The Horus Heresy: Kleine Panzer und ein großer Ritter
In Warhammer: The Horus Heresy – Legions Imperialis treten nicht nur Legionen von Space Marines im kleinen Maßstab gegeneinander an, auch gepanzerte Unterstützung rollt auf die Schlachtfelder und einen Ausblick auf die Umsetzung des Cerastus Knight Lancer aus Kunstoff gibt es auch noch.
Heresy Thursday – Teasing a Trio of Tiny Tanks
Legions Imperialis is war on an epic scale. It means whole maniples of Titans, entire banners of Knights, and massed infantry. It also means tanks. Squadrons of tanks, companies of tanks, entire battalions of tanks – in all the many different shapes, sizes, and battlefield roles that featured in the Horus Heresy.
We’ve already seen the tanks we’re getting in the big old Legions Imperialis core box – including Predators, Sicarans, Leman Russ, and Malcadors – but this impressive collection barely scratches the surface of the beautiful breadth of armoured tread coming to the game. So here are a few more that will be released alongside or shortly after the core box.
The Kratos Heavy Tank
The Kratos is a staple of Space Marine armoured companies, and one of the heaviest tanks available to the Legions Astartes. So it’s only fitting that they come in detachments of up to six, with a range of armaments including battlecannons and melta blastguns on the turret, plus weapon options for sponsons and hulls, and an optional dozer blade.
If you thought the Kratos was a heavy-hitter, you’ve got another thing coming with the Solar Auxilia Banelade. This iconic superheavy tank hits the battlefield in detachments of up to six, with a kit that can be used to create Baneblades or Hellhammers, alongside a huge range of hull, sponson, and cupola options.
The Deimos-Pattern Rhino
In a game this big, you really don’t want your infantry slogging all that distance on foot – you need mechanised companies to deliver Legiones Astartes-flavoured violence as rapidly as possible. In fact, the swift and timely deployment of infantry is actually the key to winning games of Legions Imperialis – they’re who’s tasked with taking and holding those all-important objectives.
With this in mind, a stone-cold classic armoured transport makes its glorious return in the form of the Deimos-Pattern Rhino. And because everything’s just that little bit wilder in Legions Imperialis, this pack of 10 comes with plenty of cupola options, including havoc missile launchers, multi-meltas, twin-linked bolters, dozer blades, and even a hunter-killer missile.
Frankly, these three classics are just a taste of the armoured-might-in-microcosm coming to a tabletop near you.
Designing the Knight Lancer – How a Massive War Machine was Modernised in Plastic
Back at Warhammer Fest we revealed that the Cerastus Knight Lancer – currently a massive resin miniature available from Forge World – was to be joining the range of plastic Imperial Knights for Warhammer: The Horus Heresy.* This thundering war machine charges to war on truly towering bipedal legs, with a shock lance and ion gauntlet shield to complete the knightly look.
Daren, a sculptor at the Specialist Design Studio, designed both the original kit and its shiny new successor – he’s here to share the secrets of how he modernised this loping giant.
Daren: My primary objective was to faithfully convert the existing resin kit to plastic, including maintaining the poseable features offered by the original. I’d already done the design work almost 10 years ago, when I made the original, so it was a lot of fun to revisit it as a plastic kit. As a designer, that’s something you don’t often get the chance to do!
Most of the joints have kept their full range of motion, and the ankle pistons all slide in and out to accommodate various stances. The kit should appeal to both averagely skilled and more experienced hobbyists – the legs have set positions aimed at those who just want to get their Cerastus built, while the locator pegs that make this possible can be snipped off to make the joints fully poseable for anyone who wants to really play around with their Knight’s stance.
As with the legs, there are lots of options for posing the arms. You can even slide the lance between fully retracted or extended positions. I would suggest constructing the arm joints without glue so you can play around with the positioning. Then, once you’ve found your desired pose, carefully run plastic glue into the joint using capillary action,** to lock it in place.
Hopefully people will find the kit fun to build, and take advantage of all the possibilities to make it their own!
The kit also includes a seated pilot for the interior.*** It was nice to be able to represent the lore of how the pilot’s helmet often reflects the look of the actual Knight’s sensor head! We’ve also added a couple of banner options for the lance and between the legs, and there are also a couple of options for different shoulder pads, knee pads, greaves, and various Loyalist or Traitor accessories.
Thanks Daren! The Cerastus Knight Lancer will be up for pre-order very soon, and its more firepower-focused brethren won’t be too far behind.
* Not just Warhammer: The Horus Heresy though – You can use a Cerastus Knight Lancer in games of Warhammer 40,000 using the rules on the WarCom downloads page – specifically Imperial Armour: Imperial Knights and Imperial Armour: Chaos Knights (depending on which deity you’ve pledged your eternal soul to). They’re fully usable in tournaments too! Points are in the latest Munitorum Field Manual.
** The phenomenon of fluids moving through a combined space without the action of gravity. It’s the same force that sucks wet paint up onto your brushes (and ruins the ferrule if you’re not careful!)
*** The resin Cerastus Knights needed a separate upgrade set to show off their pilot – but now this Noble Scion is safely ensconced inside the plastic kit!
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Quelle: Games Workshop