Greetings Terrans, how goes it? I have another bit of progress to share today – the super-vet hardcore Space Wolf assault team of death! These guys are pretty bad-ass in the Wolf Time campaign… all the Marines have Champion stats, the Sergeant is a Minor Hero, and they are all tooled up with some nasty hardware… Take a look!
These guys took a bit of converting – I couldn’t get hold of any examples of period flamer or meltagun Marines – a mini does exist for each, but they are very hard to get hold of… I knew time was a factor in this project, so I ended up converted my own. Let’s take a look at the Melta/Chainsword guys first. The one on the right is an old Captain mini – he just had his bolter converted into a meltagun, (a barrel swap and some sculpted fuel tanks on the side – pretty straight forward stuff). The dude on the left is based on a medic – he needed a full weapon swap for another homemade Meltagun, (based on an RTB01 Bolter), and I also sculpted on a holstered bolt pistol:
The flamer guy on the left is also converted from an old medic, (actually the first ever Marine medic), but I didn’t want two quacks in the squad, so he had his bling removed before being given a hand-swap and flamer from the RTB01 set. The conversion is a bit meh to be honest – he looks a bit awkwardly posed, but he fits the bill & will definitely do the job for now. The other flamer guy is based on the famous Needlegun Marine – it’s a slightly more involved weapon conversion, but he is more naturally posed than his squad-mate. By happy coincidence, both minis look like they are wearing over-gloves of some kind – no doubt to protect them while handling the volatile flamer fuel:
The Sergeant came perfectly equipped with power Glove & bolt pistol, so I just added a spare helmet, (mainly so I had somewhere to paint his Sgt’s helmet stripe):
The paint job follows my approach to all the other Marines so far – I went for Red to denote ‘assault’, but as this is the only assault squad, I painted both exhaust ports the same. I also borrowed a bit of Middlehammer lore around Spacewolf Bloodclaws, and gave them all red gloves… no real reason other than I think it looks good & marks them out as being a bit special. Finally, I added some blood spatter to the Chainsword guys, because hitting people with a chainsaw would be FUCKING MESSY!!!
Anyhow, that’s it for now folks – just the support squads to paint, and then we’re on to the characters… Onwards and upwards!
That title tho. :P
Cheers Cupcakes – gotta push it REAL good :-)
I have a spacemarine from this time laying around somewhere! Great post!
So go paint him!! :-) Cheers mate
Oh coooool. Blood spatters yayyy!!! Middlehammer Lore? What’s that? Great job Alex
Cheers mate – Middlehammer is 2nd edition and later – basically I’m referring to when they defined longfangs (support), grey hunters (tactical) and bloodclaw (assault) in the Spacewolf lore :-)
Ahh I see. I’m a noob when it comes to the old school stuff. Actually I’m a noob full stop haha
Great job working your way through these old school Marines. The facial sculpts of the time, yeah, they have improved over the years. Other than than, the contorted and odd poses are a big part of the charm.
Top picture, dude to the left – his foot looks enormous – what’s up with that?
Cheers mate – they are so dodgy in so many ways, but undeniably charming… especially the mahoosive feet on that fella! 😆
In a blogosphere of terrible, punny post titles, you just claimed the lead <3
(Minis are nice too)
Cheers dude 😎
These are ace, really great to see them painted up after the WIP teasers. My favourite is still the modified needler with his new flamer. Those big red gloves really work nicely with the grey and yellow. Top drawer yet again!
Cheers dude, yeah, that guy worked out well I think… it’s just dumb luck that both the flamers are gloved! 😆
Brilliant work, mate. Loving this project!
Cheers mate – I can’t wait to do the huge wrap-up photo!
“Disco Inferno”! Absolute class, I just love it! These are just brilliant!
;-) Cheers mate
Fantastic. Each step you are taking on the project is even better than the previous one. For Russ sake, finish them and play the campaign!!!
Thanks dude – soon… :-))
Pete S/ SP said:
They look a tasty bunch- given their stats and weapons load out they’ll breeze through any opposistion.
The extra details and conversions you’ve done fit in perfectly.
Cheers dude, they are tough hombres for sure!
Fantastic work once again mate!
Cheers dude :-)
Great work once again Alex. There is doing conversions and seeing how to convert them in the first place. Not something I’ve ever really got my head around so a big thumbs up from me. 👍😊
Cheers mate – I have to admit, the converting is probably my favourite bit of the process! :-)
Fucking hell, no point in doing a beakie army after that, it’s just how it ought to be done. I seriously get the same kicks from seeing you doing it as i’d get doing it myself if that makes any sense.
Thanks mec, that’s so cool. Totally get what you mean – I love seeing other peoples projects take shape! Speaking of which – dude, I’m very jealous of you WIPsters and your RoC warbands… I wanna play too, but don’t have time!!! 😢
Omg! Haha Best title EVER! :P
These guys look great. I especially like the Chainsword guys! :D
😄 Cheers IM – I’m loving your new Gravatar image btw!
Thank you so much! She’s one of my newer drawings from this year, so I really appreciate it. :D
Nice work on these absolutely badasses. I’m really appreciating the fact your taking on this rogue trader project. As a Space Wolf and Space Ork player myself I’m really into it.
Cool! Cheers mate – the retro Rogue Trader angle certainly makes it a more demanding project I think… I must be mad, because this would’ve been a doddle in plastic!! 🤣
Yeah it doesn’t look easy. Sourcing them and having to sculpt all the time. I was considering it (very briefly, checked out the colour scheme etc.) before seeing you do it. I’m happy to just sit this one out and watch! You’re doing great at it!
Thanks dude 😊
Mark A. Morin said:
Your work gives me hope that someday I’ll enjoy GW gaming. Spectacular work and conversions – flawless really!
Cheers mate – I’m pretty ambivalent about the modern systems to be honest – Rogue Trader is my sweet spot for scale and complexity :-)
Mark A. Morin said:
I hear Kill Team is better – tried 40k and, well, that’s an upcoming post…
Ooh, that sounds ominous… :-/
Mark A. Morin said:
Just posted it – and gave you a shout out Alex.
Super! I like the hazard stripes on the chainswords – it’s just so RT to have the visual warning sign that this terrifying whirring death weapon could possibly be a bit dangerous.
Love the continuing puns in the titles too; good work.
Cheers dude – got to have those hazard stripes mate, otherwise health & safety would go nuts!
Nice work, Alex. Makes me wanna SHOOP!
Cheers mate, but I think that’s probably illegal 😂