Posted by: Turkadactyl | May 20, 2016

Fortifications- Aquila Strongpoint WIP

I have a lot of terrain and fortifications that have to be painted.  Playing a game with unprimed terrain is a wee bit uninspiring.  My goal is to get at least 75% of my terrain and fortifications painted up by November.  I want fortifications for the assault on the Palace of Thorns for Badab War YEG.  Somewhere in there I have to fit in some Space Marine vehicles and Cataphractii Terminators.  I figured I would get started on the biggest fortification I have and that is the Aquila Strongpoint.


A while back Miniwargaming had a sale on a lot of product.  I loaded up on some Army Painter primers.  When the Plasma Obliterator was released I gravitated towards the mix of gold and blue so I figured I would use blue on my fortifications.  I’m a little disappointed with how the Strongpoint started.  The tone of blue was different and I wasn’t too excited about the colour.  Since I am a frugal person I’ve decided that I am going to make this work.

I had an odd experience and let me know if you have experienced anything similar.  I was using GW Drankenhof Nightshade and it didn’t look like it was making any difference on the plastic.  I notice that the bottom was thicker so I stir things up and start over.  After the shade dried I noticed that the paint was stripped in some recesses and the plastic melted in two spots.  This is the first time I have experienced this.  If you have too then drop a comment.  I am curious to see if this is an isolated incident.

With the shade applied the blue has a dirtier look to it.


The next step was drybrushing Altdorf Guard Blue followed by Etherium Blue.



I used Nuln Oil on the Leadbelcher painted platforms.  I’m not completely sold on the blue at this point but I have a lot of other colours to add to the decorative parts.

I then proceeded to work on the Macro Cannon.



Now for some drybrushing.



The next step is painted the base colours, which will be followed up with a shade in the recesses.  For the gold I applied Retributor Armour followed by Burnished Gold.  The other colours I used are Leadbelcher, Rakarth Flesh, Scab Red, Mithril Silver and Bubonic Brown.




Unlike the blue portions I will only be applying the shade into the recesses and corners.




Okay, I can breath a sigh of relief.  I will admit it does not look as sharp as some other Strongpoints I have seen posted on the interwebs but once all the colours are on the blue is alright.  Out of all the Strongpoints I have seen I recommend using black instead of blue like I did.  The gold and black go very well together, much better than what I have done.  I don’t mind the blue now and it is a colour I can live with.


Not too long ago I was visiting Confessions of a 40K Addict.  Dave posted the brilliant 40K life hack you see above and I thought, “Hmm, I should do that.”  Well, I should have followed my brain.  I knocked over my pot of shade.  It is one of the new pots that have doubled in size.  I probably lost a third of the pot and it made quite the mess.  Lesson learned.  Follow Dave’s advice.


  1. I think it looks pretty sweet, it will dominate any battle field. Well done.


  2. Nice work man. Good colour choice. I’ve had no dramas with Nightshade.


    • I hadn’t had any issues with any shades or washed until this bottle. Maybe I sneezed on it.

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      • Weird. I used to print glazes for a job and every now and then Id open a jar and find that the glaze had gone bad for no reason. They were always kept in air tight jars but it could still happen.


  3. Great work and colour combo. Gold and Blue, Navy style.


  4. I think the blue is rather striking with all the gold. great work on it!


  5. I know you aren’t happy with it yourself but I am really liking the look of that. Great stuff and more thansuitable for a table already.


    • Working on the cannon softened by stance a bit. I wasn’t happy with the blue on it’s own. I think also I was expecting a brighter blue similar to the stock photo of the Plasma Obliterator and that set me up for disappointment.


  6. I agree with the above, the tones look good to me. I know what you mean about unpainted terrain being uninspiring. Think I’m gonna have to bite the bullet soon and just crack on with it.


    • The Strongpoint has a bit more detail so it’s taking longer. Terrain is great for drybrushing. It won’t take you too long at all.

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