Astra Militarum Tempestus Scion Showcase
I've completed my first Tempestus Sci... BAH nevermind that silly name... STORM TROOPER! HAH! Yes I've completed my first Storm Trooper from the new kit. I'm not planning on cranking this squad out just now, as I've got bigger fish to fry. I really wanted to completely assemble and paint one of these new models, however, so I could learn a bit more and give you guys a more detailed review of the model.
This kit, more than any other infantry kit from Games Workshop, demands that you follow the instructions. On my previous post concerning this kit, I mentioned the instruction booklet (which it actually is, not a single sheet but an actual little booklet) and how impressed I was with it. After completing the first model, I now know that the amount of detail they put in there was absolutely required. The power cords coming off most of the weapons require that you match them to certain arms and backpacks. Test fitting your model before you start gluing is mandatory too. The backpack's power cord needs to meet up with the weapon's power cord and that determines the angle of the arms. I would recommend plastic glue for assembly over super glue. As long as you check and double check the fit of everything prior to gluing, you'll be fine.
Games Workshop released a two part video tutorial on their YouTube channel (you can find part one here). I want to first point out that this recent trend of them releasing these tutorials to coincide with their recent releases is actually really smart. The videos are easy to follow, and well produced. Even a 6 year veteran to the hobby can still learn some things from these. I decided to follow their basic path to completion, but I altered colors to match with my existing guard.
|Here are my other Imperial Guard Infantry... sorry... Astra Militarum *sigh*|
I tend to fully assemble infantry models before painting as I figure that if it's difficult to get my brush there in order to paint something, it's generally difficult to see that area. That said, if I were looking to paint this figure up to a competition standard, I would have left the weapon off to better paint the chest armor. There are some very fiddly details on these models so I also recommend just base coating pretty much everything first, then coming back to clean up prior to applying washes. This should be pretty standard practice, but with all these fine details (like the metal trimming all over the armor) you want to make sure your base coats are nice and clean, carefully going over all the edges where two colors meet.
One thing that stood out as I neared the end of painting on this model: no decals. I wasn't a fan of transfers when I started in the hobby, but after becoming more familiar with all the tips and tricks in applying them, making them blend into the model, and weathering them, I've come to quite enjoy them. My guard veteran squads all have transfers, each with a meaning as to the organization of my particular regiment. I like these little visual story bits. The new Storm Trooper kit does not have a transfer sheet at all, which isn't a surprise because there isn't any actual real estate on which you could apply them. I decided that I would copy the GW style of paint job on their box-art Temestus Scions and have an arm stripe, but instead of a brighter shade of blue, I would incorporate white, as that can be seen as a common color across my existing guard. This decision turned out to be a wise one. Once I added this stripe, the figure seemed to be complete. If you are planning on following your own custom theme for your Scions, and perhaps you were on the fence about the arm stripe, I am here to say that it's a good idea. Here are some pictures followed by a few last words. Enjoy:
I like these models, but I actually like them a slight bit less than I did on first impression. These models are perhaps too detailed. With hardly any larger open surface areas, I found it difficult to express the same amount of freehand blending and weathering. Weathering seemed to busy up the model a bit too much given the existing level of physical detail. I'm going to try more edge weathering on subsequent Scion models. I still like the models, just not quite as head-over-heels as I was when I saw those first leaked pictures.
The base used for this model can be purchased from the fine folks over at Secret Weapons Miniatures. This is from their "Urban Streets" bevel edged resin bases line found here. I like the fine detail that Secret Weapons Miniatures has on their bases, but I have a few points of contention with this set. The first complaint is that they are a bit "tall" which resulted in this Storm Trooper being about a head taller than my other guard on standard bases. The second complaint is that the beveled edge was rather rough and required a good bit of clean-up. Both of these complaints certainly aren't deal-breakers, and I will most certainly continue to use them for my Tempestus Scion squads.