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Title: JUNE 2008 - The Guardians of Terra
Description: Angels_Blade honours the Loyalists

ShroudFilm - June 18, 2008 01:01 PM (GMT)
It seems that the old saying is true - any publicity is good publicity. Angels_Blade has been with us since the big move from the old boards, and his pet project The Guardians of Terra has been an impressive work-in-progress as he prepared it for entry to the national GW painting competition.

We thought we'd lost him for a while, but it seems reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated... :D His dramatic rise from the grave seems to have re-kindled interest in his Loyalist showcase piece, and we've had loads of renewed requests to see it featured in the Display Case for this month!

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In true seance style, here is a message from beyond the grave [cue eerie music :P ] -

It is a massive honour to have the Guardians of Terra entered into the display case. I feel that this squad is not just mine, but a part of everyone on this forum who has aided me in the design and painting process.

The idea for the squad came up over a pint or 12 with a few friends at university. Someone asked what reaction the Imperium took immediately after the Horus Heresy. Whilst it was widely known that the loyalist Astartes pursued the traitor legions tirelessly all the way to the Eye of Terror, we wondered what insurgency operations occurred? I suggested that the Custodian Guard would have hunted key members of the Traitor Legions in an attempt to weaken their leadership, and low and behold - the Guardians of Terra were born!

The fluff followed as quickly as the beer as we fleshed out the rules for them:

"Following the Emperors interment into the golden throne, the Primarchs Rogal Dorn, Robute Guilliman and Jaghatai Khan met with Constantine Valdor in an emergency war council. There, it was decided that in order to break the traitors' forces they would need to eliminate the so called 'lodge leaders'. Conventional attacks would be unsuccessful but small squad-based forces could slip through their defenses. Valdor wanted to dispatch the Custodians in their entirety at once, but Guilliman, in his wisdom saw the psychological presence of the Custodians on Terra as a benefit to the Imperium."

Simple fact: the Emperor was protected. The Emperor was still alive.

Dorn felt that all of the loyalist legions were responsible for the assassinations of the lodge leaders and called the first meeting of the Council of Nine. Present were Dorn, Guilliman, Khan and Valdor as well as Vulkan, Corax, Lion El'Johnson and Leman Russ. The Blood Angels and Iron Hands were represented by their respective First Captains. There it was decided that each force would include one of each legion and would be lead by a Custodian. Supplied with the fastest Warp-capable ships the Adeptus Mechanicus could offer, and equipped with the finest weaponry and armour, the Guardians of Terra set out on a crusade that would end only in death."

I found the whole project challenging to say the least as before this I had never painted anything but Dark Angels. In a way that is why I was so pleased with the end result as each and every marine is personal and the only example I have ever painted of their legion. Parts-sourcing was easy enough, if not a little lengthy and the modelling side was fairly basic. There is no green stuff used in any of these conversions. All are made with good old knife and file which I think gives them a more simple look and proves how easy pre-Heresy modelling can be.

If I could have anything happen now it would be to find others out there who have made GoT squads for themselves!

Thank you everyone for helping me with this project


Weiss - June 18, 2008 02:02 PM (GMT)
Congratulations! Maybe in a while, I may be tempted to do a squad of these guys... :D

Iacton - June 18, 2008 02:40 PM (GMT)
Fantastic work, Ben.

Glad to see it here where it deserves to be and good to see you back again (from the dead..... but that's another story <_< )

Excellent individual projects under a great collective project - which the final display finishes off nicely.

Looking forward to the resurrection of the Scourge project one day ;)

Brother-Captain Basilus - June 18, 2008 04:36 PM (GMT)
Great to see these once again ;)

Looking all cool^^

Tarik Torgaddon - June 18, 2008 06:07 PM (GMT)
I remember these, looks ace Angels_Blade :)

And not to steal Iactons words, but
Excellent individual projects under a great collective project

Safe to say I agree with what he says. :)

Kharn - June 18, 2008 08:21 PM (GMT)
These really are great models Angels_Blade!
You've inspired me to try and model a group of traitor Istavvan space marines in a similar fashion.

Manneus Drath - June 19, 2008 12:39 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Kharn @ Jun 18 2008, 08:21 PM)
These really are great models Angels_Blade!
You've inspired me to try and model a group of traitor Istavvan space marines in a similar fashion.

Oh god same here...
It should be the next comp. :P

ShroudFilm - June 19, 2008 11:33 AM (GMT)
This one really is a blast from the past... I'm amazed at how many people were only reminded of their existence when Ben went all lazarene... :D

Keep those nominations coming guys.

SQ - June 19, 2008 01:06 PM (GMT)

A great project indeed and well diserved!!
The paintjob on the marines looks great and the diorama completes the picture! :D This really has that Heresy feel to it!

Well done, and congratulations! :D

Vredesbyrd - June 19, 2008 02:38 PM (GMT)
Excellent work and well done on getting into the Display Case Ben! These are truly inspirational and make me want to do something similar of my own. Keep up the good work!

Anodyr - June 19, 2008 04:16 PM (GMT)
Nice idea, great execution. Well done!

Ezekyle Abaddon - June 20, 2008 10:41 PM (GMT)
Excellent stuff!
Good to look at over and over again, perfect for the Display Case.

Angels_Blade - June 28, 2008 01:29 PM (GMT)
Well guys......

I WON!!!!!!!

I'm seriously made up, never entered a comp before and the double bonus is that the youngblood winner was pre-heresy too!

Thanks for all your help!


Iacton - June 28, 2008 01:31 PM (GMT)
Huh?! They've already judged it? :huh:

Many, many congrats, mate!

Now you HAVE TO do the scourge!!

Did you get the youngblood to sign up?

Angels_Blade - June 28, 2008 04:11 PM (GMT)
Sign up? how do you mean?

Magos Explorator - June 28, 2008 06:51 PM (GMT)
To this forum, I imagine. :)

Also: congratulations! I won too but there were no other entrants over 15 in my local store...

Iacton, my store judged it at the end of the working day today.

Iacton - June 28, 2008 09:52 PM (GMT)
YAY! Hattrick! I won too!

And yes, AB, I meant sign up to here :D

(Well unless he's a prodigious footballer too, in which case become his manager and try to sell him to Man Utd! :lol: )

ShroudFilm - June 28, 2008 10:20 PM (GMT)
Great news Angels_Blade... just goes to show that our voting members here can spot a great competition entry when they see one! :D

Congrats to all you other guys who have scored wins as well - hopefully our cause gathers ever more recruits as our members steamroller the non-PH entrants!

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