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Astra Militarum Infantry Squad

I’m participating in a doubles tournament tomorrow and I though that I’d dust off my old Imperial Guard Astra Militarum for the occasion, especially after painting the Wyvern last month.

I’ve not used my guard in a very long time, so long in fact that aside from the Wyvern a Commissar, and a restored tank or two, I’ve not painted anything for these chaps since around 2010/11.  After looking at the hordes of infantry I painted since returning to the hobby in 2009, I realised that it would be nice to challenge to paint a fresh squad for the event, mainly to see how far I’d come as a painter.  Here’s the result.

1st Squad 1st Platoon

I kept the scheme as close as I could to my original models however this time I deliberately used nothing but the current range of Citadel paints (with the honourable exception of my venerable pot of Snakebite Leather).  I also decided for the first time ever to attempt some freehand painting as thus far my guardsmen didn’t have platoon and squad identifiers.

Now, compare this against the squad below from 2009.

Old Squad


As you can see, I’ve got a bit better. In particular I’m confident enough to attempt to paint the smaller sculpted details such as eyes and insignia.

While I am tempted to strip and repaint my two older platoons, I think I’ll attempt to tidy up and provide unit marks for now.  When I have time 😉

  1. 05/13/2016 at 23:48

    Very nice man. Very clean cut. I hope they perform well for you.

  2. 05/17/2016 at 11:35

    This is really inspiring. Having not painted for about 10 years its great to see the difference in the two squads. Great work!

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