Saturday, March 25, 2023

Painting Challenge Submission #18 - Sons of Horus Apothecary

Apothecary from the XVI Legion Astartes in Mark VI power armour.

 More Space Marines? Not quite - but another Space Marine, yes. For my eighteenth submission to the recently-completed Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge we have an Apothecary wearing Mark VI "beakie" power armour, painted in the fine and noble livery of the XVI Legion Astartes, the Sons of Horus. This figure is a conversion of various plastic bits from both the recent "Age of Darkness" Mark VI Marines, with the Apothecary bits from the older-era plastic command squad box. The embossed Legion symbol on the shoulder is courtesy of Forge World.

Medical care in the year 30,000 seems to involve cutting a lot of things - and this fellow is ready!

Now, you might think being a Sons of Horus Apothecary would the same as being the Maytag Repairman - you would be bored! After all, since the Warmaster's plans are always flawless, and the troops of his own Legion are completely stupendous and never fail to execute the Warmaster's flawless plans, how would they ever get hurt? Who would need help from a medical professional? Rogal Dorn's dopey soldiers may excel at building sandcastles, but their pathetic military efforts would barely dent the seafoam green plate of the Warmaster's Chosen Sons. Let's face it - the only people getting hurt during any XVI Legion military operations are people who don't deserve medical care in the first place!

Lots of helpful fluids and devices on hand with this guy's equipment.

The Warmaster's strategic and tactical genius is matched, however, by his benevolence - he understands that the galaxy is very large and that even his Sons can't be everywhere they need to be. Because of this, victims of terrorist acts carried out by delusional pro-Emperor forces, the so-called "loyalists", can be found on hundreds of worlds in the Imperium. By provisioning his Legion has a strong cadre of trained Apothecaries like this fellow on hand, the Warmaster ensure that professional, chain-sword-enabled medical care needs is available to these unfortunate people at no cost.

This figure was fun to assemble, although it was not the smoothest process. The new range of "Age of Darkness" figures is built very much around its own "new generation" of plastic Mark VI models, and these models don't exactly mix seamlessly with earlier generations of kit. It can be done, but you'll be using the good old hobby knife a lot more than you would have for kit-bashing efforts involving the previous generation of 30k plastics.

All the same, we got there in the end, and it is nice for The Axehole to have this medical professional on hand in the extremely unlikely event any Marine under his command is wounded in battle...

We are almost finished with my submissions to AHPC XIII...thanks for reading, and please stay tuned for more!

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