So inspired by the various special guard/advisory forces that have been appearing throughout the Horus Heresy series from the Morlocks to Mournival to Phoenix Guard and so on, I created my own force, the Grellon. Grellon is a Welsh word which means "flock". Lions and other predators often have a lot of birds which live in and around them, so the Chapter Master as the alpha male lion with a flock around him seemed to make sense in my head.
The Order of Harlech's Grellon
This is a special order within the Chapter consisting of a dozen veterans not within the normal command rank who act as both guardians for the Chapter Master and special advisors for him. These veterans are picked by an assembly of the chapter's company commanders, the Chapter Master, and other select leaders of the chapter. If one of these marines is ever chosen to promote to the rank of Captain or something similar, they'd leave the Grellon and a new veteran would be inducted.
Harlech's Grellon (11 Veterans)
Veteran Sergeant Malfoy Cadwgan
Veteran Sergeant Wesly Karrde
Veteran Sergeant Bleddyn
Veteran Maelgwyn Gwynedd
Sternguard Veteran Tobin
Sternguard Veteran Pieter Kralle
Sternguard Veteran Corvis
Vanguard Veteran Julius Dorja
Vanguard Veteran Owain
So far I've converted models for seven of the eleven characters and here's what we've got so far.
This is my Welsh Piper model. He's made with a captain's legs and backpack, terminus crux shoulder pad, a Black Templar torso, an Imp Guard vehicle antennae for the pack, second party cloak and base, and a few other bits. The bagpipe is stuff modeled for the bag, and the pipes themselves are bits of blackpowder weapons from a pirate range that I had bought a couple years back to use for Mordheim conversions.
This is the metal classic veteran sgt that's been around for a number of years now. I haven't made any tweaks to this one, I think he's cool just the way he is.
This marine consists of Sanguinary Guard legs, Templar torso and pistol, FW head, and then the banner and power fist are from the Captain box.
Sanguinary guard legs again for this fellow (I love the dynamic look to those legs in that set), veteran shoulder pads, and Sang Guard torso this time as well. The pack started as a plasma cannon pack with bits added for the comm upgrade. I need to reprime this one and a couple others due to the weather not cooperating as well as it should that day.
This is one of the communication upgrade marines from the Forge World Horus Heresy series of models. The only tweaks I've made to this guy is a shoulder pad swap and a purity scroll on the backpack.
This model is mainly company champion bits, shoulder pad from captain kit and one crux pad, and then a Forge World jump pack.
This marine is a Forge World assault marine with a Sang Guard power sword for the only conversion to him.
And that is my Grellon so far. Still looking for ideas and inspiration on the last four and then that's when I'll see about paint jobs for them all as a group. If anyone out there has an idea for one of the missing models, feel free to comment or drop me a message with it.