Well, as of last night, the last few infantry models were painted & flocked in the army that I'll be taking to the forthcoming 40k Meltdown Tourney in Knoxville. To reach the 2250 total, I had to add a contingent of my Renegades, so a consistent theme has already fallen casualty. All I've left to do is double check my army list/math.
Here are the group shots, split left to right(my attempt to get all of them in one photo rendered the minis unidentifiable).
The last photo is of the renegade contingent (obviously).
I also have a few close ups of my characters:
This is my Commanding officer, Major Blunder & his personal chef Sgt. Pepper. The Sgt. acts as a 'bodyguard'. In truth he more gets in the way than throwing himself into the line of fire. The WS4 and A2 in the bodyguard stat line can be justified when you consider just how savagely a Ratling will defend his cook pot. (technically he confers the 'feel no pain' USR rather than the medic, as if you've survived his chili...(that should also render the squad immune to 'get's hot', but alas, there are no weapons in the squad that would qualify for that.
My Regimental Standard wielded by the servitor who often 'swings the standard as if he were a Samurai Warrior!'
Here is 'The Venerable Commissar Borg' as was detailed in my character creation post a few weeks back.
While not as flashy as the newer commissar minis, but having been around since 2nd ed., he still qualifies as a Lord Commissar in my book.
In other news, I played a 'learning' game of heavy Gear vs. Murl from the 13th Cadian last Friday night. We didn't play a full game (set up & turn 1 taking about an hour each), but we sorta had if figured out by the time we called it quits. The game has potential.
Also I played a meltdown practice game using the above army vs. Happyspawn (who sometimes posts on here). He was playing his mech guard, and...well the dice were with me and very much against him. He raised the white flag on turn three. :-)
I can only hope I roll so well in the tourney!
(a last minute addendum) Here's the fluff for my loyalist IG that I came up with a few years back:
110th Ryza Pioneers (Menial Battalion)
Following behind the famed Skitarri Legions of the Adeptus Mechanicus, are the reviled Menial Battalions. Lacking the efficiency of even the lowly Servitor, Menials (completely unaugmented humans) are at the lowest level in Mechanicus society; their military equivalent is considered to be no better. The Menials are led by failed or disgraced officers of the Skitarri and newly minted Techpriests who push the Menials to the limit of physical endurance. While armed and equipped to the same standard as a ‘regular’ Imperial Guard regiment, the Menials are used as little more than a labor corps, and treated as cannon fodder in open warfare. Clearing the battlefield of debris, digging trenches, building fortifications, recycling the dead, bringing forward supplies and the occasional mopping up of enemy stragglers are the primary tasks assigned to Menials. Hardly ever is there a foe who can out maneuver or (impossibly) break through the Omissiah’s Blessed God Engines and Skitarri regiments at the front line. However when they do, it is up to the Menials to tie them up until better-trained and equipped units can regroup and eliminate them. It is not unknown in these situations for the Menials to actually carry the day, however credit for their sacrifices and combat prowess is rarely if ever acknowledged.
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