Friday, May 15, 2015

Skitarii Battle Maniple Fully Assembled!

This last week I was able to assemble the entire set of Adeptus Mechanicus miniatures that I've bought so far. It was a whirlwind of razorblades and super glue, but I'm happy to say that I'm now finished building them. Originally I was going to hold off, but thanks to painting the Onager Commander I decided that I couldn't wait.

If you've been following, you know that I picked up 2 boxes of Skitarii, 3 Boxes of Sicarians, 2 Ironstriders and an Onager Dunecrawler. I wasn't sure how I was going to assemble them all, but finally decided to go with the standard Skitarii Maniple formation. Here's how it all breaks down.

Skitarii Vanguard:
  • 10 models
  • Vanguard Alpha equipped with Power Sword and Arc Pistol
  • 2 equipped with Plasma Calivers
  • 1 equipped with Omniple
Skitarii Rangers:
- I split the box of Rangers into 2 squads of 5. Mainly because I wanted the option of sniper rifles or arc weapons.

Squad #1
  • 5 models
  • Ranger Alpha equipped with Phosphor Blast Pistol and Power Sword
  • 2 equipped with Transuranic Arquebus 
  • 1 equipped with Omniplex
Squad #2
  •  5 model
  • Ranger Alpha equipped with Arc Pistol and Arc Mau
  • 2 equipped with Arc Rifle

Sicarian Infiltrators
  • 5 models
  • Infiltrator Priceps equipped with Infoslave Skull
  • Trade starting gear for Taser Goads and Flechette Blasters
Sicarian Ruststalkers
  • 10 models
  • Ruststalker Priceps equipped with Chrodclaw and Prehensile Data-spike
  • Trade in starting gear for double swords
Sydonian Dragoons
  • 2 models
  • equipped with Taser Lances
Onager Dunecrawler
  • 1 model
  • equipped with Icarus Array

All of this covers a bit of solid ground in the Maniple. The Vanguard and 2 squads of Rangers cover 3 choices for Troops. The Infiltrators and Ruststalkers cover 2 choices for Elites, the pair of Dragoons cover 1 choice for Fast Attack and the Onager covers a choice for Heavy Support.

That leaves me with 5 more troop choices, 2 more elite choices, 1 more fast attack choice, 3 more heavy support choices and a fortification.

Some things aren't finished yet. It's obvious that the models aren't glued to their bases and the Onager has his knee plates missing still. But those will get taken care of during paint.

I haven't decided on a basing theme yet and I'm unsure if I want to use cork or how exactly I want to decorate them. I do know that I am looking at a Mars themed heraldry (slightly modified for personal taste), so that means I'm likely looking at Mars desert for basing as well.

What I am leaning toward is green stuff the bases to give surface height variation. Then crackle paint the them. If I go with green stuff I can hide bits and pieces in the "sand" and they'll look more interesting that way.

The overall plan is that since I don't have players to fight against, they will mainly be a display army. So, I'll take my time painting them and making sure they look solid. Now that they are all glued together I can go back and clean mold lines off easier too.

Luckily paint should go rather easily. I used the gunner for the Onager as a test mini and kept notes of every step. Also I'm not mixing colors, so I shouldn't have to worry about color matching.

But for now, that's it! The Skitarii Battle Maniple is done for the time being (until I add more to it). Now its on to the new Cult Mechanicus models, which just went up for pre-order this week.