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The Path of the Minotaurs – 09.27.13

Over the past week I have been rummaging through my Iron Warriors collection and salvaging what I can to make the Minotaurs chapter game-ready. Funny that I found myself doing that because — well, that’s what Minotaurs do… I read somewhere that they claim whatever they want from a destroyed enemy to replenish themselves. Freakin’ awesome! I am more minotaur than I thought…

I found quite a bit that I can use. 2 Contemptor Dreadnoughts, 4 Ironclad Dreadnoughts, 40+ MkIII Iron Armour kits (converting to Devastator Squads), 6 Vindicators, etc., etc., etc.

So I began repriming models. First were my Vindicators. Got a little emotional about those. They were the closest to completion for the Iron Warriors with their silver stippled bodies and the yellow and black chevrons across the siege shield.

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Sigh… They’re Minotaurs now! I applied the usual flat black primer to 3 of the 6 already. I hope to finish the remaining 3 over the coming weekend and apply the Citadel Skrag Brown basecoat to all 6. If I can get that completed, I would feel pretty comfortable with my progress.

I also started thinking about my Tactical Squads. Being that they are the bulk of the army, I need to get them up and ready for battle quickly. I decided on the MKIV Maximus armor for the 2nd Company. That worked out well because I had a 10-man squad unbuilt and unpainted that I was going to use for Iron Warriors. They’re Minotaurs now! I also have a bunch of Umbra Ferrox bolters that I REALLY like that I will use with this Company.

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I thought I had my infantry paints ready to go, but a test model this morning proved me wrong. The bronze SpectraText Airbrush Color I picked up was not going to work as a basecoat. The color is too light and more gold, with a tint of green. I may use that as a highlight coat… Maybe not. In the meantime, I think I am going to settle for something darker. Vallejo Model Air Rust will likely be my base. I used it quite a bit and I’m pretty happy with the character of the color. I will probably add in some Antique Gold from Reaper Master Series and then top it all off with a Nuln Oil + Devlan Mud + Thrakka Green wash and a light Reaper Master Series Tarnished Steel drybrush. Then I’ll go into the crevices and joints and add some patina using a watered-down Hawk Turquoise or something to that effect.

I already placed an order for some power armor Minotaur Chapter shoulder pads. I should have those in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I am going to plug away at this Tactical Squad and the Vindicators and pick up the Space Marines codex in preparation for the arrival of Chapter Master Moloc and Chaplain Enkomi.

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