Tyrant Siege Terminators

As the year draw to a close and Christmas looms large on the horizon, I find myself with less time to paint Ultramarines (or indeed most of my commission jobs), so instead I thought I’d share one of my quick’n’dirty units: a squad of Iron Warriors Tyrant Siege Terminators led by Erasmus Golg himself!


Developed by the Primarch Perturabo of the Iron Warriors, Tyrant Siege Terminators served as the vanguard of his siege breaker formations, expected to hold the line and achieve victory no matter the cost.

Clad in Cataphractii-pattern Terminator armour, and equipped with Cyclone Missile Launchers (a relative rarity during the Horus Heresy), the Tyrants were amongst the most battle-hardened and grim members of the IV Legio.

Tyrant Siege Terminators proved so effective in the field of battle that Roboute Guilliman of the Utramarines later developed his own formation closely based upon them; the Fulmentarii Terminator Squads.


When painting Iron Warriors, one of the things that is most important to capture is the grim and gritty reality of their siege-oriented style of warfare, and that was something I particularly wanted to come across with the Tyrants.

Each of the Siege Terminators have been built using the Cataphractii Terminators from Games Workshop’s Betrayal at Calth box set, with the missile pods taken from Reaper Miniatures’ Boneyard (sadly no longer available).

For those who are interested in comparing the Betrayal at Calth Cataphractii with the old Forge World resin ones, the side-by-side above should give you an idea of how they stack up.


The paint job on these guys is aprime example of what you can do with limited time and/or skills. Each of the individual elements for these Iron Warriors is dead easy, and a rough guide for how I do tabletop quality minis. Washes and drybrushes feature heavily, and there’s also some limited freehand work on the hazard stripes and Legion markings.

The bases make the most of one of the old Games Workshop basing kits, using their resin parts combined with some suitably rubble-sized basing sand to simulate a ruined city or a wall breach. I’m eventually planning on rebasing all of My Iron Warriors this way, so that’ll be a fun little side project for me to work on.


Erasmus Golg is the brutal Captain of the Iron Warriors 11th Grand Company, constantly striving to embody the ruthless efficiency his Primarch Perturabo demands of the IV Legion.

My version of this merciless Captain is built straight out of the Captain Aetheon miniature also from Betrayal at Calth with one or two add-ons to represent some of his wargear. This gives him a suitably commanding look, while not being so ostentatious as to be mistaken for anything but a utilitarian Iron Warrior.

Once again painted quickly and to a tabletop standard, Erasmus Golg still comes out looking pretty darn good.

And that’s a wrap! All that’s left for me to do is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and to remind you that if you wanted to win a pro-painted Primarch done up by either myself or Maelstrom Painting, head on over to The Loaded Dice’s FaceBook page and follow the instructions there!

One Response to “Tyrant Siege Terminators”
  1. Nice blog, models and fluff mate.

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