The Horus Heresy
The Ultramarines have been an army that has long featured on my hobby list as far back as ’88 and were actually the very first miniature I ever painted. Technically the first five miniatures I ever painted as it was a stand of metal Ultramarines in Epic scale. More recently I assembled a 2500 points force for The Age of Darkness or “Horus Heresy” ruleset. The thirteenth (XIII) Legion as they were known then under Roboute Guilliman were dealt a huge blow during early stage of the heresy by the Word Bearers, who launched a surprise assault on the Ultramarines then homeworld. The events are played out in the Games Workshop boxed set “Betrayal at Calth” and it was primarily that set which led me to create this force.
The list was initially constructed for a two-day 30K narrative event where they faced off against traitor lists from the Word Bearers, Alpha Legion, Night Lords and Sons of Horus, in both frontline battle games and zone mortalis skirmishes. Since then I’ve continued to add units and elements for both 30K and 40K.
Epic (6mm scale) is where the hobby really began for me back in 1988 with the release of Adeptus Titanicus. I rekindled this interest in 2012 by re-creating one of my first ever armies in the Ultramarines using a mix of up to date Epic Armageddon miniatures and a host of legacy designs from previous incarnations, all the way back to that very first edition.
The force features a number of legacy Titans from Legio Fire Wasps which I also painted at the time. I retired this army some time back but with the re-launch of Adeptus Titanicus who knows? I may revisit at some stage in the future.
Although my interest in the Ultramarines has been primarily during the events of the Horus Heresy (30K), I did originally start them as a 40K army with the intention of incorporating a pre-heresy aesthetic. That is what established my palette initially. Like many projects it got shelved for a number of years and it was only when Forgeworld developed the Age of Darkness ruleset that I dug them out again. Not wishing to waste all of the post-heresy armour and vehicle patterns I keep expanding my Ultramarines ‘Chapter’ collection for no other reason than I enjoy painting them. Many of the miniatures shown here are significantly older than the Legion force I collect for 30K, but I still like either adding to them from time to time in the hope of making them a viable allied detachment for a dedicated Warhammer 40,000 list.
With that in mind I have established the ‘Forges of Ultramar’ in which to track future additions to my Ultramarines, both for Age of Darkness, Epic and Warhammer 40,000, as well as look at some of the different techniques I’ve used to paint them over the years. No army ever stands still and my Ultramarines are no exception.