Monday, 15 April 2013


I would hazard a guess that most people who play 40k have at some point, even if they no longer do so, collected a space marine army.

My love affair with all things blue began one Christmas Day round my cousins house when I was given command of the blue squad in Space Crusade.  I dont remember much of the game itself but I remember being hooked and hassling my dad for ages to buy me some.  Being a bit of a gaming geek himself (albeit historical) my dad knew where these could be purchased and a trip to Another World in Leicester (before GW opened on the same street!) yielded up a box of the infamous RB01 beaky marines (£10 for 30-although I didnt seem to have enough bits to make 30?).  I still have them somewhere but they were painted with Humbrol paints and well, I was 10, so you can guess how they look.

Fast forward to my time working for GW when there were countless opportunities to benefit from more free space marines than you can shake a stick at (thank you Stock Take Booty!) as well as a very generous staff discount meant I could get the metal shoulder pads for 1p each.

Fast forward again to 2013 when I finally get around to doing something with them again, mainly thanks to playing Space Marine on the xbox 360.  

The ultimate aim is to paint up a full battle company plus lots of extras.  Even if they don't make a particularly effective force, hopefully they will still be fun to try out.

Freshly painted assault squad - started these in 2006...
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My Company Commander 
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An updated tactical squad.  Painted these in 06 but have updated with a new base edge and some liberal application of nuln oil
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Comments etc always appreciated.  Plenty more to follow (if I dont get distracted, fickle soul that I am)


  1. looking great and glad to see that it's not only my good self that goes frothy after I play 40K games on the PC/console (ploughing through DOW2 again!)

    you need to weathering on the boots, after all they need to look like they've been in the field ;)

    1. Lol I've just finished Space Marine and I'm playing DOW2 now as well.

      Good idea re the weathering - a liberal drybrushing is in order I think.

  2. Looking good bud, let's see some more soon.

    1. Cheers. There's more on the painting table. But will my attention span last long enough to finish them? :D

  3. Nice one, looking good. Look forward to seeing more.
    Space Marines can be very effective still, you just need to know how to use them as it takes a lot more skill and management than it did when the codex was new. With it being a bit out dated and in MUCH need of an update it takes some planning and the army are less forgiving that they used to be.

    1. "skill" and "management" are not my strong points when it comes to wargames sadly :(