Modelling: Sword Brethren Terminator Assault Squad

Not to worry, the Land Raider has not been forgotten, but making sure the passengers will be ready at the same time seemed like a good idea.

So far, so good! And I guess you can spot what I've got in the background?

Since last time

While painting the Land Raider Crusader, I felt like starting on the passengers at the same time. That way the blog gets more varied posts, and I get to prove that I’m capable of multitasking! And the objects in the background of the picture? Yep, that’s right! I’ve got Forgeworld Black Templars Terminator Storm Shields!! Really looking forward to both attaching and painting them. But not all of them will belong to the Terminators. As you can see, one of them has a pair of Lightning Claws. I’ll explain more after the images:

Why did I do that?

I wanted at least one Terminator with Lightning Claws, first of all so that not all of them would have Initiative 1. To have one Terminator capable of three attacks that are all Initiative 4, ignores Armour Saves and re-roll To Hit, should be good for dealing with a larger number of foes, or a not-so-tough (but fast), multi-wound character. Also, I really wanted to spend the pair of Claws in the sprue that are longer than the others (normally meant for the Sergeant). The surplus shield will be given to a character, or modified to fit as decoration on a vehicle (the Land Raider?).

I’m quite happy with the posing so far, but my ideas will be more evident when the heads are in place. For the details I have Templar shoulder pads from the Black Templars Chapter Upgrade pack, and also some Etched Brass Black Templars Symbols from Forgeworld.

Basic tips n’ tricks

When posing, try to get some variety in the angle of the torsos. That way you’ll be able to choose arms that “match”, and together create a particular stance. When trying out different arms, don’t be too quick to glue after picking a pair. Try out different “tilts”, especially if the model is to have a weapon/shield in each arm. Think about which way the head is to face, and imagine yourself being the model. Why not try the pose yourself? If you have problems keeping your balance, you might have to re-think the pose (or get a jetpack if the model is flying). 

Next time

The Land Raider? Probably…maybe…possibly…we’ll see!

Comments in both English and Norwegian are appreciated!

About Tejech

Film student with a taste for movies (!), the heavier part of rock music and the phenomenon that is Warhammer 40,000. View all posts by Tejech

6 responses to “Modelling: Sword Brethren Terminator Assault Squad

  • Paul

    If you want to take these a step further, I have seen some people use the Templar specific marine heads on these instead of the termie heads, and it looks pretty bad ass!

    So far they look great, now hurry up and slap some paint on! lol!

    • Tejech

      Actually, I’ve already made a spesific list of who will get what from the Templar upgrade-pack, and so all the heads are taken! Besides, wouldn’t that mean chopping off almost all of the “ball” underneath the heads? I mean, the termie-heads have the “ball” in the back, not the bottom. I guess green stuff is the solution to all such problems.

      So far, only the Crusader has been given any attention, so the next post will be about that, but I am indeed planning on a fairly relaxed holiday…

  • UTK

    I like the poses, that’s going to be something fun to get to do. There’s exactly zero customizing available for the Assault on Blackreach set. Then again it’s supposed to be a quick and easy introduction to the game and it was exactly that.

    • Tejech

      Thanks, I actually am kind of excited, as these are my first Terminators ever.
      Hey, at least you get marines with cool details that are unavailable otherwise! I would have bought the set if there were no Orks, I really don’t need them for anything. There are some Ultramarines extras on Forgeworld; Terminator shoulder pads and the like. Is that the chapter you’ve chosen though?

      • UTK

        I kind of made up my own little chapter. I don’t intend to play either these marines or orks as my main army. But back when I got the set I wasn’t sure what I wanted to play. That and it comes with a condensed rulebook, dice and whatnot. Forgeworld has some, in general, amazing stuff. Especially when it comes to the Tau, who are the army I’ve since decided I want to play, at least for now.

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