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.

MaxMini Jump Packs – Polish Resin #7

In what’s getting close to my final MaxMini review post for awhile, I’m sharing their various Jump Packs today. I picked up set of 5 of their Iron Pattern Jump Packs shortly after they were released, though due to the joy of moving twice in a relatively short period, they got put in a box and not used (story of my figures’ bloody life!) Recently, I decided to start to resurrect some of my armies, so I’ve been buying cool resin bits, which at the moment mostly sit around until I can work out some army lists and then motivate myself to get them started/finished.

I originally got these to use either with my Iron Warriors or possibly my old-school-style Crimson Fists. So anyway, with 5 of these suckers already in hand, I needed to get another 5 to finish a squad. So I did. I may need a second 10 of them so I can kit out both armies with them. I’ve tried to give my Iron Warriors more of a Renegade Marine vibe than a gribbly chaos marine one. As cool as the new DV figures are, and as much as they harken back to the old Slaves to Darkness style, I actually want to go with the “loyalists with spikes” look for the dour, mechanically-oriented Iron Warriors – more likely to amputate a tentacle and replace it with a bionic arm than to accept it as a gift of chaos, so studded mechanics work from my perspective.

Size Shot – Maxmini Iron Pattern Jump Pack.

Here’s the pack being modelled by a marine I’ve been working on for a mate. He won’t have a jump pack in his final form, but since his wasn’t glued on, I thought he’d work fine as a Jump Pack model. As you can see, this Jump Pack is a pretty big piece of work.

Maxmini Silver WIng Jump Packs

While I was at it, I decided to pick up a set of 10 of their other two new styles. The Silver Wing Pattern Jump Packs will go perfectly with either Blood or Dark Angels, and as I have a small DA force and an unbuilt BA force, there’s potential to once again buy a second set of them so both forces can use them. The DA already have a mostly-built Assault Squad though, so maybe I’ll just grab another 5 for some Character models.

Size Shot – Maxmini Silver Wing Jump Pack.

As you can see in the photos, the Silver Wing packs are just as big as the Iron Pattern, though I was surprised as the details are almost entirely different, aside from the turbines and the part that plugs into the back of the model they’re being mounted on. The detail is really quite nice, with lots of exposed wires, pipes and tubes again giving it an old-school look, though perhaps not all that OH&S-friendly.

Maxmini Bronze Pattern Jump Packs

Finally, I grabbed a set of 10 of the Bronze Pattern Jump Packs. These don’t fit the old-school vibe in the exact same way as either of other the turbine-topped styles, but I thought the huge vented intakes looked pretty cool, so I again got a set of 10 to kit out a squad (of something TBD).

Size Shot – Maxmini Bronze Pattern Jump Pack.

Now if you thought the other two were big, these will really impress. These ones are edging towards being ludicrously big, but despite this, I really like them. The sculpting and design on them are really well done and a bit different. They still look a little Horus-Heresy-retro, but perhaps like something that was newer then. They look like something that would fit in with the era of this classic Paul Bonner Dark Angels painting (used as a WD cover back in the day). Not-quite Rogue Trader, Not quite modern era. Around the days of Adeptus Titanicus and Space Marine. Note the marine firing! If you look carefully, you can see how he’d probably like you to say hello to his little friend..

Paul Bonner’s seminal Dark Angels-Scarface artwork.