This page is dedicated to 2 units that I use in various codex armies.
So, I first got the idea to do a Deathwatch (AKA Sternguard) squad shortly after I committed to making several new armies based on codex space marines. It struck me as a great way to not only customise some models as exemplars of different chapters, but also as a way to use sternguard in armies that don't have them without making one for each army. As it stands, only my Ultramarines and Crimson fists have Sternguard out of my Codex chapters, and so they come in handy.
I decided it would be a 10-man unit with a drop pod, representing the Ordo Xenos reinforcing whichever Astartes were purging a vile alien threat at the time. I have a spare Drop pod and some =I= brass etch along with individual chapter symbols. I decided to use all of the first founding members and the Black Templars as my 10 members for the squad as, at that time, I didn't have armies representing all the first founding chapters. I also have a Crimson Fists Captain and Blood Ravens Librarian.
The models were either made as static models or, in the case of four of them, had their hands magnetised so they could swap out various combi-weapons as the mission dictated. The three models who would have consistant upgrades were the Ultramarine Sergeant with power fist, the Imperial fist with heavy bolter and the Salamander veteran with Heavy flamer, as these are items I always bring along no matter the foe.
Both the Raven guard and Iron Hand models underwent some revamping when I started those armies and all of them have had their bases painted seperately prior to being attached. Of note with the resin lava bases, I originally bought them for the Salamanders, but had a dozen or so left over. When the time came to base the deathwatch, it occurred to me that a cheap solution would be to simply paint them as some bizarre, alien landscape, which I think turned out rather well.
Legion of the Lost
These chaps were an idea I came up with whilst reading the flight of the Eisenstein HH book. I thought, 'wouldn't it be cool to have a unit that represent the pre-heresy legions prior to turning traitor. Then it occured to me, the fluff for such a unit wouldn't be so different from the fluff behind the Legion of the Damned, and so were born the Legion of the Lost, last representatives or the honour of Legions lost made manifest. Whichever you prefer.
The modelling for these hit a huge snag right up until the moment FW releases their resin kits. Then I managed to get them finally finished. The tenth warrior was originally a Luna Wolf but ultimately I decided to go with a Dark Angel instead as I already have a Luna Wolves army. The Iron Warrior is magnetised (the backpack/weapon/right arm are all one piece) so I can swap out weapons with them. I haven't used this unit yet as I wanted to fully paint it before showing it on the battlefield. Bases will be black with some cotton wool to act like etheric mist - simple, yet effective I hope.