Crusaders Games

Blackstone Fortress – Painting Journey

blackstoneBlackstone Fortress is the third in the new series of Warhammer Quest, released in November 2018, and set in the 40k futuristic universe. A group of disparate explorers delve into the labyrinth of a vast and ancient space station, with a campaign to follow and more emphasis on ranged combat. I tend to be a summer painter, and my aim is to try and complete one model group a week from the 16 build sections of the booklet, so we will see how i get on.

Prequel – I could not resist starting with the Dreaded Ambull from the first expansion, released in March 2019, as this is such an amazing creature to track down within the fortress. I decided to give it a crab-like shell armour which is very different from the colourful way it is presented by games workshop, but i am pleased with the texturing results and it is an iconic monster, which every dungeon crawl needs.
Week One (22nd June) – the first group from the core box were the Spindle Drones, and a relatively easy group to begin with. I went with the silver grey style although was initially tempted by a bronze look.
I made such good progress in the first week that i also completed the Ur-Ghuls, and I am pleased with how these turned out, going with a translucent green/blue and a purple tinge to the hands and face.
Week Two (29th June) – the Negavolt Cultists were a harder proposition with lots of details to pick out. I really like these models, and changed the colour of the wires mid way from green to yellow and orange as i felt the model needed a brightness boost.
The Traitor Guards,  I always wanted to paint some imperial guards so these proved enjoyable to complete. There are effectively two sets of seven, and my initial ones have a tan theme, with a touch of aged red metal to the guns.
Week Three (6th July) – the first hero i painted was the main explorer Janus Draik, the Rogue Trader. He is an excellent model, and I added a blue glow to his sword to match his cloak. Overall he has come out well.
Pious Vorne is a missionary zealot who fights fire with fire, literally. His flame thrower is certainly bigger than anything the traitor guards carry. Another really enjoyable model to paint.
Week Four (13th July) – this week will be the two heroes needed to undertake the first mission, Dahyak Grekh is a Kroot tracker and another great character this time with a long range weapon.
The zealot priest Taddeus the Purifier is one of the harder models in the set to paint up well, as it is easy to overdo the details. I went with fairly standard colours with purple and red offsetting the cream robes. I think this ended up better than expected to be honest.
Espern Locarno is a mutant explorer, excelling when working as part of the team shielding your allies, or using his strange psychic powers. This is one of those surprise models which comes up much better when painted than you think it will after being put together.
Week Five (20th July) – the Ratlings, Rein & Raus are renegade thieves who fight as a pair but uniquely operate separately from the other. Rein tracks down enemies with his scanner while Raus picks them off at range. These offer a different play dynamic and were fun to paint too.