Mentor Legion #8 – Plasma Gunner (Tactical Squad III-3)

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marine Plasma Gunner Mentors

Another part of Tactical Squad III of my Mentor Legion here today. The squad Specialist, armed with a Plasma Gun. I tend to paint the plasma coils in coppery tones rather than glowing, since they can’t always be charging or firing.

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marine Plasma Gunner Mentors

I’ve posted him up individually rather than holding him back mostly because I’m wanting to get all of March’s models posted on the Blog before the monthly round-up. I’d typically have held showing this guy back until I had a few more done.

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marine Plasma Gunner Mentors

The model is a very simple conversion – it’s a second edition Plasma Gunner with the head carved off and a 3rd edition helmet (with neck!) dropped into the hole I carved out and oriented in the direction of the weapon. Since I had to literally saw the head off a metal model and then use a drill to hollow out a collar, I’ll call this one a conversion rather than a kitbash.

Mentor Legion #7 – Jump Pack Librarian Scipio Aemillianus

Mentor Legion Space Marine Assault Librarian

So here’s an Illegal Model. I expect that the Games Workshop Staatssicherheitsdienst will be around presently to assist me with my re-education. More specifically, we have a Space Marine Librarian with Lightning Claws and a Jump Pack. A simple kitbash by my good self from the 3rd edition 40k era, when such things were ferpectly legal. Of course, as I’ve already blogged, none of my Mentor Legion of the day (my 3e New Edition, New Army) actually got completed due to a horrible experience with custom decals. Since discovering the wonders of 3D printing for Chapter Icons and a local source of pretty good printable decal paper that plays well with my Laserjet, I’m on the Custom Decal Train and I can finally finish off some of these old projects.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Assault Librarian

This Space Marine Librarian is known as Scipio Aemillianus (I was saving Africanus for the Captain), and as an Assault Librarian led my Mentor Legion force in their batttles during 3rd edition. Usually attached to one of the two 7-man Assault Squads, he regularly wreaked a furious vengeance on The Emperor’s foes.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Assault Librarian

Another kitbash/conversion from the all-metal days, his base is one of the metal Librarians (Power Axe, I think) with metal Lightning Claw arms from a Terminator grafted on, as well as the metal Jump Pack. The skull-rings on his Jump Pack were an interesting decal I found on an old Epic sheet, as is the skull and crossed axes on one of the vents. The Librarian symbols on his tabard are freehanded, as is the skull on his other vent.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Assault Librarian

I had to use a smaller Mentor decal than I would have liked on his shoulder, since I had the scroll there, and didn’t want to “cut off” the beak. I noticed the ding on the paint on his left greave and have since fixed that up. If I were painting the figure from scratch today, I’d have had less red on him and probably replaced some of it with silvered and copper metallics, but again, I’m trying to finish figures that I’m otherwise happy with. Maybe I’ll go back, but not anytime too soon. He’s a force leader, so he’s allowed to be a little more blingy.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Assault Librarian Chaplain

Here’s a 2-shot of the pair of Characters so far completed for this army, and Scipio Aemillianus here is the last of my “Neglected February” models to share. I’ll do a personal round-up tomorrow, and then the day after, I’ll do one including all the people who have participated in the challenge.

So far (in my draft post) I’ve got Krautscientist, Alex, Justneedsvarnish, Mikeland82, Wargamer Eric, Ann, Steinberg Shed Space, Argentbadger and Back to the Hammer. If I’ve missed you, please add a comment below with a link to your Neglected model post so I can be sure to get everyone in. Because I feel like I’ve missed a person or two, despite combing through my reader and notifications…

Mentor Legion #6 – Tactical Squad III-2

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

Here’s the next pair of models that go with Tactical Squad III. The Sergeant and the Corporal. The sergeant is the metal model that originally came with (from memory) either a boxed tactical or Devastator squad in early 3rd edition. I’m thinking it was probably a Dev squad since they came with metal arms and backpacks for their heavy weapons, so a metal model for the Sergeant makes more sense, while a Tactical Squad of the time could very easily be all-plastic.

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

His offsider here is one of the “robed marines” which were the first incarnation of the Robed models pushed out for Dark Angels – again in 3rd edition, based on the plastics of the time with sculpted details simply added on top before casting in metal. I originally envisioned this guy as the Sergeant for Tactical Squad I, which at the time would have been the veterans. They had a slightly higher statline, but not much else – they certainly didn’t have the gear of modern Vanguard or Sternguard. Obviously this guy doesn’t fit into either of these categories, so I changed his squad designation marking from I to III, repainted his helm from white to green, and now he’ll work fine as a 2ic for the standard tactical squad.

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

Even today, I’m quite happy with the freehand pattern I added to his robe. It keeps it from being too plain,

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

On some of the older models with metal shoulders, the 3d-printed icons can be a little big.  Still works well, though but it does illustrate the variation, shrinkage and warpage that you get with metal models at times.

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

III Squad slowly takes shape…

 

Mentor Legion #5 – Jump Pack Chaplain (Jes Goodwin, 1995-1996)

Mentor Legion Jump Pack Chaplain (Jes Goodwin, 1995-1996)

I’m still working my way through February’s Neglected Models, especially after I had a bit of a surge of getting stuff done at the end there, and then took a break from posting for a few days because videogames.

Mentor Legion Jump Pack Chaplain (Jes Goodwin, 1995-1996)

Today we have a Space Marine Chaplain from the mid-1990’s. Spefically the second range of Chaplains launched with 2nd Edition 40k when they got Jes Goodwin to slowly resculpt the entire Space Marine range. You can just barely see my Custom Mentor Legion transfer on his shoulder, peeking out under his pack here.

Mentor Legion Jump Pack Chaplain (Jes Goodwin, 1995-1996)

The figure and jump pack are mostly metal, and as with all of the Mentor Legion that I’ll be working my way through in the foreseeable future, were started back in early 3rd edition. And completed about a week ago. The jump pack is once again metal – pinned in place, while the little skulls on the pack are plastic details, carved off …something.

Mentor Legion Jump Pack Chaplain (Jes Goodwin, 1995-1996)

The skully pauldron you see here is a metal conversion piece. It might have originally been a Blood Angels pad, or possibly a chaos one. Works well enough for a Chaplain, though – so that’s what he got. The rest of the right arm is from a Chaos marine, with a 3rd edition Imperial Bolt Pistol.

Mentor Legion Jump Pack Chaplain (Jes Goodwin, 1995-1996)

He’s perhaps a bit colourful for a Chaplain, but at least it’s all in context this time. The green of his bolt pistol, scabbard and pouches and the white of his pauldrons reflect his chapter colours, the red is all purity seal wax in my usual colour (and the same colour used on my Mentor Legion) while the blue is a richer edge highlight colour on his black armour, and the metallic blue on his Rosarius and Crozius is a way I often represent power (fields, weapons, etc). The brass accessories add some gravitas to him, as he’s a Chaplain rather than a mere Astartes, and of course, bone for the skull-helm, scrolls and such. But yeah. Red, Blue, Green and Yellow. Black and White and Bone. Silver and Gold. Grimdark Chaplain!

Mentor Legion Jump Pack Chaplain (Jes Goodwin, 1995-1996) Assault Marines.

And here he is with a pair of plasma-toting bodyguards. Ready to swoop in and ruin your day! Hm, you can’t attach characters to squads anymore. I wonder how he’ll work out?

Mentor Legion #4 – Assault Squad V-1

Mentor Legion Assault Marines, Mentors, 2nd Edition Metal Space Marines

As with my previous Mentor Legion squad posts, this one shows off a couple of finally-completed members of a squad that otherwise remains unfinished, with a lot of work to come. Both of these models are 2nd Edition metal-bodied marine models, with 3rd edition arms and plasma pistols added. The mohawked marine is the second of the two metal “Veteran Sergeant” assault marine models, though I’ve grafted a chainsword onto his grenade-throwing hand, and I’m just using him as a plasma-armed assault grunt here. Because that plastic power fist from the 2nd edition sprue just looked like shit on him when I was dry-fitting it all those years ago.

Mentor Legion Assault Marines, Mentors, 2nd Edition Metal Space Marines

They’re being shown off here as part of Neglected Model February, as that’s what this pair has been for many years. Nominally “finished” quite a few years ago aside from their Chapter Badge, they’ve recently been rebased onto 32mm bases, touched up (both chipped paint and a few details improved) and had custom 3D-printed chapter badges added, so now, after many years of neglect, they’re done.

Mentor Legion Assault Marines, Mentors, 2nd Edition Metal Space Marines

Of course, there’s still quite a lot more of their brethren to be completed, and the other Assault Marines are in quite the unfinished state. Not only on 25mm bases, but missing arms and with little more than base coats added with little to no highlighting or shading. Now those figures are going to be a lot of work.

Mentor Legion Assault Marines, Mentors, 2nd Edition Metal Space Marines

There are some more neglected Mentors to come in the next few days, not to mention my Fembruary wrap-up. Stay tuned for Daily Posts for the next few!

Mentor Legion #3 – Tactical Squad III-1

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

Here’s the next part-painted Squad element of my Mentor Legion. Like the previous models shown, this trio is part of II Company, but this time III Squad.

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

Of course, with 7 members of the squad missing, these guys are much less impressive, but the important thing is they they got painted and completed – finally.

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

While I could theoretically combine the two and run them as a single squad (with another proxy thrown in), I think I’ll just get both squads done properly before I let them hit the table. Ordinarily I wouldn’t even show off a trio of Space Marines like this, but… well, tomorrow will explain it.

Mentor Legion #2 – Tactical Squad II-1

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

The Mentor Legion was always a Space Marine Chapter I was fond of, ever since I first saw them back in White Dwarf 98 during the late 1980’s. When Warhammer 40k 3rd edition rolled a good decade later, in 1998, I decided to start a new army for the new edition (before that was used as a marketing catchphrase) and the Mentor Legion were the ones I chose.

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

I never managed to completely finish any of the models, though. I had five squads partway painted (2 Tactical, 2 Assault, 1 Scout), as well as a Dreadnought, Razorback (converted from a Predator), Librarian and Chaplain. There were a bunch of models that were all but finished – just needing their chapter badge. Being more interested in the original Mentor Legion with their Owl-head icon than the retconned “Mentors” with red, raptor head icon I tried to make my own Icons via my scanner and photoshop, but the printer paper I purchased from a hobby store did not work as advertised, and the designs ran horribly. I still used the models in games with my regular opponents of the day, but that was the end of trying to finish them properly for over a decade.

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

Skip forward to mid-late 2017, and I found that 3D-printed icons were now a thing on Shapeways. One designer agreed to make original Mentor Legion owl-head icons, but then took months and created the new raptor-head icons. Obviously only half-remembering and half-paying attention. Another designer I found later was willing to create them, having them ready within a couple of weeks, which has led to me finally being able to complete these figures. First up was the Dreadnought, which after so many false starts, I completed as part of Dreadtober.

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

Also as part of completing that Dreadnought, I finally got to trying the decal sheets I purchased in 2015 or 2016, after advice from . I’ve now got nice-quality, printed chapter icon decals for my Mentor Legion, for those times when the 3D-printed icons aren’t suitable. Next up was getting some of the infantry done, so I picked out the most close-to-complete models I had from the selection I had, removed ones with metal legs that would require a bunch of cutting to mount on 32mm bases, and set to rebasing them.

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

This left me with 6 Marines from Tactical Squad II and 3 marines from Tactical Squad III. Naturally, 2/3 of the photos of Squad III were blurry, so I need to retake them, and they’ll be in a separate post. Just as well, I guess. Squad II (they used to have a name) was the first one I started on, and gave them all MKVI Corvus armour (but MKVII pauldrons, since it was 3rd edition – plastics were limited in the extreme, and I wanted to use the space for squad markings and chapter icons anyway!)

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

When I got to starting subsequent squads, I quickly realised that my initial dream of an all MKVI force (inspired by the illustrations in WD98) was probably not feasable, so they’re in the usual mix of armour types. I’ll manage to finish this squad in type, though. I was not pleased last year when I realised that the original green paints I used had been discontinued without close approximations, but I found very close matches in P3 and Vallejo, so I’m still good once my old hex-pots finish up or dry out.

Mentor Legion Tactical Space Marines Mentors

This brings us to the end of Squad II. For now at least. The Mention Legion plan is to slowly go through all of the old figures, rebase and finish them off – complete with Chapter Icons, before expanding the force with some newer reinforcements. I’m not to touch any new models until the last of the old guard is brought up to modern standards and completed, so probably a few months at best, then! Also – these six don’t count towards February’s neglected mini challenges, since they were completed in January.

Yep, I’ve got a backlog to post up!