Old Space Marine Pictures I never Posted

I recently found some of the first pictures of the first Space Marines I ever painted, way back in middle school.  These Marines (and Dark Eldar) mostly came from the 40k Third Edition boxed set.

These were the Volunteer Chapter Space Marines, and featured that name and the color scheme because I was very loyal to the University of Tennessee.  More recently, I was planning to use these Marines as core of the Sons of Guilliman project; however, when we moved and I went abroad for a year, I vastly decreased my models collection, giving all my Space Marines (among other models) to my friend Stephen.  I hope they get some good use out there.

Project Updates (Modeling)

I actually have been busy with a lot lately, so forgive me for not getting pictures up sooner.  First, just a teaser photo of my friend, Aaron’s, “self-building” project, based on the Cato Sicarius model.

weedenfront weedenback

My own project and my brother’s are both coming along well, too.  Here’s a peak of a planning drawing:


Next, a few weeks ago I built the Space Marines from the Assault on Black Reach set, and Aaron built the Orks from it; I just forgot to post some pictures.  There’s still plenty to be done – most notably basing and painting – but here are some shots. 

blackreachmarines  orkses 

Finally, last night saw a host of building, mostly from trades and eBay purchases. 


On the Marines side of things, I acquired a large number of Scouts, including two Sergeant Naaman models.  I never really liked the original pose of Naaman, so on the first I cut the sword and repositioned it so the teeth were down (instead of behind); on the second I gave him a plasma pistol and put the sword in his other hand.  I’m pretty pleased with the outcome. 

convertednaamans allscouts 


I also acquired some more Guardsmen, most spectacularly some crew for my Heavy Mortar unit.  Also in the picture are two models I “converted” a bit ago – two more tank riders made into ground pounding Guardsmen. 

heavymortarscrew1 crew21 

Still left on the chopping block: myself, my brother’s self-build, another friend’s self-build; 3 Deffkoptas, 1 leader Nob, 1 looted Rhino, and maybe a surprise or two around the corner…

Space Marine Drop Pod

Why reinvent the wheel? Maybe next time I can do a search on what I’m constructing.

Games Workshop article on Drop Pods.

Bell of Lost Souls article on Drop Pods.

(Both links open in a new window.)

In fact, they solved some other questions I had on them. So there you go. Thank you, Ian, for pointing out that I’m a twit. :)


Space Marine Drop Pods – Quick notes

I’m currently in the middle of building my first drop pod. While I will have a step-by-step post in the next couple weeks, I thought I’d drop some hints for those of you that can’t/won’t wait.

1. Side cutters are your friend. Hey, I normally don’t use ’em, but in this case, I wish I did. Some pieces are thin, and break more easily than in other kits. Use side cutters.

2. Beware of the glue. With the way the pieces fit, glue slips out a lot. My thumb and forefinger are now silky smooth because of a couple of mishaps. Be careful.

3. HARNESSES GO ON A SPECIFIC WAY!!!11!one! Now, I’m not dumb, (I hope.) but as I was eagerly putting this whole thing together, I realized, too late of course, that i had messed up and put one set of harnesses on the wrong way. Don’t make the same mistake I did.

These three are all I have for now… I’ve still got the “tent poles” and engine to put on, but unless there’s a big screw up there, I’ll save it for the full post. Cheers!



Okay. The tent poles were kind of a screw up. My advice? Bring a friend to help you. What a pain.

Help has arrived!

Everything currently painted.

Wow, somebody check my temperature, two actual updates in one week? Shocking! Ian and I have been talking about what we’re going to do for future updates, and things look promising. Ian is going to be stripping and re-painting 3500 points of Imperial Guard, (yowza!) and I’ll be making some bunkers from scratch. Look for those in the next few weeks. But for today, we’re going to look at what I’ve been neglecting to put up here for the past few months.

So I’ll start with the sniper. Look for him in the group photo, see him? No? That’s because he’s hiding. (Or that I forgot to put him out for that one. Whoops.) He has a very simple color scheme: Dark Angels Green, Camo Green, Chaos Black and Tin Bitz for the body, Bronzed and Elf flesh for the face, and bits of Blood Red, Sunburst Yellow, and Snot Green to highlight his goggles and gun. Sadly, he’s the lone sniper, as I’ve not put the others together yet. That’ll change.


My personal favorites of the group, the Death Company and the Chaplain. This picture really doesn’t do them justice. The marines were simple, Chaos Black, drybrush with Fortress Gray, (Really, really light on that drybrushing too, just enough to break up the black and highlight the edges.) Tin Bitz for the metal parts like the jump pack straps and vents, and Skull White for the helmets. Oh, and Blood Red for the eyes.

The Chappy was a bit more indepth, though it’s the same basic scheme. More Shining Gold and Mithril Silver on the metal parts, Liche Purple highlighted with Ice Blue for his cloth piece, and Blood Red on the Purity seals. Heavier on the Fortress Grey than on the DC because, hey, he’s been around. That armor is going to get scuffed, right?

And finally, the Beakies and the Chapter Master. The Master was done like the other marine. I painted his armor to show wear. He doesn’t lead from the rear, no sir, not my guy. His cape was done as the Chaplains. It truly is a great combination, and if you are thinking of adding purple to your models, I highly recommend it. You won’t regret it. The Beakies I got off of eBay and, despite their age, are some of my favorites. They’ve proved to be more difficult to paint than I thought, however. They didn’t take the stripping as well as I’d hoped. No matter, they are tabletop condition, and will likely lead the way against enemy forces.

I should note here that all the guns I’ve been doing lately have been done in Mithril Silver, with a heavy blank ink over the top. These pictures don’t show it well, but it really is a pleasant effect. Don’t dilute the ink, and don’t be shy. The silver will shine through.

And that’s it for now! Oh, I had a question about attempting to resurrect old paint. If it looks like mud, you can add a little bit of water and stir it up with a toothpick, that’s how I kept some of mine alive. If it’s completely hardened, you can go to the local GW store, and pay $3 or $4 for a new pot – that sucker probably isn’t going to come back in usable condition. Hope that answers your question.

As always, leave comments, I love ’em, Ian loves ’em, everyone loves ’em. And don’t forget: I’ll post photos of your army if you want them up here. Leave a comment with an honest email address and I’ll get back to you. Cheers all!


They’re Coming!!

“Hold fast, brothers, fear not the alien scum… oh… uh… Fight on, Brothers! I’ll… go get backup. Yeah…. that’s it.”

Hive Tyrant Pre-base

In related news, there really is backup on the way. I had the lack of willpower to purchase a Space Marine Battleforce, which, along with what I already have puts me about equal with the GF in terms of money spent, and game points. Now we can all look forward to bigger games!

I apologize for the lack of Space Marine pictures, but they are coming – I just need to touch up the MotC, finish the base of the D-nought, and perhaps get a few assault marines put together, but expect pictures soon. It’s my hope that it won’t be another 25 days until my next post, but I make no promises.

As always, if you’d like me to put up pictures of your army, leave a comment and I’ll email you at the address you provide. Thanks for reading!

P.S. I talked to some Gothic players today… things look good for gaming in the next month or so. Stay tuned.

Happy New Year!

Okay, okay, I’ve been a bad blogger.

So I’ve been promising pictures, but am too lazy to take them. I’ve been promising new pieces on BFG and the Space Marines, but I haven’t been keeping up on those either. I drop a little gem about a new Librarian in Terminator armor and leave him hanging.

I’m sorry.

But here’s the fun, good news: I got the Masters of the Chapter for Christmas.

I was excited. I still am. In fact, I was so excited I painted one up. (No pictures yet, but hopefully soon.) I was going to try to paint him “clean” – minimal inking, etc… but it didn’t happen. I got that nice basecoat of red down and thought, “I just don’t like clean looking marines.” So he’s as dark and gnarly as the others. Still a good looking model though, so I’ll post pictures when I can.

That terminator? Still not painted. Not sure how I want to go about it yet. I also have the other Dreadnought arms to worry about. No rush on those though.

So in my plans for 2008:

Getting the 500 pt. army settled.

Paint the rest of the MotC.

Play more. (I found a nearby game store that hosts weekly events. Exciting!)

Get a tank or troop transport.

Work on scenery. This is a big one, the gf and I talked a bit about this. It’s sounding good, but it’s going to take time. Oh well.

That’s all for now. As always, thanks for reading. If you have anything you’d like to submit, leave a comment saying so, and I’ll contact you on the email address you provided to wordpress. I’ve gotten a few exciting comments, some pictures linked, and some great ideas coming down the line. Come back soon!

Bribery: Not such a horrible thing, methinks.

Okay, so awhile agoI received a bribe. The girlfriend decided that I was complaining about her lack of painting too much, so she bought me a little present. I’m now the proud owner of a Librarian Terminator. Sure, I had no plans for one, but one has to learn to adapt, right? I was hoping to get it done this weekend, but alas, it is not to be. Soon though, soon. For now I have to concentrate on finishing off the pieces that are going in the small army. That means doing the base of the Dreadnought.

I must admit though, I’m excited. I think the Terminators are going to have a different paint scheme.

On a completely unrelated note, If anyone out there wants pictures of their armies posted, send me a message. I’m willing to put it up there for all to see.

The 500 pt. Space Marines Army

So I promised I’d post my 500 pt. army, and try to explain why I have what I have. So, here it is:

HQ – 90 pts – Captain with Plasma Pistol and Power Weapon (Store Link)

This was the piece I was least sure about. You would think that since it is so important I’d be sure this is what I wanted, but there were just so many choices. So I kept him simple, not wanting to put too much into him in case I get rid of him later. Still, he is able to hold his own, which is always important.

Troops – 2 groups of 9 Space Marines (151 pts./Squad – 302 pts. total) (Store Link)

While I was considering specializing the core of the army, it just seemed like I’d be better off with a bit of flexibility. Again, keeping it simple, it’s just 18 Space Marines, each squad having a flamer and a launcher. The Sergeants have the basic pistol and close combat weapon. The hardest part of this was figuring how mobile I wanted these squads to be. Right now we’ve spent 392 pts on the army, leaving 108. 108 pts will get you two Rhino transports. Mobility is usually good. But, instead, as we’ve seen in previous post, I went with…

Dreadnought with Smoke Launchers – 108 pts. (Store Link)

More than mobility, the army needed a centerpiece. Let’s face it, when there is a large piece on the board, people want it gone, and fast. Is the Dreadnought more deadly than the others? Well, yeah. However, the others used together can be devastating, and if they aren’t hurt by enemy fire, they can do more than the Dreadnought can by itself. (Mobility, again.)

So there it is. Is it simple? Yes. It’s supposed to be. Is there some grand strategy that’s going to enable this to win every time? No. Is there any obvious strength to it? No. Is there any glaring weakness to it? No. So all in all, I’d call this a successful core to an army. I won’t actually know until I test it, and test it again, but that’s how things work.

Leave a comment, and let me know what you think.