21 February 2014

Ultramarines Sternguard Veterans


As implied in my comment to Jørn´s response, I decided to “upgrade” one of my Sternguard veterans to a Sgt.  Thx for the constructive input Jørn!

Going through al units I suddenly noticed that I had not given two of my Devastator Sgt reed helmets, so I changed head’s on these guys as well.

Finally I converted two of my old Vanguard veterans to Sternguard Veterans (Bolter to be fitted later on one of them).


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I have wanted to field these guys for a long time, but dreaded the previous Finecast models. When the new Codex came out, finally they where made available as a plastic kit.

The set was absolutely awesome! So many options, and so many details. Now – what weapons to give them? I could not decide, so I opted for two units. One 5 man squad with Combi-Melta, and one 5 man Squad with Combi-Plasma. In addition two Veteran Sgt with the special issue Bolters. Why Combi-Weapons? Well, I expect that they will be a priority target; hence I wanted to keep their points value as low as possible. And with their special issue ammunition, they can dish it out with their bolters as well!

I decided to give them the same base colour scheme as my old Vanguard Veterans (they have still not received a makeover), using a lot of white, but adding my new weathering / battle damage look. Hard lining is time consuming and hard work (for me anyway). The remedy was to invest in my first set of Kolinsky 00 brushes. I recommend them!  Enough said, this is how they turned out.
Sternguard Veterans with Combi-Melta
Sternguard Veterans with Combi-Plasma



What next? An old giant needs a makeover:)



Cheers,

Ørnulv

7 comments:

  1. Outstanding work as usual,Ørn.I can tell these were fun to work on.
    I'm a little surprised you haven't used any Grav guns,though. Got othe plans for those bits, perhaps?

    Also: Isn't the Veteran Sergeants' helmets supposed to be red with a white stripe?

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  2. Thanks Jørn!

    As far as Grav Guns goes, I have been ”struggling” with this question. Since Grav-guns are of little use / no use against typical Dark Eldar, NIDS (ok, mayby monsters...), Guard and Orks, I decided to go with the Combi-Plasma (good against everything... including killing my own models). I could of course use the Special Issue ammunition against these foes, but as you know I like to play WYSIWYG, so this is partly the reason. Bet rest assure, I do have plans for using my Grav-bits!

    Reed helmet with white stripe – you are bank on (as usual). I also struggled with this issue. I have two ore three old Veteran models with bolters. Adding these to my two Sgt enables me to field a 5 unit without any special weapons (saving points). That is why I have not painted reed helmets on the two Sgt. But I do consider adding reed paint to one of them thinking I hardly will field two units of veterans in an ordinary game. In this way I will have one Veteran Sgt to field with the rest of the unit options. Watch out for an update!

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  3. Same here, Ørnulv, the models turned out very nice, crisp and delicate details. The helmets and large loin cloths really stand out. Great paint job!

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  4. And by the way, I expect to see the gravs in one way or another - Embarrassing that I still haven't seen them in action...

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  5. Post updated according to advice from Jørn☺

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