So my first post for 2012 has nothing to do with the Mantis Warriors, but it still has to do with Space Marines and maybe Traitor Marines....
A local shop in my town is having a painting contest, the model has to be a Space Marine and you had to buy it from the shop. I like this idea that everyone is starting with the same type of blank canvas to start from. It was a five dollar entry fee and that included the model to be painted.
I decided to go with a Dark Angel Marine, first because I had just finished reading a Space Marine Battle Book that featured the Dark Angels. Second I had a number of extra bits laying around and a number of them were Dark Angel bits at that. Everything kind of fell into place. The cool thing about the contest is that you could add extra bits if you wanted, so I added a skull to the backpack, a Dark Angels shoulder pad, a set of Dark Angel arms with a Bolt Gun (Bolter) and a head with a respirator. I am undecided whether or not to add the Helmet onto the belt of the model.
I am hoping that I win this is the first time I have ever entered a painting contest.
Wish me Luck!