I've joined up to a slow grow league at the local gaming group, and having just finished the first month, I have a painting prize, plus I've managed to finish some more models (backpacks included) and even have photos of them.
First month of the league was 200 point kill teams. We had a few house rules that let us take half sized units and also form 'ad-hoc units'. That is, you could join models into units, and that gave them a 6+ feel no pain save. It seemed to work pretty well and was good for giving the feel of regular 40k.
As we could take half sized units I thought it would be a good chance to get some 'ashen circle' raptors painted, so I took a 'unit' of 3. For the rest of the squad I took a unit of marines and typically gave 2 of them CCW to differentiate my specialists. This gave me an excuse to start painting my chosen.
First up, the chosen.I managed to get some resin shoulder pads for the left side, and used some different transfers on the right should pad. I've used used Dark Angel robes for all of the chosen.
Next up, Raptors.
The champion has robes and script as per my Chaos Marine squads, and I've also given him a hand flamer (typically to be used as a combi-flamer) and a demon (power weapon) possessed axe. The ashen circle were known for ranging far ahead of the Word Bearers and pulling down and burning all the temples and cultural icons they could find, so I've tried to add a little of that to the unit with the hand flamer and the custom chain axes for the regular raptors.
We completed the month with a weekend kill team tournament, which was lot's of fun, and this month we're having 500point games. I have a plan to complete the raptor squad with 2 x melta guns, and try and complete my autocannon havocs. If I get them completed I'll see if I can start work on either a second rhino, or a hellbrute as dreadnaughts seem quite lethal at smaller point games.
I'll leave you with some photos of a game I had against Owen, a new player with some brilliantly painted imperial fists.