Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Painting Challenge - Space Marines

This post originally appeared on the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.

Right! For the Armour Theme I knew I wanted to tackle a painting challenge that I'd been putting off for nearly 20 years. I'd always dabbled with Warhammer 40K, but the increasingly grim and humorless turn the game took after Rogue Trader always rubbed me the wrong way. Even in the mid 90's I had an idea to put together a custom chapter to fit in with Games Workshop's Space Wolves and Space Sharks (since renamed to Chapter Charcaradon). A brotherhood of power armored space marines fashioned in the image of the greatest late night talk show host of the mid nineties: Space Ghost.


I'll admit, it's not a great idea. My college roommates and I used to watch Space Ghost religiously, but the show's been off the air for over a decade. And yet, this dumb idea won't leave me alone. Whenever I read a blog post about Oldhammer games, or flip through the latest edition of Warhammer 40K in the game shop, a tiny voice whispers to me, "You should paint some Space Ghosts." Therefore my fellow painters, to exorcise myself of this nagging idea please humor me while I get this out of my system.

I based the paint scheme on the classic Space Ghost uniform, but since I'll likely be putting these on the table against my 8 year old son and he has no idea who or what Space Ghost is, I've tweaked the color scheme a bit closer to something he'll recognizes: Imperial Stormtroopers from Star Wars.



I'm retaining the overall white scheme and black mask/helmet, but only veterans get the red wrist bands. Space Ghost's flashy yellow cape will be reserved for the chapter master himself.




The Space Ghost emblem wasn't really doing it for me as a chapter symbol, so I cooked up one of my own and printed them on decal paper.



I tested the color scheme on three modern figures, but for the most part these are classic Rogue Trader beakie marines I've cobbled together from eBay collections, stripped, repaired and upgraded with current special weapons when they've been missing.

That's a total of 13 space marines for 65 points I believe. And hopefully just under the deadline... the paint is still wet on a few of these!









10 comments:

  1. Excellent inspiration! They turned out great! ;)

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  2. I thought these were tremendous John.

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    1. Thank you! They pale in comparison to some of the really talented 40K painters out there, but I'm happy with them!

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  3. I loved Space Ghost way back when, what an awesome idea! They look great. Brilliant!!!

    Cheers
    Kevin

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    1. Thanks Kevin! Glad someone else recognized them. I figured Space Ghost had been relegated to the dust bin of pop culture, but I had to get this idea out of my system :)

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  4. Now you just need a Zorak and a Moltar.

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    1. Ha! Yes! Already picked up some sort of insectoid alien from another vendor for Zorak. Still figuring out the best fit for Moltar, but considering adding "Brother Brak" as a dreadnaught.

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  5. Nice. I agree with Peter that you need to get Zorak in there somewhere. Maybe as a sanctioned psyker?

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    1. Yep! Thinking that these Space Ghosts find and capture various Xenos, but maybe bend Imperial doctrine by using them on the battlefield. Heresy!

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