New 40k, New Army

…or should I say…

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It’s new army time!

As I am sure many others are I’m fairly excited by the new edition of Warhammer 40,000 that’s on the horizon. This happens to align nicely with roughly the timeline for The Norris 1000 for 2017 which was the event that pushed me to produce my Ultramarines army last year. This will be a hobby project for me. I’m not phased

For a while now I’ve had mixed Cult Mechanicus / Skitarii on my list. It’s an army that has always interested me for a few different reasons:

  1. It’s one of the cooler armies out there in terms of theme and they embody something unique in the Warhammer 40,000 universe in my opinion.
  2. Lots of exotic weapons and wargear that I can include.
  3. Unique models ranging from basic infantry to strange walking machines and giant robots.
  4. They have some nice Forgeworld models that I could add in the future.
  5. They’re different to anything I’ve ever done before.
  6. A thousand point army doesn’t have a huge number of models in it so I can invest more time into each model.

Painting plans

I’ve already settled on a couple of things:

  1. Black and Bone armour, probably with Royal Purple splash colour.
  2. Silver and Bronze as required, but not aiming to make it the predominant colour at all.
  3. Plans for some detailed freehand.
  4. Weapon glow – I’ve never really done this before so I’m keen to try it out and get it looking a nice as possible.

The one thing I haven’t fully decided on yet is the basing scheme. It will definitely include lava, but I haven’t settled on a colour for the ash / dirt yet and I want something else on the bases as well but haven’t decided what yet.

The beginning


I picked up a couple of these boxes over a year ago. They’ll serve as the basis for my army with to get started. A while back when I had a bit of a lull in projects I assembled some Skitarii Rangers. They’re mostly ready for paint but I need to fill in the join lines on the sides of the robes. Why oh why are the joins where they are…



In the past couple of weeks I’ve started assembly on a pair of Onager Dunecrawlers. These are some seriously cool models in my opinion. They have lots of options and they go together well. The only negative is that I would have liked to reposition the legs a little more but when I looked at them closely I decided against it. It would have been a lot of cutting and rebuilding to get all the pistons lined up again.

I’ve gone through the weapon options in the kit and I’ve managed to get magnets into all of them so I should be able to chop and change if I decide I want to. I’m not actually that worried about what the weapons do in the new edition of Warhammer 40,000 but I figured I’d be at least ready for anything.



Next steps

I already have the component pieces for some Kataphron Destroyers/Breachers on my desk – undecided what variant I will go for just yet. After that I’ll do a second unit of infantry and a HQ choice of some sort.

That will round out the 1000 points nicely under 7th edition rules. How that stacks up under 8th edition, who knows – but I’ll worry about that later.

Once again, thanks for reading!

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