This… er, Year… I’ve Painted… Space Marines

Well, it’s been far too long since I updated this blog, so here’s the fist of a few updates on the latest miniatures to come off the work bench.

• The Imperial Fists were completed in time for the Warhammer 40,000 Doubles Tournament and the first of these is shown below, the all new Captain Taelos.

• The Space Sharks received a minor update to act as the other half of the force, under the command of Pat Dunford. These wound up using Codex: Blood Angels

• Having enjoyed myself so much at the Doubles Tournament and seeing how fun (and good!) mechanised Blood Angels armies are, I decided to do an entirely new army for my next tournament, the Bristol Vanguard Vanquish. Which was six weeks later. Yes, a 1500 point army, more or less from scratch in 6 weeks. What the hell was I thinking? I’m still not entirely sure, but I’ll tell you about it all in a future post.

• Also, Target-Gaming will be present at the Bristol Vanguard Vanquish with a stall. Watch out for us!

Anyway, in all his glory, here’s Captain Taelos!

Many years ago, just after I first started painting things yellow, the first Codex: Tau was released. It caused a real stir, a new race and army done entirely from scratch and very different from anything in 40K at the time. What caught my eye, though, was piece of background text at the back describing a negotiation between the Tau Water Caste and an administratum official, accompanied by his ‘military advisor’ – one Captain Taelos of the Imperial Fists. It was a great bit of background text, and the accompanying art was exactly how I imagined a Space Marine Captain to be – haughty and towering.

I decided it was too good an opportunity to miss, so immediately produced a model of Captain Taelos to lead my own Imperial Fists, as seen below.

I was very pleased with him at the time, but he looks a little dated now, especially when placed alongside my current Imperial Fists. The Doubles tournament was a perfect excuse to produce a new model, reposed and much mightier, complete with mighty Relic Blade!

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