So Iíve decided to jump on the Space Marine Bandwagon after over 14 years of xenos in various forms. Iíve decided to keep this log as a sort of motivator.
Iíve set myself a few goals for this army
- The marines in power armour will be done in truescale / tallscale Ė whatever you prefer to call it. I will be using Guillimanís fantastic method, though I certainly donít have his gift for working with greenstuff.
- On that note, Iím going to use this project to develop my skills with greenstuff.
- Every model will be converted in some way (vehicles will
notbe done in TS Ė lets face it, that sounds painful and for now, I donít forsee myself going down that route.) edit 1st aug 2012: ok I changed my mind on this. At the very least the rhinos will be tru scaled - or an attempt will be made at least. As my commitment to this I attach a picture of a cut up rhino.
- 2000pts to be done
My plans for construction are tied into the background of the Chapter. I always like to have an idea of a back story but I tend start with an initial concept and then flesh out the specifics to build my background up over a few months rather than write it out at the start.
So I would like to introduce you to the Desert Scorpions, a Red Scorpions Successor Chapter formed during the 26th Founding in 738M41.
I love the Red Scorpions background, hate the colour scheme, but I like the chapter symbol and all the FW stuff for them is awesome, and I wanted to use some of it Ė the etched brass, shoulder pads, the MkIV helmets etc, so I decided that much like the Crimson Fists and Imperial Fists, this successor Chapter would retain the Red Scorpions Chapter symbol, but their colours would be a black scorpion on a field of white surrounded by a band of red. Their armour is a desert stone reflective of the sands of their home world which is a largely covered in arid desert. Squad leaders/commanders wear red helmets, veterans wear black.
The broad outline I have so far for them is that they initially had a lot of success on the Eastern Fringe following their initial deployment and took part in a number of successful campaigns earning themselves a strong reputation for precision well planned strikes. Through circumstance, they were petitioned to aid a number of worlds over the course of a few decades which were experiencing civil revolts which ultimately were found to be the result of Genestealer Infestation Cults. This gained them experience and reputation as Tyranid Hunters. At the dawn of the 9th Century M41, they were petitioned for aid to prevent a vital system from being destroyed by a Tyranid Hive Fleet. Six full companies were committed to the fight and through exceptional sacrifice, the system was saved, the hive fleet crippled and routed. However, well over 500 battle brothers were lost during the fighting. Reduced to less than half strength, the Chapter set about the long task of rebuilding.
Now the way I intend to incorporate this into the force organisation is that I will be making heavy use of Scout Squads and so I guess thatís a good place to start