A Thunderhawk gunship for the Galactic Knights Chapter

As I have quite a few Primaris Space Marines in my army and you can only use the new repulsortank as transport I thought about getting a Thunderhawk gunship as a transport as it is the only other vehicle you can use in Warhammer 40K to get your Primaris Marines transported.

I always wanted to have one in my collection. Way back in the 1990’s I considered one too for my Space Wulf army I used to have. But the price tack at Forgeworld was just to high then and it is still today. There is no way paying 450 British pounds for a single model! So how to get on of these:


There is a Facebook group called papercraft poorhammer modelling were you can get templates to build your own paper models from. As paper is, as far as I think, not sturdy enough for gaming I used the templates to build my own Thunderhawk from extruded polystyrene . I have a proxxon foam cutter which is used for architectural models and which I have used for terrain building till now. I have a few mdf additions for this machine for cutting angles and round objects from Gerard Boom. You will find him at Crisis for example.

So here is the beginning of my own Thunderhawk :

This is the main body as a basic shape.


Here you see the basic wing assembly.

This are the styrodur ( extruded polystyrene )parts for the engines. On the right picture is the mdf part which helps to cut out round shapes.

Here the engines are added to the wings . All basic shapes . Fillerwork and sanding has to take place yet.

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And this is how far I got this weekend. From start to this stage it took about 10 hours building time. Most time was used to find out how to use the templates to build with extruded polystyrene . The detail work will start in the next days. So watch this space for an update.

What I forgot to tell you , the version of the Thunderhawk I am building is no longer available at Forgeworld, they have a new slightly different Thunderhawk model now for sale.





I did modifications to some pictures with a new photo editing app

I got myself this App for my iPhone . It is called Lens FX and it cost me short of 4 Euros. You can add different effects to your photos like explosions, muzzle flashes, laser beams, smoke, fog and a lot more. The effects are added by overlaying additional layers on your photo you can then adapt the overlays by changing direction, adapting color or opacity etc. The App is very powerful  recommended if you have an iPhone.


Here are a few examples I did:


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As you can see I added muzzle flashes, an explosion in the back and a flying bullet or tracer round to the right.


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I added a plasma beam and an explosion.


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Added muzzle flashes, explosions and fog.





Added Laserbeams, rockets (sorry no photon torpedoes), Sun and moon.

What do you think? These are the first pictures I did with the App there will definitely be a learning curve so will try some more in the future.

The story of the Galactic Knights Space Marine Chapter


I have done a dedicated page for my DIY Space Marine Chapter here on my Blog. You will find information about the creation, homeworld, combat doctrine, organization, look, beliefs and geneseed here. I will add more information and short stories about my chapter as time permits.


Bruder Ewald Galactic Knight of the Ordo Teutonicus


This is Bruder Ewald member of the 2nd Gefechtskompanie, 1st Zug, 5th Gruppe (Hellblaster). As you can see Ewald is wearing the Chaptercross in Gruppe Color on his right kneecap. The dark blue denotes the 5th Gruppe.

Here is the rest of the Fluff about the Galactic Knights:


The Galactic Knights of the Ordo Teutonicus decend from Rogal Dorn and were created during the second founding when the Imperial Fists Legion was split up.

Rogal Dorn, also known as the Praetorian of Terra was the Primarch of the Imperial Fists Space Marine Legion. He was one of the twenty Primarchs created by the Emperor in the earliest days of the Imperium, just after the end of the Age of Strife. Despite being considered dead by the Imperium at large, Dorn’s status remains unclear. During the War of the Beast, the rediscovered Primarch Vulkan stated to Koorland that he would speak well of the Imperial Fist to Rogal Dorn.

The Imperial Fists were the VII Legion of the original twenty Space Marine Legions. The Legion remained loyal during the Horus Heresy, after which it was reorganised according to the Codex Astartes and divided into Chapters. , one of   them are the Galactic Knights. The Galactic Knights are recognised to be among the most loyal Chapters to the Emperor .

 The Galactic Knights were formed on Terra as part of the reorganisation of the Imperial Fists during the Second Founding, christening also the Soul Drinkers, Black Templars, and Crimson Fists. The Legion’s most fanatical battle-brothers composed the Black Templars while the more level headed members founded the Crimson Fists. The most secretive and monastic members excelling in void warfare were chosen as the founders of the Galactic Knights, when the VIIth Legion was split up into Chapters.

The Imperial Fists gene-seed possesses two unique characteristics that are expressed in physiological and the behavioral terms. Physiologically, the Chapter has lost two of the organs particular to Space Marines: the Betcher’s Gland, which allows the Marine to produce acidic spittle, and the Sus-an Membrane, which allows the Marine to enter a state of suspended animation. Behaviorally, the Imperial Fists are given to an obsession with conquering pain by force of will and discipline. The Chapter’s obsession with willpower and discipline is sometimes characterized as further involving a deep-seated drive towards self-sacrifice or penance.  This trait is often simplified as merely involving a stubborn disposition.

The Galactic Knights Chapter considers the behavioral characteristics of its geneseed to be both a strength and a weakness. On the one hand, such tendencies engender stubborn conduct on the battlefield and ensure battle-brothers are more likely to fight on despite terrible injuries. On the other hand, Imperial Fists may subconsciously invite such injuries and difficulty, which can imperil battle planning and lead to unnecessary risks of personnel and material. Along these lines, the Galactic Knights are noted to be reluctant to accept the possibility of defeat when retreating would be the wisest course of action. The Chapter consciously attempts to minimize the liabilities of these behavioral traits while maximizing the benefits.

The VII Legion was one of the few that recruited entirely from their homeworld and were the only formation to have recruited from across all of Terra, including areas where other Legions claimed exclusive “Rights of Tithe.” The founders oft he Galactic Knights were chosen from Jermani, a part of the former european continent on request of the founding Hochmeister Hermann. He wanted the members of the chapter to have their own, in chapter, language, known as Jerman.

The Galactic Knights recruits consistently possessed a taciturn nature and were quick to action but reserved in speaking. They are known for their quiet monastic behaviour. You will never hear a word spoken about what happens inside the chapter .

The homeworld of the Galactic Knights is the Moon Münster in the Germania sector. Furthermore some of the individual Gefechtskompanien, like the third, have been fleet-based since the first homeworld of the chapter had been destroyed by an Ork Waaagh .

The Chapter emphasizes its historic role as part of the VII Legion defenders of Terra and takes part in maintaining a coded sequence of alerts and signals to coordinate the rapid redeployment of the full forces of the VII Legion to reinforce Terra against attack if the contingency arises. This is called „The last Wall Protocol“. The protocol was enacted 1,500 years later during the War of the Beast. The third Gefechtskompanie was involved in the Campaign against the Beast on Ullanor. The rest of the Chapter fought in different systems against the “Slaughter Waaagh.”


Battle Cry

 -In Hoc Signo vinces-

 The Galactic Knights are known to go into battle shouting “ In Hoc Signo Vinces” . This is hight Gothic for “In this sign victorious” oder in the language of the Chapter “ In diesem Zeichen siegreich”. Which sign is ment is only known to the inner circle of the Galactic Knights Chapter of the Ordo Teutonicus.

So far the fluff of my DIY Space Marine Chapter. I will right more about the chapter and its campaigns in the future. There will be stories about specific members like the first Hochmeister Hermann or the Kompaniemeister Siegfried of the 3rd Gefechtskompanie during his exploits on Ullanor.


Bruder Heinzfried


This is Bruder Heinzfried of the Hellblaster Gruppe of the 1st Zug 2nd Gefechtskompanie Galactic Knights Space Marines.

Here is another bit of fluff about the Galactic Knights Space Marines, this time about there beliefs :


 The founding members of the Galactic Knights of the Ordo Teutonicus came from Terra as explained earlier. They believe in a deity which is long forgotten by the rest of humanity. The rites of the Chapter are very obscure and only a very small inner circle knows about these in the 40.000 milenia. This inner circle consists of the Hochmeister and the rest of the Chapter headquarter as well as the members of the 1st Gefechtskompanie. What is known is that the brothers of the Galactic knights go into battle chanting:” In hoc signo vinces” The Priesterbruders are keeping up the rites.

The most important for all chapter members is the protection of Humanity, the Emperor and the founding Hochmeister Heinrich. The remains of Hochmeister Heinrich are kept in a special chamber in a stasis field and he still looks like he died only yesterday .

The Galactic Knights believe that the Emperor is the only human being that followed their deity to the fullest and therefore is the human with the greatest psychic power. Psychers / Librarians are not recruited into the order according to the founding under Primarch Dorn.

First member of the 5th Gruppe 1st Gefechtskompanie, Galactic Knights, Space Marine Chapter

Here is Bruder Ägidius of the 5th Gruppe 1st Gefechtskompanie. The Hellblaster Gruppe of the 1st Zug ( Platoon) .


And here is some more info about the Galactic Knights Chapter:


The Galactic Knights wear a completely white set of power armour. As the chapter is very old there are many different types of power armour in use at the same time. The latest is the Type X armour used by the Primaris marines of the Chapter. These are currently only deployed in the 2nd Gefechtskompaniekompanie.

The marines wear the Chapter icon, a black cross ( Krückenkreuz) superimposed by a yellow shield showing a black eagle on the left shoulder pad. The Krückenkreuz is the true chapter icon the yellow shield with the black eagle is the heraldry of the Germania system. It was adopted into the chapter icon after the Ordo Teutonicus chose its homeworld in the Germania System. So very old dreadnoughts might still show the old icon.

On the right shoulder pad the tactical sign in black is worn. These are like in the Codex Astartes.

The Gefechtskompanie is indicated by a shoulderpad rim in company colour. Here the Galactic Knights follow the codex astartes again but as the armour is plain white the 1st Gefechtskompanie wears black as colour. As the first is the elite company according to the Codex Astartes they wear black helmets instead of white ones, as all elite Marines in the chapter do. So the colors of the Gefechtskompanies are as follows:


1st Gefechtskompanie     black ( also black helmets)

2nd Gefechtkompanie yellow

3rd Gefechtskompanie   red

4th Gefechtskompanie   green

5th Gefechtskompanie   dark blue

6th Gefechtskompanie   orange

7th Gefechtskompanie   violet

8th Gefechtskompanie   grey

9th Gefechtskompanie   sky blue

10th Gefechtskompanie brown

As the Galactic Knights Gefechtskompanies are self-sufficient at all times they have their own Scout Gruppen. These wear the company colour broken by white stripes. There is no Scout Company and no support companies like in the Codex Astartes. The 10 Gefechtskompanies are similar to each other except for the 1st which is ,like in the Codex Astartes, the elite companie. The one with Terminator armour. The Galactic Knights amassed so much Terminator Armour that the complete 1st can be equipped as Terminators at the same time. The First Gefechtskompanie is also known as the Mondkrieger ( Moon warriors) . This commemorates that the Galactic Knights are the best void warriors you can find.

There are 10 Gruppen in each Gefechtskompanie these are designated by a cross in the corresponding colour worn on the right knee . Black for the 1st Gruppe, yellow for the 2nd, red for the 3rd, green for the 4th, dark blue for the 5th, orange for the 6th, violet for the 7th, grey for the 8th, sky blue for the 9th and brown for the 10th Gruppe.

All other insignia, like Terminator crosses etc, are like in the Codex Astartes.

The vehicles show the chapter icon, all other insignia follows the codex astartes.


New Header pictures

I added a few more header pictures to my Blog. These are pictures of models and figures I painted over the last years:


A French napoleonic line infantry battalion. Figures by Victrix.


A French napoleonic Cuirassier Squadron . Figures by Perry.


Star trek spaceships. A heavy cruiser an old light destroyer a dreadnought a battle frigate and a destroyer ( from left to right). Models by Mongoose now Amarillo Design .


Two german halftracks. Models by Warlord. the left one is the new plastic one the right one is the older resin version.


A US Infantry squad of WWII Battle of the Bulge. Figures by Warlord ( old metal ones sculpted by Paul Hicks).

All the above Models and figures are 28mm scale except the Star Trek ones. I will add more pictures of my WWII, napoleonic and other collections over the next time.