The Emperor’s Angels – Part 7

With not a lot of month left to go the Space Marine squad I pledged to complete for Azazel’s Junit challenge is done. First off here’s a battle-brother with a heavy bolter ready to lay waste to the enemies of the Emperor.

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I tried to get him looking battle-worn and battered, and indeed almost got too carried away, so that in the end considerable time was wasted cleaning him up again.

Alongside him here’s the squad’s sergeant to lead them into battle.

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With this one I wanted to deliberately reference (perhaps even pastiche) some of the clichés about space marine sergeants. It’s become something of a running gag, unfortunately emphasised by GW with every release, that the one without his helmet who’s pointing at something must be in charge. Thus this was something I couldn’t resist referencing here, hopefully with tongue firmly in cheek rather than just reiterating the cliché.

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In the long term I’m planning to expand the squad to ten and create a more elaborate sergeant to lead them, at which point this chap is hopefully generic enough to be demoted to the line without looking overdressed.

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Before I called the squad done I also went back and, as suggested by the inimitable KrautScientist, added a blue glow to the gizmos on their arms, plus a little more in the way of freehand livery by adding their squad designation to their knees.

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Of course now I find myself very short on time to get those pesky plague monks finished and I’m less than convinced that, even with the best will in the world, I’ll be able to make it. At least I can take up my brushes safe in the knowledge that humanity’s most stalwart defenders are at hand. All together now; “For The Emperor!”

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24 responses to “The Emperor’s Angels – Part 7

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Look great. I wouldn’t want to take them on that’s for sure!

  • Ross

    “For the Greater Good!” Oh wait.

    Nice work, dude. That’s easily my favourite heavy bolter.

    • Wudugast

      “For the Greater Good… of the Imperium…”
      Well saved guardsman, well saved! Now straighten out that fake nose, dab a bit more make-up over the blue skin and do try a bit harder to blend in or we’re not going to get anywhere!

      Yeah, that heavy bolter is lovely, and it fits very easily to the Primaris body (not all the heavy weapons do but that one’s a real gift).

  • Thomas

    Very striking unit! The paint scheme really works and the added detailing is spot on.

    The Heavy Bolter on the Primaris is cool!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers 🙂 The paint scheme is proving a good pick I think, it’s easy enough to paint but complex enough to stay interesting, and makes for a nice canvas for the details to go on top of. Just need to work on my highlighting of power armour a bit more…

  • heresyofus

    Very cool unit. I like the little details you have kitbashed onto them.

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate 😀 To me the primaris are essentially a nice-looking coat-rack to hang details on, you can get some very nice looking marines out of them by just decorating them with interesting shoulderpads, heads and whatnot. Every marine in my collection should be a knight, a hero in his own right with his armour and heraldry commemorating his deeds. Hopefully they’ll tie in nicely with the grubby peasant levies of the Imperial Guard, like Bretonnia in space.

  • FirBholg

    Dammit man, you’re seriously tempting me to have a go at some Primaris marines…

    I’ll also reiterate the points made above, that heavy Bolter marine looks great!

    • Wudugast

      Go for it I say! You can usually find them fairly cheap online if you get the ones from Dark Imperium, then just decorate them with fancy shoulderpads and helms. I must confess, in spite of being someone who started out as a bit of a space marine hater, these were a lot of fun to paint. Of course if you were hoping I was going to talk you out of your space marine craving I’m sorry to disappoint 😀

  • Faust

    Oh crap, sorry to hear you went too dirty and had to reverse it. On Necromunda, I keep having to push myself to go more weathered. Maybe I should paint Elves and Unicorns instead?

    Really nice looking unit. Glad you could get these done before June. They are very cool!

    • Wudugast

      Ach, it was no big thing, I’m naturally inclined to make everything dirty and messy (I could paint rusty metal all day) so I just got carried away and he ended up looking like an escapee from the Death Guard. I’m pleased to have got this project started at last, hopefully there’ll be more of them showing up over the next couple of months. 🙂

  • ejhenries

    Looking good bud. One question, when do they turn their backs on the corpse God? 😛

    • Wudugast

      It is inevitable. He grants us such power then damns us with his silence. Why should we die for our uncaring genetic grandsire when he does not even raise a finger for us?

      Nah, there’s already an infestation of xenos and heretics around here (and plenty more to come) but someone needs to stand against them. That said, if GW don’t crack on and release proper scaled chaos marines then I’ll be making some of my own based on the primaris sooner or later.

      • ejhenries

        Ah, so well said. I knew the trappings of loyalty were the loosest of facades. I’ll keep your secret though brother.

        Absolutely, in regards to scaled Chaos Marines. I mean, I like being a special snowflake with True-Scale, however it would be über cool if they updated the CSM range. The regular lads look pretty dated (and emasculated) next to those prime lads!

      • Wudugast

        I’m holding to the theory that we’re going to see Death Guard/Thousand Sons style releases for at least the World Eaters and Emperor’s Children, plus some kind of “special extra big”/truescale-by-any-other-name Chaos Marines at some stage in the next couple of years. The old chaos kit is well in need of replacing now and to keep a new kit to the old, undersized scale would be foolish. There’ve already been plenty of seeds planted in the background to suggest this, but if it turns out to be wishful thinking I’ll just build my own from corrupted loyalists 😉

  • Alex

    Excellent job mate – worthy additions to a great looking unit!

  • Azazel

    This is a seriously great looking squad. The individual touches like the unique helmets really add a lot to them, as does the colour scheme as noted in one of the earlier posts. You’re sorely tempting me to pick up another 40k starter set for more of the Primaris, but I’ve got too damned many plaguemarines already (and don’t need another hardcover!)

    • Wudugast

      Glad you like them, they’re great fun to customise 😀 Why not have a rummage on ebay, you can usually get plenty of the intercessors there if those are the only models you’re after?

      • Azazel

        People on eBay seem to mark stuff up quite a bit, especially when you factor in postage to AU and whatnot. (and local sellers break up boxes based on AU-RRP!)
        I’ll just see if I an try to use the models from my existing boxes first (I got 6, after all) and then the couple of multipart boxes. I just have this buying problem…

  • Subedai

    Really like the battle worn but knightly look of these guys.

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