||This scout sergeant started as one of the old Space Wolf
scout sergeants. To make it less wolfy, I removed the
wolf head from the bolter, and replaced it with the head and wing from
a plastic banner pole. I added the power axe (a plastic one with
the curvy part cut off the bottom). To help distinguish
the sergeant from the rest of the squad, I usually attach a space marine
backback to his back. I paint my Ultramarines dark blue, and use
white logos and trim colors.
|One of the neatest features of the old metal Space Wolf
scout sergeants is the bare arms, which paint up nicely. I painted
the arms tan, did a light brown wash, and just a bit of light tan drybrushing
to achieve this rather nice effect on his arms.
||Here's a typical tactical marine painted in ultramarine
colors. I use grey for the shoulder pad trim on tactical models since
it is more subdued than white, which makes the model look more "practical".
This is the metal flamer marine, which has a nice pose to it that paints
|The Ultramarines don't have very many special character
models, so I tend to use the nicer "generic" models for them. This
is a stock metal sergeant model, painted in typical Ultramarines colors-
a dark blue faintly drybrushed with light blue, grey shoulder (and knee)
trim, and gold and white details.
||This is an old "limited edition" model captain available
at Games Day many years back. No, I didn't make it to games day (I
live in California, it's a bit far to Baltimore, thank you)- I actually
got lucky and found them in blisters at the local shop. The model
is completely stock- I really like the power glove and power sword
|I finally got around to painting up a Marneus Calgar, and I must admit,
it's actually quite a nice model. I mixed up a custom burgundy-red
for the cape, tasset, and braiding. I've also done more elaborate
highlighting on the blue edges. I usually rely almost entirely on
washes and drybrushing- this kind of highlighting by hand is usually only
found on Eavy Metal team models, but what the hey, this mini is worth the
||A back shot. I painted the beaks and claws of the eagles yellow
and the bodies white, then gave them all a brown wash to shade and subdue
them. The cape has some highlighting brushed in (red over burgundy).
The metal parts were painted steel, then washed with dark brown.
I cut the banner pole off- I felt the model looked more rugged and practical
without a banner.
|It's a shame seeing character models left in the dust in favor of a
generic Terminator, so I did this quick conversion for Marneus. I
simply removed his arms and attached them to the new terminator Captain.
The standard pole was replaced with a banner top since I couldn't put the
eagle backpack on the armor. I used the same colors, but they came
out richer here (better wash I guess).
||Aah, the old Terminator Captain. For the longest time,
this was my favorite miniature. This model was actually painted for
my old "Storm Horses" chapter, but since I don't play them anymore, I've
been using him as an Ultramarines terminator captain. I added the
purity seal on the leg and painted on the stripes. This is one of
my oldest models still in use...
| Here you can see the horse head I painted on the shoulder pad,
plus the purity seal (made from Milliput and paper). Although I painted
this model a long time ago, I took my time with it, and it holds up pretty
well even by my current standards for models...
||A Terminator librarian. I used a blue-grey for the main color,
and dark blue and yellow for trim colors. The inlay on the axe is
painted copper, as is the psychic hood. Rather than put a banner
on him (I hate banners on terminators), I cut off the banner pole top and
glued it directly onto the back above the hood.
| One of the stock Librarian models, painted with a blue-grey I
mix myself. I like using blue-grey (rather than just blue) to make
the librarians stand out from the regular Ultramarines- besides, this way
they can double as grey knights! Blue robes and yellow trim complete the
"character" look of the librarian. I use gold, leather, and white
for the accessories. I actually painted the psychic hood (the cowl
around the head) with Copper, giving it a more arcane look I felt was appropriate
for a psyker.