“The Emperor created the Astartes to Conquer the galaxy in his name. Each Legion of the god warriors were made in their Primarch image, to fulfill not only a the perfect all around warrior aspect, but a specific battle field expertise. The Imperial fists were made to defend and build fortifications, the Iron Warriors to destroy enemy strong holds, World Eaters were created for devastating shock assaults and the Ultramarines for crafting Strategies and empires.
Three legions stood apart from their brethen. By the Emperor’s design, to stand against the enemies from without, but also from within! That the “Trefoil” of these proto-astartest had a hidden role was only ever known to Emperor, The Sigllite and a handful of most trusted advisors and they were largely veiled at birth even from the other Legions. The VI, The Space Wolves became the Emperor’s executioners and sanction – of even brother Astartes. The XVIII, The Salamanders, were imagined as the Astartes conscience, Humble, noble and utterly unflinching protectors of mankind. The XX, The Alpha Legion, were designed as the Emperor’s special operations forces and assassins, his personal Ghost Legion.”
+ Taskforce Thorne +
+ XX Astartes Legion Alpha +
The Twentieth on the Moons.
The heart of the new Army now stands defined. This time you won’t escape without some musings. The long experiment has arrived to a space just right for this force. Ghostly greens, blues and deep dark rust, applied in a painterly strike thriving much more to be Daintonesque breath of miniatures, than things like Golden Demons. Mood and material feel remain king. I wrote earlier that essentially this work has been a decade of mad experiment, and honing different whims and curiosities to a sort of “master stroke” – efficient, raw, rich. I like to think of it a little like calligraphy. Or a Samurai’s sword craft. All that practice makes it look effortless. I hope.
Thorn Moons Crusade is a world building project, inspired and initiated by the Danish Genius FPOA, and my new army carries elements of some of those far future moons in its wear and tear, weather filters and basing. The newly finished Sicaran is a good template of that. It is my all time favorite GW vehicle and I’m so happy finally to have had chance to paint it and the end result being heads and shoulder over any of my previous efforts on tanks.
Conceptually I’ve sketched out the entire composition of this army. There will be more Legion, More esoteric Mechanicum constructs, and human scale infantry. Little elite units with rebreathers and joint mechanicum and ‘nam vibes. And a horde of twist tribes, trained by the Legion. Up armed and de Nurgled pox walkers. Showing the effects of the millennia exposed to the moons without protection.
But until then, here’s more pictures of the freshly painted beast! And a teaser of the feel the infantry will have. Thanks for all the comments guys! The ongoing dialogue has become hugely important and appreciated to all of us.
Alpha-17, Sicaran Assault Vehicle
+ The Guardians of the Realm +