|The Talons of The Emperor! Adeptus Custodes for 30k battles|
This a group of five Adeptus Custodes - elite warriors who serve as the bodyguards of The Emperor in His Very Own Self! And if you are going to work day-to-day around The Emperor, you better Look Like You Are Up For The Job! That means Big Armour, Guns Built Into Everything, and Lots of Capital Letters. Because when you work for The Emperor, The Rules of Grammar Don't Apply...
While I have been enjoying my plunge into the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it has been quite a few months since I have painted any 30k figures of any size. I knew I had these particular figures sitting primed and ready to go since the summer of 2017 - they have been looming over all of the primed Franco-Prussian infantry figures at my painting pile/desk for months. I recently reached a little pause in my Franco-Prussian project, so I thought these guys would be good for taking a bit of a break to paint some 30k stuff again before resuming my 1870 efforts.
|Two Custodes models sporting "Guardian Spears" - big power weapons, with bolt guns built-in!|
|Details on the armour are off the charts...really quite ornate, pretty amazing for plastic figures|
|"Sentinel blade" - still has a gun built into to it too! Two of them, in fact...|
|Custodes officer - "Shield Captain", I think...anyway, I gave him a white crest on his helmet - my notion of a rank differentiation|
|Gotta rock the nice cloak if you are an officer, right?|
It is interesting to look back to the era of "Rogue Trader" and compare the original images we see of the Custodes in the pages of that venerable rule book to these current plastic models. The new plastics certainly match the scale creep, I suppose!
|Original Custodes on the left and right of the photo, as seen in the original "Rogue Trader" rule book. The new plastic figures certainly look a bit...bulkier...|
I started painting the models from the Prospero Box last summer. There are 47 figures in the box, and once I got started on them in June of last year I managed to power through 42 of them - finishing the Wolves, the Thousand Sons, and the Silent Sisters. These five Custodes models last in the line. I had just finished the Sister of Silence last July, when Jamie M chimed in with this quip in the comments:
|Damn you Jamie! Those clever Brits...|
|The standard-bearer is totally over-the-top, a great figure|
|All sorts of fun details on the figure...very shiny!|
|The sign of the Aquila...the battle standard of the Emperor's own bodyguards...|
The Propsero board game itself is excellent. The rules are simple and fun. The Thousand Sons have powerful psychic abilities, which the Loyalist player can counter with careful use of the Silent Sisters (and a little luck). As is often the case, the combat system contains within it an approach that is more fun, flexible and innovative than GW ever seems willing to try on its mainline rules. The game uses D6, D8 and D10s in a fashion that I believe evokes classic systems like "Stargrunt", and works very well. The board sections are high quality and very well done, making a game easy and fun to set up on a kitchen table.
I hope we can try the Prospero board game for kicks - certainly these models were not assembled to match a particular type of unit, but rather have some variety in the Prospero board game. But as we are fortunate to be able to play on our own tables with terrain etc. I do hope to try some "Burning of Prospero"-themed 30k games as well. I think these Custodes figures will also come in handy for "Siege of Terra" games, perhaps joining some of Mike F's incredible Imperial Fists, making a last stand near that awesome collapsed wall he made...
|Ready to stand by the side of The Emperor!!|