Create a Space Marine Chapter Competition

Some of you may remember that back in April the Shell Case Shorts 4 was all about the origins of a army/regiment/Space Marine chapter etc.

It was a very popular edition of the Shell Case Shorts to the point that I’d thought about running another later on. So that’s kind of what I’ve done…

However, this time round it is a straight up ‘create a Space Marine chapter’ competition. But instead of a signed book, my comrade in arms, Hugo, over at Ichiban Painting Studio is going to paint up a Space Marine captain model in the winning chapter colours and I shall have the background illuminated all pretty and both sent to the winner. I’ll also include the winning entry in the Shell Case Shorts anthology that’ll be out in January. I know, I know, we’re awesome.

Each entry should include:



Combat Doctrine

Force Organisation


Significant/Defining Moment

Battle Cry


Examples can be founder here, here, & here

Entries should include an image depicting colour scheme. I recommend you use the Space Marine painted on Bolter & Chainsword.

You can also include an icon/chapter markings is you wish.

Rules are as follows:

Your work is your own but intellectual property rests squarely with the companies in question and is only used under fair use. I reserve the right to publish any submissions in a strictly non-profit capacity. All published writers will be credited accordingly.

Submissions should attempt to evoke a sense of history and grandeur about their chosen chapter/legion/warband etc.

Word limit is 3,000 words (+/- 10%).

Space Marine colour schemes and chapter markings should be attached to the email as JPEGs only.

All entries must be received by Thursday 5th July 2012 after which a single winner will be chosen. Submissions received after this will not be considered.

1 submission per person.

Work believed to be plagiarised will be disqualified.

All submissions must be sent as a Word document and jpegs attached to an email to

[Any spam from entrants will result in disqualification]

Submissions must include at the top of the first page; the entrants name, a contact email address, Twitter name if applicable and name of the Chapter.

1 winner will be chosen and notified by email.

The winning entry will be published initially on The Shell Case blog and later in a free to download anthology.

No discussion will be entered into, my decision is final.

The prize may not be exchanged for its cash value or an alternative. However, I reserve the right to substitute the prize if necessary.

Good luck and have fun!

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