Category Archives: Ultramarines

Ultramarines: Dreadnought (Assault on Black Reach)

From time to time I’ll reach into the hobby vault to feature models painted before I started this blog.

This Dreadnought is from the Assault on Black Reach set, the fifth edition starter box for Warhammer 40,000. It was among the first 40k models bought after my return to the hobby, though it one of the first to be painted.

Dreadnought (rifleman)

It did represent one of my earlier forays into magnetizing, with both arms magnetized so I could put on Forgeworld autocannon arms or the multimelta/heavy flamer that came in the kit. The starter box had simpler models, so didn’t feature the fuller weapons set of the standalone dreadnought.

Dreadnought (multimelta / heavy flamer)

The basing is super simple, just a single green flock. I suspect I was in a rush for an event, or maybe just a game day, and never got back to it.

Ultramarines: Predator

From time to time I’ll reach into the hobby vault to feature models painted before I started this blog.

I painted these two Predators some time apart from each other.

Ultramarines Predator

The first was done quick in a week ahead of an event (a narrative event at (I think) DunDraCon that involved taking 500 points of “allies” (back in 5th edition before the allies was part of the game) which. In the last game of the event everyone’s allies betrayed them after deployment. Your opponent got to control them. I had Orks as the allies, but wanted to beef up my main force.

Ultramarines Predator (with sponsons)

I think the second was just simple force expansion.

As usual for my marines, the weapons and sponsons are all magnetized, so they can be used in a variety of configuration.

Ultramarines Predator (top)

Ultramarines: Tactical Squad

From time to time I’ll reach into the hobby vault to feature models painted before I started this blog.

Let’s take a trip back in time. My wife had been doing a lot of shopping at the craft store, and I had been eyeing a F-15 plastic model kit like one that I lusted after as a kid. I never really got into model airplanes as a kid. It turns out that $30 is unimaginably expensive to a nine-year-old but quite affordable to an employed adult. So I bought it and put it together.

Tactical Marines (group)
Tactical Marines (group)

With that done, I thought I’d try some 40k again. I had a bunch of stuff in the closet from when I briefly played in the 2nd and 3rd edition era. While I made some attempts at painting back then, most was unpainted, including this squad. I read some articles, watches some videos, and bought some paints.

Tactical Marines (group with sergeant)
Tactical Marines (group with sergeant)

Then, with a handful of painted models, I had an excuse to try playing again. I found a pickup game at the local shop with a kind soul who was willing to put up with my ignorance. Things kind of snowballed from there.

Tactical Marines (group with missile launcher and meltagun)
Tactical Marines (group with missile launcher and meltagun)

Ultramarines: Metal Sniper Scouts

From time to time I’ll reach into the hobby vault to feature models painted before I started this blog.

These metal sniper scouts were part of my original second edition foray into 40k, but left unpainted until 2009 or so. If I recall correctly, there were only two sculpts for the single-piece models, so a full squad would include duplicates.

These models represent an early attempt at camo. The cloaks have some blotches of gray. Not particularly effective, but at least it’s subtle enough to be ignored.