Today I’ve got two projects to show off.
Firstly, allow me to introduce a homebrew idea I’ve been playing with for a few years along with a friend - the Crimson Lions.
A noble and proud chapter much like their namesake who made their fortress monastery on a totally uninhabited and barren planet relatively close to the eye of terror. Disaster strikes when an escaped experiment of Fabius Bile known simply as ‘the Vessel’ attacks and lays waste to the entire chapter.
The Vessel being an semi-successful attempt to create a body powerful enough to act as an avatar for a minor deity of chaos known as Gilgamesh(a homebrew creation of my friend) to inhabit and wreak havoc on the galaxy. Created using the remaining DNA from the body of Horus and the other primarchs sometime after the events of Talon of Horus, as well as countless dark rituals performed by Gilgamesh’s followers and a host of unspeakable other horrors - the vessel is an incredibly powerful being, however, unable to withstand the full might of possession by a chaos god (no matter how minor) the vessel is driven beyond the point of insanity and his once grand body is ruined, almost destroyed by the process.
Fabius, however, seeing his creation’s potential, revives the being and repairs what he can with surgery and bionics. The vessel, now severely weakened in ability but still a formidable being, tears his way through Fabius’ fortress and escapes to outer space on mechanical wings. Adrift in the void, this being is cast out along the tides of the warp into the greater galaxy and is responsible for the destruction of an entire chapter of space marines, taking them by complete surprise during their recovery process from an ardous and lengthy campaign, subdueing and annihilating them with combined physical might and psychic ability.
There is one lone survivor of the attack, eviscerated and cast from a clifftop and thought dead by the perpetrator, a lowly sergeant who has had the responsibility of the whole chapter’s future thrust upon him. Subsisting on the flesh of his fallen brothers for many months, using his remebrancer gland to learn the fractured knowledge of the whole chapter, and creating a rudimentary distress beacon from the wreckage of his home. Eventually picked up by a passing imperial ship, he is taken to the inquisition for questioning and granted leave to hunt down the Vessel and access to the resources he needs to do it.
This here is one of the primary weapons of the Erasmus Leonardite, newly christened chapter master of the Crimson Lions. A lightning claw with an in-built melta, piece of archeotech rescued from the ruins of the fortress monastery’s reliquary after the attack, along with a paragon blade and a suit of relic ‘heavy power armour’ - a concept of my own, a unique suit of armour that falls somewhere between ordinary power armour and terminator armour, dating from the ancient days of the Horus Heresy. Have some ideas for representing this using the torsos from the new plastic jetbike custodes and their semi-cowled looks. The claw is still WIP
and requires a tiny bit of sculpting and gap filling.
Alongside Leonardite there are two Lions that still yet roar - Sandor Galactus, the only other truly living lion, and Tyrion the Gold, a contemptor dreadnought. Both survived purely by merit of being sworn to the deathwatch at the time, and are recruited back into the chapter in Erasmus’ quest for vengeance.
That is the story so far - many of mine and my friend’s homebrews interact with one another and effectively form their own self contained story WITHIN the confines of Warhammer 40,000. Often outside interaction with other canon characters is limited to them as plot devices (such as Fabius’ role in the creation of the Vessel) and nothing more. This allows us a certain degree of much needed freedom where we can bend certain rules. Let me know if you’d like to hear more on our ‘universe’ as this thread would be the perfect place to get the ideas down on paper (or a screen as it were) and receive feedback.
Now that’s out of the way, what feels like a much smaller update, despite model wise being much more work - for a while I’ve had a Blood Angels legion champion built to a state of near completion - tonight I drew closer to that goal with the addition of a tear drop gemstone to the torso plate and the start of an ornate and custom Iron Halo which is still a WIP
The jump pack still requires some work - I’ll post full body pictures of the model when it’s done ready for paint.
Don’t forget to leave me a comment and let me know what you think - I’d really love to hear feedback on some of my miniatures, even down to simply what you like about them. It encourages me to work more!
Cheers for looking everyone!