So while working on my Mohock Blades I stumbled down an unexpected detour. I was putting together an Adeptus Mechanicus envoy for Necromunda's noble House Catallus when I realised what I had was probably too large and elaborate for the display base I was making; so a seperate project span off from it. I haven't given up on the Mohocks, but I just got that Adeptus Mechanicus bug! So We will see a little procession of Magi and their servants from time to time as the desire strikes me. I really want to explore the vast physical variety found in the ranks of the Machine cult, and not just the military ones either; there are so many interesting sub-cults of the techno-arcana that should be fun to explore.
This thread will examine the Forge Moon of Khamove Tertius, a colony of the Forgeworld Phaeton and a regular supplier and customer of House Catallus. The background will be fleshed out more over time.
For now, I have two WIP models to show. The second is my entry to Grotsmasha's Warlords contest, and will be in the next post along with some background; the first is below; it's the abeyant belonging to Archmandrite Vikram, Comptroller Locum of Khamove Tertius. Vikram is a thinker, not a fighter, so it's not bristling with weapons like many of the other abeyants out there. As you can see from the photos, there's a little greenstuff clean-up still needed- but hopefully you get the general idea. The Chakra in front of which Vikram will be haloed forms a stylised version of Phaeton's symbol; conveniently it has a solar theme, like House Cattalus' heraldic sun.
And here, reposted from Grotsmasha's thread, is Vikram's bodyguard; a Skitarii Spatharios. I will be making a fun abeyant for him too- more of which later.
When the forces of the Adeptus Mechanicus go to war, the faceless marching columns of the Skitatii are often preceded by terrifying four-armed constructs of flesh and metal, draped in grisly trophies and barbaric furs to imitate the Thark of ancient Martian myth. These fearsome individuals are the Spatharoi or “Masters of Skitarii”, the Red Priesthood’s chosen instrument of intimidation.
Each Spatharios is carefully engineered by the Magii to evince maximum psychological impact, a careful calibration of threat postures, dymantic theory and violent potential. Their intimidating appearance is matched by their physical strength, skill at arms and the ability to coordinate allied forces on a tactical level, making each one a considerable military asset.
The Spatharoi have two primary functions. The first is diplomatic, acting as bodyguard and protector to emissaries sent out by Forge Worlds as a token of the Synod’s support and an implicit demonstration of the Omnissiah’s potential wrath.
Their other function is on the battlefield, where a Spatharios can unleash its full killing potential at the head of a War Cohort or Maniple of Skitarii. Spatharoii have been furnished with the computational ability to coordinate tactical manoeuvres and can continue this analytical behaviour even as they launch frenzied close quarter attacks on enemy positions and high value targets.
However, the real value of a Spatharios is more subtle. Although they pose as the commanders of Skitarii formations and can even serve as such if required, they are in truth no more autonomous or militarily vital than any other Skitarius. An enemy might commit huge resources to assassinate a Spatharios or assume that their presence in the vanguard of an assault makes the target the Machine Cult’s primary objective; Magii safely secured in distant underground bunkers or in orbit have won uncounted conflicts by utilising such misdirection.
Pictured below is Spatharios Unit 23-7 from the Legiones Skitarii of Forge World Phaeton, presently detached for protection duty and >error92462: Classified< in the service of Archmandrite Vikram, Comptroller Locum of the mining colony of Khamove Tertius.
Edited by EdT, 13 June 2018 - 05:52 PM.