To make things interesting and stimulate our creative juices, we (the Tale of 8 Gamers group) wrote some fluff on a "forgotten event" during the Badab War. If you're interested, read the full story in the project thread here.
Everyone of us has a list of 1000 points that we will assemble and paint. With the backstory in mind I tried to make the army list as fluffy as I could. In other words; meat shields at the front, big guns at the back and the Astral Claws somewhere in between; being the only ones who are truly useful! Just how the Tyrant of Badab likes it, right?
Right! On to the army list:
Note: some of the weapon upgrades are still not final!
Tyrant's Legion Centurion
power sword, melta bombs, combi-melta
Legion Retaliator Squad
4x marines; bolt pistols, close combat weapons, combat shield, melta bombs, 1x veteran sergeant; power axe, bolt pistol, combat shield, melta bombs
Auxilia Armsmen Cadre
8x armsmen; lasgun, 1x missile launcher team, master-at-arms; close combat weapon, laspistol
17x auxiliary; lasgun, 2x auxiliary with flamer, prefect; close combat weapon, laspistol
Legion Space Marine Cohort
8x space marine; bolter, 1x spacemarine with meltagun, veteran sergeant; power sword, plasma pistol
Legion Iron Hunter Squadron
3x space marine biker, 1x space marine biker with grav-gun, huntmaster
Auxilia Battle Tank Squadron
2x leman russ annihilator; twin-linked lascannon, heavy bolters
Pretty cool stuff! Now I went ahead and started to paint the first bunch the Auxilia Armsmen Cadre! These guys are the more specialist forces and have better stats then the other human auxilia. I bought some Cadian Shock Troops to represent these guys. In the fluff I'm currently writing, they hail from Badab Primaris itself (the throne world of the Tyrant). Their origins lie in the old Planetary Defence Force before Huron took over and recieved better training. The leader of the bunch is Prefect Claudus Fask (count-as Master-at-Arms) who comes from a noble house. Anyway, I will post some more fluff when the time comes! Here are some pics of the current progress:
I'm actually nearing the end with these guys! The only things left to do: their skin, armour, black leather and the base.
Here's a close-up, so you'll have more of an idea how they all look like now: