@Pyroclast91 - Thanks mate, I find I have a better time building stuff than actually painting it, which is doesn't help when you have stuff you want to finish and you end up picking up another project to build. As for the fluff side of things, I really need to sit down and put more effort into it and try to be more articulate with entries.
Speaking of entries, I managed to get some more Red Marked finished:
"I am an Ultramarine! Let us tear these B******s down and with those same hands, raise ourselves back up in the eyes of our Legion!"
As a volunteer of Aeonid Thiel's original taskforce of Red Marked, Drenius was a legionnary with a troubled past. While hailed as an exemplary swordsman, the circumstances of his censure weighed heavily upon the sergeant during his service at Oran Garrison and the chance at absolution would prove to be his greatest motivator in combating the traitors within the boundaries of the newly formed Imperium Secundus.
For Drenius I wanted to invoke a heroic aspect to the character and so I tried to pose him in an upright stance, head held high, weapons ready at his side.
As Drenius and his entire squad carries the Red of censure, I'll be marking the other tactical marines allocated in his squad in a similar fashion to Drenius (ie same numbers and tactical symbols on shoulder pads)
I realise I won't be able to add fluff to all members of the Red Marked, so I'll be only be adding it to notable characters from the novels.
Tactical support marine
The first in a squad of Tactical Support marines. The entire squad (including Thaddeus and Petronius) will be carrying missile launchers from the older 40k tactical squad, as I'm more of a fan of those than the heresy version.
I'm glad I managed to get this guy to a level that I'm happy with. For the longest time I was dreading having to paint the banner, but much like alot of the times I've sat down to slog through painting previous things, once I started I got more into it.
For the standard bearer I used the upper part of Kurtha Sedd's crozius arm pinned to a banner pole from a Venerable Dreadnaught and attached them to a standard bolter arm with the upper arm removed.
Last weekend I went to my local GW
and picked up one of the Exclusive Forgeworld Praetors. While my original intention was to paint him up in a different legions colours as a display piece (would have probably have been VII Legion), I eventually settled on the idea of adding him to my Ultramarines.
The helm required a fair bit of filing away of the back in order for it to fit in the torso and even then I still had to shave down a few details in order to get it to fit just right.
I removed his original blade as I wasn't a fan of it and will be replacing it with a nemesis force sword blade from the Grey Knights Terminators set. However this wont be his only weapon either as I'll be giving him a sheathed Gladius at his hip.
The cape is from the FW
Chapter Master Moloc model and I'll increase it's length so it can sit under his right shoulder plate.
My overall plan with this guy is to turn him into Drakus Gorod, Guilleman's honour guard captain and have him joined by some Cataphractii clad brethren who will also be converted to carry shields and bladed polearms. I'm not sure how they would be represented ingame but I plan to have them become the bodyguard unit for special characters.
Power Armoured Praetor
This chap has been sitting in my bitz box for a while waiting for me to build him, and while he was originally planned to join some other Horus Heresy themed legionaries as part of a display piece, I decided to give him a more useful purpose.
Much like alot of the other heresy themed characters, I've magnetized his head so that I can switch it out.
Stay tuned as I'll have more finished minis sooner than usual and as always your feedback is always appreciated.
Edited by Soric, 30 June 2016 - 04:41 PM.