Another master class tournament is upon me, this time it’s Arena 2k10 in Krakow, on the other side of Poland. Every year Arena is a blast, and this year it’s organised in the same venue as the last year, which is a great improvement over the previous venues. We go there by train and by we I mean our gaming group plus some spouses – 16 people in total. The journey itself is always an entertainment, as we take a plethora of boardgames as well as proper beverages to ease the 11-hour ride.
I am faithul to my Adeptus Mechanicus army, but due to the fact that Arena 2k10 is with a 2100 points limit, I shivered when I counted the tanks I’d need to take if I were to use the imperial Guard rules. In a 1300 points list I run 9 vehicles, and as they and my infantry are resin and metal only, my army case weighs 14kgs!
For Arena my initial list had no less than 14 vehicles, most full of infantry. Space in my army case ran low.
So I ditched this idea and chose to go with my Dark Mechanicus army – using Codex: Chaos Space Marines rules. The problem was, I needed Land Raiders.
So over the last 5 days I built and painted them. Or their wicked vision.
Now, I admit they are not pretty in a traditional sense, but I kinda like them. Plus my Daemon Prince counts-as will finally be able to hide behind something (he’s the Technomagos in the glass jar).
Above are my Land Stalkers with their Electropriests (Berzerkers) cargo.
Below are the Stalkers (Rhinos) with Protectors Maniples (Plague Marines):
Here are the HQ: Technomagos (Lord), Arcomagos (Daemon Prince, in tank) and Praetor (Greater Daemon, the one with the most limbs):
I call them Robin, Barry and Maurice.
And some Praetorians (Obliterators) to boot, and that’s the whole army!
A dramatic improvement over the 16-17kgs IG for 2100 pts would weigh! Each Land Stalker weighs 500g – mostly due to the fact I used lots of resin bits leftover from various terrain projects.
I admit the puny legs look funny, but they look more like the Brain bug to me this way. The only thing I honestly don’t like about them are the lascannons – just hanging there. I just couldn’t come up with any decent mounting idea in the short time I had 🙁
And last, a performance by Barry, Maurice and The Other Robin: