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Where many were, how few remain - A loyalist SoH project

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Been busy these last couple of days, and will probably be busier still for a week or so. Managed to put the Destroyers together though, with their jump packs just temporarily in place so that the models will be easier to paint.

 

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I understand that Destroyers aren't that 'hot' in regards to their cost, but the 'rule of cool' demands that I paint them. 


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Looking forward to seeing you tackle these, I too love the theme of the guys, but am put off by their lacklustre reputation. Might bash some up anyways, I'm really keen on getting some rad into my OA force and it's either these guys, a techmarine or a Forgelord.


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Been a while again... Work doing it's best to keep me occupied as usual, that and other real world things. Been doing a little painting here, and a little painting there now and then though.

 

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While the photo quality isn't the best the main armour is more or less finished on all guys now, and as I've just started 2,5 weeks of a winter holiday there's a pretty good chance that I could have them finished some time after New Year's Eve. Knowing me though, expect things to be delayed for some obscure reason or another...

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing you tackle these, I too love the theme of the guys, but am put off by their lacklustre reputation. Might bash some up anyways, I'm really keen on getting some rad into my OA force and it's either these guys, a techmarine or a Forgelord.

 

Well, their reputation doesn't matter much to me as I'm not a gamer per se, but they should have better rules, and waepons for that matter. They're supposed to be proper 'Destroyers' after all so why limit them to grenades, and missle launchers?

 


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Nice start on these guys, interesting to see them done in legion colours. not the scorched black that many favour.

 


Looking forward to seeing you tackle these, I too love the theme of the guys, but am put off by their lacklustre reputation. Might bash some up anyways, I'm really keen on getting some rad into my OA force and it's either these guys, a techmarine or a Forgelord.

 

Well, their reputation doesn't matter much to me as I'm not a gamer per se, but they should have better rules, and waepons for that matter. They're supposed to be proper 'Destroyers' after all so why limit them to grenades, and missle launchers?

 

I agree, phosphex would be ace, hand flamers, etc, though I guess then we're infringing on the Ashen Circle. Maybe some tasty new weapons could be introduced.


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Here we are again, still not the best of photos but nut much I can do about the lack of natural light where I live this time of year *shrugs*

 

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The weathered leather is finished now, and the black parts of the shoulder pads (and the Destroyer symbols for that matter) are done as well. Movin on to metals next, might aswell try to keep the present pace up. 

 

 

Nice start on these guys, interesting to see them done in legion colours. not the scorched black that many favour.

 

 

Well, their reputation doesn't matter much to me as I'm not a gamer per se, but they should have better rules, and waepons for that matter. They're supposed to be proper 'Destroyers' after all so why limit them to grenades, and missle launchers?

 

I agree, phosphex would be ace, hand flamers, etc, though I guess then we're infringing on the Ashen Circle. Maybe some tasty new weapons could be introduced.

 

I was contemplating doing them in black to be honest, but two things stopped me. First of all the fact that I wanted them to share a coherent look with the rest of the guys, and secondly black is more for the 'elite' of the Sons of Horus, and while these fellows are definitely a specialist formation I don't think their brothers see them as 'elite' per se. As such black shoulder pads to show that they are not a regular squad seemed liked a good way to make them stand out a bit.

 

One could hope they get some revised rules, and/or new weapons. I could always need an excuse to paint more of these guys. devil.gif 


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It took a bit longer than first expected but the Destroyers are finally painted...

 

...The fluff piece ain't finished though so no group pictures as of yet, but here's at least some photographic evidence:

 

 

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Trying to take decent pictures in the middle of the night, in the middle of January is a fools quest though... I will take more, and hopefully better, pictures while writing that will add these guys to the ongoing story, but it will probably take a few days so for now... 

 

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It took me a few days longer than expected, mainly due to things at work but here's the update at last:

 

 

 

”Out of the depths of sorrow and sacrifice will be born again the glory of mankind.”

Wincen Chirshil, Gran Bretan Emperor ca. M02

 

The rebellion was crushed, as if there was ever any doubt that it wouldn’t be. The insurrectionists had valour, I’ll grant them that, but they were deluded to think that they would have any chance against an Expedition Fleet of the Imperium, especially one based around members of the XVIth legion…

I know that you find my recollections rambling at times boy, but you should know that I’m well read about the Legiones Astartes in general, and that I, through the whims of fate, have met representatives from quite a few of them throughout the years… And while no Astartes that I’ve ever met have been… ‘indecisive’, the Sons of Horus were those furthest from ever hesitating about what they considered needed to be done.

 

When the Asans started their rebellion, they invited a retribution of the kind that would be spoken about for generations. For while Jakhem Strom was not the most aggressive of commanders, there were clear limits to what provocations that he could ever tolerate, which is why I guess that he chose to deploy the Destroyers that were included in his command…

 

You see my boy, that there has ever been the common idea that heroes are shining paragons of virtue, and that they are flawless examples of whatever ideal the public that they serve choose to worship. After pondering about that throughout more years than you’ve been alive, I’ve come to the conclusion that we, as a species, fail to see the true heroes of the universe. It is foolish of us to expect our heroes to be perfect when we know deep in our hearts that to be human is also to be flawed in some way or another.

I myself must confess that I was certainly guilty of that same mistake, though I guess that I had more reason for it than most others… Jermani, where I was born, was after all the centre of Europa…

 

What you say? Why that should matter? Oh, my boy… There are times when I wonder about the wisdom in my decision to train you as my apprentice, but one must make do with what the Emperor provides, and I guess that the efforts of the High Lords to supress as much of our history that they can are more to be blamed for this than you should be…

Europa my boy, in those distant days before even my birth, was where The Emperor founded the IIIrd Legion, later known as the Emperor’s Children. While their names and deeds are now largely erased from the pages of history, they were once among the most celebrated of the Legions. Part of that is the fact that so many of their recruits were from the nobles that had ruled the continent before the coming of The Emperor, and while many of those families gave their sons away only grudgingly, all of them did what they could to make their sacrifices sound… ‘noble’ and ‘prestigious’.

 

If they could make the public think about their sons as heroes, it would serve two purposes you see. First of all, such an image in the minds of the common people would ease the pain of their loss, but secondly, and perhaps more importantly, the ‘glory’ would rub off on the families themselves, making them look ‘grander’, and making it easier for them to remain the upper class that The Emperor would seek to rule through.

 

Vast fortunes were spent on propaganda, and on supplying those that survived their initiation into the Legion with the finest equipment imaginable. Therefore, they looked exactly like heroes were supposed to do, noble ‘knights’ in shining armour, ever victorious, and ever perfect in everything that they did. Is it then any wonder that those of us that grew up seeing, and hearing all this bought that façade, and made it the ideal against which all others were measured? I sometimes wonder what would have happened had their Primarch been different, and not continued upon that same path though...

 

I guess that is partly why my first ‘combat experience’ shocked me so and brought me to the brink of giving up my mission as a Remembrancer. There was so little of what I had seen as ‘noble’, or ‘glorious’ in warfare in general, and in the Sons of Horus in particular. Though regarding the latter there were much to miss at a casual glance… Therefore, you should know that some of the truest heroes I’ve ever encountered, I witnessed for the first time when the Luna Wolves unleashed the full force of their vengeance upon Asan II.   

 

To many Legions their Destroyer Cadres were held in a low regard, so they were used as a dumping ground for those that failed to live up to the image of the Legion, a punishment for those that had been found wanting by their Primarchs, or as a way to find some use out of Legionnaires seen as too fractious for regular units. Among the Sons of Horus this attitude was a bit more…’nuanced’ though...

 

While true that they were not seen as ‘elite’ units, they were neither held in any particular disregard. To the aggressive, and direct sons of the Warmaster they were simply a tool among many others to use. A rather specialised tool to be honest, and one that they preferred not to use, but as it was an effective one there were no reasons to look down upon those serving in those units. Though it must be said that the Astartes chosen for that duty tended to be an… ‘eccentric’ mix of individuals, as I witnessed myself upon ‘The Glorious Burden’.

 

It was hard to mistake them when I wandered around the ship, as they stood out from the rest of their brothers. First was the fact that while they were never actively shunned from what I could see, neither did they ‘mingle’ easy with others. Were they ‘tainted’ by the fact that the scars they left upon the worlds where they had been deployed would never heal? No, I do not think so, such thinking would be too ‘abstract’ for most Astartes. I rather think it was what their weapons did to themselves that made the others hesitant to interact with them in the same way as they did with others.

 

While no Legionnaire feared death, and most everyone expected it to strike them in any battle that they fought, it was one thing to know that it was your own equipment that was more likely than anything else to kill them, and not doing it in any way that would grant you everlasting glory or honour in the eyes of others. Having seen the Destroyer Cadres with their gaunt, pale faces, jaundiced eyes, and sickening bruises I can very well imagine it to be the main reason. Especially considering the name they had been given, ‘The Scorching Blood’, which was also the name of a feared Cthonian disease. An illness that meant certain death in a slow and painful way…

 

Don’t think that I do not see you rolling your eyes boy! I know that you find these facts less exciting than when I speak of battles, but to have true understanding of what happened you must learn of these things as well. *sighs* But I guess that I should perhaps move on for now, lest you fall asleep next…

 

The back of the rebellion had already been broken when ‘The Scorching Blood’ was let loose, as the ‘Kingslayers’, and others, had struck hard against the organized leadership of the Asans. The insurrectionist forces that remained was no true threat, milling around in total confusion. Given enough time to re-organize themselves again though, they could have taken a lot of effort to pacify. Therefore, the Destroyers were used to make an example that would be used to scare Asan children for generations.

 

What I witnessed from the pict-feeds was far from heroic, but it was ‘fascinating’ in a horrifying way I must say. ‘The Scorching Blood’ struck with the swiftness, and the power of a storm wind. Deploying with jump packs from a Storm Bird, they landed in the midst of a rebel PDF-formation, and the slaughter began. The luckiest of the rebels dying a swift death from bolter rounds, though many more felt the terrible ‘kiss’ of a rad-weapon, or even the hungry flames of Phosphex before drawing their last breath.  

They tried to flee of course, but to no avail, ‘The Scorching Blood’ hunting them down wherever they chose to run, and the only thing they managed in the end was to make sure that even larger areas of their world would be tainted by the weapons that killed them. Little did I know though, that these brutal killers wielding them would one day show themselves to be truer heroes than many a knight with gleaming armour…

 

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Krasian was a cold, and bitter man. Old even for an Astartes, and doubly so for one serving as a Destroyer, seeing as he was recruited from a Jovian habitat when the Great Crusade was in its infancy. From what I could gather, he’d requested himself to placed among the Destroyers, but why I cannot say for certain. Some said that it was to atone for the fact that he survived where all others of his squad did not, but I never found the courage to meet his ‘dead’ eyes and ask him such a question.

 

Keerin was… ‘unhinged’ I’d say. Ever smiling or laughing, especially in situations where no one else saw anything humours at all. Leaping into dangerous situations without care where even fellow Astartes would hesitate. Did he wish for death? Yes, it seems most likely…

 

 

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Jardir was taciturn to the point that one could almost mistake him for some strange kind of Battle-Automata. Cancers born from the Rad Missiles he carried, had taken his vocal chords though, and he cared little for the mechanical vox implant he’d been given instead, using it only when he had to.

 

Everam was the youngest of ‘The Scorching Blood’, no more than 5 years removed from his initiation. That process had been close to failing though, leaving him with an unbalanced body, where his implants fought something of a civil war with the rest of his body. Is it little wonder then that he was sent to a Destroyer squad, where he could be put to ‘good’ use no matter how short his life might be?

 

I’d say that Baden was as normal as one could expect from an Astartes in such a special role. Distant, but not unfriendly per se. He seemed to strive for causing as little collateral damage as he could though, which is curious considering where he served. 

 

 

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Gared seemed to have the soul of an ancient crusader, fighting with an intense zeal. Seemingly taking great satisfaction in tearing down what stood before them, so that the Imperium could build a new, strong foundation in the ashes of the past.

 

Gamon on the other hand was more… ‘cautious’, if that word may be applied to an Astartes who uses a jump pack to get within pistol range of his enemies. He was efficient in his movements, seemingly not doing anything without first having calculated what effects it would have.

 

 

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Marrick was a masterful shot, never a bolt round wasted. He could unleash a storm of bullets that would pin any foe down, allowing his comrades to easily flank them.

 

Arlen was among the most aggressive Astartes I’ve ever witnessed, always at the forefront of an assault despite his heavy weapon. Having seen him using it in melees it makes me wonder if he did not kill more enemies with as a club than with the Rad Missiles it contained.

 

Karad was ever moving, seeming unable to be at ease. It was as if he had more energy than his body could contain. The keenest hunter of all his brothers, searching wide for new targets

 

 

 

So, there they are, finally finished. Will probably take a small break, and paint something for my 40K Night Lords next while I try to think about what I'm painting next for this project. Torn between painting  transports, or painting a character or two, but we'll see... C&C is of course welcome as usual.

 

Cheers!


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Some lovely models and some lovely fluff. You should be proud.

Keep up the good work.

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So yeah, long story short.

Dallo <- Blame that guy.

  Obscura, on 08 Mar 2016 

 

 


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Some lovely models and some lovely fluff. You should be proud.

Keep up the good work.

Dallo

 

 

Thanks Dallo! Rather pleased with them myself, even though they took a couple of months to finish. Quite speedy painting by my standards on the other hand. tongue.png

 

Decided upon doing some Rhinos next for these guys, but there will be some Night Lord Cultists first. Very hectic at work with for the forseeable future though I'm afraid so they will take time...







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