On a whim I decided to create a kill team created from some of the remaining marines of the ill-fated Celestial Lions chapter. For those of you who don't know the Celestial Lions began openly opposing Inquisition tactics and had their entire Chapter sent to Armageddon as pennance. While there they were given consistantly poor intel and faced "surprisingly accurate" Ork sniper fire which killed every last Apothacary in the organization.
All the fluff says is that only 96 marines survived the onslought and those that did survive were intent to die alongside their Battle Brothers. I like to think some survived to carry on their chapter.
So with that in mind I used models from the Veteran Box set. There isn't much conversion one the line troops, but I have put some work into the sergeant. The bodies themselves are gold (Dark Flesh- Brazen Brass- Chesnut/black ink mix- Shining Gold- Burnished Gold Highlights) and the Helmets & inner shoulder pads are dark blue (slightly lightened regal blue, adding white for each additional highlight). The blue is probably a bit dark compared to the fluff pic, but I like my models to be a bit darker anyways.
For the Sergeant I used the lightning claw veteran body and modified new arms & weapons for him. For the bolter I did a simple modification to add a combi-flamer effect, the Sword itself comes from a Daemonhunters Inquisitor model (I thought it'd make for a touch of irony) which I intend on adding lightning effects to once I'm finished. The shoulder pads are both from the Black Templar sprue, the swordarm pad was originally a Black Templar crest that I modified with greenstuff and painted to look like an improvised Crux Terminatus.
I still have two more marines to paint up. One will be wielding a power mace, and the other will be the blister version of the lightning claw model (which has a Chainsword in lieu of claws). I plan to file off the chest scroll and see if I can greenstuff a 'Lion Couchant' instead (heraldry term for laying down).
anyways, have a gander and tell me what you think. comments, complaints, advice, etc.