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5 Charity Space Marines

5 Charity Space Marines

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Project Blog by seldon9 Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

My local club petitioned it's players to paint 100 Space Marines for charity as a tribute to Captain Tom Moore. Each marine had to be from a different chapter. I painted 5.

This Project is Completed

Assault Marines

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I don’t normally paint marines. I’d painted a Black Dragon for a local competition because I thought I could do some work to add the bone spurs. I wasn’t too happy with it and I fanced having another go. So I reserved the Black Dragons.

I was able to secure 5 assault marines. Their poses suited a Black Dragon so I went with them and 4 more chapters: Star Phantoms, Blood Scythes, Disciples of Caliban and the Covenant of Fire.

I fashioned some bone spurs for the Black Dragon from some Nid claws. The other marines were just assembled.

I should admit now to having been a bit slow getting this write up done.

Assault Marines

The Bases

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I wanted a different style of base for each marine. I went for the following.

1, a beach base. I green stuffed some ripples which I then covered with sand. I cut a portion of the base out and reattached it lower down. I poured a water effect over this. I had some foliage I soaked and glued down to appear like wet seaweed.

2, a swamp base. I build up some sand around a piece of slate. I then painted the middle section to appear like a swamp and poured water effect over it. The look was completed by layering a soil like flock and a mix of greens.

3, a Mars style base. Nothing clever, some sand and different rock textures all layered over with pigments.

4, a snow base. Easy. Just a variety of rocks and filled round with Woodland Scenics snow.

5, a tech base. I base rollered some green stuff for this and add a zip tie and some bits.

Aaaaargh!

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With two days to go I had two marines finished. The other three had their gloss coats and only waited for their matt finish. I came down to find the inks I’d use to freehand had run.

So I had a bit of a manic finish to get these done.

Aaaaargh Again!

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I seemed to get a lot of problems with this project. This time trying to spray a matt coat on the Mars base. It didn’t just frost, it gave a full snowfall!

I was able to get it back nearly to it’s previous look. More matt coats did the job. No idea why I had so many accidents with this project though. On a side note the  frosting lived up to it’s name and gave a very nice finish.

Aaaaargh Again!

Freehand

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I didn’t have much time to try and find stencils for all the different chapters. So I made to freehand. In some cases I went with inks. I find it hard to get the paint’s consistency right when I freehand.

The results are ok. They’ll do.

The Blood Scythe

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I hadn’t heard of the Blood Scythes before this drive. I believe they’re one of the new Primaris legions. Really I picked them up ‘cos there was a pile of minis with white schemes no-one wanted to do.

The Disciple of Caliban

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Another chapter I knew near nothing about. I picked up the Disciples near the end of the challenge. I liked the colour and I’m happy with how mine turned out. Even the lion logo.

The Covenant of Fire

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Skill 8
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I bagged the Covenant early. I like the scheme a lot. It’s very striking. Apparently the Covenant are a new Primaris chapter derived from the Salamanders. I’m a Salamanders fan so this was very welcome.

The Star Phantom

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Another white scheme but this time for a more famous chapter. I liked the contrast between this and the Blood Scythes. Their logo is a mess to freehand.

The Black Dragon

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We finish my favourite, The black scheme is a little dull and my airbrushed highlights were pretty badly done. But I love seeing him with the Tyranid bits. There may be a Kill Team coming on.

About the Charity

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@avernos and @sundancer kindly showed this project on their Twitch stream and wondered a little about how the charity side of this worked. Though I’d add a bit here about that.

The charity wasn’t an auction. Instead we got sponsored to try and paint 100 marines from different chapters within a month.

There was a spreadsheet with different chapters listed and you had to reserve the marines you wanted to paint in advance. A few slots were left empty to allow suggestions for other chapters or custom chapters.

Donations also got you raffle tickets for a prize draw. The shop put up some prizes and players donated as well.

Furthermore you could pay extra and challenge one of the committee – Hallowed be the Committee – to paint a marine in your chosen colour scheme.

Initially I put in for two: Black Dragons and Covenant of Fire. As the project neared the end I bagged three more as I’d bought a 5 man sprue. It was obvious people didn’t want to paint chapters with white colour schemes. So I grabbed a couple of whites and the dark green Disciples.

On completion day it was nice to catch up with a few people. Covid restrictions were still in force so this was the first time many of us had met up.

I’ve grabbed a pic of the display and some other marines. I’m afraid it’s quite high up and I’m not tall. So my pics aren’t great but hopefully show the finished result well enough.

Money was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support. The final tally was £1255.

The full displayThe full display
Howling GriffinsHowling Griffins
Classic Tiger Claws. Annoyed I missed painting these. Classic Tiger Claws. Annoyed I missed painting these.
Angry Marines! One of the committee was sponsored to paint this dude. Cracking job. Angry Marines! One of the committee was sponsored to paint this dude. Cracking job.