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Black reach is less than 3 weeks away! So taking that into account, I thought I would try a new Space Marine chapter; The Star Hawks.
A 7th Founding Chapter of the White Scars, the Star Hawks are drop-pod specalists they excell at surprise attacks and raids delivered with both the precison of a rapier and the force of a hammer blow.
Chapter Symbol: White Hawk
Colours: Deep Blue, White, and Red
The dark blue represents the vastness of space, where they launch their devestating drop-pod assults, and also where their ancient Fortress Monestary floats, hunting the enemies of the Imperium like an eagle stalks a rabbit.
The white stands for the purity of the Emperor and their undying faith in the Master of Mankind
The Red symbolises the blood each marine has spilt, both in battle, and in the trials they must endure on their path to becoming an initiate. The higher ranking the marine, the more red they are permited to wear.
This can often conflict with the uniforms that the Tech Marines wear that represents the Schools of Mars. The chapter allows the Tech marines to wear a very dark red that is more similar to the red earth of Mars, while standard marines wear the bright red of fresh blood.
A Tactical/Assult/Devestator Marine has two red knee pads a red helmest 'crest' and red wrist guards, otherwise the rest of the armour is blue and white.
A Sargent can be identified by the red trim on his right shoulder pad
Veterains have the colours of their helmet switched (the face plate blue and the crown white) and have Red shoulderpad with white trim. They also tend to wear blue loincloths, representing their age and as such, their experience The reasoning behind this is that the universe is aeons older than anything still in existence and much has happened within.
Veterain sargents are identified with a red stripe along the crown of the helm and are typically armed with a power sword and plsma pistol. Veterain Assult Sargents are usually armed with Thunder Hammers.
As is fitting, Terminators wear more red than their Battle Brothers. Their power fists/Storm shields are typically all red with the fingers/trim being white. Their Left shoulder pad is also red, with a white Crux Terminatus. The right shoulder pad is left, and the chapter symbol, which is usually white, is now red, showing how blood-soaked these marines have become in their time.
The Captains and Masters of the Chapter have the most ornate armour. They wear white cloaks and lots more blue and red than their bretheren. They have white shoulder pads with red trim. The chapter symbol is now blue, again, repesenting their age, as with the veterains. The command symbol is a red skull, symbolising the blood spilt and death brought to the emperors foes at their hands.
More fluff to follow later. Let me know what you think so far
That lot look cool. I think the colour scheme you have chosen is very good. I like how the red becomes more dominant as they gain experience. I think I like how the Terminator looks. If you have red become stronger as they go on then the contrast will look good. You will be able to make your Terminators look quite nasty as they all show up covered in red. It is also interesting to see that the colours a cahper is using have a reason for being the way they are.
I was thinking that you should consider what colours Chaplains will be. Also I think the Adeptus mechanicus wear lots of white or bone as well as red. You could try to apply white/bone to the Techmarine to avoid him becoming confusing. Also how will scouts look? The picture of the captain at the bottom is smaller than the others. Where did you get the pictures from? And how did you make them? They look interesting and I was wondering is there some kind of Space marine paint thing on the net that you used?
Last edited by Leech; August 19th, 2008 at 22:32.
I like the idea a lot. I think the background for the colors is very nice and clear. I think that their is a bit to much of one color. I think that you should limit the white and maybe turn it into stars on the shoulder pads and then white on the helmet and aquilla. I just think that there should be more of a solid base color (blue), then a secondary color (white), and finally a "prize" or trophy color (red). Those are just my thoughts.
I hope to see these guys in 3 weeks!
The Great Plague meets The Devourer of The Galaxy. What does that make us?
A few years after the chapter was formed, it was nearly destroyed when the First Chapter Master, Tybalt Mysar, was killed in battle against an unidentified Chaos Marine legion. The Star Hawks won the day, but only just. The loss of their First Chapter Master was a massive blow to the young chapter. The un-named legion had caused a great many losses, destroying fully two companies (The chapter only being 5 companies strong at the time.)
A few days later, at the funeral of Tybalt Mysar, the next Chapter Master was named. A young, but very experiened and deceptivley wise marine known as Tristran Cador. After his naming ceremony, he retreated to his private chambers to contemplate how he was to fill the void left by his friend and mentor, as well as how to bring the chapter up to full strength. while he was trying to solve his dilema two figures walked entered his room. One was clad in bone white Terminator armour, the other in obsidian black armour, and cream robes. They were Master Belial and Master Sammael of the Dark Angels chapter. Tybalt had been a good friend of theirs leading his company of White Scars to aid them in the persuit of the Fallen before he was awarded his own chapter. They offered to lend as much help as possible to the new Master of the Star Hawks chapter until the chapter could support itself once more. They said they felt they owed it to their friend's memory.
Tristran took much advice from the Masters of the Dark Angels and formed his chapter in the likeness of the First Legion. The Star Hawks now have an incredibly close bond with the Dark Angels, porbably more so than their parent chapter, and will answer any call to aid that the Dark Angels require. Very often, the Star Hawks will dis-engage from whatever battle they are fighting to aid in the Hunt for the Fallen, who Master Sammael revealed where the unnamed legion that slew the first Chapter Master.
Regarding the rivalry between the Dark Angels and the Space Wolves, the Star Hawks will tend to mediate between the two, and, where appropriate, as referees in the traditional duel that must take place between a Dark Angel and a Space Wolf whenever they meet.
(I intend to use the Dark Angels Codex )
The Master of Sanctity wears a red skull helm, has white knee-pads and hands, and blue shoulder pads with a red skull.
I think your fluff is well hought out and works well. I like the connection with the Dark angels and I think that using thier codex will make your army more unique. I think I like how the Terminator picture has his powerfist arm almost all red. I think you could consider using that theme of one red arm to help mark out important types in your army. One thing I have noticed is that the blue of your Marines eyes is the same as the blue of thier armour. You could try to use another colour for the Marines eyes so they don't look too much the same. Green could work or another shade of blue.
hey....you stole my chapter name!!
chaos marines have the chaos gods on their side, but space marines have games workshop on theirs
The color scheme is pretty good, but I think its is too complicated and busy. While it might look good on the army painter, on a mini, it will be hard to make all the little details in different colors look good.
My suggestion (for the regular marine)-keep the red knees, but make the rest of the legs, arms and abdomen blue. shoulder pads are good, but the helmet with 3 colors, maybe drop it to just blue with red top-vent. as for the backpack, it would probably be fine with the white top.
Problem is, in my oppinion, a 3 color scheme is hard to pull of well. Maybe try to keep the rank and file marines white and blue, with red accents, like a hemet stripe and shoulder pad trim, red on the vets, HQ, or other specialty guys.
Just my thoughts.
Yeah, I'm going to be doing a squad like above. Depending on how easy/hard I find it I may be persuaded to change the scheme. I'm probs gonna be using the cheap snap-together kits to save money
I think the color scheme will stand out well on the tabletop and looks very American, and wonderful fluff.