Time for another update on the squad. Work is progressing steadily and I'm confident the whole batch will be ready for painting by tomorrow evening. So despite my slow painting speed, the squad (and little, extra suprize) will be done in time for the end of the Black Crusade Charity!
The main trick used is adding lenses to helmets, a simple visual element (though quite challenging modelling-wise) that makes the piece feel more at home in the unit and also adds a common detail between all squad members.
The second thing needing extra attention was the basing. Originally the plan was to use Secret Weapon Bonefield Bases for the unit (link), which Falk was kind enough to order for me. It seems though that the damned things have gotten lost in the mail, although lost may not be the correct word. Delayed may be more correct, as I'm waiting for 3-4 other packages from people I've regularly dealt with. There's a lot of stuff brewing in the Dutch delivery market and delivery has been hazzy at best these last 2-3 weeks, but I digress.
I'm a huge fan of spending extra time and effort on scenic bases, however trying to come up with something that catches the vibe and detailing of MrJustin's excellent bases is challenging. In the end I've gone with sanded down bases, filled with skeletal remains from various sources including Secret Weapon's own Bag-O-Skulls, followed up with some modelling putty and pva glue for addition texture. It will require quite a bit of extra painting effort, but I'm confident that the end result will fit in well with the rest of the grand army. And there's also a silver lining, doing this stuff myself allowed for easier posing of the Thousand Sons and, well, it was quite a lot of fun figuring out what did and didn't work on each base.
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