Category Archives: Mechanicum

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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Thunderchild

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Thunderchild of forgeworld Ryza.

In my post the other day, I forgot to share this fine fellow. That’s poor quality blogging right there, since he’s the centrepiece of my force. So behold!

Or uh, re-behold. He’s above the text I guess, so by the time you read this you shall have already beheld.

Anyway this is Thunderchild, my Thanatar siege automata. Was an absolute pain in the arse to build, and I swear I’ll never build another one. Fun to paint though.

I’ll run him as a Paragon of Metal. In case you’re not familiar with the Heresy rules, this is an upgrade that one robo in your army can have. It means his programming is so sublime that he is effectively a true AI not an AI, haha, as that would be heretekal. He can operate independently though, without needing a controller nearby, and is extra tough. I gave him that particular name because it’s the Horus Heresy – it all hearkens back to classic science fiction, and you don’t get much more classic than H.G. Wells.


Ave Omnissiah

 

magos

Lachrymalus Magos Prime Sohai

I’ve been working like a maniac on my Heresy-era Ryza Mechanicum Taghmata (I really should abbreviate that. H.R.M.T?)

We just had a long weekend and I was really run down. My day job’s been mental, I’ve got two paid art commissions at the moment, and I’ve been taking medication for a duodenal ulcer, which has been hurting like mad for about six months. It’s finally getting better. Things are looking up. I pretty much just painted models in the living room all three days of the weekend while the family watched movies, taking breaks to play sword fights with my son and going out to pick up food. It was very relaxing.

And I got it all done! Well, all the niggly little half-finished units anyway. You can see them all at the Warp Signal instie account (link here), but above is my first magos prime, and below are my combat engineers, who I particularly like. Probably because they’re grey.

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I hope I can keep up this momentum. To make 1000 points I need to build ten chainsaw wielding tech-thralls, six scyllax guardian automata (not looking forward to these little bastards), two more magi prime, and two more sentinels. Heresy is intense. I suppose I don’t really need the magi prime, but now I’m firmly lodged in the Heresy era, mechanicum are my natural element. They’re like the 40k Inquisition in terms of modelling opportunities – so many options, and pretty much free reign to model bizarre Blanchian monsters. I only need two magi but I have three planned, each one a unique cyborg.

Oh yeah, the sentinels. These are skitarii scout mecha, counting as Imperialis Militia sentinels. I make them out of kastelan robots and various other bits:

sentinel

This one has a heavy flamer and a combat blade. There’s a bit of an internet parable to go with these guys. When I first had the idea, it was really hard to work out if a kastelan and a sentinel were of comparable size. I found measurements, and it seemed like a crouching sentinel was shorter than a kastelan, and a standing one was slightly taller. Out of habit, I went to a venerable 40k forum (one of the big old ones, I won’t mention the name because they’re going to come off a little… negatively in this story). I asked the people what they thought, did they reckon I could get away with it reasonably, etc.

I got six or so responses, all telling me not to do it. Not one person said “hey that sounds like a cool idea, you should do it.” Most of them voiced some variant of “oh no no no, they’re not exactly the same size and shape, you’ll be cheating, etc.” Several ignored that I wanted to make mecha, and told me to use 40k ironstriders. If I wanted a two-legged avian walker guess what, I’d use a bloody sentinel! Not wanting to settle for the frankly conservative answers I was getting, I went to my local Heresy era facebook group. Since they’re the only people I’ll ever actually play against, I asked them. Surprise surprise, got an overwhelmingly positive response. People were all like “sick dude, rule of cool, etc.”

The moral of this parable as I see it is that forums are of questionable use these days. Unless you don’t have a local community at all, and everything you’re doing is hypothetical (I’m sure we’ve all been there at one time or another), I can’t think of anything a forum is good for that isn’t done better by a local social media group or chat. Plus, having people I don’t know tell me what to do like they know what’s best for me? It seemed weird, even though I did ask. So there it is. I’ve been involved with forums to do with the hobby, with various levels of intensity, for over a decade now. But I’m pretty sure from now on I’m done with them, except to lurk and steal ideas find inspiration.

Does anyone out there still find hobby forums useful? Just wondering.

Anyway, got to go. Till next time.


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