Ryza Master of Skitarii and a new project

2018-04-05 19.00.20

Forgive the bleeding obvious re-gram, but I thought I’d post this guy here and write a bit about him. He deserves it – that right there is the most likes I’ve ever got on an instagram post. Also I accidentally deleted the photos I took of him, so I had to screenshot my own Instagram in a self-aggrandising image loop.

So yeah, got a lot of positive reactions to this guy. As I mentioned in my last post I’m getting more and more into the subtler, old school sci fi look of the Heresy era. I did some research and discovered in the old Citadel Journal #21 (which you can read for free here) a Gav Thorpe article about the organisation of the skitarii. Of course it bears little relation to the current 40k incarnation – does it count as ret-conning when there were only ever a few snippets of info to be had? That question aside, in the original Thorpe version the skitarii legions were described as similarly trained and armed to the Imperial Guard, only cybernetically enhanced. There were also more heavily augmented elite troops analogous to storm troopers, so that fits perfectly with my heresified 40k skitarii rangers. I’d like to get some basic troopers as the er… basic troopers. And I decided my old “Alpha” (a term pertaining to the 40k version of skitarii) was too fancy and instead I needed a Thorpian “Master of Skitarii” – a dialled down version visually, with the blunt and simple equipment I think of when I think of the 31st millennium.

So he’s wearing power armour (a bespoke pattern provided to him by the Ryza forges) and is equipped with a humble auto pistol and a power fist. I really like him, and I’m looking forward to using him on the table one day. Hopefully soon. Oh and game-wise he’s an Imperialis Militia Force Commander who brings the cyber-augmented and warrior elite provenances to his troops. Sort of like the old Imperial Guard doctrines in 5th edition 40k.

Right now though I need a break from the Mechanicum. I have been hitting them hard. So I have a new project on the horizon, new models on the table and… they’re Space Marines. I never thought it would happen, seriously. Being the gigantic hipster that I am, of course I’m not really happy with any of the Legions, so I’m building some Blackshields. I read the rules for them and they were just my cup of tea. Orphaned marines with no insignia, just dark military looking power armour, fighting for either (or neither) side, with a selection of field-modified and prohibited weaponry. Plus I can ally them with my frenzon-jacked hive gang militia! It’s too perfect.

 

 

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2 responses to “Ryza Master of Skitarii and a new project

  • Thor

    Glad you got some traction with this. It is a great piece, and some of your best work I feel.

    • Jimmy S

      Thanks mate 🙂 It was actually pretty refreshing to paint some (basically) astartes power armour. It’s been at least ten years since the last time. It really is nice and simple to paint and looks good with vivid colours. Looking forward to painting the Blackshields now.

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