Black Templars – Crusader Squad I

Black Templars Space Marines Crusaders

The second unit of my Black Templars Crusade following the Terminator Squad shown a bit over a month ago, is now finished. Or at least, legal. These five Crusaders will no doubt be reorganised in the future, but they’re now a functional squad.

Black Templars Space Marines

Black Templars Space Marines

The first of their number is actually the first Black Templars model I ever started painting. Sometime around 3rd edition and Codex: Armageddon, there was not actually a Black Templars sprue available yet. There were, however, separate metal shoulderpads, and so that is what he was outfitted with. The sword is actually a Space Wolf blade, with the wolf-skull cut down to a human shape and size, and the tabard is one of my very early efforts with greenstuff/kneadatite.

Black Templars Space Marines

Black Templars Space Marines

As can probably be guessed, his Sallet-style helm with its Panther crest, and the banner arm originally came from the Empire Knightly Orders kit, which sadly appears to have been a casualty of the Age of Sigmar. It is (was?) a great kit, that not only made some great looking knights, but was a goldmine for kitbashing and conversion, particularly for forces like the Black Templars. One day this guy may be promoted to Chapter Ancient, though more likely he’ll be this squad’s Sword Brother as the banner is cool but not really blinged out enough to be an Astartes Company Banner or equivalent. Maybe I’ll have to hang a bolter from his backpack?

Black Templars Space Marines

Black Templars Space Marines

Black Templars Space Marines

The other four members of this squad – and four of the other five on the painting desk – are essentially more “rescue marines”. Bought from (I think) eBay any number of years ago, assembled and with a spattering of mostly-black paint on them but not especially cleaned up, they sat for years until earlier this year when the impending release of 8th made me look through the various bits boxes and random junk I’d accumulated for 40k figures that deserved a resurrection.

Black Templars Space Marines

Black Templars Space Marines

Black Templars Space Marines

The shoulder pad script either says “Dorn” in honour of his Primarch, or “Dorm” in honour of his sleeping arrangements. You be the judge! I’ll worry about more detailed squad numbering and designation once I’ve got the next five or fifteen of these guys done. Considering only five are even built, it could be awhile.

Black Templars Space Marines Crusaders, Terminators RTB09

The Black Templars, despite being on my “list” of armies to build and having some very cool models are a back-burner force. I had 10 models built, plus the 6 terminators. Once these are done, there’s an Emperor’s Champion that’s also built and primed. After that I might attempt to get them up to the “2 squads, a hero or two and a dreadnought” level, maybe adding some Sword Brethren via using them as a palette cleanser, but I’ll most likely be concentrating on my “main” forces to get the Minotaurs, Dark Angels and Iron Warriors up to speed before revisiting the Templars with any level of “Army Building Seriousness”. I’ve also got similarly small forces of Space Wolves, Blood Angels, Flesh Tearers and Ultramarines to get to “completed small force” status. Not to mention my Adeptus Arbites!

For now, I hope you enjoy them. 🙂

21 thoughts on “Black Templars – Crusader Squad I

  1. Very cool. I always liked Black Templars but at the same I don’t like them because they are so tied in with 3rd edition 40k. I’ve always been tempted to do an army but I just can’t bring myself to betray 2nd edition like that!

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    • Oh come on! You’ve got Primaris marines! Black Templars would be easy to mix in with 2e rules as well. Just mix your Tactical, Assault and Scouts together, forego psykers and the rest writes itself!

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        • Just checked out my C:UM and while it’s true, you’ve got to give the 3rd edition reboot of them the edge in visuals, interest and gameplay. And SO MUCH red on that UM Razorback throughout the book!

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        • Definitely… the Blanche artwork for the cover of 3rd edition is easily my favourite piece of colour art of Space Marines. I have a couple of others in black and white I like better but that is definitely a great re-boot and a great piece of art per se.

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        • You could always paint a single Tactical Squad of them to ally with/incorporate into your Ultramarines force. There’s nothing that says Crusader Squads need to have mixed weapons, and 10 men with bolters (and some bling on the Sergeant/Champion) is perfectly acceptable whether you’re playing 2nd, 3rd or 8th!

          I plan to do that very thing with a few forces – basically painting projects to wrap into a RT-era-style “Crusade Army” – which was written as a number of relatively small detachments from many chapters combined to make a “crusading” force for a specific purpose without any of the participating chapters needing to deploy a significant amount of men or materiel. I wish I could recall which WD it was in, but it’s always mentally stuck with me.

          My standard mental “template” for it is 2 squads, 1-2 heroes and a Dreadnought (I picked up quite a few AoBR ones when they were cheap) or Rhino or Razorback, etc. For some chapters, like Imperial Fists I may only do one squad.

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    • Thank you Alex. I’d like to keep the red to a minimum overall on these guys, but adding just a little really does make for an effective spot colour. Unsure how I’ll handle it on my Sword Brethren at this point, but I’m sure I’ll figure out something

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