|There are no miracles, only men.|
The original storm troopers were sculpted by Michael Perry and had a very British paratrooper/ commando vibe to them. Each wore pretty standard combat fatigues, lacking any serious body armor. They carried modified las-rifles that were wired into massive backpacks. Most notably however were their berets! While I was never quite sure what to think of them, they certainly cemented the models in my memory. They were also interesting in that they actually had a few heavy weapon options available, unlike all of the subsequent renditions of the unit. Surprisingly, they made both metal and plastic variants of the standard troopers. A fact that I remember vividly, because you were able to get a set of five of the plastic ones for free if you subscribed to White Dwarf back in the day (those days are long gone, heck you can’t even subscribe to White Dwarf now!).
|A progression of artwork from the 2nd edition Codex through the 5th.|
|Bedford's storm trooper design was a vast departure from the original, sporting a covert operative vibe.|
The third rendition of the storm troopers were sculpted by Juan Diaz to coincide with the release of the plastic Cadian Imperial guardsmen. These storm troopers were to represent the elite fighting force of Cadia and were renamed the Kasrkin. Overall, visually they look quite similar to Mark Bedford’s storm troopers in that they wear carapace armor and combat helmets (their helmet/facemasks always reminded of dirt bike helmets...). Unlike the carapace armor on Bedford’s, they have armoured grieves and shoulder pads, all of which closely resemble the standard Cadian armor. Similar to the original storm troopers, their las-weapons are wired into a powercell on the soldier’s back. While their rifles still do not have proper stocks, the Kasrkin are actually holding them in a more believable fashion. The neatest aspect of the Kasrkin are their poses, with each of them looking like they are in the field. One has their rifle shouldered convincingly (aside from the aforementioned fact that their rifles don’t have real stocks...). My favorite looks like he is cautiously stalking forward, his rifle at the ready.
|Although similar to the previous version, Diaz's Kasrkin are a lot better proportioned and sensible.|
|While they were a long time coming, I think the plastic storm troopers (Militarum Tempestus...) were worth the wait!|
|This gives you a sense of the diversity of the new kit.|
|It is nice to see that they honored all the previous versions of the storm troopers in some capacity with the new heads.|
|Perhaps it is only the helmet spike, but these new storm troopers really have an archaic steam-punk vibe.|
|A plastic overcoat is a welcome addition, one that will surely find its way into many conversions.|
|The redesigned powerfist is scaled properly for the Scions! The medic has an optional pistol with a built-in chainblade! And the vox-operator has a nice and boxy radio set.|
Overall, the models look quite impressive and I am excited to get some to play around with and consider for Inq28 conversions. I am interested in modifying their hellguns by adding stocks (maybe collapsible ones?) and removing the power cables and scopes. Furthermore, I want to see how feasible it would be to replace their bodies with ones that are a little more reserved and form-fitting (possibly the plastic Cadian bodies?). And although it does not appear that they can get shotguns anymore, I am tempted to try to convert one or two with a trusty 12 gauge.
In addition to the Scions, they are also releasing a new vehicle to transport them in the form of the Taurox Prime, or standard Taurox for the Astra Militarum (the newly named Imperial Guard). It has striking similarity to any number of real world armored personnel carriers (APC), with a boxy angular frame and an optional light turret. Instead of being situated on bulky aggressive tires, or even a combination of treads and tires (half track), it has two sets of treads. These four individual treads are attached separately in a manner you might expect for a vehicle with wheels. As though they feel they owe us as 40k players, they covered the vehicle with brass scrollwork, pipes, and curiously placed smoke stacks. Additionally, the optional side-mounted hot-shot volley guns or autocannons available for the Taurox Prime look ridiculous. On a more positive note, the model has a detailed interior showing the driver and gunner of the vehicle. Overall I think I could grow to like the vehicle with a little conversion work stripping down some of the overwrought details of the kit (side mounted smoke-stacks and engine pipes).
|I think the Taurox looks substantially better without all the extra heraldry and simply olive drab paint scheme.|
- Adam Wier