Interesting. I've got so used to the snub barrelled look that seeing a long barrel on a heavy bolter is disorienting.
Your dedication to the hobby is amazing, I think I'd go swiftly insane trying to approach your level of skill with green stuff and modelling... I mean, you individually did the fingers!
I haven't decided on the subject just yet. It's a tempting conversion in order to keep options open though, which I am in dire need of in order to get any progress whatsoever in this endeavour.
Yet it could be argued that I already am insane, seeing as how my many fiddlings with sculpting and bit-bashing is doing nothing but keeping me from actually getting units painted. I fear that I will have forgotten how to actually use a brush once I've constructed my first squads and readied them for batch painting.
And while on the subject of batch painting...
20 Alpha Legionnaires are fully built and have gotten various degrees of equipment tacked to their belts. There's just one guy missing a bolter because I used it to glue arms on other marines (they are magnetized at the wrists) and didn't realize it till I was editing the pictures. As you can see these are bog standard marines. I'll be including a Vox-operator and a Vexilla bearer to the finished unit later on but I lack pieces for the Vox (soon to be released from FW I hope) and my Vexilla standards need some more attention before I'm happy with them and can show them off.
Right now I'm trying to finish another set of marines just like these to give me a solid foundation of 40 bolter marines (able to hold other weapons if needed). Then add another 10-20 more power armoured infantry to that mix and I'll have pretty much what I'll need in that department for a foreseeable future. After that I'll turn my attention to artillery and rhino-chassis.
For now I have a stand in army-leader, rather unsurprisingly going by the nick-name 'Alpharius' at the moment I'm sure he'll get a reputation of his own very soon:
His right arm is magnetized at the shoulder joint and the left arm has a magnet in his wrist. I'm going to make a set of different options for him should I ever need another kind of load (mostly thinking paragon blade to represent a Praetor).
Finally we have the beginning of some of the support elements. Having blobs of 20 tactical marines means that add-on options that provides extra survivability is welcomed (and in some scenarios almost a requirement). Keeping true to my original point of order I've constructed my own Mk VI apothecary (still WIP) and will probably add another 2 further down the line depending on how the army progresses:
That's all for now. Hope to have something new to show shortly but can't make any promises!