Hobby Time: Red Corsairs (Part IX)

“Today we stand in the blood of our brothers, for we have been shattered by betrayal.”

Attributed to Obayn Gheist, during the Scourging of Makenna VII [M41]

I started chucking some paint on one of the Shattered Chaos Marines. The red was a doddle as I have that colour scheme locked down now. The silver however proved to be a tad more challenging. Initially I tried my usual NMM but it wasn’t working out so I switched back to true metallics, something I’ve not done in years.

I only had a W&N silver ink to hand, which I found is great to pseudo wet-blend over (it takes a longer time for it to fully dry) as all I was addin to it was varying amounts of black and glazes of brown and blue. Unfortunately, it sucks up a lot of paint so I had to keep going over and over the silver ink, which takes a lot longer to do than my usual feathering thin paint layers over dried paint. 

Still, there’s something neat about the contrast between the matte red and the glossy metallics which is something I didn’t consider.

I love the look of it so far, but I certainly need to invest in some GW metallic paints (silver and brass) to really finish these models. The need for the silver is obviously, whereas I need the brass for the leg great times on the Shattered and for the Red Corsair backpacks and details.


Hobby Time: Red Corsairs (Part VIII)

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Figured I’d post a quick update on this most dreary and wet of English mornings – can’t get outside to prime miniatures!

As you can see I’ve built the six members of the second squad. I was very excited when my (10-man) MKIII Burning of Prospero plastics arrived!

Since these are supposed to be former Iron Warriors, MKIII armour was clearly a must but due to their outcast status, each one also has incorporated more recent replacement components from MkIV and even the odd loyalist MK VI part.

The middle one in the first picture is the Aspiring Champion (as shown last post) whereas the middle one in the second picture will be the squad’s Meltagun specialist.

Speaking of the Aspiring Champion, aside from his Combi-Melta and (somewhat hidden) chainmail tabard, he is quite to identify him differently from the rest of the squad – hence I made his backpack a bit more ornate;

Hopefully you’ll agree it’s a bit more subtle than the usual unwieldy spiky poles that Chaos Space Marines are quite fond of!

As I said, once the weather clears up I can prime these newly built additions and begin their own colour scheme – something a bit like this;

That subtle blue sheen for the upper parts is something I’d like to emulate (over a more traditionally gritty Iron Warriors dark gunmetal).

Best thing is, this squad of six combined with the five existing Red Corsairs on my desk combine to make a legal 200pt Kill Team! 👌🏻

Hobby Time: Red Corsairs (Part VII)

Painting has begun!

Reds are the only thing that have been completed so far.

The recipe for that is as follows;

  1. Basecoat Mephiston Red
  2. Highlight by adding increasing amounts of Troll Slayer Orange to the basecoat colour (up til pure orange for final highlights)
  3. Tidy up highlights with glaze of Mephiston Red.
  4. Shade by adding increasing amounts of Rhinox Hide to the basecoat colour (up til nearly pure brown for deepest shades).
  5. Edge highlights with pure Troll Slayer Orange.
  6. Sponge on Rhinox Hide (particularly on hard edges and damaged parts of armour).
  7. Glaze all red sections with an even mix of Lamenters Yellow (GW Technical) and Tamiya Clear Orange).

Fairly simple in my books. Putting on the final glaze is incredibly satisfying to me, shame it doesn’t dry with the same glossiness it starts off with.


I received some MkIII “Iron” Armour in the post today, and swiftly added a few components from the kit to a model I build one night;

Built an Aspiring Champion for the beginnings of a second squad of Chaos Marines. I was heavily inspired by an illustration in Black Crusade;

For this second squad, I’m thinking Iron Warrior outcasts with a dirty iron and red colour scheme, with red and black chevrons. I have some background inklings in my head which I need to write up first. Does the Shattered sound like a good minor warband name?

Now to start building the rest of these gorgeous MkIII plastics!

Hobby Time: Red Corsairs (Part VI)

Painting has commenced!

The only parts that have been done are the red and the desecrated shoulder pad. The rest has only been blocked in to get an overall idea of the finished project.

*shudders thinking about painting checkers on a rounded surface…*

By coincidence, the Black Library have also announced a new novel called Tyrant of the Hollow Worlds;

*drops to knees and thanks whoever made this happen*

The cover artwork has given me some ideas for both painting and sculpting for future models in this project. 

Hobby Time: Red Corsairs (Part V)

Back to working on the Red Corsairs!

I’ve commenced working on these again due to reasons such as the re-released Kill Team rules, the rumours of “upcoming Thousands Sons” as well as those lovely newly-released MkIII Iron Armour models in Burning of Prospero.

Anyway, the first five have finally had all their sculpting, kit bashing and cleaning up done and have been primed;

+++pict of Traitor Astartes (warband designation: “Red Corsairs”) incoming+++






Guns and backpacks are being primed and painted seperataly, hence not in the photos.

Now onto the basecoats!

Hobby Time: Red Corsairs (Part IV)

Woowee, plastic reinforcements have arrived in the shape of 10 Betrayal at Calth Space Marines as well as (thanks to some unexpected overtime pay) a multi-part box Chaos Helbrute!

The progress slowly but steadily continues (thanks broken lamp for limiting my hobby times to daytimes when I’m not at work).

The former Lamenters Renegade gets an upgrade to his Plasma Gun – the Heresy-era one from the aforementioned BaC. He also has received hastily-welded on plating to repair his damage left leg greave. The inspiration from that was taken from the Oath-Broken warband in the Black Legion supplement:


In a fit of inspired logic (why struggle to paint freehand heraldry when you can just sculpt each one individually!?), the former Lamenter got just that:

I deliberately didn’t add the little blood drop because where I added damage to the heart I will add ritualistic drips of painted blood to simulate part of this Red Corsair’s desecration of his previous loyalist ties. I’m still going to have to relate how to paint checkers though…

Finishing off today, I’ve started sculpting work on my Helbrute, known as Jhasius the Bound, have a squint at the screenshot below and try and guess why that’s his name!

(Why yes, that is the beginning of a Flawless Host symbol. *suspicious cough*)

See you next time!

Ps. If anyone has access to the Betrayal at Calth assembly instructions, give me a shout!

Hobby Time: Red Corsairs (Part III)

Back with a little progress!


Corsair no.1 gets a jagged Chaos arrow and armour trim on his left greave. He has also been designated as previous a member of the Children of Purgatos renegade warband.

I thought it would be good to expand my choice of former allegiances not just from loyalist chapters but also from lesser renegade warbands. 


Part of the fun of this project is trawling through the Internet and various GW and Forge World publications for scraps of information and colour schemes of said minor renegade warbands. 

A little request, if anyone owns a copy of Imperial Armour 13 and would be gracious enough to take a few decent pictures of some of the example colour schemes – please get in touch!

Finishing off today’s post with the first picture of Corsair no.5.  

A very simple build, only conversion of note at this point is the head taken from the Dark Angel Sergeant from the Dark Vengeance box. He will likely originate from the Avenging Sons chapter, which is one of the colour schemes in IA13 I’d love to get a better look at (per my request ;)).

See you next time, comments appreciated as usual.