Greetings Terrans, I have another little trip to Spero Secundus in store for you today. This time, it’s a visit to Hive Platus, the second hive city on the planet, ruled over by the decadent House Sevelli. Here we have a small squad of House Sevelli Guardsmen:
The officer is a Valhallan I think – he had a head swap with an old Curious Constructs piece to give him that snazzy helmet and plume. The remainder are based on the classic Praetorians, just with a bit of sculpting work on their helmets to help them match the officer. The kneeling guy was a loader without a corresponding gunner, so I did a little more to turn him into a radio operator. I need to add an antenna, but he’ll do for now.
The painting was good fun – I experimented with the colours until I arrived at this rather French looking scheme which I think is just delicious. I also settled on a darker North African skin tone as Hive Platus is in the warm southern part of Spero Secundus… Yes, I know the sunshine levels are irrelevant when you live in a hive, but the richer skin tone works beautifully with the blue and gold, so screw you logic – I’m running with it!
I have about 24 more of these guys to do, and then I’m back to building and undercoating. Near-term plans include more mutant cannibals, (characters, including a witch), lots of civilians of all kind, and I need to crack on with my Daemon Ink warband too. Onwards and upwards!!
Mark A. Morin said:
Love these – and the “this end up” on the mortar round is hilarious!
Cheers mate – gotta make things squaddie proof eh? 😉🔥
Mark A. Morin said:
It was a great subtle touch Alex!
Pete S/ SP said:
Those are great. Very smart- almost too smart to go into the underhive….
Oh, these guys wouldn’t go anywhere near the underhive – strictly household duties only!! 😁
Cheers dude, glad you like ‘em
Very cool crew. The painting is spot on, as always.
Thanks mate, the sculpts are showing their age, but it’s not too difficult to make ‘em look good – certainly good enough for the tabletop 😁👍
I love that blue Alex, really makes the figures pop. The French vibe is really cool. 😊
Cheers mate, yeah, I’m pleased with the blue… The french thing is a bit of an accident really – they started with dark trousers, but that made the blue look off… I switched the trousers to white & voila!
That’s a terrific colour scheme, and beautifully executed. You need to get that mortar on a base of its own, it just looks weird being one base-depth lower than the crew.
Cheers dude – yeah, I tried that but it looks too tall when it’s on a base!! 😂
These look great! The gold helmets really scream opulence and ceremonial soldier, although from their poses these guys aren’t strangers to a bit of crowd control!
Cheers Jon – I reckon they can crack heads with the best of ‘em 😉
Excellent, those pith helmets work stunningly well painted gold!
Thanks dude, I’m pleased with them too –
I smoothed them over with GS first 😊
Brilliant! :-) Just love the colours!
Cheers mate, I’m really pleased with how well they work 😊
Very much enjoying the conversion and paint job on these! Also, did you bore out the mortar? Respect!
Cheers mate, and actually I went the other way with the mortar – I used Greenstuff to extend the lip of the barrel & give some depth 😉
I like them! The French Cuirassier looking is ace!
Cheers mate, glad you like ‘em 😊
Awesome stuff here, Alex. Love the reworking of the old classic metals.
These are great, I’m really enjoying the Spero Secundus series. Love the picture of the two with the mortar, they appear to be having a right shouting match!