|The Alpha Legion arrives on my painting table|
|Veteran Sergeant on the left, Chaplain on the right|
|Back view of the officers|
|Vexillary on the left, and a communications trooper on the right|
|Rear detail on the communication and vexillary models|
The last Legion established, but taking the name "Alpha", is a contradiction action that fits well with how the Alpha Legion rolls. Where the other Legions strive in the shadow of their elaborate histories to pursue greater causes and honour their ponderous histories, the Alphas just seem to be trolling the galaxy. The Alpha Legion is all about wheels-within-wheels, schemes, plotting, subversion, spying...like a Space Marine Legion-sized version of the CIA, complete with its own military industrial complex to sustain its machinations. They can do all of the standard, scary, appear-in-orbit-and-destroy-your-world Space Marine stuff. But before they would bother, they will probably have wrecked on the pension funds, crashed the property markets, illegally seized the leases for resource extraction and rigged the elections. If all that wasn't enough fun, then fine - orbital assault.
The Alphas built a galaxy-spanning network of informers, agents and contacts, even infiltrating the other Space Marine legions. They spun endless webs of information and misinformation, mixing freely and spreading them widely. As such, they were disliked and distrusted by their brother Legions.
|Some Alphas in Mark IV armour|
|The embossed shoulder plates are from Forge World...an expensive addiction, but I love how they look|
|Mark VI "Corvus" power armoured figures from Forge World - the Alphas are often portrayed employing these classic "beakie" armour suits, much more so it seems than the other Legions|
|As an aside, if you are a Space Marine dork like me, you will fine no models to be more fun to build than these Mark VI suits from Forge World - the price is eye watering, but these are faithful to the original RTB01 plastics - you will love them|
The other reason I wanted to collect this force had to do with their colour scheme. They are often seen in a blue, or blue green, with a metallic sheen, the colour of a sports car. The downside to this cool look is that it almost always seems to involve an airbrush, a general deal-breaker for me. I tried for a couple months before the Challenge started to find a way to come up with that cool metallic blue without an airbrush, but just couldn't make it work. So I came up with a different blue-green approach - it's not a cool, metallic-looking finish, but I'm still pretty pleased with how it is turning out and there is no airbrush involved.
|Chaplain for the Alpha Legion...given their approach to the universe, I expect this guy would be into irony more than anything else|
|This model will do as a command figure for the Alphas until I can get some more command troops|
|Can you feel the "faith"?|
These models were a ton of fun to paint. They are a mix of plastics from the "Betrayal at Calth" box set, with some upgraded bits from Forge World, and some resin Mark VI power armour marines from Forge World. The Chaplain is the "Kurtha Sedd" plastic figure from the "Betrayal at Calth" box set, painted to be an officer/command figure for the Alpha Legion.
This submission has 11 28mm infantry models, but two of the models were test paints from before the Challenge so they don't count, so this should net me another 45 points. See you with more next week!
Great additions to your 30k collection Greg, I'm sure they will continue to sow distrust and heresy on your gaming table with skill and panache! Your blue-green colour scheme looks very good indeed.
45 well earned points!
Paul & Alan