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"Mark VI Power Armour Is Very Much The Origin Of The Space Marine Aesthetic."

Updated: Dec 22, 2022


"Those hobbyists with exceptionally long memories will remember the RTB01 kit."

This 28mm plastic miniature of a Space Marine Sergeant is by "Games Workshop" and comes from the Warhammer: The Horus Heresy – Age of Darkness boxed set by "Games Workshop". The multi-part figure has been assembled wearing MK VI armour and had a resin Sons of Horus "Forge World" shoulder-pad super-glued onto him so as to specifically mark him out as belonging to the Traitor Legion.


The figure was initially primed with "Citadel" Sons Of Horus Green, before being heavily washed with Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed with (more) Sons Of Horus Green. I also applied some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to his shoulder-pads, grenade, Bolt Pistol, backpack, Plasma Pistol, helmet, Power Fist and some parts of his "iconic armour".

"Games Workshop" WIPs - Three more MK VI Tactical Space Marines

The model's power tubes, firearm, and Power Fist fingers were later treated to a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I then gave the Sergeant's shoulder-pads a single coat of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, before applying some "Vallejo" Gold and a splash of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade to them. These areas were later highlighted with some additional touches of "Vallejo" Gold along the edges, iconography and rivets.


As a final touch I applied some "Scalecolor" Speed Metal to the composite ceramite cooling coils of the Space Marine's plasma pistol and eye lenses. These parts were subsequently given a lick of "Citadel" Contrast colour Talassar Blue and Flesh Tearers Red respectively. I also applied one of the many decals found on the "Games Workshop" Sons of Horus Legion transfer sheet onto the Power Fist.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - This Giant Robot is slowly being weathered

Alongside my Sergeant I have spent some additional time working on three more Tactical Space Marines wearing MK VI armour. This trio are now ready to have all their metallic colours base-coated and shaded during my next dedicated Horus Heresy hobby session, so should be finished within the next week or so. Encouragingly, the remaining six former Luna Wolves for this particular infantry unit aren't that much further behind either, which could well give me a little spare time to start assembling my XVIth Space Marine Legion's Blackshield contingent.


Lastly, I have uncovered a slightly old Giant Robot by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" which I clearly assembled a while ago. Having recently pigmented a load of the manufacturer's Killbots (and the first of five SpyBots) in the palette of a Post-Apocalyptic American military force, I thought applying a similar rusty green colour scheme to a much larger subject would be fun - as well as add some extra 'beef' to the automaton army overall...

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undercoat2670
Nov 06, 2022

Great looking space marine. I love that colour! The power fist looks brutal and the helmet makes him stand out as the unit leader. Great job. That robot looks very nice too. Looks like a great sculpt with a crisp clean model.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 06, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. I really did enjoy assembling my MK VI Sergeant using bitz from other kits and Forge World. Hopefully I can get the Giant Robot finished soon enough. I do have some more Crooked Dice SpyBots to finish first though.

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planetmut
Oct 31, 2022

The Beakie looks awesome! Nice to see the chunky power fists again, and the chainsaw bayonet thing on the other chaps! GW really has gone back to the good ol' RTB01 days with these models!


Love the robot too, it's got a real 1950s vibe to it and I really like the metallicy-green shade.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 31, 2022
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Thanks Matt. Good to get going on the MK VI Space Marines, and what better way to start than on a cool-looking Sergeant.


Yeah. I really like the giant robot too. Should look good in the rusty American Military colour scheme I've been using lately too.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Oct 26, 2022

Excellent beakie Simon, still my favourite MK armour, with the MK V a close second. Nice progress on the next 3 sons as well. The big robot is coming on nicely and really like the weathering you have done so far.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 26, 2022
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Cheers Dave. Hopefully I should have more Beakies finished soon enough. Hopefully the Giant Robot will prove a nice centrepiece for my post-apocalyptic US robot force. It's certainly large enough. 😀

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Oct 26, 2022

Liking these Beakies very much Simon. Was excited to read that GW were releasing updated versions of the original Marines though I'll be staying well clear at that price point.


And an "Exceptionally long memory" would indicate that those of us who may, or may not recall (Or who had owned) the original plastic Beakies are longer in the tooth than the average hobbyist! :P


- Dai

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 26, 2022
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Thanks Dai. Yeah, GW's prices are truly horrific these days, though I felt their Horus Heresy boxed set was pretty good vfm overall. I certainly don't plan on buying any more space marines currently.


Funnily, I found my old original Beakie sprues (or what remains of them) in my loft just the other day and may well build one or two for old times' sake. 😁

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