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Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/05/19 19:48:37


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


I've been very slowly getting started on an army of Elysian Drop Troops. I love these models and hated to see them go out of print, but I think I have enough in the closet to make a decent-sized army. In fact, this might be one of the last Drop Troopers blogs you see since I doubt there are a lot of people painting these models right now.

The Xhorik 87th Drop Troop Regiment are a highly-mobile specialist force, well-suited to fighting in rugged, inaccessible terrain such as the mountains and badlands of Xhorik Prime where tank-heavy armored regiments would struggle to maneuver.



Some background:
Spoiler:
Shown here is a typical veteran of the regiment, armed with an Antax pattern lascarbine with non-standard-issue silencer picked up sometime during the campaign. He is equipped with a grav-chute and fully-enclosed helmet in order to execute high-altitude drop operations from above AA range. The enclosed helmets would prove extremely beneficial in the hostile climate of Xhorik's fierce radioactive dust storms. Their carbines are longer and bulkier than the Accatran Mk IV pattern used by many Drop Troop regiments, including the famous Elysians, which makes them more difficult to wield during drops and at point blank range. The Antax pattern is also less sophisticated and more prone to breaking down. Their main positive attributes are that they are more accurate at long range, much cheaper to manufacture and simple to repair and dress in the field. These features make them common in the secondhand market with mercenaries and militias, meaning there are many blackmarket accessories and variations, some of which the X87's veterans took advantage of on their last campaign. They received these weapons upon formation of the regiment with the official explanation that this is what was available at the time, although some of the enlisted men grumble that some greedy general probably received a nice bribe to take these and issue them to the regiment. The men have no trouble justifying their use of non-standard-issue components and field modifications. The regiment is fully volunteer due to the need for companies to operate independently behind enemy lines, often out of sight of Commissars, where inducted units would crumble or disappear.


This was the first test model I did a couple of years ago. He was undercoated white because this was during the dark days when GW was not making colored primers.









He turned out OK, but a little lighter than I wanted without quite enough contrast between the fatigues and armor. To remedy that (and hopefully speed up painting), I primed the next two guys with white and then with a sand color from Tamiya, I think.





I liked the second model better. Not only did the sand undercoat help, but I also started the fatigues with XV-88 rather than starting with Balor Brown like I did on the first guy.



The bases have a little pinch of clay, some slate (collected from my yard when I lived in Pittsburgh) and then sand glued down around the slate pieces.

The squad has a mix of accessories and equipment to reflect their status as a veteran regiment that has been on a long campaign. Some have silencers (or muzzle flash suppressors?) and some have non-standard-issue scopes. They are pretty heavily laden with grenades, extra clips, canteens, and packs and pouches of supplies to give the impression they are ready to strike behind enemy lines and operate independently for some time.

In the next couple of posts, I will get caught up to where I am today and then expect a much slower pace of updates as the pace will be set by my glacial painting skills.

For more info on the Xhorik Wars where these guys feature, check out the blog in my signature.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/05/19 19:57:35


Post by: Flapjack


Promissing stuff. I'll check in regularly. I like the paintscheme and you've come up with some interesting fluff.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/05/20 00:39:25


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


The rest of the squad built. The heads are Republic Grenadiers from Anvil Industries. They have been discontinued the last time I checked. Another reason that my army size will be necessarily limited. Even if I buy Elysians on eBay, I will never find more of the helmets.







The rest of the squad primed white.



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/05/21 20:14:25


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Here is the first full squad painted.


The sergeant (far right) directs the advance. The trooper to his immediate left has a grenade launcher


I modeled this squad with grav chutes to look like they just hit the dirt from a jump. You will see one trooper is missing his chute, which got lost during a move, but I added it later from the next order.

The squad is loaded down with packs, canteens, knives, extra ammo, grenades and bombs. They are ready to be dropped into a warzone behind enemy lines and operate independently or to hold a key position for as long as needed. I elected not to do any weathering other than a little dust on the boots because they are just expendable troopers and I already spent more time on them than I should have. I think it would be cool to try some exhaust streaks on the grav chutes, but I'm not sure if it is worth the time on models that I need to paint dozens of and that die by the handful.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/05/21 21:03:01


Post by: Flinty


They look really cool. I definitely agree with the head choice. It fits the model better than the GW original

Thanks for sharing.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/05/21 21:14:56


Post by: Flapjack


The darker tunics do look beter. Looks like some amount of time went into that already. On the other hand, they are great sculpts with a unique touch. Always worth the extra mile in my opinion.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/05/22 01:39:22


Post by: insaniak


Looking good!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/05/23 01:57:37


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Flinty wrote:They look really cool. I definitely agree with the head choice. It fits the model better than the GW original

Thanks for sharing.


Thanks, Flinty. I truly love the look of the helmets and was quite sad when Anvil discontinued them. Thankfully, they are super guys. When I saw they were gone, I emailed them about my conversion project and asked if I could ever get more. They let me order another 30 or 40 heads out of what they had left even though they were not on the site anymore. I think a closed helmet is a lot more practical for hostile environments or when doing high altitude jumps.

Flapjack wrote:The darker tunics do look beter. Looks like some amount of time went into that already. On the other hand, they are great sculpts with a unique touch. Always worth the extra mile in my opinion.


Thanks, Flapjack. I agree the darker tunics give more contrast to the armor and show the shading better. It takes longer, but since the models and heads are discontinued and my army is a finite size, I don't feel as bad about spending the extra time on them. I know when I am done with what I have, that's it. I won't be painting these guys forever.

insaniak wrote:Looking good!


Appreciate the feedback, insaniak. It means a lot coming from you.

.....

At this point, I had a full squad painted so I wanted to get them on the table. My brother included them with his Space Marine army against my Orks in a battle of 7th Edition 40k. Here is the full battle report:
https://xhorikwar.blogspot.com/2017/02/bat-rep-11-red-brotherhood-vs-da.html

Here are a few fairly poor pictures from the action (photos are not great here, but don't despair, we get better at the battle reports later on):









As you can probably guess from the photos, their role was basically to be a speed bump to absorb an ork charge, die immediately, and give the marines and extra turn of shooting the orks. They fulfilled their mission admirably and without fail.

Next up, I get a few more painted and they take part in their first Horus Heresy battle report...







Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/05/28 00:10:24


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Next, I finished a platoon command squad with a melta gun. The idea is to have this entire platoon equipped with grav chutes and to deploy them via deep strike to represent a combat drop into the battle.



I've seen quite a few drop troops armies where they add a long antenna to the vox unit and I like the look of it. It also makes it easier to spot on the table. I think I will get around to that at some point.

You can also see the Tauros is also mostly done. More on that later.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/05/28 00:17:34


Post by: Cothonian


Saw the phrase, "Into hell we go... Willingly!" and decided to stop in.

I was not disappointed.



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/05/28 00:26:41


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


 Cothonian wrote:
Saw the phrase, "Into hell we go... Willingly!" and decided to stop in.

I was not disappointed.



Thanks, Cothonian. I am playing around with it as a regimental motto for the Xhorik 87th Drop Troops. I like the idea that even though military service is mandatory, joining the drops troops is on a volunteer basis. These units inevitably get the toughest missions and have high attrition rates. And they need to operate with initiative even when far from the the command structure or when recovering from the chaos of a drop behind enemy lines. So of course they are proud of the fact that they choose to go into the most deadly environments imaginable. I'd appreciate any feedback anyone has on it. But if it brought in a reader, then that is one good reason to keep it as is.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/05/28 16:39:38


Post by: Briancj


I'm here to back the 'lost' Elysians. Bravo!

--Brian


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/05/30 18:55:04


Post by: gobert


Nice drop troops. Their helmets work really well, and fit the high altitude drop theme perfectly. The orange stripes work great with the bone colours too, keep ‘em coming!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/05/30 21:18:05


Post by: Captain Brown


Very nice work The Riddle of Steel.

Some strong contrast without too many colours on the models.

Good luck with the army, just remember to shave off some of the backs of the collars on the FW figures so that they don't all look at the ground (one of the main flaws of the Elysian range).

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/05/31 02:07:47


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Briancj wrote:I'm here to back the 'lost' Elysians. Bravo!

--Brian


Thank you, Brian. It is a shame they dropped the range because they are beautiful models and I think paratroopers are extremely engaging and inspiring as a concept. These are the best Imperial Guard models and they have thinner, more realistic proportions. But I also see how they do not really fit with the general 40k Gothic aesthetic and it seems to me that GW made a push over the last few years to get rid of anything that is generically sci-fi or fantasy and replace it with models/factions that distinctly fit in with the Games Workshop universes and style.


gobert wrote:Nice drop troops. Their helmets work really well, and fit the high altitude drop theme perfectly. The orange stripes work great with the bone colours too, keep ‘em coming!


Appreciate the feedback, gobert. I like the colors of them. I just wish I had gone with a faster method of painting, but we learn as we go.


Captain Brown wrote:Very nice work The Riddle of Steel.

Some strong contrast without too many colours on the models.

Good luck with the army, just remember to shave off some of the backs of the collars on the FW figures so that they don't all look at the ground (one of the main flaws of the Elysian range).

Cheers,

CB


Captain Brown, that means a lot coming from you. Your Elysians are legendary. I read every post of your original blog on Warseer. I agree with your tip on the heads. I think I did a bit better with the next squad.

These 15 drop troops made their Horus Heresy debut in a small game. Battle report: https://xhorikwar.blogspot.com/2017/12/horus-hersey-battle-2-death-guard-vs.html

Of course, the infantry were useless against space marines. But the new melta gunner provided the highlight of the game when he destroyed a Contemptor Dreadnought with a very lucky overwatch shot! Even though he and another trooper died in the blast, he did his duty and will be remembered as a martyr and hero.



Pictures are not great (we still didn't have good lighting), but it is still fun to see the painted models on the table.

Next up is finishing the Tauros.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/05/31 04:00:03


Post by: Briancj


My pair of Sky Talons rarely see use, alas. Why pay for a vehicle that, effectively, provides deep strike to units that have...deep strike. I also never understand the weapons load limitations on Elysian Sentinels.

OH WELL.

--B.



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/09 15:08:29


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Tauros:
It still needs weathering, but I plan to do the whole unit together once I build the Venators so they will look uniform. I really love the look of the four-wheeled Tauros and would love to have more, but unfortunately, they went out of stock many months before the rest of the Elysians were discontinued so I was never able to get more. Although I have to say, this guy has never done anything in a game except die and give up an easy victory point.

This vehicle has such a cool profile. I love the open roll-bar frame.


I gave the driver the alternate helmet that I normally use for officers and specialists. I figured he would be the commander of the unit. That gives this basic Tauros a role as a sort of command vehicle since the other two will have the heavy weapons. It might be cool to add an antenna to help with that effect.



This thing is built for speed and agility. Perfect for a fast-moving force that fights in rough terrain that is too mountainous for most large vehicles. The Tauros can be quickly airlifted by Valkyrie to remote and inaccessible combat zones.



The grenade launcher looks much more intimidating than it is... at least against Space Marines.


I added the regimental color orange to tie it in better with the colors on the infantry and a marking number.


The paint job was pretty simple: base coat, wash, two layers of dry brushing.

I love the way this model turned out, but I am still searching for a role for it in battles. In Horus Heresy, it cannot hold objectives and it cannot do much damage. In the old Drop Troops army list, it could take a homing beacon, which would give it an interesting role as a forward recon unit that marks the drop zone for the rest of the army, which seems like it would be in line with the flavor of this unit. But for some reason they removed that option in the Taros Campaign army list. Still, it looks too cool not to use!




Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/09 15:13:05


Post by: Briancj


Yeah, my two Sky Talons have no Taurosii to carry. It is very sad.

Looking good, nice touches on the markings and alternate helmet.

--B.



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/09 15:55:17


Post by: Snake Tortoise


I love these guys. Nice models and great paint job


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/10 00:42:32


Post by: STG


cool models man, how do you pronounce "xhorik" lol


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/11 23:58:20


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Briancj wrote:My pair of Sky Talons rarely see use, alas. Why pay for a vehicle that, effectively, provides deep strike to units that have...deep strike. I also never understand the weapons load limitations on Elysian Sentinels.

OH WELL.

--B.



B, I agree the Sky Talon looks cool and I love the idea and the art depicting it in action. What is cooler than a Valkyrie dropping off a Tauros that hits the ground running as the Valkyrie lifts back up into the air? But like you said, totally impractical in a game unless your have a 10 ft x 10 ft table gaming area maybe... or if you were using some complicated map-based campaign rules where fliers have a mobility advantage over ground forces.

I understood the Sentinel weapon limitations to be similar to the infantry: they can only take the short, compact weapons that don't get in the way when being lifted and dropped. But I still think they could have made stubby, compact versions of other weapons like heavy flamers (sort of like the bullpup lasgun variants).

Briancj wrote:Yeah, my two Sky Talons have no Taurosii to carry. It is very sad.

Looking good, nice touches on the markings and alternate helmet.

--B.



B., I am surprised they still sell the Sky Talon when they don't make the Tauros anymore. You can occasionally find them for resale, but they are quite pricey these days. Thankfully there are plenty of third party "equivalent" type models that could work for friendly games, although I have not found one quite as cool looking as the original four-wheeled Tauros. Thanks for the feedback.


Snake Tortoise wrote:I love these guys. Nice models and great paint job


Thank you so much, Snake. There is plenty more to come soon so please stay tuned.

STG wrote:cool models man, how do you pronounce "xhorik" lol


Thank you, STG. My brother named the system as part of our campaign. We pronounce it "Zorik" but I don't think that is consistent with how the eastern European/former Yugoslavia languages pronounce names like Xherdan and Xhosa. I think they say it more of a "J" sound. But the Imperial forces that conquered the system in the Great Crusade were obviously descended from uncultured Americans who thought it was like xylophone. Anyway, since the campaign was taking place on Xhorik Prime, I decided to make a regiment that was mustered on that planet. Because the terrain of the planet is mostly very rough, large land forces with tank companies are not always practical and there is a need for an air-mounted force that can respond quickly to threats from orks or abhuman raiders in remote areas. This particular regiment was mustered for a campaign and off the planet (they are not PDF) and were returning to Xhorik Prime to be disbanded when a large ork incursion on their homeworld meant they were sent directly back to the front line to support the space marine and PDF forces.



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/12 01:43:21


Post by: Captain Brown


More nice work there The Riddle of Steel.

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/13 15:02:28


Post by: Ragsta


I like the paint scheme and use of alternative heads, they look really good. And it's nice to see Elysians for the very reasons you've illustrated - scaling and general sci fi style. I've been thinking about using the sci fi troopers from Heresy Miniatures as Imperial Navy Marines myself.

I wonder if Anvil would cast more of those Grenadier heads if you asked them? Probably safer not to if you don't want to end up with yet more Guardsmen though! I ended up painting 120 of them..... :S


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/13 23:51:05


Post by: kestral


Looking good. I'm not 100% sold on the alternate heads, but the color scheme nails it for me. I look forward to seeing some of the specialized air mobil vehicles, some of which I've never seen outside of the Taros book. I'm sure you'll get to them, glacial or not! I'm going to go check out the "Imperial Militia" in the other blog too.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
The Kozar commander from the blog is outstanding!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/17 02:07:49


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Captain Brown wrote:More nice work there The Riddle of Steel.

Cheers,

CB


Thank you, sir.

kestral wrote:Looking good. I'm not 100% sold on the alternate heads, but the color scheme nails it for me. I look forward to seeing some of the specialized air mobil vehicles, some of which I've never seen outside of the Taros book. I'm sure you'll get to them, glacial or not! I'm going to go check out the "Imperial Militia" in the other blog too.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
The Kozar commander from the blog is outstanding!


Thanks, Kestral. I appreciate your honest opinion on the helmets. They change the feel of the army quite a bit, so I can appreciate it not being to everyone's taste. You are right that I will be getting to the flyers eventually. As I am sure you noticed, the militia in the blog are just these guys for use in the Horus Heresy rules.

Next up are some third party models from Anvil Industries. Originally, I was thinking of using them as Storm Troopers. But now I've changed my mind and plan to get some of the metal Kasrkin for my Storm Troopers so that re-purposes these guys into veterans with carapace armor. I like that idea a bit better since they have the same helmets as the regular troops, but have more of their body covered with the armor plates and less of the fatigues exposed. Also, they are clearly lacking grav chutes so I should try to stay in character and rather than deep strike, either have them ride a Valkyrie or start on the board.

There are ten of them. Pardon the odd way they are split in the pictures as some are duplicated in different shots.













I just love the sculpts from Anvil. They are great models, but they are just a bit smaller than the GW scale. They actually look great next to (original) space marines, just verifying my claim that space marines have always been "true scale" and it was just the guardsmen that were out of scale.

What do you think? Do they fit the bill as veterans in carapace armor for the Drop Troops?


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/17 05:22:42


Post by: Briancj


Yes. On all points.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/17 06:15:19


Post by: Ragsta


You ignored my previous comment!! Bloomin ingrate!! Kids today

The armour works nicely, they look great! Anvil is a great source of parts.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/17 23:08:41


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Ragsta wrote:I like the paint scheme and use of alternative heads, they look really good. And it's nice to see Elysians for the very reasons you've illustrated - scaling and general sci fi style. I've been thinking about using the sci fi troopers from Heresy Miniatures as Imperial Navy Marines myself.

I wonder if Anvil would cast more of those Grenadier heads if you asked them? Probably safer not to if you don't want to end up with yet more Guardsmen though! I ended up painting 120 of them..... :S


Thank you, Ragsta. It is good to hear that others also appreciate the merits of the Elysians. I think with the unfathomable variety of cultures across the Imperium, there should be an endless variety of Imperial Guard regiments. I wish GW would implement a mix-and-match style of regiments similar to what Anvil has done to enable customizable regiments. The humble Guard are long overdue for some love.

That is a good idea to ask Anvil again. You never know and the worst they can do is say "no". Last time I asked, they were very accommodating to send me some heads after they went out of print.

Briancj wrote:Yes. On all points.


Thanks for the opinion. I will continue as planned!

Ragsta wrote:You ignored my previous comment!! Bloomin ingrate!! Kids today

The armour works nicely, they look great! Anvil is a great source of parts.


My apologies, Ragsta. I guess I missed the click on the Multi-Quote attempt. I really do appreciate the encouragement and feedback. I just checked out your blog in your signature link, but didn't post on it because of the whole "dead thread" thing. But lots of really cool stuff on there. You need to revive that blog and get it going again.

Here is a shot from their first battle report:


You can see how the Space Marines tower over them in height and bulk. Like I said, they are a better scale than Cadians or Catachans. In game terms, they performed as expected. Dropped in right on target, took out maybe two marines and then got killed. But that is better than the infantry squad that scattered into an enemy unit, resulting in a mishap that sent them to the far corner of the battlefield and effectively out of the battle.



Full battle report at the link: https://xhorikwar.blogspot.com/2018/02/horus-heresy-battle-report-3-raid-on.html



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/19 12:24:16


Post by: LavuranGuard


Very nice work, good to see the Elysians still getting some love!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/26 02:00:45


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


 LavuranGuard wrote:
Very nice work, good to see the Elysians still getting some love!

Thanks, LavuranGuard. I really love the models, but I didn't fully think through one detail when I did my conversion. The original models have their lower faces exposed and their breathing masks on their chests. But when you give them closed helmet heads, that makes the breathing masks somewhat redundant. I had seen others use various helmeted heads (Elysian version, Cadian version, etc.) and those breathers were still on their chests. It was not until I saw Apologist's beautiful Lamb's World troopers where he scraped the breathing masks off that I even thought of that as an option! https://apologentsia.blogspot.com/


The Drop Troopers were in another Horus Heresy battle report. Full write-up on my blog: https://xhorikwar.blogspot.com/2018/03/horus-heresy-battle-report-4-encounter.html

We still didn't have great lighting at this point in our battle reports, but we have since gotten better.

The infantry squad was able to drop right on top of the objective. The downside is that they were face to face with a tactical squad of Death Guard...


After the infantry squad is destroyed, the platoon command squad moves in to contest the objective, with some support from the Tauros. The Death Guard had been thinned down by some allied White Scars Outriders.


Here, the drop troopers prepare to make a last stand and give their lives for the Emperor!


The poor, lowly guardsman. His lot in life seems to be to die by the dozen, while contesting an objective, slowing down or distracting an enemy, or maybe - rarely - killing an enemy. But it was quite a bit of fun to have them drop in and hit right on the objective. And the models looked good on the battlefield so that is always a win.

Next up: two drop sentinels with magnetized weapons!



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/26 02:08:59


Post by: MegaDave


Wow they really look great. I don't think I've ever seen a scheme that shows them off so well, they really are nice minis. Keep up the good work!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/29 20:12:42


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


The Xhorik 87th Drop Troops Regiment finally got some heavy support - relatively speaking, of course...

Drop sentinels of the Xhorik 87th. They have been in the field for a good while, picking up some dust and grime.



The sentinel is a great kit. The legs can be posed an infinite number of ways.



I was experimenting with various weathering techniques and I overdid it a bit in spots, but that's OK. It was a good experiment.



The only reason to use legs over wheels is if you are going to be in some very rough terrain so I tried to make the bases look like they were at least using those unwieldy legs to climb over some large rocks.



The grav chutes on these guys must be pretty powerful to slow the descent of so much weight. I tried to go for a sooty look.



The crew match the rest of the regiment's infantry, except for their unique helmets that are tied into the vehicle's life support system.



The pictures here show their multi-meltas, but I magnetized the weapons and also painted lascannons, mult-lasers, and autocannons.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/29 20:58:11


Post by: Briancj


Those are looking awesome!

FYI, the Genestealer Cult Achillies Ridgerunners are pretty good Tauros stand-ins, size-wise. Will have some images up soon over on my plog.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/06/29 21:10:37


Post by: Captain Brown


Very nice sentinels there The Riddle of Steel. Weathering always adds that extra details.

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/07/14 19:54:25


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Briancj wrote:Those are looking awesome!

FYI, the Genestealer Cult Achillies Ridgerunners are pretty good Tauros stand-ins, size-wise. Will have some images up soon over on my plog.


Thanks, Brian. I saw them on your page and I agree they are probably the closest thing in the current GW range. I'll also be trying out a few models from other companies.

Captain Brown wrote:Very nice sentinels there The Riddle of Steel. Weathering always adds that extra details.

Cheers,

CB


Thanks, Cap. I appreciate the encouragement.

The sentinels participated in a battle report, where they tried (unsuccessfully) to take on this Contemptor Dreadnought.







Full bat rep: https://xhorikwar.blogspot.com/2018/05/horus-heresy-battle-report-5-onslaught.html

Next post will have another block of regular drop trooper infantry.



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/07/16 21:28:14


Post by: Captain Brown


I hate when that happens.

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/07/21 17:33:36


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Medics played such a critical role for the real paratroopers of WWII so I wanted to include a few, even if they do not always have rules in every version of the army lists:

Grav-chute strikes are extremely dangerous so these guys will be in high demand and given no shortage of opportunities to apply their arts.

I love this conversion. Does this medic have his knife out to defend himself in melee? Or to do some rough-and-ready field surgery? Or just to recover the equipment off a soldier who already received the Emperor's Peace?


Conversions are tough for the Drop Troops because of the way the hands are built into the gun sprues and the lack of extra arms from Forge World. These guys use a few third party bits to make them unique.

The other guy is running to reach an injured comrade, while keeping his head low to avoid joining him in the field hospital.

Bundles on their backs contain additional medical supplies.


Comments and criticisms welcome. Thanks for looking!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/07/21 17:56:01


Post by: Briancj


Very, very nice.

--Brian



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/07/22 19:54:03


Post by: GamerGuy


Big fan of your work man, I've been following online for a long ass time, since the start of your blog, love the style games you and I presume your brother? put out, excellent content always.

+1 vote for keeping the into hell willingly thing; pretty grimdank

GamerGuy


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/07/23 15:29:54


Post by: Captain Brown


Nice little conversions The Riddle of Steel.

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/08/01 20:20:56


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Briancj wrote:Very, very nice.

--Brian



Thanks for the feedback, Brian.

GamerGuy wrote:Big fan of your work man, I've been following online for a long ass time, since the start of your blog, love the style games you and I presume your brother? put out, excellent content always.

+1 vote for keeping the into hell willingly thing; pretty grimdank

GamerGuy


I really appreciate that Gamer Guy. Nice to know somebody has looked at our blog! Yeah, the blog campaign in me and my brother. We have been playing against each other since we were just yoofs in the days of Second Edition, with several very long breaks in there, but we always come back to it.

Captain Brown wrote:Nice little conversions The Riddle of Steel.

Cheers,

CB


Thanks for the encouragement, Cap. Your armies are an inspiration.


I have been reading another book on WWII paratroopers, Ed Ruggero's "The First Men In". It has me excited and motivated to get together a modest-sized force of these guys, as well as some scenarios for them based on the battles around Ste. Mere Eglise.

Now then, more infantry!


Three more bullet sponges, er... brave riflemen to fight for the fledgling Empire of Man.



In addition to their grav-chutes, they are loaded down with gear for survival behind enemy lines, such as packs, pouches, canteens, ammo, grenades, and knives. Assuming they survive the drop and initial contact with the enemy!



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/08/02 02:42:57


Post by: kestral


The drop troops are looking great! And the sentinels - I like the very slight differences in their lines.


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The weathering looks good to me.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/08/12 02:17:46


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


A few more infantry.



As I mentioned before, conversions with the Elysians are tough due to the limited number of bits and the way the hands are generally built into the guns. So you have to be happy with the results of even mediocre conversions. I'm still happy with adding something unique to the army and some variety among all the standard riflemen.

Initially, I was thinking I could make him look like he was waving men forward to advance, but it turned out more like "Get down" or "Go quietly", which is also OK. What do you think?



The other guy is just the standard drop trooper kneeling pose.




Automatically Appended Next Post:
 kestral wrote:
The drop troops are looking great! And the sentinels - I like the very slight differences in their lines.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
The weathering looks good to me.


Thank you, Kestral. I appreciate the feedback. The more I look at that them, the more I am ok with the heavier dirt in places. I didn’t want to go too heavy with weathering on the vehicles when the infantry are completely clean and fresh since I thought it might look odd to have that much contrast. Ideally I would love to do burn marks on the grav chutes, for instance, but it’s hard to put even more time in on the basic infantry models that take too long as it is.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/08/13 20:29:53


Post by: Captain Brown


That's the style The Riddle of Steel, two Guardsmen at a time at regular intervals will slowly increase the size of your army. Keep at the painting marathon.

Yes, there was not much in the way of conversions because of the FW kits having the hands attached to the weapons, but that was to keep the really small resin hands from breaking apart.

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/08/14 02:12:47


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Captain Brown wrote:
That's the style The Riddle of Steel, two Guardsmen at a time at regular intervals will slowly increase the size of your army. Keep at the painting marathon.

Yes, there was not much in the way of conversions because of the FW kits having the hands attached to the weapons, but that was to keep the really small resin hands from breaking apart.

Cheers,

CB


CB, thanks for the support. I notice you posting encouragement on more blogs on dakka than anyone and I appreciate the positive attitude you bring to the community.

And that's a good point on the rationale for tiny little hands. It did leave them with fairly limited pose options, but that makes it a fun challenge to try to add diversity to the units. I'm pretty excited that I found some hands that match well enough even if they are just the tiniest bit bigger.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/08/14 12:25:12


Post by: Fifty


Wow, those sentinels look really sinister!

(I'll echo your comments about Captain Brown, many positive comments on my thread too.)


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/08/22 01:44:45


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


 Fifty wrote:
Wow, those sentinels look really sinister!

(I'll echo your comments about Captain Brown, many positive comments on my thread too.)


Thanks, Fifty. Always good to get feedback.

A few more infantrymen:



These guys are the demolition team with the big explosives (and also chucking a grenade for good measure!). I think the guy on the right really captures the look of just making landfall during a drop.



Although they rarely have an impact in-game (and in some rule sets, they are not applicable at all), I absolutely want my drop troopers to have demolition charges because it would make sense that the sort of missions where you would use drop troopers behind enemy lines would be to demo a bridge or key installation. To me, it makes sense and feels right so they are getting some demo charges!



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/08/24 22:20:51


Post by: Da Boss


Really gorgeous scheme on these minis, the contrast colours really pop vs. the beiges and tans. I love your terrain shots as well, your opponents are lucky to have such a nice army to play against.

Those sentinels are excellent as well. Particularly the weathering around the engines.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/08/27 02:14:12


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


 Da Boss wrote:
Really gorgeous scheme on these minis, the contrast colours really pop vs. the beiges and tans. I love your terrain shots as well, your opponents are lucky to have such a nice army to play against.

Those sentinels are excellent as well. Particularly the weathering around the engines.


Thanks a lot, Da Boss. The feedback means a lot. The talent level displayed on Dakka can be dizzying so it is greatly appreciated to have my own modest contributions to the hobby noticed by others!

Here are some group shots of the infantry units so far:

Here are all twenty riflemen (well, 19 plus a medic). They could be used in this configuration in our Horus Heresy campaign as a unit of Imperialis Militia Infantry.


That leaves these guys leftover. They would normally be the special weapons troopers and the other sergeant when using the Elysian rules from the Taros Campaign book. This would make two riflemen squads as the base for a platoon in those rules, with a few models leftover.


Here are the Grenadiers (HH) or veterans in carapce armor (Taros Campaign), once again.


Models always look better all together in a big group. The force is coming along.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/03 02:15:22


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


A few photos from a game where these fellas saw action (because photos of painted models on painted terrain in a game are always the best). This was a game using the old (fourth edition?) Kill Team rules where my drop troopers were the brute squads and a Death Guard kill team had to break into an outpost and free their leader who was captured in a previous battle.














The Death Guard Kill Team frees their captured Praetor and fights their way out through the drop troop infantry patrols.



Of course the Death Guard sliced through the drop troopers like a hot knife through butter, but this was a cinematic battle that fit with the story of our campaign. Not every battle is a perfectly-balanced chess match where each side has an even chance to win.
Full battle report is here: https://xhorikwar.blogspot.com/2018/08/horus-heresy-battle-report-7-extraction.html

Thanks,



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/04 20:47:15


Post by: Captain Brown


 The Riddle of Steel wrote:
A few photos from a game where these fellas saw action (because photos of painted models on painted terrain in a game are always the best). This was a game using the old (fourth edition?) Kill Team rules where my drop troopers were the brute squads and a Death Guard kill team had to break into an outpost and free their leader who was captured in a previous battle.


The Riddle of Steel,

Painted models on painted terrain is always best.

What are those tire piles from?

Cheers,

CB

PS:
 The Riddle of Steel wrote:
CB, thanks for the support. I notice you posting encouragement on more blogs on dakka than anyone and I appreciate the positive attitude you bring to the community.


Anything to help a fellow painter. Feedback always encourages us to paint a little more or for a little bit longer...as long as family are not forgotten.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/05 01:14:22


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Captain Brown wrote:

The Riddle of Steel,

Painted models on painted terrain is always best.

What are those tire piles from?

Cheers,

CB



Cap,

Thanks for the comment. Those are Lego tires glued down to a piece of textured plasticard on a thin base of some kind (I can't recall the material of the base). They are a bit large for something like a normal truck or a Tauros, but it's not hard to imagine them working well for industrial equipment such as large dump trucks. And at this size they make pretty effective scatter terrain. You can see the "LEGO" lettering on the tires more clearly here:



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/05 19:26:01


Post by: Da Boss


No worries! The minis and terrain in this blog are awesome, so don't sell your skills short.
the shots from your game look like they could be from a white dwarf battle report, those walkways are awesome.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/07 16:58:42


Post by: Captain Brown


Now I want to get some Lego...noooooo

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/11 02:29:01


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Since Captain Brown is painting a Valkyrie over on his awesome Necromundian Spiders Regiment blog , I figured I should post some WIP pics of my own Valkyrie. His Elysians were a huge inspiration for me, so I will use this opportunity for further inspiration to push me to get this project complete.

To start with, the Valkyrie is a beautiful kit that fits together so nicely, with everything flush and tight. After working on FW resin vehicles for Horus Heresy recently, this thing was a dream to build! Apart from one item, which I will get to shortly...

Firstly, I decided to magnetize the weapons. In hindsight, I am not sure that was really worth the hours for a such a mediocre fighting vehicle, which is unlikely to do much damage with any of the weapon options.
Note: I am using the old (5th-6th edition?) Drop Troops rules from the Taros Campaign book as part of a Horus Heresy campaign, so I cannot comment on the WH40k 8th Edition rules.



For the cockpit weapons, I stuck a piece of plasticard in the recessed area from the back (the opposite side of where the gun attaches) and then glued a piece of X-Acto blade in there for the magnets to stick to (which would be roughly flush to where the weapon attachment normally would sit). I find that just magnetizing the weapon or the vehicle (as opposed to both) usually gives a strong enough attraction for less work, less cost, and less risk of inserting one of the magnets backwards(!), unless the surface areas are very small and the weapons are hanging, such as the hard point attachments under the wings, where I magnetized both the weapon and the hard point attachment. More on that later.




I then got to work on the door gunners. This is the only piece that doesn't feel very well thought-out. Is it just me or do the hands not attach to the guns?



They clearly would not fit where they were supposed to, so I sliced the handles down to size by removing some material from the top and bottom. The one on the left is modified while the one on the right is original.



Much better!



More to come...


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/12 01:06:48


Post by: Briancj


Bad news, none of those pictures are showing for me, they're all just a white bar in a circle.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/12 02:31:53


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Thanks for the heads up, Brian. They looked fine on my computer but when I opened them on the tablet, I got the same boxes you describe. I think it was just a sharing permission issue that I just corrected. They are showing up on the tablet now so hopefully you all can see them now, too.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/12 03:03:59


Post by: Briancj


All good now!

As for magnetizing the weapons, it's always a good thing to do anyways, but, yes I agree on the potency. the best "loadout" is the 2x rocket pods, multilaser, and 2xHB "sponsons". This makes it a fairly decent anti-infantry vehicle, tossing out a pair of okay pie plates, and nine dice of med-strength weapons. It forces a LOT of dice rolls.

--Brian



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/12 17:03:46


Post by: Da Boss


Once you start magnetising things, it feels like you can never go back! Looking forward to seeing the finished piece!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/13 02:17:39


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Da Boss wrote:No worries! The minis and terrain in this blog are awesome, so don't sell your skills short.
the shots from your game look like they could be from a white dwarf battle report, those walkways are awesome.


Thank you, Da Boss. I am glad you like it. For me, the best part of the hobby is game with a good friend using all painted models and a nice-looking painted battlefield.

Briancj wrote:All good now!

As for magnetizing the weapons, it's always a good thing to do anyways, but, yes I agree on the potency. the best "loadout" is the 2x rocket pods, multilaser, and 2xHB "sponsons". This makes it a fairly decent anti-infantry vehicle, tossing out a pair of okay pie plates, and nine dice of med-strength weapons. It forces a LOT of dice rolls.

--Brian



Brian, it's great to hear someone else talking about pie plates again! I was quite sad to see blast markers and templates removed from 8th edition. Truly one of the most pleasing aspects of playing the game is to lay down a flamer template on an enemy squad or a well-placed blast marker. It is usually one of the first things that young players gravitate to (I know I did and I see the same with my kids: they love using that flamer template!). I am painting the door gunners so I think I will have to try your recommended anti-infantry loadout and see how she does. In Horus Heresy games, she seems unlikely to do a lot of damage with any of the weapon options so you are probably right to just throw out enough shots that the opponent will eventually fail a few saves.

Da Boss wrote:Once you start magnetising things, it feels like you can never go back! Looking forward to seeing the finished piece!


Thanks for the encouragement. I magnetized the weapons on my sentinels as my first attempt. That was pretty simple and its been nice to be able to swap weapons. But the Valkyrie has been more work in terms of complexity and labor. For example, the hard points on the wings are not really set up to be easily magnetized. It took me quite a bit of cutting to get the magnets on the weapons to line up with the ones on the hard points, in terms of the depth/height of the magnets compared to the bodies (and the rocket pods just don't fit in those slots, with or without magnets).



I still have some cleanup to do, but this is the magnet layout I went with. As I said, the rocket pod lip does not quite fit in the slot in the hard point. I will scrape a bit more to get it to fit better but it just isn't designed to go in there, I guess. The missile fits in the magnetized slot really nicely with the center part of the fin removed.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/15 15:48:18


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Starting the painting with the cockpit crew.





I thought it would be easier to paint them separately before assembling.

But, I warn you to dry fit everything together before gluing the crew in. I found out after painting these guys that the canopy would not fit due to the arms sticking out slightly too much. I had to break off an arm and re-glue it as well as shave down hands, elbows, and especially the big skull shoulder pad. I even had to shave down the inside of the canopy glass where the arms were to make it thinner, which of course makes it look all scratched and foggy. I did not realize how tight of a fit the canopy would be over these guys, especially the one in front. The only thing I can figure is that I put the wrong arms in the wrong positions. Something to be much more cognizant of next time...


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/15 17:53:37


Post by: Briancj


Images stuck again.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/16 02:00:25


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


 Briancj wrote:
Images stuck again.


Thanks for the heads up. Should be good now. I swear I changed the permissions last time...


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/16 02:50:12


Post by: Briancj



Damn, GREAT job on the cockpit!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/16 12:07:29


Post by: Theophony


Models look great, the black of the cockpit really is nice, great edge highlighting.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/16 20:07:03


Post by: Captain Brown


 The Riddle of Steel wrote:


Thanks for the encouragement. I magnetized the weapons on my sentinels as my first attempt. That was pretty simple and its been nice to be able to swap weapons. But the Valkyrie has been more work in terms of complexity and labor. For example, the hard points on the wings are not really set up to be easily magnetized. It took me quite a bit of cutting to get the magnets on the weapons to line up with the ones on the hard points, in terms of the depth/height of the magnets compared to the bodies (and the rocket pods just don't fit in those slots, with or without magnets).


The Riddle of Steel,

I just shaved the top of the Rocket Pods right off and replaced them with plastic card of the correct width. Shot of it in my Necromundian log, as I am slogging through the Valkyrie for this month's painting contest.

Very nice crew.

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/16 20:28:49


Post by: Da Boss


That detail on the cockpit is really well worth it. The edge highlighting will look fantastic on the table!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/19 02:04:00


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Briancj wrote:
Damn, GREAT job on the cockpit!

Much appreciated, Brian. I'm painting the crew the same way as my infantry. Like the Elysians, my drop troopers have their own Valkyries as a core part of their regiment so I decided to make the crews match up.

Theophony wrote:Models look great, the black of the cockpit really is nice, great edge highlighting.

Thanks, Theo. I thought I would go for solid colors and bold edge highlighting to have something that could be seen through the glass.

Captain Brown wrote:
 The Riddle of Steel wrote:

Thanks for the encouragement. I magnetized the weapons on my sentinels as my first attempt. That was pretty simple and its been nice to be able to swap weapons. But the Valkyrie has been more work in terms of complexity and labor. For example, the hard points on the wings are not really set up to be easily magnetized. It took me quite a bit of cutting to get the magnets on the weapons to line up with the ones on the hard points, in terms of the depth/height of the magnets compared to the bodies (and the rocket pods just don't fit in those slots, with or without magnets).


The Riddle of Steel,

I just shaved the top of the Rocket Pods right off and replaced them with plastic card of the correct width. Shot of it in my Necromundian log, as I am slogging through the Valkyrie for this month's painting contest.

Very nice crew.

Cheers,

CB

Great idea, CB. I will have to copy that for next time. I think I learned a few things about magnetizing the hard points and how to do it better. You learn as you go and hopefully get some ideas from the good folks of dakka along the way.

Da Boss wrote:That detail on the cockpit is really well worth it. The edge highlighting will look fantastic on the table!

Thanks, Boss. I'm more in my element with infantry than vehicles so I started with the crews. Hopefully the bulk of the vehicle turns out as well as the people inside...

Speaking of crew, here are the gunners, again in the same style as my infantry.



Pretty simple paintjob, but they will hardly been seen stuck inside the doors under the wings and behind the weapons...

The vehicle is now primed, sitting in a few subsections and painting has begun. More updates to come.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/19 10:21:27


Post by: Gordy2000


Great looking crew riddle - really looking forward to the finished ship.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/20 22:04:47


Post by: Captain Brown


The Riddle of Steel,

Are you going to glue them in place or magnetize them so that you can have Heavy Bolters or not for WYSIWYG?

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/22 23:37:58


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Gordy2000 wrote:Great looking crew riddle - really looking forward to the finished ship.


Thanks for checking in and giving some feedback, Gordy. I love your battle reports.

Captain Brown wrote:The Riddle of Steel,

Are you going to glue them in place or magnetize them so that you can have Heavy Bolters or not for WYSIWYG?

Cheers,

CB


Cap, I decided to glue them in. I decided if I am going to take all the time to paint them and assemble them, then they are going to be in every game just because they look cool! Plus, as neat as it is for the door to slide open and closed, it seems like it is more practical to just glue it open or closed. I don't think the few points saved is worth the hassle of making them removable.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/23 12:23:48


Post by: Briancj


Worst case, the heavy bolters ran out of ammo on the way into the battlefield.

--B.



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/24 01:57:31


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


 Briancj wrote:
Worst case, the heavy bolters ran out of ammo on the way into the battlefield.

--B.



Haha, that seems like it would be fairly likely for my Ork army, actually. Just shooting rocks and critters on your way to the battle and show up with no ammo...

In the old Taros Campaign army list, the option says "The Valkyrie may take a pair of sponsons armed with: heavy bolters + 10 pts" so I read that as you get both heavy bolters for 10 points. I can't imagine I will ever care enough about the 10 points to want to leave them out after going to the trouble of painting them and gluing them in. It is a lot more work than painting an extra missile or lascannon that can easily be swapped.

Here is the interior with a quick drybrush of metal. Considering how little of this you will see through the open doors, I think this will do well enough. I painted the big lights on the ceiling but I can't see painting all the little detail on the inside when no one can really see it anyway.





I also started assembling and painting the cockpit around the crew.



My paint scheme for the body is pretty simple. Base coat, wash the recesses, two light dry brush coats on the raised areas. After getting bogged down with my Horus Heresy White Scars (I don't know if I will ever paint a white army again...), I am trying to keep the painting process economical from a time standpoint (and I am an old fashioned brush painter, not an air brusher). I think once I add some decals and weathering, the simple paint job will look just fine.

Thanks for the comments, feedback and encouragement.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/24 09:48:12


Post by: Flapjack


Shaping up nicely, the crew look very good.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/25 03:32:54


Post by: ghostmaker


Love the minis and the heads used !


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/26 16:49:59


Post by: Captain Brown


The Riddle of Steel,

Very nice interior work. For my Taros - Elysian Valkyries I just did a green light highlight over a black basecoat to hide any interior details.

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/09/29 20:10:34


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Flapjack wrote:Shaping up nicely, the crew look very good.


Thanks, Flapjack. Hopefully when this is all done, they can still be seen.

ghostmaker wrote:Love the minis and the heads used !


Appreciate the feedback, Ghostmaker. I think the heads give a new feel to the army, a bit more sci-fi maybe.

Captain Brown wrote:The Riddle of Steel,

Very nice interior work. For my Taros - Elysian Valkyries I just did a green light highlight over a black basecoat to hide any interior details.

Cheers,

CB


CB, I think that would work just as well. I am leaving mine with the single drybrush of metal over black because so little of the interior will be visible through the open gunner doors. I did the big lights on the ceiling in the off chance that one or two might be visible.

Here are the gunners and the heavy bolters installed:






I glued these guys in before gluing the top or wings on to help with access during assembly. I really love the idea of the door gunners. Reminds me of Full Metal Jacket and one of the great dark comedy movie quotes.

Private Joker to door gunner: "How could you shoot women and children?"
Door gunner: "Easy. You just don't lead 'em so much!"

It is too bad that with the wings and the weapons installed, they are hard to see and have a pretty narrow field of fire without shooting their own rocket pods.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/10/11 01:48:05


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


It took some time, but I finally finished the Valkyrie. After many years in the hobby, this is somehow the first flyer that my brothers or I have done.

It still needs a few fixes, maybe some static grass to liven up the base, and the dull cote. But it is done enough to share.

It is really a beautiful model and was fun to build and paint.




The crates on the base represent gear that has been dropped from the rear hatch as part of the jump.


Here is the rocket pod switched out for the missile, and you can see the door gunner's heavy bolter. It's a shame the gunners are so well concealed under the wing. I can see why most people don't bother with them.


She has a great profile. It has the chunky sci-fi, classic 40k look that I love. If they built it today, I fear it would be over the top with extra stuff, trying too hard to make it so distinctly grim-dark and could only fit in their universe. This still fits the motif without being a giant flying skull cannon with angel wings.


It is really cool to be able to see the crew. It gives a vehicle more personality and helps tie it in with the rest of the army.


I magnetized the rear ramp so it can open for games. Maybe I will stick a drop trooper in the back, getting ready to jump, for a good battle report photo.


Thanks for looking.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/10/11 02:17:19


Post by: Briancj


Bad links again, sorry. :(


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/10/11 12:59:56


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


 Briancj wrote:
Bad links again, sorry. :(


Thanks for the heads up, Brian. I can always see the pics on my screen but obviously they do not show up for others. Not sure what the sharing issue is with Google Photos. I just re-pasted all the links and it seems to be fixed no (I can see them from other devices now).

Should be good now, but let me know.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/10/11 13:21:50


Post by: Briancj


Gtg, GREAT work on that Valk!

--B.

PS: You can always check the post via incognito mode.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/10/11 17:47:01


Post by: Captain Brown


Excellent work The Riddle of Steel. Post exalted.

Has she already been sealed with a varnish to protect your painting?

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/10/11 20:21:54


Post by: Meer_Cat


Very nicely done- the weathering is extremely realistic! Flying cannon with wings- just like they describe the A-10 Warthog!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/10/11 20:38:32


Post by: DeathKorp_Rider


Honestly, these look so much more badass than the actual models. I'm going the easier route and just doing Tempestus droop troops, but yours looks simply awesome. Keep it up!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/10/12 20:16:19


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Briancj wrote:Gtg, GREAT work on that Valk!

--B.

PS: You can always check the post via incognito mode.


Captain Brown wrote:Excellent work The Riddle of Steel. Post exalted.

Has she already been sealed with a varnish to protect your painting?

Cheers,

CB


Meer_Cat wrote:Very nicely done- the weathering is extremely realistic! Flying cannon with wings- just like they describe the A-10 Warthog!


DeathKorp_Rider wrote:Honestly, these look so much more badass than the actual models. I'm going the easier route and just doing Tempestus droop troops, but yours looks simply awesome. Keep it up!



I really appreciate the feedback, everyone. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

CB, I was about to spray on a varnish today, but then I realized I don't know what it will do to the clear plastic of the cockpit glass. Being my first one, I didn’t think to wait to glue it until after the varnish coat. Can I spray it or will that ruin it? I need some advice from some experienced Valkyrie painters.



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/10/12 20:40:42


Post by: Briancj


Do not spray, it will fog the canopy. Mask off the canopies tightly, THEN spray if you want a clearcoat.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/11/19 21:53:27


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


It's been a while since I posted an update. I still haven't sprayed the Valkyrie because I don't want to mess up the canopy. That's still on the to-do list.

In the meantime, here is a commander I painted a while back but never posted. In Horus Heresy, he is an Auxilia Force Commander. In the Taros Campaign Elysian Drop Troops, he is a Company Commander.







He is made from bits from the Anvil Industries Regiments line. With the hunting bird and the wolf pelt, I was hoping to convey the look of a militaristic society that has recently upgraded their technology with their inclusion in the Empire but have not fully given up their more primitive traditions that they maintain as a way to demonstrate personal skill and bravery. It also identifies them as allies to my White Scars Legion in games of Horus Heresy. I wanted to keep the closed-helmet hostile-environment look of the rest of the regiment so I went with the gas mask and officer hat. Bare heads can add character, but it just seemed too unrealistic (how many 40k battlefields across the galaxy would really have an atmosphere breathable by regular mortal humans?) and a bare head just didn't fit with the rest of the army. The color scheme is pretty consistent with the rank and file, with only a few modifications such as the addition of black and the increased use of the contrasting blue spot color. I kept the faces of both the officer and the bird the light bone color so that the blue and orange on their heads would really pop, just like the regular infantry.

Let me know what you think.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/11/19 23:24:54


Post by: Briancj


I like it!

-B.



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/11/20 03:30:00


Post by: Yorkright


Just took a look thru your plog and have to say your attention to details I makes me bit envious. The battle damage to the Valkyrie looks quite realistic.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/11/20 16:06:37


Post by: Captain Brown


The Riddle of Steel,

Nice detailing and highlights for a multi-use model.

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/11/21 19:51:06


Post by: Flapjack


Lovely model and a great paintjob. Well done.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/08 20:52:27


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Melta Stick

Two six-man special weapons squads make up the third stick in the platoon.



Due to the short range and high power of their weapons, melta sticks are often included in platoons that are making combat drops directly into battle where they are sent to eliminate critical enemy targets.


Each squad is made up of three two-man fire teams, numbered 1 - 6 below:

(1) Melta guns are cumbersome weapons for regular humans who cannot swing them around as easily as space marines. The drop troops' version of these weapons come with bipods for improved stability from a prone position. This rifleman carries a case of extra ammo for the all-important melta gun.


(2) In this fire team, the gunner is either just landing from his drop or staying low as he advances to within range of the target. The support trooper is staying low to the ground while suppressing the enemy with a grenade to give the gunner time to setup.


(3) This fire team clearly prides themselves on their accuracy as both troopers are taking careful aim.


(3) The melta gunner is adjusting his targeting device to find a weak point on an enemy vehicles while the rifleman has a non-standard-issue scope retrofitted to his weapon for improved accuracy.


(4) This veteran rifleman has a bionic arm that allows him to maintain a combat role despite a crippling injury. Most drop troopers will toss aside their cumbersome grav chutes once they land, like this melta gunner has done.


(4) The rifleman has dropped his empty ammo pack and is grabbing a spare from his belt to reload.


(5) This melta gunner doesn't have time to drop into a more-stable prone position and simply kneels down to fire his weapon from the hip. With such a bulky weapon, some form of stability is needed by most gunners to get a decent shot.


(5) The rifleman has been putting down covering fire to allow the melta gunner to get into position. Now he quickly reloads while the gunner takes his shot.


(6) This rifleman indicates either a successful grav-chute drop or perhaps a penetrating hit by his melta gunner with the universal symbol of approval.


(6) These men fight together as a fire team with the rifleman carrying extra ammo for the melta gun. The gunner lies down to stabilize his weapon and make himself a more difficult target for his enemies.


Many of the men are lying down or crouching in order to make themselves harder to hit.


Here is melta stick just after a combat drop with some men still wearing their grav chutes while others have discarded them in order to improve their range of motion and better aim their melta guns.



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/09 03:19:14


Post by: Yorkright


Love the color scheme your using. The background story and explanation of the squad make the unit all that much better.
Big thumbs up!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/10 23:52:40


Post by: Captain Brown


Great work The Riddle of Steel.

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/11 05:38:32


Post by: Viterbi


Love your army, are you going to do a big army shot end of year?


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/11 21:02:24


Post by: Aestas


I don't think I have ever really payed attention to the Elysian models before, but man those legs and torsos are beautiful. And your paintjob and colourscheme are too. Especially love the commander


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/11 21:54:58


Post by: Pomander Cask


The melta stick looks ace! Very clean paintjob and lots of interesting details.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/13 20:02:04


Post by: gobert


You’ve made some very interesting and varied minis out of some very similar minis! Great conversion, and fantastic idea behind them


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/18 03:09:08


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Yorkright wrote: Love the color scheme your using. The background story and explanation of the squad make the unit all that much better.
Big thumbs up!


Yorkright, thanks for the kind words. Maybe I will get around to writing some more background at some point.

Captain Brown wrote:Great work The Riddle of Steel.

Cheers,

CB


CB, thanks for the encouragement.

Viterbi wrote:Love your army, are you going to do a big army shot end of year?


Great idea, Viterbi. I haven't done any army shots yet. My brother and I have a big battle planned for Christmas so it will be a good chance to get a good photo of the force so far.

Aestas wrote:I don't think I have ever really payed attention to the Elysian models before, but man those legs and torsos are beautiful. And your paintjob and colourscheme are too. Especially love the commander


Aestas, yeah, the models are very dynamic with a lot of movement compared to the Cadians. There is a larger variety of combat poses. And of course, the proportions on the limbs are more realistic. I think the head swap and lasgun modifications give them a much more sci-fi look. I'm glad you like the commander. I think he has a bit of an airman look for this airborne army.

Pomander Cask wrote:The melta stick looks ace! Very clean paintjob and lots of interesting details.


Thanks, Cask. I love the models, although they are very time-consuming to build with all their little bits.

gobert wrote:You’ve made some very interesting and varied minis out of some very similar minis! Great conversion, and fantastic idea behind them


I'm glad you noticed the little conversions. There are so few bits for this army that it is hard to do many conversions or kitbashes, so it is a fun challenge to add variety to the poses.

....

Thank you all for the love for melta stick. The encouragement is much appreciated and makes me want to keep going onto some more units.

Next up: Tarantulas. These were super fast to build and paint. It normally takes me two weeks just to paint a squad so it was quite fun and rewarding to bang these out in a couple of days. The paint job is very basic, but good enough for tabletop and sometimes you just need to get something accomplished quickly after some slower projects.



Quick and dirty paint job: prime sand color, base coat the black and metal, wash, drybrush twice with lighter sand colors, pick out the eagle, add weathering.



They turned out ok for being so quick. They look like they have been dropped from a Valkyrie and used in the field for a while.



If these were not so pricey, I would get a few more just because they were so quick and fun to paint.



If you see those blue sensors... move!

Thanks again for all the encouragement. With all the amazing projects on here, it is really inspiring to see folks enjoying this little army.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/18 20:14:59


Post by: Yorkright


Wow those look great! Nice job on the weathering and the blue lenses.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/18 20:24:15


Post by: Aestas


Really nice weathering! I would however, unless it is just the pictures dampening the effect, give the black on the barrel a slightly more visible highlight. At least to me, too raw black signals unpainted


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/18 20:41:52


Post by: Skinflint Games


Oh wow, can't believe I've only just discovered these! Love them , particularly the awesome weathering you've got going on. Now over to your blog to check out the battle reports...


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/19 00:01:40


Post by: Theophony


Your drop troops are amazing , love the orange stripe with the blue goggles.

Tarantulas are looking sharp as well.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/21 21:08:20


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


I painted up a few more of the Anvil miniatures: a Grenadier sergeant and three sniper rifles.



What do you think of the Anvil miniatures? I quite like them. They are more "true scale" (i.e., 28mm scale) than GW's guardsmen or giant new marines and so they look suitably small next to Horus Heresy marines (which are more "true scale for 28mm" in my opinion). As I've always said, the problem with GW's scale was never the marines being too small, it was the guardsmen and other humans being far too big. Now they have just shifted the entire scale of their universe to something bigger than 28mm, but I digress...

I see now this isn't the best photo. I will try to get some action shots of these guys in the big battle my brother and I are planning over the Christmas holiday.

I also had fun making this sign for my industrial terrain. I haven't tried making my own decals yet so I used these generic sci-fi ones I found. I think it came from Greenstuff world. Does anyone know of any other good sources for sci-fi decals that would fit with the 40k/30k universe better than this?



It looks a lot better than a blank sign or anything I could do freehand, even if the zombie motif isn't quite what I was going for.

As always, thanks for looking.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/22 01:09:45


Post by: Yorkright


Another great looking unit. Never heard of Anvil miniatures but I think they easily fit into the 40k universe. Sign is fine, has to be somewhere in the Emperors imperium that Nurgles finest have a nickname. ;-)


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/22 02:11:22


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Yorkright wrote: Wow those look great! Nice job on the weathering and the blue lenses.


Thanks

Aestas wrote:Really nice weathering! I would however, unless it is just the pictures dampening the effect, give the black on the barrel a slightly more visible highlight. At least to me, too raw black signals unpainted


Appreciate the constructive criticism, Aestas. I'll add that.

Skinflint Games wrote:Oh wow, can't believe I've only just discovered these! Love them , particularly the awesome weathering you've got going on. Now over to your blog to check out the battle reports...


Thanks, Skinflint. Hope you enjoyed the battle reports. I think I will post a few more of the photos over here on this blog, even though the only role these Drop Troopers play in most battles is doing minimal damage and then getting wiped out. It is rough to be a squishy humie out there in the big, bad galaxy.

Theophony wrote:Your drop troops are amazing , love the orange stripe with the blue goggles.

Tarantulas are looking sharp as well.


Appreciate the kind words, Theo. I really enjoy the bright accent colors on these guys as well. It helps give them a bit more of a sci-fi feel, I think.

Yorkright wrote: Another great looking unit. Never heard of Anvil miniatures but I think they easily fit into the 40k universe. Sign is fine, has to be somewhere in the Emperors imperium that Nurgles finest have a nickname. ;-)


Indeed, Yorkright. Some resident of the Imperium surely dug back in the primordial memories of humanity for a good term for something that appears to be simultaneously living and dead.
When you stand back from the table during the games, you don't tend to read the signs anyway.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/22 17:21:45


Post by: Pomander Cask


The snipers look great! I like the sign as well. You could print out this one as well, that would be fun to see on the table.
The picture is originally from the Regimental Standard, I think.



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/23 14:13:00


Post by: Meer_Cat


I've been following this blog eagerly since the beginning: there are few enough of us who do Imperial Guard genre and fewer still who do it well- you are one of the latter. These most recent Anvil pieces are ace- it is hard to do white well, but it really is the best color to suggest 'space-age, space-borne/airborne' infantry. Kudos to you! I learn a lot every time I check in.

Looking forward to seeing what comes next.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/24 01:25:27


Post by: Captain Brown


Riddle,

The Anvils look very nice and match your army's scheme.

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/29 04:12:11


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Pomander Cask wrote:The snipers look great! I like the sign as well. You could print out this one as well, that would be fun to see on the table.
The picture is originally from the Regimental Standard, I think.



I'll have to try printing my own signs. I don't have decal paper and I didn't think regular paper would hold up. I need to do some research and try some things.

Meer_Cat wrote:I've been following this blog eagerly since the beginning: there are few enough of us who do Imperial Guard genre and fewer still who do it well- you are one of the latter. These most recent Anvil pieces are ace- it is hard to do white well, but it really is the best color to suggest 'space-age, space-borne/airborne' infantry. Kudos to you! I learn a lot every time I check in.

Looking forward to seeing what comes next.


Meer-Cat, thank you much. There is a ton of great Imperial Guard on your blog with lots of ideas and interesting miniatures from alternate companies.

Captain Brown wrote:Riddle,

The Anvils look very nice and match your army's scheme.

Cheers,

CB


Thanks, CB. They are a bit smaller than the Elysians but I enjoy the look of the models enough to mix them in.


As Viterbi suggested, to celebrate the end of the year, here is the entire force so far:









The bone-colored armor looks a bit washed out. Taking full army shots has its own learning curve, compared to taking pictures of individual models and squads.


The army list as it stands now, using the Elysian Drop Troops list from Imperial Armor Volume Three (2nd Edition): The Taros Campaign, circa WH40k 6th Edition.
Spoiler:


Company Command Squad (195 pts)
Commander Xhosa with plasma pistol and power sword
Missile launcher team
Plasma gun
Vox caster
Medi-pack
Carapace armor
2 x Bodyguards

2nd Platoon

Platoon Command Squad (40 pts)
Infantry Squad 1 (75 pts)
Melta gun
Vox caster
Infantry Squad 1 (65 pts)
Grenade launcher
Support Squad 1 (75 pts)
Melta guns
Support Squad 2 (75 pts)
Melta guns
Drop Sentinel Squadron (140 pts)
Two sentinels with multi-meltas
Valkyrie (125 pts)
Lascannon, hellstrike missiles, heavy bolters

Veteran Squad (170 pts)
Three sniper rifles
Missile launcher
Grenadiers (carapace armor)
Forward observers (infiltrate and tracking beacon)

Tauros (45 pts)
Tauros grenade launcher

Sentry Guns (135 pts)
Three sentry guns with twin-linked lascannon

Total: 1,140 points


If I use the Imperial Militia Rules from the Crusade Imperialis book, this is the list.
Spoiler:

Force Commander (180 pts)
Power weapon, plasma pistol, cyber-familiar, Iron Halo,
Warrior Elite and Cyber-Augmetics

Militia Infantry Squad x 20 (60 pts)
Lascarbines

Militia Grenadier Squad x 12 (90 pts)
Plasma gun and grenade launcher

Valkyrie counts as Auxilia Arvus Lighter (115 pts)
Lascannon, two hellstrike missiles - I know, not technically legal to have two weapons, but just trying to keep the model like-for-like.

Auxilia Medicae x 2 (27 pts)

Militia Recon Squad x 5 (95 pts)
Sniper Rifles, cameleoline

Militia Fire Support Squad x 7 Teams (175 pts)
Not sure what weapons melta guns look like? Assume missile launcher points.

Tarantula Guns (120 pts)
Twin-linked lascannons

Sentinel Scout Squadron x 2 (80 pts)
Lascannons

Tauros Model - Counts as Sentinel with Missile Launcher (35 pts)

Total: 977 points

The points work out about 15% less than the Elysian list. This army list trades Deep Strike for a 6++ invulnerable save (thanks to Cyber-augmetics) and a cost discount. The flyer is a little weaker and cheaper.



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/29 04:19:23


Post by: Aestas


Looks impressive :-)

In regards to the Anvil miniatures. They are nice, quite nice in fact, but I do prefer the simple and crips lines on the Forge World droppers more.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/29 08:04:32


Post by: Viterbi


Thanks for the army shot, really cool seeing them all together like this.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/30 15:02:45


Post by: Meer_Cat


"Plan the work, work the plan"; your army shots show how you've maintained balance as you've built up your force! Nice mix of grunts, transport and firepower. When I was going through the Ranger School (officially the 'Small Unit Leaders Course) they used to make the analogy that infantry units were like batteries: conventional infantry, supported by aerial assets, artillery and with a robust supply chain in place, were like a battery installed in a radio (or other device): it could fulfill its intended purpose for a considerable time before requiring replacement/replenishment. Airborne infantry were like a battery with a wire linking the positive and negative terminals: it burns bright, hot and fast dies out. Without relief, paratroops lack the substantial assets to take and hold ground.

Your army group, possessing fast, high-powered weaponry and capable of deep strike operations, shows that clearly. Very realistic force balance, lots of infantry light weapons force multipliers like satchel charges, man-portable tank killers and 'big bang for buck' 'heavy' weapons teams. Two or three glorious light-'em-ups and it's every man looking over their shoulder for the Leman Russes to be coming over the horizon!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/30 22:59:53


Post by: Yorkright


Lovely army Riddle, thanks so much for sharing it. Will have to let us know how it does on the tabletop.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2019/12/31 01:06:48


Post by: Captain Brown


Nice army shots Riddle. They show how all the units match-up.

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/01/01 18:45:55


Post by: Flapjack


Looking good, some nice group shots there. Lovely seeing the force come together.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/01/01 19:22:15


Post by: Big Mac


I think the army comp is pretty solid, I like the conversions, infantry, weathering and zombie signs; the Valkyrie could use some work, first the arms of the pilots go below the instruments, its a tight fit and not very well made by GW; you could apply a gloss varnish over the painted visors/panel/targeting instruments, some missed mold lines on the sentry gun platform.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/01/06 03:31:50


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Happy New Year, everyone. Thanks for reading and commenting on this blog. It really inspires me to prioritize working on these guys more than my other projects.

Aestas wrote:Looks impressive :-)

In regards to the Anvil miniatures. They are nice, quite nice in fact, but I do prefer the simple and crips lines on the Forge World droppers more.


Thanks for the feedback. I'll be getting back to building and painting Forge World drop troopers soon enough. I'd like to do a Platoon Command Squad next to make the army legal.

Viterbi wrote:Thanks for the army shot, really cool seeing them all together like this.


Thanks for putting the idea out there. It is always fun and inspiring to see them all together. I always have to smile when painting orks or Imperial Guard because if these were Space Marines, the army would be worth 2500 points and would be done, but instead I am only halfway there!

Meer_Cat wrote:"Plan the work, work the plan"; your army shots show how you've maintained balance as you've built up your force! Nice mix of grunts, transport and firepower. When I was going through the Ranger School (officially the 'Small Unit Leaders Course) they used to make the analogy that infantry units were like batteries: conventional infantry, supported by aerial assets, artillery and with a robust supply chain in place, were like a battery installed in a radio (or other device): it could fulfill its intended purpose for a considerable time before requiring replacement/replenishment. Airborne infantry were like a battery with a wire linking the positive and negative terminals: it burns bright, hot and fast dies out. Without relief, paratroops lack the substantial assets to take and hold ground.

Your army group, possessing fast, high-powered weaponry and capable of deep strike operations, shows that clearly. Very realistic force balance, lots of infantry light weapons force multipliers like satchel charges, man-portable tank killers and 'big bang for buck' 'heavy' weapons teams. Two or three glorious light-'em-ups and it's every man looking over their shoulder for the Leman Russes to be coming over the horizon!


Thanks for that flavorful comment, Meer Cat. I agree that the main issue with using this army so far is the lack of survivability. Deep striking Imperial Guard infantry (in the old 7th Edition/Horus Heresy Rules that we play) is rough because by definition it leaves your unit totally exposed outside of cover and all tightly bunched together in base contact, making any blast or template weapons especially deadly. The melta gunners can occasionally inflict some significant damage if they nail their drop location and hit at point blank range, but most of the force is generally quickly wiped out in return. But it is still quite fun to play with these guys and be able to strike anywhere on the battlefield at any time, even when they die in droves.

Yorkright wrote: Lovely army Riddle, thanks so much for sharing it. Will have to let us know how it does on the tabletop.


Yorkright, so far I have only used them as allies to my White Scars in games of Horus Heresy and they fare pretty poorly against Space Marine Legions. Even 20 men with lasguns rapid firing for 40 shots against marines only kills one on average. And the return fire from bolters cuts through mesh armor with ease.

Captain Brown wrote:Nice army shots Riddle. They show how all the units match-up.

Cheers,

CB


CB, thanks for all the encouragement along the way. I hope someday my army ends up as impressive as your Drop Troops.

Flapjack wrote:Looking good, some nice group shots there. Lovely seeing the force come together.


Appreciate it, Flapjack. Imperial Guard armies always look better with masses of infantry.

Big Mac wrote:I think the army comp is pretty solid, I like the conversions, infantry, weathering and zombie signs; the Valkyrie could use some work, first the arms of the pilots go below the instruments, its a tight fit and not very well made by GW; you could apply a gloss varnish over the painted visors/panel/targeting instruments, some missed mold lines on the sentry gun platform.


Thanks for the constructive criticisms, Big Mac. I clearly flubbed the Valkyrie pilots, which I only realized after everything was painted and glued in and I tried to get the canopy on. I do put a coat of gloss on the lenses on my guys. The shot of the Valkyrie was prior to the dull coat so it does not yet have the gloss on the lenses in that shot. I had a look at your Gallery and you have a very nice Drop Trooper army yourself. I really like that Land Speeder conversion. Very appropriate! If there were more Elysian arm variations, it would be quite fun to steal that idea and make the whole squad hanging on the sides.

I painted up a couple of guys just before Christmas. They made it into the army shot and the big end-of-year battle, but here they are individually.

Again, a few Grenadiers from Anvil Industries to fill out my Grenadier/Carapace Veteran squads. They are nice miniatures and were quick and fun to build and paint.



Two more done and plenty more to go.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/01/07 22:20:20


Post by: Meer_Cat


Loved your comment in response; it is the express purpose of Imperial Guard infantry to die in droves- it says so in the oath to the Emperor!

Keep up the good work!.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/02/10 03:21:38


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


January was really busy with a lot of travel for work, plus a short family trip. I am slowly making progress and will have something new to share soon. In the meantime, here are a few action shots from a battle report my brother and I fought quite a while ago. (Because it's always fun to see painted models in action on terrain!)











Link the battle report: https://xhorikwar.blogspot.com/2019/04/horus-heresy-battle-report-12-control.html

This was a Horus Heresy game with the Drop Troops and their White Scars allies were fighting against the Death Guard. The Drop Troops managed to land a number of melta weapons all around the Death Guard Contemptor Dreadnought but that atomatic shielding saved every hit! The drop platoon was then obliterated by a Fellblade and other heavy weapons. Meanwhile, the command squad managed to hold onto an objective for most of the game until they too were killed. Such is the life of a guardsman.

I hope to get some new painted models up soon.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/02/10 07:38:52


Post by: Viterbi


Amazing battle shots, love the special effects in them


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/02/12 19:40:01


Post by: Captain Brown


Some great photos there Riddle.

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/02/20 02:31:31


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


So I finally have a bit of new progress to share.







You may be wondering what a big piece of artillery is doing in a drop troops army. I bought it specifically for a campaign scenario where I was defending a walled city. I figured a city should have some big guns for defenses. Unfortunately, I didn't get it built and painted in time for said battle. (I will post a few photos of the city defense scenario at some point.) So I guess it will be ready for the next time they are defending. It has applicable rules in the Age of Darkness Imperial Militia rules when I play Horus Heresy, but obviously not for the Taros Campaign Drop Troops rules for 40k.

I still need to finish converting some crew.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/02/20 04:44:25


Post by: Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll


That is one serious howitzer!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/02/20 23:14:03


Post by: Meer_Cat


Very nicely done- machine-metal grubby without being drenched in dirt (a failing of mine)- great piece!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/02/21 15:37:21


Post by: Captain Brown


Nice Riddle.

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/03/01 21:40:23


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Just a few photos from a Kill Team game featuring the Xhorik 87th Drop Troopers vs Genestealers.
Full battle report is on the blog:
https://xhorikwar.blogspot.com/2019/06/kill-team-battle-report-drop-troops-vs.html

The mission was for the Genestealers to consume the brain of the Lieutenant and assimilate his DNA.


The Drop Troopers fan out and form a defensive ring around their leader.


The men coordinate their fire to neutralize several of the aliens before they can reach close combat.


On the ground, one trooper ducks behind a ladder for cover as the Genestealer reaches through and around the ladder for him.


Even in melee, the men hold their own against the Genestealers (unlike 40k where they would have easily been ripped to shreds in one round!).


In the end, the coordination and numbers of the Drop Troops prove enough to eliminate the fast and fearless Genestealers.


A surprising win for the Drop Troopers but my opponent and I were both just getting used to the rules for Kill Team (we didn't even use any cards or specialists, just base rules) so there were some regrets by both sides, such as my opponent realizing he should have taken the improved armor save for his 'stealers. Plus, the mission was advantageous to the Guard as all I had to do was keep my leader alive and the onus was on the Genestealers to advance into my gun line; it could have been different if I had to advance on him! This was a really fun little skirmish because I think Imperial Guard vs Tyranids is one of the best rivalries in the setting; it is the classic sci-fi theme of the regular man vs the monsters of space, the unknown, the alien. Good fun and I look forward to the next match.



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/03/02 07:48:40


Post by: Viterbi


Great pics and Kill Team is a lot of fun, because every model really matters. And the games are short enough to do funny and cinematic stuff, that you might not try out otherwise.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/03/03 00:21:33


Post by: Captain Brown


Riddle,

Wow, Guardsmen beating Genestealers in close combat. Who would have thought.

Nice photos of two painted forces and painted terrain. What we all should aspire to.

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/03/22 21:34:13


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Viterbi wrote:Amazing battle shots, love the special effects in them


Thanks, Viterbi. We stole the idea from Gordy2000 and some of the fantastic reports his group does. It makes the reports come alive a bit more.

Captain Brown wrote:Some great photos there Riddle.

Cheers,

CB


Thanks for checking them out, CB.

Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll wrote:That is one serious howitzer!


Gwyn, appreciate the comment. It would have been really helpful to have those S10 pie plates for the city gate defense mission, but it wasn't done in time...

Meer_Cat wrote:Very nicely done- machine-metal grubby without being drenched in dirt (a failing of mine)- great piece!


Meer_Cat, thanks. I have been playing around with different weathering techniques. I'm trying to not go as heavy as I do for the orks, where everything is rusty. If I remember right, I applied a heavy dry brush of metal over black. Then washed it with a mix of brown and black wash. Then applied some rust effects pretty sparingly only in the recesses. And applied some black soot/smoke effects on the end of the barrel from the firing. Then just a small amount of weathering powder dirt on the wheels.

Captain Brown wrote:Nice Riddle.

Cheers,

CB




Viterbi wrote:Great pics and Kill Team is a lot of fun, because every model really matters. And the games are short enough to do funny and cinematic stuff, that you might not try out otherwise.


Viterbi, thanks. We haven't played too many games of it yet. I like the small armies, dense terrain, and fast action. I was a little surprised at how difficult it is to kill anything in close combat. Genestealers would easily rip through whole squads of guardsmen in 40k but it is just a lot harder to kill anything in Kill Team. Some of our games of Space Marines vs Space Marines get downright frustrating at the difficulty in taking out a model with anything except special or heavy weapons.

Captain Brown wrote:Riddle,

Wow, Guardsmen beating Genestealers in close combat. Who would have thought.

Nice photos of two painted forces and painted terrain. What we all should aspire to.

Cheers,

CB


Thanks, Cap. I am a pretty slow painter. And I paint to play the game (but not competitively), not for display. So I love to get photos of the games and I will mix them in with photos of newly-painted models on the blog. That is what the hobby is all about for me: friendly games with my brothers and friends with painted armies and terrain.


Finally, I have some new models to show. This unit is a bit of a step away from the core concept. These are urban fighters for the next phase of our campaign, which will take place in a city.







I am happy with the conversions and I think the paint scheme turned out well. I kept the same brown and black colors as my Drop Troopers along with the blue lenses and the orange regimental color, but changed the tan/brown scheme of the fatigues and armor to a grey scheme to better fit with the urban surroundings. The bases are a mix of a colors used on the Drop Troopers (to help tie them in) along with grey building rubble to show they are urban fighters. I wanted them to fit in with the rest of the army despite being camouflaged for a different environment.

Unfortunately, I had a problem with the primer and they came out quite grainy. This has been happening to me a lot lately. I actually scrubbed them down with Purple Power to remove some of the worst of it and re-primed them but you can see they still have a pretty rough appearance. Oh well. I will just move on and try to do better next time.

These guys were built to use the rules for a Militia Recon Squad from the Horus Heresy Imperial Militia list: shotguns and a sergeant with a breacher charge. I picture they were used for putting down rebellions and cults and the occasional ork kommandos infiltrators before the Heresy. Now they will use their detailed knowledge of the city to act in a recon role. With shotguns (probably the worst weapon for guardsmen, I doubt they will ever kill a single space marine, but maybe they can stay out of sight and grab an objective or hit a back line unit with a breacher charge. I doubt they will ever be useful but they look fun, which is my main motivation.

I see one or two details I forgot to paint now that I am looking at the pictures. After that, they need Dullcote and then gloss finish on the lenses and they will be done.

Thanks for looking. Comments welcome.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/03/23 00:12:49


Post by: monkeytroll


Great stuff here. Always loved the Elysians, nice to see a full force of them. Good work bringing the Anvil stuff into the fold too.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/03/24 07:00:47


Post by: gobert


Cool urban recon unit Riddle. I love the orange stripe your guys have


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/03/24 23:00:44


Post by: Captain Brown


Nice conversions Riddle.

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/03/25 07:00:17


Post by: Viterbi


 The Riddle of Steel wrote:


Viterbi wrote:Great pics and Kill Team is a lot of fun, because every model really matters. And the games are short enough to do funny and cinematic stuff, that you might not try out otherwise.


Viterbi, thanks. We haven't played too many games of it yet. I like the small armies, dense terrain, and fast action. I was a little surprised at how difficult it is to kill anything in close combat. Genestealers would easily rip through whole squads of guardsmen in 40k but it is just a lot harder to kill anything in Kill Team. Some of our games of Space Marines vs Space Marines get downright frustrating at the difficulty in taking out a model with anything except special or heavy weapons.


Yeah, close combat can be frustrating (my sister of battle fighting a hormagaunt over four rounds, no one landing a killing blow), but also real fun, if a guardsman kills something, he would never kill in 40k. Two of them on my AM roster have, one killed two (!) orks in H2H in one game (admittedly my friend forgot, that one model had 2 wounds, but still) and the other a Harlequin. They are now known as George Orcslayer and Ringo Aelfslayer and got an orc skull and a harlequin masque on them to show their merits

New squad is looking really good, but only the first pic is visible for me, the rest doesn't load.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/03/27 11:39:26


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


monkeytroll wrote:Great stuff here. Always loved the Elysians, nice to see a full force of them. Good work bringing the Anvil stuff into the fold too.


Thanks, Monkey. I also love the Elysian models and I see I haven't posted any in a while because of the work on some Anvil models, the artillery and then these guys. I am working on a piece of terrain at the moment and then I will start painting an Elysian command squad I just built.

gobert wrote:Cool urban recon unit Riddle. I love the orange stripe your guys have


Appreciate it. The orange may not be a great idea from a camouflage standpoint but it adds a sci-fi feel and helps tie them in with the rest of the army, despite their significantly different paint scheme.

Captain Brown wrote:Nice conversions Riddle.

Cheers,

CB


Thanks, CB. They use bits from Maxmini, Anvil, Puppetswar, and a few Elysian bits and other 40k guardsmen bits.

Viterbi wrote:
 The Riddle of Steel wrote:


Viterbi wrote:Great pics and Kill Team is a lot of fun, because every model really matters. And the games are short enough to do funny and cinematic stuff, that you might not try out otherwise.


Viterbi, thanks. We haven't played too many games of it yet. I like the small armies, dense terrain, and fast action. I was a little surprised at how difficult it is to kill anything in close combat. Genestealers would easily rip through whole squads of guardsmen in 40k but it is just a lot harder to kill anything in Kill Team. Some of our games of Space Marines vs Space Marines get downright frustrating at the difficulty in taking out a model with anything except special or heavy weapons.


Yeah, close combat can be frustrating (my sister of battle fighting a hormagaunt over four rounds, no one landing a killing blow), but also real fun, if a guardsman kills something, he would never kill in 40k. Two of them on my AM roster have, one killed two (!) orks in H2H in one game (admittedly my friend forgot, that one model had 2 wounds, but still) and the other a Harlequin. They are now known as George Orcslayer and Ringo Aelfslayer and got an orc skull and a harlequin masque on them to show their merits

New squad is looking really good, but only the first pic is visible for me, the rest doesn't load.


I appreciate you pointing out that the other pictures did not load. I have had issues with linking photos directly from Google Photos on here. I changed the links to my blog, which usually seems to work better. Hopefully you can see them now!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/03/27 17:36:29


Post by: fingol23


This is a great looking army, the headswaps really improve the look of the Elysians.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/03/28 09:10:31


Post by: Viterbi


 The Riddle of Steel wrote:


I appreciate you pointing out that the other pictures did not load. I have had issues with linking photos directly from Google Photos on here. I changed the links to my blog, which usually seems to work better. Hopefully you can see them now!


They are working now, thanks! Really love your army and the color scheme, always a joy when you post something new here!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/04/10 18:31:46


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


fingol23 wrote:This is a great looking army, the headswaps really improve the look of the Elysians.


Thanks. I really like the dynamism and realism of the Elysian models but I never thought the heads looked "sci-fi" enough. I also wasn't super happy with the bull-pup lascarbines (despite the realism of the short barrels for paratroopers) so I beefed those up as well. Glad you like it.

Viterbi wrote:
 The Riddle of Steel wrote:


I appreciate you pointing out that the other pictures did not load. I have had issues with linking photos directly from Google Photos on here. I changed the links to my blog, which usually seems to work better. Hopefully you can see them now!


They are working now, thanks! Really love your army and the color scheme, always a joy when you post something new here!


I appreciate the kind words and feedback.

This post is something a little different. I built a piece of terrain out of a cardboard Amazon box, some cross-stitch mesh, plastic strips and bits from the Maelstrom's Edge terrain sprue and a few others. As I was building it, I thought the garage doors looked like the perfect size for Tauros assault vehicles so I decided it would be a Tauros garage. I painted it with some similar colors to my drop troops so it would fit in a desert or urban battle field. Since it is a Tauros garage for the Drop Troopers, I figured I would post it on here.













The walls looked really plain so I gave it a little more weathering than I initially planned. It looks beat up for a military installation, maybe more like a run-down civilian building, but since the environment on Xhorik Prime is pretty harsh, most things would be rusted, corroded and dirty.

I know it has been a long time since I posted any actual Elysians on here but I promise more are coming soon. I just built a platoon command squad and they are getting some paint and will be deploying to the blog shortly!



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/04/11 08:03:44


Post by: Viterbi


That building looks great, the right amount of neglect and weathering in my eyes.
Saw this terrain sprue a few times now used on Dakka, it is really cool. Would be great, if this existed for fantasy too.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/04/11 17:38:44


Post by: gobert


Really cool building, you’d never guess it was a box form Amazon! Surely it need a strip of Orange somewhere to tie in completely with your Elysians


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/04/25 20:04:55


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Viterbi wrote:That building looks great, the right amount of neglect and weathering in my eyes.
Saw this terrain sprue a few times now used on Dakka, it is really cool. Would be great, if this existed for fantasy too.

Thanks, Viterbi. I really like it since it lets you turn any box or canister into a quick building and some of the pieces are quite versatile (such as the ladder/railing). I don't think I have seen anything quite like it for fantasy (although I have not looked). The Dakka site managers made this one for their game, Galaxy's Edge. If there is enough demand, maybe you can convince them to make one more suited for fantasy.

gobert wrote:Really cool building, you’d never guess it was a box form Amazon! Surely it need a strip of Orange somewhere to tie in completely with your Elysians

Thanks, Gobert. That is a good idea to add the orange. The only orange I managed to fit in is on the warning labels on the barrels. Maybe I should look for a way to add a stripe to the building somewhere.


Even though I have painted a few various things for this army, it has been a long time since I painted any actual converted Elysian Drop Troops models. The last ones were the melta gunners. It felt good to get back to working on the core models for the army, even if they are very time-consuming to build. The fatigues are so deep and textured, it makes them fun to wash and highlight and I like the effect.

I'm happy with the way the lieutenant/platoon commander came out with his gas mask, officer's hat and power fist (Strength 6 - watch out!). Unlike the Force Commander this guy has a grav chute, as he makes the jumps right alongside his men, and is normally the first one out of the Valkyrie. In games using the Drop Troops rules, the entire platoon will either deep strike together or start on the table together.

I added a few more grenade launcher guys in order to have enough to equip the bodyguard in an Imperial Auxilia platoon command squad since there is no other use for them in that army list. They are not a great weapon against Space Marines since they cannot pierce power armor and they struggle to even glance Rhinos but they have style and you get a bunch of them with the Elysian infantry sprues so may as well use them.

The Auxilia command squad includes a standard bearer so I took the opportunity to paint one up. It does not seem very practical for a drop trooper to jump out of a Valkyrie with a banner pole, which is why they are not part of the regular Elysian Drop Troops list. I'm not crazy about the banner since the orange bird reminds me somewhat of a rooster... but orange is the regimental color. I thought about doing the bird white and the rope orange but that would look too much like the Imperial Aquila and not distinct enough. I do like the way the bone color fabric looks and the orange bird is growing on me. It has personality, at least.

I also had to paint a rifleman to make up for stealing a vox operator from my 20-man infantry squad (and you can never have too many basic riflemen).

I also took one of my vox operators and added a simple conversion I have seen others do to extend the antennae with a bit of wire. It is now a lot easier to spot the vox in the squad and it looks cooler. He will be part of this command squad. The vox caster allows deep striking units to land nearby without scattering and it allows artillery with indirect fire to draw line of sight from this unit to help reduce scatter if the artillery doesn't have direct line of sight. (He is not new so he is only in the last pic of the platoon command squad as it will look on the table.)

The lighting and glare are a bit harsh in the photos, especially the last one, so the colors look off, but they are the same as the rest of the army.

The five new models I painted: two grenade launchers, rifleman, standard bearer and lieutenant with power fist:


They are just as loaded with packs, canteens, knives, ammo clips, and grenades as the rest of the drop troopers. They all have grav chutes like the rest of the platoon so they can deploy together:


Head-on shot so you can see the banner. Look out - it's the Rooster Regiment!


Finally, the platoon command squad as it will look on the table, using the Imperial Auxilia rules in Horus Heresy. I can add a medic or additional grenade launchers, if I want to paint more up. You can see the extended antennae on the vox operator in this one:


This was also a good chance to get a picture of some troops in front of the Tauros garage so you can get a better idea of the scale of it. Now I just need a name for the Lieutenant and a nickname for the platoon.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/04/25 21:18:19


Post by: fingol23


Those look great! Rest assured the banner makes me think of a phoenix rather than a rooster.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/04/25 22:24:35


Post by: monkeytroll


All looking sharp!

That's not any old rooster son...that's the Imperial Rooster!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/04/26 09:33:40


Post by: Viterbi


Platoon looks great and the banner is probably held together by some contraction when dropping down and opens up once the trooper hits the ground


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/04/27 06:08:08


Post by: Pomander Cask


The troopers look great, I'm also a fan of the orange banner bird. We're used to the stylised aquilas of the 40k universe, but this one looks more complex and historical, like a Prussian banner. Who wouldn't want to jump out of a valkyrie with a banner like that?


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/04/27 12:33:21


Post by: gobert


Yeah it definitely has a more historical feel to the banner, but it looks good. I reckon Viterbi is right that if folds up in to a little pack somewhere then pops out when they turn of the grav chute


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/04/27 12:45:02


Post by: Conservative Heretic


I just found this thread and all of these models look awesome.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2020/12/31 16:08:44


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Wow, sorry for the long hiatus. I’ve been working on a few other things lately.

Not strictly a Drop Troops related, but here’s a piece of terrain I built for our big year-end 4000 point battle featuring my Drop Troops as one of the four factions.







It is made from two large peanut cans, cardboard tubes, Mechanicus terrain, a few LEGO bits, the grill from an old XBox, and other bits from the box. I needed a tall central piece of terrain for the armies to fight over in order to fly their banner from a commanding point. More photos will be coming soon, such as a few battle report action shots.

Happy New Year!



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2021/01/02 10:54:37


Post by: Viterbi


Welcome back and cool terrain piece, love the combination of terrain kits and scratchbuilt.
Already excited for the battle shots!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2021/01/04 01:12:46


Post by: Captain Brown


Great Drop Trooper force and wonderful scratch Build Riddle.

Cheers,

CB


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2021/01/06 00:26:24


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


Viterbi wrote:Welcome back and cool terrain piece, love the combination of terrain kits and scratchbuilt.
Already excited for the battle shots!


Thank you, Viterbi. I enjoy your stuff as well.

Captain Brown wrote:Great Drop Trooper force and wonderful scratch Build Riddle.

Cheers,

CB


Thanks, Capt. Brown. Your stuff is a huge inspiration.

So here is a full army photo as of the end of 2020.



You can see they have borrowed a Lightning Strike Fighter from my White Scars for some tank-busting air support.

The rest is a mix of FW Elysians and Anvil Industries Republicans, sadly both out of print, and a few other misc. models. Thankfully I have a few more FW units in the closet to assemble and paint so I can keep growing this army. I also have some other third party units to add, such as some recon bikers that I am working on now.

You will also notice they have a Medusa Siege Gun. Artillery is not a normal part of a Drop Trooper regiment but that gun was built for a specific city defense scenario and gets used when they are defending a fortification.

More to come.



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2021/01/06 01:10:56


Post by: KidCthulhu


This was a great thread to binge. That army is amazing!

A real shame ForgeWorld axed the Elysians, but you're right; they're far too realistic looking for GW's grimdark aesthetic.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2021/01/09 02:20:19


Post by: The Riddle of Steel


 KidCthulhu wrote:
This was a great thread to binge. That army is amazing!

A real shame ForgeWorld axed the Elysians, but you're right; they're far too realistic looking for GW's grimdark aesthetic.


Thanks, Kid. It’s great to know someone read the thread and enjoyed the models.

Here is an action shot from a game with my brother a while back. The Xhorik 87th Drop Troops regiment Third Company supports the White Scars as they defend the walls of the Kozar city of Berat. This squad of second platoon makes a combat jump from their Valkyrie in order to help secure an objective as Traitor forces breach the gate. (Part of our Horus Heresy campaign. Plenty of full battle reports on our blog.)



Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2021/01/10 07:28:19


Post by: Viterbi


Cool overview of your army and that action shot is amazing!


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2021/01/11 18:40:12


Post by: gobert


Great action and Army shots. I love the bloke about to jump out the back! The new and old terrain looks great too


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2021/01/11 19:13:17


Post by: fingol23


Great to see this blog back! I'm surprised the Elysian fits so well in the back of the Valk.


Xhorik 87th Drop Troops -- "Into hell we go... Willingly!" @ 2021/01/12 19:10:23


Post by: Captain Brown


Exalted the army shot Riddle.

Cheers,

CB