|To feel pain or fear or grief is to allow myself a luxury I cannot afford.
Despite all the positives of the kit, there are a number of aspects that make me scratch my head. First of which is the scaling of the models; these guys are huge! Forget trying to use any of the plastic Cadian heads or bodies to convert these models, they are simply too small to be incorporated with the Scions (without looking ridiculous anyway...). This scale difference makes me grateful that they decided to include 17 different heads in the kit. Yet despite including so many different heads, of the nine with berets, only two have faces that are not yelling or somehow showing their teeth. This is a shame because the beret heads are my favorite, but with all of them yelling I would hesitate to make an entire squad with them. The next questionable choice was their decision to include scopes on their stockless hot-shot lasguns, making you question how the operators would actually aim their rifles (I can buy the argument that they are to be fired from the hip and therefore have no need for the stocks, but then they should not have high powered scopes). Furthermore, each rifle is weighed down with massive energy cables hooked up to a back-pack generator (which would greatly encumber the operator while they were in combat). While I accept that the 40k universe is not really one about practicality and realism, I think they would have benefitted from a slightly more reserved weapon design (the Death Korp Grenadiers achieved the same idea without being too over the top).
|The Death Korp Grenadiers have hot-shot lasrifles that are much more reserved than those seen on the Scions. Take note of the stocks on the rifles!
|The converted hot-shot lasgun with the energy cords and scope removed. And an added stock! Also, take note that the trooper’s finger is not on the trigger. Trigger control for the win!
|After removing the energy generator from the Scions backpack, I used greenstuff to add straps to hold the backpack in place. Additionally, I added an Elysian Drop troop knife to his belt.
With most of the conversions finished, I chose out a Tech-Deck Dragon Forge base to go along with my other Inq28 models and glued the model together. To make the storm trooper look suitably hard-lined and venerable, I decided to use the beret head with the eyepatch. Overall I am very happy with how the model turned out. I am still a little unsure what I think about the light mounted on his left shoulder. I have considered removing it entirely and adding a light to the storm trooper’s rifle. Any thoughts on the matter?
|The finished storm trooper in all his glory!
- Adam Wier