Monday, May 23, 2011

Steel Legion Command HQ - Heroes of Armageddon

I've had a few people ask me what unit I was contributing to the Heroes of Armageddon project. Knowing full well that everything was in hand, with loads of volunteers, and a simple painting plan for the tanks, I decided I'd tackle the Command HQ squad.

I also knew that I couldn't just throw something stock into the army's most important position (after Yarrick that is), so I decided to convert the Command HQ squad from some very cool bits that have been released in the last few years. Below you can see the overall look of the squad.

I used a bunch of parts from the Cadian Command sprue, as well as some heads from a Baneblade kit, Valkyrie kit, and even an ancient Steel Legion Commissar (revamped of course). My favorite part of these models, however, are the Combat Armor Torsos from MaxMini. I was lucky enough to be able to pick up a few packs of these at Salute earlier in the year. They look great for long term campaigners who have to travel in confined spaces - a place for everything and everything in its place.

Two of the models used the commander legs from the Cadian Command sprue. The coat is a perfect length match for the Steel Legion. So that the whole squad didn't look the same from the waist down, I used two standard Cadian legs for the models above, and sculpted in some coat tails. I also added a raised Steel Legion symbol to each of the unit's atypical left shoulder pads. The shot above gives you a good look at the back of the MaxMini torso. Very cool indeed!

The Steel Legion Commander is set on the Baneblade commander legs, and equipped with weapons to tackle the nastiest of Ork Nobz. The Commissar is an old model and has they great skull gasmask sculpted on already : ) I added a powerfist and plasma pistol (plus a more ceremonial sword). These will all be primed in the next few days, and then onto the painting table. That's where I think they'll really get their "Steel Legion look".

In the list we have both a Master of Ordnance and a Yarrick. These model are being painted for us by two spectacular painters, Chris Borer and Kirill Zhilkov respectively. Click on their names to see their Golden Demon achievements. Impressive indeed. Chris will also be scratch-sculpting the Master of Ordnance. Check out more of his work at his website here.

An important note about the BASES. The Steel Legion army and the Ork Speed Freakz armies are both using Dragon Forge Design bases almost exclusively. Jeff was kind enough to donate enough bases to kit out both armies. Well over a couple of pounds of resin. Thanks Jeff!


  1. I love the chest pieces, so thank you dave for pointing those out to me :).

  2. Thanks for the comments guys : )

  3. Hey Dave - It is James Craig here. I reposted your charity efforts on my site/blog Im getting about 1000 hits a day so hopefully some of that will equate to donations coming your way. Keep up the excellent work my friend and I will see you in chicago if not before.

  4. Hey Dave,

    I'm a long time follower, first time commenter.

    This may not be the most appropriate place to put this, but I was asked to send a message to you by Row, who nows runs Tin Soldier, in Penrith. I happen to mention you in conversation, referring to this charity project, and how great I thought it was...

    Message (written on the back of a business card, so not much space to write!):
    "Hi Dave,
    Row from the 1st Founding here. I have fond memories of my times with you".

    He asked me to pass that along, and he reminisced about the old days, so to speak.

    Hope that means something to you.

    Love your work mate,
    - Bishop

  5. Where did the heads you used for the plasma gunners come from?