fella




and a group shot all together.

currently working on a few nids to round off my tournament army, but then it'll be onto finishing the drop pod, starting on a pair of landspeeders, pulling together a second tactical squad, and finishing this guy up:

a very WIP Jason, chapter master of the Argonauts

21-01-2011, 09:32

Love how gnarly your marines look. I kinda want to do a red scorpions army thats as battered as this.

I think the powerfist guy in the vanguard sqd is ace!


10-03-2011, 04:32
jason's done

and i reckon he looks like the boss alright

a couple more angles

and i'll do some WIP shots

drop pods man, they're great models, but egads, what a pain
this shows what i'm up to with the exterior, but the interior needs a bunch of work and this angle doesn't show the back which needs a tonne of highlight, heh.

i've gotten around to assembling the next tactical squad too
thought it'd be good to show some before-and-after shots

10-03-2011, 04:58
Step to it!
You're doing great.

10-03-2011, 06:54
Verry Nice!
I like it a lot!

10-03-2011, 09:36
Looking good fella, the Jason model is very well executed. top work!

22-03-2011, 06:23
thanks heaps fellas, i'm going to try and hack away at these guys and see if i can't up the output of this army

as an aside i don't know if anyone cares, but guys on another forum asked for a breakdown for how i paint these guys so i thought i may as well post it up here too.

i'll re-iterate that i don't have a proper photo-taking setup and i tend to wait for a sunny day to take photos in natural light, so most of the photos are kinda bung having been taken at night and with a flash. *i've tried to colour correct and play around with different lighting to see what would happen, so please bear with me - hopefully this breakdown will still make sense.

i decided i'd kick things off with the sergeant of the next tactical squad, this guy here:

first, is the obligatory chaos black undercoat

then i just bung down the odd base colour, usually the lighter stuff that will benefit from the first wash - bleached bone, sunburst yellow, blood red, boltgun metal, shining gold, goblin green, snakebite leather and bestial brown all make an appearance

which gets applied next, just a liberal coating of devlan mud on the coloured parts, the black doesn't need it obviously

then its working over the main base-colour areas; going over the yellow in this case on the fist, building up the bleached bone on the bone areas, and most importantly painting the blue areas with fenris grey, with some bleached bone mixed in to lighten it and give some preliminary highlights
oh, and at this stage i've washed the base with watered-down black ink. *i mix some blue ink in there, but only because i have it- i don't think it makes any real difference

22-03-2011, 06:24
now the battle damage and iconography - i just tear off a small piece of foam from a blister pack and daub it into some black ink. *i'll wipe it off a bit and then start to just spot random bits of black all over the armour. *for the start of the chevrons on the fist, and the other iconography, i just use a drawing pen to mark out the areas i want to paint black
this is where i thought i'd tried to photograph under a bedside lamp i got. *i since decided i wouldn't any more

then its time to highlight the metal and exposed damage with mithril silver

now the model is close to done; *highlights on the main armour, which for the blue bits is getting a wet bleached bone and feathering it away from the brightest edge of the highlight. the bone parts also take a hit of skull white to further highlight them, as do the yellow chevrons on the power fist
also here, you can see i've gone in and blacked out the areas i marked out with the pen

22-03-2011, 06:25

then its essentially just clean up; all the other areas get touch-ups and highlights, gold parts get a light highlight of mithril silver mixed with shining gold; if its too silver, i just wack some gryphonne sepia on it. *the bone areas get a generous serving of gryphonne too. *the base gets the dry brush treatment with some codex grey, and patches of snakebite leather, which also gets lightly dusted up the leg greaves.

now all that's left to do is to take a proper photo of the finished model

oh, and obviously i've started painting the rims of my bases black now. *i've gone back and done it to all the models in this army so far. *this was due to a criticism that the ground colour i chose was far too similar to that of the model's feet so they tend to get lost in one another - while this doesn't directly remedy the problem i feel it does a lot for making the model look neat at least.

18-05-2011, 04:31
Since you so kindly stopped by my project log I figured the right and proper thing to do was extend the same courtesy. :-)

I really like this army - the weathering is fantastic and gives me some good ideas for weathering in the future. That, plus these guys just plain look cool, which is sort of what we're all going for, right? Keep it up!

19-08-2011, 08:07
Awesome looking stuff here guy. Definitely up there in the top 10 of marine paint jobs I've seen. I especially like the drop pod, as the larger surfaces really show off what your doing. And the little frescos are the bomb.


19-08-2011, 08:16
woah, back from the dead. thanks for the kind comments sirs, and you've prompted me to do a wee update on this log to note that i'm currently camera-less.


but i haven't been idle; the drop pod is done, the second tactical squad finished, and along with that i've churned out an ironclad, a las-plas razorback and a librarian using forgeworld's sevrin loth as a base. all of which i'm keen to post up to get feedback on, as i'm pretty proud with how they turned out. currently on my desk i have another razorback, drop pod, scout squad and the honour guard that came with sevrin.

some fun conversions came out these models, so i'm keen to stick them up as soon as i finish studies and essays and get a working camera again

19-08-2011, 21:40
Lovely, lovely work here. And thank you so much for that tutorial, many great tips!

19-08-2011, 22:42
These are absolutely splendid. The weathering effects are phenomenal. It is obvious you put a lot into each one of these minis. Excellent, excellent, excellent.

20-08-2011, 08:57
I really love the unique look of the army. The painting is good, and while it's not likely to win a GD, that's not your goal and they seem to be heaps better than the average painted army out there.

All in all, you've scored a win.

20-08-2011, 09:27
thanks dudes :) i agree, i'm not going to win any awards with this stuff, and i certainly don't hope to compare myself to GD entrants, but i feel i do improve as i go and once this army is done, the next one will be a test to improve myself again.

there's just way too many minis to finish -_-

20-08-2011, 10:33
Naw, I reckon you could win a Player's Choice award or three mate, don't sell yourself short.

22-10-2011, 02:24
it was cool seeing your stuff in the flesh at the tourney, I was part of the blood angels tyranid duo you guys fought[BA part:P] Gratz on all the prizes:)

I just stumbled onto this looking for lucius drop pod revisions.. how bizzaare
they are a little broken, but apparantly BA dreads can't assault out of the new ones.... how unfluffy:P

what sort of stuff do you do in your band[having read this thread] If you've got a show coming up it'd be cool to see. [I'm also a musician]

28-10-2011, 23:39
heya dude, yeah i was pretty stoked with getting best-painted from that event. need to bust out more stuff at the next event, maybe even a display board. and get a camera while i'm at it

i play bass, but the band hasn't done jack for the past year, everyone's just too busy with their respective lives etc

20-02-2012, 10:37
welp, I'll start off by saying that progress on this army is definitely not over; I just haven't had easy access to a camera, so I've been unable to show off.

however I've built enough of the force to get them to a tournie over the weekend, so I rustled the guys up to give them a good parade march in front of my peers here in lil ol' new zealand.

lost three games games, and won three (one of which was against an 11 yr old with a broken arm- did not feel cool after that :(), but after all that I STILL placed second overall once painting, comp and sports was taken into consideration. this tournament obviously has a major soft score component, but I didn't realise it'd be that much. I also took home prizes for best painted and best overall army (ie, was soft as soggy biscuits, but looked pretty).

and also, there were people there with cameras:
you can see Jason directing his honour guard at some nastiness that they're about to impale themselves upon.

I'll get onto taking some pics soon, and get onto working on my land raider achillies that just arrived in the mail today :3

20-02-2012, 11:40
By the Emperor, didn't I tell you not to sell yourself short on them matey?

20-02-2012, 12:44
Your army deserved to get best painted (Well it was either you, Buttle or Charlie), anyway I don't think that the photos actually do this army justice. Are you taking these guys to Equinox or your nids?

20-02-2012, 18:38
not doing equinox; uni's kicking back in, its the start of my honours year, and i reckon my hands would be full organising research into men's experiences with online dating :|

so i held off on registering and the event packed out, so no go for this year. however, Nicon looks to ok. just need to sort out if it falls on the mid-year break.

hopefully Doug will let me bring this :D
heck, it even comes with a greek name as standard

20-02-2012, 21:21
The land raider achilles will be a wonderful addition. looking forward to seeing some paint on it.

20-02-2012, 22:13
sweet another pic got uploaded!
a little fuzzy but this fella deserves some explaining; some may recognise the model for Sevrin Loth from forgeworld, well i tell you its a weird feeling paying money for an over-priced model knowing you have to gouge the head out.

anyways, he's meant to represent the blind-seer Jason and the Argonauts find in the story. have run him both as Sevrin and Tigurius, both have been so-so

20-02-2012, 23:04
Having seen the draft pack for NiCon I highly doubt the Achilles is going to be allowed. But it will be interesting to see that thing when it is finished.

21-02-2012, 08:22
ah well, guardcon then.

25-04-2012, 06:51
its about time i updated this properly. sorry that this will be a bit of a resurrection of this topic, but I've finally gotten around to borrowing my flatmate's camera and getting pics of everything I've completed for this army to date - which is a bit.

and it means I get to procrastinate doing my assignment

first up, the second tactical squad, that I used for my wee tutorial a while back:

in addition to them I painted a couple of plasma cannon tacticals to swap out with the heavy bolter guys, when i decided I'd rather have them for the tournaments I've been using the Argonauts in lately

This is just the first couple of pics, but I'll continue to update this as I take 'breaks' from writing essays

25-04-2012, 07:27
so, drop pods:

troop pod with a deathwind

and the dread-pod.

25-04-2012, 07:30
Why don't you have a Slayer Sword yet?

25-04-2012, 07:34
I echo that sentiment; truly great work.

25-04-2012, 07:45
because the closest games day is a 400 buck airplane ride away - the minis are expensive enough as it is... :P

thanks folks, so far, this army has netted me best painted at the two events i've entered them in, so I'll see if I can't pull it off a few more times, before people get bored of them.

back to pics; that drop pod was for a dread, so here be that dread - an ironclad. he does a great job of dropping into enemy lines and being the first thing that dies in games

25-04-2012, 08:54
Amazing work. If anyone Knows someone at GW HQ they should point them this way.

25-04-2012, 09:57
oh yeah, was thinking of sticking stuff onto their flikr pool. associate of mine here in NZ has had some of his own models pop up in their daily updates

anyways, got more transports here, rhinos/razorbacks for the tactical squads

first one:

and the second one:


25-04-2012, 10:54
and I got to chuck some proper shots of this guy up:
I'm particularly proud of this model, so that's why he get's to feature again :3

Hadriel Caine
25-04-2012, 11:11
...and you should be he's incredibly cool. I really like the style of this army and the execution of the free hands and weathering is great. Good job. What's next?

25-04-2012, 11:21
a techmarine!

and I'll have to continue this tomorrow, gotta do some more writing before bed time.

25-04-2012, 12:52
As I said at the Auckland Open, I had to sit and stare at it for a few minutes when it was out for the best army picking.

25-04-2012, 14:50
you have a really impressive force. keep up the good work your an inspiration to future generations of painters

25-04-2012, 18:33
Awesome work. I really like the designs that you've painted on the tanks.

25-04-2012, 23:51
sweet another pic got uploaded!
a little fuzzy but this fella deserves some explaining; some may recognise the model for Sevrin Loth from forgeworld, well i tell you its a weird feeling paying money for an over-priced model knowing you have to gouge the head out.

anyways, he's meant to represent the blind-seer Jason and the Argonauts find in the story. have run him both as Sevrin and Tigurius, both have been so-so

Neat piccy, he really looks cool with the "new head" :)

26-04-2012, 02:11
cheers folks, I would have done army shots on the display board i made, if i hadn't had left it at the last event i was at :S

next up, two land speeders, using some of the old weapons from the metal kit released back in 2nd ed

26-04-2012, 02:21
and keeping on with it, here's the land raider i did for the last event.


the Achillies has been put on hold as now FW rules were allowed for the tournament, but i'm keen to launch back into it soon. it'll probably end up resembling this one pretty closely

Garanaul the Black
26-04-2012, 02:36



26-04-2012, 03:19
you talked to Rob, Nikola or Phil about the board and whether they picked it up?

26-04-2012, 22:23
Sure did Christian- Nikola passed it on to Phil, so it shouldn't be a problem. There's no real rush to get it back

26-04-2012, 22:44
whoop, page 5 ey

time to stick up the honour guard that came with my sevrin loth model.

remembering this is supposedly my friend's army, so this was a unit he was hanging out to have. at times they've hit like a tonne of bricks, and with three relic blades and the banner, of course they would. those boys just melt far to easily to any sort of reprisal.

still, i like the overall idea of them, and modelling and painting them was good fun, if a little rushed.

here's individual shots

the Chapter Champion, with a relic blade/thunder hammer spear thingy

Banner Bearer

Relic Blade dudes

Vanilla HG fella:

Mega Nutz
27-04-2012, 08:06
I'm loving this army, goes from strength to strength!

27-04-2012, 13:40
cheers Nutz.

here we have the last model that i've completed for this army to date

and i gotta say, this kit was a pleasure to put together. I'll definitely look into getting more in the future

and as a taster, here's what is in the middle of being painted, along with the achilles:

these fellas are so greek, they just had to be a part of this army