|For the Emperor! Solar Auxilia Velataris Storm Section troops from Forge World|
The latest Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge has wrapped up. Most of the participants tried to crowd several entries in under the wire - and I was right there with them. Here was the first entry from my dash to the finish line - another batch of Solar Auxilia figures from GW's Horus Heresy story. This is a Solar Auxilia Velataris Storm Section. The figures are 28mm from Forge World. These figures are slightly heavier Solar Auxilia troops, meant to provide some "oomph" to bolster the basic lasrifle troops.
|The Storm Section poses for propaganda photos|
|Rear photo showing the crazy back packs|
In the game you have the option to equip these models with flamethrowers ( all of them - 10 flamethrowers - insane) or heavy "close combat" weapons. I find the overuse of flame weapons to be an irritating feature of the 30k/40k setting, and I love the look of the Volkite guns so opting for these guys was a no-brainer for me. The "close combat" versions of these models haven't been released yet but I assume someone at Forge World is working on them right now.
|Two Storm Section troopers|
|I just love these sculpts - amazing work by Forge World|
As with the regular Solar Auxilia troops, these sculpts are another figure design home run from Forge World - they look the part of sci-fi heavy infantry without being Space Marines, which is what the Solar Auxilia are supposed to be. They maintain many of the neat little steam punk-ish/VSF features from the other sculpts, but the armour is a little more involved. The helmet looks heavier, like a deep-sea welder, and there are larger armour plates on the knees, shins and forearms.
|Storm Section leader; hard to see in this blurry photo, but he is chomping on a cigar; a nice little character feature; if you are going to wander around the battlefields of the 30k setting with your helmet open, you might as well enjoy it|
The command figure of this group looks like a bit of a nutter - helmet raised, chewing on a cigar! He seems to enjoy his job. When he runs into the Sons of Horus, I expect he will wish he had his helmet sealed, but I do like the look of the figure.
|Rear view of the Section leader|
There is also a vox-caster figure with this group, and I like the look of him very much - nice animation. On the one hand it seems silly to have a communications system that would require him to open his helmet (?), but I love the active feel of the sculpt, like he is ducking down behind cover to shout something along the lines of "We can't hold much longer..." before a Traitor Legion Marine heavy support squad renders them all to particles.
|"Get us some help!!"|
|Great animation on this figure|
|Two more Velatarii|
|You can see the grenades hanging from their belts - lovely details on this sculpt|
With this section finished, my first Solar Auxilia "Tercio" is completed - 50 troops in all, two 20-man lasrifle sections and this 10-man storm section. I'm feeling very pleased to have this bunch completed - the figures arrived in December 2014 so that is not too bad in terms of turnaround time.
|My first Solar Auxilia Tercio - sorry about the crap photo, but that's iPhones for you...|