Just before Adepticon 2019 I decided that my next army would be Imperial Guard, thanks to breaking the ice with my Commissar Yarrick conversion of Severina Raine. I had just come off building the Dreadnought list for Warhammer 40,000 Friendly Tournament that year, and was still in a slump with my Adeptus Mechanicus. So I was looking for something fresh, with a lot of options. It really didn't take that much convincing for me to jump on Imperial Guard either, due to my love of World War 2 and films such as Starship Troopers.
I'd always had a vague interest in that faction. But it wasn't until I read Dave Taylor's Armies & Legions & Hordes book that I really got the bug to work on them. Seriously, read that book it's a wealth of wargaming knowledge and inspiration.
I knew going into it that I was going to be transport heavy and the overarching theme would be mechanized infantry. With that theme in mind, I started looking at units in the Astra Militarum Codex and the Forces of the Imperium Index that went along with the idea of a highly mobile force.
That's when I came across the Rough Riders, which are horseback Imperial Guardsmen with spears and chainswords. But, they are an Index unit and without official models anymore, Meaning it was only a matter of time before Games Workshop took the axe to them (which recently happened with their move to Legends.)
It was then suggested that I look into Death Korps of Krieg Death Riders, which have their own HQ unit who can issue them Orders.
Either way, without official models for Rough Riders and only an expensive resin option for Death Riders, that meant kitbashing was the order of the day, and I was all about that idea thanks to the recent release of the Genestealer Cult Jackal bikers
And thus, this project was born.
|The Bikes and Kill Trophies
Overall most any imperfections are not really noticeable. Individually, some of these are easily recognizable, but as a unified force on the table, any imperfections basically disappear.
One fun addition to the Death Riders were the Ork skulls on the front end. As the project wore on, I'd done a Grot on the front of the Death Riders Commissar. I decided that it would be a fun idea to add in some Ork skulls to a few bikes to tie them in, as if they were kill trophies or being used for scare tactics.
The skulls were mounted either above the headlight or over it using glue and string. The ones that were mounted over the light gave me an opportunity to have some fun with lighting effects in the mouth and eye sockets, which ended up looking really sweet.
As for paint, the bikers are painted the same as my standard infantrymen. I went this route so that most of the army looked as unified as possible, except for my Veterans (which I'll get to in a future post). This also helps keep things easy and I don't have to keep track of a bunch of different color recipes.
To help tie these fellas to the rest of the army, I decided to paint the bikes Stormvermin Fur. Which is the color used on my Leman Russ tanks and Chimera APCs for their camouflage markings.
The main color on those vehicles is Zandri Dust, but since the color of the rider's coats is that very color I needed something to contrast with it. Stormvermin Fur being the camouflage color on the vehicles made it an easy choice for the bike coloring and it ties the army together really well.
That's it for now, there's more Miniature Showcases to share soon. Until then, stay tuned for more projects! You can catch me on Twitter and Instagram, but mostly Twitter. There, I'm always around and showing off projects that I'm currently working on.
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I think that's about it, I give you 15 Death Riders of Armageddon! There's still the Commander and Command Squad to share yet. So look for those soon. Until next time!