Unlike "The Imperial Fists" and "The Blood Angels" which were fresh paints, I already possessed some albeit ancient Ultra Marines from a long since dried up starter paint pack from Games Workshop (dating back to the late 1980's methinks). However for 'smooth play' I needed three marines (including one commander figure) that could have interchangeable parts (as in weapons). Hence the small but necessary addition to my collection (see below):
The three bluer figures seen above being the newbies! This little painting task done and I have reached the minimum threshold of figures needed for "game play"! I wonder which one is called "Spot the Space Marine" ;)
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