Today I'm back to the realscale Carcharodons project. I really wanted to finish the Veteran squad, so I've been relentlessly working on that. I still had Space Hulk termies left, so let's see what I've been up to recently.
|Firstly, this over the top guy|
The pose had something that really unsettled me. I mean, the legs work, the torso works... but what's up with his arms? I mean, he looks like he's stumbling and falling down. I kept as much as I could from the original, but tried something slightly different:
|Same mini, I promise|
I still think there's something about the pose, butI hope it works better now. After some paint was spilled on him...
|...he looked even angrier|
Let's go for another Space Shark fella:
|Nope. That heavy flamer is totally out of place in this squad. Space Sharks. Pokey pokey stuff, man|
|Well, that's quite a different thing. OK, you may proceed|
This has been one of the most extensive conversions I've done for the project. The sword is from the Grey Knights box, and I really had to make some work to make the arms fit the position. I made some additional work and had to redo some parts after that pic. In the end he's like this:
|No, that on the helmet is not a moustache|
You can read Mate on the glaive, which is Maori for Death. You know, I cannot resist this kind of details.
But at this point I was missing an important part; every squad needs a Sergeant. So I used the last mini left for that:
|Originally a Sarge in fact|
Of course that hammer had to go, I insist on the blade theme. Well you can see I even didn't put the shield of the original mini for the pic. The thing with Carcharodons is that they are on the aggressive side, so I wanted to reflect that in the fact of bearing only short ranged firearms and spiky close combat weapons. They come quickly, they strike to tear the enemy apart and take care of little thing else. I think it worked more or less for all the previous minis.
But this time I had this bit I wanted to use so badly. The right arm, coming from my old Raptors army, holding a crested helmet. It may make him look more relaxed and less frenzied, but I couldn't resist to use it.
|Still a Sarge!|
It may transmit less strenght in the composition, but I'm happy with the result whatsoever.
|Face tatoo again!|
The breasplate says Nguha, which means War. I'm that original, yup. The Maori fern on the belt, the koru, is a symbol of rebirth and new life; there is a moana on the glaive, a sea symbol.
Little else can be added. I have used all the Terminators from the Space Hulk box, so I have the Captain (this wasn't from the box, but you know), the Librarian, Apothecary and Chaplain, as well as a nine men squad of Veter... wait, what? Nine men?
Nope. 2nd Edition Codex clearly states that any respectable Space Marines unit needs ten men. Hmmm... What can be done...? Oh, of course.
I had this Terminator from my Ultramarines army. I had already made some conversion work back in the day...
|There's a head missing, yes. But focus|
It was just what I was looking for. Ahem, to be perfectly honest with you, I had spotted the mini for this project ages ago. This mini was going to be part of this squad as soon as I realized I had only nine guys, quite at the beginning of the whole thing.
|Conversion work is minimum|
|Now he looks like one of the guys|
So I finally have a Veterans Squad!! Weeeee!!
|I really need to create a backdrop for this|
What now? I have some Primaris I will use to create tactical squads or whatever. But I also have like tons of bits for realscaling regular marines I've been amassing through the years. I have to think what can I do with them. But that's a problem for the future me. Today I'm calling this a victory and feasting on this sense of closure. Not sure if closure is the word, as this only marks the start of a full army, but you know what I mean... :)