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 Snrub wrote:
You know Bob, I would go a completely different direction with the Aux troopers and paint them up in a completely different colour scheme.

Something markedly different from the Alpha Legion. But then add little subtle hints of green/blue or silver to them somewhere. Something that says "No no, we're totally not Alpha Legionnaire Auxiliary troops. No... totally not..." . Rather then something that says "We might be, but maybe possibly aren't Alpha Legionnaire Auxiliary troops even if we sort of closely match up to their Legion colours... Maybe."


Go all out and do something properly Alpha Legionish.



A very commendable thought, Snrub, and after reviewing your comments and thinking about it, I agree! I've come up with some schemes that break away from traditional Alpha Legion colors but leave room for hints of Legion flair. The current plan is to take the color on the helmet stripe and to use it for serpentine patterns and motifs on their armor. No Hydras or anything obvious like that, but snaking tendrils, serpents, and the like. The thought came from the HYDRA symbol from Marvel Comics, with its many arms. As for snakes and serpents, well, they are loosely associated with the Alpha Legion, but not intrinsically so. There are many loyalist entities whom use the serpent as a motif, so I doubt it would raise suspicion. So here they are. I'm leaning most towards #6 because it lets me get the turquoise in there without it being a really front and center color. I'm less keen on the green. I can't really decide if I like it enough for a whole army, but I thought it was obligatory to try a scheme incorporating green.

#6: Dark gray fatigues, off-white armor, turquoise accents, silver metals.
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#7: Charcoal fatigues, green armor, black accents, silver metals.
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#8: Medium gray fatigues, bone armor, turquoise accents, silver metals.
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#9: Medium gray fatigues, red armor, white accents, gold metals.
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#10: Off-white fatigues, charcoal armor, white accents, silver metals.
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Let me know what you think!

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I REALLY like the Lime green and black, Might steal that actually
Good colors on all of them though. #8 is very good!

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I like the green and charcoal as well, but I'm afraid it'll end up making them look like any other variation of a khaki green guardsman out there. I think these guys should be pretty unique.

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I think you should go with the light colored set (medium grey with bone). But save the turquoise for lenses and optics. Have it be really subtle. The silver is fine for the metals though. If anything think of the color scheme being the underbelly of the snake/hydra. It also will make a nice contrast to the legion armor.

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 Theophony wrote:
I think you should go with the light colored set (medium grey with bone). But save the turquoise for lenses and optics. Have it be really subtle. The silver is fine for the metals though. If anything think of the color scheme being the underbelly of the snake/hydra. It also will make a nice contrast to the legion armor.


I like that idea, but I'd take the colour scheme number 8.
It would look better, and differenciate them from standard cadians that people would actualy look at them and notice the discreet AL colours.

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@Papaskittels: Steal away! The Legion is everywhere.

@Gitsplitta: I'm of the same opinion. I feel like green is such a standard color for military entities that it doesn't really stand out enough for my liking. The turquoise has, perhaps, the opposite effect in that it's very much a specialized color associated with specific entities (like the Alpha Legion). I think the more neutral colors like off-whites, grays, and bones, with hints of Legion colors and subtle iconography, will be the right balance between too generic and too specialized.

@Theophany and Talon of Anathrax: This scheme was probably my second choice and I like the idea of it being the underbelly of a snake or hydra. But Theophany, I have to disagree on keeping the turquoise relegated only to the lenses and optics. I feel like that would have the scheme tread too closely to the generic military uniform, as I mentioned before. Obviously, the tendrils and snake iconography wouldn't be completely covering every surface of their armor. It would be minimal, but it would be there. I think the subtle hints of turquoise would break up the neutral colors just enough.

That said, I tried to blend #6 and #8. I like this look a lot and think I'll go with it. It maintains the bone armor, but has the darker gray fatigues. I lightened up the bone to more of a polished ivory because I didn't like how dark the bone was. Thanks for all your comments, guys, I appreciate your involvement in my creative process; means a lot!

#11 Dark gray fatigues, ivory armor, turquoise details, silver metals.
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Oh, also, I bought Autilon Skorr, the Alpha Legion exclusive from the Horus Heresy weekender. I've been seeing lots of people post him in the We Are Alpharius Facebook group, and I decided that I had to get it. Got him for a pretty reasonable deal, too. I'll probably be replacing the mask, though that may depend on how it looks in person.

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I like #9, personally. I can imagine the red clashing so much with the blue/green that it goes past looking wrong and starts looking right.


That being said though, #11 does also look very good. I like the bone and grey.

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Shoot, it's been a while hasn't it? I've been away on super secret Alpha Legion business, but I have not been completely without any progress.

First, I just want to point out that I've redone a bit of the front page, since the direction of this army has changed a little bit. For my own sanity, and for that of my readers, I've reduced the size of some of the walls of texts and made the grammar a bit more well-presented. The overall direction of this army has changed a bit philosophically, and I wanted the change in the intro to reflect that. As for painting and modeling, I haven't done much with the exception of what I'm really good at, which is buying more stuff to sit in my cabinets, awaiting their day to be assembled and painted. I have, however, done some work in regards to conceptualization and testing. I figured out a paint scheme that goes back to my initial repaint plans of doing metallic blues, and developed some concepts for different characters for the army as well.


This is a dry fit concept for Hydalion the Imperishable, Serpent Lord of Legion Cell: Iota. He's the overall leader of my Legion Cell; think Chapter Master, if you will. I knew right off the bat that I wanted to use Autilon Skorr, the exclusive Forge World Alpha Legion model, for this character. However, after dry fitting the included parts (including the admittedly awesome axe and the command baton) I realized that he lacked a certain distinctiveness from the base model. This is my centerpiece model for the army, so he has to be distinct. So, in the end, the only part from Skorr that is actually being used on this model is the body/leg combo.



I changed out the head for one of the new Alpha Legion upgrade heads from Forge World, and decided that the old Chaos Sorcerer backpack would be perfect for him. I love the illusion of 3 heads that the backpack gives; two on his backpack, plus his actual head. As for the weapon, I immediately knew that a spear would be his weapon of choice. With Alpharius being iconic for carrying one, and spears being my favorite form of ancient/medieval weaponry, it seemed the obvious choice. And what flashier spear is there than that from Asterion Moloc of the Minotaurs? I carefully cut the spear from his hands and applied it to that of a Grey Knight's, and after a bit of posing I found one that I really like. I think it echoes the final speech/charge scene from 300, where the blind guy is leading all the Greeks across the fields of Plataea. As for the ranged weapon, I decided on a pistol, but it's getting changed out for something flashier than; specifically an infernus pistol.

Next up is an attempt at a concept that is something I really want to touch on with this new vision for the army, which is an extensions of both ideas I had for my Alpha Legion and of established fluff. This is a currently unnamed sniper character who, as you can see, is wielding a pretty unique rifle. I'm pretty sure I've said it before, but my view of the Alpha Legion is that they are very indiscriminate in the methods by which they achieve their goals. They will do what they have to and use what they have to in order to get the job done. With that in mind, I was especially intrigued by the little hints of fluff in the third Horus Heresy book that listed several pieces of equipment that the Legion utilizes rumored to be of Xenos origins. Frankly, I find this fantastic and very characterful, as its a niche that no other Space Marine chapter (loyalist or Chaos) really touches on. With that in mind, I decided I'd try to outfit a character with one of those awesome Synaptic Disintegrators from the Necron Deathmarks.


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I tried to make it look like it was still definitively of Xenos origin, but like it had been modified for use with a Space Marine; like it was a Necron weapon that the Dark Mechanicum got a hold of and "improved", later falling into this guy's hands. It's still heavy work in progress, but let me know that you think!



In other news, somewhat related, I've started the Daemons that the Alpha Legion may or may not call upon to aid them in their long war. The link to the blog is in my signature, so if you're interested in seeing some neat Chaos Daemons done up all grimdark, please take a look! Otherwise, that's all I've got for you today. Keep on being awesome, Dakka.

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