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02-11-2009, 22:15
As some of you may recall, earlier this year I embarked on a project to create an Eldar Autarch inspired by the Autarch from the cover of Codex Eldar. If you'll forgive me for corrupting these hallowed halls with the foul Xenos, that model ended up looking like this:


I plogged my progress on that project over here (http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=199728) (a thread that subsequently became my general Eldar log) if you'd like to revisit it.

Now I'm back, and at it again, and I intend to do it better than last time. My subject?


I'm sure there are few among you who'll disagree with me when I say that the Black Templars cover is incredible, the central figure in the painting truly inspiring and a worthy project for any modeller to tackle.

As with the Autarch, I hope and expect that this project will inspire me to create a full Black Templars army, something that has been on the periphary of my various modelling activities for some time. So let's get on with it, shall we?

While I've begun some very early work on the Marshal himself, so far I've mainly been working on some models inspired by the other characters on the cover that surround him, in particular the robed figures carrying what I'm going to call the holy relic. When I first contemplated building a Templars army some of the first miniatures I got my hands on were various Warhammer kits including the Empire Flagellants, who I imagined turning into fanatical retainers of the Templars. It's these that I'm using to carry the holy relic.


A Black Templars crusade is often joined by religious zealots, fanatical adherents to the cult of The Imperium, looking for the opportunity to martyr themselves in the name of the God Emperor. Here, four of them bear the remains of a great Black Templars warrior, a potent holy symbol for the crusading Marines, into battle.

Obviously at this point I'm not copying the cover literally, only taking inspiration. The relic is primarily built from plasticard and the fanatics themselves are almost purely flagellant parts. This will probably not have any game effect as such; I'll either use it to represent the holy relic wargear item, as an objective or simply to look cool.

I've also started putting together a few other characters that can either be used as Cenobyte Servitors or, again, decoration.


Three more zealots. The zealot on the left carries a bundle of sacred scrolls, his eyes removed lest he glance upon their holy contents while carrying out his duties. The second zealot carries a book of names; a tome inscribed with the names of the warriors who have fallen during the course of the crusade (and a bloody big chainsword!). Finally the third devotee carries a fragment of an ancient tapestry recording the passing of some great victory. Don't let their bedraggled appearance deceive you; they are the better of most men in combat and theiir fanaticism and stim collars make them almost as resilient in battle as the Space Marines they serve.

The banner for the third fanatic is made from the Ogre Kingdoms banner (flipped 90 degrees) and a few Templars accoutrements:



Finally we finish with the early concepting for the Marshal himself. Fear not, this will be a much more direct copy of the Marshal on the cover, to wit I've been looking at my options for heads...


These are the only three that are close to being right that I can find in my bits box. On the left, two Marine heads and on the right another bit from the flagellants. None are perfect, but for me it's between the second and third heads, and I'm leaning towards the third.


02-11-2009, 22:55
I like the head on the left actually, it has scars like the Marshall, but I'm sure that with a file the center head would be much better.

I've subscribed to this thread, the concept is just too amazing and I wish I was good enough at modelling and painting to do it justice. Good luck!

03-11-2009, 05:06
I'd pick the middle one and lightly make the same scars to match it better, plus I think his cheeks match better.

03-11-2009, 06:56
use the flagellant head - its the best representation of the artwork, is really cool, and is also smaller than normal marine heads which will match the picture better, i think

EDIT: hehe just relised youve got 1 vote per head so far :p

03-11-2009, 07:47
I vote for the middle one as i feel its closer to the artwork. Add a little scarring and it should be spot on.

03-11-2009, 08:18
The left head, looks more like the painting.

This looks like its going to be an awesome log!

03-11-2009, 08:41
The flageant head looks the toughest and therefore the coolest
My least favourite is definitely the middle one
Love the holy relic concept
can't wait for the next update

03-11-2009, 08:56
the 1st head looks too wide,
the 2nd seems to be the best of the 3 but has too many mechanical parts
the 3rd one looks like it's stupid but maybe that's because of the angle

Maybe a combination of 2 & 3?...:angel:

03-11-2009, 09:15
I would say 2. The flagellant head lacks eyes (a major bug bear of mine) and also has a sort of savage/gormless burst lip thing going on. 2 looks marine-y enough and you can easily remove the mechanical bits and add the flagellants ear on if needs be.



03-11-2009, 10:24
What about the head of this guy (http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/productDetail.jsp?prodId=prod1850000) on the far right with the plasma gun if you can get hold of it; it already has the scars and is smaller than standard marine heads.