Thursday, April 23, 2015

Clobberin' Time

A common staple of the Arcadian heavy regiments, the Macharius is used much more widely than the more costly and complicated Baneblades found in other Imperial units. Based off the STCs of ancient construction machines, the Macharius' design is rugged and requires comparatively little maintenance when compared with many of the other super heavy vehicles used by the Imperium. Indeed, pragmatic and robust designs are favored within the Arcadian ranks by commissioned and conscripted alike. Over generations, this has led to a culture of parochial vehicular care by non-sanctioned technicians within the Arcadian military and a general laxity in the observance of some of the more obsequious rites performed by the Adeptus Mechanicus. As a result, vehicles are often treated in a far less sacrosanct manner by their crews than in units drawn from other worlds and this has led to some criticism from inter-planetary observers stationed with Arcadian forces.  

Another one of my recent forays back towards my wargaming roots. Very fun to work at this scale as it provides more opportunities for creativity and lets the effects of weathering be made more apparent.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Legion Pattern Basilisk "Smokin' Joe"


The Arcadian arsenal has been typified by its idiomatic composition. As one of the last world's conquered before the outbreak of the Heresy, Arcadia became something of a warehouse for the Imperial crusaders whose rapid redeployment after the Istvaan massacres required the shedding of much of their heavy equipment. Over ten millennium later, Arcadian forces often find such antiquated platforms serving on the front lines of their advances. Deployed to Taros, Smokin' Joe was just one such example of this phenomenon.

Picked up this bad boy a few months ago and was really struck with the obvious inspiration it draws from the SPGs used by the Krauts during the Second World War. Also a big fan of the more modernized looking chassis. I wish more IG tanks were designed this way. Added a few details, like the net bars over the top and a door at the rear of the fighting compartment. Still need to do up the crew, but very happy with how this fella turned out.



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Friday, April 10, 2015

Tyranid Doomasaurus

I've always had a bit of a think for Nids, every since I was a wee tyke. Recently having delved back into the 40ks out of purely modeling interest I thought I'd take a look at the range as it stood today and wow, things sure have changed back from the era of Zoats.

Anyway, I picked up a Dimachereon(sp?)  and thought I'd have a crack at it. Its been a while since I painted something organic, but I decided to go with a light colored scheme reflective of arid conditions. For this I used Italeri khaki yellow and highlighted liberally, before weathering as I would a tank and painting the more exposed fleshy bits in hues of pinky and red. The base was also fun, as it allowed me to further inject some colors in the form of blue desert flowers.




Also forgot to mention how huge this model is. Here he is next to an unfortunate Elhiem Iranian trooper.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A slightly less crap T-55 and friends

I've always liked the look of the BDD armor the Soviets used, but sadly there have been no opportunities in 1/72 to model such until quite recently. This week I put together a T-55AM by Model Trans and painted him up nice and generic :)

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I also happened upon one of MT's new T-62 1967. Looking forward to his big brother currently in the post sporting BDD armor as well. Painted up as a Russian border guard unit.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Epic Krieg? Epic Krieg

 

In the effort to retake the Taros system from the Tau encroachment, Imperial forces amassed over five million men and women for the planetfall offensives. Amongst the various planetary nations were the forces of Krieg, a radiation-laced ruin that produced some of the most stoical forces into the entire empire. For their contribution, the Kriegites dispatched several formations, amongst them the 233rd mechanised division, "Iron Breakers".

 

Although the forces of Krieg are typified by their static approaches to warfare, the geography and population distributions of Taros were not receptive to the usual trenches and artillery pits. With wide open valleys split between occasional jagged mountain ranges and against an enemy whose primary characteristic was extreme strategic agility, the concept of a solid, defined front became fantasy.  As in the previous campaign on Taro, maneuver warfare remained the order of the day, with the capacity to move men and material quickly and in short order a dire necessity. On the blistering surface of Taros Prime, the Iron Breakers, considered a distasteful minority amongst their peers, would come into their own.



While containing a far higher AFV-to-man ratio than a traditional siege unit, Krieg mechanized forces nevertheless retained certain idiomatic legacies of their forebears. Specifically, infantry platoons remained larger than the usual three-squad configuration found commonly in most vehicle-borne formations of the Imperial guard. Instead, a full strength platoon retained four squads, as well as the command element, requiring a total of five Chimera IFVs.


An inadvertent holdover from their national heritage also predisposed the Iron Breakers for the Taros environment. While other armies, like the Arcadians, were forced to modify the engines of their vehicles to deal with the inhospitable, dust-laden climate on Taros, the Kriegian vehicles, used to operating in the most dolorous of galactic conditions, were fitted with such by default, meaning that preconfigurations to the 233rd were minimal.


But although the 233rd were an ideal force for the Taros campaign in many respects tactically, their leadership was decidedly inappropriate for the requirements of the campaign. While they certainly differed in their equipment and organisation from most Krieg units, the high command of the Iron Breakers retained the stereotypical Kriegian disregard for individual life and strategic conservation of resources, an element critical to success on Taros. As a result, the 233rd found itself seconded to the command of far more nuanced commanders unaffected by their national culture.

 
More to come, I'm really having fun with these 10mm fellas and even though I have no idea how epic even works as a system, this is really a passion project.

In case anyone was wondering these are put out by Trolls Under the Bridge, a little company in the Czech Republic who I feel comfortable in comparing to GHQ in terms of quality. :)