|The Solar Auxilia, 28mm figures from GW's Forge World|
This submission is a Solar Auxilia Lasrifle section. These are 28mm resin figures from Forge World, the small subsidiary (or division or whatever it is these days) of Games Workshop. These figures are some of the most recent releases from Forge World's every-expanding (for now, at least) Horus Heresy range of figures.
|I call this groundwork combination "Autumn on Rijel 7"|
Introduced in the most recent Forge World Horus Heresy book, the Solar Auxilia are meant to represent impressive soldiers who are nonetheless still well short of the strength of ability of the Marines. In this sense they are the precursors to the Imperial Army, the standing force that would represent the bulk of the Imperial armed forces. The Marines would do the rough work, taking out whatever recedivist/alien/heretic/democratically elected regime was in the way, and forces like the Solar Auxilia would follow and take up garrison and patrol duties, and defend in any attack, holding out until Marines came to help.
|Section command - officer in front, comms trooper at the back on the right, and vexilla at the back on the left|
|Comms trooper with helmet raised - that doesn't seem like a good idea in the Warhammer 40k universe, but I like to have one or two open helmets when the figure options allow, and you get a couple of these types of head in the package|
|Still a bit of a bend in a couple of the laser rifles...oh well...|
The rules call for them to deploy in sections of 20 models (!), so they are sold in packs of 20. This submission is a single pack, and with Forge World the quality of the casting is hit and miss, but fortunately more "hit" than "miss" in this case (I only had to straighten about five of the rifles under hot water). There is one officer figure (with a sidearm and a sword), a figure with a comms-set on his back pack, and a fellow mounting a "vexilla".
|Volley fire in the grim darkness of the far future...|
There are a number of small little wargear blips and special rules for the Solar Auxilia, designed to incent the player to keep these units in large line formation blocks, firing away with their laser rifles. It's sort of nice that they tried, but a "super charged" lasgun is still really just a lasgun and I don't see that these would be effective in any serious way on the table top. A Solar Auxilia army will depend on vehicles to achieve anything, and in this way it is identical to 40k Imperial Guard force.
|The fellow on the front right is reloading his rifle|
The Imperial Army/Imperial Guard of Warhammer 40k is a long time favourite collection of mine in this hobby going back to the Rogue Trader days. As I worked on my Legion project, I was waiting and watching to see when the "army" might appear in Forge World's Horus Heresy efforts. I have to say I was quite excited as soon as I saw these - a total dork about it, in fact.
|I love the bonkers back packs on these figures|
The designer, Edgar Skomorowski, hit these out of the park in my opinion. They seem part Victorian Sci-Fi, part Dr. Who, part Captain Nemo shock troop, and of course part Imperial Guardsman, all in the right balance. They are armoured and impressive, but still appear slightly awkward. They are futuristic and baroque. The laser rifles have a flintlock-style cut to the stocks. The backpacks have some manner of bonkers pulley/bellows/system. I love these figures!
|Another shot of the packs...you can sort of make out the pulley/bellows thing on the back - ridiculous - I love it!|
|Example of a single trooper - you can hopefully see the grenade dangling from his left hip. The uniform is a sort of space suit with padded/quilted sections, and armour plates hanging over|
|You can kind of see the elegant, baroque curves on the laser weapon - very lovely|
|The backpack has some manner of pulley-bellows contraption - I love the look of it. Respirator maybe? Who knows...|
|"Hey, those Space Marine guys can't be that tough, right?"|