Last week, I went into a frenzy of assembling terrain, including both the Wall of Martyrs set and a Skyshield Landing Pad. Partly inspired by this flurry of glue and plastic, I decided to break out the Fortress of Redemption from the back of the closet and give it a go as well.
Yes, it was partly inspired by the assembly last week, but moreover, it was inspired by page #185 of the new Apocalypse book. For those of you who don’t own the book (or have it handy), that page describes an Apoc formation that consists entirely of fortifications. Coincidentally, everything that I assembled last week perfectly meets the requirements for every building in the formation. The only exceptions are that the formation can include 0-2 bastions and 0-1 Fortress of Redemption. If you recall, I already assembled two bastions earlier this year (and even painted one), so the only model left to assemble is the Fortress itself.
That particular model has been sitting in the back of my closet since 2010. That was the year where my buddy was working on a board for some official GW function and was able to buy a bunch of terrain/models for like 50% off, so he extended that discount to me. At that time, I’d purchased the fortress, two bastions, and a couple of imperial sectors. Officially, this is the last model I’d purchased back then that has yet to be assembled.
Well, that was true until now.
The model went together amazingly smoothly for such a massive piece. And don’t kid yourself, this thing is definitely huge. I’d heard people complain about how big it was and how much of a pain it was to move terrain around on a table to work it in, and now I see why. I’m not saying that I agree with them (I’m of the opinion that if it’s in the game, and you own it, why not allow it at a tourney?), but I can definitely see where they’re coming from. This is easily the biggest model I own: taller than a titan, and almost twice as tall as an Aquila strongpoint.
It’s really festooned up with Dark Angel heraldry: including the obvious angels of the death adorned on the tower. I’m hoping that a coat of suitably BLOO paint can help people overlook that. To help out, I filed down six massive DA Chapter icons on the model (most of which were on shields above the doors/windows), and am hoping to find some brass etched Omegas that are large enough to fill in the gaps.
The only assembly step I have left to finish is that I want to magnetize firepoints onto the walls so I can opt to use the heavy bolters or not. The plan would be to include more than just four locations for them, so I have some tactical flexibility when I use the model.
The building itself is huge, far taller than I’d expected it to be. Again, the little dreadnought has been included for scale purposes. This is easily the biggest building I own–and comes in at almost twice as tall as the Aquila strongpoint. I have no idea where I’m going to store this thing (which is a big reason why I never assembled it in the first place).