Construction Work – Wednesday 8th January

Space Marine Bikers (work in progress) - click to enlarge

With my bikes arriving in the post and only a little over 2 weeks until the tournament, I’ve not been hanging around! Some of you will have already seen the preparation work I’ve done on the Captain, and now he’s got his legs and bike! This will be a fairly short post, just showing them in their various stages of assembly before I throw some paint on them before the 25th!

Space Marine Captain on Bike (work in progress) - click to enlarge
Space Marine Captain on Bike (work in progress) – click to enlarge
Space Marine Captain on Bike (work in progress) - click to enlarge
Space Marine Captain on Bike (work in progress) – click to enlarge
Space Marine Bike detail (work in progress) - click to enlarge
Space Marine Bike detail (work in progress) – click to enlarge

I’ve added a bit of extra detail to his bike in the form of a large purity seal on the rear fairing, and a Crux Terminatus badge on his front mudguard. I’ll be giving him a Ravenwing style back pennant as soon as the piece arrives in the post.

Next up are the bike unit themselves – so far I’ve only built three of the five bikers I’m going to have in the unit, but thankfully these are the more interesting ones – the Sergeant and two bikers with Grav Guns.

I wanted to make sure the unit had a bit of variety, as the Space Marine Bike kit only comes with one helmet and one chest variant, so I raided my bits box for a few alternatives, finding 3 different chest pieces and a different helmet for the sergeant. I also wanted to make sure they were wholly WYSIWYG and so I made sure I found some spare Frag and Krag Grenades, as well as holstered Bolt Pistols.

The Sergeant has received the variant head (which was from the Assault Squad box) and a different chest piece, which has armour plating over the cables on the stomach. I gave his bike a skull and crossbones symbol from the Land Raider accessory sprue, as well as a slightly smaller purity seal on his rear fairing:

Space Marine Sergeant with Combi-Grav Gun on Bike (work in progress) - click to enlarge
Space Marine Sergeant with Combi-Grav Gun on Bike (work in progress) – click to enlarge
Space Marine bike detail (work in progress) - click to enlarge
Space Marine bike detail (work in progress) – click to enlarge
Space Marine Sergeant with Combi-Grav Gun on Bike (work in progress) - click to enlarge
Space Marine Sergeant with Combi-Grav Gun on Bike (work in progress) – click to enlarge

I’ve also left all of the bikers unglued from the bikes, mainly to help when painting them, as it was a massive pain in the arse to paint my Attack Bikes, and I’d rather avoid that for now – once they’re painted I’ll glue the riders to to bikes.

Space Marine Biker with Grav Gun (work in progress) - click to enlarge
Space Marine Biker with Grav Gun (work in progress) – click to enlarge
Space Marine Biker with Grav Gun (work in progress) - click to enlarge
Space Marine Biker with Grav Gun (work in progress) – click to enlarge
Space Marine Biker with Grav Gun (work in progress) - click to enlarge
Space Marine Biker with Grav Gun (work in progress) – click to enlarge
Space Marine Biker with Grav Gun (work in progress) - click to enlarge
Space Marine Biker with Grav Gun (work in progress) – click to enlarge

Finally, here’s a shot of the unit together, both with and without the Captain:

Space Marine Bikers (work in progress) - click to enlarge
Space Marine Bikers (work in progress) – click to enlarge
Space Marine Bikers (work in progress) - click to enlarge
Space Marine Bikers (work in progress) – click to enlarge
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4 thoughts on “Construction Work – Wednesday 8th January

  1. 40kterminatus says:

    Good plan with painting the Space Marines separately as once they are stuck onto the bikes access for your paint brush is a big problem. Saying that you have to make the mistake of gluing them on first and trying to paint them to understand…been there lol

    1. Leeman says:

      Yeah, I’ve definitely learned from that experience! Part of me is tempted to keep the unglued as it might help slightly with transport, as the captain’s sword sticks out to the side and could break in a case… Hmm…

  2. daggerandbrush says:

    Good idea to paint them unassembled. After I had problems with some Confrontation minis I keep it always in mind to not make the same mistake twice. Especially any form of cavalry or mount is problematic. Only catch here is if you have to slightly bent the legs of a rider to fit the horse after painting it *face palm*.

    Did you consider using magnets to hold your gang in place? You could just drill a small whole in the bike saddle and private parts of the space marine and fit some earth magnets.

    1. Leeman says:

      I did think about magnets but the riders actually hold themselves on the bikes well enough without it – they have to be ‘hooked’ on as it were, so they’re unlikely to fall off (I guess with cavalry models they’ve not got handlebars to hold onto, unlike bikers), so magnetising these guys would be a wasted effort, I feel.

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