|Solar Auxilia from Forge World|
|Command group - officer a back left, comms fellow kneeling in front, vexilla on the right|
|Another view of the command group|
This unit is practically identical to the first one of these units I painted for the Challenge, part of a budding force of Loyalist troops who will make a stand at some point against Horus and his pretenders. The Solar Auxilia are deployed in platoons called "tercios" in the game (I think a "tercio" was a type of unit used by Spain back in their Imperial heyday?). Each "tercio" has three sections of troops - either 20-man groups of these regular troopers or some veterans.
|A selection of individual troopers|
|Rear view of the same three fellows|
With the exception of the officer, all of these fellows are armed with lovely baroque-looking lasrifles. The Forge World game writers went through a lot of trouble to give an appearance in the rules that these lasrifles might amount to something in the game itself (you can augment them with a "collimator" - sounds more like a medical procedure, but I digress). But don't fool yourself - these guys will die by the bucket-load, particularly going up against Legion Space Marines.
|Officer on the right, with comms guy assisting in direction of the section|
|Another view of the firing line|
|Love those wonky back packs, with the pulley/bellows thing (respirator is my guess, but who knows or cares?)|
|I like the little "canteen" (at least I think it is a canteen) hanging on the hips of many of the Solar Auxilia|
|Is he changing the "collimator" perhaps?|
|Many lovely poses in the package|
|Here are all of the Solar Auxilia painted so far - 40 troops|
|This represents 2/3 of a "tercio" for the Solar Auxilia|
Each Solar Auxilia "tercio" has three units, and the third one is up in the painting queue. However, a sudden painting diversion has appeared as I attempt a "crash" project for a completely different period, game style and scale...stay tuned for more on that (and lets hope I can get it done in time...) In the interim, these 20 fellows got me past the 1000 point barrier as the end of the Challenge comes in sight.