'Lo again everyone!
A month or so ago, I started the slow and tiresome process of clearing out and selling some GW stuff, as I was beginning to get a bit tired of the hobby. I was very close to packing everything in and selling the lot. However, that lasted about a week or two and I thought I'd get some enthusiasm back by going back to every 40k players' love - Space Marines!
It's been a few years since I've done a Marine army. I did have a big DIY chapter army but sold that a while ago so there's been a power armour-shaped hole in my hobby heart for a while now.
Anyway, I've always wanted to do a proper Heresy era army. I did a Pre-Heresy Death Guard army about 6/7 years ago I think which was a lot of fun, if a bit distant from the fluff. And this was before Forge World did their lovely armour kits.
So I decided to do Ultramarines. They're quite basic and have a lot of potential to be something other than Smurfs. I liked the idea of them being a force created just after the Horus Heresy, but before the Codex Astartes is fully introduced, who've been tasked with hunting down traitor commanders whilst the other Ultramarines consolidate the Imperium after the Heresy. So a Scouring era Ultramarines army, I guess.
Enough talk, here's some PiP pics of the first half of a tactical squad.
Went for a mix between retro and modern Ultramarines schemes, as you can see with the red bolters. Tried yellow instead of gold but it looked a bit dated so I switched to gold. I'm just waiting on some painting supplies so I can do final touch-ups and decals.
The force will mainly have MkIV/V armour, with MkII/III for sergeants and veterans and maybe a few beaky bits here and there. But that's nothing to worry about now.
Hope you enjoy!
EDIT: Adding a contents section here as I finish stuff for people's convenience:
Captain (and Command Squad)
Tactical Squad I (and rhinos I and II)
Tactical Squad II
Assault Squad VII
Drop Pod 1
Drop Pod 2
Land Raider (interior/details)
Legion Tactical Squad IV