|Blood Runs. War Calls.|
I do not think that I am out of line by saying that we all love Space Marines. And for the most part, Games Workshop has created a fantastic line of models to represent them on the tabletop. There is one notable flaw with them, however, and that is that they simply are not in scale with other models in Warhammer 40k. Instead of being mythical godlike giants, they stand as tall as Imperial Guardsmen. Because of this, many talented people have created their own “true-scale” marines. Just to name a few, MoneyBallistic has some seminal Iron Hands
, while Kari has some terrifying Red Corsairs
. Also from Iron Sleet, Migsula is creating a whole army of properly scaled Space Wolves with his Vlka Fenryka project
. The only other thing as iconic as a Marine in power armor is the lumbering armored sarcophagus that is the Space Marine dreadnought, so it stands to reason people would want to try to create a true-scale version. This task, however, presents a whole new range of challenges. While not easy by any means, the task of creating true-scale marines is dramatically aided by the availability of plastic and resin terminators, whose added bulk is often a good starting point for such conversions. But when one tries to move beyond simply creating warriors in power armor, the task becomes substantially harder, because all the Space Marine vehicles are based upon the improperly scaled power armor marines. There is really only one other plastic kit, besides the basic dreadnought box, that might serve as a base for such a conversion, and that is the Dreadknight. As a part of his Invitational entry, Kari did exactly this
, to excellent effect. The Dreadknight’s long limbs do not quite mirror the aesthetics of the traditional Dreadnought, so I have been looking for alternatives. I am excited to say that the search may be over, after seeing Forge World’s newest release, the Leviathan pattern Dreadnought!