Sunday, November 15, 2009

Why do they call you Stormtroopers?



So recently I have been taking a break from working on my massive Chaos forces. This is because I have gotten a bit burnt out of all the Chaos. I also picked up a great Grey Knights army, and I am really enjoying painting the army at the moment. Never fear though, I will return to my chaos ways soon enough.

So I got the Grey Knights, and I began playing around with a sample list. One thing GKs lack are transports, and no the Land Raider does not count here. I mean cheap and reliable transports, I mean a Rhino! So I started digging around for a way to pull this off, and the current edition of the main rules solved this for me. Bring the Rhino to the field and everyone can use it because it's a transport, well the cheapest way to do this in points is by using Inquisitorial Stormtroopers. A simple 5 man squad can bring a Rhino onto the table, swap them out for the GKs and off they go. The army I got had no stormtroopers, but I do from way back. Heh!

I went and dug up the current edition metal Stormtroopers, the Cadian ones don't count right now. These metal models have been around for a while, and I had no plans for them at the moment, so they are now part of the forces of the imperial inquisition.

While I'm sure its been done many times before, I being the Star Wars fanatic that I am couldn't help but paint these guys into TRUE Stormtroopers of the Empire. When one mentions the name stormtrooper almost always the answer falls back to Star Wars. So here I had the chance to make it an even more fun project, and paint up some Imperial Stormtroopers for my Grey Knights(Hmmmm...Jedi Knights!?). I thought about painting them in the style of Clone Troopers from the prequels, but I went with the Classic Trilogy all white and black look. Perhaps in the future I will induct some Imperial Guard as Clone Troopers. Anyways, here is my prototype model, which took me a few hours to paint up. A simple black primer, with codex grey on the armor, and bleached bone white drybrushed on the armor and painted on after to finish the armor. Finally I painted a few details to add some more color to the model, and even painted the grenades in silver to stand in as Thermal Detonators. In total I plan on painting 10 of these guys, since I will be taking 2 units of 5 troopers and a Rhino each.


Now that's a Blaster!


Targeter online....


ComUnit Check....Thermal Detonators Check....


Packing for a long campaign against the Rebels....

Let me know what you all think....meanwhile I think I'll go watch that Animaniacs Episode where this question was answered....

Enjoy! :)

3 comments:

mathhammer said...

as a fyi, If you want your grey knights to ride in a rhino you must.
1. Buy the IST + rhino from the witchhunter codex.
2. Start outside the rhino at deployment.

Dedicated transport rules.

the other Kevin said...

I like the contrast of this scheme. Looks great!

CylonDave said...

Thanks for the comments. I hope to have the squads done in about a week, so we shall see. I've been thinking about packing some Melta's in the squads and running them around in the Rhinos too.