I've already mentioned this plan to a few of you but i've decided i have nothing to lose from starting this project log.
The basic premise is that i intend to go through all of the known chapters of space marines and paint a single marine for each chapter and display them.
I'm going to aim to make each model individual, not just in paint scheme but with conversion work and representing the fluff of their chapter alongside them. So for example whilst all of the models in the series will be based the same i wouldn't think twice about adding a severed ork head to the base of a crimson fist marine.
There are a few rules i've set.
No chaos marines: I already have a chaos army and whilst i like them i don't want them stood on a parade ground next to the loyalists. That said i will make space for renegades who are not specifically allied to choas. So you will see soul drinkers and the knights of blood making an appearance here at some point though the purge will not be invited.
Space marine organisations are welcome: deathwatch and grey knights will both be represented.
1st founders will be allowed: I will be allowing all 18 of the first founding legions to be represented and i will be aiming to paint them in their pre heresy colour schemes as well as using conversion parts for their wargear. This means forge world miniatures and i will probabley be increasing the number of bits that i've got for standard marines over the next few months.
Slow and steady wins the race: This is a long term project to allow me to break up the painting of my dedicated armies. When i simpley can't paint another ork i'll grab a marine and start working on them. This means i could be at it for years.....
So with the rules established let the games begin.
The first thing i've done is go through every single chapter of space marines listed on Lexicanum and create my own list, removing any chapters that
a: were chaos marines with no pre-traitor colour scheme.
b: hadn't enough information to create a colour scheme or chapter mark from
c: were a repeat of another chapter (the lunar wolves, sons of horus and black legion would only be represented as the lunar wolves in their pre heresy colour scheme).
This left me with 162 chapters compared to the 235 listed. These will be the chapters that i will try to represent.
This alone took several hours and i fully intend to leave spaces in my display board so that i can safely display 180 chapters, firstly because i know there will be more released before i finish and secondly because i believe it's possible that there are some on the lexicanum list which actually have more background then i am aware of. It wouldn't surprise me if i discovered that one of the stubb chapters i missed ot actually has a picture in the cover of another book somewhere but i'll deal with these issues once the first 162 are complete.
Without further ado here is the list. The numbers after each section represent how many chapters i have carried over compared to the total named on lexicanum. EG: in the V section i am using only 1 of the 8 named chapters. This is due to the others not meeting the requirements stated above.
Angels of Absolution
Angels of Fire
Angels of Iron
Angels of Redemption
Angels of Vengeance
Angels of Vigilance
Brotherhood of a Thousand
Death Eagles (2 colour schemes)
Deathwatch (Space Marine organization, not chapter)
Disciples of Caliban
Emperor's Shadows (2 colour schemes)
Exorcists (2 colour schemes)
Guardians of the Covenant
Heralds of Vengeance (picture exists but i can't find it)
Knights of Blood
Knights of Gryphonne (2 colour scemes)
Knights of the Raven
Legion of the Damned
Legion of Night
Masters of Protelus
Novamarines (2 colour schemes)
Praetors of Orpheus
Scythes of the Emperor
Sons of Antaeus
Sons of Dorn
Sons of Guilliman
Sons of Medusa
Sons of Orar
Once this list is made there is nothing left to do but decide on my first chapter to paint. So with a brief prayer to the gods of fate i rolled my D162 and came up with a roll of 156.
The White Consuls
So it seems i'm going to need to practice my white painting as well as working out a cool theme for the miniature. at first thought i'm thinking he's a standard codex marine but as a member of the Astartes Praeses chapters he would be defending the eye of terror for the most part. This would make their key opponent chaos marines and they have had a pretty hefty battle recently with the word bearers. I'm thinking these guys should really look like the incorruptable shining knights of legend so i'm going to avoid the battle damage and grime that is common on a lot of marines in favour of the immaculate look.
I'll fill you in as this progresses.