Sunday, February 15, 2015

Grand Inquisitorial Retinue - Storm Troopers

The backbone of an inquisitorial army are the acolytes. The many recruits and footmen who serve as the bodyguards and warriors of the inquisitors. They are versatile and can be kitted out to pretty much any role. They are a cheap unit filler which serve as special weapons, ablative wounds, and a huge bargain for what you get out of them.
Here I have the Inquisitorial Storm Troopers. The idea is they have been recruited right out of Schola Progrenium. Instead of the standard issue weapons they usually carry, the inquisitor has given them ones more appropriate to the tasks of their lord's wishes.
First their usual Hot-shot Lasguns have been replaced with boltguns. The inquisitors favor the range and stopping power of these signature weapons. Bolt rounds are more freely available to the inquisition than the Militarum Tempestus. The breakdown for their cost is an Acolyte+Carapace Armour+Boltgun=9 points each. I have a sergeant-like model for each unit that will also be wielding a Melta Bomb for 5 points. The guy in the front with the beret has one at his back. The conversion is still the basic Tempestus Scion, but I found a creative way of converting their lasguns into boltguns. I will do a small tutorial on how I did that later.
In units of acolytes, up to 3 can replace their common weapon with a special weapon. Part of the theme of my army is Plasma Spam! These 3 Inquisitorial Storm Troopers will be of the many wielding the potent and dangerous weapon. Acolyte+Carapace Armour+Plasma Gun=18 points each.
These are my 3 Afriel Strain subjects in my army. I read about the Afriel Strain a while back and knew I had to include them somehow in my grand retinue. While not technically storm troopers, they use a lot of the same parts, mixed with Catachans. I love the look of the exposed arms and gruff 80's-action-hero heads. I look forward to painting these. Acolyte+Carapace Armour+Meltagun=18 points each.

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