I have completed my Mentor Legion Company Command Squad led by the Master of the Watch, Captain Rothn Ryn.
At one point Games Workshop released a four-pack of the ‘masters,’ four metal space marine captains that created an Apocalypse formation (before the current formation styles). This is the Captain of the Second Company, the Master of the Watch with subtle conversions such as the helmeted head and winged skull on the backpack.
The Master of the Watch is responsible for the protection of the Fortress Monastery and the chapter’s relics. As such he is armed for defense with his storm shield and symbolic key to the keep.
There is just something about Space Marines with capes.
One of the cool things about the Mentor Legion is their vague background and history of working with other chapters. So when I was reading through the Space Marine codex for ideas on how to build out my chapter, I liked the idea of using the different chapter characters as baselines for each captain.
Being armed with a storm shield and massive power ax, I figured the Master of the Watch would be a good Vulkan of the Salamanders, the only thing missing was the heavy flamer.
Enter my closest ever Blanchistsu conversion, my heavy flamer servitor. This was a fun conversion as it is litter a pile of bits glued together. The main frame is a IG mortar stand flipped upside down with a heavy flamer stuck in the middle. The two props were press-molds of the Drop Pod jets with a bit of plastic tubing glued underneath. Those cool little scopes are the IG binoculars cut in half.
The computer and energy pack is just a vox caster and flamer canister with twisted copper wires. And yes that is an ork skull, because if you are looking to create a flamer servitor, why not utilize the craziness of orks?
To keep the second company running at full capacity, Apothecary Tons Jokor stands ready.
The two minor conversions done for him was to use a scout bolt pistol cut and re-positioned at an outward angle, and twisting the lamp to match the angle. This twisting used to be a standard thing with metal models, but you can do it with plastic as well as long as you are slow, but using plastic glue to ‘melt’ the plastic can help too.
This really opens the model up and gives more motion to his overall look.
To protect the honor of the Second Company is the Company Champion, brother Heuk Kotrosmund.
Overall this is the standard Company Champion build but with one main change: cutting the hand at the wrist and elbow to create the pairing pose. I think this gives some great strength to the character rather than the old-school sword in the air.
Of course a few extra purity seals and the Mentors icon on the loincloth were required to show his extra dedication to the chapter.
The command squad icon was also added from the decal sheet.
Sporting the newest model of Mk VIII Power Armor is brother Garr Calisaera. While fulfilling no official role in the squad, I like to think that his is the close combat specialist, where-as the champion is the duelist.
The bionic arm is a nice little bit highlighting Calisaera’s faith and devotion.
As an bearer of the Crux Terminatus, his brothers are sure he will soon be joining the first company before returning to relieve Captain Ryn.
Taking up the defensive position is brother Erm Towishul with his storm shield and combi-plasma. The wreathed skull is a decal from the Space Marine vehicle set just painted over to fit my color scheme.
In the spirit of the nature of the command squad, I feel Towishul provides cover for his brothers and his Captain while providing over-watch fire.
As the Mentor Legion is often seen with the most modern war gear and cool toys, we have another set of the rare Mk VIII armor, multiple targeting scanners, and a well operating combi-plasma gun. Brother Towishul has also served a tour of duty through the Death Watch, earning him the Inquisitor seal.
Just so that the enemy knows who exactly is kicking their butt is honored brother Art Calishul carrying the Second Company’s Standard to battle.
To ensure the enemy does not despoil the banner, Calishul is armed with a fearsome looking lightning claw, yet another set of Mk. VIII Power Armor, and improved optics to best locate the optimal location to wave the banner.
Brother Calishul earned his Imperial Laurel by single handily taking down a rampaging carnifex while leading a Imperial Guard platoon under his command.
I have another post in the works on how I went about painting the chapter banner including the various decals I used so stay tuned for that. But you can notice that I used the same winged skull icon for the banner top as the Captain’s backpack to tie them in a bit more.
And finally, here is the completed Mentor Legion Company Command Squad in their full glory.
I really enjoyed painting this squad and the different poses and war gear made it really challenging and interesting to complete.
So what do you guys think? Hit up the comments below and let me know!