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I started working on this idea about 18 months ago. I wanted to have a squad that was not as bulky as the rest of the Marines, but I couldn't think of why they would be slimmer. Then it hit me. Do a Special Ops squad that was more streamlined. I painted them a dark gray instead of my regular Regal Blue army color, removed the shoulder pads and slimmed down their packs. This is the result.
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As you can see, I don't believe in WYSIWYG. I try to make my squads as original and bad-ass as possible. I hope you like them. Click on links below to see a few of my other squads. Thanks.
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Those guys look fucking badass mate. +rep

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these are awsome, loving the double shotgun and double pistols

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these are awsome, loving the double shotgun and double pistols
Thanks. I tried the regular Scout shotgun, but it was way too thin, so I decided to make it a double shotgun. I figured a full fledged SM could handle it. ;)
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Excellent work. Perfect for a game of Kill Team.

The only thing I'd point out is the chap with two pistols who seems to have his knife sticcking into his mouth.
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Excellent work. Perfect for a game of Kill Team.

The only thing I'd point out is the chap with two pistols who seems to have his knife sticcking into his mouth.
D'oh!! I was hoping no one would notice. I paint the helmets separate, so I didn't notice that the knife would be so in his face until after everything was painted and I started gluing. I think I will have to pull it off and move it down.
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To be perfectly honest whenever I look at them I can only think of how off they feel. The lack of shoulder pads, the badly shortened backpack, the placement of some gear. All of it just feels, to me, as hindrances to your efforts.

In regards to the backpacks, its the distinct lack of the regular exhuasts and shoulder pads that does them in. The feel that much larger and unwieldy on the model, and might benefit from being decreased in height as you ahve done with their width.

As for the placement of gear, things like the knife in the one marine's face or the placement of holstered pistols on the lower leg. That last one looks awkward because it would be awkward in real life; whereas placing the holster on the upper leg might mesh better. This goes for the pouches as well, though the knives on the lower legs look right, as those might end up being last resort weapons and all.


The paint job looks pretty good, and I love both the shotgun marine and the work done on that sword on the powerfist.

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Let me just say that I really like the feel of your marines and understand your kit attempts. The only real negative I have is the knifes in the faces. I love the grenades, the dual wielding bolt pistols, dual plasma guns, and the commo specialist. I am curious if you gave thought to or attempted to cut down regular marines shoulder pads? I like the back packs but would suggest possibly lowering them so that they don't stick out as much and show a lower silhouette. I really love the individuality!!!!


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Let me just say that I really like the feel of your marines and understand your kit attempts. The only real negative I have is the knifes in the faces. I love the grenades, the dual wielding bolt pistols, dual plasma guns, and the commo specialist. I am curious if you gave thought to or attempted to cut down regular marines shoulder pads? I like the back packs but would suggest possibly lowering them so that they don't stick out as much and show a lower silhouette. I really love the individuality!!!!


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Thanks Doc.
I agree with you and darkreever about the packs. They are a bit long and high. I couldn't lower them unless I cut the back mount area of the torso down to half. I didn't want to do it, but now I wish I had.
I'm going to adjust the knife on the Marine that has it up on his face. I'll post pics of it as soon as I do it.
I didn't try to cut down the shoulder pads, I've always thought they were too big, and I think the "naked" marine arms are perfect by themselves. Having said that, all my other Marines have shoulder pads. This is a one unit thing.
About the holsters and pouches on the legs. I was going for a secondary ankle pistol thing here, since most have two pistols out already. Unfortunately the holsters are too big to be ankle holsters, so what I was actually going for was not exactly what I got. As for the pouches, I didn't want to overload the waist/torso area with a bunch of grenades, small pouches and large pouches. I thought large pouches on the lower leg would balance the model out some.
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I like your work, very unique.

The quad-shotty is my favorite. I'm imagining him pointing it at a Fireblade and popping all 4 barrels at once. Blue confetti everywhere .


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