Sunday, March 6, 2011

Here Comes the Cavalry.

Here's the completed Wind Rider squadron, including 4 Guardian Jetbikes with Twin-linked Catapults, 2 Guardian Jetbikes with Shuriken Cannon, and a Warlock with Singing Spear (and Embolden).



After whining that the Warlock on bike would be so hard to model, it was actually pretty straightforward.   I started with this model and then cut it off at the waist, cut off his right arm, and cut his left arm at the shoulder.  I replaced his legs and right arm with the Jetbike Guardian versions, and repositioned his left arm so that the spear pointed forward.



The lower robes were not a problem at all, as I cut all that off anyway. The most difficult part was the right arm. The Guardian arm was too flimsy - without a robed arm the model looks asymmetrical. So I had to make a sleeve out of greenstuff. I think I did a fair job, but nothing that would pass close inspection. He won't win any awards, but he's WYSIWYG, which is important when you tell your opponent that you're putting a Strength 9 shot up the exhaust pipes of his Leman Russ.



Tactically, I worry that this squadron is too large to hide in cover, and even Turbo-boost and Embolden (which allows the unit to re-roll failed morale tests) may not be enough to keep them around. But I can break them down into two smaller squadrons if I need to. They're a finesse unit, and I'm sure they'll end up getting wiped out a few times before I figure out how to use them.

Next up: more Fire Dragons.

7 comments:

  1. Hey it's me! Looks pretty good! Simple yet effective. Also liking the colour scheme. I'll be keeping an eye on your blog incase i see anything inspiring (so i followed you =D)

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  2. Thanks, and welcome to our blog. I'm following yours as well, for the same reason.

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  3. Love 'em. The warlock really stands out and looks great, from the pics.

    That squad looks like a ton of fun to play with. Remember only 1/2 the squad needs to be in cover so find a way to get 4 of them in and the other 3 can be wherever. Still may be a challenge given the size of the models but it may be easier than you think.

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  4. That's a good point. I think it's going to come down to a practiced use of the move-shoot-move routine. Simple in theory, tough in practice.

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  5. So I used these gentlemen in a 2-on-2 game yesterday at GW. They were unlucky on rolls, but fun to use. The Warlock threatened a Land Raider but missed, and then the squadron used their assault move to get behind a building. Sadly the LR in question had firestorm flamers and the cover was useless. Next time I'll try them in two squadrons.

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  6. Ususally i get mine to pick on a rhino. They tend to die quite quickly if they get seen. I think splitting into two would be good.
    The unit with the Warlock can sit on an objective while the other can act as a baiting unit or act as a contester, depending on the opponent. I think they could at least hold up some scouts/grotz/etc (weak objective holders).

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