Wednesday, 19 September 2012

A retro future nostalgia side project

Hideho interblog peeps, back again with a bit of nostalgia that's inspired me to do some more converting and this time it's not IG it's Marines.
The idea is to try to replicate these 4 classic RT era space marines using plastic marines and bits from FW plus lashings and lashings of Green stuff of course :) I blame Ron at From the Warp with all those lovely conversions and tips that have infected my mind with too many ideas. 
First off is this guy (now i must just point out i was about 13 when theres were painted so don't be harsh) the chain sword will need to be scratched but i think I've the skills from the Guardsman's in the last post. He also has a nifty buzz saw on the back of his bionic hand that i hope to replicate also.
Thanks to the tips Ron at FTW (link in the side bar) the legs sans knee pads shouldn't be a problem or the exo power cables on his chest.

This chap will be mostly getting his arms in the right place but i may make his stance a bit more aggressive and canted foreword more as if he's leaning into his bolter but that's artistic licence.

 This ones my absolute fave an early Space Wolf, Ive seen him painted as a Space Wolf on the interwebs.His beeky helm is mag locked behind his left hip and a bolt pistol at his right. Again a scratch built Chain sword for him and a bit more swing in his stance as if he's really going to hack into his enemy.
  Finally this guy, he's got the look of an NCO to me assessing the situation and ready to react and issue orders to his men. Less movement in him but a lot of intensity to capture in my take on him. Will need to find a grizzled vets head for this marine. Also his bolter may get a custom top loading mag for his two handed bolter stance so may add an under slung grenade launcher.

May have a dig around in the box of lost soldiers for a 5th member to add to the mix and round out the squad. I don't think any heavy weapons were about in the early days of space marines but i'll have to check out some old white dwarfs. There may have been an early rocket launcher before RTB01 but the old grey matter is not what it used to be.

So what do you think of my cunning plan, worthy of Baldrick or complete insanity.

If you guys have any suggestions for what bits to use or the 5th member toting something with more punch from the RT era give us a shout. 
I will get started on this project once i've restocked on some plastic marines,  bits an bobs from other sources and gathered my wits about me. I've no idea which one i'll start with they all have something about them the grizzled vet Sergeant, the wild swordsman or the eager young marine freshly promoted to the battle company or the bionically enhanced assault specialist in that fetching yellow and blue paint job.

Until next time


  1. #24 from this page. He was always one of my fav sculpts from back then with his bad arse mohawk and rear facing handflamer action! :)

    No idea on parts right now - I'll think it over and see what I can come up with after work.

  2. Mohawk is an epic idea will have to look out a bigger pic from an old WD. Pretty sure i still have 4 7 11 12 and 21 knocking around somewhere. I like #8 heavy melta and #19's chainsword bayonet is awsome. His armour looks cool too seems like his left poldron is layered.
    Great link thanks for that Dai

  3. O wow, if you have that Comm's marine then I'm jealous. :) Was always one of my fav sculpts as it seemed so "sci-fi".

    More here that make up the other half of my Raven Guard Assault Squad. Well, "half" I mean two - #4 and #20. (I like #20 as he has a bare arm! O_o No pauldron, no glove or arm armour - THAT's a mean arse marine! ^_^ )

  4. Comm marine is indeed great, my favorite marine model ever!

    For the squad, I'd say #08 with the multimelta is good, looks like a calm professional sizing up his next target.

    #19 is actually a traitor marine; the layering on his pauldron is a chaos symbol! Slipped in there somehow!