After getting the shaft a few times from Hive Fleet Nostromo and their Carnifex Spam, I figure some snipers are needed, given that they cause wounds relatively easily. Sure, the other team gets a save, but these days, everything in 40k gets a save thanks to "cover".
Of course, since Forge World made these models, the quality is incredibly variable, and you can see the one prone fellow still has a "bendy" gun barrel which I could not manage to completely straighten out depiste all the heat/hot water in the frigging world. But it's not as bad as it was.
The sniper pack only comes with three shooters, but after painting 60+ Elysians, I am finally confident enough with them to start some conversions, so I put a fourth sniper rifle on a regular dude (the guy on the right in the picture above). The arms were a bit of a bodge, but it is still close enough.
The snipers can go into the lineup either as part of a six-man special weapons team, or as weapons in the squads. I think I will probably use the special weapons team approach, but I may try and load of a veteran squad with four shooters too for fun.
I also finished one more officer and a couple more grunts - a vox-caster, a sergeant and a couple of special weapons. The Elysians are pretty packed for infantry now - One platoon with three ten-man squads, a special weapon squad with snipers, a heavy weapon squad with heavy bolters, two veteran squads - one with shotguns and meltaguns, and the other with lasguns and melta guns - a.k.a. "melta spam".
With the infantry out of the way, it's time to move on to what I like least...assembling vehicles....but the Valkyrie spam has started...
First objective is to finish off a pair of Valkyries to round out a squadron of the vehicles for the Elysians. They will be equipped with rocket pods and multi-lasers, and will hopefully match up well to the first one I did for them. Then it will be on to a "Vendetta" version of the craft.
I already cut my hand to pieces on Sunday getting two Valk models built, but I really want to get these buggers finished, so I hope I will have more progress to show next week!