Thursday, 15 February 2018
From DavidB - Chaos Cultists with PDF APC (117 points)
Another week done. Yes I know It's Thursday, but I succeeded in working the maximum allowed overtime. I was able to sleep in today. I also was able to finish up with this modest entry.
These are some more Wargames Factory Greatcoat Scifi infantry, but they are now initiates of Khorne. They have joined up with the Horus for Hope crew and have red armor to show proper devotion. Since Khorne prefers blood and skulls and lots of both, this squad has been modified with beastmen and chaos warrior bits to make them more close combat oriented.
This particular squad has already engaged in battle with the Inquisitors in our Inquisimunda game. Lt Strahd is a ruthless junior officer that felt unappreciated and is an expert duellist that enjoys toying with his opponent.
His cape is adorned with his former commanders skull.
The corporal above is Strahd's subordinate and usually tasked with keeping private Kruger in line and using the squad's autocannon as a rifle and not a massive spear/club. Both men like many in the squad are being altered into beserker beasts as a blessing from Khorne. The Corporal no longer remembers his name, but he does idolise Strahd enough to emulate him. Strahd may soon lose his head to the Corporal.
The other trooper pictured with the beastman head has a massive set of horns. The gamemaster has decided that perhaps Khorne favors him more than the Corporal and Strahd.
This collection of 10 cultists are also followers of Khorne and have been so for some time. They were made a long time ago, but have finally gotten their colors. There is a mixture of all sorts of games workshop bits.
They were backup to the musician bonus round due to the beastman with the horn.
I had more fun painting the tavern, but felt I needed a backup because the Tavern is rather large and took some time with just brushes!
Another mutant who missed leg day and he is dragging his friend along with him!
The head is from the really old chaos mutation sprue and I spent some time making his face look burnt on one side. Unfortunately, I'm lacking in camera and light skills, so the detail is washed out.
Some more fun mutants. orc, kroot, zombie, chaos warrior, marine, necromunda,... a lot of parts!
Some of my gaming group came by today and marvelled at the time I've been spending on troops that are worth so little points in 40k. As I told them, These cultists will not only be in 40k games, but they will also fill in for Scavy and Cult gangs in Necromunda. They are also being used in games with warring Inquisition parties. I prefer them to look memorable and be characters themselves. Just the parts I put together and primed black have already invoked story ideas with our gamemaster. It just makes the game more fun, trying to do in Strahd and his Khorne crew rather than pummelling minion #12! ;)
This is another target identification model that has been salvaged. There was even more bubbles and flash on this one than the Patton. It had no gun and some chips were taken out of it like it had been dropped a few times.
It is a Soviet BTR-60. I believe it was made in the late 50's(the APC not the model) It is one of those vehicles that shows just how smart the Soviets were. This APC is very quick and nimble and can move just as quick off road as on. The exhaust is nearly to the top of the crew cabin, so it can ford through very deep water. It's armor was pretty thick and not too many small arms fire could pierce it's hide.
Unfortunately, it was WW2 era small arms fire that would have a hard time penetrating. A lot of Cold War small arms would make life unpleasant for the passengers. The hull is flat bottomed and mines as well as RPG's also would stop it. Besides a few bush wars, it was used in combat by the Soviets in the Balklands and in Afghanistan where the higher brass discovered those facts rather belated. It is still in service, but Russians use it as Artillery spotting and HQ units not frontline APC. Newer equipment is performing that role way better.
It is in use by many former Soviet Bloc and Western Europe Police Departments for crowd control and protection for SWAT type police units. Those units have water cannons mounted and video of them in use can be easily found on Youtube.
The front was chipped pretty good and I found some mesh covered spot lights to serve as headlights. I chopped a lascannon to serve as a main gun and also gave it a couple rocket launchers from the sentinel kits. Some very old rhino doors and some spiky chaos bits finished it up.
Seemed to be a song the Khorne boys would pipe over the BTR's PA system as they bounced down the road. ;)
What a fantastic submission as always David! I'm a HUGE fan of conversions in 40k as all the GW kits really lend themselves to it and in such a large universe there are so many things that "could" exist, our imaginations are the limit.
I do like the back stories for all of the fellas fallen to worship the Blood God, you're absolutely right that shooting Strahd is far more engaging than shooting "officer 3, made from various parts". And I reckon converting so many "grunts" works brilliantly as there'll be so many things to catch your opponents eye that the whole army will come together wonderfully. So I'm with you, disagreeing with your friends who ask if it was worth it - it absolutely was!
I count 20 infantry and one vehicle for 115 points and I'll be adding two points for all the kitbashing and naming going on - excellent work!