Thursday, 25 April 2013

Alpha Legion Lord on palanquin

Yeah, you read it right.

This was a crazy idea I had some years ago, before the 'Legion' novel was released and all the fluff about tha Alpha Legion became so damn cool. When I first thought about this project, the Alpha Legion was just a Chaos Space Marine Legion making an extensive use of Dark Gods cultists. Little thing else. I thought of a core of a few Marines with hordes of various different cultists.

I had this ooold Lord Macragge mini which I wasn't using at all. I had quite a gamer mentality then, so I used everything I had for gaming purposes, rather than exposition. I needed no further reason, my idea seemed cool enough at the moment. Ah, irresponsible youth...

The eyesore in all its glory
Darker armour and paler skin than the original
When I had almost finished painting the golden trimming pattern, I thought I should have painted a labyrinth instead, it would have fitted the deceptive nature of the Legion. But it was too late, let it be that way.

The bodyguard belonged to the original set and the carriers are original Space Marine Scouts. They look like vicious cultists. Well, close enough.

The Bodyguard. No, not Kevin Costner, just other guy
Hydra tatoos. Those make them look badass
Honour badges? Lodge identification? You never know with the Alpha Legion...
The banner pole is removable, in order to make storage easier:

Easy solutions to complex problems, that's my motto
When the Alpha Legion background was changed it was for good, no doubt. It was a flexible organization with no identificable leaders, each Marine being highly independent and self-sufficient. The apparent lack of a clear chain of command made the enemies confused, and the Legion strong and totally adaptable to every situation.
But unfortunately, the new background also made this display kinda obsolete. The idea of a great Lord being carried by human servants didn't fit right in this new concept. Well, of course I can still think of some plausible explanations: the idea of the Lord is what the enemy expects, maybe the real boss is the bodyguard; maybe one of the carriers... You can never be sure of anything when you talk about this Legion...

Maybe the boss isn't even here
Nevertheless, I finally ended dismantling the palanquin. The collector mind got control over me, so hopefully sometime I can show you the Lord Macragge vignette in its original colours as it was supposed to be.

However, I hope you enjoy this crazy idea :)

14 comments:

  1. Que pasada Suber, me han dado ganas de buscar mis exploradores de antaño y repintarlos...
    Tu espacio es una ventana a los recuerdos.
    Saludos.

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    1. La verdad es que esas figuras tienen un carisma raro, indescriptible... ¡Me alegra que te gusten!

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  2. What's the thing with palaquins, that they are so cool?

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    1. Oh, man, palanquins ARE cool! They give you such possibilites!

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  3. Haha, such fun that is outrageous, keep it up.
    J

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    1. Hehe, thanks! Fun to design and fun to make it real, that's true :D

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  4. Very nice work, great colors, and an impressive vignette!
    Phil.

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    1. Thanks! It was fun to assemble, I think the overall aspect is worth it, just need to improve (a lot!) my technique...

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  5. Fantastics these scouts and this poor Marneus. I don´t believe that they were thinking be a part of the Legion Aplha.

    And I think that this work isn´t the better that do you do, but the composition is magnificent.

    It if, the tattooes in the heads of the scouts i like so so much.

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    1. Haha, thanks! It's not my best work, you're right, but it was fun, I'll see what else can I show you over here...

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  6. Awesome! You should have left this vignette as is. It is full of character...

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  7. Haha, thanks, but now I'm moving towards the collector side. Time to improve my painting skills (if I can...)

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    1. Thank you! Glad this got your attention :)

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