Hobby: WIP Counts-as Shrike

Seeing that my Marine chapter, Fate’s Angels, is my own creation, I wanted to do a counts-as Shrike instead of using the real one. I’m also not a huge fan of the actual Shrike model. So, I’ve set about working on my own and below you’ll see my efforts so far.

Now, fluff-wise in my chapter he’s a Fate Lord, not a Captain. In short, a Fate Lord is a Marine who has this compelling urge to seek something, something unknown to him. For each Marine what they seek is different and many never return. Those who due return are changed completely and become Fate Lords. The role of a Fate Lord varies from each but in general they have become masters in some particular element, in this case infiltration and hit and run tactics. They are present where they are needed and do not command a squad or company but instead aid them and bolster them.

Anyway, on to some pictures. The base of the model is an old, circa 1992, Blood Angel. The LGS has used miniatures that people trade in and they in turn sell for cheap. I picked this up for a few bucks and was going to add him to my Sternguard unit originally. For some reason when I decided to build my counts-as Shrike I felt I had to use this model.

Shrike - 1 I had originally sculpted a harness but wasn’t really happy with it and scraped it. I decided to go with something more brutish and barbaric instead and I’m happy with the look. I’ve also done some green stuff work to add in some little details like the scroll work on the right shin and on the right shoulder. I also bulked up the top crest on the helmet a bit since the original was very slim and slightly rounded.

Shrike - 2 Here you can see my lightning claw conversion. I took Terminator arms, this particular arm being a Dark Angel one, and cut off combat knives to use as the blades. I altered the feather on the hand into a purity seal and did some gap filling on the shoulders so it’s a solid surface.

Shrike - 3The other arm with the same conversion and the added scroll work on the shoulder. I haven’t figured out yet what a Fate Lord’s badge of office will be. Once I do figure that out I’ll sculpt it on if it’s within my ability.

Shrike - 4The jump pack I got off someone at the LGS is a Blood Angel one. I removed the drops in the center of the wings and added skulls instead. I wanted to add some more detail and decided on putting the parchment on there so it appears to be underneath the ropes.

I’m not 100% done with this model yet but I’m close. I don’t feel it needs much more, just a few more details before it’s complete. Also, the arms and jump pack are magnet mounted.

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