I have too many space marines. They clutter my closets, shelves, cabinets, and work tables. They are all in various stages of completion, mocking me with their bare, unpainted plastic bodies. Knowing that I will never have the patience to paint them all in the same style as my current Lamenters army (which has sat idly at 1850 pts ever since the foundation paints came out and have made me never want to paint yellow "the old way" again), I have decided to paint them all in a much easier scheme.
Enter the Minotaurs. I have always loved the Badab war and building forces that are diametrically opposed to one another. In addition, the Minotaurs are incredibly easy to paint quickly and still have them look decent. I started this project by building the two special characters Ivanus Enkomi and Asterion Moloch from IA 10 when I got copies of both it and IA 9 almost a year ago, but life has prevented me from actually painting anything until now.
My brother and I have started a little escalation campaign and my goal is to paint 250 points every two weeks for the next eight weeks or so. This log here is to keep me motivated with another external pressure besides the campaign; I'll need some outside pressure to paint the rest of them when it's over!
I have taken stock of my marines and set aside the following to become my Minotaurs. I will check them off in green as I go:
Ivanus Enkomi (w/jump pack)
Chief Librarian (in terminator armor)
Librarian (in power armor)
Captain of the 4th Company (counts as Cato Sicarius)
Captian of the 3rd Company (with magnetized jump pack, relic blade, and storm shield)
Comand squad (with apothecary, standard, a powerfist, four flamers/meltaguns/plasmaguns magnetized for versitility)
Terminator Squad (ten men)
Sternguard Veterans (two combi-flamers, two heavy flamers, and six combi-meltas, one with power fist)
Servitors to make the foot Chronus into a techmarine with retinue (two will have plasma cannons)
Tactical squad (w/ multi-melta, melta gun and srg w/ power fist and combi-melta)
Tactical squad (w/ plasma gun, plasma cannon, and srg w/ power weapon and plasma pistol)
Tactical squad (w/ flamer, missile launcher, and srg w/ power fist and combi-flamer)
Three Drop Pods1,2,3
Rhino with parts for Razorback
Scout Squad (ten men w/bp & ccw, srg w/ bolter-flamer)
Three Land Speeder Typhoons (w/ heavy flamer and multi-melta) 1, 2, 3
Vanguard Veteran Squad (ten men)
Assault Squad (ten men with two flamers, srg w/ power weapon and melta bombs
Devastator squad (ten men w/ four missile launchers and srg w/ signum)
Predator w/ counts as Srg. Chronus (magnetized for all weapons variants)
Chronus on Foot
I've got the paint scheme down to a formula I'm happy with. I can paint ten marines at once without going insane, they look alright when done, and it only takes me a weekend or so to complete them. The waterslide transfers are another story though...the first twenty marines I painted turned out great till I tried to put them on. I'd never used them before and I almost feel like the ruined those poor guys. I tried a new method on their squad badges and land speeder though, and I think I've finally figured out how to use them without them looking like ass. Oh well, enough babbling; On with the pics!
Tactical Squad with Meltas:
Tactical Squad with Plasmas:
Feedback is, as always, appreciated but I doubt I'll change much when it comes to paint quality; my goal is to get them done quickly! Also I have a very old digital camera...and no photo set up...so apologies on the often shoddy photo quality.
Thanks for looking!