Greetings Battle Brothers.
Aside from my two WFB armies and my fledgling Ork force, I also have a small force of Black Templar marines. They were the first warhammer army I ever completed (as in, painted and based) back in 2013 before I started getting back into my Lizardmen and my Bretonnians.
My collection of space marines began as the boxed set for the Battle of Maccrage (tyrannids vs. Ultramarines). Being a fan of the color green, and not wanting to paint blue, I came up with a dark green color scheme with a gold maltese cross as the chapter symbol.Later I discovered this was very close to the scheme used for the heretically-secretive Dark Angels, as well as using the chaper-symbol of the mighty Black Templars.
The collection expanded to include more marines, a box of old 13th company storm claws for the combat weapons (leaving most of the wolfy bits out), some epic metal heroes, and some neophytes who look suspiciously like Cadian shock troops. I also constructed my own scratch-built tanks, because back then I didn't want to spend $40 bucks for a single tank.
Crusade Heroes: Emperor's Champion Gaul, Marshal Einred, and Chaplain Omer.
The Lore for the crusade has changed a few times since its inception. Originally it was along the lines of a slapdash DIY chapter known as the "Sons of Zeon," fighting tyrannids on the Eastern fringe of the galaxy, having been a successor chapter to the Black Templars.
As my knowledge of 40K grew where I learned that the Black Templars don't actually have successors, and learning about the crusades in college I retooled my "chapter" of marines into a crusade of doomed Black Templars seeking redemption for their failures. Now known as "The Remnant," (as they call themselves), the lore of the Zeon Crusade is based on the real-world loss of the Holy Land during the Medieval crusades-era, specifically the Order of St. Lazarus, the Leper Knights.
Here is the quick fluff snapshot:
And here is an inspirational picture of the Order of St. Lazarus (found a nice historical video in case you are interested, though the veterans of the forum probably already have heard of this august body of crusaders!).
To round off this post, here is the model list and a picture of the entire force (complete with some foam tanks):
1x Crusade Marshal (Hellbrecht model)
1x Emperior's Champion
1x Chaplain (PF and crozius)
1x Chapter Serf (Maccrage model)
28x Combat Marines (CCW and BP, split into four units of seven)
12x Ranged Marines (Bolters/ranged weapons, two units of six)
20x Neophytes (CCW, split into four groups of 5 in the combat marine squads)
7x "Tanks" (scratch built rhino chassis with numerous options, can be up to 6x razorbacks, x3 vindicators, x3 predator annihilators/destructors)
I hope you enjoy my humble contributions, more pictures to follow!
Edited by Smoke Frog, 12 May 2018 - 02:41 PM.