Hi Minizkel - thanks for you comment. Is it just that they aren't "bright" enough or is it simply because the shade of the steel looks very similar to a metal mini without any paint? I actually used Mithrel Silver (the old name for Runefang) and just dulled the hell out of it and then gave it a quick dry brush with Mithrel again. The very bright silver dots are as a result of the spray paint I was initially going to use to basecoat them with but very quickly changed my mind as the particles were too big... and then I found out the paint didn't take to being covered well.
Got the fluff finished for these guys today. If I ever use them in game they will count a Command Squad so I can get a Apothecary in there. Had I actually been thinking it through properly I would have gone for BA proxy list but then again I would use that for Crimson Fury marines so it will be nice to have variation. This is the reason they don't have combat shields like they normally would have. Priscus would count as Company Champion, all the others are self explanatory:
Retaliator Squad Priscus
Retaliator Squad Priscus acts as personal bodyguard for Corpse Taker Sergius and are feared throughout the Tyrants Legion for their brutality even by Retaliator standards, by the command of their leader all mortals who look upon them must bow their heads or loose their eyes as a mark of respect. All bear the mark of Maelstorm Warders on their right knees and the company number on the left, they also all have the golden backpack exhausts that mark them out as Retaliators. Most are former members of the First Company who have requested duty as Retaliators.
Retaliator Sergeant Priscus
Known as the “Duelist” among the strike force Retaliator Sergeant Priscus is an expert with the blade and has studied under Captain Corien Sumatris in the art of it. It is whispered by some that one day Priscus could challenge Sumatris for the title of “Tyrant’s Champion” however this day is long in the future if indeed it ever did arrive. For the moment Priscus is content to learn from his enemy’s and slay all in the name of the Tyrant.
He wears a mixture of Mark 5, 6 and 7 armor patterns and as benefiting his rank of Sergeant he has an ornate left shoulder pad. His tabard shows the sign of the Maelstrom Warders as does his combat shield although this is mixed with a simplified version of his personal heraldry: a dueling sword on a blue and yellow background. Like Vitus his combat shield shows signs of use as a offensive weapon. He is also armed with a Ultima Pattern Bolt Pistol and Dueling Power Sword of unknown origin. His hands are stained with blood probably as a result of using the quillions of the blade to punch through a weak spot in the enemy’s armor. A power sword’s blade will cauterize the wound instantly and is generally a clean weapon to fight with if you only use the blade.
Post War Status: Alive and leading his own warband out of the Maelstorm.
Iovita is a trouble maker whose talents are somewhat at odds with the role of an Astartes. He is an uneven man whose love for sabotage would be better suited to other more subtle chapters but has accepted his place within the Astral Claws with great pride. An older marine he known to be a cunning fighter and not one to be crossed making him a perfect Retaliator able to out think the enemy and press his attack up close and personally.
Clad in primarily Mark 7 armor, the one exception being his Mark 6 studded shoulder pad. He weilds a Ultima pattern Bolt Pistol and a MK Xf Hell’s Teeth Pattern Chainsword. All his equipment is realatively new, Iovita has always shown a preference for newer equipment and regularly swaps out his weapons and armour for replacements whenever he can. The one exception to this is the Mark 6 shoulder pad. He refuses to say why but it is thought by others that it is in relation to the death of his friend Sabinus some 100 years before the beginning of the Badab War. The tabard on his waist indicates his loyalty to his squad leader and has to be earned in blood.
Post War Status: Survived the Fall of Badab but was killed in an argument with Gaius shortly afterwards. Gaius now wears his Studded Shoulder Pad as a trophy.
Vitus is a complete pyromaniac and no amount of physico indoctrination has managed to chance this. Although it is not uncommon for flamer operators to exhibit a certain affinity with fire Vitus takes this to another level. When not on duty he can regularly be found manipulating flaming sticks between his fingers spinning them faster and faster until they become blurs of fire.
He wears a suit of Mark 6 armored legs with a modified mark 7 chest plate. His left shoulder pad is also of mark 6 pattern and displays the Veteran symbol he is entitled to wear. His right plate is of Mark 7 pattern and displays the Tyrants Claw. He forgoes the use of a helmet is all but the most brutal of firefights instead preferring to gaze upon his handiwork with his own eyes, although he does wear a mouth grill. It is unsure weather this is for protection or for intimidation. The flamer he uses is of common manufacture and incorporates a protective shield at the front. The bottom edge is curved and can be used as melee weapon. It is very common for Retaliators to do this and is now a standard part of their training. His left leg sports a very basic "peg" leg, a very basic field modification to his armor after his foot had to be amputated following it being crushed by a ruined tank rolling on it.
Post War Status: Was killed during the Fall of Badab by a Minotaurs Terminator. During the Fall he was thrown from a building by an grenade explosion and landing 20 meters from his killer. Dazed by the blast and fall he was an easy target for the Minotaur’s power spear.
Brother Gaius is a former Assualt Marine as shown by the winged skull honorific on his left shoulder pad and is the only member of the squad who had not been elevated to the First Company. He is a young and fool hardy yet very dangerous combatant who likes to take mementos of his kills. The power sword he wields is the former property of a Fire Angels Veteran Sergeant who he boasted in hand to hand combat and took his blade as a trophy. The iron fire symbols on his left knee also represent this. He wears a suit of Mark 7 armor other than his chest plate which is a modified Mark 6. The skeleton foot appearance of the right boot is a self made modification for unknown reasons. This is Gaius’s first posting to a Retaliator Squad. A dirty fighter as keen been seen by the blood stains on his helmet. No doubt the result of head butting an enemy Marine.
Post War Status: Gaius survived the Fall of Badab and is thought to be fighting alongside Priscus as a corsair.
As an aside you may have noticed I live my marines dirty, I also like my chainswords covered in blood, and not only the chainsword but also the arm of the guy weilding it. Its a chainsaw... they will make a mess of body parts, with my Crimson Fury marines I couldn't really show it much since they are red but with these guys... well I couldn't resist a close up:
I have to write the fluff for the Dev's next but on the painting table is the Corpse Taker who is actually one of my favorite minis to date that I have converted and painted. Its a very simple conversion, nothing special at all but for some reason I really like it, gets across their darker than normal nature compared to a normal SM Apothecary without taking him to far into heretic land. Also is a Centurion and 5 Sniper Scouts with digi camo cloaks. This guys will take longer due to the cloaks. Anyway more on that next time.