|Tempestus Scions Command|
|My dogs Spencer (left) and Joey enjoying the dog days of summer in the back yard. They have the right idea!|
These models are from the new, dearly expensive GW Tempestus Scion box set. I started on a small group of these models a while back. You can use the box set to create either command models or standard troopers - they are listed separately on the web site, but it's the same set.
|Officer and four troopers|
But enough GW ranting for now. There is already a lot of great content for that elsewhere on the Web, written much better than I can manage (see here for a great example). Back to the figures!
The Scions can have a command squad with a senior officer and all of the little add-ons common to Imperial Guard formations since the Rogue Trader days. You can ad a medic, a comms guy (ok, that is more second edition than Rogue Trader, but still, it's been around for a while) and a standard bearer. I opted for berets on the command squad guys, leaving a more standard helmet on the melta gunner.
|Standard bearer - skulls anyone? Sigh|
The standard bearer is a tricky fellow - I will need to mount a washer inside his base to keep him from falling over. I was pretty disappointed with the flag - much too full of skull BS for my tastes. I do enjoy markings cast directly on to flags, as they are fun to paint, but this one was a disappointment and a blank one would have been more fun (not that it always turns out better for me, but a blank flag would have been nicer than this silly skull design).
The medic has the all-purpose medical kit, and a laser pistol with a little saw blade handy for amputations. It seems in the grim darkness of the far future, every medical procedure will involve an amputation...
|Lots of kit for these fellows to carry|
The comms guy is a nice figure. And another example of just how exhaustive the bits are with this box, you get "hot-shot" lasguns in their protective sleeves for each of these special role troopers, to ensure your command squad can still fire with them in the event you are confronted by a WYSIWYG pedant.
I painted these mostly for collecting/fun. In game terms, this command squad is a rather amazing waste of points. While the ability of the officer to issue orders is important, things like the standard bearer and the medic offer bonus abilities that are of no real use to your Tempestus Scions. "Feel no pain" and a +1 to close combat resolution will not save these guys from anything. The extra range provided by the vox caster is risible. A comms net measured in inches? I can get behind the retro-yet-super-advanced tech of the 40k setting, but come on! It is particularly ridiculous when you see the advanced data slates/scanners etc. modeled right on the figures...
|Nice model, but sort of pointless on the table - take a special weapon trooper instead!|
All of these guys were supposed to be ready in time for the game during Curt's visit...oh well. I'm sure they will get another chance to deploy...
NOTE - Fawcett Blog visitor Admiral Drax offered a fine rant of his own on the utter stupidity of the vox rules, and I enjoyed it so much I think you should check it out here. It's from 5th edition, but it still applies. GW's ongoing inability to come up with decent, workable rules for simple things like this continues to astound.