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08-04-2015, 16:14
I'm tempted to create a 40k army based on Ancient Greek mythology, a little like the new Thor movies use Norse gods in a modern or sci fi setting.

Which army do you think best suits this?

The key thing for me to have is powerful characters that can portray Zeus, Poseidon, etc, offering good modelling opportunities.

The first ideas that come to mind are either daemon princes/greater daemons, or C'tan, but I'm open to more man-sized models. I'd especially like to hear about feasible combinations of three powerful models in an army - for using Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. It doesn't necessarily have to be characters, just powerful individual models/monsters.

I quite like the idea of putting Spartan helmets on hardcore infantry. I've seen some effective looking Space Marines done this way, but I also think it would work with Necrons.

08-04-2015, 16:21

08-04-2015, 16:28
Space Marines would work, if only because then you could use the Minotaur (http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/Warhammer-40000/Space_Marines/Space_Marine-Infantry-and-Accessories/ASTERION_MOLOC_AND_IVANUS_ENKOMI_OF_THE_MINOTAURS. html) kits from Forge World.

Honestly though I like the idea of Necrons. The eccentric, selfish nature of the gods would work well when themed as competing nobility within a Dynasty, and they can definitely wield scientifically sourced god powers.

08-04-2015, 16:51
The Ravenwing Champion out of the Ravenwing Knights box has a Thor helmet which I've been saving for the very same idea.

08-04-2015, 18:36

Yeah, I'm aware of these models, and they do look fantastic.

My worry with Space Marines, though, is that they don't really have anything powerful enough to represent he gods as far as I know...

Unless I went with Chaos Marines and used daemon princes?

08-04-2015, 19:39
Adeptus Mechanicus. Gods of Olympus Mons, and you could use Knights (or Titans) as the "Gods"

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08-04-2015, 20:41
Well, Knights as the "gods", and Titans as the "Titans" anyway, since they were even greater than the gods... ;)

09-04-2015, 00:09
Where can I find images of these models? I tried looking on the GW shop and there isn't much there for Adeptus Mechanicus.

(Forgive me, sorry, I'm new to 40k)

09-04-2015, 01:21
Where can I find images of these models? I tried looking on the GW shop and there isn't much there for Adeptus Mechanicus.

(Forgive me, sorry, I'm new to 40k)


09-04-2015, 05:55
Where can I find images of these models? I tried looking on the GW shop and there isn't much there for Adeptus Mechanicus.

(Forgive me, sorry, I'm new to 40k)

GW's Knights are here (http://www.games-workshop.com/en-US/Warhammer-40-000?N=102352+4294966541&Nu=product.repositoryId&qty=12&sorting=phl&view=table&categoryId=cat440130a-flat), while FW's Knights are here (http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/The_Horus_Heresy/Mechanicum/Lords_Of_War/Knights?filter_reset=1). You could potentially run a whole army of them, with each Knight themed like a god.

You could also run some Mechanicus stuff from either GW (http://www.games-workshop.com/en-US/Warhammer-40-000?N=102352+4294965871&Nu=product.repositoryId&qty=12&sorting=phl&view=table&categoryId=cat440130a-flat[/url) or Forgeworld (http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/The_Horus_Heresy/Mechanicum). Both would make good allies with the Knights.

It's worth noting that there is a difference between 40k's Mechanicus and the Horus Heresy's Mechanicum, though most people are content to mix the two. 40k rules are in the upcoming Skitarii book (with potentially more books to come), while FW's rules are scattered about their Horus Heresy series (I'm not entirely clear on which rules are where).

09-04-2015, 10:54
Ooh, that is quite a good idea.

I've had a little look round, and found a similar model for Grey Knights that could work well, too. Plus, their melee weapon infantry look fantastic.

I still think I'm leaning more to Necrons or Chaos Daemons though...

Will have to have a look at Chaos Space Marines too.

Is it feasible to field lots of monsters in a 40k army and do well?

For example, if I take a greater daemon and use princes as heavy, is it a viable option or will everything just get shot down in one turn?

How many C'tans can you field at once with Necrons?

09-04-2015, 10:59
Knights are a good idea, but here's a different one: Guard.
Theme a guard army around the idea of a crusade force lead by a Lord General Maximilian Zeus, pushing into non Imperial space.
They liberate primitive (21st century or less level of tech) human worlds who are awed by his calling down of lightning from the heavens (orbital fire) to smite the devils (xenos) who have enslaved them.

They recruit from the primitive humans to replace losses and raise new regiments as the crusade pushes on and the result is a guard force that near worships their commander.

The Priests of the Ministorum catch on to this and start promoting Zeus as the God Emperor's chosen one, the Father of a minor Pantheon (his officers)

The crusades emblem is a lightning bolt.

Wherever Zeus strides, the earth shakes and cities are torn asunder by his commands.

Army wise you feature a lot of Artillery, some Veterans to represent the core troops that began the crusade and lots of guard squads and conscripts in awe at the celestial arms (lasguns) they have been issued.
A few priests leaven the loaf and power axes give blobs of guard some bite.

09-04-2015, 13:03
Having just read the allied detachment rules, it seems here are lots of good modelling opportunities available.