My Astra Militarum Army:
After the interest in my WIP "The Heedless" (if you missed it click the link!) I figured I would show off some of the rest of the army!
The "Renia Liberation Front" takes its name from the fictional capital planet in my Jax Jensen series (I call it the Jensenverse). Obviously, "The Heedless" gets its name from the first short story... "Heedless".
It is a loyalist insurgent force, seeking to overthrow the corrupt officials who seized control of the planet. The planet is heavily urban, so that has influenced almost all aspects of the army. The Heedless is sandbagged up for the extra protection an urban environment demands... and my weapon teams are armed with missile launchers (super portable weapons, easily carried throughout the urban jungle -easy when compared to a lascannon :P ) and even have walls on their bases (See example below).
This is the most themed project I have ever undertaken. I got the paint scheme from one of the old Imperial Guard codex... let me find the exact image. I think it was the Storm Troopers/ Kasarkins (sp?). Found it, here.
Anyway, looks pretty good right? Right. So, I took it. I do love the storm troopers, and in my list I have 3 Scion squads (strike teams) that are used to deepstrike in and give my army some (much) needed reach and flexibility. For their scheme I reversed the rest of the standard scheme of my army. Pictured below is the Scion Command Squad. (Strike Team Godfather is what I call them, if you're curious. Any fans of "Generation Kill" will immediately recognize the reference). I'm still not too terribly sure on it (the paint scheme), but I think it works! I figure storm troopers would either be extremely tactically black/camouflaged... or blatantly ballsy and flashy.
What do you think on the Scion colors? Yay? or... nay? (nayers will be executed).
Here is the commander of the army (my kit-bashed Creed), Haaken Galowix, and his (kit-bashed Kell) No-name (still thinking of a first name) Shay.
You can see that the urban influence has carried over even to the smallest bases... I am making an entire kit-bashed Aegis Defense line that is completely urban. I went with a Creed stand in, because I figure the leader of an insurgent force better be tactically savvy. Plus, gaming wise I like the extra warlord traits and feel like a 40k Sun Tzu if my commander is the fluffy equivalent. I gave him the extra servo-skulls because I figured he would have tools to help scan the battlefield. He has a helmet, because he ain't no dummy. (Even though it never really saves him. In my defense out of 4-5 games so far I have only lost my command once! The aegis is a very comfy nest...)
Here is a gallery of pictures I took for this post... if you have any modeling or painting questions let me know!
Sound off below! Let me know what you think. Would any of you like me to post my entire army list, and give an overview of my unit choices? I know people say the Astra Militarum is underpower... and they no doubt are when compared to the Eldar. But smart play can reward more than an overpowered codex! Plus, the challenge is always fun... and who can relate to a 8ft+ tall super soldier anyway? Not I. (sorry Spess Mahreens).
Comment below with any questions, or comments!
A quick overview of my army fluff:
My Astra Militarum (Imperial Guard) force is an loyalist insurgent group. The planet's governor, and a majority of the military, turned renegade. So my gents, being proper loyalists along with some members of the PDF, turned on the new dictator. Their quest is to re-establish the governorship and planetary control to the Imperium.
Army wise, I have gone for a list focused around mobility and city fighting. My heavy weapon teams have missile launchers (portable heavy weapons, and versatile). I have a unit of Bullgryns, their great slabshields would be invaluable in the narrow confines of the streets. My super-heavy is a Hellhammer named, "Heedless" (yes, after my first Jax Jensen short), the ignore-cover weapons on it are too good to pass up: one hellhammer cannon with 2 twin-linked heavy flamers to guard the sides from assault).
"The Heedless" is the pride of my Astra Militarum force fluff wise, and modeling wise the center-piece of my army. I managed to get my hands on one of the old out-of-print blisters of the Imperial Guard Tank Commanders. My goal is to give this model a lot of character. The hatches are open with three tankers popping out. They've thrown sandbags up around the three main hatches, topped with razor-wire. The paint is chipped and corroded, being an insurgent force they haven't had many opportunities to maintain it much.
Tabletop wise I have had plenty of success with this model. The pervasiveness of cover in 7th ed. makes the ignores cover weaponry super handy -and I'm happy to say, part of my army's fluff. I fought a White Scars biker list, and the blasts took out swathes of troops completely surpassing their 2+ jinks.
So handy. Here are some pictures of the progress!
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If you're into Warhammer 40k, what army (or armies...) do you play? Which race is your favorite? Share your comments below! If you have any questions about my force, or the game in general, feel free to ask. If you have pictures of your hobby work, I'd love to see it! Reach out to me on Twitter (MattTay1776). If you are a fan of SciFi check out my kindle books, here.
I post on this blog rather sporadically as some of you may have noticed! As I balance out writing with "the day job" I will do my best to post more consistently.
I am also posting my latest novel "Traitor's Games" piece by piece on Wattpad. Revision 3 is almost finished but reader feedback is exceptionally valuable and wattpad offers a good way to get granular comments and polish improvements on the manuscript! See the link at the bottom of the site under my connect info for more ways to view content.
In the future I plan to have a set schedule for posting about other writing-related things, or topics in my interest field such as Table Top War Gaming and Video Games.
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Matthew Taylor was born February 13, 1991 in Simi Valley, California. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from California State University Channel Islands, where he served as treasurer and briefly President of one of the campus's two political clubs. While earning his degree he continued to write and hone his craft, eventually releasing an initial few short stories on Kindle.