Coo, thanks for the warm welcome. I'll have to make sure to get on with things!
I suppose I really am being guilt tripped into working through the rest of my Artscale squad...
If that's those spiffy Minotaurs, Rider 75, let me know if you're interested in the power spear and shield from the FW special character. I have them left over in my bits box.
On Primarchs, and Honour Guard
One of the problems I ran into during the original project, which I started back in 2008(!), was that the Ultramarines had virtually no information on them during the Horus Heresy or Great Crusade at all. That mystery was part of the appeal, as it let me make things up fairly freely – hence the personal heraldry and various odd equipment on my marines.
I was very pleased indeed when one of the editors at Black Library said that he'd been showing the HH team a few blogs of how people had taken inspiration from their writing; and really thrilled when I was told Dan Abnett had slipped a reference to my Praetors of Calth into Know No Fear
As things pan out, there are a few bits and pieces which have appeared in the HH series that slightly contradict the stuff I'd produced, but I was anticipating that to a degree. One of them was my interpretation of Guilliman, who differs a little from the description in the series:
This is the sort of thing that pops up with different interpretations, and there's no insurmountable differences. Nevertheless, I think this interpretation of Guilliman will probably stay with the original Praetors of Calth as him during the early years of his Great Crusade days, and I might come back and do a new version that's closer to the new descriptions and artwork – after all, Mr Abnett did a kick-ass job in making him cool!
I also made some Honour Guard for Guilliman. They've not really seen much table time as I'm not that thrilled with them, and they haven't got any sort of background reason for existing. I'd made them for a campaign weekend, and also because I'd just seen 300 and was clearly very enthused about it
They didn't get much of a look-in when I made them, as I finished them rather hurriedly the day before the campaign weekend and was a bit burnt-out afterwards. Anyway, here they are. I'm not sure what their future will be, but I may convert them into far more useable (and for me, cooler) Tactical Marines.
Pictured during the Caelian wars during the second campaign after Macragge's Compliance, Brother Gyrdon of the Honour Guard stands as an exemplar of the Great Crusade: a shield against the Xenos. As befits his position as Impunicus, he bears an archaic powered pilum in hand. The Impunicus station was a traditional role in the armed forces of Macragge, and one extended to Legion XIII as they were reunited with the Primarch. The Impunica were bodyguards to the Warrior-Kings of Macragge, and within the Astartes, were veteran Marines assigned as Honour Guard to important officers.
It became an outmoded battlefield station, even by the middle years of the Great Crusade – afer all, what protection did the immortal Astartes truly require? – but it was retained as an honorific and ceremonial role.
As Honour Guard to the Primarch himself, Gyrdon's duties to his charge warrant the best protection the Legion can offer – and this involved multiple layers: the pilum, to keep the enemy at arm's length, artificer-wrought and all-encompassing Mark II power armour from the newly-created foundries at Iax, a prototype Calthan Storm Shield and finally a Lares-Aegis portable field generator. Similar to the Iron Halo of modern times, the Lares-Aegis contains a force field generator; though rather than the tougher power field of the Iron Halo, it worked through a conversion process, slowing projectiles and blows by converting their kinetic energy into flashes of light.
Unlike his contemporaries in the ranks, Gyrdon's pauldrons bear no heraldry. His armour is stripped of personalisation to represent his devotion to his charge. His Storm Shield however, like many of the Impunica, bears decorative devices. Gyrdon's bears the inverted 'V' of Prandium; a sly reference to his planet of birth and also echoing his previous placement as a Tactical marine sergeant. To either side of the main device are superstitious Warding Eye devices, a curious choice for the time, and especially in the thirteenth Legion, who prize logic and rationality.
Gyrdon was reported KIA in the early years of the Kurpits-Dranth Campaign, slain by a Kurputti virobolt.