Greetings Terrans, how goes it? It’s a bit of a slow news week from me I’m afraid… it isn’t that I’ve been idle – far from it! It is just that I’ve been tied up with building Spacewolves rather than painting them. Usually I don’t do WIP posts, but I figured you’d rather see some progress rather than nothing at all, so here goes.
First up, we have two support squads:
I used a high proportion of the venerable ‘C100’ Marines from 1986 here – I think that apart from the LE2 Marine, these guys were the first of their kind. The missile launchers are unmolested, and the Heavy Bolter dudes (not C100) are unchanged apart from the addition of the circular badge on the right shoulder to match the other C100 dudes. The Las Cannons are a different matter. The one facing to his right in the first pic is an original C100 ‘Heavy Laser’ guy, and I really like him, so I converted up three more C100s to give them similar weapons. This was quite a fiddly job, but I’m hoping that they’ll pass muster once painted. I also sculpted over the lower legs of all the las cannon operators to make them look a bit more substantial – as with a lot of early minis, they suffer from having pathetic little legs, so I bulked them up a bit & sculpted in some detail to echo the Heavy Bolter guy’s legs. Again, I hope that they’ll blend in convincingly once painted. The Sergeants are both wearing older armour marks – Mk3 ‘Iron Armour’ in the first pic, and Mk1 ‘Thunder Armour’ in the second. I had these minis in a job lot, and wanted to fit them in somewhere – their static poses are perfect for support squads in my humble opinion. I don’t expect these guys to ever have to use their bolters in a squad with a minimum range of 40”… They both have Bolt Pistols sculpted on them somewhere as well, but with even less chance of using them! :-)
Next, at the other end of the range spectrum, the assault squad:
These guys mostly involved weapon swaps – the two Chainsword guys were both converted to have meltaguns, and both have bolt pistols sculpted on them somewhere. The two flamer dudes also had weapon swaps & bolt pistols, but the Sergeant was perfect as is, so no changes needed for him. I’m really looking forward to painting these guys – they are the elite squad of the army, with minimum Champion stats throughout, so deserve a bit of extra attention with the brush.
Finally, the Jetbikers:
These were probably the most involved conversions of this batch – I tried to get three of them looking like they were ‘in motion’ (on the right of the pic as you view it), while the other two are more statically posed. I made sure that the dudes not wearing helmets at least had one to hand – even Marines would be mad to zip around on a Jetbike without a lid! The more dynamic guys were variously re-posed to get the left arms holding on to the bike cowling, and all had some filling done around the back to account for their forward leaning pose. I also included an officer in this squad, even though the list doesn’t include one – he was just too cool a mini to leave out! Much like the various medics, techmarines and chaplains, he’ll be played as a regular Marine.
So that’s all I have to share today –the characters are mostly built as well, but I didn’t want to share them with you guys just yet. One thing is certain though, with a little over 9 weeks to go, and all of the terrain yet to do, I’m really going to have to get a move on!
This is another serious wedge of marine awesomeness. That jetbike squad is really appealing to look at – I’ve found the bikes are easy to source, but the legs are a difficulty. Well done for modelling the squad so they’re not all just in the classic “both hands occupied by weapons” pose, and actually interacting with the handle bars.
Cheers dude, yeah, the bikes were the easy bits to source – probably because they are pretty naff! No handlebars with these deathtraps – presumably the good old RT auto-drive meant that they weren’t deemed necessary, hence the ‘look mum, no hands!’ default. I think the models suffer for this tbh, so wanted to at least suggest that the riders might want to hold on to something while they are zipping around at 300″ per turn… I’m glad it works for you mate :-)
Dude these are so cool. You’ve definitely found your stride with this converting and painting nonsense. Also, Iron Armour and Thunder Armour are literally the two best variants, hands down.
Ah, cheers mate :-) I quite like the old Mk5 Heresy suit too, but couldn’t get hold of one in time for this project… I’ll have to add one some day!
Nothing wrong with work in progress shots mate, I always think it is nice to see how things evolve. One things is for sure you have plenty to paint! 😊
Thanks mate, I’m glad you found it interesting – to be honest, I’m getting a bit nervous about just how much there is to do! :-/
It’s pretty easy to overlook all the detail here with a simple “those look cool” comment. But I can only imagine the sheer amount of hours invested in these conversions. Getting every tiny detail right requires obsession and attention to detail. Married up with these excellent converting skills you’ve acquired over the course of this project, and you have squad after squad of great looking, unique figures.
My favourite is actually the air guitar flamer marine. It’s an elegant and good looking solution to a lack of flamers.
Nice work Alex!
Cheers mate – yeah, you’re right about the time spent dude, they took bloody ages! It’s not just the cutting, gluing & sculpting either, but trawling through the lead pile with a copy of the book open, looking for that one Marine that ‘might’ possibly work out for ‘that’ guy in ‘that’ squad… It can’t be healthy :-)
I’m very pleased with that ex-needler/flamer guy too mate, but less so with the ex-medic/flamer… swings and roundabouts I guess! The Melta/chainsword/bolt pistol guys gave be the biggest headache though… :-/
I’m howling at these. Wonderful choice, I can’t wait to see them painted.
Haha, cheers mate – neither can I! :-)
Pete S/ SP said:
Some wonderful minis there. Would hate to think how long you spent on ebay trying to acquire them all.
Adding in the older marks of armour is a very nice touch. The Mk% with the studs is a favourite of mine too.
Thanks mate, probably less time shopping than you’d think actually! I wasn’t massively specific in what I shopped for because I knew I would be converting as required, so that helped. That also meant I could grab bargains along the way! Those C100 Marines came as a job lot and didn’t cost much at all for example, but specifically sourcing and buying 4 las-cannon gunners plus weapons would’ve been a pain in the ass!
Love these old school Marines. They are the stuff of legends. Pure RT
Cheers dude, they are showing their age and are a pig to paint, but there is definitely something delightfully nostalgic about them :-)
They are very. Very weird poses, they look almost contorted. And they are so tiny too. What are they, half the size of a Primaris?
Yeah, probably – I’ll do a comparison pic when I’m done ;-)
Looking ace mate! Nine weeks to go? You can do this! :-D
I hope so man… it doesn’t feel like long!
I like the way all the conversions/improvements just get mentioned so casually and, before you know it, there they are in front of you, ready to be painted! You have been busy! :-)
Thanks mate – yeah, there’s a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ work in this project ;-)
Very nice work here! The C100 conversions are great, though they do suffer a little by not integrating well visually with their squadmates – or any other of the marine (sub)ranges outside of their own. It’s something I’ll have to sort out myself down the line for a squad or two I have planned for the future, so I’ll keep an eye out here to see how much the paint resolves the issue. :)
Cheers dude – yeah, the C100s are odd… I’m really hoping the sculpting on the greaves & the paint will help to mask it, but we’ll see… I can live with the Sgts being different tbh, but if I had the time, I’d definitely convert a pair of C100 Heavy Bolters…