I’m not a big fan of the current iteration of space marines.
The models themselves are great, but the idea of space knights and their unwavering devotion to the emperor flying around space, cleansing, burning, purging and such doesn’t sit well with how I’ve always imagined them.
The above is from page 153 of the Rogue Trader rule book. It describes the Legiones Astartes.
Look at the word they use.
Extremes of insanity
I’ve always seen the space marines as vicious psychopaths that are doped up to the gills on all sorts of combat drugs and PEDs, with parts of their brains removed to allow for more extremes of violence, fed a constant stream of Imperial propaganda, and kept on a tight leash until needed.
I was chatting with some fellow old farts about this, and the idea of AWOL space marines cropped up. Not full on renegades or chaos marines, just guys who have thought “sod this for a game of soldiers!”, and decided to strike out alone.
We called them STAR BASTARDS!
So, being true to form, I did some pics of the aforementioned miscreants. Two of these are based on existing minis ( and are in fact commissions), but I thought they fit the idea well enough.