100th Drookian Fenriders - A Cavalry Company
100th Drookian Fenriders
Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the one hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!” he said.
Into the Eye of Terror
Rode the one hundred.
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
Rode the one hundred.
Welcome to my very ambitious project log, where I attempt to do something I've been wanting/waiting to do for several years: an Astra Militarum Cavalry company. NO NOT THOSE MECHANISED BOYS, PROPER CAVALRY! Developments in my own painting and modelling skills over the last few years coupled with Forgeworld's incredible Death Korp Death Rider kits has made this ambition an attainable reality.
The idea of a Rough Rider Company first came to me when I read the 3rd edition rulebook
From then it took a long time to come back around before I came to the decision what regiment?
Sticking with the Death Korps did not appeal to me, no converting required but, they had the best 40k horses, WFB/Aos horses just don't cut it. From that moment I knew I would be converting Death Riders. I mind mapped up options for what I thought would be great cavalry armies. Vostroyan, Praetorian,and Tallarn all made it to the final four but it was the
Drookian Fen Guard that took it. The Drookian Fen Guard first came to everyones attention with Victoria's golden daemon squad, proudly wearing their kilts, with beautifully freehanded tartan. They portray both the grim dark future, and maintain that real human element to them, something a lot of regiments loose. I understand they are the faceless regiments of the imperial guard but, that is something I really want to show, that human cost aspect.
- Extensive (and exclusive) conversions.
- The use of casting
- Green Stuffing icons and insignia.
Really because I want to share with you where I draw so much of my inspiration
“DEATH’S HEAD” - 3rd Krieg Tank Division - Titan Hunter Detachment - Best Guard Blog of all time
Pre-heresy Iron Warriors - Love the organisation, layout and attention to detail in this Log
Three Hives Rebellion - Some of the best custom fluff i have ever had the privilege to read
Tau Drop Troops
Sersi's Slaaneshi Themed Daemon Army - My first exposure of using casting to turn great conversions into elaborate units
As you can imagine with a project of this size, a lot is required. It takes Games Workshop years to produce theirs, and they have all their very talented members of staff. I have myself, and hopefully a supportive and encouraging hobby community to drive my along. What I really want to show is the human side of the Imperial Guard.
Resources Intended for Use:
Forgeworld Death Riders
Victoria Miniatures Kilts 1 & 2
Puppetswar Cossack heads
Unlike any other army I have attempted, to create this army has required so much preparation work. A lot of details needed to be decided ahead of time so that expanding the army wouldn't throw up annoying difficulties from rushed planning.
The first stage was to create the conversion that could be cast
The second stage is to cast the miniature
The third stage is what is usually everyone elses starting point, building some miniatures
COMING SOON (I HOPE)
Well I have a lot of Rough riders to build. I am still waiting on the required number of bases, as well as the brass rod to build them all. Also my drill broke meaning a few days delay there.
Once that is out of the way, I plan to build some tow guns (Inspiration can be found here), as well as a dismounted company command including an engineer on a mechanical horse
Let me know what you think
Ambition, you've got... and I've wanted to see some more proper Rough Riders for ages. Good luck (and persistence. You're going to need persistence :) )
Casting has finally finished and I can begin what I know will be a long slog to building a full company. I believe the conversions I have along the way will be a great way to change it up every so often to maintain enthusiasm.
Talking of enthusiasm, I just had to build my first five straight away
Let me know what you think
I also got cast a torso for my foot infantry, a lot less interesting but, still cool
It came to my attention that I rushed my photographs of my new Fen Riders, and that just cannot do.
This is where I am at the moment. Fifty Fenriders have been built, minus heads on 25 of them as I wait on a big order from Puppetswar. The Bigger bases in the middle will be used for my Tow Guns (Heavy Weapons Teams).
Next is the greenstuffing which I know will take a while as well as some more general clean up of the model.
I am also waiting on an order from Victoria Mi that will allow me to convert some of these to be using their rebreathers
I started toying with the idea of a fancier head dress for the mounts of my command squad (I already knew my mounted commissar conversion will). I also already have plans for the actual rider. What do you think?
I'm not sure about the skull on the headdress. It doesn't really fit the feel of the model. What about just painting the command squad a different colour instead of sticking something extra on it?
Update - 26/11/18
Or How I got distracted
As of my last update, my plan was to continue the long arduous process of greenstuffing, filling gaps, filing, and mold line removal. While breaking up the monotonousness of that by working on my conversions.
Unfortunately the parts required for those conversions only arrived on Saturday afternoon (24/11/18).
Eventually I couldn’t take it any more and decided to build some infantry
This simple unit shows what can be achieved when not only do you supplement a kit with a 3rd parties parts but also when you combine multiple sources to create something truly unique
Heads – Puppetswar
You have already seen these heads on my cavalry. Puppetswar cast great quality pieces and I would happily recommend them to anyone. They are currently renewing some of their lines, and the line I invested in is going/gone. (Good thing I own 200 of those heads + my altered versions). The replacements can be found here.
Arms – Mad Robot Miniatures
I ran into some difficulty in getting these pieces that I didn’t foresee. They do not send worldwide so my parts had to be shipped via somewhere else. The quality of the casts are fantastic. How they are attached to some of the sprues could cause problems for inexperienced hobbyists. The rolled sleeve arms can be found here.
Legs – Victoria Miniatures
Victoria Miniatures could be argued to be the most well known 3rd party part supplier. I would like the quality to be slightly higher but the quality is certainly not bad. Their customer service is also very good. The Kilted Legs can be found here.
Torso – Mine
These Torsos are what I used on my Fen Riders. It started life as a Cadian Torso before webbing was sculpted on, and the Victoria Miniature Gas Mask blended into it.
Weapons – Forgeworld
I went through many options until I settled on what pattern lasgun to use. Catachan versions were too “heroic scale” for the rest of the miniature. Third party options didn’t fitthe feel so I eventually settled on the Forgeworld Death korps version, which can be found here (I will use their pattern weapons except for the grenade launcher).
Command Squad WIP
With the parts that have arrived, I have quickly started converting a few members of my company command. Below arepictures of the Officer and the Commissar. The Commissar will most certainly be receiving a cape, as well as a lot more greenstuff.
What are your thoughts?
I am debating as to whether the Commissar deserves a rebreather, and as I have recently been leaning in one direction, I thought I would put it out for a public opinion poll
It has been an awfully long time since I got back to work on this project. While I haven’t really touched a miniature in about 6 months, I have been busy with other hobby related things relating to this project that I hope to show you soon once the proverbial ball gets rolling again.
So I will start with a small update. I have finally printed off some dogs to sit among my mounted command squad.
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