I hope your festivity preparations are well underway and you're not too stressed out to enjoy some hobby time :)
@Malevengion - not really anything fancy planned for the Orks - just a plain all-out Infantry attack.
But let's see how it progresses.
With the basic Marine actors assembled I started to build up the environment.
First was the throne and its platform.
The brick-factory working at full capacity :)
Slowly building up the base - with some Styrofoam as support.
Two columns at the lower end to give the scene a frame.
While the PVA takes some time to cure, I use a ruler and some weight (a bunch of SuperSculpey packs) to keep the bricks in position and leveled.
Most of the brickwork completed.
The throne as center piece in the back.
A first position test with the Marines.
Not 100% sure, but I think this will be balanced enough, with the top 3 Marines providing light with their muzzle flashes, while the lower areas will be darker - maybe some light effects form the energy blades?
Then I created some skeletons from the original struggle, hundreds of years ago...
Only a dead Ork is a good Ork?
Still needs a lot of cleanup, detailing, and of course the attacking Orks.
But I hope it already gives a good impression of how it will look in the end.
I look forward to your feedback and suggestions.