I can't tell you how many space marines I've built in the last 20 years. I love space marines. There is just something about a genetically engineered 8 foot tall superhuman in power armor putting foot to ass that gets my blood going. My first army was the Space Wolves. One reason was the cool illustration in Rogue trader mentioned in the last post, the other has to do with a personal connection to the animal. They got me through the first few editions of Warhammer 40,000 as my chief army. As time passed and the background of the 40k universe began to fill out I heeded the calls of the Dark Gods the Hive Mind and the Waagh. The overall theme, was assault armies.
Another of the Primogenator Chapters that appealed to me was the Raven Guard. Jump packs and black armor, hit and run. While waiting for a new Space Wolf codex (and having sold off my last space wolf army), I settled into the idea of doing a Raven Guard force, especially with the introduction of Captain Shrike to the loyalist Marine codex. The problem, as many who know me have identified it, is that I seem entirely incapable of leaving a miniature unconverted or can't just "paint it like it is in the book". So my army would likely be a successor of the Raven Guard of my own making. Then, Forgeworld started making decal sheets and I saw the Raptors in their drab green livery instead of the blue and yellow of the past. There were also illustrations from the Rogue Trader days of the "Raptor Legion" in various camoflages and I said "Hrrmmmmm, methinks I can get into that." Thus, my version of the Raptors' 5th Battle company and a strike cruiser based force making a nuisance of themselves to the Waaghs of the Arch-Maniac of Calverna.
So, here's some work/painting in progress shots of the units which will form the foundation of the army. Two 6 man razorback mounted Tactical squads (Squads II and III) are first up.
Enter the Assault Squads (Squads VII & VIII), here's the sergeant and section leader of the 10 man Squad VII.
Here's a shot of the painting table.... there's still alot of work to be done.
Oh....yeah.... and there will be Wolves. Soon.