Raptors V, Strike Force Talon (1st Demi)
I have always loved the Raptors Space Marine Chapter. The first Space Marine I ever saw was a Raptor in the opening cutscene of the savagely mediocre video game "Fire Warrior". He was mercilessly gunning down some weird little blue noseless guys. Ever since, that has been my definitive example of space marine coolness. Obviously, this was my main inspiration for painting this army. Not the whole slaughter of innocent aliens (Can the tau really be called innocent? Really?) thing, but the massive Super Soldier in a walking tank dealing rapid fire explosive doom - in U.S. Army Camo Green. Secondly, the much applauded fan series Astartes. That work is the reason my marines have shiny black eye lenses. I think they look more menacing with the black eyes, I hope you agree. That film is also the reason I chose the green I did. Not the traditional bright "camo green", but a darker gray-green that along with the dark eyes gives them a grim-dark look lacking in brighter colored space marine heraldry. The bases are inspired by Astartes as well. I wanted my Raptors to appear as though they are deployed to a neglected traitor ship or dark mechanicus orbital forge.
I tried for the most part to stick to the 'cannon' Raptors lore for the markings, but I took a few liberties for the sake of what I thought looks cool. They still conform to the command, company and squad markings though. I used a lot of 3d printed shoulder pads from Pop-goes-the-Monkey to make things easier, but I also bought some Raptor symbol decals from Chapter Customizer.
Anyway, all that said please enjoy the fruits of my efforts. I am not the greatest photographer, so I hope the you forgive me some blurriness here or there. They're not too bad considering I am using a phone camera. More will follow and I'll improve with time.
I always said I wouldn't be that guy. Well, Pop-goes-the-Monkey made me rethink that with their conversion kit. I used this model as the basis for a Chapter Approved 2018 Special Character for my army.
I had to make some changes. I lost the goofy hood and plated up his junk with some armor and a tabard sculpted from green stuff. I got rid of the reliquary and bones BS because of the Raptor's fluff about their original homeworld and most of their relics being rubbed out by Abaddon in some black business. This is why I am keeping relics and older tech to a minimum across the army.
This conversion was a little more work, but the base model was so dynamic it was a joy to work with.
Intercessor Veterans, Squad I
These guys are all kit-bash conversions. There are Reiver parts, "easy to build" Intercessor bits in there and parts from Forge World. Some green stuff here and there. The power fist is an old one from the assault marines kit I think. I used a cable from a lascannon to connect it to the shoulder under the shoulder pad and resculpted the elbow. Shame you can't tell in the picture.
Intercessors, Squad II
Basic squad right from the box. These guys were the first models I painted in this army. I had only planned on making a Raptors Kill team...
Intercessors, Squad III
Again, right from the box with the exception of the thunder hammer from forge world. This is the squad where I transitioned from painting on the company markings to using decals. Just Time savings really, I prefer the look of the hand painted ones on the earlier squads. It was more like each individual Marine was painting on his designations.
Eliminators, Squad VII
Incorporating the kit basing materials into the mechanicus bases was a challenge, but once I settled on a rubble/junk combo it got easier. I think it makes more sense anyway. They'd be hugging the more damaged sections of the battlegrid for cover. These are the worst pictures of the lot, I apologize for the fuzziness. When I go back to take some shots of my current project, I'll get new ones of these guys.
Reivers, Squad IX
Nothing but the kit parts. You know, except the shoulder pads.
Edited by Master Issodon, 01 June 2020 - 01:45 PM.