Since my humiliating defeat in my first game of 40k Highlander, I decided it’s time to assemble and paint up a little variety for my models.
Though the centurions looked atrocious to me when they first came out, in my first game of 7th edition, I saw how pretty (and effective) Brandon’s models were, and I broke down and bought some of my own. Though I disagree (in theory) of his choice to run them with hurricane bolters instead of missile launchers, they systematically destroyed virtually everything I had on the table, so they had to be respected.
They took a while to assembled because I didn’t have any instructions, but they were easy enough to figure out, but I never got around to painting them because I didn’t have magnets. Then, when I did order magnets earlier this month, I somehow managed to lose all of my drill bits. I tore my entire house apart looking for them before I finally found them. They had fallen beside the tool box and my wife had covered them up with a box of diapers and a package of toilet paper from one of her Costco trips.
The longest portion of assembly, by far, was installing the magnets. I used 1/16th x 1/16th axially charged “rare earth” magnets, and it took two per gun and per arm to get them to stick. I also magnetized the head of one marine as well (figuring that would allow me to either run them as 2 squads of 3 or 1 squad of 6–assuming those are both legal). Though I don’t suspect I’ll use the heavy bolter options, I figured why not paint them up as well. For some reason though, I didn’t even bother assembling the close combat arms–so look forward to that post in 7th edition when I whine about “why didn’t I paint these up before?!?!?”
In total, that’s 6 guys with 2 arms each (12 magnets) and 18 weapon arms (36 magnets) and one head (2 magnets). So, for just these six guys, I used up 50 magnets. Is that insane, or what? I guess when I decide to finally do the close combat arms, that’ll take the total up to 74…
Oh well, maybe I’ll actually paint them up and use them one day and it’ll be all worth it? Hrmm, I guess for it to be worth it, I have to not only use them, but also switch out their weapons. So hopefully the Grav gun option isn’t an obvious upgrade over the other guns, or else I fear that they won’t be getting as much love.