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The Beach


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-Avitus Varro, Academy Headmaster, Invectors Chapter


Brother Gnaeus Corto, Squad Lepidus, 5th Company, Invectors

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When I was kid in the 90s playing RT and 2nd Edition, I had always wanted to have my own Battle Company of Marines. Problem was, I never had the money available to just flat out waste on frivolous, excessive Space Marines. However now, as an adult, I find myself better funded.

However, it would be too easy to just buy 100 Space Marines. Anyone with cash to blow can have 100 Space Marines. Nope, I'm going to convert them all. All of them. Everything in my army will be converted, somehow, no matter how small. 

Very quickly, I decided that my project would address my long standing problems with Space Marine models:

  • They are too short, obviously. Space Marines should be 7-7.5 foot super-soldiers. The GW human figures are probably just too tall, but too late to fix that; gotta make the Marines bigger.

  • Marines need to be loaded for bear and look like they could actually fight a war. So all of my figures would have ammunition pouches, grenades, combat knives, etc, in a realistic configuration.

  • All the Marines should have helmets because no good Marine would be without his helmet. It's just dumb. Encased in nearly impenetrable ceramite, only to leave you nugget exposed, and lose all the life support, communications, imaging and targeting enhancements of the helmet? Silly.


  • Also, the Battle Company had to be "Counts As", WYSIWYG for the all existing codex lists (why make it easy?).

    My last challenge was to only use Mk VII parts, but also ensure that every model had a character of its own. This of course is not going to be easy with a whopping fifty two bolter Marines in a Battle Company, and forcing them to wear helmets.
     
    So, there you go. No mixing and matching armor marks. Too easy. No bare heads. Too easy. I'm taking away pretty much any shortcuts for the maximum amount of posing and conversion challenge.

    So I set to work, with some plastic card, and a dream. A lot of these early ones are old photos of rough prototypes that I didn't fully sand, or gap fill, etc. Excuse any rough early modeling problems. At first, I wasn't sure how tall I wanted them to be. So I went with 1mm extensions to the thighs (which I thought were too short anyway) and an extra .5mm at the waist.



    The tall walking stance makes him a bit taller than he actually is, but it was a good start. Next to him are Hasslefree's McKenzie (part of my new Imperial Guard project), a 2E metal Cadian, and Sgt Bylkow (one of of my favorite Squat models). Left his weapon off for the detail.



    Decided this wasn't tall enough. So I moved up to 1mm at the waist. This was starting to give the height I wanted, but I only had about 25 or so walking legs, and they aren't cheap on EBay, and well, if they were all walking it would be a bit homogenous. So the firing stance models had to retain height too.




    So now it was time to start working on some individual models.

    This guy was posed to be pulling a grenade off of his belt. But instead of using a pre-posed hand, I cut and repositioned one of the bolter support arms, bent the fingers closed around a grenade separated from the grenade bundles.


    Bolter Marines:



    Arms have all been cut and re-positioned, for two reasons. The standard "hip firing" bolter cradle formed by the arms in stock form looks dumb. And second, I wanted some more dynamic looking poses, not just the more realistic ones.



    The metal arm is from an old Devastator sergeant.



    I always liked the old Auspex, in theory. But the bit for it seems way too big and way too clunky. So, in some of my musings (yet to be revealed), I thought about a flip up wrist display.



    Of course, un-drilled barrels was out of the question, so that was rectified. Some of the models have weird poses, but that's because eventually they will all be based. So they may not stand flat on the standard bases.


    Now I needed some special weapons. I present the shortened Assault Pattern flamers and meltaguns:



    Some more Marines:

    Mid draw. Arm cut and the the fingers bent to be around the grip of the knife.



    I have decided that the heavy weapons Marines will have the helmets with the extra targeter mounted on it. Plus, I decided the Tactical Squad Heavy Botlers will have box mags instead of the giant belt fed apparatus. Devastator Squad HB's will have the belt apparatus, but I figured Tactical Squads would need more portable weapons. This is an early version, and I have since modified the box mag to be better looking. Plus, there will be Bolter Marines from the rest of the squads who will be carrying extra heavy weapon ammo (missiles or bolter mag boxes).


    This one is the newest. A severely in-progress WIP. I wanted to inflect some more Rogue Trader era brutality to this army. I'm a huge fan of the darker, more brutal Space Marines of the old days. This one needs a ton of work, obviously, but here's the start. The Tau helmet mounted on the shoulder pad came from the Chaos tank sprue, and was clipped and filed down to match the shoulderpad contours. The idea of a mounted helmet came from the multitude of RT era drawings with severed heads. But I didn't want it to be too brutal and cross into Chaos tainted territory. I feel the Chaplain, once he's been modeled up, will be keeping a close eye on Brother Brutus.


    The severed head is a Wood Elf sorceress head, the hand is the Grey Knight Daemonette head hand. The Dark Eldar is a classic 3rd Edition warrior that we had piles of from the three 3rd Edition boxed sets we had that nobody ever bothered to assemble. The helmet is a Black Templar helmet with studs, to mix up some of the helmet appearances. Plus, I think it makes Brother Brutus look a bit more harsh and maybe a bit more unbalanced and potentially vicious.

    Part of the feeling I'm trying to evoke with this "army" is that of how I envision the Space Marines. These guys are seven foot, functionally immortal, genetically engineered super warriors. Human, but something more than human, and something a little less. I want to illustrate that they are both completely ruthless towards xenos. I plan to have not just Marines brutalizing the Eldar corsairs (that way I can utilize both Dark Eldar and regular Eldar) I've decided the Marine Company is fighting, but also abusing Eldar prisoners out of a complete disregard. But I also want to hit on the Marine commitment to humanity. Show them protecting children, or wounded Guardsmen. I've got a pretty amazing idea for an objective marker that you guys will have to wait for.


    But, it turns out, they weren't quite tall enough yet, and I was still trying to give them perfect proportions. So I added a 1mm spacer to the shins:



    Did it work? Let's ask Leonardo Da Vinci





    Anyhow, I hope this work interests you guys. I'll try to keep this getting updated now that I've committed. Sorry for some of the mold lines I didn't file, lol. Sorry for some of the legs that haven;t been filed smooth and flat where they have been extended A lot of these pictures have been taken in progress over the last couple months, being send to my buddies via email for critique. So they don't all represent the current states of the figs. But, taking new photos is way too much effort right now. But as I go along I'll try to give you guys some ideas where it is at. Right now, my Battle Company is about 25% complete. So you guys should get to see pretty much the entire evolution of it.


    Thanks for any thoughts you guys have. Especially any criticisms, ideas you don't like, etc. I'm definitely open for anything constructive or suggestions.



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    Marneus Calgar is referred to as "one of the Imperium's greatest tacticians" and he treats the Codex like it's the War Bible. If the Codex is garbage, then how bad is everyone else?

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    Been slow going recently with my school, work, gym and gf schedule, but I did end up re-doing Brother Brutus because I got quite a bit of feedback that said it looked like he was sodomizing the poor dead guy with his bolter, and questions about where his sling was.

    Originally I had no intention to include a sling since the Marines are supposed to have mag-clamps. But I decided to see if I could make a futuristic one point rig-sling using a staple. In the real world, one point slings aren't terribly popular with operators anymore because the dangling rifle has the annoying tendency to want to smack you in the junk. But, I figure if you have a plasteel and ceramite codpiece, you can risk it. Not sold on it. May end up removing it, and going back to the mag-clamp.

    I made a new corpse too. I really liked the look of the slumped over one I originally had. It looked natural, and brutal, for a body that had just had its head hacked free, and fallen forward against the Marine before coming to rest on the ground. But I don't want the figure to be comical. I want it to be a little horrifying, or at least disturbing, lol. Really trying to capture the brutality of the Space Marines. I'm willing to have a little fun with these guys, but at the same time I want them to be intimidating like they should be.



    Anyhow, I didn't get any feedback on here the first time, but I figure I'd give it another shot. Full size pics can be found in my gallery.

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    Marneus Calgar is referred to as "one of the Imperium's greatest tacticians" and he treats the Codex like it's the War Bible. If the Codex is garbage, then how bad is everyone else?

    True Scale Space Marines: Tutorial, Posing, Conversions and other madness. The Brief and Humorous History of the Horus Heresy

     
       
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    these are looking great, what colour scheme are they gonna be?

    Also, with Givenicus, wouldnt he just have had his arm removed, and replaced with a bionic one?

    Veteran Sergeant wrote:In the grim darkness of the far future, the guy with a rifle is the weakest man on the battlefield, left to quake in terror, hoping the two or three shots he gets do the job before somebody runs screaming across the battlefield to hit him with an energized stick.


    http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/440996.page
     
       
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    Done some painting work, using old figures that I won't be able to use for the Tall Scale Company. They're all color tests, to see what color scheme, style and technique I want to use. But I won't post any of it here until I have finalized my decision on a paint scheme.

    And his wound is going to be current, not an old one. I just haven't decided how I am going to model it yet. Still trying to decide what kind of wound it is going to be. Essentially, the model isn't finished. He's going to end up with a horrible wound. Don't worry, the poor guy hasn't been saddled with a floppy arm.

    Marneus Calgar is referred to as "one of the Imperium's greatest tacticians" and he treats the Codex like it's the War Bible. If the Codex is garbage, then how bad is everyone else?

    True Scale Space Marines: Tutorial, Posing, Conversions and other madness. The Brief and Humorous History of the Horus Heresy

     
       
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    aldershot England

    im loving the ideas you have for creating a personalised army, i have the same idealogy for mine when it comes to conversions.

    i agree with many points you made initialy about the marines sizes and lack of equipment... making a iconic space marine fit within the ideals of a current military is alot of work, but it will definitly be worth it.

    i also have to say how good your ideas of making them keep thier helmets on and the flip up auspex is genius.

    check this out.....
    http://i582.photobucket.com/albums/ss269/ninjacustom/corpssquadmember.jpg

    i came up with this guy a while ago with the same intention you have for creating yours... i didnt get around to doing much past the protoype... i put a 3 mag chest rig on him, battlebelt and put an eo-tech on his bolter.


    Overall mate, good work so far... definitly keeping up with this because this is something ive been meaning to do myself.... so ... subbed!
       
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    I like it. My only concern would be with the magazines up that high they would be difficult to extract from their pouches. One thing you might consider is shortening the pouches. I clip about 1-1.5mm off the bottom of the pouches so that they are slightly shorter for fitment, but also because it brings them closer in line with the length of the bolter mags (accounting for the fact that part of the mag is inside the bolter obviously).

    Otherwise, I like the paint scheme. Some of the old Rogue Trader era pictures of Marines in camo were great. There's one of some Space Wolves hiding in ambush on some Orks that I've always loved.

    Actually, your model has given me an idea. I don't know how you made the the EOTech, but it makes me wonder if I can make optics out of sprue rails in a similar fashion.

    Marneus Calgar is referred to as "one of the Imperium's greatest tacticians" and he treats the Codex like it's the War Bible. If the Codex is garbage, then how bad is everyone else?

    True Scale Space Marines: Tutorial, Posing, Conversions and other madness. The Brief and Humorous History of the Horus Heresy

     
       
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    The Beach

    Here's a better picture of that Auspex Marine and his pose. He's actually tied for my favorite between him and Brother Brutus as well.



    Amusingly enough, he was just a test model to prove the auspex concept for an upcoming model in the Command Squad. I think there will be an auspex Marine in ever squad. I mean, there's enough of those useless bits lying around, lol.

    Marneus Calgar is referred to as "one of the Imperium's greatest tacticians" and he treats the Codex like it's the War Bible. If the Codex is garbage, then how bad is everyone else?

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    Scotland

    The latest guy is very cool. Really characterful.

    Mary Sue wrote: Perkustin is even more awesome than me!



     
       
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    The Beach

    The first of my magnetized Sergeants. He's mostly completed.


    Right now he only has three options (chainsword not shown), but I'll get around to it. His right leg has a tiny magnet to hold a bolt pistol to it for situations when it would be needed for the model. May end up giving him another tiny magnet for holding meltabombs.

    Fixed my Heavy Bolter guy too. Wasn't pleased with my sloppier box magazine.

    Marneus Calgar is referred to as "one of the Imperium's greatest tacticians" and he treats the Codex like it's the War Bible. If the Codex is garbage, then how bad is everyone else?

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    London, England

    Very nice work here, especially with the poses. I shall be watching with interest.

    grrr
       
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    Inboud...

    Excellent work! Loving the gritty look you've achieved with the misc. parts.
    To clarify, are you adding 1mm plasticard to the thighs and waist to achieve your results? As you may have inspired me to attempt one or two of these.

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    I echo CadianXV.

    What tools are you using to cut the legs? I've tried it and it just turns into a mess
       
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    Loving this. Really great models, it's gonna be a sweet looking army.

    I look forward to watching it develop. Sub'd

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    The Beach

    Axlbush wrote:What tools are you using to cut the legs? I've tried it and it just turns into a mess
    I'm working entirely with basic tools at this point. Just exacto blades. Gotta buy a ton of them as they dull quickly with this kind of hard work. I use the old ones to cut the plastic card since it gets clipped and filed anyway. There are probably better tools, but I've got a ton of exacto blades and I'm lazy (sounds bizarre considering I put an hour or more into the basic construction of each of these guys, lol).


    To answer the other question: The legs are 1mm. The waist is 1.5mm. However, there are examples in there of 1mm. It's only a slight difference. The outer left and right models are 1mm. The one in the center is 1.5mm.



    For those asking, you can also see the difference in the placement of the cuts. I've moved to almost exclusively cutting along the hip joint for two reasons. Easier to file down, and also imperfections are better hidden by all the gear.

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    Marneus Calgar is referred to as "one of the Imperium's greatest tacticians" and he treats the Codex like it's the War Bible. If the Codex is garbage, then how bad is everyone else?

    True Scale Space Marines: Tutorial, Posing, Conversions and other madness. The Brief and Humorous History of the Horus Heresy

     
       
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    So have you ever wondered why the bolt pistols don't fit in the holsters that are on the Marine sprues?


    The answer is Games Workshop doesn't care, lol. However, the new answer is because they are holding the Horatius Pattern Bolt Sidearm. A defensive weapon, it has a six round magazine, and was named after a legendary Space Marine hero whose troops held a bridge for a day and a night against an onslaught of Orks before reinforcements could arrive.

    The Horatius pattern bolt pistol has been sliced down the center, with the inside faces filed down to make the weapon skinnier, the front sight trimmed off, and the magazine shortened. It's not a perfect fit in the holster, but it is close enough for heroic scale work, lol. I still need to decide how to give it a stubby barrel protruding, but I thought you guys might like the new figure.

    This Marine has dropped his rifle to transition to his sidearm for immediate threat engagement.


    Some detail shots of the weapon itself:


    I haven't decided whether or not to put the front sight back on or not. It's perfectly believable it could be flip up. At the same time, the Marines don't actually use the iron sights on these weapons, so hey. The front end of the weapon looks flared in the picture for some reason, but it is not that way in reality.

    The right arm is from the gunner arms on the vehicle sprue. I may bend the fingers on the left hand to "wrap" the firing hand better. The post is a close approximation of the traditional isosceles pistol stance, with the offhand wrapped around the front of the firing hand in the push/pull bracing and recoil compensation method.

    Marneus Calgar is referred to as "one of the Imperium's greatest tacticians" and he treats the Codex like it's the War Bible. If the Codex is garbage, then how bad is everyone else?

    True Scale Space Marines: Tutorial, Posing, Conversions and other madness. The Brief and Humorous History of the Horus Heresy

     
       
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    I shall keep watching this! At last, someone with the ideas to make SM fit into the literature and hype!

    Keep it up! Can't wait to see how it all turns out!

    Have you thought about vehicles at all? The Rhino blatantly has no where near enough room to carry 10 marines plus driver!

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    you have some promise here, wish i saw this cool bolt pistol before i made my recent guardsmen, but dont worry, I'll just have to give it to one of my commanders instead! (im subscribed)

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    Oslo Norway

    This looks very promising.

    The enlargement is impressive in both its simplicity and its effect. I think that is one of the best enlargements I've seen.

    The entire body of the eldar corsair on the base is a bit much IMO. Not the idea behind it, I really love the whole humane/psychotic thing you want to show, but the body just takes up too much space on the base. I think the effect would be better if you made some amazing objective markers like a marine executing a line of kneeling corsairs or something and then just used smaller things like heads and torsos to show the theme in your miniatures.

    I am also a fan of taking advantage of the fact that half the codexes are space marine ones. Magnets are your friend

       
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    Good work on the flip out auspex! Really looks ace, so simple so brilliant.


     
       
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    ryanroberts wrote:I shall keep watching this! At last, someone with the ideas to make SM fit into the literature and hype!

    Keep it up! Can't wait to see how it all turns out!

    Have you thought about vehicles at all? The Rhino blatantly has no where near enough room to carry 10 marines plus driver!
    I have a ton of vehicles. Some assembled, some not. As far as up-scaling the vehicles, probably not. The Rhinos are slightly undersized, but not nearly as bad as the original ones (I have several lying around. It remains to be seen if they get reclaimed for this project or stay in the "nostalgia box" of old stuff). Instead, I'm going to focus on trying to give them a little character of their own. But I'm glad you like the figures. It's been my intention to make Space Marines that look like Marines in Space.

    Rogue Wolves wrote:you have some promise here, wish i saw this cool bolt pistol before i made my recent guardsmen, but dont worry, I'll just have to give it to one of my commanders instead! (im subscribed)
    It's a little out of character for a universe with giant dual wielding sociopathic super warriors, but the Horatius Pattern Bolt Pistol is one of my favorite creations so far. It will probably look pretty good in the hands of a Guard officer too. Marine scale bolt weapons always look a bit unwieldy in the hands of Guardsmen. Hope the instructions for the process were clear (not that it's terrible complicated to execute).

    Two Spartan wrote:Good work on the flip out auspex! Really looks ace, so simple so brilliant.
    The bonus is, if you are careful with your lengthwise cutting, you can use the bottom half of the "buttons" and the top half of the screen, glue them together, and stick it on a second model as one in the closed position.

    Glad you guys like this so far. I've got another four and a half guys on the workstation waiting for me to decide how to pose them. Hopefully I'll have some new figures to add soon. I've decided the next squad entry will be a Devastator Squad, and then I'll finally get around to kitting an Assault Squad. My intent is to do one as a straight Assault Squad, and a second with magnetized arms/weapons so it can magically change to a Vanguard Vet Squad (even though it isn't a popular game choice, I still want to be able to represent it).

    Marneus Calgar is referred to as "one of the Imperium's greatest tacticians" and he treats the Codex like it's the War Bible. If the Codex is garbage, then how bad is everyone else?

    True Scale Space Marines: Tutorial, Posing, Conversions and other madness. The Brief and Humorous History of the Horus Heresy

     
       
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    London, England

    Looking good, and i may have to steal the idea. For the waist insertion, do you have any wip shots without all the extra gear?

    thanks, grrr
       
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    Damn you, now not only do i have to strip the 30 marines i have lying around waiting for a new paint job, but i have to put serious thought into stripping down the ones i have already painted and cutting everything up to do this to them.

    seriously though, absolutely loving this project, and i can't wait to see more of it

     
       
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    Veteran Sergeant wrote:






    only joking, good work!

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    WAAAAGGHH-god wrote:Damn you, now not only do i have to strip the 30 marines i have lying around waiting for a new paint job, but i have to put serious thought into stripping down the ones i have already painted and cutting everything up to do this to them.
    Sorry!


    So I decided to reclaim some old metal heavy weapons. Took a solid bath in simple green to strip the paint, and whatever madness I used to paint this guy's weapon way way back in the day was quite stubborn.

    But, in the spirit of capturing the feel of Rogue Trader, I bring a 2nd Edition las cannon.

    Cut the right arm from an assault Marine's bolt pistol, filed and re-positioned it to fit the grip of the old heavy weapons. Then I took the bracing arm from the missile launcher, clipped the hand and rotated it to properly brace the position of the lascannon.

    And here he is with his other two Devastator brothers:





    The metal lascannon on the right has a nice, weighty feel to it, but damn, is it a pain to glue it together. I had forgotten about that, lol. You get spoiled working with all plastics. Obviously the missile launcher will eventually have something under his foot that he is stepping on.

    The next magnetized Sergeant is in the works, but I haven't finished any left arm options yet, lol. He's a bit more dynamically posed than the first guy.

    Marneus Calgar is referred to as "one of the Imperium's greatest tacticians" and he treats the Codex like it's the War Bible. If the Codex is garbage, then how bad is everyone else?

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    Veteran Sergeant wrote:This one is the newest. A severely in-progress WIP. I wanted to inflect some more Rogue Trader era brutality to this army. I'm a huge fan of the darker, more brutal Space Marines of the old days.


    Same here. Consider me subscribed, I'm looking forward to more brutality. You also have to put "kil kil kil" on a couple guys' shoulder pads.
       
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    Vladsimpaler wrote:
    Veteran Sergeant wrote:This one is the newest. A severely in-progress WIP. I wanted to inflect some more Rogue Trader era brutality to this army. I'm a huge fan of the darker, more brutal Space Marines of the old days.


    Same here. Consider me subscribed, I'm looking forward to more brutality. You also have to put "kil kil kil" on a couple guys' shoulder pads.
    There was never a chance that this wasn't happening.

    I've actually been combing the old artwork in my book collections to make sure I get references to as much RT stuff as I can. If I end up making any Beakies, you can be sure one of them will get the rhinocerous horn, and if you know RT, you know what I refer to, lol.

    Marneus Calgar is referred to as "one of the Imperium's greatest tacticians" and he treats the Codex like it's the War Bible. If the Codex is garbage, then how bad is everyone else?

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    Veteran Sergeant wrote:
    Vladsimpaler wrote:
    Veteran Sergeant wrote:This one is the newest. A severely in-progress WIP. I wanted to inflect some more Rogue Trader era brutality to this army. I'm a huge fan of the darker, more brutal Space Marines of the old days.


    Same here. Consider me subscribed, I'm looking forward to more brutality. You also have to put "kil kil kil" on a couple guys' shoulder pads.
    There was never a chance that this wasn't happening.

    I've actually been combing the old artwork in my book collections to make sure I get references to as much RT stuff as I can. If I end up making any Beakies, you can be sure one of them will get the rhinocerous horn, and if you know RT, you know what I refer to, lol.


    Haha of course! You also will need to give them the shark teeth on the side like in the artwork as well. I'll just post it up here because it's a really cool piece.
    Another funny reference is the "Have a nice day" on the side of the Dark Angel's bolter in the main rulebook.
       
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    According to the style of your conversions, I think the left hand handle of the Heavy Bolter can use a more classic approach, e.g. like chainsaw grip, since the original one is rather ridiculous and unrealistic, well, at least by my taste...
    Anyway, great stuff! I like where this is going. Keep it up!

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    I'm from the RT era too, and I absolutely love this project.

    This is what space marines are supposed to be. I'd love to be able to pull this off, and I'd love Games Workshop to actually move them in this direction, losing some of the pomp and ceremony that they have now.
       
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    I'm glad you like it so far. To be honest, the good news is, there's not a whole lot involved in this project aside from a small bits investment (Ebay has some decent deals if you look and are patient). You don't have to be a master class modeler to create them.

    That said, school is finished for the semester this week, so I should finally have time to work on this project again with regularity, assuming I don't end up spending all my free time at the beach, lol. Sadly I am not a very dedicated nerd anymore.

    The good news? I got a new toy in the mail yesterday. More good news: If it goes down the way I want it to, I think people are going to really like it. The bad news? Yeah, it's a much bigger and more involved project than anything else I've ever done, so it's probably not going to see the light for a while. :( I should have some the Devastator Squad rounded out soon, at which point I'm going to assemble an HQ so at least the Battle Company will be a legal army.

    Marneus Calgar is referred to as "one of the Imperium's greatest tacticians" and he treats the Codex like it's the War Bible. If the Codex is garbage, then how bad is everyone else?

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