Thursday, February 21, 2013

Gladiators of Ultramar

This is a mini project i'm doing for the Codex: Space Marines. There are many interesting characters in the codex. I'm planning to make these other characters into an Ultramarines equivalent or counts as. Its practicality is two fold. One, it presents really great modelling and conversion opportunities. And two, i don't have to start a new army each time i use a special character.

This group of special characters are The Gladiators. They are Calgar's A Team, so to speak. Kinda in the similar vein to Horus's Mournival.

I've started this with Captain Mikael Fabian, my counts as Pedro Kantor. My next character will be a counts as Darnath Lysander.

Onto the next Gladiator!
 The Dragonslayer, Captain Caius Aracus
(counts as Lysander)
The Thunderhammer Grimfang is from the Space Wolves Terminator sprue. I may plan to add more bits and converting to the skull on the hammer to make it look more like a drake's skull.
I used the longer Storm Shield to make him appear similar to the original Lysander model.
For the cloak, it is from Warhammer Fantasy Pistoliers. I added more length to the cloak using some greenstuff.

Character Background
It has been a century since the days where Caius Aracus was a Sergeant in the 3rd Company. He joined the 1st Company after his heroic act of delivering the felling blow to a winged Hive Tyrant in close combat. His exploits have since included the destruction of many foul abominations of gargantuan proportions.

He was later elevated to the rank of Captain and charged with the destruction of the most terrible beasts, both daemonic and material that plagued the Imperium.

Aracus is also known as The Dragonslayer. He belongs to a brotherhood of Gladiators, and hunts his prey with both cunning and strength of arms.

Squads of brave (and some say foolhardy) Scouts, also known as Stormseekers, corral their target. Aracus and his warriors would then descend onto the battlefield like multiples flashes of lightning surrounding the quarry. These squads of Terminators or his Immortals, as Aracus calls them, are both fearless and merciless, bringing down even the most titanic of terrors.

I plan to include lots of scouts and terminators in a new interesting list. It may not be too tactically sound, but its quite dramatic. Its also partly inspired by how the soldiers who call themselves the Archangels in the movie Reign of Fire hunt the dragons.

The List
The Dragonslayers

1 Captain Caius Aracus
(Counts as Lysander) XXXpts

10 Assault Terminators 400pts
8 Th/SS, 2 LC

10 Terminators 460pts
2 Cyclone Missile Launchers

5 Scouts 180pts
Sgt w/Twin Plasma, 4 Shotguns
Teleport homer
1 Landspeeder Storm

5 Scouts 165pts
Sgt w/Combi weapon, 4 Bolters
Teleport homer
1 Landspeeder Storm 65pts

5 Scouts 165pts
Sgt w/Combi weapon, 4 Bolters
Teleport homer
1 Landspeeder Storm 60pts
Heavy Flamer

Total: 1570pts

I got 180 points to spare to make it to 1750 points. I may take a Tactical squad. Or a 10 man Scout Squad as objective claimers. The strategy is foolhardy indeed and risky. The Landspeeder Storms hang back or infiltrate and make it as near to enemy lines by Turn 2. The Termis then drop as close as possible. Great if there are any teleport homers left and smash face :)

Press on my fellow gamers, the weekend is nigh!


  1. I love this idea. You are tempting me to play Space Marines!!

    I have been tempted by GK for abit....

  2. @enrgie
    Play Space Marines man! Its one of the iconic armies of 40K. Plus you can try out all the cool toys they have. Lots of fun haha!

    The list is made from existing models I still have. Plus I love Scouts and have been trying to use them on a larger scale rather than the usual one 5 man squad ;)

    1. Whahahahah stop tempting me to the DARK SIDE! I am reading so much of Horus Heresy now and am inclined to do one Marine army. Thinking of getting something totally opposite of my Nids - i.e. something numerically small, like GK or Space Wolves. Hmmmmmmm I do love the Death Co of the BA. So many choices!!! Or even better still, CHAOS!! I want Abaddon!