Thank you for your interest, both - it is certainly appreciated.
So, some plans for my Castigators force:
- Captain Anteas of the Fifth
- Chaplain Punitus
- Tactical Squad
- Tactical Squad
That leads towards 22 true-scaled Marines.
The original background I wrote for Anteas:
Captain Anteas, Master of the Marches, Captain of the Fifth Company
As the youngest Captain within the entire Chapter, Anteas has been given the honour of commanding the 5th 'Shield Bearers' Company. He has worked hard to ensure he has the full loyalty of every Marine under his command. Backed up by a core of experienced Sergeants, the Fifth Company is battle-capable, and already several trophies and tributes adorn the walls of the Fifth Chapel. Anteas is known to confide in his Sergeants and his Lexicanium, often attempting to discern the best route of action. He has clashed on several occasions with Captain Caphius, who considers him to be incapable of the decisive action warranted by a Commander of the Adeptus Astartes. Within the Chapter, Anteas is known as a moderate, and this has not endeared him to the more zealous elements within the Chapter. The Fifth Company's Standard consists of a scourge striking.
My current plan revolves around using the Forgeworld Abaddon to form the basis of the Captain. I've seen this Praetor by AridMonk, and he's validated a lot of my ideas. Of course, I would need to saw the back out of the model and give him a backpack and new arms - but I think the basic idea is sound.
I'll need to decide which bare head to use for the Captain, and also which weaponry to give him. I do like the idea of a no-frills Captain using a bolt pistol and chainsword, but then again I think he ought to have some special weaponry. The old fluff had Anteas using a sword called the Sword of Sorrow; I would need to source a suitable power sword for him. I would likely stay with a bolt pistol for him, though.
With a chapter as zealous as the Castigators, it makes sense to make a Chaplain. One option is to use the Terminator Chaplain legs. They do come across as slightly "fat", though. I have these Tartaros legs, with a tabard taken from the Deathwatch Knights:
I would likely look to using some bits from the new plastic power-armoured Chaplain - he will need a suitable Crozius, and I would possibly give him a hand flamer to add to the zealous piety.
Two tactical squads, a token tribute to the idea of a "legal force" - although these Marines will never see a true 40k battlefield. Still, I want to explore basic Astartes from my Chapter, and I think that they will look very cool en masse. I am somewhat inspired by my first Astartes, from the 2nd edition boxed set, who formed a squad equipped with missile launcher and flamer. I would perhaps like to emulate that squad in some way.
Some longer-term fans of the Castigators may remember Senior Sergeant Caetrus, a hideously-scarred veteran of the Chapter. I would like to bring him to life as the Sergeant of one of the squads.
I've never particularly liked the Contemptors, preferring the boxy look of the plastic Dreadnought - until I saw Brother Heinrich's contemptor here. I am definitely interested in replicating this conversion, though.
Beyond these - a Command Squad for the Castigators (an Apothecary would perhaps be useful, along with an opportunity to explore what a Castigators librarian looks like...) And of course, a Castigators Standard Bearer would be nice.
More to come...