so I'm starting my 7th Horus Heresy army, blackshields.
the army is going to be built as two parts.
- proper blackshields force of the dark brotherhood.
- false flag detachment in sons of horus colours.
the false flag guys are based off the fake SoH detachment from book 6 at Xana II. As some of you will know, I brought the large BS techmarine poster that was posted online at the HH weekender.
and I decided to make the model for him.
the body is the MK3 techmarine with the mk4 techmarine head. I took a combi-melta from the B@C box to finish him off alongside a boltpistol.
I then decided that he would be out of place in my planned BS force which would be all black. but I thought about the events he took part in and thought of a plan, to do a seperate force in his colour scheme, which would start the game on the board, while the rest of the BBS (black armoured blackshields) would then deploy from reserves, as a surprise attack. this seperate force would allow me to play them as a single BS force in small games, or as a seperate allies/primary detachment in larger games using the actual SoH rules giving me access to some rites to adjust the force to a more tactically focused style.
I plan to run him as a forge lord. I'm also creating a full squad of techmarines to come along with him. which will follow his scheme.
they will be receiving a cadre of servo-automata with rad missile launchers once I get the models together, along with transports.
the first elements of my other half will be in traditional BS colours of gloss black armour with gold/bone trimmings. This army weirdly will see pretty much all of the limited edition minis that GW/FW have released this year as its various HQ options.
- FW event praetor = seige breaker because he looks like one.
- FW instore only praetor = reaver lord with halo blade, as its a two-handed weapon.
- FW event librarian = librarian of course.
the Black BSs will see a heavy amount of phosphex and rad weaponry in its arsenal, as I like the stuff plus it fits in with their 'no limits, no restrictions' vibe. so the thudd-guns will be running phosphex, alongside some medusas and a squadron of Achilles.
I plan to add several squads of marauders and at least one assault squad now their more reasonably priced. I'll also be adding 1-2 tactical support squads to round out my troops.
elites will be a veteran squad to act as the reavers command squad (as BS can't take actual command squads), along with some terminators and a talon of Cortus Contemptors, will probably see some apothecaries as well.
fast attacks will be a squadron of jetbikes and a storm eagle (as book 6 references the dark brotherhood having both of these) and a squadron of javelins.
heavy support will be a fire raptor, the previously mentioned achilles squadron and something else hurty.
I have also just finished making my nemean reaver count-as model(s).
the one on the left is the black shields version, while the one of the right is him as a knight errant. I've made the models as close to identical as I could in parts and pose, even using the same scenic base on both.
the body is the imperial space marine that GW released back in march (i think). using that as his armour is referenced as being super-old, and that is the IRL oldest mark of armour.
the blackshields version has a fur cloak and loin cloth which will be painted up as lion fur to match his emblem and name. and his hooded head. the KE version has that removed and given a new helmet and shoulder pads, as Malcador would allow him to keep his armour, but would of insisted on letting his guys 'upgrade' it and give it some maintenance. the sword arms on both are the mk4 heavy chainblade arms with the blade replaced with a wiggly blade from an Empire greatswords kit.
that's all for now, but I will be adding more WIPs and hopefully a few finished units soon enough. also like my FB page to get more updates than on here.