PROJECTS OF THE PAST: Badab War Astral Claws – Tyrant’s Legion Force

Hi there guys and gals, I am here again with another PROJECTS OF THE PAST post, this time I am going to look at the Warhammer 40,000 Badab War army I did a few years ago……..


Astral Claws Tyrant’s Legion Livery

It was a time before Unbound lists and Allies but the thought of having a mixed Guard and Space Marine list was VERY Tempting…….in the Badab War Book (part of the Imperial Armour Series of books from Forge World) there is a list that allows just that……..and so the Tyrant’s Legion project began.

I no longer own this army, it is know in the safe hands of an American Serviceman but I really enjoyed the project and was a tough one to part with but it allowed me to start work on my Horus Heresy Era Imperial Fists. Take a look through the pictures and drop me a comment as to what is your favourite part of the build!

Lugft Huron

Lugft Huron and his Honour Guard

Guard Command Unit


Space Marine Squad

Guard Squad


Storm Troopers and Chimera Transport

Terminator Squad


Venerable Dreadnought

Force including Storm Eagle and Leman Russ Exterminator

Hope you like this installment of Projects of the Past!


Primarch Commisions – Lorgar & Ferrus Manus


The world of Pre and Heresy Era gaming has exploded since the guys over at Forge World started producing gorgeous resin models of not only Heresy Era troops but Primarchs as well! They have currently got the models out for Angron – Primarch of the World Eaters, Fulgrim – Primarch of the Emperor’s Children, Lorgar – Primarch of the Word Bearers and Ferrus Manus – Primarch of the Iron Hands. It is the later two that I have had the privilege to paint as commission pieces.

I can honestly say that these were some of the finest models I have had the pleasure to paint, the sculpts are lovely and capture great amounts of atmosphere and really bring the characters to life!

First up is Ferrus Manus – Primarch of the Iron Hands……


This was always going to be a difficult one as the predominate colour is black, especially as the customer requested the dead marines be Iron Hands. I think I have broken the black up with the use of red on the weapon casings and the green glow of the plasma coil. Black is also a difficult one to capturer well but I feel happy with the finished piece and the client is EXTREMELY pleased!

Last up is my favourite of the two models, Lorgar – Primarch of the Word Bearers……


Such a subtle stance and wonderful details in the face really bring the character to life…caged power! The Client wanted grey armour and flesh face and I have added regal red to the cape and piping, the new colour of his legion’s armour. I adored painting this model and was so pleases with the overall finish that I didn’t want to hand it over (one of the downsides to being a commission painter).

I really hope you like my work! Let me know which is your favourite.


Sentinels of Terra – A Pre Heresy Imperial Fists Force


For the past year I have been working on a project to build,  paint & play with a Horus Heresy Era force of Space Marines.

The Horus Heresy happened in the background during the 31st Millenium…10,000 years before the setting of Games Workshop’s Sci-Fi Game Warhammer 40,000. 30k, as it is often called still uses the current Warhammer 40k Core Rules but instead of a codex you have the Horus Heresy Books released by Forge World.

My force – The Sentinels of Terra – Imperial Fists:


I have chosen an army that would challenge my painting skills and that I would enjoy background-wise. The Imperial Fists Legion were called back to Terra to become the army defending Terra and the Imperial Palace,  I have set my army at the very end of the Heresy as they fall back to the gates of the Emperor’s Palace for the final stand.


This is my Praetor, complete with Paragon Blade and “whats the coming over the hill” face!!


Resplendent in his MkIV power armour this apothecary is attached to the Command Squad.


Ready to inspire my Command Squad is my Chaplain.


My full Command Squad!!


This is my Command Squad’s personal Land Raider.



These are my two tactical squads, I chose to go with a mixed armour type for my tactical squads.


This is my tactical support squad armed with meltaguns.


And this is my support squads rhino.


This is the first of my Contemptor Dreadnoughts,  I will be adding another two to the list as a Talon.


I then chose to add a Legion Dreadnought talon to my force using a mix of the Venerable Dreadnought kit from Games Workshop and the Forge World MkIV Dreadnought kit.


This is my Sicaran Battle Tank.


This is my Tartarus Pattern Terminator Squad which will be getting a Spartan as Transport.


And finally my Lord of War choice!!

This is as my legion stands at the moment but I have plenty more kits ready to work on so more updates will follow!

Let me know what your favourite part of my force is.