But they're all out of gum... And everything else for that matter!
THIS POST IS A TAD DATED, IDEAS HAVE CHANGED FOR THE LOOKS OF THIS ARMY SINCE EARLIER POSTS, PLEASE CHECK OUT LOWER DOWN THE PAGE.
Hailing from the small jungle planet of Endos - not so famous in imperial space for the genocide of its local indigenous primate population, and even less famous for it's terribly old fashioned planetary defences - the Last and Only are the last (and only) survivors of the massacre that was the attack of Hive Fleet Massive. Or at least a splinter group of Hive Fleet Massive that turned out to be pretty small in comparison, and the fighting forces of Endos instead took to calling them Hive Fleet Pretty-Big. For decades the campaign waged across the local system of Irengar, brave men and women laid down their lives in defence of the colonies of Endos untill they were one day rewarded with the victory that won the war. There was much rejoicing.
The now post-apocalyptic paradise of Endos is home to but a fraction of the population that came before the Pretty-big War, buts its people are as strong as ever. However, reconstruction is a long and daunting process on a planetwide bombsite; as one General responsible for the orbital strikes was recorded as saying: "Hindsite's a bitch."
The 2-12th Operating Systems Alliance Battalion - or OSAB - one of the first of it's kind to join the war, is famous for its many victories over the xenos threat, fought on battlegrounds spread throughout the cluster. The Battalion consists of the 501st Ethereals - Able Company, 7th Anvil Armoured Corps and the 77th Anvil Heavy Infantry - Blunt Company, and the 1st Spectre Airborne - Easy Company.
Right sorry about that pretty terrible piece of backstory that you may or may not have taken the time to read.
I started a guard army off a long time ago, but I could never decide what theme to settle with. sometimes I thought Band of Brothers, sometimes I thought Mass Effect, I almost settled with Modern... Then I wanted to go futuristic heavy infantry... Well, eventually I just built a small kill-team of individuals and left it at that, which was great, untill the new rulebook allowed people to pit a unit of 5 terminators against my ten man guard kill-team... Not cool.
So anyway I recently read Pekets catachan Plog and it really got me motivated to finish what I almost started! On the ground of themes I decided to go with the pretty broad 'hollywood and games' idea. I thought I'd mix it up a bit, keep it varied so as to prevent myself from changing my mind again. So I'm just throwing in references to all sorts of things, sometimes subtle, sometimes not so much. I really enjoy going over things a few times (like a film or book for example) and finding something new that was intentionally subtle, inside jokes and the like. Hopefully you would've spotted some of them in the above bit of writing, some of the not so obvious ones.
Anyway, what this all comes down to, models. I came up with the main colour scheme I wanna go for, a good old fashioned woodland camo. So here's the paint test: Private Dover. He sustained a bitch of an injury when a hostile group of outcasts attacked him and his unit while out on patrol in a dense woodland. He was warned of the dangers many a time by the local police forces.
And here was a couple members of my kill team, they'll be joining Blunt Company.
These are another two of my kill team, the one on the right hand side is gonna be the paint scheme for Blunt. They were recruited from a densely populated mega city which was the planets capital of the arms trade, most of the worlds armour was crafted in its forges, hence the abundance of armoured companies thundering that were produced through the city's gates. That was a very early attempt at sculpting chainmail and I will replace it.
And finally these were an early design for the infantry corps. Good old headless sergeant Marson cocking his pistol on the left, he always did like to lead from the front.
Anyway I hope you like what I've done so far, money's tight but I have alot of old models waiting to be recycled, hopefully I'll have more up by the end of this week. And apologies for the quality of the pictures, these models have gathered quite a bit of dust and the camera's flash picks it up reeeeeeeally well...