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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Militarum Tempestus - An Exciting Release


Wow. I love these guys. GW really did a good job giving them a mix of archaic and modern appearance. For the first time I am very excited about  GW release. 

I just Pre Ordered a squad (10 Men) of these and 1 Taurox. Instead of paying the huge price for the Codex I got the White Dwarf that contains enough rules to field it as part of an Imperial Guard army. So they will replace my Scotsmen as stand in Storm Troopers. After all nobody wants to picture their kilts as they drop out of the sky. I wouldnt put any enemy through that sight... 




Now I am a cavalry man. Horses appeal to me big time. What comes next? Light armour. Motorcycles, Jeeps, Humvee, helicopters and so on are my idea of modern Cav. This Vehicle brings me one step closer to getting a light armour army that packs a punch. However as much as id love one, I simply do not need it. So just the one vehicle and squad will do. 

The Taurox above is pretty much how I plan to assemble my own. I love the size of the vehicle and the idea. A fast mobile gun platform that carries equally epic Troopers inside just appeals to me. However the guns on the fenders simply look terrible. I will not have mine there. I might put them on the turret or something. 

Something that I found odd is this vehicle here in NZ is the same price as a chimera. Yet in the USA its more expensive. So who knows whats up there...

The Storm Troopers will have plasma (as usual) but the new volley guns sound decent rules wise. So I'll have a long think about that one. The squad will contain a medic and banner bearer despite them not being available to the squad. I like the idea of a squad that has specialists on the field and I really want them to stand out. 

The Storm troopers really compliment the Inquisition in my opinion. So in a few weeks I will get myself the rest of my grey knights too. Im getting behind on my painting but I really want to make use of the ones I have as the models are lovely. 

So any one else loving the models? I know the Taurox is controversial but the Storm Troopers (Scions) are a pretty big hit by most standards. 

I plan on painting mine a really annoyingly bright red and white. They have to look holy and standy outy after all. 

Well Im excited and although im sure many will have unboxings of the models and other info but I will join the bandwagon too. 

All in all, asides from the crazy priced supplement im very happy about the release and see it as part one of the Imperial Guard release.   

14 comments:

  1. Hey, I'm massively excited about the scions, such epic models and a really good looking kit with options, although wish they were just called storm troopers! Not sure why GW is suddenly obsessed with using faux latin to describe everything guard, kind of jars!

    The Taurox has grown on me massively, the paint job above is so ugly, but now I have seen a green one I can see it in a whole new light. It will still get converted whenever I do get my hands on one, with probably front wheels and a bit more militaryesque rather than gothic iconography. Some of the weapon positions like you say are stupid but I just find that a good excuse to convert, which is my favourite bit of the hobby.

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    1. Really nice to see others excited about this release! I mean its also a nice change from the big kits that we have been seeing lots of. But yea Scions is pretty weird I do agree. I will call them Storm Troopers for now.

      The Taurox has heaps of potential for conversion. As you say its part of the hobby so go wild! I think the first images really made it look stubby and small but now we can see it at all angles and yea I think most people think of it as better than before.

      Definitely remove the fender guns (anyone else who reads this). I will add mine to the turret somehow if I can.

      Thanks for reading dude.

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    2. The name change is allabout IP and chapterhouse.

      As for the taurox, well, the basic onehas the weapons turret mounted instead of on the rear wings, but how does this affect fire arcs? is it a true turret, i.e. 360 degree fire or not? and the rear guns 45/90 forward arc? or are they both just forward arc? will impact on where weapons can be placed.

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    3. Good point. I think but how does someone aim the fender guns anyway :P, I will just only fire the secondary weapons at targets that within the arch. Im sure most opponents will allow it, but I may look at making another gun platform for secondary guns on the roof or something. There has to be a better place.

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  2. the taurox's turret will look fantastic on a chimera chassis i think!

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    1. I hadn't even thought of that! That's a really good point, have the potential to look ace on a chimera and will definitely be testing that out!

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    2. That is a really great idea. I'll have to look into picking up a few once the model is out and the bits are on ebay.

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    3. Heck thats a fine idea. The turret on the Taurox looks pretty well sized so yea makes sense. I dont have any chimeras but would love to see a conversion like that.

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  3. I agree that the taurox needs a lot of work (I'm thinking of maybe buying some chimera chassis from the internet and hacking the top part to the standard wheel well perhaps?), but I rather like the infantry models. The look of modern + renaissance makes me think of how they did the sardaukar from the dune miniseries.

    I think that, once again, you could do best with kitbashing here, though. I'm especially thinking of combining the scions kit with, say, Empire greatswords. That way you could get even poofier hats and sleeves (to rock the renaissance angle more), and you could replace the ho-hum breastplates with better looking ones.

    That or kitbash them with regular cadians. Probably the biggest strength to this kit is the bitz. Stilettos and beret heads might make their way into my guard army soon...

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    1. With a lot of effort you could add wheels to the Taurox and make it work

      http://chapterhousestudios.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=77&product_id=67

      Give it that APC wheeled look. (Or just make a wheeled chimera instead for a Taurox).

      The awesome thing with these Scion guys is the amount of bits you get. When I used to have cadians I noticed that the command squad bits made its way into my army and became a valuable bits kit. I think the Scions are the same. You get like 9 beret heads per kit. So the more Scions you get the more heads, arms and gear you have for conversion.

      I would love to see some kit bash for these too. While I personally like them a lot as is, conversions are always appreciated. If you do anything cool with these guys be sure to show them off somewhere for us to see!.

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  4. I'm just waiting to hear if the Vendetta is available in the codex along with the Valkyrie. If it is then it means the Tempestus are a really viable stand alone army (if restricted to 1-2 builds.)

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    1. The unit option for the Vendetta etc will also give us hints as to what the Astra Militarum Codex will contain.

      It wouldn't surprise me if they just merged the two variants together personally.

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    2. It also wouldn't surprise me if tempestus get the valkyrie and the vendetta while the guard just get the valkyrie (with, perhaps, a thunderbolt as a fighter instead).

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    3. Only time will tell. If that happens though im sure we will see a lot of Guard using Tempestus allies on the internet to get the Vendettas.

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