I recently, for funzies, took out all of my models and placed them together, just to see how many I had. I took a bunch of photos, too. I thought I might as well share them, along with some of the fluff I made for my custom chapter.
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The planet Komodo was discovered in 224.M41 by Imperial expeditionary forces. An initially unassuming planet in the Lasaea sector, one of the furthest rimward sectors of Imperial Space, Komodo was largely ignored by the Imperium’s ever-expanding colonies. It wasn’t until later, in 342.M41 that the true wealth of Komodo would be discovered.
The surface of the planet when viewed from space is largely orange, with only one sea, the Occlum, visible. 94% of the planet is landmass, and that landmass is covered in ‘rust deserts’. These rust deserts, countless tonnes of oxidised metals, coat most of the planet. They are a symptom of the vast metal-based ecosystems of the planet; indeed, it was almost impossible to locate some aspect of Komodo that was not comprised of metal. Beneath the surface of the planet lay enormous amounts of raw metals. Iron, zinc, even naturally occurring steel could be found.
In the next several decades, terraforming campaigns and colonisation barges would descend upon Komodo in an attempt to withdraw its vast resources for the good of the Imperium. Despite attempts, terraforming remained largely ineffective. Those colonists drafted to Komodo spent every waking hour underground, working in the mines beneath the ground. There was no reason to emerge onto the surface. Rust storms were common, and there were no sights to speak of.
Another problem, one that the Imperium had either not noticed or chosen to ignore, was that of the unique xenos species native to Komodo. Stealthy creatures, with thin, serpentine bodies and four limbs, all covered in scales, these creatures appeared to live an entirely subterranean existence, surviving, somehow, on a diet of metal. That being said, they would often attack the workers, brutally maiming them, or worse. Perhaps they were jealous of their source of food, or perhaps they were fiercely territorial. Regardless, the Imperium demanded metal, and the authorities on Komodo promised that help was on the way.
After several hundred years, in the year 563.M41, the first ‘eater’, as they had come to be known, was spotted on Varanus, another planet in the Lasia system. Varanus was not as metal-rich as Komodo, but was inhabited by the wealthier imperial citizens living ordinary lives, and as such many metallic objects, buildings and even people could be found and feasted on by these xenos.
The spread of the ‘eaters’ to Varanus was one of many concerted rebellions against the tyrannical grip of the Imperium by the erstwhile workers in the mines of Komodo. Tired of having their pleas for help ignored by the authorities, some of the workers had decided to escalate the problem by smuggling ‘eater’ eggs through interplanetary supply routes, dramatically increasing the population of xenos in the system, forcing the Imperium to send help. Before long, the planets Aceus, Craei and Salya were infested. The aliens reproduced quickly, with any particular xenos being able to spawn a new brood within months of the previous, and as such the infestation grew exponentially.
As panic and discontent spread through the Lasia system, the Imperium’s answer, 3 full squads of Ultramarines Adeptus Astartes, were en route. They arrived in 564.M41…