When I began the Scratchbuilt 40k site roughly 4 months ago, I was just beginning to make vehicles for a Death Guard style army. "Stick to Chaos, my good man!" I would say to myself. Over time, however, I began to get a sense that what I was building wasn't truly mine. There was so much potential in the 40k universe to create something uniquely my own which I hadn't even begun to discover. As I delved into the building aspect I kept getting this nagging feeling that I would need an army which was unique to me. It then dawned on me that in order to get the most out of the hobby I would have to create my own Space Marine Chapter.
This was somewhat tough for me. I don't typically concern myself with fluff in the way others might. I mean, I like it just fine as a way to tell an overall story, but I don't usually have to know that so-and-so defeated the hive fleet on the moon of that planet. I've never felt the need to tell a battle report in the form of a fiction told from the point of view of the commander.
Additionally, I was never big on Space Marines. They always seemed so... static. Everyone had a Space Marine army in my area and I was always concerned with how boring mirror matches would be. I didn't see the conversion potential and none of the current crop of Marines really interested me.
As I was building the Mk1 Land Raider, however, I started to feel that it wouldn't fit well within the current crop of Death Guard. I wondered how I could best utilize a slew of Land Raiders and then it dawned on me- Blood Angels codex. The only problem was I didn't care much to become yet another Blood Angels player. The only option was to create my own chapter.
After perusing Cool Mini or Not's store I came across these Lion shoulder pads.
So that is my journey so far. While I have a lot of fluff to write yet for the chapter, I believe this is a good start and leaves me with a lot of options for the future.