Looks like I have been roped into playing the new DeathWatch RPG game with some of the guys at the Games Shop. I reckon it could be an interesting system and I’ll keep you posted on how the campaign comes along.
Wednesday night we rolled up some characters and by the time I joined the other chaps (I had to finish a game of WH40K first) we already had an Assault marine, Devastator and Techmarine in the group (effectively classes. Assault marine = melee specialist, Devastator = Heavy Weapons Specialist and TechMarine = Combat Engineer).
I decided I wanted to play a Librarian, as the idea of chucking around a bunch of Psychic powers (spells) really appeals to me. Plus on top of that if I critically mess up a psychic test roll badly there’s a small chance that I tear a hole in the fabric of reality into The Warp and produce a pissed off Demon Prince, which will no doubt be hilarious.
For those of you not in the know, the DeathWatch is part of the Inquisition sub-group, Ordo Xenos. They are veterans from various chapters chosen to join an elite anti-alien task force, and work in smaller “Kill Teams”, which suits the typical RPG party build. A more in depth explanation is HERE. Something I learnt from this site that I had not realised before is the whole left arm of a DeathWatch member should be silver, and not just the shoulder pad. Damn it! Now I have to go back and finish painting the model this post is showcasing. Fail.
The chapter I chose is Space Wolves. They are one of my favourites as well as being one of the more interesting chapters, basically being Space Vikings with a very slight hint of Werewolf for fun. What chapter your character originates from also effect’s various traits and bonuses you receive in-game.
In character creation you can also roll for other aspects of your character such as name (Skold, in my case), past events (he was a member of a Great Hunt, searching for their long-lost Primarch, Leman Russ) and even demeanour.
Everyone playing will required to produce a model which represents their character for ease of determining combat. So here is mine, minus the silver arm that I will have to rectify. GrumbleGrumble. As I only had to work on one model for this game I put more effort in than I normally would and I’m really happy with the outcome.
1. The two kits I’m using to build this guy, although all I’m using from the Space Marine Commander box is the DeathWatch Shoulder pad and a pistol pouch.
2. All the parts I’ve chosen to use. I think this was pre-filed so there might still be mold-lines at this point.
3. On a test fitting I discovered that the bearded head covered up a lot of the detail on the chest of the power armour so I swapped it out for this other head.
4. Nice scenic base made up using the GW basing kit.
5. All glued together.
6. Undercoated with Army Painter Black spray paint. I find this has a nicer texture to paint on than the GW black spray paint.
7. Base painted. What I cleverly did here was take a slate base, undercoated it black with the rest of the model, then painted it to look like slate again. Us painters are a rather odd breed.
8. Wolf pelt painted. Adeptus Battlegrey, then drybrush Codex Grey, drybrush Fortress Grey and finish with a drybrush White.
9 – 11. Shoulder Pad painted Codex Grey. Majority of Silver detail painted with Chainmail silver.
12.Shoulder detail done in Mechrite Red, Iyanden Darksun and Black. Many layers of various greens on the blade of the Force Axe.
13. Gold Detail added. To be tidied at a later stage.
14 – 15. Mechrite Red and Calthan Brown details added.
16. Skull on backpack painted with Deneb Stone.
17 – 18. Black armour tidied up and Chainmail Silver highlighting added.
19 – 21. Finished! Face detail complete using Tallern Flesh and Ogryn Flesh wash. Many washes and highlights were used to get the desired effect. The rest of the model received washes of Delvan Mud and Badab Black. I kept adding wash to areas till the looked about right. Also Added snow to the base.
Well I hope you enjoyed that as much as I enjoyed painting it. Now all I have to do is go back and fix that pesky silver left arm! Grrrr.