I've completed my second RTS vow: a Squad of Aggressors and 3 squads of Scouts (or 1 at half-strength and 1 full-strength, depending on how you want to look).
Gotta say that Scouts were very challenging because of the amount of detail they have. All those pouches, grenades, ropes, faces, hair,... plus much smaller pieces of armor compared to standard marines. In that regard Aggressors were much easier.
It also didn't help that there were 15 of the little fellas - a number a tad too big for a single batch to paint. At least for me.
I've decided to put Aggressors into the new 11th squad, 9th being already full of Devastators, and 10th half-filled with Hellblasters. To that end they all got a yellow skull on a black field on their right knee protection armor.
Sergeant got helmet from the Centurion box and pauldron with Alatus Cadere from the BA Terminator box. As he also received the "sergeant" pauldron from the standard Aggressor set, he could not properly display Comapny badge there and so ended up with a small shield from the Upgrade sprue.
(I still grumble on how fixed the Aggressors are in their poses out of the box and how limiting this is for conversion options.)
As for Scouts, the most important thing I did, was to swap most of their heads for those from the Marines and even Primaris range. This required some tinkering: enlarging and deepening of the place where the head normally would go. Quite a bit in fact. Additionally each new head had to have its neck "stump" filed quite a bit as well.
But this is definitely worth it in my opinion. I left 2 guys with their old heads for comparison. The 2 old metal scouts also got to keep their heads.
Scouts were made with 2 proper sergeants, each denoted by a single black pauldron. I thought it appropriate, that they do not follow the Codex designations as strictly as full-fledged Marines. I imagine that Scouts would switch between roles (including squad leader) as part of their training. So they would all firstly display 10th Company insignia.
As I want to use those as 2 or 3 squads depending on the need, only 2 sergeants were denoted.
1st Bolter squad:
2nd Bolter squad:
I still will need to clean up their bases and paint Chapter badges at one point, but other than that, they are ready to combat once more!
I hope you like them!
Edited by Majkhel, 23 April 2020 - 02:26 PM.