Over the new year, various Sternguard bits and pieces arrived from eBay, and I finally got around to putting them together over the last week or so.
What a hassle!
Pretty fiddly to be honest, especially the hands and weapons...
After consulting the wisdom of the WH40K community on G+ about what loadout to take for these veteran warriors, I decided to do the following with the bits I had:
1.) Have x1 large squad of 10, armed mainly with special ammunition (rather than combi-weapons) and a heavy flamer or two.
2.) Have a smaller squad of x5, again with special ammunition.
3.) Keep the Grav weapons and other weapons for a later project to upgrade my Black Templars bikers.
|Squad of 10 Black Templars Sternguard.|
|5 Sternguard veterans, most using regular SM lower bodies.|
Unfortunately, although I had lots of weapon bits, I didn't have all the parts I needed...
...I didn't have enough special ammo bolters (even in my bits box), so I had to make some by taking some larger magazines from other weapons and add them to what normal bolters I had. I also took some scopes from some old bolt pistols...
|Bolters with added special ammo magazines.|
I also didn't receive any heavy flamers, so I made my own by combining Heavy Bolter parts (I got lots of those!) with some flamer nozzles. They could do with a bit more care and TLC (fuel bottles added, some cutting of irrelevant parts like ejection ports etc.) but you can see them below:
(As you may have read in caption above, I was also short of Sternguard legs, so I broke up some junk Space Marines I had received in an earlier auction and added SG torsos, arms and parts.)
Tonight I added some texture to the bases, and over the weekend I will undercoat them!
Roll on the weekend...