- inexpensive (these are all bits I had in my miniature pile so far, and I'll be making use of proxies further down the line too)
- robust (bulletproof gloss finish, very few pointy bits to snap off)
- easy to transport (compact minis, and a more elite army than 'nids, so will be less numerous and bulky
- nostalgic (this is a big reason for why I play 40k, so I'm painting these figures from my childhood exactly as I did when I was 12: no shading, no highlighting, simple basing- no fuss, just fun!)
The Terminator squad at top left are actually quite new figures from Revell's Build and Paint range, but they are made from the sculpts that were made for the mid-90s re-release of Space Hulk. I remember when they were absolutely cutting edge in terms of plastic figures!
The Tactical squad are the ones that came with the 2nd edition 40k starter set in the early '90s. Probably the first figures thousands of gamers of my vintage first put brush to. Possibly still my favourite Space Marines.
The other Terminator Squad are older minis from the previous incarnation of Space Hulk from the late '80s. I had to convert the main chap slightly to give him the right wargear- his power sword and half of his left hand is from a modern Ork Boy, with a bit of recarving and reshaping of the blade, and the banner is a stout bit of brass rod and an old plastic skull. The artwork is my own.
The Captain is probably my favourite one from back in the day. Timeless sculpt.
The plastic Librarian in Terminator armour I think is from the Tyranid Attack boxed game from the late '80s.
The chapter is one I invented. I had some blue spray, I decided I could just about freehand a thunderbolt shape, and I chose some contrasting colours to compliment the blue. I'm calling these lads The Stormwatch, after the Jethro Tull album. My Chaptermaster will be Bartin Marre. Look out for other Tull nods as I continue the project!
Next on the list- some of the original Rogue Trader RTB-01 plastic marines!