Friday, January 31, 2014

Showcase: Black Legion Objective Markers

This week's post is about a hobby topic for which I am very passionate; great gaming accessories.  It's one thing to have a wonderfully painted army on the table top with beautiful terrain,  it's yet another even better thing to have well done and painted objective/scheme/corpse/scrap/wreck (whatever your chosen games system uses) markers to accent your battle.  Why spend so much time laboring over your troops and then have them fight and die for a pog on the table top?

I've got a set of three objective markers that would do any game of 40k justice to show you this week, let's take a look!

This is yet another project for David D. and his Black Legion army.  Each marker is tinged with malice and choasy goodness.

David had specific direction for each marker.  For this one he said, "I want a downed marine reaching for a chaos banner amidst severed Emperor's Children's heads."  I was happy to oblige.

My favorite part of this piece is the legionnaire's hand, reaching so longingly for the banner and coming up just short.

And now for the painted piece with all its guts and gore resplendent under a gloss coat.

There they are, his intestines leaking out onto the battlefield.  If you look very closely you can see a vertebra peeking out from underneath his bisected torso.

This is what I consider a very classic take on an objective marker, let's call it "capture the flag."

Nothing special, just some architectural bitz to represent a demolished city.

Here's where the piece comes alive.  There's a brass spire complete with patina, a broken toxic pipeline, and of course, an icon dedicated to chaos undivided.

Some hapless marine even managed to lose their bolter.  For their sake, I hope they're dead.

David was particular about wanting a "pile of helmets resembling a pile of skulls" for the last marker.

A simple pile would be ok, but let's snazz if up with broken architecture, pipe, and gangway. 

For the five loyalist helmets there is only one Black Legion.

There's a good assortment of chapters represented in the pile: Ultramarines, Blood Angels, Dark Angels, and Imperial Fists.

Blood leaks out from under the helmets... probably from the severed heads still inside!

The Imperial Fist's helmet received a singularly nasty shot to the forehead...

In case you couldn't see the rust well from the level shots, here's one from further above.  A little rust goes a long way in bringing a piece together, as my buddy Cameron knows very well.

Here they are, pre and post-paint!

I hope you enjoyed checking out my latest project for David's Black Legion, there's sure to be more coming soon and more projects from the Monster Lab!

Have a great hobby!

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