So, at some stage soon I want to try out Lysander. He's a bad-ass. Most other special characters I'd make my own counts-as figure, but Lysander has a cool enough miniature I'm not going to do much to him. I've gotten rid of most of his Imperial Fist iconography, and I have some cogs and such to replace it. Nothing terribly exciting to look at right now. I thought that such an imposing figure needed an imposing base however, so I've built myself one. It's a curb/cross section of a street, or something.
I've also been building more tactical marines. I totally stole this pose/conversion from someone on the internet, but it looks awesome so I don't care!
As a Christmas present, one of my friends built me a 5 man squad of Sternguard. They've had mixed results on the battlefield, but I love 'em. Here they are. I need to paint the rims of their bases black to fit in with the rest of my force, at some point.
Sternguard are an expensive and fragile unit, so I figure I may as well go all the way and make a few more. First up is this guy. I'm not a huge fan of command squads, but I am a big fan of army standards, so I thought he'd fit in nicely with the vets. They'll probably be joined by Aronnax most games, so he's going to carry the Captain's personal standard. I'm gunna use this as an opportunity to try out some fancy freehand painting.
A sgt with a power fist would round the squad out nicely, so I made this guy. He's based on the Sgt Chronus miniature, as he had ornate yet techy armour, and a helmet that was similar to the rest of the unit. As they'll have a standard bearer with them, he didn't really need a back banner, and so I kept his mini-servo arm backpack.
He has a few Ultramarine icons sculpted on, so I had to get rid of them. The ones on his chest and loin armour had their top bits filed down. I then filled in the middle with greenstuff, and filed it smooth. Hopefully when painted this will give me a smooth circle symbol, which I can turn into a cog. The one on his backpack was a little bigger, so I tried something different. I made a mould of one of the Iron Hand symbols from the shoulder pad set using greenstuff, and then wedged it on over the top of the Ultra symbol. A bit sloppy but it works.
Well, that's it!