I'm not afraid to admit it- I'm something of a fool.
I've made two errors lately due to total inexcusable newbishness. I purchased a Predator instead of a Razorback (don't ask). And I had intended to use the AoBR tactical squad with my Marines Cruor Dexter.
Why is that a mistake? Well, I didn't realize that the AoBR marine's squad markings are moulded in. And I don't intend to use them with my little dudes. It just doesn't ft with the fluff that's clogging my head.
I was pretty upset... at first. I even went so far as to gouge off the arrow on one of them, to see if I could salvage my "vision", such as it were.
I wasn't happy with the result. As they stand, the AoBR Tactical Marines are sketchy, a trait they share with the Battle for Macragge Tactical Marines, and it would be entirely too easy to ruin them all by scraping too much plastic off of their shoulder pads.
And then... something clicked in my head as I looked at the AoBR guys next to the Macragge marines I already have painted. They are so static and unexciting, it's almost like they are museum pieces.
That's exactly what I'm going to do. With these new recruits, and my extant Marines.
My new backburner project? To paint each of these guys up as a representative of a different Chapter. I think it will be fun, and good practice to build up my painting chops.
Wish me luck... not only with the painting, but with the whole paying attention to the Codex before I go shopping.