If you remember when I was working on the Eisenkern-kit based Heavy weapons, I had this silly notion to make them practical. That same though process explains why I really don't like the new Sternguard models with all of their tabards, robes etc. I mean really, who can't see a Marine running uphill triping over those ungainly things and landing face-first in the muck? Inspiring? I though not!
So I am all for weighing them down with iconography, and various useful add-ons to make the Sternguard veterans look like they have earned their Veteran status. It all started with a pile of bits, like most of my brainstorming projects!
|Lance Carbine from Anvil Industries|
Starting with plastic Mk 4 legs, a variety of torsos, some Scibor Templar shield plates and shoulder pads, and we have a few sample Sternguard. They all will have Mk 4 helmets as well, and each will have the Crux Terminatus on their left shoulder. (Oh, you Codex Astartes adherents, spare me your complaints!)
The interchangeable magazines and combi-weapon parts make for some pretty cool options with these weapons. I'm not sold 100 percent on some of the shields I chose for the sternguard chest plates, but I've got another 6 kits to build after I finish these!
Overall I'm pretty happy with how the first group turned out, only 6 more to go! Cutting off the stocks from the Lance carbines certainly made them look more "bolter-like", but I really like the look of the stocks. Maybe I'll figure out a compromise for the next battery of Sternguard I build. Off to base and prime these guys now that it has warmed up outside!
|First 4 of my Sternguard built and ready for base build-up and priming|