Vow complete! And a bit!
So my vow was basically to get a load of grey (and some blue) plastic into the shape of actual space marines, including some building, converting and Green Stuff.
Sorry the following pictures aren’t great. It’s not really worth it with unpainted models. I’ve tried to show what I’ve done.
So here’s Pedro. He probably doesn’t look that different to the top of the page but I’ve fixed some stuff. I used the handle from a haywire mine and some GS to make it look like he’s holding Dorn’s Arrow, and fix where the magazines meet the guns. I also filled the gaps in his arm pits and the ultramarine symbols on his cloak and skirt thing. He’s now ready for his undercoat.
Then I built a whole load of other guys. I pledged 3 complete units built and I’ve managed 6, which I’m pleased with.
First up, here are 2x5 infiltrators, plus spare helix adept and comms guy. These are mainly the guys out of Shadowspear, but I’ve done some arm swaps and things to avoid duplicates. One of the sergeants is made from a Reiver, because I needed a second one.
I used spare bits from the infiltrator kit (which I haven’t really built yet) to make 5 Incursors. I used 3 easy to build reivers and a couple of other reiver bodies for these. It required a bit of chopping to get the pocket things off their right legs, to be replaced with knives, and some filling around the weird backpack thing and to replace the occasional strap etc.
I dislike mohawk haircuts for Sons of Dorn, so I’ve removed them from the infiltrator sergeant here (adding more hair) and my standing easy-to-build eliminator (who I’ve left bald). I might sculpt a beanie hat onto the sniper, but haven’t yet done it.
I’m quite pleased with how they’ve come out, especially the sergeant, who I think will look good when painted. For him I actually just cut the Reiver knife down to the size of an incursor knife, meaning he’s actually almost all made from the original kit. Those easy to build reivers have been in my bits box for ages (spare after I wanted the intercessors from first strike – I forget why!) so it’s cool to have made them into a decent unit.
Slightly oddly, there’s no bolt gun in the infiltrator kit that’s held just in the right hand. It’s not hard to do a swap of course, but it’s a bit odd. There are at least three left-handed ones per pair of sprues. Other than that, it’s a great kit to work with, with loads of arm options. The bodies might be a little samey though, with nobody running about or anything. I actually slightly prefer the posing of the intercessors, hellblasters and reivers. I wonder if they were designed by someone else.
Next up, I’ve got 2x3 Eliminators. These are the guys out of shadowspear and a multipart kit, built straight out of the box. The Shadowspear ones have had a bit more work done – especially as I used a reiver body to make one of the kneeling ones stand up. I’ve used GS to fix the back of his cloak, and to fill in the fairly noticeable lines that run down all their cloaks where the pieces join together. The multi-part guys cll have one-piece cloaks, so this isn’t an issue for them.
And finally, a suppressor squad. As with the eliminators these are the basic three guys from shadowspear, with one modified to avoid duplicates. I’ve used an intercessor body with the suppressor’s original leg on one side and the top half of the intercessor’s leg on the other. This probably sounds like a waste of intercessors but I have a few guys where I had tried making bionic legs, and wasn’t very happy with the results. They’ve now got whole legs again, thanks to the bits left over from this job.
Also, I bought myself a stalker at blood and glory last weekend. I’ve built that, including magnetising the guns. I haven’t stuck on the “turret” bit yet because I might want it to be interchangeable with a hunter. Annoyingly, I have discovered that there’s one piece shared between the two kits (an aerial). I’ve glued this to the Stalker, which probably doesn’t need it, meaning I can’t use it on the hunter turret. Not a huge issue, as stalkers seem infinitely better for Crimson Fists. No picture I’m afraid, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. This thing was never part of my vow anyway, and isn’t really all that interesting either.
Actually, let's see how it looks with a couple of Primaris guys, to see if the scale looks ridiculous.
Not too ridiculous, I think.
This has dramatically cut down my grey plastic pile, which I’m pleased with. I’ve still got the infiltrator squad, two impulsors and two storm hawks to build, but the shadowspear stuff has been hanging over me for ages so I’m pleased to have cracked it. I hate having duplicate guys but had been putting off the hard work of converting them. This does of course leave the slight issue of painting all this stuff, but that’s an issue for another day!
Edit: the suppressors picture didn't work earlier for some reason. Have added it now.
Edited by Mandragola, 11 November 2019 - 09:42 PM.