Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Arthurian Space Marine Chapter Organisation Chart

Just about back up to speed with my 40k stuff now, and hopefully I shall actually have some painted minatures to share soon. However, as I'm in the middle of moving house, I decided not to do anything too ambitious and though I might roll off another fluff document.

This is the chapter organisation chart for my Spears of Mawdryn Arthurian/Celtic Marine Chapter as it stands in the "present day." It only has three Companies, the rest being wiped in a bit of a massacre.... (is that an oxymoron?) Throughout its history, the Chapter has never really adhered to the Codex Astartes-prescribed organisation, and its companies have always been "Independent" - each containing their own Veterans, Support, Reserves etc., and as such able to deploy without awaiting for other elements of the Chapter to provide other required support or materiel.

Anyhoo, enough waffle, here's the chart. Some of the numbers, particularly where squads are concerned, are a little arbitrary at the moment. If you have any questions about the Chapter, fluff, pronunciation of Welsh/Brythonic names and terms.... just ask.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Forward Planning: Marine Shield Designs

Yes, I am still here! As mentioned in my last post (way back in the depths of time), I said I would be taking a month off. That time s now up, and I'm back. After a hectic and stressful month, I am now trying to get back into the swing of finishing my Spears of Mawdryn Space Marines. With too many projects on the go, I am only allowing myself to start anything new once these are finished. Fluff and all. Thankfully, it's a rather enjoyable project.

Part of what is keeping me going with these is the character, there's hardly a model that will be left without even the smallest conversion. As my faithful readers may recall, the concept behind the Chapter is to seamlessly blend Arthurian (5th - 6th century Britain) and Iron Age Celtic elements, both in fluff terms and aesthetically. One area where these blend into one in a literal sense are the shields. I wanted to combine the Celtic check (and occasional boar or dragon), with the Late Roman/Arthurian Chi-Rho

As well as being a bit of a light way back into the blog, I thought I would also make this a small lesson on the importance of planning....

Here's some shields what I drew earlier....

Designs aren't limited to set shapes. Shields furtherst to right are for veterans and characters.

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