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Courage and Honor: Horus Heresy Ultramarines

Postby SRM » Tue May 03, 2016 5:08 pm

People who've seen my retro Ultramarines around may have figured out that I kind of have a thing for the boys in blue. After playing at Warhammer World in April and getting my first taste of Heresy, I was ready to dive into it and start work on my own Heresy Ultramarines! I thought about painting them retro style since the cognitive dissonance from that would throw a lot of people off, but the thought of devoting that much time and money to what is essentially a big joke didn't really seem worth it for me. Instead, I'm doing them up in the winter basing I started with my Valhallans, so they'd match my Skullingrad table.

So far I've got:
20 Mk III Tactical Marines
Mk III Command
Contemptor with options for Kheres assault cannons and plasma blasters in its claws, with the intent to magnetize
Sicaran battle tank
Mk III and Mk IV Apothecaries
5 Invictus Suzerians

Then Betrayal at Calth and then some, which gives me
30 Mk IV Tactical Marines
Chaplain
Terminator commander
10 Cataphractii Terminators
Contemptor with Kheres and power claw

So without further ado, here's my first 10 Tactical marines, who served as the test scheme for the army:
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And next up, since assembly was such a breeze:
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Re: Courage and Honor: Horus Heresy Ultramarines (5/3 first

Postby tinfoil » Tue May 03, 2016 5:32 pm

Those look great! I love the blue.

How did you do the shoulder pauldrons? Are those decals?
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Re: Courage and Honor: Horus Heresy Ultramarines (5/3 first

Postby SRM » Tue May 03, 2016 7:03 pm

Thanks!

The tactical arrows are decals, the Ultramarines icons are Forgeworld shoulderpads.
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Re: Courage and Honor: Horus Heresy Ultramarines (5/3 first

Postby Brutal Legend » Tue May 03, 2016 9:07 pm

Nice looking Horus Heresy marines!
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Re: Courage and Honor: Horus Heresy Ultramarines (5/3 first

Postby mace_ace » Tue May 03, 2016 9:14 pm

Sweet looking blue. What's your formula?
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Re: Courage and Honor: Horus Heresy Ultramarines (5/3 first

Postby SRM » Tue May 03, 2016 10:47 pm

Thanks! The blue is pretty easy. I use Citadel's Macragge Blue spray, wash the recesses in Nuln Oil, then highlight with Calgar Blue then Fenrisian Grey.
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Re: Courage and Honor: Horus Heresy Ultramarines (5/3 first

Postby mace_ace » Wed May 04, 2016 9:12 am

Nice, that's pretty simple and it's looking great.
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Re: Courage and Honor: Horus Heresy Ultramarines (5/3 first

Postby Brutal Legend » Thu May 05, 2016 1:20 pm

Have you made any lists yet out of the stuff you have?
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Re: Courage and Honor: Horus Heresy Ultramarines (5/3 first

Postby SRM » Thu May 05, 2016 1:42 pm

I haven't made a list yet, but I know what I'm gonna want to run - big blocks of troops, backed up with Contemptors and artillery. I've got Terminators too but I'm not sure what I'll be doing with them just yet.
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Re: Courage and Honor: Horus Heresy Ultramarines

Postby SRM » Wed May 11, 2016 1:18 am

Finished up my Contemptor from Betrayal at Calth! It's a breeze to assemble; kind of curious why they didn't make a proper mutlipart kit out of it with more options. Oh well!
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And a Word Bearers helmet, on the ground where they belong:
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Re: Courage and Honor: Horus Heresy Ultramarines

Postby SRM » Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:35 pm

Finally finished the second half of my first tactical squad:
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And here's the whole mob of 20:
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It was my first time in a long time doing a blend on the power sword and I'm not exactly thrilled with how it came out. Looks good from tabletop distance though. I went with the red helmet on the sergeant as they're post-Calth, and it's no longer a sign of censure. I also just really, really like red helmets with the racing stripe! I also cut a skull off a scroll case bit and used that to give the sergeant's shoulderpad the trademark red skull in the ultima to make the sergeant iconography.
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Re: Courage and Honor: Horus Heresy Ultramarines

Postby SRM » Mon Jun 13, 2016 11:12 pm

Finished my second Contemptor today:
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I even magnetized the big lug!
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This guy's a little special because he was the first model I got through a Dorka Forgeworld order back in 2011. He was gonna be a Crimson Fists dread back then!
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Re: Courage and Honor: Horus Heresy Ultramarines

Postby SRM » Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:14 pm

Finished up a Praetor, standard bearer, and Apothecary to go with these guys:
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Re: Courage and Honor: Horus Heresy Ultramarines

Postby tinfoil » Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:56 am

Fine work. This is shaping up to be a handsome army!
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Re: Courage and Honor: Horus Heresy Ultramarines

Postby SRM » Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:05 pm

And now it's a legally playable one - started my second tactical squad! These guys are made from Betrayal at Calth Marines with the Ultramarines accessory sprue. The sergeant's armor is technically Mk VII, but I figure for artificer armor he'd probably have something newer and fancier anyway. I also tried shooting on a black backdrop; some of the whites and skintones came out hotter than I'd like but I think I'll be using the black backdrop from here on out.

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