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I decided to rebuild, redesign, and rewrite my old space marine chapter of Dark Ravens.


Fluff:

The chapter know as the Dark Ravens, is a Chapter that follows the direct orders of the Inquisition, primarily Inquisitor Espexius who took command of the Chapter. In many years of service to Inquisitor Espexius, Dark Ravens started to take note of his radical decisions, such as capturing Aeldari elite soldiers (Banshees) to experiment on them, and later lobotomizing and making them his personal bodyguards. Due to a shady past of the chapter, which the Inquisitor known of, a deal was struck between the Chapter Master Nikolos and Espexius to keep the knowledge shared between them a secret, which left many Dark Ravens unhappy, in particular Captain Steamius.

In time, Captain Steamius would speak up about the actions of the Inquisitor to his Chapter Master, and beg him to end this lunacy. On one of the missions, Captain of the Dark Ravens even stood up to Espexius and denied him to take in to captivity more xeno Aeldari to experiment on, and executed them in from of the Inquisitor. These actions lead to a trial, in which Espexius demanded execution of Steamius for treason against the Empire, while Chapter Master Nikolos had other ideas. In the end, it was decided that Steamius will now be sent on missions of at most important to the Inquisitor, and should obey his orders at all costs, which would lead to a feud among the members of the Chapter.

Many marines started to openly speak about radical methods of the inquisitor, and thus the Inquisitor devised a plan to send Captain Steamius, with an army loyal to him on a skirmish war against a Necron invasion. The numbers that were sent, were to little to withstand the Necrons, and they should have had died in that battle as was planned by the Inquisitor if not for an unexpected turn of events. In the middle of the fight, a portal opened in the sky and sucked in every one who was under it. Captain Steamius and some of his loyal brothers ended up on a unknown Desert planet, with no knowledge of what happened on the battlefield and the rest.

They quickly noticed that the Necrons that were sucked in with them were missing, and so where some of their brothers. With no apparent way out, Captain Steamius decided to dedicate their time and try and find out more about the planet they were stranded on. Every night a sand storm would engulf them, and beasts that lurk under the ground would attack them. The survived will rename them selves the Desert Ravens, due to the environment that have to leave now. With no way to repair their damaged power armor, they started using the bones of the dead beast to create weapons, use their fur to create shelters, and their skin to hide from the sand storms. In time, Steamius would understand the reason why they were sent in to that Battle, and swear revenge on Espexius.

Seargent of the Alpha Squad is built. All the wars and betrayals turned a formerly stubborn and hot headed marine in to calculative and cool blooded Seargent.

Took me 5 hours to do all the green stuff on him. And just for comparison, his old self on the photo.













Leviathan Dreadnought, former Seargent of the Delta Squad. Was a strong candidate for the lieutenant role, but due to suffered injuries in the Battle of the Betrayed, was saved from death by becoming a dreadnought. Due to the outmost respect of the Second Branch, was allowed to ware the fur mantle of the beast, symbolizing his former status.











Need your opinions here. Pointing pose, or Bad ass pose?

Building the chaplain for my Desert Ravens, and honestly cant decide on the pose. Firstly I envisioned him pointing, but then kinda got called with the idea and decided to give him a more simpler one.
Not gonna write the entire fluff here, but just to give you a feel for this character, he is very brutal towards his enemies, doesent show any mercy what so ever. Loyal to the "Chapter Master" of the second branch. Strict and harsh with units under his command. Leads his charges head on, and loves to execute the enemy HQs.
To add more, I will most likely replace his head and right arm for the second pose. Also thinking of making the blade smaller. And as with the rest of my chapter, he will have lots of additional green stuff decorations added later, such as a wolf mantel, chains, skulls and etc.


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I like the second pose, it's very quietly threatening!

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these are indeed tasty AF!

oh and do the bad-ass not thee pointing...
when in doubt; always bad-ass over pointing
pointing is always overused.

and its my opinion that marine command figures look best posing-up-a-storm.
brooding manace is always peferable to overt shouting. it sends the message. "I don't need to shout for my voice to be heard"

loving these conversions so far. lovely to see the origins of this force too. it always cements the overall quality of the primaris models when put against 3rd or 2nd edition marines...

I also love the leviathan. I'd love one of these for my spacesharks but can never justify the cost of such a model... the pop goes the monkey conversion kit (https://popgoesthemonkey.com/collections/redemptor-full-kits/products/atlas-pattern-redemptor-kit-1) does the job well on a redemptor but with that it +/- costs the same so not really worth it other than creating a redemptor that just looks like a leviathan I suppose...
   
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Some excellent looking marines and I'll echo above by recommending the second pose over the pointing one.

Keen to see how you get on and subbed for more!

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Great work with sculpting and I like the interactions between the chain and cloth. Everything feels like it's blowing in the wind.

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Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll wrote:I like the second pose, it's very quietly threatening!

Thank you ) I am currently leaning towards it more )

osjclatchford wrote:these are indeed tasty AF!

oh and do the bad-ass not thee pointing...
when in doubt; always bad-ass over pointing
pointing is always overused.

and its my opinion that marine command figures look best posing-up-a-storm.
brooding manace is always peferable to overt shouting. it sends the message. "I don't need to shout for my voice to be heard"

loving these conversions so far. lovely to see the origins of this force too. it always cements the overall quality of the primaris models when put against 3rd or 2nd edition marines...

I also love the leviathan. I'd love one of these for my spacesharks but can never justify the cost of such a model... the pop goes the monkey conversion kit (https://popgoesthemonkey.com/collections/redemptor-full-kits/products/atlas-pattern-redemptor-kit-1) does the job well on a redemptor but with that it +/- costs the same so not really worth it other than creating a redemptor that just looks like a leviathan I suppose...

Cheers man! Rules wise, GW took a massive dump on my boy Levi..... Such an awesome model, and they had to screw with its rules, and make it not worth points.... But rule of cool over "meta lists", all day every day.

Tyranid Horde wrote:Some excellent looking marines and I'll echo above by recommending the second pose over the pointing one.

Keen to see how you get on and subbed for more!

Cheers man! I might start working on a video for these guys =D

Mr Nobody wrote:Great work with sculpting and I like the interactions between the chain and cloth. Everything feels like it's blowing in the wind.

Thank you ) I never sued green stuff before, these guys are my first test subjects xD

Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll wrote:I like the second pose, it's very quietly threatening!

Thank you, I am also leaning towards it more )

I also did my first test base, and recorded a tutorial on how I did it if some ones is interested )

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Chaplain of the second branch of Desert Ravens, also known as the Albino Crow, ruthless, fearless, dedicated. After the Battle of the Betrayed, he is leading an expeditionary squad in hopes to find his missing brothers, that went missing after the teleportation happened. Every day he, and his squad face the wild inhabitants of the planet, but yet to find a single clue that would lead to believe that their brothers landed on the same planet, or even worse, are all dead, but the Chaplain does not give up hope.




















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Hello, newbie here.

Love the poses and details, really well done!
   
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TOYSRS wrote:
Hello, newbie here.

Love the poses and details, really well done!

Thank you

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I added fluff to the 1st post. Feel free to leave your thoughts on it. I deliberately left out some part of the fluff on Dark Ravens, as we are following the Desert Ravens.


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Love the sculpts, particularly the TH sarge and the loadout successor of your original model. Like the backstory too, sounds like they should be careful to watch out for Ork snipers
   
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ablebodie wrote:
Love the sculpts, particularly the TH sarge and the loadout successor of your original model. Like the backstory too, sounds like they should be careful to watch out for Ork snipers

Thank man ) Glad you like them There is only one small thing I want to point out, Orks are bad shooters

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What started today as a normal marine built, turned in to a new Sergeant.

Avalius, Sergeant of the "Grey Wing" squad for the Desert Ravens. One of the first marines to join the chapter of Dark Ravens. A loyal Marine of the newly reborn Desert Ravens Chapter, humble, cool headed, collective and a good strategist.
Never aimed to become a Sergeant, but the circumstances demanded him to take the role. The former squad leader, who was mortally wounded and placed in to a Leviathan Dreadnought, asked Avalius o take his place as the new Sergeant, and to lead their squad, and to find the truth behind the betrayal that led to what has become of them.

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These are great conversions, can't wait to see them painted!

   
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 Guardling wrote:
These are great conversions, can't wait to see them painted!


Thank you ) The painting I fear will only happen in couple of years

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I am filming my entire project to make a point a to point z type of video.
Recently I made a poll so my subscribers and followers can decided either to make it in parts, or one single video. And, well, here we are xD
Part one


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I sat down to rebuild the strongest marine that has ever existed, Bobar, or just Bob. But the more I worked on the model, the less he reminded me of Bob. Instead he started to remind me of another model in my old army, the very first 40k model I have built. Even thou the two models dont look alike, its the old fluff that I wrote for the army, that reminded me of this models character.
Xeveren, one of the first marines to join Dark Ravens Chapter. Since the day he joined the Chapter, he was assigned in to the tactical squad led by Sergeant Velisius. After the tragic event that befallen the newly formed Desert Ravens, he requested to join the Alpha Squad, where his close combat skills will suit the Chapter better.







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Love this blog mate, off to a flying start! I am always a big fan of the GREEEEY area in the Imperium's morality compass and these guys seem to fit squarely within that space.

Some nice GS work but I'm also a big fan of your clever use of bits. Super thematic army, cool posing, great story. Dreadnought looks like an absolute beast and the marines are all bursting with character. The "old" versions fill me with hope for a cool paintjob, even if it is further down the track. Looking forward to what comes next!

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 tzurk wrote:
Love this blog mate, off to a flying start! I am always a big fan of the GREEEEY area in the Imperium's morality compass and these guys seem to fit squarely within that space.

Some nice GS work but I'm also a big fan of your clever use of bits. Super thematic army, cool posing, great story. Dreadnought looks like an absolute beast and the marines are all bursting with character. The "old" versions fill me with hope for a cool paintjob, even if it is further down the track. Looking forward to what comes next!

Cheers man! Glad you like it ) Cant wait till I get my Intercessor box, and I can start working on the rest of the guys

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