I've generally become more interested in micro-scale modelling - going smaller rather than larger feels really exciting. There's something about the scale which enables a scope which is really attractive. My interest has led me to look at some of the cool work that's going on in the 6mm hobby community and finding folk who are doing micro-40k really well.
This Marine is going to be the first of a few, with a slight Oldhammer vibe as indicated by the art that inspired him - Jim Burns' amazing Space Crusade cover. The collection won't be a facsimile of the Space Crusade box contents, but a cohort of randoms inspired by the breadth of the minis that the game delivered.
Next up is a naughty Chaos Space Marine Sorcerer for him to fight:
I'm quite pleased with the bases so far. They're washers whose internal aperture is just about big enough to house the original moulded base (with a bit of trimming). They give weight to the minis, stop them tipping over and can enable the mini to be safely held in place for transport with low-strength flexible magnetic sheeting. If you're in the UK you can buy the washers from B&Q as part of a 'pick and mix' deal for a very reasonable £2 for all the washers you can eat.
With smaller minis, basing textures which are quite light or quite dark work well, as they give visual contrast. Here I opted for darks, which enables the predominantly lighter minis to pop.
I'll post the Soceror when he's done.