With the sudden onset of an actual winter (temperature wise) I figure that I ought to make a post involving some winter troops. I mentioned these a little ways back as a side project for which there is neither a rule set, nor even a background setting (that I know of at least). They're just cool minis consigned to a life on the shelf, and with that, I introduce you to the Grymn, the 'Space Dwarfs' (oh shut up Hive Angel!) produced by Hasselfree Miniatures.
|Being primed and panted white, I switched to a blue back drop. To be honest, I think I like it more than the white one I use normally...|
To me they're more like space midgets, or pygmies rather than the stereotypical GW dwarfs or squats (i.e.: they're properly proportioned, actually have visible knees and don't have beards down to their toes)
|AHH! Its the blue screen of death!!! Seeing that means certain death on the battlefield!|
I figure that she's receiving data/camera input from her various units, recon drones, and possibly even air/spacecraft, and using such information to issue her orders, call in air/orbital strikes and/or artillery support, and to communicate with other Grymn units. She's armed with an assault rifle (as small as the Grymn are, its more like a sub-machine gun), knife and all of the other wargear of the typical Grymn soldier. That said, I doubt she'd be using it for anything other than self-defense in the event that the battle takes a turn for the worst. Most likely because her laptop failed to reboot in time...
The first squad of these that I ordered (along with the Commander mini) were listed as an anti-tank squad. I couldn't figure out why just by looking at the squad sets (I hadn't looked at the minis' individual listings) and so didn't realize that they each had a LAW strapped to their backs. In the second batch I ordered, I got the Grymn with the power axe, figuring he'd be a good Sgt. for them. In say, a boarding action, they could be breaching charges (and a boarding axe) while on the ground they'd be light ant-tank weapons. With the extra gear, they're more of an elite unit I figure, plus they still have the standard weaponry of the regular troops.
|DON'T WORRY, THE GRYMN IS IN NO DANGER!!! (everyone knows SM scout snipers can't hit anything with a sniper rifle...)|
There's still hand full of them that I'd like to get, and possibly even the walker model that they have, but that's about it. There's no need to go investing heavily in something who's only battles will be against the Quar for the premium spaces on the shelf.