unfortunately I haven't been able to put as much time as I've wanted to into the blog of late, but I am alive and kicking and have been quite active on the painting scene. As recompense for my loyal followers I thought I'd do provide you all a bit of a treat - a somewhat complete core project. Unfortunately, due to my wandering attention, I rarely actually finish the projects I engage in. In this case, however, I've managed to stick with producing a solid core Ultramarine force for heresy 30k. For this I wanted to take the Ultramarine aesthetic and make it decidedly un bright and shiny and really grimdark it the hell up! At the core of the force, I began with a command squad, mixing a variety of armour types to give each element their own distinct character and style, emphasizing the elite, veteran status, bedecked in plate that had seen long service and had been extensively modified over time.
Of course, being the treadhead that I am, I couldn't resist adding some armor to the force. In this regard, I put together an uparmored Predator, a Vindicator and a Rhino. I currently also have a Typhon on the work bench, with more intended in the future.
At the core of the force were two veteran tactical squads. These were done up to look worn and battered, being veterans of Calth and fighting on the frontlines of the Shadow Crusade.
and their ride
For some elite smashyness I included a squad of Tartaros terminators. I really enjoy the style of these guys, although I intend to add a squad of Cataraphractii in the future.
There is also the Praetor, who can be brought out if I don't wish to field the command squad
I also did up a variant of Girlyman. I quite liked elements of the plastic GW model, although both heads were fairly atrocious and the sword was just, well, lame. To rectify this I added a much better blade, the forgeworld head, and removed some of the excess bling. Funnily enough, I also intend doing up the original FW model, although in that case he will be helmeted.
Finally, here's their big stompy buddy
The force all together. Still more to come, but for now, a sense of completeness and a nice display feature in my apartment :)