Monday, 15 May 2017

Rise of a Feline Race


Thanks for joining me for another post.

I wanted to share with you some models I've worked on during 2016 - as though I have been silent, I haven't been idle. Background history and force construction will be provided in a later post. Preferably once a few of these models have been properly finished and painted.

With the model basis of Space Marines, editing their armour, I have created a sentient race of feline miniatures for battle in the dark times of the 41st millennium, known as Aerulus, heralding from the planet Almus. At the moment, my space is limited, so I am still unable to grow the numbers I want. Due to this, I will only be doing a remnant force, the remains from a desperate battle.

Both male and female will be equally prevalent within this force, though there will be a limited type of weaponry for this race. Single handed guns being the main focus, with swords reserved for officers only.


Front View - The Basic Troop Type
By modifying some space marine armour, I began to craft my own unique looking force. Some parts of the space marine kit were filed down to new shapes, or green stuff added to change the design. Here, these models should also have cat ears on their helmets, but at this time, I failed to realise and had yet to incorporate it. Whilst I have made the adjustment to later sculpts and moulds, I still use these as its easy enough to simply add the ears onto the helmets later as well.

Rear view - The Basic Troop Type
I've designed different breathing equipment for them, so they do not simply follow space marine design, as can be seen in the rear view image. Of course, a feline race would also have tails, which is shown nicely here, though definitely some more work needed. At this stage, only these three models have the tails, as I'm in need of some more green stuff.


More Aerial View - Heavy Infantry Troop
You can see here that I've reproduced my altered designs, but also made use of spare space marine It's important to note this pose was entirely sculpted by myself after various attempts, involving repositioning the altered pieces, and just pushing green stuff onto the base, which is shown nicely on the right hand side, where the legs look bloated. Ultimately I did design the legs, after using skewers to line up the positioning then adding the greenstuff after.

Front View - Heavy Infantry Unit
The cannons, as is befitting its simplistic design to make sure the casting would work well, is entirely done by me, likewise is the unhelmet head, and once again breathing instruments on the back. The rear cannon is from an old key ring I picked up in Scotland years in my past as a 12 year old if memory serves me right.

Rear View - Heavy infantry unit
You can clearly see a space marine chainsword altered here for the captain of the unit, but all other swords will be done from scratch.
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So, what do you think? These won't be all the troops, and once again, upcoming posts in the future will slowly reveal more of these new denizens of the far flung galaxy.

I believe I may redo a sculpt for the Aerulus, but at the moment, these will be simply a remnant force, so there will be room for improvement in the future with a complete force hopefully being made once I have enough room. It's all these different projects and purchases that is making it so hard to grow any one force.

Because the composition of this army, including weaponry, will be entirely made up by me, the army is more to use in personal games than tournaments or at local centres. I'm looking forward to getting round to the painting of these models as well, and hope to have the small amount painted up by the end of 2017.

Once again, thank you for joining me for this post. I hope you enjoyed it, and feel free to comment.

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