It’s the end of November, so it’s time to see what minis I’ve managed to paint in this month’s instalment of our New Year Painting Challenge. Since our last update, my Adeptus Custodes have grown somewhat, to the point where I could theoretically field them as a fully painted army at 2,000 points. With only one month to go in this year, that brings my total of paint minis in 2020 upto 170. Doubt I’ll break 200, but you never know.
First up we have one of the classic metal Callidus Assassin’s. I painted this up for two reasons. Firstly, while I love the new plastic sculpt, I am also terrified that during a game I am going to end up snapping it off it base. So, this is a stand in to use for games as it is a fair bit more sturdy and less likely to break during a battle.
The second reason is that I have setup a sort of painting club with a bunch of other great hobbyists and content creators. The idea is to challenge each other to paint any model we want during a single month, so long as it fits with a nominated theme for that month. This month’s theme was Powerful Women, so I feel the Callidus Assassin would make a great retro project. If you want to check out future entries from myself and other hobbyists, or fancy taking part yourself then follow me over on Twitter (see below) and use the hashtag #MonthlyModelMelee to get involved.
Next up we have a ten-man squad (or nine man and a Shield-Captain) of Custodian Wardens. Much like my Paladins in my Grey Knight army, this is going to be a bomb unit that I intent to throw into the meat grinder and tear my opponent’s army up with. After all, forty S8, AP-2, D3 damage attacks will turn anything it is pointed at into mush in very short order.
Know some people may ask “Why not Allarus Custodies instead? Aren’t they much better?”. Well yes, and no. Allarus are better thanks to their teleport ability, with and extra wound and stratagems that make them more survivable. But they are also very expensive. Wardens on the other hand are cheaper, hit just as hard in melee, and are just about as survivable thanks to their feel no pain roll. I also really like the models, so I guess there is that reason as well.
Next, we have a bit of heavy firepower with a Venerable Contemptor Dreadnought. With the stat increase to Multi-Meltas in 9th edition, these guys have become far more tempting for those who might not want to rely solely on Forge World vehicle for their heavy fire support. And while most people hate the plastic Contemptor sculpt, I kind of have a soft spot for the little guy.
Lastly, we have a bit of a special mini, as it is something I painted for the #PitonParade community project. For those of you who do not know, Pit on Parade is a community lead project spear headed by @dave_the_dr over on twitter. The idea is to create a community entry for Armies on Parade, with people donating one mini each to the entry. At the end of the competition, all the minis will be auctioned off and the proceeds given to charity.
The board is a pit fighting arena (hence the clever title) and most people have created some form of warrior to entertain the masses. My entire (dubbed “The Executioner”) is based on the AoS Lord of Plagues, with a decent amount of green stuffing to make him look a little less diseased. I added a pistol and a batch of grenades (cause this heel doesn’t fight fair) and give him a hood to hide his misshapen features. Very happy with how he came out, and he looks great alongside the other entries on the board.
Bonus points if you can spot him.
And that will do it for today. I’ll be back at the end of December, with the last painting log of the year. If you don’t want to miss out on that or any of the other great content we do here at Master of Magics, please like and subscribe to keep up to date.
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