After another drubbing in a game with my new Space Marine army, I decided to take stock. My eldest son lit me up and then took me down with Tau drone spam in the latest match and it was yet another tabling. I realise that I'm not a particularly decent player but this is ridiculous (I built my opponents' lists!). So I decided to do an inventory of my Adeptus Astartes models and see if I could redeem myself in the sight of our beloved God-Emperor (thats right, He is a divine being according to the annals of the Red Scorpions, you filthy apostate!**)
I currently own:
22 Primaris Marines, 25 bog standard marines, 4 Devastators, 3 Bikes, 2 Librarians, 1 Chaplain, 10 assorted Deathwatch (including another bike), 31 Terminators, Command Squad bits, 5 Assault Marine jump packs, 10 Forgeworld Red Scorpion shoulder pads, 1 Razorback/Rhino, 1 Stormraven Gunship, 1 Thunderfire Cannon, 2 Psyfleman Dreadnoughts, 1 Nemesis Dreadknight, 1 Dirty Coteaz and 1 warp-dust coated Draigo.
|Brother Tarquin had a defective Ossmodula gland but managed to scrape in by standing on tip-toes during the medical.|
Not exactly awe inspiring but quite a lot for someone who apparently didn't play Space Marines until last week. Most of it is just filler from various starter sets and the vast majority of models are half eaten by Tyranids or still on the sprue. The Stormraven and Rhino are fully painted, strangely. I was thinking of attending Call To Arms this year as an incentive to build a 1500 point army out of this hodge-podge.
I probably want to use the vehicles as they seem to be quite good in this edition. Unfortunately, in a stunning display of fluff retcon from GW, my Primaris marines are unable to embark upon any of them. Yep, one size does not fit all. They can't even stand on the running boards, gangster style or crawl around inside on all fours. Its... Its just... By The Emperor's 10,000 Year Old Bedsores! This is Heresy, I tell you!
What to do? Normal tactical marines are super cheap and easy to assemble with my Forgeworld Red Scorpion shoulder pads. They also sit comfortably inside a Stormraven without any of that awkward 'elbow etiquette' preventing them from enjoying the in-flight meal. They come with deckchairs equipped as standard.
So I built a small squad of them, trying to look as retro as possible in direct contrast to the Charles Atlas physiques of my Primaris uber marines (who apparently don't bend at the waist). I don't have any Mk IV helmets so Beakys and Command Squad Champions will have to do. Notice how my sergeant is an apothecary so at least I got something right.
**We are in no way affiliated with the Word Bearers heretic astartes. No sir.