The first thing I had to do was settle on a Legion. It had to be Loyalist - mainly to offset the massive Traitor forces that Conscripts Greg and Byron have been amassing, and to better fit in with my Legio Metalica Reaver Titan and Loyalist Imperial Knight. And it had to be a colour scheme that I hadn't done before on an "army" scale. I've discussed this more in depth in my post on the test model, but suffice to say I settled on the Blood Angels Legion (the IXth) for a colour scheme, and focused on a particular military organization within the Legion - the Blood Drinkers (later to become a successor Chapter, of course).
Anyway, I'd been accumulating more Rogue Trader-era metal Space Marines (mostly in MKVI armour that came into use toward the end of the Heresy) for an undetermined project, and it seemed like a good idea to reassign those assets to this one. I'd also picked up a lot of RTB-01 plastic "beakies" (also MKVI armour) in various states of repair, and those had their paint stripped ready for reassembly and painting.
I also picked up the MKII "Command Set" from Forgeworld. Fortunately, these new resin models scale pretty well with the old MKII metal Marines that I have in the collection. For example, in the first picture above, the middle two models are Forgeworld, and the two on the ends are old metal MKII bodies with Forgeworld resin MKII shoulderpads, backpacks, and Phobos pattern bolters. Games Workshop itself produced "Armour Variant" models in MKI-V armours, typically with metal bodies and separate arms, pads, weapons and backpacks. In fact, you can still buy Finecast versions of these models here, although they're usually readily available in metal form on eBay.
|MKII Command set from Forgeworld. Banner deco is decals, except for the numerals which are hand-painted|
|How about this Rapier! Old-school metal with MKVI crew|
|Heavy weapon squad - per 30K doctrine, all armed identically, in this case with conversion beamers|
|Veteran squad - composed entirely of Marines in MKII-V armour variants|
|MKV - "Heresy" armour - distinguishable by studded plating|
|Another MKV suit|
|Converted one-piece metal MKII. Replaced sword in left hand with a bolt pistol|
|MKIV with metal body and plastic arms - Phobos pattern bolter|
|MKIV showing pauldron decoration|
|MKII in its original form with sword|
|Another view - this is one of my favorite models!|
|Another conversion - hand flamer out, Umbra pattern bolter in|
|RTB-01 converted a bit - I used the "bolt pistol" right arm to brace the bolter in a firing pose|
|There's several of these Marines with Terminator honours in the group - I cut off the ridiculous blade attached to the bolter|
|The "army" thus far|
Anyway, it's been great fun accumulating and painting these models and I'm looking forward to adding the vehicles. I hope you enjoyed reading about the army - look for them in a battle report very soon!