Posts Tagged "Phantine XXIII"

Despite having the mighty Adeptus Astartes of the Praetoris Aeneas the Ordo Xenos knew that their particular mission on Armageddon would require a lot more firepower, the Space Marines would be doing what they do best - rapid insertion assault - whilst Imperial forces moved into position to complete the objectives.

Operating under special orders Interogators found a squadron which had seen extensive combat on Armageddon already, the Phantine XXIII, to be used as rapid deployment air support. Due to heavy casualties in a series of missions, where Adeptus Ministorum adepts had determined the risks as within acceptable loss parameters, the squadron was practically decimated and ready to be absorbed into the XXVIII. 

However edict from the Ordo Xenos meant they had a different role to play.

Designated purely Primarus and Secundus the Praetoris Aeneas gunships would be used as rapid deployment craft and extreme close support vehicles, and the sole responsibility of Epsilon Squadron to defend from both ork aircraft and long range bombardment.

In order to provide such cover the heavier Thunderbolt class Imperial fighters of the 492nd wing are tasked with close support duty. Whilst a number of pilots had been recovered after ejection the number of fighters available was greatly diminished and as such Lt Raffkin led a single formation which rotated in pilots when needed tostave off exhaustion.

Even with the squadron reduced below typically operational size the basic support crews and facilities needed to keep it running and operational for the Alpha-492 operation was still substantial. In order to fend off the inevitable marauding Ork bands the remaining Lightning craft were designated as 297th wing CAV for the duration of the mission.

The final component of the XXIII for the Alpha-492 mission were the 519th Marauder Destroyer wing. In order to ensure the Praetoris Aeneas could be most effective in their rapid strikes Lt Carlsen was tasked with attacking massed Ork hordes in areas near the planned operational zone. Along with Imperial Guard they were trying to inflict maximum casualties and run interference, generally harassing the greenskin leaders a great deal, to draw the savage beasts away from the true objective.

This is my planned 17 plane Aeronautica Imperialis force which I will be putting together over the coming weeks (or knowing me, months). I was heavily inspired by Double Eagle some time ago and so quite simply had to have a Phantine unit!

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!