From the smallest of plans


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In planning how I intend on producing the Strikeforce Alpha 492 of my Praetoris Aeneas I have come up with all sorts of ideas, including plenty mad ideas!

I really want them to have a pretty unique character, much as Argos is going for with his beautifully modelled troopers and tanks, so I suspect there will be lots of conversion … even on my tactical marines, let alone the sergeants and other command staff. The main thing I plan to do is have them walking, weapons holstered or clipped, as if they aren’t concerned by anything going on around them. Much as the astartes are capable of being truly frightening in battle, on the tabletop I want the flaw in the character of the Praetoris Aeneas chapter to come through in their haughty attitude to the war around them. They are the masters of battle, their mere presence is threat enough.

For the makeup of this strikeforce I figure that I’ll take a command squad with two tactical squads (and yes, force organisation chart ahoy!) then a devastator squad to follow. Gives me around 35-40 models to do plus transports. As a centre piece I thought that the command squad would look really solid, but to really beef it up what could I do to make it stand out? The Damocles command rhino upgrade with dozer blade and extra armour of course!

However of course with SSC pulling out the Thunderbolt for AI and me finding the 40k scale version in my hobby area I found myself going back to Double Eagle and my desire to do a fighter wing. So in a moment of impulse I have ordered some AI fighters, thus is born the Phantine XXIII! Brought in by my as yet to be named inquisitor of the Ordo Xenos to help the strikeforce complete their mission. Obviously I’ll need a couple of thunderhawk transports and thunderhawk gunship …

Doesn’t stop there though, in my fervour to reproduce them in both 40k and AI this led on to me doing some Epic work as well. Plink, out come the as yet unbuilt and unpainted marines and small imperial guard detachment for that scale. Hmm, how will they get to the theatre of war that is Armageddon? Battlefleet of course! Oh! I have a Grey Knights strike cruiser I could convert to be more suitable for the PA, and a few imperial ships to let me make a small battlegroup.


Wait, thats a lot of work for me isn’t it? Guess I best get started then. More to come soon!

3 Responses to “From the smallest of plans”

  1. SCC says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of projects (and tags!) Ragnar. I love the idea of an integrated force from BFG right on down to 40K scale, you just need to add an Inquisitor warband and you’d cover the whole 40K spectrum.

    On the Phantine, did you scare up any good info on their colour scheme? I toyed with the idea of a Phantine Thunderbolt but was too lazy to look stuff up…

  2. Ok now I am envious and want some Planes for myself!

  3. Ragnar says:

    Yeah I figured that Argos wouldn’t be too chuffed if I simply tagged “plans” or “schtuff” ;)

    I decided not to do inquisitor for a couple of reasons really, firstly on a purely logistical front I thought it’d be easier and also nothing really leapt to mind.

    With regards to Phantine colour schemes, I can probably get some info but I know that the cover of Double Eagle the wing leading edge was deliberately changed to green for the Phantine XX squadron.