Then, last year I decided to make a Tau army. Once again, I bought all the models, gamed with them, and gave up painting them on the 16th Fire Warrior. I thought the models were so dull and I didn't enjoy the hobbying at all. A long-time friend of mine was offered a job at my local GW store, and suddenly his painting game upped. He's now fielding beautiful beautiful models whenever he plays, and I got somewhat jealous. So...I decided to make one more effort at painting. New army, something recognisable that I can still make mine. Something with enough fluff to build a structure upon before adding my own story to it. Thus, I bought my first box of Space Marines, and two pots of Mephiston Red paint.
The Blood Ravens 5th Battle Company seemed perfect. Most GW-goers have played Dawn of War, and thus know who the Blood Ravens are, but apart from the games and a few C.S. Goto novels, they're a blank slate. On top of this, their rampant kleptomania gives them some silly relics (Custodes armour? Forgebreaker?!). I can make some unique models with wargear from lots of other people and it be canon. This makes me happy.
Many, many, many thanks must be given to BKZer0 and his thread here. Beautiful models, and certainly was a big part of my inspiration in this project. My models don't match the quality of his, but having something to aspire to is awesome.
I decided that I wouldn't post any sort of diary online until I got the first squad painted - I wanted to get started before I started clogging up space on forums with empty promises of progress. I honestly enjoyed painting these models - a first for me - and I look forward to painting more!
Brother Jerome, the first Marine painted. My mommy's been helping me name some of my Marines, it's been great having input from her.
The Sergeant of my 1st Tactical Squad. The new sculpts, such as the reloading arm, are so darn cool.
The squad's plasma gunner. My mommy demanded pink somewhere, and I think it works great against the red armour. My plasma coils/power cells on all wargear shall be pink and glossy.
The entire squad. In the future, I will buy the Forge World transfer sheet for the Blood Ravens. With enough transfers to adorn an entire company, I will leave it until I have more models - currently I'd rather more models than the transfers.
Thank you for reading this far, if you have! Currently I have a half-finished Rhino sitting in front of me, with the first of the next 10 Marines painted up, and half of the bits for my first HQ character - a Librarian seemed fitting. Next update should be the Rhino!
Edited by Brother Tyler, 14 April 2017 - 11:16 PM.