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* This project has evolved a few times since it's beginning. Currently, I’m just going for the entire 3rd Company plus attachments. I’m going to leave all of the original posts intact, because it’s a nice reminder for me of the path that this company has followed. I’ll primarily be using this thread to just keep my thoughts organized and to provide myself with tangible evidence of progression. As always, any comments, suggestions, tips or tricks are always welcome. *



Task Force Caesus is a detachment from the Ultramarines 3rd Company. Veteran Sergeant Caesus was elevated to Force Commander and tasked with assembling a force of Space Marines to root out a suspected Genestealer Cult in the capital of Forge World Piedra in the Ultima Segmentum. Caesus assembled two full Tactical Squads with transportation and set out. To aid him, the Reclusiam and Apothecarion each attached a representative to the Task Force under his command. His mission escalated when it was discovered that Feral Orks in the planet’s wastelands were providing a breeding ground for a second Cult. At that point Commander Caesus was granted approval to requisition additional Astartes from the Chapter’s Reserve Companies. The situation only worsened when the Great Rift tore across the galaxy. With the Rift came assaults on the Forge World by Chaos Astartes attempting to secure it’s manufacturing capabilities. Now separated from his parent Chapter, Caesus must rely on support from any ally he can find. Fortunately, a number Ultramarine successors are based nearby, namely the Novamarines.

This is the Order of Battle for Task Force Caesus at the beginning of the campaign. The core of this force has already been completed and I'm now working on all of the attachments from the Reserve Companies and the Chapter Armoury.
My plan right now is to paint the Reserve Company Marines in their parent unit colors. I'll use the campaign badge to tie all of them together.




First up is the Task Force Commander and a Chaplain. They're posed next to an old Novamarine of mine for scale. I'm not making him a Company Captain because I don't like conflicting with established story. This guy however, can lead all of the dudes he wants and I can come up with whatever story I like.


This is the Task Force Apothecary.


Here is the Task Force Champion who I'm pretty proud of. He turned out taller than all of the other Marines. His combat shield is a Warriors of Chaos shield with their markings cut off and my own added.



These are two Rhinos I whipped up for this month's unofficial Dakka painting challenge. I'm in the process of making the two Tactical Squads to go along with the Rhinos. The front left of both Rhinos is covered in battle honors bestowed upon the vehicle and it's crew. Both vehicles have antennae added and they both have two removable crew members exposed on the top.






I also have 3 Veterans and 5 bolter Marines done. I will post them up when their unit is finished.
As always any comments, critiques, or tips are more than welcome. Thanks for looking.

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Upstate, New York

Very nice start you have here. Always good to see another Ultra’s blog.

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Thanks Nevelon! Those Rhinos and their crew were actually the first Ultramarines anything that I've ever painted. It's nice to finally not have any shortage of transfers. Lol.

So these are four old models I had from my other blog. They're all basic poses. Nothing too spectacular. Out of the two Tactical Squads there will be a total of fourteen bolter brother. It gets hard coming up with new poses for each of the, so if anybody has any suggestions or requests I'm all ears.
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This guy is a new addition. He's just a regular tactical Marine but I've modeled him with a monitor on his chest and extra comms. This allows him to receive video feed from any supporting assets available without cluttering his visor.
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A setup similar to these guys.
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Upstate, New York

Neat concept. Might be worth fielding them him as a lieutenant or dev sarge. Data coordination sounds like re-rolls/BS boosting kinda stuff.

Love the character you get our of your builds.

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Thanks Nevelon. Using him as a Dev Sgt actually makes a lot of sense. I'll probably revisit this idea for when I eventually make a Devestator Squad.

I'm currently working on three more bolter Marines. These guys are still very much a WIP. I still have to fully kit them out with mag punches, grenades, pistols, etc. I've also started putting paint to the. Captain, Champion, and Apothecary. C&C welcome.
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Just a small update on these guys. They've still got a long way to go. Once I'm done with the command staff I'll start cranking out the line troops.
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A little more work done on the Task Force Commander Caessus and his Task Force Champion. Still a good ways to go. I'm hoping to be able to get some work in this weekend.
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I was able to get a little bit of work in today and I'm pretty sure this is all the progress I'll make this weekend, but progress is progress. Any comments, critiques, or tips are more than welcome! And any suggestions on what environment I should base these guys into would be helpful.
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Upstate, New York

Nice progress.

For bases, I’m partial to arctic/snow bases for Ultras, particularly 3rd company. The white sets the blue off nicely. And from a fluff POV, one of our most famous actions in the 3rd was the re-taking of the polar fortress at the Battle of Macragge.

Do you have a “home” table? Not necessarily in your home, but one where you will play most of your games? Matching that one is another things that can impact basing choices. Do you have a favored foe/opponent? Might want to swap some spare bits from them to scatter about.

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Uk

Some great and dynamic poses here buddy! Always good to see a fellow truescaler at work. Do you separate the legs at the hip to repose? And what do they look like once based up? Subbed for more.

I'm doing my own thing because it's fun. And it takes longer, which means more entertainment value for my cash. So there  
   
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Nevelon wrote:Nice progress.

For bases, I’m partial to arctic/snow bases for Ultras, particularly 3rd company. The white sets the blue off nicely. And from a fluff POV, one of our most famous actions in the 3rd was the re-taking of the polar fortress at the Battle of Macragge.

Do you have a “home” table? Not necessarily in your home, but one where you will play most of your games? Matching that one is another things that can impact basing choices. Do you have a favored foe/opponent? Might want to swap some spare bits from them to scatter about.


Thank you. I thought about snow bases for a little bit but decided against it because I'm currently basing my Raven Guard in snow and I'd like to try something else. There aren't any particular environments that are used more than any other where I am. I have decided to add in some Tyranid bits like you're suggesting. As you said, the 3rd Company has a storied past fighting Tyranids. I'm now leaning towards this being a Task Force with a Tyranid hunting mission. Maybe model them up as though they're tasked with clearing 'nid infested space hulks, or rooting out a genestealer infestation in a city, or maybe just mopping up remnant organisms on a planet that just recently repelled a splinter fleet.


Plodmarine wrote:Some great and dynamic poses here buddy! Always good to see a fellow truescaler at work. Do you separate the legs at the hip to repose? And what do they look like once based up? Subbed for more.


Thanks man! I cut at the hips and at about mid shin. I'm currently assembling the last of the bolter Marines for the first two Tactical Squads. When I start working on the special weapons Marines and the Sergeants I'll take some pictures of my methods. As for basing I'm still trying to figure out how exactly I'll do it.
   
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I’m going to call these first four Marines 95% done with paint. Next I’ll slap on some decals and do the final touch ups.

First up, Commander Caesus. I’m now thinking I’ll paint up a helmet for him as well and attach it to his belt.
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Next are the Task Force Champion, Apothecary, and Chaplain. As for basing, I’ve styled on urban rubble. I’m also planning on adding bits from pretty much every other army into the rubble. Any weathering I’ll be doing will be done after the bases are finished. . As usual any comments, critiques, or tips are more than welcome.
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Command elements for Task Force Caesus finished.

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Force Commander Caesus was tasked with assembling a force of Space Marines to root out a suspected Genestealer Cult in the capital of Forge World Piedra in the Ultima Segmentum. Caesus assembled two full Tactical Squads with transportation and set out. To aid him, the Reclusiam and Apothecarion each attached a representative to the Task Force under his command. His mission escalated when it was discovered that Feral Orks in the planet’s wastelands were providing a breeding ground for a second Cult. At that point Commander Caesus was granted approval to requisition additional Astartes from the Chapter’s Reserve Companies. The situation only worsened when the Great Rift tore across the galaxy. With the Rift came assaults on the Forge World by Chaos Astartes attempting to secure it’s manufacturing capabilities. Now separated from his parent Chapter, Caesus must rely on support from any ally he can find. Fortunately, a number Ultramarine successors are based nearby, namely the Novamarines.
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When the Task Force Caesus mission expanded, it was granted an allocation for a Task Force Champion to assist Commander Caesus. Upon hearing this, Veteran Brother Spurius of the 1st Company Vanguards volunteered to fill that billet. Champion Spurius served under Caesus when he was a Sergeant of the 3rd Company. It was Caesus’ recommendation to Captain Fabian that started the process for Spurius to transfer to the 1st Company.
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I’m about to start building the Tactical Sergeants. What’s the preferred load out for Sergeants these days? I was just planning on a power sword and bolt pistol if it doesn’t make much difference.
   
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Upstate, New York

 kavika0311 wrote:
I’m about to start building the Tactical Sergeants. What’s the preferred load out for Sergeants these days? I was just planning on a power sword and bolt pistol if it doesn’t make much difference.


It depends?

Combi weapons basically let you field 2 specials in the squad, now that you can shoot them as often as you like. Bit of a points investment.

Basic power weapons cost peanuts, and sarges come vet at standard, so seem a decent choice. Plus they look cool.

Now that you don’t get a bonus attack for sword & pistol, a lot more combos have opened up. Pistols are however probably pointed appropriately for the fist time in a while, so I don’t feel like I’m tossing efficiency to the wind by using them. But things like stormbolter/powersword is a decent low-cost jack of all trades load. But would have been a garbage pick for the last few editions.

But even though the points are low, they do add up. If you are playing competitively, there are probably better things to spend your points on. But at the FLGS level, as long as you avoid the crazy expensive things, and make sure you have some synergy with your squad, build what you think looks cool.

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Thanks for the info Nevelon. I was just going with the rule of cool, but a combi weapon or a storm bolter would provide some new modeling opportunities. I’ll have to crack open the codex to check out the points costs. Just in case I ever plan on playing a game.
   
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Finally starting to work on the special/heavy weapons and the Sergeants for the Tac Squads.
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And these are the squads they will be joining.
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This is the First Tactical Squad I will be painting. I’m doing these guys for the November Dakka Painting Challenge. 3 weeks for ten guys should be easy enough.
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I’m been trying to crank out two Tactical Squads for Dakka’s monthly painting challenge. These guys should be done by next weekend.


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Bases got some washes and while they dry I’m on to some decals.
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Majority of decals are done. Just need to smooth some of them out a bit then I just need to add the campaign badges to the ones who don’t already have them. After that just need to mount them on the bases and weather them together.
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These look amazing! Keep pluggin' along.

   
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Thanks bunnygurl!

I’ve finished with the decals and glued them to their bases. Next is to do a few paint touch ups and then finish it up with some weathering.
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That’s a lot of marines. Nice work getting them done.

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