+ inload: Things to do on Ba'al Prime when you're dead +

+ Imperial Religion M35 +

The Alien Wars occurred during, and were in many ways predicated upon, a galaxy-wide spiritual crisis afflicting the Imperium that led to its division during the Nova Terra Interregnum. While the sheer scale, variety of cultures and conflicting philosophies of the Imperium makes generalities difficult, the question of the Emperor's nature – whether man or god – was the root of the crisis.

While the Ecclesiarchy had been formally recognised since M32 as the Adeptus Ministorum, and its beliefs accepted as the state religion of the Imperium, this monolithic entity was far from coherent. Only the broadest strokes of shared rites – a recognition of the Emperor as a God; and the importance of offering praise to him alone – could be inculcated across the Imperium.

While the High Lords and the Ministorum's senior ministers pursued an aggressively detailed methodology for conversion, most missionaries on the ground – mindful of their vulnerability – pursued a more pragmatic approach: they would earn the trust of the natives, learn about the local religion, and inveigle the Emperor as godhead in place of the aboriginal chief deity. Rites, celebrations and festivals would continue as before. This was, broadly-speaking, a successful project. 

The more avowedly secular or irreligious human societies proved harder to convert; and these became grinding campaigns by the Ecclesiarchy, devouring as much wealth and as many men as the physical wars of the Imperial Guard. Hundreds of millions of both pro- and anti-Eccelisarchical groups fled persecution from across the human galaxy, and the displaced – or 'pilgrim armadas' – of the period were a hugely disruptive cultural influence on worlds on which they arrived. Some were welcomed with open arms, but other planets treated these refugees as invaders; blockading their ports, exploiting the refugees, or even opening fire on their ships. Imperial shipping lanes became thick with homeless fleets, and with xenos species increasingly bold and daring, predation upon the relatively defenseless pilgrim fleets was inevitable. 

+ M35 Funerary Rites of the Blood Angels +

+ While I think the new Primaris apothecary is a cool model, one detail I didn't like was the triumphant posture over the dead Battle Brother. I guess it could look as though the Apothecary is more concerned with the geneseed than the corpse, but to me it just felt a little disrespectful. As a result, 
I've used the dead body to construct some injury markers instead. +

+ I applied the same conversion techniques to the dead marines as the live ones; and took the opportunity to try sculpting some Mark VI cabling. Markers like this are a good chance to try things out. If they don't work; it's easy to scuff it up as further damage. +

+ In-game, these will likely be simply aesthetic – basically a bit of extra terrain. However, they could be used as casualty markers to help jog my memory when the Battleshock/morale phase rolls around. +

+ Terminators +

+ The summer heat clearly got to my cogitators; I couldn't resist building a few more Terminators using the conversion process detailed a few inloads ago [+noosphericinloadlink embedded+] +


  1. "I called up my friend Dante on the phone
    I said buddy, I'm afraid to be alone
    'Cuz I got some weird ideas in my head
    About things to do on Baal Prime when you're dead"

    I read a note from the sculptor somewhere that the Apothecary is supposed to be checking the geneseed for any indications of corruption or damage from whatever killed the Marine at his feet, which is why his attention is all focused there. It is still kind of an odd set-up, tho.

    1. Yeah; I like the concept; it just seems a bit squished in to fit the 32mm base. If he were kneeling besides the body, or a step back from it, it'd look great.

  2. Damn fine work, I love it.


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