First of all, I got back to painting Ultramarines. And assembling them. There's still a storage issue, but that's slowly getting solved. Most of what I did was bulk assembly, so I won't bore you with the details as none of them were particularly impressive.
|Ultramarine Legion Praetor|
|Ultramarine Legion Herald|
Let's talk about the Ultramarine Legion Herald. This was an exclusive model released by Forge World to Games Workshop retail shops. The model is easy to put together, though that standard is fragile; I ended up having to put a pin in it after it broke off. That's clearly not the original head, as it is the same grey as any Games Workshop plastic kit is. The original head is alright, but it looks like the dude has seen one too many plasma guns overheat. Eventually you'll spot the original head among the Plasma Cannon toting Space Marines; it's the one that looks like his face was badly burned.
I also completed two Tactical Legionaries. They're on either side of the text here. Interesting how the new wider layout lets me play around with things like that. As I write this in the editor, they're actually above this text, which makes previewing the post more important than ever. I only have nineteen more Tactical Legionaries to assemble. Now, I could easily do this with the sheer number of post-Heresy models I have lying around in parts, but I decided that I'd bite the bullet and buy ten Mk II Space Marines and ten MkV Space Marines from Forge World to round out the Tactical Squads. This will give me a lot of visual variety in what would otherwise be 120 Space Marines with bolters.
Onward to the Space Sharks. I mean Carcharadons. Have I mentioned these guys are incredibly easy to paint? Well, you could make it complicated if you wanted, but why bother? I built them for Kill-Team and now Necromun- I mean Shadow War: Armageddon. They're getting used as Chaos Space Marines in Shadow War: Armageddon. Because the Mark of Khorne, that's why. I mean, it seriously just fits the extremely nasty and brutal background of the Carcharadons.
Their background says they use a lot of older Space Marine gear and it looks patched together. Naturally I went to the effort of making these Space Marines look like their wargear is mismatched and cobbled together from all sorts of older stuff. I had lots of weird bits hanging around because of breaking down armies of Space Marines into their components as well as leftovers from Heresy-era models. I'm pleased with the end result, especially with the head of the power axe wielding sergeant. Just look at them!
|Carcharadon Astra: the Reavers of the Outer Darkness|
I'll probably have them all finished up by next week. I'm still not quite sure how I want to finish the bases. I may experiment with some pigment powders and dry-brushing.