I?ve been collecting my Horus Heresy Emperor?s Children for over three years now and have amassed a sizable force (almost 10,000 points of painted miniatures at last count!), but for our ?event hobby challenge? I decided to pursue something a little different. I knew straight away that I wanted to collect a Loyalist force, in no small part so that when introducing friends to the idea of games set in the Age of Darkness I could lend them an army to try out against my Traitors. I was then faced with the question of which Loyalist Legion to collect, and I soon narrowed it down to Blood Angels and White Scars.
I?d had the idea of painting the sons of Sanguineous in the terracotta/orange tone used for that Legion back in the days of 1st edition Warhammer 40,000 when I first started playing, and of using as much Mark 6 (?beakie?) armour as possible for a truly ?old school? look. Ultimately however, I decided to shelve that idea until there are more Space Marines in Mark 6 armour available so I can really go to town on it. So that left the White Scars, who at the beginning of the Horus Heresy are known for wearing older marks of armour such as Mark 2 and 3 having ranged ahead of the Great Crusade, far from established supply lines for so long. I?m a big fan of Mark 2 armour and there?s plenty of it in the Forge World range.
White Scars Legionnaire from The Horus Heresy Book Six – Retribution
Another reason for choosing White Scars was the idea that when we eventually have a model of their Primarch Jaghatai Khan, he would be usable in games set at the very height of the Horus Heresy at the Siege of Terra (as would my Emperor?s Children) and after its conclusion during the period known as the Great Scouring. It may still be a while off, but I can?t wait to play games set during this most iconic of battles and in collecting both Loyalist and Traitors who were present there I?d be able to play both sides. Later on, Jaghatai disappears into the webway while pursuing Dark Eldar Raiders who had attacked Chogoris while the White Scars were defending Terra, again providing inspiration for many hours of gaming fun.
Lastly, the decision to collect a White Scars force was cemented when I read the excellent Black Library novel ?Scars? by Chris Wraight. It?s always good to have such inspiration and Chris? novel provided plenty. In fact, I?ve just finished reading the sequel to Scars, Path of Heaven, which featured not just the White Scars but the Emperor?s Children too ? my two favourite Legions in one book!
Andy’s first White Scars Legion Tactical Squad.
So that?s enough from me, and I haven?t even had time to describe how I came upon the technique of painting white, a prospect many hobbyists dread especially when its an entire army. I?ll explain it all next time, and in the meanwhile here?s a picture of a Rhino armoured transport I?ve just painted, inspired by camouflage scheme shown many years ago at the dawn of the Warhammer 40,000 game and recently re-published in the excellent Index Astartes Apocrypha book.
A White Scars Rhino bearing the distinctive sulphur desert camouflage scheme.
The original Rhino camouflage scheme from Index Astartes: Apocrypha.
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