View Full Version : Phox's Blood Ravens (sort of on the cheap)

21-09-2006, 19:54
Hi all!

The other day I was playing a bit of DoW and the more I played the more I wanted a small Space Marine army to mess around with. As I had already bought a 5 man squad and Captain and painted them up as Blood Ravens this seemed the best way to go (and I like they way they look heh).

The main question was "How am I going to afford this?". I already have some Blood Angels so I could have stripped them but I just can't bring myself to do that and I can't really afford to cough up for another army at the moment.

A quick search of the house turned up a couple of sniper scouts but 5 tactical marines and 2 scouts is hardly an army! There were of course the 10 terminators from space hulk.... the 10 unpainted terminators. A quick base swap for them and they were ready. I've also managed to put together most of a techmarine for a bag of bits I won, just need a power weapon and a hand for him (Not that I really want a techmarine in the army but a free model is a free model). I think there might be another couple of marines in the bag of bits so I'll have a look for them later.

So I have:
1 Commander (painted)
5 Tactical marines (inc vet srg with powerfist) (painted)
10 Terminators (5 put onto larger bases) (WIP)
2 Scouts (WIP)
1 Techmarine (Very much WIP)

It look likes I will be spending a little money on them then, a few more scouts and it'll be a technically usable army. Once I get that far we'll see how it goes. Now on to the painting!

A blurry shot of the 2 scouts together

Less blurry pics of one of the scouts.

A group shot of the three terminators that I've been working on.

21-09-2006, 20:00
The only fully painted terminator. I'm not to happy with his face as he was the first one, the other 2 are looking better. I may go back and tough him up a bit once the rest are done.

One of the WIP termies. Just need to do his base and the champr badge on his shoulder.

That was supposed to be a pic of the chapter badge (and an example of how poor my free hand can be :-p) but like many of the other pics I took its a little on the blurry side.

I'll see about getting pictures of the tactical squad and commander up later when there is a little more light. I think I'll need to lighten the tactical squad a little though as they are very dark compared to the newly painted figs.

21-09-2006, 20:13
Nice Terminators, shame about the quality of the scout pictures though - it's hard to make too much out.

The Keeper of Secrets
21-09-2006, 20:23
Really nice, really like them, yeah, shame on the pics

21-09-2006, 20:32
Thanks :)

I'll try anbd get some photos of them in day light tomorrow, though it may have to wait untill the weekend (little busy tomorrow). The more I paint these guys the more tempted I am to give up on the idea of building a small army on the cheap and just cough up for a larger more usable force. I want to use dreads, more squads... buts its a never ending cycle hah.

21-09-2006, 22:46
thye look really good from the blurry pics. Did you free hand the chapter badge?

22-09-2006, 00:34
Yea, even with the blurry pics those are some damn good looking marines. How much are you thinking about putting together?

22-09-2006, 00:34
Yeah, no choice but to free hand it. Its not really an accuract verion of the Blood Ravens badge but I have an easyish method of getting somthign similar. There is of course the odd marine that ends up having some sort of mutated chicken on his shoulder though :(

22-09-2006, 12:58
Looking good so far. I've been building and slowly painting my Blood Ravens army for a while. I went with bright green eyes too.

Are the termie helmets white or bone?

23-09-2006, 14:03
press the flower button on the camera for close ups.

Cant make out much with them vlurry pics

dave is the best
23-09-2006, 15:05
cool nice paint job

23-09-2006, 16:37
Keravin: The helmets are probably closer to white than bone. They were just going to be bone but I highlighted them more heavily than I had intedned but I think making the face a little brighter than the pad pays off.

UnRiggable: Would you believe the camera was in Macro mode and on a stand when I tok those pics heh!

Well on to some new pics then some clearer verisons of things I've already posted.

First of is the commander:
He doesn't quite have the equipment I'd planned on giving him as I managed to mess up the arms I was going to use when converting him.

A group shot of the tactical squad:
As I mentioned before these guys are a darker red than everyone else so I may lighten them a little but thats not a prioroty at the moment. I should probably also rebase them to keep it consistant with the rest of the army.

Now for the scouts:

23-09-2006, 16:41
The chapter badge on the second scout is just awful so that'll need to be redone. Think I'm going to make the caseing of the rifles black as well, again to keep it consistane with the rest of the army. I'd just painted them bgm+black innk for speed


23-09-2006, 16:46

There we go! I plan on having everythign I have (well the 5 terms and 2 scouts) done by the end of the week, probably sooner. I'm going to pick up a few more scouts on tuesday, most likly another 2 snipers and either a HB or a ML or the box of snipers depending on the costs.

25-09-2006, 15:53
Well a bit of an update:
Found enough bits laying around to build another 2 marines (including a plasma gunner) so they'll be added to the tactical squad.

Should have the terminator srg more or less done by tonight but could do with a little advice on getting a nice blue powersword look. Normally I do powerswords with metalics but as I've only had to do them with my quick and rough IG I'd rather have something nicer on my marines.

25-09-2006, 16:58
you are going to need more scouts =P.

and how did u find the extra parts like legs and torsos, aren't those bits less abundant? I know boxes usually have extra arms and weapons.

25-09-2006, 17:00
I won a bag of bits at GW when BfSP came out :D that combined with the various bits and bobs I haven't built over the years.

As for scouts I'm thinking of picking up a box set of sniper scouts and a dread tomorrow. I've always wanted a dread :angel:

26-09-2006, 01:58
NIce paint job, good looking army!

26-09-2006, 22:52
Great_Destroyer: Thanks, I don't think these are the best minis I've done but I have been trying to keep a high standard on them!

As for more updates, well I all but finished the srg (just need to do the chaper badge) and that leaves one more term in this squad. I didn't get any more scouts or a dread though, got some wood elves instead ^^;;