While watching the famous scene in Enemy at the Gates, where retreating Soviet soldiers are machine-gunned by NKVD 'blocking troops', I thought that's just the thing my Penal Legion could do with ... although they weren't as keen as I was. I promptly went on a bit of a spending spree and got:
- Various Vicky Lamb parts - mostly flak-armoured torsos and heavy weapon arms, with some conversion bits too
- Some legs of unknown origin, mostly Guard plastics but some other generic-looking limbs
- Some heavy weapons carriages and gasmask heads from Maximini
- SM Terminator Assault Cannons from BitzBox
- And 60mm bases and a Commissar model from GW itself.
The vague idea was to make three Assault Cannon stands, one of which would have a commissar on it, 'encouraging' the Penal Legion to carry on. Not quite sure how it would work in game terms, but I'll come to that in due course. Nothing should get in the way of a great idea!
Fluffwise, I thought the commissar could have a suitably Teutonic name, that fits in well with the pose of the model I think. How about von Körtig. I love umlauted names, they look somehow more sinister. And as for a nickname ... well, with typical cynical understatement, "The Backscratchers" - in reference to their tendency to machine gun their colleagues in the back. I imagine von Körtig not getting along well with Hellbrooke - despite not being a convict, Körtig is probably still on the lookout for an excuse to slot Hellbrooke.
I'll let the pictures do the talking with some explanatory captions. All these guys have gasmasks, because while the Last Gasp platoon can always spare some convicts when attacking a gassed position, it takes time to train commissars and gun crew.
|My lovely bitz|
|The three emplacements. I used builders filler around a semicircle of card on the front to make the mud - |
this is exactly the same formula as my old Guard lascannons (my first ever post, there).
|Milliput isn't as high quality as GS so it's perfect here to fill in some gaps. There's also matchstick wooden poles, some mesh, a radio and spent casings. Builders' filler is good for getting the bulk of the mud, then milliput for the remainder.|
|Some of the heavy weapons crew. Some very nice MaxiMini gasmask heads.|
|The Commissar himself ...|
There we have it! There will be lots of grubby muddiness in the painting so I can look forward to that. I'll try and get some pictures up this week.
Oh, and two little admin announcements:
Victoria Lamb is now doing Penal Guard conversion sets in resin - pre-orders being taken now. They are quite steep at $50 a pop, but you save a bit on buying them individually. Don't know how I'm going to afford my 100-man human wave of convicts. But just take one look at the models and you won't care!
And this just in - 122/7 Coy have a new commanding officer after the death of Capt Nero! First Lieutenant Severus has made planetfall and is assuming command. I've decided to bring out Lt Creticus' old model (he died early on, but I love the model so I want to use it again). Service record and fluff to follow - but rumour has it he's a rigid disciplinarian. Uh oh, a bit of a change of pace after Nero's laid-back tenure.
That's all folks!