I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, recently decided to restart Necromunda with The Chaps. It’s a cracking game and, like any narrative driven game, it really gets the creative juices flowing as I get to write an exciting campaign pack as well as after action reports which I format appropriately and then circulate. I do this for two reasons. 1) It’s fun. 2) It keeps the interest in the campaign high which can be real challenge considering we’re all attached and have demanding day jobs that can make the thought of arranging another game of toys and the associated logistics seem a bit much. The After Action Reports help to dispel some of that and keep things fresh.
I’ve also been building my samples ahead of my ‘first look’ review for Studio McVey’s Sedition Wars and I found myself thinking how good many of the models would be as an Escher gang and also a KemVar squad for MERCS, also in the review pipeline. This made me cast my mind back to Scibor Miniatures and their plethora of beautifully sculpted ‘sci-fi warriors’. If you’ve never seen their stuff then you should. Because they’re epic.
But my point is that these beautifully sculpted models are intended to serve as proxy Space Marines but their origins lie outside of the Games Workshop and so offer a whole new take on the most used army in the game. Aside from the Sanguinius-esque model above and the Emperor like model below offering a tremendous sense of drama and occasion, as well as the option of fighting heresy games, Scibor takes the ideas established by the GW one step further.
So rather than implied Space Vikings in the form of Space Wolves, it gives you Space Celts. And similarly, Spartans in Space etc. And do you know what? That’s fine with me because originality is what keeps hobbies fresh.
And who wouldn’t be more than happy to use the above models to proxy Thunderwolf cavalry? Although at around £28 each you need deep pockets. And fielding an army of Spartan Space Marines would be awesome. And it comes back to one of my favourite things which is writing. The opportunity to create a chapter around the Spartan ideals or the Celtic traditions would be brilliant fun. It’d change the feel of the game for the user and their opponent. Their background would impact on the campaign and, at a basic level, look eye-catching on the board just because they’ll look a bit different.
I guess the point of this post is that providing your opponent is happy there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use anything that captures your imagination for your army because at the end of the day it’s all about having fun and it gives us the opportunity to explore our hobby with new eyes. It challenges us to create our own little part of the canon and share it with others and, ultimately, have a bloody good laugh in the process.