I worked some more on my RPG model Winged Hussar sergeant this week after blutac testing out some configurations above. I chose to go with the more "closed" stance Lieutenenant that typically comes with a bolt pistol and autoboltgun. While I love the pose on the other one, I had already used it twice and wanted to do something a little bit different for this sergeant instead. Here he is side by side with my previous infantry attempt.
The body and head are from the autoboltgun Lt but the left arm is from
the other Lt whereas the right arm is from the Ancient (cut and reposed
to angle away from the torso). I cut away the moulded on shoulder pads
and replaced them with a Deathwatch and Ravenwing pad instead so as not
to use decals this time. Since this is an RPG character, I figured he
has to carry more with him typically on missions since he won't have the
logistical resources of an entire Astartes company to resupply him with
so I intended to use alot of extra bits on him. About halfway through
the build I started calling him "the busy marine" due to all the extra
bits and bobs but I wanted him to have primary and secondary ranged and
close combat weapons as a backup. I liked the Reiver and Deathwatch
style grenades on the torso so decided to do that here but chickened out
on filling off the aquilla. I had hoped that it would be more visible
but it's pretty busy there on the chest and in retrospect I probably
should have left those off.
As a sergeant, I wanted him to be less ornate than the Lieutenants so only gave him a single "wing" on his back (drilled into the top of the pack instead of glued in between it and the torso). I initially planned on skipping the armpit shields and animal fur strip but had second thoughts about it because they're so iconic to so many historical Winged Hussar displays and art. It made the chest a bit busy (see the grenade thoughts above) but I decided to go with it anyways. I changed up the short Ultramarine style loincloth to a longer Black Templar style tabard as well. Finally, I previously used a small chain shoulder strap on the holstered bolters and decided to continue that with this model as well.
Let me know what if any thoughts potential readers may have about the changes compared with the previous design. I'm still undecided whether I'll paint him up in the traditional Winged Hussar colors shown earlier or if I'll put him in Deathwatch colors instead given that I added in the shoulder pad. I intend the Deathwatch shoulder pads to be a permanent addition going forward with my custom chapter so they don't necessarily indicate service in that order. The intended use for him though as an RPG character figure means though that service in the Deathwatch is an easy way to explain why this sergeant is away from his company/chapter of Space Marines.
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