Thanks again for the kind words. I'm afraid that the Chaos star idea hasn't really panned out. In practice it has been more like the brass design is one vast whole which has been revealed in places. There was the tip of a chaos star revealed by the placement of the red oxide rocks and gravel, but beneath the company champion's bike, but even if you know it is there it is largely obscured by the bike itself. If I decide to do a display board for them then the bikers could be in the middle of a large, solid centre of the star, with the terrain falling away elsewhere to reveal the raised outer points further out.
However, that will have to wait as despite the LPC vow now being finally complete, it look a good two weeks longer than I had originally anticipated and I am now racing against the clock to get the Dornian Heresy Salamanders IA ready for posting.
Anyway, as I was saying, with Captain Arconis and the last elements of his command bike squadron complete, my LPC vow is complete! The Apollyon pattern chainsword wielding veteran was shown alongside the fast-melta biker squadron in February and the Company Champion and Apothecary were posted yesterday, leaving only the Standard Bearer, a veteran with a Thunder Hammer and the captain himself.Company Standard Bearer Corvellus and the Vigilatum Standard
The banners of the Astartes are sacred, often ancient relics to their chapter, and to carry one into battle is both a great honour and a grave responsibility. Many are the tales of standard bearers dying before allowing their banner to fall, perhaps the most famous being Ancient Helveticus of the Ultramarines, but on occasion fate is not quite as kind.
During Abaddon’s Thirteenth Black Crusade the Sixth Company of the Scions of Dorn were assigned to the planet of Vigilatum in the Cadian system. Even as the world descended into anarchy and war, the Sixth Company fought valiantly, ending the rampage of the World Eaters of the Crimson Path warband and destroying the Iron Warrior’s batteries of superheavy artillery at Hessailis.
Little had done more to erode the morale of the defenders of Vigilatum than the terror attacks of the Night Lords, and yet despite killing many traitors even as they fled back into the shadows, the bike squadrons of the Sixth Company could not conclusively bring them to battle. In retaliation, the Night Lords struck back and ambushed the Scions themselves. The casualties on both sides were high, but it was only after the battle was done that they found that the traitors had taken the Sixth Company standard. Brother Corvellus had been beaten to unconsciousness, but pointedly spared to suffer the humiliation of his loss by the warband’s leader.
In the years since the standard’s loss the Sixth Company, and indeed the whole of the chapter has sought out rumours of the Night Lord warband that took it. On occasion there have even been taunting hints left for them to follow, such as pieces of the ancient cloth stuffed into the mouths of murdered high-ranking Imperial officials, but as on Vigilatum, the traitors have proved maddeningly elusive.
Brother Corvellus has vowed to wear robes of penitence until the lost standard is reclaimed once more. The standard he now bears is known only as the Vigilatum Banner, and pointedly carries no insignia of the chapter or of the Sixth Company. It acts as a physical representation of their loss, and a focus for their burning hatred of the wiles of the Ruinous Powers.
Having previously collected Bretonnians it seemed much more fitting for a mounted figure to bear a flowing standard rather than the conventional company banner that comes in the command squad box... can you imagine the wind resistance that the thing would generate? The banner came from an old plastic Empire miniature (IIRC
) mated onto the marine banner arm, and was decorated with some checkerwork pattern to define the borders.Thunder Hammer veteran
This was a pretty simple addition using the thunder hammer from a plastic terminator. I have done the same for several other Power Armoured marines with metal termie hammer arms and the conversion on plastic was much easier. I would imagine that given the sheer weight of the hammer a more reinforced arm would be needed to wield it, so have never felt bad about using the arm as well as the weapon. The multi-coloured cabling was an enjoyable detail, and follows the same pattern used for the previous metal armed ones.Captain Arconis
Like many a Scion of Dorn, Arconis is a veteran of the Deathwatch, and as a mark of thanks the Inquisition has gifted him a cache of special hellfire rounds. To represent this he has different bolters (including a scope) mounted on his bike, which come from the scout biker kit. The relic blade comes from the Ravenwing kit, and its impressive nature, along with the double-handed grip, certainly suggest that it is something more than a simple power sword. Some choice items like the bare head and the haloed helm were dug from the bitz box – I think they were originally Blood Angel in origin but can’t be certain. Regarding painting, the face came out quite well. I added stubble effects on the cheeks, but that is a bit lost on the photo. The shoulderpad bears his full heraldry, a simplified version of which is included on each marine’s kneepad as the company indicator. [EDIT: I forgot to say originally but you may just be able to make out the half-buried Night Lord backpack on the base... a small measure of vengeance against my favourite Traitor legion. ]
As to his character, he is far more hard-bitten and cynical than he was before the 13th Black Crusade. His company has been severely depleted, with half of those who survived the horror of Vigilatum drafted to replace the losses suffered by the front-line battle companies which fought elsewhere on the Cadian system. In return they have been joined by several squads of brothers newly promoted from the Scout Company. Although a few show promise in the art of high-speed warfare, they must first be trained as mechanised infantry, and for the meanwhile the bike squadrons of the Sixth will be sheparding Rhinos into battle.
And finally, here are each of the squadrons in group shots.
Hope you enjoyed the vow - I certainly have!
Edited by Aurelius Rex, 17 March 2012 - 06:00 PM.