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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



    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

    Imperial Armour Taros Campaign - No longer available
    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

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



    STAGE TWO

    The second stage is to cast the miniature



    STAGE THREE

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




    Completed Units:

    COMING SOON (I HOPE)

    What's next:

    Well I have a lot of Rough riders to build. I am still waiting on the required number of bases, as well as the brass rod to build them all. Also my drill broke meaning a few days delay there.
    Once that is out of the way, I plan to build some tow guns (Inspiration can be found here), as well as a dismounted company command including an engineer on a mechanical horse

    Let me know what you think
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    Re: Goru Fen Riders - A Cavalry Company

    My jealousy and my attention you have.

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    Re: Goru Fen Riders - A Cavalry Company

    PROPER CAVALRY, HERUMPF !

    This will be great fun to watch ! Youre off to a great start from what i can see in the pics.
    Like that youve given the horese their manes and tails back. I understand why the DKoK got rid of them, but i missed them.

    It also looks like your going for an "older" look on the riders, am i right here ?

    Anyhow, ill keep an eye on your work.
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    Re: Goru Fen Riders - A Cavalry Company

    Wow loving it so far.......MORE PLEASE

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    Re: Goru Fen Riders - A Cavalry Company

    Quote Originally Posted by Major Downer View Post
    My jealousy and my attention you have.
    Well I sure will try and keep it!

    Quote Originally Posted by SDKFZ View Post
    PROPER CAVALRY, HERUMPF !

    This will be great fun to watch ! Youre off to a great start from what i can see in the pics.
    Like that youve given the horese their manes and tails back. I understand why the DKoK got rid of them, but i missed them.

    It also looks like your going for an "older" look on the riders, am i right here ?

    Anyhow, ill keep an eye on your work.
    Thanks! Well with the troops wearing kilts (I am using Victoria Lamb Miniatures for foot troops), having a Shetland pony look, ragged mane and tail etc was important.

    I am not sure what you mean by 'older' look


    Quote Originally Posted by nitromors View Post
    Wow loving it so far.......MORE PLEASE
    I receive the casts on the 4th September, I am hugely excited to put together the first squad

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    Re: Goru Fen Riders - A Cavalry Company

    Now these are looking very interesting.
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    Re: Goru Fen Riders - A Cavalry Company

    I meant that they would look more like say Noapleonic cav. then Polish lanciers. If you understand where im going with this ?
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    Re: Goru Fen Riders - A Cavalry Company

    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel Jacka View Post
    Now these are looking very interesting.
    Well I certainly think so!



    Quote Originally Posted by SDKFZ View Post
    I meant that they would look more like say Noapleonic cav. then Polish lanciers. If you understand where im going with this ?
    I think you are probably right, I hope to be able to show you better in the next week or so. I really am too excited!

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    Re: Goru Fen Riders - A Cavalry Company

    That sound great, staying tuned then
    / SDKFZ

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    Re: Goru Fen Riders - A Cavalry Company

    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

    Let me know what you think







    I also got cast a torso for my foot infantry, a lot less interesting but, still cool



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    Re: Goru Fen Riders - A Cavalry Company

    I have also found the inspiration for the Heavy Weapon teams


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    Oh Wow that was worth the wait.

    Their faces look fantastic, very characterful and they're not even painted yet.

    Yes to the heavy weapons team! I think that would be very fitting and rude not to.

    Are you designing & Casting these yourself or through 3rd Party?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Major Downer View Post
    Oh Wow that was worth the wait.

    Their faces look fantastic, very characterful and they're not even painted yet.

    Yes to the heavy weapons team! I think that would be very fitting and rude not to.

    Are you designing & Casting these yourself or through 3rd Party?
    Thank you

    I do it all myself

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    Re: Goru Fen Riders - A Cavalry Company

    We're not worthy, we're not worthy!

    Seriously impressive.

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    Re: Goru Fen Riders - A Cavalry Company

    They look fantastic, as Major Downer said do the gun limber set!

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    Re: Goru Fen Riders - A Cavalry Company

    Very, very impressive. Are you doing any charging horses.
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    Re: Goru Fen Riders - A Cavalry Company

    Quote Originally Posted by nitromors View Post
    They look fantastic, as Major Downer said do the gun limber set!
    Thank you, owe I plan too!

    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel Jacka View Post
    Very, very impressive. Are you doing any charging horses.
    It is an option. I have three rough rider platoons lined up. One will be standard no fuss, all with hunting lances. The second will have lasguns and special weapons.
    The third is either a charging platoon, or a dismounted platoon.

    My concern for the charging riders is i have yet to see it done well. The best is arguably by Awaken realms


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    Re: Goru Fen Riders - A Cavalry Company

    These guys are looking seriously nice, very nice inspiration for the heavy weapon teams, would nice to see one in the midst of unlimbering, might be a struggle to fit the horse two men and gun on a base though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr joeingtons View Post
    These guys are looking seriously nice, very nice inspiration for the heavy weapon teams, would nice to see one in the midst of unlimbering, might be a struggle to fit the horse two men and gun on a base though!
    You are well ahead of me, to have some variety yes I do plan to have some in different stages of deployment. I am not so interested in worrying about the base size

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    Re: Goru Fen Riders - A Cavalry Company

    Minis looking ace ! Love to see how they look once youve painted them

    For the base issue, use a knight base
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