I have a few options available - the most obvious route is to go with GW Space Marines these have the advantage of being cheaper NZ$73 for 10 but they come equipped with late era MkVII/VIII Power Armour rather than the Heresy era stuff required.
|GW MkVII/VIII Power Armour equipped Space Marines|
Heresy wise you have to shop at Forgeworld which has a wide selection of all the early Power Armour types. Problem is they are more expensive 23 pounds for 5 figures without weapons. Accuracy wise for the Word Bearers I can go with a mixture of three armour types:
MkIV - the main issue pre Heresy which, given the size of the Word Bearers, would still equip some units within the legion.
|Forgeworld MkIV Legion Maximus Power Armour|
MkV - Principle armour manufactured near the end of the Crusade and during the Heresy itself and the most common during the Heresy period. Given the number of mechanicum members that joined the Heresy and its capture of the production facilities on Mars this is a valid option.
|Forgeworld MkV Heresy Armour|
MkVI Corvus - brought in to replace the MkV by providing a easier to manufacture option it was widely used, but was introduced later in the Heresy era.
|Forgeword MkVI Corvus Armour|
Also considered earlier MkIII but wanted to build a force themed around the Legion during the Heresy, after it was revealed, rather than pre-Heresy - so I discounted this option.
|Forgeworld MkIII Iron Armour|
Weapons wise from my reading Ill need Phobus pattern Bolters and possibly the Umbra pattern but Im not quite sure about those as the novels suggest that Astartes hang onto trusted weapons for a long period of time so the Phobus bolters would still dominate any armoury.
|Umbra pattern Bolters|
|Phobus pattern Bolters|
|Word Bearers Shoulder Pads|
Finally Im also going to need some Word Bearer shoulder pads from GW, and a few Chain Swords from somewhere, because if there is one thing thats stood out about combat in the HH novels its the amount of hand to hand combat with Swords so I figure 4-6 Squad members will have them.
Start up purchases I'm looking at then will be with cost in pounds/dollars
- 1 x MkIV Power armour (23)
- 1 x MkV Power armour (23)
- 1 x GW Word Bearers Shoulder Pads ($18)
- 1 x Phobus pattern bolters (11)
- 1 x MkIV Command upgrade kit (9)
- 1 x Character Conversion kit (11)