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Here's a WIP of one of my Objective Markers, just to show you what I've got in store for the army. I don't terribly like Objective Markers that are just leftover bits (ones that are crashed drones etc are fine- I mean a collection of bits, no flash cleaned off, dumped willy-nilly and quickly painted) or a very small weapons cache (who would fight a pitched battle over 5 Lasguns?) So I thought I'd 'waste' some decent models on some Objectives - and it gives me excuses to buy new, shiny Marine models too (as I'll now be short ). This is a hobby after all, so I thought I would try something to make the games more interesting and story-driven than a pile of guns or a luminescent green counter.
So, here's Objective 1 of 5 (wip): "Oh Brother, my Brother". C&C really appreciated, it's the first time I've tried a diorama/'true' objective.
The Salamander apothercary will be built in Traditional Colours...with a little twist. The colours are (not my model). The story behind it is that one Apothecary failed to save a fallen Battle Brother, and refused to wash the blood off of his arm/helmet. As a sign of respect, all Apothecaries in the force now paint their left arm & left side of the helmet red. This comes from Rogue Trader I believe. My model will have both arms and helmet white, but with the left arm/head heavily splattered with blood (hand covered in it, as it'll be staunching a wound, and the upper arm/head hit with arterial spray). The fallen Marine in his arm will be a Black Templar with extensive bullet wounds to chest (one will be under the Apoth. hand) and loads of blood running down the black armour (should look rather cool when I can paint properly), to continue my "Heroes of Armageddon" theme (my army is based on Armageddon Campaign actions).
The original plan was to have the model on the 60mm Dread base, and have an Ork on the edge reeling from a Bolt to the head - but went with the slightly-larger-than-40mm bases in the Heroic Basing Kit GW does, and the Ork would make it look cluttered, and maybe a little daft when facing Eldar etc (but then desert bases on a grass board look daft anyway, so why not go all the way?). I also wanted it to look like the Apothecary was dragging the Templar, but the Marines' armour stopped that from being a possibility, so went with the "propping up/staunching wounds/half-dragging" look instead.
I don't know whether to have the Templar totally unconscious (head lolling to one side, pale flesh, blood running from mouth), or having him awake-but-wounded (pale flesh, big eyes, staggering gait) and changing the title to "Just one more step Brother". What do you reckon?
The list of 5 objectives for this month are:
1) "Oh Brother, my Brother!" (seen above)
2) Brotherly Love (Wounded Salamander on ground [damage from a grenade], Blood Angel Assault Marine hovering above firing 2x Bolt Pistol)
3) Recon Rescue (a crashed, bloodstained Speeder)
4) "Emperor Save Us!" (Scouts cowering/taking cover under heavy fire, Teleport Homer set up next to them OR a bunch of Steel Legion guardsmen in dire need of rescue)
5) ? - Unsure - I need help with this one. Perhaps 2 marines pulling free a trapped Biker?
I might make number 4 a trio of Steel Legion troopers under fire, as then I'd have covered the major players in Armageddon... if I DO swap number 4, then I should represent the Sisters of Battle somehow (without stepping on the toes of my 5 Witchunter objectives [tomb, Vect's slaves/repentia, Acolyte + psyker prisoner, a martyred Sister and *something*], they'll be another thread) instead of the bike diorama?
What do you reckon on the final 2 then - Scout or Steel Legion troopers (bearing in mind I'll be using Scouts in my army now), and then something to tie in the Order of our Martyred Lady, or something I've totally not thought of for the 5th? Ideas would be apprecaited.
Last edited by Treadhead_the_mighty; October 1st, 2008 at 09:29.
that looks great. i am also planning on painting any apothecaries i get in the colour scheme you mentioned (i am doing a salamanders army too). i reckon the scouts w/ teleport homer objective would look good. have you glued the wounded marines head yet? it's just that in the bottom pic it looks like it's falling out
PS- your link to the apothecary colour scheme doesn't seem to be working
A Salamander marker could also be a sword stuck in an anvil type monument
Fixed the link.
And no, the head wasn't glued in yet - I will have it rolling to one side though (just actually attached at the neck).
Well, that's 1 vote for the Scouts as opposed to the Guardsmen, anyone else have any views on that?
A sword in an anvil eh? Hmm, that gives me an idea (and would be a small-ish objective too). Do you think the sword/anvil idea should be instead of the Scouts, or instead of the bike crash?
idea for 5th objective: have a scenic base that looks like a cliff face. on a ledge lower down, have a wounded marine about to fall to his death, holding onto the ledge with one hand. on the top of the cliff have one of his battle-brothers trying to reach down to him
Caption could be "Reach!!!"
i had this idea after watching lotr: return of the king one too many times