Exclusive Forge World Mark III Space Marine Boarding Sergeant

This is one of my Golden Demon entries – Sergeant Rophocalas of the Blood Angels chapter.  He was entered into the Staff Category at Golden Demon Space Marines back in 2015.

Exclusive Forge World Mark III Boarding Space Marine Blood Angel Sergeant

Sergeant Rophocalas with Breacher Squad Aceldamus during a boarding action on the Space Hulk Dies Inproba Apollonis.

Sergeant Rophocalas is the event-exclusive Mark III Boarding Marine from Forge World.  He’s had a head-swap with a Forge World Legion Preator so I had the opportunity to paint some flesh.  I also built a step-style base out of Necromunda bulhead and Zone Mortalis fittings to help draw the eye up the model.

I really enjoy painting limited edition figures.  I feel they’re intrinsically more valuable than their mass-produced counterparts.  My enthusiasm for limited editions is more likely to last for the scores of hours that it takes to paint models to a high competition standard, so it’s a great completion strategy.  And, at the end of the day you have a extra-special piece with an extra-special paintjob

Exclusive Forge World Mark III Boarding Space Marine Blood Angel Sergeant details

There’s a number of techniques on this Blood Angel I don’t normally do on my gaming miniature.  My standard Space Marines are largely flat block colours on their panels as I’m painting them (at least theoretically) for gaming.  But on Rophocalas I wanted to push my blending and transitions.  His red armour has has smooth transition from dark to mid red.  Areas like the silver on his combi-bolter and the gold aquila on his shield are done is a non-metallic metal style.

Exclusive Forge World Mark III Boarding Space Marine Blood Angel Sergeant details

I didn’t nail the standard or style to be a Golden Demon winner, but I got closer than I’d been previously.  I wince a little bit looking at parts of this entry now – but I learned a lot and stretched myself.  It wasn’t the best Space Marine in the Golden Demon cabinets that day, but it was the best Space Marine I’d done up to that point.

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Curis

Curis has painted for Games Workshop, Forge World, Warlord Games, Mantic Games, Avatars of War, Wargames Foundry, Studio McVey and many others. He's won at Golden Demon and Salute. He publishes monthly painting tutorials on Patreon.

15 thoughts on “Exclusive Forge World Mark III Space Marine Boarding Sergeant

  • January 22, 2018 at 8:04 pm
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    Oh my! That’s way far beyond any of my skills! Incredible work :O :O

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    • January 22, 2018 at 8:27 pm
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      Thanks Suber!

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  • January 22, 2018 at 8:27 pm
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    It’s an amazing effort in my book. But at your standards I’m glad you learned from it and it has pushed your style that much more. ;)

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    • January 22, 2018 at 9:59 pm
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      Thanks Grove! It’s weird how competition painting is so different from the normal fare.

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  • January 23, 2018 at 5:02 am
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    I is in awe Chris! Your skills with the brush are mighty impressive :)

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    • January 23, 2018 at 10:48 am
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      Thanks Razzy.

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  • January 23, 2018 at 9:17 am
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    Whoa! Incredible.

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    • January 23, 2018 at 10:48 am
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      Cheers Steve!

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    • January 23, 2018 at 10:49 am
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      Ta! There was a little Ripper hiding inside the raised area, beneath the brass fitting, but in the end it’s far too hidden to see or photograph.

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    • January 25, 2018 at 4:52 pm
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      Thanks Chico! He is a lovely pose, with his feet on his back foot.

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  • March 8, 2018 at 9:19 pm
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    Damned beautiful work. Just outstanding in every sense. Kudos.

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