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!
2/26/2016 01:28:31 pm
Hello, it's me again. Just want to say that you army is very nice; I also like all of the details you have built up in the bases. I have decided to share my own baneblade (The Iron King). I bought it for £15 at car boot sale near where I live. It took several days and ALOT of scrubbing to get rid of the god awful bright yellow base coat that was on it. I'm not the best painter ever but...Well I'm proud of it all the same. Sorry for the poor quality, my phone has a very bad camera, =D
2/27/2016 12:37:38 am
Very nice! Always be proud of your work! The first model I ever painted was Brother Corbulo from the Blood Angels... I used a white out brush I had washed off... and painted it straight gold. I'm still proud of that model because it was what started everything else off...
2/27/2016 12:38:37 am
Oh, I meant "Brother Captain Tycho"! Not Corbulo! Oops!
2/27/2016 06:08:16 am
Thanks! The King is actually the centerpiece of my guard regiment. I have a handful of ruses and a lot of infantry, I'v been slowly growing them over the last...2? years. Its quite fun! I have also created a custom version of guardsman Marbo using the rules of a Callidus. Between them they can kill just about anything. =)
2/27/2016 02:46:32 pm
I was so bummed when the new Guard codex got rid of Marbo! He was so cool. I'm actually pretty excited at hearing there may be genestealer cults coming back soon! I would make an army for them!!
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