Back at the end of 2015, the Forge World crew were sharing ideas of what they could show off at the 2016 Horus Heresy Weekender. Hobby stalwart Mark Bedford suggested that people start a new Horus Heresy army and show off one or more fully painted units at each event Forge World attended and thus began a period of intense hobby activity! Plans for new armies were hatched, army building and tactics advice swapped and new models obtained. By committing to a manageable schedule everyone was confident they would meet the deadline and over time build up an army to be proud of. Sure enough, by the time the event came around several newly started armies were well on their way.
Fast-forward to May 2016 and the Studio event challenge continues. In between the two events, a new team has been formed within Forge World and the new members were keen to join in. So, the manager of the new Specialist Brands team decided to launch a concerted, collective effort to continue the challenge.
The three members of the Specialist Brands team are Andy – Specialist Brands Product Manager, James Hewitt – Specialist Brands Writer and Chris Drew – Specialist Brands Model Designer.
Andy hard at work on a Rhino in ‘cobalt-ammonium’ desert camouflage, a paint scheme from the early days of Warhammer 40,000.
Andy is a keen Emperor’s Children player, but decided that the challenge presented a great opportunity to try something a little different. He chose White Scars and managed to complete two finished Legion Tactical Squads to show at the 2016 Horus Heresy Weekender. He’s recently shown off a Skyhunter Jetbike Squadron at the 2016 Warhammer Fest and plans to add a leader of some sort to his force and maybe some rhinos for the Tactical Squads in time for the next event.
Andy’s White Scars Legion Tactical Squads were first shown at the 2016 Horus Heresy Weekender, and his Scimitar Jetbikes were seen at Warhammer Fest 2016.
Chris hadn’t played or collected a Horus Heresy army before joining Games Workshop in early 2016, his previous efforts being devoted to the xenos Tau. He joined at about the same time Horus Heresy Book 6 – Retribution was released and was immediately enthralled by the Space Marine Blackshields. His first Blackshield Marauder squad was displayed at the 2016 Warhammer Fest and he’s currently painting a Legion Destroyer squad for the next event.
Chris’ Blackshield Maruaders, first shown at the 2016 Warhammer Fest.
James, having recently become a dad understandably wasn’t able to paint a unit in time for Warhammer Fest, but has sworn binding oaths to terrible powers (Andy) that he’ll have an Iron Warriors Tactical Squad fully painted to display at the next event!
James catching up on some much-needed sleep!
So there we have it – stay tuned to the blog for regular updates on the team’s progress. You’ll be able to see their efforts in person at each event they attend and we’ll be talking to the team and showcasing their efforts right here in the days following each milestone.
Good luck guys!
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