|For Propsero! Some troops from the XV Legion, the Thousand Sons|
Summer is almost formally here, what with the Stanley Cup being handed out just last night (to the Pittsburgh Penguins again *vomit*). As the weather improves I'm continuing with my slow, steady and somewhat random painting production. The theme continues to be 30k. In my previous posting I featured, of all things, a squad of Space Wolves, inspired by the story of "Prospero Burns". Moving along with that theme, and the "Burning of Prospero" box set, I have some opponents for the Space Wolves. This is a veteran squad and lone Terminator Sergeant from the XV Legion, the Thousand Sons, defenders of Propsero.
The writers at Forge World have tried their best to give each of the 18 Space Marine Legions involved in the Horus Heresy story their own unique "character", differences that go beyond different numerals or colours and symbols on the power armour. This is a tall order, given some limitations in the context that the main story puts in place, and doesn't always work, but in the case of the Thousand Sons, I think the writers, amplified by gifted story tellers like Dan Abnett, have done a great job.
|Veteran Sergeant with plasma pistol and thunder hammer. You know what they say...when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail...|
|Support weapons - a heavy bolter on the right and plasma gun on the left|
|Some of the regular grunts with bolt guns|
|A view of the back, showing the great detail the GW folks have achieved with these plastic Mk III power armour kits - they are a treat to paint|
While they ultimately end up as parody Egyptian tomb drawings with guns (I'll concede that Terminator officer is pretty funky, though) in the 30k setting the XV seem like fun and offer many narrative gaming possibilities beyond the doomed defence of their home world. Where other Legions will be relying on the brute power of their tanks and artillery (which, hey, is super cool too), a force of Thousand Sons, applying their arcane powers, will focus more on infantry and some interesting characters. For example, if you can just open up warp gates, you probably won't need as many Rhino APCs...
|Sergeant in Tartaros Terminator armour|
|Another lovely plastic kit from GW|
|Ready for some gaming!|
Hope everyone has a great week!