Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Enter the Raptors!

Sorry for the lack of posting lately- it's been a bit of a whirlwind around here lately. I've been out on work trips for most of the past few weekends and those that I wasn't I was either at Adepticon or furiously painting and modeling for the campaign that I've joined at the club.

Even though I have plenty of pics and stories, Adepticon will have to wait as I have more pressing matters to discuss. The aforementioned campaign at my club is set during the Badab War, so I figured that it would be a great chance to build one of my favorite Space Marine chapters, the Raptors.

The Raptors strike a deep chord with me. I've never understood the mentality behind Marines, standing out in the open and charging forward to kill the enemy with chainsword and power fist. It's a cool image, but not a terribly practical one. The Raptors as of Imperial Armour 9 actually use camouflage and focus on shooting to eliminate their enemies. But above all they are practical- if there is an easier way to accomplish a goal, they will do so, no matter what it is.

So here's my work in progress for the army. I'm using Chapter Master Lias Issodon from IA 9 as my primary HQ and I'm trying to make the most of his Stealth chapter tactics ability by using a foot based build made up of Scouts and Terminators. Yeah, not the most effective in the entire world, but I'm sick of painting metal boxes for right now. Plus it lets me pursue a force based on Operation Sedna, the Raptors' crowning achievement during the war. All of my marines will be in tundra camo with snow basing, something I've wanted to do for a long time.

And here's a close up of one of my CML termies. I figured that I'm not using Typhoons on the speeders that I've built so far, so the missile launchers will easily fill out my ranks.

More updates will be following soon, and thanks for reading!

p.s. Thanks to for posting about my blog! Once I've finished the Raptors the Guard will have their refit. Also look forward to my introspective on my past year in the hobby!