Of late I've been playing about with the basing of the Spears of Mawdryn Druid (Librarian).
This is a bit of a cheat post as it was originally an addendum to the BFG Chaos Cruiser post, but I think it was getting lost there, so thought it was worth reposting as a separate "bitesize post" (but with a little extra content).
As I said previously in the post above, I wanted the horned skull on there somewhere to reflect the standard Librarian imagery, and to also look like a primitive talisman or charm. Similarly the owl is a familiar as a symbol of knowledge (a raven would be nice but has been done quite a bit). Plus, the owl was traditionally associated with Herne the Hunter, another source of inspiration for the conversion.
I was going to add the small standing stone from the Wood Elf Dryad pack which has some suitable carved symbols on, but I thought the base would look overcrowded. I'll save that for my Druid of the Scythe methinks.
Also, the stone used here is real Welsh slate, given the inspiration for the Chapter, I thought it was very apt. Obviously the Blu Tack won't be on the final version...
Most of the actual base itself will be covered in "gravel" with a few patches and tufts of grass, and the intention is to have the small skull talisman post sat in tufts of grass too.
As ever, thoughts and feedback much appreciated.
Incidentally, in the past couple of days I've stumbled across a few other people attempting to do Space Marine Druid concepts on forums - and I'm amazed (or not) at how negative some of the comments are. If I'd even voiced any of my ideas on forums before doing them, I might not have gone ahead with it. I probably would, I'm stubborn, I appreciate constructive criticism but this hostility could stop the great ideas of others from ever developing and really put them off a great side of our hobby.
I'm not sure why so many see them as completely opposing concepts, perhaps it's just the preconceptions or misunderstandings - maybe they're thinking of New Ages types wafting around Stonehenge. But historical Druids could be bastards.
If we look at Druids and compare them with Space Marine concepts, what do we have: Druids as keepers of knowledge, Druids as sorcerors, Druids as prophets or soothsayers, and so on - that's Librarians... then there's Druids as healers, that's Apothecaries. Druids as priests or spiritual leaders... Chaplains. And that's just the simplified answer. Space Marines work well when drawing on pre-gunpowder cultures, particularly those with a tradition of "sagas" or "epics" or similar story-telling traditions. So I don't see why there's so much hostility to the idea.
Anyhoo, in the next couple of posts I should have an Index Astartes style document on the Chapter and their history. It's only been about 3 years in the making...