...so I've been gathering bits for my Black Templars - most of the models in the lot that I bought were actually from the Assault on Black Reach set, so they didn't include a lot of the weapon options I would have liked. also, since I saved so much money on the models themselves, I decided to outfit them with all the Black Templar goodies - but, the GW Chapter Upgrade Pack is expensive, and seems to include lots of bits that you don't need a lot of, and not many of the bits that you do need a lot of - so, I decided to buy what I wanted "a la carte" from the bitz sellers. On top of all that, I don't seem to be able to build a model lately without lots of Forge World or other resin geegaws, so I had to wait for those to get here too. Needless to say, once I finally had everything in hand, I was anxious to assemble an Assault Terminator with all the various goodies.
I started with a AoBR Terminator model, still on the sprue:
The additional bits its going to receive are:
-A Black Templars Terminator crest:
-A Thunder Hammer:
-A set of resin Black Templars shoulderpads & a resin Storm Shield from Forge World:
...about the time I got the Forge World Storm Shields in the mail, I realized that I didn't have any of the shield arms for the Terminators. D'oh! I went looking online and unfortunately it didn't seem like anyone sold them without the Storm Shields, and those were pricey. I finally found some Space Wolf arms & Storm Shields on eBay for much cheaper:
Luckily, there is little in the way of Space Wolves iconography on the arms themselves that needs to be removed; one arm has a fur tassel hanging from the power line, and another has a rune at the wrist - I think that's about it.
(BTW, why are the Space Wolf Storm Shields so much cheaper? Are assault termies not a popular option for Wolf players? (I don't really know much about Space Wolves...)
Anyway, nothing complicated on this particular model - here's the assembly:
I had to clip the "pegs" off of the torso, since I'm not using the "press-fit" arms from the AoBR box:
Adding the Thunder Hammer:
I'm using Dragon Forge Designs "Broken Wasteland" 40mm bases for these Termies:
Pinning for the base:
Just a couple spots of Green Stuff work needed on this model - here, at the Storm Shield power cable connection:
...and here at the shoulder pad:
...I'm pretty pleased with the result - the Assault Terminators are probably going to get the most love out of all my Terminator squads for this army, just 'cause I think they're cool. This will also probably be the only Terminator in this squad that isn't going to be converted into new pose, so stay tuned for those...