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I am expanding my SM bike army. The newest addition is going to be a command squad. I already have the Champ and Apothecary done, the remaining models are the 3 Vets with magnetized arms for different needs.
The overarching theme of my army is a mixture of Gothic/Chaotic accents. I heavily use CSM and Fantasy Chaos bitz. I also use a lot of Inquisitorial shoulder guards and purity seals. My color scheme is the book-approved Mortifactors combination (black and bone).
These are some pics of the Vets. The bikes are fairly plain (the difference being golden trim versus silver one for the regular bikes). Models will of course get regular SM power packs - I just do not glue them for painting.
Are they done you think? Overdone? Need something more? You like/hate them?
the "no-hander" thing dosnt work unless they are parked and in a more defensive pose
I'm afraid I agree with jonojoe on this one, the shield could be stuck on the wrist of an arrms that is holding the handle bars?
BTW are these loyalists or renegades?
rep for the paint jobs so far.
Great stuff, I do think that they are a little plain on the covers. I think some scripture of icons would make them look a little better. Other than that, great work.
I agree. Great work. I think adding some scripture, purity seals or some other kind of icon of your choosing would really make them stand out from the rank and file.
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Matus - these are in fact loyalist Marines. I just modeled them such that in several years, when I finally give in to the dark powers I could play them as renegade as well! Seriously though, I thought that some Marine chapters can be as much into intimidating their enemies as Chaos Marines are. I think that it is a valid military strategy, and since so many 40K players like to whip out real-life military comparisons it works for me - LOL.
The bike is a regular model - one that I had sitting around for other riders that I am painting at the same time. The Vet one will have some purity seals on the front covers, much like my Commander. But I will also look through my bitz box and see if I have any other interesting items there. I just do not want to go overboard, as the Vets themselves are pretty “flashed out” already…
As far as the “no hands on the bars” – I think that after you learn to ride a bike without the training wheels, the next thing you try to learn is to ride it without hands on the bars… At least when I was young – LOL. Space Marine should be able to manage, or have something in their suit of armor to interface with the controls… Perhaps I should model that somehow – some extra cables going to their power armor?
I was thinking about putting servo skulls on the controls just like I did for the Commander. But I am painting my models in parts, so that is why the bikes are not yet fully done now.
Thanks for the comments!
turning with no hands on a cycle is do able at a low speed, but on a bike going well over 130Km/h you need at least on hand to steady the handle bars. do some heavy converting, like completely integrate the bike to the body then you wont need to have the handle bars there
Ah, if only there were only tiny models like... grots, that I could pose as holding the handle bars...
WAAAAAAAAAAAAIT - I have it, I have it - eBay, here I come (not buying grots though, have no fear)!
New pictures to follow when I get my pieces
And here is one of the Vets - still WIP at this stage
Last edited by SmokWawelski; September 3rd, 2010 at 15:52.