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post #41 of 57 (permalink) Old 03-02-14, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, @torealis ! Although I would say the same of your beautifully crafted true-scale marines. Awesome work!

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Agreed, they are looking fantastic, although I do have a smaller question (just note that it is not a complain of any kind) - how come their helmets all have different patterns (and not just the sergeants)?
To answer your question, @Saintspirit , I plan to give each of the terminators a bit of backstory. First a little history on the chapter...

While the Codex Astartes states that the helmets of 1st Company veterans bear the company color (usually white), There are many known deviations from this practice within the diverse chapters of the Adeptus Astartes. Although the Shadow Guardians are fairly close adherents of the Codex in matters of military strategy, tactics, combat doctrine, and organizational structure, they have been known to take minor liberties with the heraldic traditions set forth within the mighty tome. Veterans who have served in the first company long enough are permitted much broader discretion to add personal livery, honor markings, and even unique heraldic devices to their armor, as opposed to the comparatively younger battle brothers from the battle and reserve companies. In the above terminator assault squad, most of the veterans have made subtle changes to the standard armorial markings of the chapter--evidence of their long record of service to the chapter, even since ascending to the ranks of the Veteran Company and receiving the honor of striding into battle within hallowed suits of Tactical Dreadnought Armor. The half-blue helm of Honored Brother Tauros echoes his personal heraldry of the half-moon, which is also emblazoned on his right pauldron, altering the standard chapter insignia of the half-shaded shield. The Shadow Guardians themselves are never confused by such deviations from standard chapter uniform, because of their close-knit ties of brotherhood and their advanced heads-up display software, which faithfully denotes the squad and company number of each troop and vehicle within the Astartes' field of vision.

So there you have it. I will go into even further detail on the meaning of specific markings after completing work on the models. Thanks for reading!

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Aah. I see. That should work, I guess.

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Finished the Assault Termies! The final touches are done and I've added static grass to the bases with PVA glue. Fluffy descriptions of each dude to follow shortly. Enjoy.
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When a Shadow Guardian has fought in enough theaters of war to ascend to veteran status within the chapter, he is ceremonially knighted by senior staff among the chapter and assumes the honorific of "Knight-brother" from that day forward.

Knight-brother Ius is the newest recruit in Squad Fortis. Having only recently been inducted into the first company, he is still relatively young to receive the honor of entering combat wearing a suit of Tactical Dreadnought Armour. Ius strives in all things to adhere dogmatically to the teachings of the Codex and the orders of his superior officers. Perhaps his junior status makes him unwilling to improvise. Yet, Ius is a seasoned warrior, eminently capable of of thinking on his feet when necessary, and more than a little lucky. Otherwise he would not have risen so swiftly into the ranks of the First Company. He is also selfless, ever willing to charge headlong into enemy fire to protect his sergeant and battle brothers.

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Knight-brother Tauros, "the Bull," is an implacably aggressive warrior. Among those who have witnessed his terrible fury in an assault, it is obvious that he was born to wield the Thunder Hammer in battle, and he never appears more alive than while smashing torso-sized holes through heavy armour, xenos, and heretics alike. At times, one could argue that his barely contained aggression walks a fine line between effective combat strategy and uncontrolled frenzy, while giving little thought to self-preservation. However, Knight-sergeant Fortis has proven quite capable of placing the Bull where his unrestrained rampage will inflict the most damage, and thus far, the terminator armour has taken care of the self-preservation.

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Knight-brother Volanus is another relatively recent addition to Squad Fortis. However, he has centuries of experience in several of the battle companies and reserve companies. He served for many years as a sergeant within the 8th company—a dedicated assault company, before his ascention to knighthood as a veteran-sergeant of an assault squad within the 4th company. From there, he was quickly inducted into the 1st to replenish its fighting strength after recent losses suffered defending a minor forge-world from Waaagh! Gruglug.

A consummate assault specialist, Volanus pushes the speed and agility of his armour's servos and fibre bundles to their absolute limits in order to maintain a surprising amount of quick and deadly grace in battle despite his cumbersome armaments. On the battlefield, he fights with a passion that inspires guardsman and battle-brother alike, and spurs them toward greater acts of valor. His personal heraldry takes the form of an eagle's head, and truly, he embodies this creature as he flies at the enemy line, swooping in for the swift, killing blow.

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Knight-brother Argos was once a gregarious and good-natured warrior. However, after an incident in which his entire squad of assault terminator brethren were slain, he has become brooding and taciturn. Ordered to hold the breach in an imperial hive-city against hordes of tyranid bio-monstrosities for days on end, he watched as his battle brothers were eventually torn apart or dragged under waves of the mindless, scuttling beasts. Although Argos' stalwart defense of the breached walls bought time for the hive-city to ferry its nobility and some of the working-class population off-world, the planet was overrun by the xenos onslaught. Alone amidst a roiling sea of scything talons, Argos and what remained of his fallen comrades were teleported aboard the Dauntless Shield. As this legendary battle-barge retreated from high orbit, cyclonic torpedoes glassed the planet's surface, denying the Tyranid fleet its coveted biomass at a heavy cost in human lives.

Now Argos fights with the grim resignation of a man who knows that humanity's end-times are coming, but is determined to sell his life dearly to protect mankind for a few more days and bloody the enemy's nose in the process. On his shoulder, Knight-brother Argos bears a ragged tabbard recovered from the ichor-soaked armour of his former terminator sergeant. Upon it, Argos has written the names of his fallen squad mates, as well as an Imperial Aquila painted with his own blood.

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Knight-Sergeant Fortis is a natural leader of men, even amongst the legendary heroes of the 1st Company. Under his command, the veterans of Squad Fortis become deadly swords of the Emperor's wrath.

A veteran among veterans, Fortis was granted command of his own assault terminator squad after his own knight-sergeant was slain during an ill-fated search and destroy mission aboard the twisted space hulk Hope's Folly near the Maelstrom Zone. Captured and tortured by Red Corsairs renegades residing deep within the hulk, Knight-brother Fortis was able to escape by feigning unconsciousness until he was unshackled from the interrogation table to be dragged to a holding cell. Overpowering his handlers in spite of a broken rib and a severed left hand, he took up their weapons and managed to free a handful of battle brothers from the adjoining cells before sabotaging the renegades' lair with explosives and escaping in a stolen gunship.

Today, Knight-Sergeant Fortis is the heart of his squad, leading by example and always encouraging those around him to give all for the Emperor. It is through Fortis' astute leadership that Ius learns to push the limits of what the Codex deems appropriate for assault terminator maneuvers. Through Fortis' leadership, Tauros' unbridled rages are brought to heel or effectively set loose upon the foe. Through Knight-Sergeant Fortis, this mighty squad becomes even greater than the sum of its parts, its actions the changing the fate of entire worlds.

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Some new developments in the world of the Shadow Guardians...

I've started modeling some scouts. Currently experimenting with alternate heads (from DE Scourges). I really feel like scouts should wear some form of helmet for deployment in low-atmosphere conditions. When I saw the bits on ebay, I thought they'd be a cheap alternative to my ideal of having expensive Elysium Drop Troop heads. Now that I've mocked them up, they look too avian. I'm not sure I can make them look enough like "Space Marine gear" without destroying what initially made these heads look cool. I'm leaning toward using the stock heads and a few random WH Fantasy heads I have on hand. Anyway, I'll let you be the judge:
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The front of the helmets really would suit their purpose; though I appreciate your concern with the rear detail.

If you're confident enough to clip the detail away and sculpt the back, you could try and create that signature rectangular strip which goes over the helmet from front to back. That way you will have a unifying feature.

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