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100th Drookian Fenriders – A Cavalry Company

100th Drookian Fenriders – A Cavalry Company

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About the Project

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! Okay that might be a small lie, I want to add tanks in the future

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Reprinting the dogs

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It was suggested to me that my dogs were on the slightly chunky side, and after having a few days to think it over, as well as seeing someone else’s work in printing them smaller. I decided to print them again, at 85% the size

People have asked where I got them from, I downloaded the file from Thingiverse, here.

 

Company Command Squad Part Two

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Company Command Squad Part Two

The Company Command Squad is finished.

I shout out to the individual who managed to get me a few Empire/Freeguild horns to me in such a short time. Without them this squad could have been sitting around incomplete for a while

What's Next?

Next up, I am converting/scratch building a fair few tow guns to count as heavy weapon teams. Taking the following as inspiration. Please wish me luck, and any suggestions you may have on how to achieve it.

Company Command Squad Part One

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Company CommandCompany Command

I have finally gotten around to converting 84% of my command squad

1.The Commissar

The commissar has had a cloak added (mainly to disguise the conversion work done in the body swap), and a fur connector to disguise the join. A servo skull has been added, as well as a stand alone rebreather, and hunting lance sheath to tie them into the squad

2. The Officer

Has a bonnet to further tie in with the Scottish routes of the regiment, a power sword, a lance and personal banner, and a few pieces of additional equipment

3. The Standard Bearer

The simplest conversion. A banner in place of the hunting lance, and a sword for combat. Added rank insignia on the left shoulder

4. The Navigator

Reading a map, and uses his binoculars. Hunting Lance is stored on the back of the horse. Rank insignia added.

5. Medic

I decided the medic would not carry a hunting lance, so instead is carrying a standard lasgun. In addition I thought they would be required to carry more equipment than the others so I added a bit more stowage to the mount, as well as added the medic symbol to the left shoulder

6. Horn blower (Vox) – WIP

See below for more information

Where can I find a Horn?

You may have noticed I didnt share any individual photo of the Horn blower, that is because I have misplaced (Ed: LOST!) the horn I was intending to use on him. I thought the horn works well with cavalry and can count as a vox-caster, as well as can be used to control the dogs.

Unfortunately I have no idea where my piece originated so I am hoping someone can offer some suggestions to a replacement. I was certain the original was an WFB Empire piece but, have trawled the GW website I have had no luck in tracking it down

Company Command Squad Part One

The Printed Dogs

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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.

Enjoy

Update - 26/11/18

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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

Description

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?

Update - 26/11/18

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

Update

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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 Miniatures that will allow me to convert some of these to be using their rebreathers

 

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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). What do you think?

Fen Rider Montage

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Charge of the Light Brigade

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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 Emperor!” 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.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the galaxy wondered.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble one hundred!

Stage Three- Building

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The third stage is what is usually everyone elses starting point, building some miniatures. 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

Stage Two - Casting

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STAGE TWO

The second stage is to cast the miniature. The sculpts were done a while ago, it has taken me far longer than I had wanted to get to this point.

I have a few sneak peaks for you, I will reserve the better pictures until after it is all done, and I have assembled a squadron of Drookian’s finest

100th Drookian Fen Riders

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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 Forces
The idea of a Rough Rider Company first came to me when I read the 3rd edition rulebook

 

100th Drookian Fen Riders

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.

Primary Goals:

– Extensive (and exclusive) conversions.
– The use of casting
– Green Stuffing icons and insignia.

Inspiration:

Really because I want to share with you where I draw so much of my inspiration

Taros Campaign
Eastern Empire
“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

My Requirements

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:

GUIDES:

Tutofig (Can’t find something look here first)
Lenses
Decals
Salt Technique
Pigments
Blue OSL
Green lights
Painting true metallics

HOBBY ACCESSORIES:

AK 088 Worn Effects Acrylic Fluid
Micro Sol
Micro Set

COMPONENTS:

Forgeworld Death Riders
Victoria Miniatures Kilts 1 & 2
Puppetswar Cossack heads

The Basis:

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.

STAGE ONE – Converting/Sculpting

The first stage was to create the conversion that could be cast