Just reposted from last page:
Holstered pistol with a right pointing arm would be a cool emulator of the previous 28mm version of Anteas.
I'm impressed you still remember - I had considered posting him, but decided against it. Now that you've mentioned it (and because it links to my response to Kraut) I will go find him...
This was the body of one of the metal Veterans of the time (no Finecast!) and the head from a Games Day model - the one with the two-handed hammer. I liked the head to a degree - though I'm not sure Space Marines use hair gel - but it would probably be a little too small for the figure I want to make now. I did think it conveyed a sense of youth but also purpose. I'm not convinced about using a pointing hand on this true-scaled figure, though it does work as a sort of Emperor's Champion-esque character, seeking out and dispatching the champions of the enemy.
That said, looking at this figure makes me wonder whether there are elements that could be incorporated into this new interpretation of the character - the aquila at the stomach could be done on the Abaddon model - I wonder about the jewel at the centre of the chest, but I'm not sure.
I'd love to weigh in regarding the head, although I think we need a bit more information in order to be able to help:
- do you want a helmeted or bare head or would you be open to either option?
- is he a relatively young commander or a grizzled veteran?
- is he an angry guy or someone who keeps his cool?
- are any heads out of the question because you hate a certain hairstyle, don't like rebreathers or what have you?
Based on those factors, I'll glady make a suggestion Regarding the pose, I think it really works pretty well as is. For the other arm, my gut feeling says: either go with a pointy hand and an "I am coming for you!" look or give him a suitably ornate pistol or bolter held at the same angle as the sword (I'm just a sucker for the retro "show your weapons" look ).
Hey, thanks for the post.
I would like to use a bare head, wherever possible. In this case, I think it helps the character have character. If I can fit a helmet on the belt as well, I will certainly look to do so, though I'm not sure it will be possible on this figure. I would prefer not to use rebreathers and the like, opting to show the Captain's face off.
I see Anteas as a relatively young Captain, relatively new to his post. Of course, that's young by transhuman Astartes standards. I don't see him as a frothing lunatic, but a decisive and capable fighter. I did always like this picture (of Fulgrim?) from the Collected Visions. It seems that the only head that could be somewhat similar is the shouting Sternguard head that I used for my Scythe of the Emperor marine (this one, or this one.)
i agree with Kraut, some more concise info will help alot for head choice!
as for my personal taste of weapons, a claw like power fist pointing could look REALLY cool, but if it's ranged weapons you want, then i'd go for either a plasma gun/pistol with some sort of power cabling running the length of his arm and feeding into his backpack, sorta like the limited edition 25 year model for the crimson fists...
or a good 'ole storm bolter if you want a guy that looks like he can spit dakka down range.
I also personally prefer a beefier chainsword, but the one you have now is good for BA, so if you like that one, stick with it, otherwise i'd say find one of the bulkier double bladed ones, because they're really cool.
I guess I tend towards a knightly aesthetic with the Astartes. Whilst there are Captains of the Castigators who use power fists, hulking axes and the like, I think as a line Captain, I would prefer Anteas to be wielding a sword. Whether that's sword + pistol or sword + shield, I don't know. In earlier fluff, I had said that the Castigators' Fifth Company were named "Shield Bearers" - but I don't know that that necessary requires him to have a shield. (Instead, the Company Champion might have a symbolic one?)
I have, in the past, liked the idea that Captains are relatively simple, carrying a bolt pistol and chainsword, though I don't know if that's a little too plain. And, if you consider that I'm not going to have thousands of points of Castigators (or hundreds of models) it is a nice opportunity to give him a power sword, especially when squad sergeants will have chainswords.
I do have a number of the fancy Blood Angels chainswords with scrollwork and the like, though I feel like they look a little small on true-scale figures. Apologist's Ultramarines make them look good, but I'm a little unsure on mine.
I'm a little unsure when it comes to choosing a suitable sword for Anteas. I do have the Assault on Black Reach Captain sword, but perhaps I could consider terminator power sword or the Company Champion sword, the Grey Knight force sword or some other blade that might be a little more interesting. I don't really have a sense of what the Sword of Sorrows (Sorrowsword?) might look like.
Edited by Commissar Molotov, 10 January 2015 - 10:02 PM.