Hello Fellow Hobbyists,
Today I will be starting a new forum post to document my latest project. A space marine chapter called "The Helion Legion". This is a project I have always wanted to do for the last 3 years when I decided that I would do one more space marine army after working on Blood Angels, Black Templars, Chaos Space Marines (Night Lords and Crimson Slaughter) and more recently Dark Angels.
The Helion Legion is DIY chapter created by games workshop staff member Steve Cuminskey. This chapter was featured in an extensive article about his chapter's history and how he used the then newly released space marine kit to update his collection. This article from the very first White Dwarf magazine I owned. (issue 297, released on September 2004) I have enjoyed that article for the last decade and now I want to create at least one entire company of this chapter and expand its fluff with my own little additions as homage and to mark a 10 year milestone of clipping, painting and playing Warhammer 40,000.
I have already begun this project with the creation of a Liber Astartes page for those interested and a few models I am currently working on modelling and painting to get this project fully under way.
For this army I intend to follow all the original fluff provided for this army. This will include:
- Keeping all original iconography and colour schemes the same
- Sticking to only Ultramarine characters and aesthetic (i.e. Roman)
- Building my company around a specific organisation chart that can only consist of the following:
0-1 Captain, 0-1 Librarian, 0-1 Chaplain and a single command squad
0-1 Terminator squad, 0-1 Dreadnought, 0-2 Veteran Squads
Now with all the boring bits done, i present to you THE HELION LEGION
To start off my blog , My Captain of the Helion Legion "Liege Centuro Crastinus." This model was the first model I have ever converted and painted for my new project. Conversion was easy enough with swapping the arms of the captain with that of the sternguard kit. The only difficult part was to remove the combi-grav from the front torso piece without damaging said torso. Luckily, a few small cuts with my hobby pliers and some light pressure to snap the piece off left only little filing to be done to remove the unwanted weapon and use a sheathed power sword instead from the sternguard kit.
Tabletop rules wise he to be either my Captain with a Plasma Pistol, Power Sword and Artificer Armour or to be a proxy for Captain Sicarius should I ever want to use his rules in a game.
Next the the first 2 models of my 10 man veteran squad. A Veteran Sergeant and Heavy Flamer. Neither of these are conversions sadly, they are just built straight out the box. Colour scheme wise I am trying to keep the same basic uniform my chapter has however I have painted some armour panels exactly as if I was to paint Ultramarines.
The reasoning behind this is according to a very old, GW web article by Steve Cuminskey (Archive Link: http://web.archive.o...ors/default.htm ) , Terminators of the chapter will have at least one armour panel left unpainted to show the original colours as a way to say that the armour is a rare and ancient relic from days long before this chapter's founding. The Helion Legion being a Ultramarines Successor the colour is naturally blue. Upon re-reading this old article I had the idea that I would also pass this trait on to Veteran Power Armour as a way to honour their genetic forefathers and for me to paint a more visually dynamic squad.
That's all for now. I Appreciate any comments and I hope you enjoy reading my future updates as I will making them.
"Praise the sun. For it is the Emperor's Light"
Liber Astarte's Page - http://www.bolterand...-helion-legion/
My Gallery - http://www.bolterand...helion-legion/
Edited by Empurata, 20 August 2016 - 08:58 AM.