Minotaurs Space Marines – Librarian Theophanes (Chief Librarian Tigurius V1, 1995): Dauntless December ’18

Minotaurs Space Marines - Librarian, Chief Librarian Tigurius V1, 1995

My final model for the month of December – and as such, of 2018 is this model of Chief Librarian Tigurius, sculpted by Jes Goodwin. As I had a spare, I decided to do a minimal amount of work and use him for my Minotaurs Librarian. A tiny little brass-etch Minotaur over the top of the Ultramarines “U” icon in the middle of his chest, and we’re golden.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Librarian, Chief Librarian Tigurius V1, 1995

He’s a pretty busy model, absolutely covered with bling, but a great one nonetheless. I also think he’s a far superior sculpt to the completely unnecessary resculpt that came later on. I can only guess that the resculpt happened because models of this vintage were often quite flat, and “2D” in their posing. While the newer one isn’t objectively bad, it doesn’t really appeal to me. No matter, I’m sure it’ll be replaced by a plastic Primaris-ised version sometime soon.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Librarian, Chief Librarian Tigurius V1, 1995

In terms of paint, I’ve never been fond of Ultramarines Blue as a Librarian designation, despite not having a problem with White for Apothecaries/Medics, Black for Chaplains or even Red for Techmarines. With this in mind, I still gave a nod to the blue by combining my usual Minotaurs Brassy Bronze with some metallic blue on both pauldrons and his left arm. There’s a golden Minotaurs decal on that shoulder that no-one will ever see, too.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Librarian, Chief Librarian Tigurius V1, 1995

Aside from that, I kept to the usual elements. Mostly using silver and iron for (most of) the skull iconography, but using metallic green rather than blue for his Force Staff. I also did the “glowing eyes” thing using white and Nihilakh Oxide. Freehand Lambdas/Chevrons on his tabard because they fill the empty space in a way that looks good and because I can.

Minotaurs Space Marines - Librarian, Chief Librarian Tigurius V1, 1995, Minotaurs Space Marine Terminators

December (finally) brings reinforcements to the Minotaurs Space Marines.

And with that, 2018’s new models come to and end. To wrap up, expect my personal December wrap-up shortly, followed by the Community Round-Up for Diabolical/Dauntless December, and then a 2018 wrap-up/reflection/”New Year”/2019 goals post sometime after that. Probably around the middle of January at the rate I seem to get these things done!

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.

Dreadnoughts!

When I finished off the Mentor Legion Dreadnought a couple of weeks ago, I took some pics with it alongside the Iron Warriors Dreadnought/Hellbrute. While I was out there, I also took a few snaps of my completed Loyalist Dreadnoughts together. Here’s a couple of the better ones.

I guess I should do another for (probably all three) of these chapters, but I probably feel like doing some more variety first. Both additional forces and maybe even (finally) cranking out a Contemptor or two…

Dreadtober 2017 Completion #2: Mentor Legion Dreadnought

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Today we have the second (and last) model I finished for Dreadtober 2017.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

When I restarted on this model for Dreadtober, most of the basic work was already done. Long done in some parts, and then piecemeal during the various times I’ve tried to make myself complete the model over the years, but it had been a real albatross for a long, long time. My Dreadtober work, then – was a bit of final cleaning up, shading, highlighting, de-skittling parts of the model, and then of course adding in the iconography. There are some Easter Eggs here for those who recognise them as well.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

The model is the old, 2nd edition Metal Space Marine Dreadnought with a Plasma Cannon converted from the Multi-Melta and a metal Space Marine Plasma Cannon, because none of those parts existed when I built this model – not even the resin Plasma Cannons from Forge World. The arm is magnetised, and all that metal is why it droops a little. I’ll add back in a little bit of blu-tac which will reinforce the magnet enough to hold itself up for long periods

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

The Mentor Legion were my second “proper” Space Marine army, following my Rogue Trader Ultramarines and the mess I made of them when the latter part of 2nd edition hit – which I will discuss some other day. I started the Mentor Legion when 3rd edition came out. “New Edition, New Army” wasn’t really a thing back then – certainly not as a marketing term, anyway – but it’s what I chose to do at the time.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

One of the things that put me off from finishing this model for the longest time was the lack of Mentor Legion transfers or Iconography available. Back in the 1990s, when I used a Mac (G3/233), I created a transfer sheet with Mentor Legion decals, along with many Aquila, and all sorts of other icons that would be very useful for wargaming. I purchased a sheet of decal paper, and ran it through my Inkjet. Looked amazing. After a wait to allow it to dry, I then sprayed it with a fixative as the instructions stated, and it ran and was ruined. And that was the end of that until the 30th of October 2017 when I finally tried again. Because I really wanted to add the chapter number (888) of the Mentor Legion to the model.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

Of course now, in my home office, I have a really quite good quality colour laser printer. I’ve had unused decal sheets for a few years, but again – it took the completion of this project and the deadline inherent with “Dreadtober” to get over that particular hump. I also had some 3-d printed “owl” icons made by a nice fellow on Shapeways. I’ll update the post in a few days with his details once my next order has been sent as GW has been a bit litigious with this sort of thing lately and I’m a bit tired of things I like that aren’t really enforceable being ruined by C&D’s from big corporations lately.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

The rear-facing number on top of the sarcophagus was inspired by police and similar vehicles that do the same. It’s not really at a proper aircraft recognition size, but it still looks decent. I’ve gone for a “Dreadnought number” rather than using the company number of my Mentor Legion. Mentor Legion, I should point out – circa White Dwarf 98/ – as distinct from the red-raptor headed “Mentors” that they kind-of retconned the chapter into, though with such little detail that it doesn’t matter. I consider them a successor chapter, or perhaps a sub-chapter in my own head-canon. I might write it up one day, or perhaps not. Either way, there’s so little written about them post-WD98, and what came later is contradictory enough that there’s plenty of Tabla Rasa space there, so I’m sure I could write up some fluff that incorporates it well enough and would probably make more sense.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

So there we are then. I guess I’ll need to get to work on the rest of the unfinished Mentor Legion sometime soon enough, but I’ve got other stuff to clear out first before I re-start that project in earnest. It might even be a 2018 one.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread, Iron Warriors Hellbrute, Chaos Marine Dreadnought

We’ll finish with a shot of the pair of Dreads that Dreadtober motivated me to finally complete. Both finished, finally. After so many years. It feels bloody good to get this pair of monkeys off my back.

Minotaurs Space Marines – Apothecary Heliodorus (2e, 1995)

Citadel Space Marine Minotaurs Apothecary 40k2e Oldhammer

I’d planned to finish three specific models this past weekend, but as it happens I got distracted by cleaning the house, sorting miniatures, mowing the lawn and watching the Mae Young Classic with Marouda, so in the end I only managed to complete a single figure – this Apothecary. Despite buying this model (and all of his contemporaries) on release back in the mid-1990’s, this is the first post-RT apothecary that I’ve painted, and boy, is he one fiddly model! I thought the Dark Angels Veteran Sergeant that I finished a couple of weeks ago was saturated in detail, but this guy puts him to shame.

The model itself is an Apothecary circa 1995 or so, with a metal arm with power sword from the 3rd edition Death Company box from 1999 pinned on. Not the first of the contents of that box that have popped up in my other units… The shoulder pad is a Forge World Minotaurs pad with a cloth draped down the arm, which looks good on one hand, but obscures a bit more detail than I’d like on the other hand.

“Clean” white is a notoriously tricky colour to get right. I can see why painting dirty white (Death Guard) and weathered white (World Eaters) is so popular. Still, I thought it best to keep his armour to the traditional white and keep the accents to red with a touch of gold and silver – keeping him tied in fairly strongly with the rest of the Minotaurs.

His Narthecium was a right bloody pain in the backside to paint. There are a lot of fiddly elements on it, and wanting to achieve a neat and clean look to it while picking out all of the distinct parts took a toll on my patience.

Similarly, all of the vials on his belt (and those on his backpack) also added to the over-fiddlyness. I chose to paint his spotlight lamp in silver tones to represent it being unlit, rather than the more commonly seen bright yellow. Between the vials and lenses all over this model and the wreath on his shin and the bluish tinge of the power sword there are already quite a few colours on him and I want to avoid the “skittles” look that Space Marines (particularly HQ specialists) can sometimes start to have. That’s also why I kept the vials on his belt and backpack to a couple of tones of red with a little yellow for the sole variation. We don’t need blue and green on the vials as well.

In the end, I’m very happy with the final product, and I’m aware that I need to sort out an Apothecary for the Dark Angels as well, but I’m not massively enthused by the thought of doing another one of these guys particularly soon. I might have to give the DAs one of the Forge World sculpts instead to keep it interesting…

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.