NB: This is an update - 16/03/2010 - I've tweaked Stephenson's profile after the advice of my dear readers: thanks for the ideas, guys! The data and fluff, below, are the new versions.
A long time ago, I pictured this sentinel and noted that there was a story behind the model and the colour scheme. Well, here it is - with some tweaks and in a new-Codex stylee [rationale follows beneath].
Ladies and Gents - Capt. Wm. Stephenson; data, back story and pictures:
Yes, I did it on Excel. I'm not very technically minded, I'm afraid.
Here are three pics of him with his new 'clearance blade':
And here he is - for fun - hiding in my wife's herbacious border:
I should point out that this is an old paintjob - especially on his face. I'd never leave it so blank and pallid now, I hope!
BRIEF RATIONALE AND EXPLANATIONS:
Model: bought from ebay in a slightly ragged state and basic Catachan colours. I converted stuff and made the weapon, just for fun, from an old Epic warlord titan weapon. This was mostly done almost six years ago. He was always going to be Stephenson, so I popped an officer's head on him and spruced up the paintwork and base about a year ago. Added the chainsaw blade today after lots of deliberation - it just adds a bit of depth and a 'Catachan' edge. Looks ugly, but it works.
Points cost: alternative HQ for my mechanised inf (1/24), so had to be at least 70pts. The special rules aren't game-winning, and he's extremely vulnerable to shooting, being a one-man HQ unit and an open-topped, AV10 vehicle. Hence the conversion field, to give him a fighting chance. The vox rule was because I'd modelled it on there and it makes sense, and the bolt pistol's just for fun. The chainsaw blade acts as a power weapon (as a dreadnought ccw) but does not double his strength - that would've been too much.
Concept: from the original 'Zulu' organisational concept for my army - hence, of course, them being the 24th. Stuff's changed a lot since then - that was 3rd edition codex!
The statline is a mix of both statlines (Coy Cmdr and Sentinel), but don't forget how vulnerable he is...
I'd love your thoughts on this one, if you'd be so kind...