Hello and good evening everyone
Today is the 13th legion of Christmas and so I wanted to look at the Ultramarines.
After a long absence from 30K while I dabbled in Age of Sigmar (I have been painting fantasy Space Marines instead so it hasn't really been much of a break lol) I am now looking forward to 2017. Ultramarines have always been my favourite legion and now is the time to get a good portion of them on the table. Alongside the UMs I will be working on some Ghost Warriors and some more Age of Sigmar forces. I will also be doing a snow board and a new grass board (if anyone is interested in buying any of the realm of battle hill corner sections please let me know. I have some I want to get rid of. Or, if you have any of the flat sections let me know, I will buy or swap lol).
I am still yet to decide on a paintscheme but I hope to finalise it over xmas and finish my first 1000pts.
My Ultramarine project will be focused mainly around the 99th Company of the 13th legion - one which has never been fleshed out to my knowledge (please cite if I am wrong). Fleshing out my own chapter allows me to do the force the way that I want, but still keep within the legions fluff and restrictions. This is one of those times where it is safe to create fluff to make your force fit within your own favouritisms. For me, this means fighting in cities. So I have created a back story for Kaelo (the captain of the 99th) which shows a prolonged city engagement where he co-ordinates the defence and *successful* (to be played) survival of the company. This will make up a 2-3 part origin story for Kaelo that I would like to continue throughout 2017. During the conflict he found breachers and artillery to be particularly useful and also found how to use the landscape to suit the campaign. To this end, there will be a few of the Ultramarine Breacher squads in my army (I also like the reflection of this back to old Roman era with the shieldwalls) an artillery squadron and the rest will mainly be tactical squads.
Let's take a look at the starting force which is around 1000pts:
Centurion with shield and Legatine Axe (represented on model as a sword).
1 x 10 man Tactical Squad
1 x 10 man Despoiler Squad
1 x 10 man Breacher squad (with power swords
1 x 5 man Invictarii Suzerain Squad (MKIV kitbash with swords representing Legatine axes)
1 x Medusa
So I am making my own Suzerain because I don't really like the FW ones. I much prefer the design in Tempest which can be seen here:
I have also chosen swords over axes as I feel it is more elegant and I personally feel it fits with UMs better. It is purely down to aesthetics as it has cost me about double what the FW Suzerains would cost lol.
So there you have it. I hope that you like the look of my list. It is tremendously weak (from a competitive standpoint - which is fine because I play for fun lol) bug I also feel it *feels* like an old skool 'Roman' style army. What do you think?
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