I've been pretty busy over the weekend, off playing a great game of Flames of War, wine-tasting at a house-warming party, and a hearty nap on the couch. I also did quite a bit of modeling work that is not quite ready to be seen, perhaps tomorrow.
Until then I didn't want to leave you hanging too much so I thought I'd dig into the archives and pull out a few pieces from my Genswick 33rd Rifles army. This army is my homage to the brave troops fighting on Aexe Cardinal in Dan Abnett's Straight Silver, the sixth book in the Gaunt's Ghosts series. The Genswick troops, while not the most colorful, are certainly the most indicative of the archaic grind of the forty year trench war against the Archenemy. These hardy troopers are the very essence of the "more grist for the mill" mentality of the Aexegarian Alliance High Command.
When GW released the Bretonnian Men-at-Arms sprues I just knew that they would work perfectly to represent the hard-bitten warriors of Genswick and that their broad-rimmed helmets would instantly evoke a visceral connection with the most brutal trench war in human history.
Above you can see an under-strength assault platoon (only 35 of 55 men). I have the other two squads of the platoon buried in another case somewhere. This platoon is designated as "assault" because it has no heavy weapons to hold it back, each squad has a trooper wielding a flamer (perfect for trench clearing), the command section has two troopers with grenade launchers (for keeping the enemy's heads down), two combat veterans, and a decorated Staff Sergeant with his vicious cyber-mastiff (power fist).
Of course, this platoon needs some help to get them into the enemy trenches...
Enter the mighty Gorgon! I've loved the Gorgon idea ever since I saw it in Epic games over 15 years ago. I even converted a Space Marine Land Raider into an enclosed Gorgon when it was released back in 2000. When Forgeworld released it's Gorgon I was incredibly excited, but didn't pick it up at the time (not exactly sure why). It wasn't until the plastic Baneblade made its appearance in October 2007 that my next creation would begin to take shape.
I think it was around January or February 2008 that I completed the Gorgon you see above and below. Layer upon layer of plasticard sheets, strips, rods, and rivets were used to create this beast, built up from the Baneblade chassis. I have 5 Ogryn that I can field in it (as well as the under-strength assault platoon shown above) and I'm sure I'll have to build more of them once the new IG codex is released.
I hope you like the tour around this massive troop transport!