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'No Impediment to Progress' – The Gatebreakers

9th edition Crusade Gatebreakers

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Always a pleasure to see a update on the Gatebreakers. On this occasion I feel the story outshines the models, but I am probably a bit jaded since they are on a continuously high level.
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His head ached. This was, perhaps, to be expected; as Member-Ordinary Gond had been roundly clouted by a Taran's cudgel while suppressing the turquoise-skinned biped's foxhole. He grinned. 'Suppressing', he thought, as orange blood trickled and dripped from his armour. I'm picking up the Coreworlder's coy speech-patterns now. Musing on this, he jogged after the rest of the squad.

The arrival of the Primaris marines had heralded changes for the Gatebreakers. New armour, new equipment. New training to take it on. Adaptation and compromise – not every marine would relinquish his hard-won and ancient wargear; though many welcomed the opportunity to replace their patchwork or jury-rigged systems with the clean lines of the new Mark X plate.

More than that, though; there was a fundamental change in the Chapter. All the long-hidden maladies of their failing biology: the lost organs, the fading rituals; all that had seemingly been resolved. Indeed, Gond was perversely glad of the pain in his head – it reminded him of all the bodily ailments from which he no longer suffered. The Belisarian furnace within him roared; and its voice meant that the Gentles would no longer need to wear the black and surreptitiously steal material from their Deathwatch cousins, merely to stave off a terminal decline. It was more than physical improvement: it cleansed the Chapter's collective conscience. Pride could be felt once more; the yellow and gold of Andocrine could stand in the light.

Even the marines who steadfastly refused to 'cross the Rubicon' – another euphemism – felt the optimism. After an age in which the Chapter had suffered incremental losses, from which they could not recover, the arrival of Scipius and his men – a thousand tall, clean-limbed Primaris marines – had given the old Chapter back its teeth; and swollen the strength of the various Strikeforces. Contact had been made with Eremites on previously abandoned frontiers.

It was good to be back in the field. It was good to reclaim lands lost generations before. It made Gond, and all his brethren, glad. The simple joy of feeling one's body moving and working in the way it should was revitalising.

And yet... something nagged at Gond, as it nagged at all the old Gatebreakers, and none of the new. The sorry state of their domain was not owing to a failing Imperial grip; it was considerably more than that. As all Gatebreakers once had known – though none would speak it for shame – the Endworlds had never been Imperial, not truly.

Would their new strength be sufficient to break the shackles of Uridimmu?

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LOVE THIS!!


Maybe you could model TWC-sized "were-templars" who's inner Templar took over in the fury of battle transforming them into a giant half man - half templar?

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Always nice to see updates Apologist.

Keep up the good work.

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Great update.

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LOVE THIS!!

 

Always nice to see updates Apologist.
Keep up the good work.
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Great update.

 

Thanks all; much appreciated! I sat down and polished off a trio of Gatebreakers last night:

 

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That's propelling me onwards to having three complete squads – and that explains why we have our first Member-Cardinal (the Gatebreaker's sergeant equivalents):

 

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Nothing hugely flashy, but it was fun to paint up one of the new Assault Intercessors at last, and nice to have a close combat weapon to paint.

 

Talking of close combat weapons, I think Emblem is also coming along nicely:

 

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Not quite finished yet, but nearly there.


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They are looking wonderful. 


Maybe you could model TWC-sized "were-templars" who's inner Templar took over in the fury of battle transforming them into a giant half man - half templar?

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Very nice, as always. Emblem looks good already,too  - the colors of  Uridimmu go surprisingly well with the Gatebreaker scheme


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Gods, I love the yellow and green colors. 

 

The gritty, grimy oil work on the yellow really makes me want to go back to Marines Malevolent as a Primaris force.... Maybe... whistling.gif


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The claviger-wielding Rift Team had come through here; as evinced by the heavy percussion fractures in the solid plate of the deck and walls – and the aerosolised gore still hanging in the microgravity. 
 
Member-Cardinal Boegnor picked his way over the brittle bodies of the Sa; the rest of the sweep group following in his footsteps. His face was puckered into its usual scowl as he took in the dead; his unflickering eyes set deep in creased, leathery skin. 
 
'Just dead Stilties,' he growled, 'Nothing of salvage here. Move on'. He waved his squadmates forward, two fingers of his bionic hand indicating the route.
 
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I quite like incorporating asymmetry – like this Mark III helm – into this army, as it adds to the hodgepodge, salvaged feel. While this force's bases show scrubby plants and soil, this sort of look also helps to reflect the Chapter's void-boarding specialism.
 
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Use of reliable close-in weapons like flamers and snub-bolters help this group fit in with the background, too. Besides the equally low-tech grenade launchers, this is the only special weapon in the army so far. Not sure whether to embrace the reliance on small arms, or scatter a few special weapons in. What do you reckon?
 
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Mark VII helm, pauldrons reinforced with molecular bonding studs, and a backpack covered with extracts from the Tenets of the Ten Divine Princes. Again, nothing hugely remarkable, but little variations and details like this add up across the army.
 
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I've deliberately used pieces from various different Chapter and Legion upgrades. The main advantage is giving me access to loads of cool bits; but it also stops the Gatebreakers from looking like they owe too much to any one particular Legion or Primarch; which in turn hopefully raises some questions and makes the army more engaging visually and conceptually.
 
The flip side of using such a wide range of material is that you need to be careful to make it a bit more neutral. This White Scar helm, for example, has has the cheek decorations trimmed away, the radio ridge on top squared off, the topknot plucked, and generally been tidied up to make it less distinctively of the Fifth Legion. I find converting pieces like this quite fun – you're basically cutting away the bells and whistles to find the form beneath.
 
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...and last today, Member-Cardinal Boegnor; one of the officers of the Gatebreakers Ninth Strikeforce. I've used an arm from the Space Wolf Primaris upgrade spread here, though you'd be hard-pushed to tell: the stock component is completely lacking any features that would identify it as such.
 
This is the other nice part of expanding your eye to look at other ranges and sub-factions when building your models; you realise that there's frequently nothing beyond the label that identifies a particular component as 'belonging' to a particular group. It's easiest to see on Space Marines, but the principle applies across the GW range – and beyond.

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The models and the fluff blurb are good as per usual, but I found what you said about the legion-specific bits particularly interesting. I'll definitely keep that in mind for when I start my own homebrewed force next year!

As for the addition of specialist weapons, I'd say spread a couple more out among your combat squads. Meltaguns in particular seem like a no-brainer for a chapter with a knack for boarding and counter-boarding actions, being used to cut doors and enemy defences apart when a terminator's chainfist is unavailable.

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This is the other nice part of expanding your eye to look at other ranges and sub-factions when building your models; you realise that there's frequently nothing beyond the label that identifies a particular component as 'belonging' to a particular group. It's easiest to see on Space Marines, but the principle applies across the GW range – and beyond.

 

 

Yes! Totally agree. I have my eye on a few of those upgrade sprues for that very reason. a lot of those are not as chapter-specific as they initially seen and others look like a minimal amount of trimming can solve any extant issues.

 

Nice work on the Gatebreakers so far.


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A fun evening of painting has got the first of the non-astartes Dramatis Personae all polished off. Here's Inquisitrix Barbari Kills, of the Ordo Propter.

 

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Righteousness, willpower, divine grace... You'll hear them all used as justifications for why you should do as an Inquisitor says; but right now, the fact I've got an n-point discharge derringer pressed to your forehead should suffice.

 

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The models and the fluff blurb are good as per usual, but I found what you said about the legion-specific bits particularly interesting. I'll definitely keep that in mind for when I start my own homebrewed force next year!

As for the addition of specialist weapons, I'd say spread a couple more out among your combat squads. Meltaguns in particular seem like a no-brainer for a chapter with a knack for boarding and counter-boarding actions, being used to cut doors and enemy defences apart when a terminator's chainfist is unavailable.

 

Thanks for the feedback, and glad the commentary was helpful. Your comments on the chapter specialism stuck with me – I think the Rift Teams should pack some lasercutters, too...

 

 

Yes! Totally agree. I have my eye on a few of those upgrade sprues for that very reason. a lot of those are not as chapter-specific as they initially seen and others look like a minimal amount of trimming can solve any extant issues.

 

Nice work on the Gatebreakers so far.

 

Thanks for the kind words. 

 

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Looks like the Inquisitor is going to put an end to some very fishy  business there...


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Looks like the Inquisitor is going to put an end to some very fishy  business there...


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