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Genoguards of Levilnor IV


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Abstract
td;dr - I present unfinished, less orthodox, more 'low level' techguard-style skitarii. Also: what's a good way to kitbash electropriests?
 
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9-2-Pi Maniple - combat sufficiency achieved
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9-2-Pi Maniple - Genoguard Alphas
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9-2-Pi Maniple - Pre-deployment Reclaimator and Genoguards (inc. alpha)
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9-2-Pi Maniple - Magos
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9-2-Pi Maniple - First active source rad carbine
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9-2-Pi Maniple - Second active source rad carbine
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Inception Notes
 
It occurred to me, early on, in speculating about what I wanted to do with an Adeptus Mechanicus forces, that whilst I like the view and power and very notion of Forge Worlds and their forces, I wanted something that was fundamentally more personal.
 
I know, heresy in the world of Hard Data. Nevertheless.
 
To that end, I'd vaguely themed some of my Harlequins, designs around a Tzeentchian cultist forces, my Salamanders of the Burning Skies (under Captain Dac'tyr), and a hodge-podge Astra Militarum force around the world of Levilnor IV.
 
It seemed abundantly clear that even notionally tying them into the same theme would be satisfying (for myself) and also allow me an easy departure from the work of almost everyone else to-date on Mechanicus forces.
 
Plainly, from the above, you'll notice a fierce lack of 'Martian Red'.
 
Similarly, harking back to my oldest work on the Adeptus Mechanicus (ignore the xenos [cref: demiurg] in the middle...), I had in mind a relatively sombre but, to my mind, agreeable colour scheme - that of space janitors (e.g. lots of browns with some cream for flavour).
 
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Add to that the idea that these 'Skitarii' are often barely known as Skitarii at all. Radtroopers was the one that caught my eye, but in one of the short stories I saw the electropriests 'mistaken' for mere elderly tech-pilgrims. Similarly, the Sicarians were noted in the Codex as being colloquially known as 'shivs'. It set into my heart then - I could reject the strictures and nomenclature of Mars!
 
Now, I don't want to style the force as a series heretic (err, heretek) force, nor as even any sort of terrible deviant cult or whatnot - simply that they're wayward when compared to the ultra-orthodoxy of the Forge Worlds.
 
Instead, I wanted to evoke the idea of your 'day to day techguard' - composed of radtroopers and reclaimators and shivs and pilgrims, no corpuscarii and vanguard skitarii and whatnot.
 
Add to that, I also wanted a suggestion that whilst they are ultra-effective killers and soldiers, they're not being utilised as that all the time. Instead, I wanted to present the idea that this might be the sort of 'show of force' that a Magos might bring along as a bodyguard when doing some archaeotech work in the mid-hives - something to scare off trouble-makers and cow the local population, whilst also not being too much of a stuck-up, snooty, overly elaborate force.
 
In short, I wanted private security mixed with space janitors mixed with apocalyptic weaponry. In that last regard, I put a lot of worry into whether I could seriously pull off the 'yellow weapons'. I wanted a sort of hazard-suit feel to the devices, but also a 'long forgotten' and also a 'wielded by people who simply do not care about it looking anything other than a half-arsed warning'. My Astra Militarum have standard-issue red weapons (harking back to the Red Era of the 80s/90s), but as the colour scheme was similar to my Guard, I wanted to give a nice visual cue that these are very different.
 
Finally, I've never quite cared for the really clean, 'beautiful' paint work that my betters are able to achieve. (*insecurity klaxon!*!) That is - emulating it never seemed a great goal for me. My Salamanders always looked too bright when I try to do that, and if not that, then my models look far too crisp and/or busy for the vision I have in my head.
 
That brought me into the world of washes. You'll notice that I've gone slightly... overboard.
 
Project Backlog
- I'm tempted to go ahead with extra (very-bright) blue highlight on all the weapons and packs. Whilst I'm fond of the Temple Guard Blue, it's still slightly one-dimensional and whilst I don't like my 'paint splattered' source lighting with it on the two I have added this highlight to (the "active source" ones, above), I think the effect on the blue itself is markedly better. I'm open to revision on it though.
- Work on mould-lines/joins with any attentiveness at all.
- Devise a method of neatly highlighting these that won't lead them to become too crisp and lovely. 
- Lots of bits are still unpainted or unfinished (notably - eyes, lamp-packs), so these are by no means 'finished', just at a passable 'good enough' standard that I could get away with them on the table-top.
- For my Magos I'm still undecided - will she get a full oiling like the rest of the force, or do I want to keep her clean and crisp, with a proper round of shading and highlights to have her stand apart?
- Devise a colour-scheme for a plan to have 5 units of Sicarians (inc. 'Children of Atom' - priestly infiltrators carrying the Pater Radium)
- Devise a kitbash to allow some electro-priests, but aligning more with Fantasy's flagellants than 'just' the electropriests. (Another idea was to use electro-priest arms on Skitarii bodies - has anyone tried it? Would it work?)
- Worry about how I'll modify this paint-job for use on servitors, dunecrawlers and kastellans.
 
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I like the yellow weapons, they work well with the orange robes too :)


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Cheers, WF! (Something of a delay, I know...)

I acquired the big Mech box at Christmas and am setting about augmenting the force.

Foremost, as I mentioned in the electropriest thread, and originally in the above OP, I had intended to convert my electropriests as something more... interesting than the base models. (They're not hilariously bad or such, just they don't quite work for me.)

So, without further ado, some progress:
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I've enough parts,I think, to make a solid fifteen of these guys. So I'm looking forward to more work, and adding a few of the more serious Mechanicus details.

They're slightly odd sizes, as the EP originals are giants compared to the Flagellant pieces, but as they're due to look weird anyway, it's not a huge issue.

One detail that is massively annoying: they're all male. So I'm considering options to add some balance too, but obviously is not going to be immediately easy where kitbashing is concerned. Nevertheless!

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I'd always fancied some Sicarians all with the 'cloaks' (I'd need five boxes of Sicarians to pull that off, so could take a flwhile...) and have them carrying the Pater Radium, and so have the 'rabble' of my collection all be slightly themed along the lines of the Children of Atom out of Fallout 3. Maybe even a few bright yellow ragged hazmat bits too...

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I've been doing a spot of extra painting recently. Foremost, the idea occurred to me that, fundamentally, whatever my Skitarii are up to, whatever my Dominus is up to, whatever my electro-priests are up-to, (and for others, I've not got that far - whatever my Titans and Knights are up to), these are all massively separate organisations. It's like a force of Iron Hands, Steel Legion, Knights, Ecclessiarchy Priests and Assassins having a shared colour-scheme...

Well, of course the parallel isn't exact. But the idea occurred to me nevertheless: the Legion Cybernetica robots should, really, be somewhat visually distinct from the rest of the force. I probably won't press it too heavily in distinguishing the Cult elements from the Skitarii elements (helped by focussing on the Skitarii robes being brown, not necessarily all of their other elements), and with a focus on yellow 'hazard' markings throughout, indicating that it might not be an entirely conventional, unified military force.

(As I've said before: space janitors is one of the major themes I had in my head. Even though there's an edge of Riza to the scheme...!)

Now, with all that in mind, I've got some of the preliminary work done.

Foremost: The robot. Still not decided on details for him and his pal yet, save to suppose that some light graffi will be used to break up the 'plainness' of them. (Though I really am quite pleased with the relatively 'clean' celestra grey and the hazard markings - even better when I tidy it all up. I was worried they'd go a bit boring 'Specialist Games Tau' fleet.)
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And, here, with context on the hazard-yellow being put on the battle servitors. Striking in the black and yellow, but I'm pretty confident the servitors will get quite busy and garish soon enough.
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Here, to provide some context, is an assortment of folk beside big 'un. There's some scuttlings (very fuzzy), old firehat the electro priest, my partially-done data smith, my first Storm Giant effort, the robot and the servitor.
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It happens that I'm proceeding slowly too, as you might spot - there's some artefacts of the Silver Tower in amongst there.

Nevertheless. I'm looking forward to perhaps getting to spend some time fixing 'em up over the next couple of weekends.
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I like the yellow weapons, they work well with the orange robes too smile.png

 

Second the yellow weapons!


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