|Into the breach for the Warmaster! XVI Legion reinforcements|
The reinforcements continue for the Warmaster's own XVI Legion. This is a squad of ten breacher marines in Mark III armour. Two are carrying las-cutter special weapons and the rest are equipped with bolt guns. All carry the signature boarding protection shields which are the trademark of these troops.
|Breacher Sergeant in Mk III armour - he gets a special spooky-looking Eye of Horus decal for his shield|
In the fluff these Marines are intended to fight in boarding actions on warships, space stations etc. I enjoyed the look of the models but avoided them at first, as boarding-action-type scenarios were not a particular interest of mine. Byron, however, painted up a squad of breachers for his Death Guard troops, and I do love how the models look - they are fantastic (as is all of his Death Guard stuff). When I saw them up close, I knew I would want to add some for the Sons of Horus.
The breacher figures are excellent sculpts from Forge World - the helmets have a medieval look to them, and combined with the heavily segmented, plated and riveted Mk III armour, they have a very ominous look that I find to be very impressive, among the many sculpts that, to my mind, set the 30k stuff apart from the more standard 40k stuff.
|Standard breacher tooper on the left, while the fellow on the right is carrying a "las-cutter", useful for slicing up doors, barricades, obstructions and silly types who follow an alleged "Emperor"...|
As with the Tactical Marines, this squad includes a mix of approaches to painting the green. I had started out a few models with a more complicated glazing effect before switching over to the more basic approach I discovered on a GW YouTube tutorial. So there is a slightly mixed look on the figures.
|Rear view of the Mk III armoured breacher marines - lots of segments and rivets, love the look of the models|
|A pair of breacher marines - while my photo skills are weak, there is a lot of detail on the boarding shields, including a little computer screen - great models, but not easy to paint...|
I know these Marines are meant for space ship fighting, but I like to imagine them moving in some heavy urban fighting, working closely behind the Fellblade, Land Raider and other fun community outreach tools to banish the dupes of the so-called "Emperor" from the galaxy. Horus for hope!
Stay tuned for even more reinforcements for the XVI Legion!