This weekend’s hobby was all about finishing off projects to prepare for Legions Imperialis next month and experimenting with new legion palettes. One of the main focuses was completing the Morning Stars Reaver. It’s a personal project for me as I wanted this engine to serve as a bridge between the old and the new. By “new,” I refer to the current palette and artwork style, while the “old” pays homage to one of my all-time favorite photos from the inside back cover of ‘Codex Titanicus.’ This iconic image featured an original Morning Stars metal Reaver Titan with a very distinctive carapace scheme and pennant banner.

If you’re familiar with the photo I’m talking about, then you’ll understand the context of the banner I designed for this engine. It’s something I’d like to do more often as I add more historic legios to my collection.

If you’re interested in seeing more and finding out why it didn’t quite go according to my original plan, you can check out its portfolio page.

Kudos to the original artist of that photo, though I’m unsure who they are, as it was published back in 1988 or 1989 when ‘Codex Titanicus’ first came out. Nonetheless, their work continues to inspire others over three decades later, which is fantastic!

More White Scars?

I spent an evening working on another White Scars flyer/transport, a larger and even more iconic one. If all goes according to plan, I should have it finished and properly photographed for the blog in the coming week.

Once that is done, I am going to pause any further White Scars projects until Legions Imperialis has been out for a while. This way, I can start planning a proper Vth legion themed force selection to assemble and paint. It has been enjoyable playing around with the white and red, especially the tricky markings.

The Xiphons and Fire Raptors are already photographed, the Storm Eagles will be added during the week.

Next weeks project

I believe it will still be a number of weeks before Legions Imperialis becomes available. In the meantime, I have a couple of projects in the ‘pile of potential’ that I could work on. First, I plan to make progress with a few more gang members for my fledgling Delaque. It would be great to get them game-ready and join the campaign, even as a starter force.

Another project, which is also Necromunda-related, is to test out a palette for the Ash Waste Nomads, particularly the Helamites. It’s an idea that has been floating around in my mind for quite some time, so I’m eager to give it a try.

Lastly, I’m considering starting another war engine, either for Astraman or possibly another legio for a change of pace. None of these projects has emerged as a clear front-runner yet, so I’ll take some time to mull over them and make a decision once the White Scars transport is completed and photographed.

Oh, and if you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a fun size comparison of the old epic models alongside the new Legions Imperialis ones to give an idea how much larger and more detailed the new ones are. Check out for all the info. I’m going to search the archives to work out what engines I should tackle next. Until next update.