Minotaurs Space Marines – Terminator Squad Akakios: Dauntless December ’18

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Squad Akakios, Dark Vengeance, Anvil Industry, Puppetswar

Remember when I used to paint a lot of miniatures? Not scatter terrain, but actual miniatures? Yeah, I do as well. This month isn’t going to be huge in that sense, but at least I finally got these guys done. I started them quite a few months ago, and they’re been a hopeful to finish over several of my themed challenge months – neglected models, squads, mechanical, but to no avail. So while I guess Sergeant Akakios actually does qualify for Dauntless December, the rest of his squad are just here for the ride!

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Sergeant Akakios, Puppetswar

Sergeant Akakios (an ancient Greek name meaning “Not Evil” – no Google jokes, please) was built using a Puppetswar head on a regular Terminator Sergeant torso, mounted on a pair of Grey Knight Terminator legs, along with the Forge World shoulder pads. I think he makes for a nice, individual looking sergeant for the squad.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Sergeant Akakios, Puppetswar

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Sergeant Akakios, Puppetswar

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Sergeant Akakios, Puppetswar

I like metallic blue with some gradient for Power Swords, generally speaking. The attempt to create a nice, enamelled red on his pauldrons and bracers was achieved by doing the usual brassy-bronze armour, then going over it with two coats of GW’s Spiritstone Red. There’s still very much a metallic sheen to them that doesn’t come across fully in the photographs.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Assault Cannon Damon Anvil Industry

Brother Damon (yes, that’s what it says on his chest) – (“to tame, to subdue” and euphemistically “to kill.”) is the Squad’s heavy gunner, armed with the ubiquitous Assault Cannon. He’s pretty much a stock model, aside from the Forge World Pauldrons and the head and pteruges from Anvil Industry. He’s also a member of an ancient warrior cult for those who wage war using rapid firing heavy weapons with it’s origins in ancient Terra, evidenced by the iconography on his armour.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Assault Cannon Damon Anvil Industry

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Assault Cannon Damon Anvil Industry

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Assault Cannon Damon Anvil Industry

I’m not really one to name my models. Not that I begudge others who do so, but outside of games like Necromunda or Blood Bowl it’s just never been something that’s taken my interest. Generally, I’ll name all characters and things like Dreadnoughts, usually squad leaders in forces like Marines (though not Imperial Guard) and then models that force me to, by having something like a scroll in the middle of their chest.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Chainfist Anvil Industry

I was reading someone’s blog the other day where they were bemoaning the rather static poses of most terminator models. Aside from the fact that they’re an older kit, so that was certainly the price of a multipart posable kit in those days, Terminator Armour, or Tactical Dreadnought Armour is essentially taking an Astartes and enclosing them in a huge, heavy, cumbersome (and presumably uncomfortable and stifling) suit of armour – even with suspensors and synthetic muscle-fibre bundles. They are essentially walking tanks. I don’t expect something of that description to be especially dynamic in its posing or implied movement. I used to be a hockey goalie, and wearing that gear certainly changed your posture and gait. Still, I can very much appreciate that having a ton of guys all mono-posed like sumo is a bit tedious, so I’ve tried to mix them up a bit with some lightly converted Dark Vengeance poses.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Chainfist Anvil Industry

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Chainfist Anvil Industry

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Chainfist Anvil Industry

One thing that I was a bit stuck on as I was finalising these models was whether to go laquered red on their Chainfists and Power Fists as well as their outer Pauldrons. In the end, I left them in the brassy bronze, but felt that this guy needed a bit more to make it more interesting, so he got a lambda in red to finish it off. Because the lambda on his weapon and the lambda on his fauld wasn’t enough to get the whole “SPACE SPARTAN” thing across. Actually, it was just to have a bit of appropriate visual interest there. 😉

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Chainfist Anvil Industry

This guy was an attempt to add a bit more movement to one of the figures. I think the lowered Bolter arm is from one of the Dark Vengeance Deathwing Terminators, but combined with the walking legs and the angled head, I think it works alright.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Chainfist Anvil Industry

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Chainfist Anvil Industry

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Chainfist Anvil Industry

I used a few bits and bobs from the Grey Knight Terminators kit to add some bling to the backs of their belts, as well as the odd purity seal in hard-to-reach places. I wanted these Minotaurs to have a healthy but not overwhelming amount of bling on them so they’d fit in and stack up well enough next to the newer modifications to the Terminator kit, like the Deathwing or Blood Angels – rather than being as plain as the core kit would have them be.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Power Fist Dark Vengeance Anvil Industry

I always really liked this core model from the first time I saw it. I’ve picked up a few extras from back in the day when they were cheap and readily available, aside from my own massive-multiple-DV buy that came a bit later. I don’t think the right arm is stock, but I honestly can’t remember. Regardless, it’s a nice model pose that doesn’t necessarily evoke movement, but still has a nice, less static pose.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Power Fist Dark Vengeance Anvil Industry

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Power Fist Dark Vengeance Anvil Industry

Minotaurs Space Marines - Terminator Power Fist Dark Vengeance Anvil Industry

And there we are! A new squad, finally completed as we hit the cusp of 2018’s completion. And a number of photos that should make IRO jealous. Or Proud. Or Bored. 😉

Minotaurs Space Marines – Captain (or Lieutenant)

Minotaurs Space Marine Captain

Providing us with a short respite from the torrent of Nurgle Daemons is this guy – a hero model for the Minotaurs Space Marines that I haven’t done much with for the past few months. He was actually started alongside the second squad of Minotaurs, but I found him a bit hard to finish, mostly due to indecision on his loadout, his backpack, and his cloak.

Minotaurs Space Marine Captain

I knew that I wanted to use this particular figure (torso, legs and left axe arm) as the core of the figure, and I knew that I wanted to top it with a Puppetswar head, but that’s where things got tricky. We’d used him armed with a Storm Shield, so that was fine. The shield came from my little stash of Scibor Spartan bits, and I eventually found an appropriate Space Marine hand was in the current Devastators box, so I had to buy one of those to get the hand. (Don’t worry, I’ve got plenty of use for the rest of the box – so much so that I bought two!)

Minotaurs Space Marine Captain

But I wanted to give him the option for a ranged weapon. Probably a Storm Bolter. Then of course, the Space Marine Codex for 8th edition was released, and The Primarch’s Wrath was (re)introduced to the game. (I dunno, I wasn’t playing 40k during the dumpster fire of 6th/7th). Now I had a suitable weapon for Mon Capitan, but how to represent it? He looked kinda-okay with a storm bolter in the Storm Shield slot, but anything larger just looked ridonculous. Luckily the Intercessors boxed set came to my aid, and I stole a fancy-pants bolter from them and attached the straps to a backpack that I’d pilfered from my DeathWatch marines, since it was a little more fancy than the one I’d been working with to that point.

Minotaurs Space Marine Captain

You’ll now also see one of the other issues that held this guy up for so long. The cloak. It was a real “what to do?” problem. I kinda wanted to do a Greek Key pattern, but those are a massive pain in the arse to freehand, especially since you want them to be both straight and consistent. I also considered a giant Lambda in the centre of the cloak. In the end, I decided to do the key because I knew that’s what I really preferred. It took until last week after literally months and months of procrastinating. Because of course, February is about completing neglected models.

Minotaurs Space Marine Captain

The shield looks better in hand than it does here. The red on it is actually Citadel’s “Gemstone” paint, Spiritstone Red over the top of gold. It’s got that nice shiny, translucent effect in hand wheras in the photograph is just looks very flat.

Minotaurs Space Marine Captain

Remember when I was talking about weapon options? This is why I was talking about swapping in a Storm Bolter for the shield. I did this before the Codex came out, when weapon loadouts were a bit more limited. The wrist and shield hand are magnetised, and the initial plan was to also magnetise any ranged weapons. I left it magnetised for the completed model rather than gluing, because I liked the work I did on all of the parts of the model that would otherwise be obscured by that shield, and didn’t want them covered forever. I can of course also add other options to the wrist should the fancy strike me in the future.

So now – finally – the Minotaurs have a leader. I may leave him as a Captain, or he might well be replaced by someone in bigger, nastier Terminator armour down the line, and be demoted to Lieutenant.

Minotaurs Space Marines – IX Squad: Devastator (1 Section & Complete)

Minotaurs Space Marine Devastators

I’ve finally managed to get time to spray, base and photograph the second half of my Minotaurs Devastator Squad. Like most of my Minotaurs units, there’s a bit of kitbashing going on to keep the models interesting.

Minotaurs Space Marine Devastator Sergeant

First up is the Sergeant. He was originally a gift from my mate Damo/Nerdfest09 over on Dakka along with 2 Lascannon and 2 Heavy Bolter Marines and painted in his earlier style of doing Minotaurs (a darker, more coppery armour colour than the brassy tone I use, and scratched metal weapons). I asked permission from him to tweak the model so that it fit in with the rest of my army and he said no problem, so I redid some parts of the model. The head I replaced entirely with a Maxmini Tribe of Black Lotus Helmet, since I wanted something a bit more obviously Spartan-influenced on the Sergeant. Some Liquid Greenstuff to obscure the eyes and facial details underneath, and then painted the eyes as lenses and the “face” as black enamel. Looking at it now, maybe I should have tried to sculpt a simple grill and paint that in silver. Oh well, maybe next time. Oh, and I have plans for the original sergeant’s head…

Minotaurs Space Marine Devastator Sergeant

I painted the red base and yellow lines on his chainsword, but went around the scratches that Damo had put on the original, to incorporate them into the finished model. I also added pteruges from Anvil Industry over his crotch – Centurion Leather Straps.

Minotaurs Space Marine Devastator Sergeant

The bolter that Damo had originally armed him with was also removed and replaced with a Combi-plasma for practical, gaming purposes.

Minotaurs Space Marine Devastator Sergeant

The backpack scanner’s metals were left pretty much untouched from Damo’s original scheme, showing the contrast between the original armour in tone (the armour was more coloured than the scanner) and the scheme I use. I also swapped out the left shoulder pad for a Forgeworld one, in keeping with the rest of the squad.

Minotaurs Space Marine Devastator Missile Launchers

Minotaurs Space Marine Devastator Missile Launchers

When outfitting the Devastators, I knew that I wanted to use the two Lascannon models that Damo gave me, which left me with working out what weapons I wanted to use to compliment them. One of his Heavy Bolters has been in use for some time now, and the other is awaiting a new squad to join. I went with the traditional jack of all trades – missile launchers. I used Calth parts for the weapons. The right-hand model is mostly Calth MKIV parts, along with FW MKIV Minotaur shoulder, along with a Anvil Vanguard Torso, which I bought a bunch of years ago for my Minotaurs as the gorget makes them strongly resemble MKVIII armour, which the Minotaurs were said to have a fair supply of. I didn’t bother on this guy because of his arm being in the way, but the bare chest also makes them easy to add transfers or other details to.

Minotaurs Space Marine Devastator Missile Launchers

Minotaurs Space Marine Devastator Missile Launchers

The other bloke wears a more cobbled-together suit using a bunch of FW parts with the same Calth Missile Launcher. MKV head and Torso, MKII legs and shoulder, A bit of wear, staining and scoring on the launch area of their weapons, and they’re done. Incidently, the official FW Minotaurs transfer sheet (sadly OOP now) has their Devastator badge as the “explosion” variant. Clearly though, the Lambda is the most appropriate to use for Space Spartans.

Minotaurs Space Marine Devastator Lascannon

Minotaurs Space Marine Devastator Lascannon

The two Lascannon operators both wear pretty standard MKVII armour. I retained much of the work on the weapons, adding the red weapon casings and putting in the brass of the barrel coils. I might have repainted the barrel tip casings, but I wanted to keep the great heat-discoloured metal that Damo had done, so I left them as-is.

Minotaurs Space Marine Devastator Lascannon

Minotaurs Space Marine Devastator Lascannon

Once again, FW Minotaurs shoulder pads were added and the armour was “brassed up” a bit from the original to fit in with the rest of my force.

Minotaurs Space Marine Devastator Squad

And finally, we have the completed squad, with both sections present. Next for the Minotaurs are some HQ units, and then some Terminators.

Minotaurs Space Marines – IX Squad: Devastator (2 Section)

Taking a brief diversion from Dark Angels (still need to finish their Tac Sergeant – hopefully later today!) – but instead I have the Bolter half of a Devastator Squad for the Minotaurs. Once again, with luck I’ll finish the heavy half of the squad later today, but with poor weather for spraying in general, work tomorrow and so forth, it’ll likely be a few days at best until I can get them photographed and posted up.

Minotaurs Space Marines - IX Squad

As with a lot of my Minotaurs, I’ve added in a few third party components here, which today are all from Anvil Industry, who are one of my favourite suppliers of unofficial bitz. Two of the marines have scopes added to their bolters while once again I’ve sprinkled in a couple of Anvil’s “Spartan” helmets. The tabard is also from Anvil, though they’re currently OOP for some reason.

The other additional parts are of course Forge World’s Minotaurs shoulder pads that look pretty impressive as always. My only gripe with them is that some of them seem completely inappropriate for the left shoulder pad. I did finally come up with a solution for that, which I’ll post up a bit later on.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this short update, and hopefully I’ll have more from both the Dark Angels and the Minotaurs ready to show and ready to go very soon!

Minotaurs Space Marines – VI Squad

Minotaurs Space Marines - VI Squad

Minotaurs Space Marines – VI Squad

I finally completed the last of these guys a few weeks ago now. As is usual, they (almost) all got started together and then kinda got split into pairs and trios to get through the detailing stage. I enjoy painting marines more as individuals, and it becomes less of a grind, so it works for me.

Minotaurs Space Marines, Forge World Minotaurs Shoulder Pad, Anvil Industry Vanguard, Puppetswar Temistokles

Minotaurs Space Marines Veteran Sergeant and Plasma Gunner.

Minotaurs Space Marines, Forge World Minotaurs Shoulder Pad, Anvil Industry Vanguard, Puppetswar Temistokles

Minotaurs Space Marines, Forge World Minotaurs Shoulder Pad, Anvil Industry Vanguard, Puppetswar Temistokles

The sergeant is a bit of a bits-delve. New tactical legs, a 2nd edition powerfist, Anvil IndustryVanguard” (not-Mk8) chest and cape and topped with a Puppetswar “Temistokles” head. I had to carve off the lower part of the PW helmet to allow it to fit into behind the gorget. The pteruges on both figures come from Anvil again, and the plasma gun came from my stockpile of FW bits. I went RT-old-school with the Plasma Gun paint since it fit in perfectly with the Minotaurs’ weapon casings – red with copper coils. I considered doing something more fancy with his cloak, but he’s just a sergeant and pure red works for Spartans. I’ll get jiggy with someone else’s cloaks down the road, I’m sure.

I haven’t included a link to Puppetswar because despite their designs being utterly fantastic, their service and casting was atrocious. Probably the worst consumer experience I’ve had from an online retailer. Certainly the worst in years. here’s the gallery of my order, and here’s the saga, more or less as it happened. Here’s a post from another bloke that was made after I ordered mine, but before mine had arrived – so you know, it’s not just me. While I’d like to pick up more of their items and see if they’ve improved, I’m just not willing to send more money their way after all of that.

Minotaurs Space Marines, Forge World Minotaurs Shoulder Pad, Anvil Industry Vanguard

Minotaurs Heavy Bolter Gunner and Corporal

Minotaurs Space Marines, Forge World Minotaurs Shoulder Pad, Anvil Industry Vanguard

Minotaurs Space Marines, Forge World Minotaurs Shoulder Pad, Anvil Industry Vanguard

Something interesting about this squad is that with the exception of the Sergeant, they are all recycled marines – all of the torsos and legs came from Nerdfest09 over on Dakka, when I purchased the scraps of his Blood Angels/Flesh Eaters force a few months ago. The heavy bolter guy was actually complete and painted by Nerdy and sent as a gift, so he had more of a touch-up to match the rest of the squad (and a FW resin shoulder added along with a new “Spartan” head replacing the bare head that will in turn go on a Carachodon or Flesh Tearer in the future).

The others were in various states, and so most have new heads and all have new arms, as they tended to be more CCW-geared – though a few were headless and many were ‘armless anyway. I bought a couple of sets of Minotaurs pads off FW several years ago, and between the sets there were a few miscasts. FW were kind enough to replace them (their CS is pretty damn good) and so given the theme of this squad, I used a few of those pads here as well. Hopefully they don’t stand out unless you’re really looking for them! The second marine here is the “Corporal” who will be the second combat squad leader. He was chosen because of the small tabard and MK8 torso.

Minotaurs Space Marines, Forge World Minotaurs Shoulder Pad, Anvil Industry Spartan Head

Minotaurs Space Marines.

Minotaurs Space Marines, Forge World Minotaurs Shoulder Pad, Anvil Industry Spartan Head

Minotaurs Space Marines, Forge World Minotaurs Shoulder Pad, Anvil Industry Spartan Head

These three are just standard tactical Space Marine troopers. I tried to match up the shoulder pad types on these guys. Another Anvil Spartan head makes an appearance here as well.

Minotaurs Space Marines, Forge World Minotaurs Shoulder Pad, Anvil Industry Spartan Head

Minotaurs Space Marines.

Minotaurs Space Marines, Forge World Minotaurs Shoulder Pad, Anvil Industry Spartan Head

Minotaurs Space Marines, Forge World Minotaurs Shoulder Pad, Anvil Industry Spartan Head

Finally the last three of the squad, including another Spartan head and one marine that had been given some “battle damage” to one of his armoured greaves. The BA arm and bolter came out fine when painted in a non-BA style, and really I’m very happy with how these guys came out – especially as they’re almost all “recycled” marines given new life. As these guys were completed in September, they count as an “additional unit” for my Tale of Gamers painting challenge. I need to try and get something finished this month for the challenge, but it’s going to be bloody hard to do so…

Next up for the Minotaurs will be a Librarian, Captain (or other officer type) and a Dreadnought. I’m waiting on a Devastators box to steal an open right hand for the Captain, and I need to get some very thin plasticard for the Dread, so both of those have stalled out. Once I get back into painting then, I think the Librarian will be next up…