Hey B&C, I'm a long time Fantasy player out of Seattle easing back into 40K (haven't really played since 4th launched).
While I've hit it hard with Eldar in the past, I really like the look of the Adeptus Mechanicus, especially the Onagers and Kastelans. I've put together an 1850 list for casual-play: a Skitarii Maniple and Cohort Cybernetica. My paint-scheme is based on a old Japanese comic called Maschinen Krieger, you can see it in the background of my pics. I imagine these guys are on a scrub land / steppe battlefield, hence the rocky bases with sparse tufts of grass.
I've two units of Vanguard painted, kept their Alphas with the standard radium carbine to keep them cheap. They really look solid as mid-field units, especially with their Assault 3 rifles. The Rangers I'm unsure on - figure they're best for holding the backfield and camping in terrain. Their standard galvanic rifles look okay but have been reading mostly meh' reviews on the transuranic arquebus. The range is fantastic and I guess they could be useful to pick out special weapon / sergeants from the opposing backfield campers? May switch one of the squads for another small squad of Vanguard.
I like the idea of the Infiltrators, not sure if I'll outflank or infiltrate with them, will have to depend on terrain. I do have the models for another five or maybe some Rust Stalkers, which would help meet the requirements of a Battle Maniple.
Onagers are awesome, both aesthetically and in firepower. They're my primary reach weapons with their Neutron Lasers. Was thinking of combining them into a single unit of two to get the increased invulnerable save, but that sacrifices their ability to shoot at two different targets. From what I head, the Icarus Array is pure murder to fliers and skimmers, the latter of which is present in my meta so I'd like to keep it.
Last is the Cohort Cybernetica, my midfield anchor squad. Combined with the Tech Priest and the formation's ability to split fire, I plan on raining down phospherous death on the meager enemies of the Imperium. I maxed out on the phospher blasters so that they're consistently effective with all their weapons at 36" range. The incendine combusters are tempting though as I like the idea of 4-8 torrent flame templates blazing out, not to mention the wall of death. Modelwise, I don't like the standard Edward Phospherhands look so I did a minor conversion of two barrels on one gun-hand (twin-linked) and kept the other one a standard hand. I prefer the look (like a Khador Destroyer) and who wouldn't want a beefy robot hand?
Edited by Swan-of-War, 19 March 2017 - 03:36 PM.