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Title: Studded Shoulder Pads

Thousand Son - May 9, 2010 01:27 PM (GMT)
So, those Mk 6 Studded Shoulder Pads? Is it still canon that they represent the amount of service for a marine?

I'm building a 40k army with a sense of history based on what I'm learning here. When the studded pads I've ordered arrive, should I file off a few studs to make the service records of the individual marine more realistic?

Whitehorn - May 9, 2010 01:35 PM (GMT)
Studs on an astarte's brow represented years of service.

As for shoulder pads.. it's much simpler. They're supposedly to better deflect incoming fire or for structural reinforcement.

Doghouse - May 9, 2010 02:09 PM (GMT)
The studded shoulder pads came about originally because they lacked the materials to make complete suits.
The original rogue trader era idea of the studs is that they are bonding studs holding an additional layers of material in place. They weren't included on the right arm because it was supposed to have used superior materials in order to protect the arm holding the weapon.

I personally think they got it the wrong way around as the left shoulder pad would be facing the enemy as you fired the weapon so it would have made more sense that the superior armour material would be on the left hand side.

The studded left shoulder pad was later to have become associated with the defence of the Imperial Palace because of this being around the time that the Mk VI armour came into service.

Pacific - May 9, 2010 04:11 PM (GMT)
1 shoulder stud for each year of service, so you basically get some marines who've been there since the unification wars who can't move because they have a shoulder pad the size of a rhino...

Thousand Son - May 9, 2010 04:34 PM (GMT)
Many thanks for info. They look well 80's - like leather jacket studs. A sign of the times they were created. I saw the Sons of Orar pics which inspired my choice to get some in.

Pacific - May 10, 2010 02:44 AM (GMT)
Yeah I agree completely, studded shoulder pads have the same effect on me as beakie helmets, when I see them they make me go all nostalgic - make me think of listening to guns'n'roses while I made an atrocious attempt at painting, and my sister permed her hair in the next room ^_^

Thousand Son - May 11, 2010 07:29 PM (GMT)
The decade that spawned Iron Maiden, thrash metal and big hair. 80s 4ever B)
I think it's all part of 40ks charm. It couldn't have come from any other decade.
I'll be whacking a studded shoulder pad on all my boys... looks mean as.

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