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Title: MAY 2008 - Imperial Army Cavalry
Description: Brother-Captain Basilus' first platoon

ShroudFilm - May 30, 2008 05:18 PM (GMT)
Another month has flown by, and we've seen some excellent new projects taking off on the boards! This month's Display Case entry has received more praise and nominations than any so far, so it seems only fair to feature it!

Brother-Captain Basilus seems to be the first among us to try something truly different and original in his design of Imperial Army troops, and then carry it on into a complete army. His cavalry platoon stands as a great example of what can be achieved by mixing the basic GW product lines (and a few bits and pieces from the Lego box!) to create a unique look. The original blog thread was a pleasure to watch as it unfolded, and I know all of us are looking forward to seeing more.

So without further ado, here are some exclusive new pictures of the Imperial Army Cavalry Platoon known as 'The Flying'!

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The whole platoon in action

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Command section

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Rough Rider squads

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Galloper Guns heavy support

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Aerial scout vehicles and Leman Russ battle tank

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"Here comes the cavalry...!"

As usual, here are some words from the featured artist -

I never imagined that my boys would make it into the great Display Case of this board. First I want to give credit to Anodyr for inspiring me on this project. I never thought of making cavalry for 30k, not even for 40k, since I don't play Imperial Guard. But then it struck me; in times of Apocalypse, you don't need to play an entire army of something you don't like just to field your favourite units.
So "The Flying" were born, a platoon of cavalry to use either in 30k games or in 40k battles. I didn't start out with an actual idea about how many riders to make, it just came to me with the time.

The planning stage was actually very short : use the WHFB Empire Pistoliers/Outrider horses, legs and heads, and tech them up as much as needed to make them convincing 30k/40k troops. Building these was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed collecting bits to make each squadron and each rider unique. During only a few weeks, I got the ideas for building speeders and mounted heavy weapon teams to fit with the rest of the army, and to add some variety. A Leman Russ was next on the list, the thought of detracting enemy fire from the Rough Riders in mind.

When it came to painting, I wanted all colours with at last 2 highlights. Nothing special, but simply to look good on tabletop. The striking colourscheme just developed while painting. If I tried, I could paint minis to a higher standard, but I prefer minis that look good at arm length. This effect is achieved best by using bright colours and extreme highlights. I did both and I am very pleased with how they turned out.

So, finally I will let the pics speak for themselves. If any of you have anything that you would like to add, just tell me. Thanks to everyone for keeping me motivated on this project... and this is not the last you'll hear of them!


Keep those project blogs coming guys, and if you'd liek to nominate anyone else's work for the Display Cabinet, please contact me.

Anodyr - May 30, 2008 05:57 PM (GMT)
Congrats BCB, an honour well deserved! :D

Iacton - May 30, 2008 06:16 PM (GMT)
Well done BCB!

They are, as Shroud rightly put, a different and innovative group of models and your particular style - not to mention SPEED - of painting has brought these guys brilliantly to life!

I would love to see the look on the opposition's face when you deploy these on a battlefield!! :lol:

Kudos to Anodyr for the inspiration, and to you for taking the idea and running with it.


Brother-Captain Basilus - May 30, 2008 06:23 PM (GMT)
Thanks a lot :)

I already played with part of a 6k-points-per-side-apocalypse-battle at my gaming club.
They were shot down by tons of Space Marines...but not without taking a lot of them with them ^^

My opponents were just like: "WOW","Best army I've seen","Awesome idea" and the like ;) Now you can believe me I quite enjoyed that :-P

But anyways, await some updates soon ;)

ShroudFilm - May 30, 2008 07:47 PM (GMT)
I wish I could have thought of something this distinctive before I started my IA troops... apart from the lack of M40 iconography, mine are just Cadians with some interesting Auxilia.

Vredesbyrd - May 30, 2008 07:48 PM (GMT)
Congratulations BCB these are looking amazing! They've come together really well to give you an excellent looking and strongly themed army.

Have you played any games with them past that Apocalypse game yet? It'll be interesting to see if you come up with some rules to make your Galloper Guns, which look fantastic by the way, different from regular Heavy Weapons teams.

Keep up the good work, and I'm really looking forward to seeing those updates!

Magos Explorator - May 30, 2008 09:16 PM (GMT)
As I've said before, really great and inventive stuff. :) All the entries in this Showcase forum so far have been outstanding! I didn't think the striking blue would work, but was wrong and it does, and I look forward to your next project...

Ezekyle Abaddon - May 30, 2008 09:25 PM (GMT)
If there ever was an army that deserved to be on display it's this one.

Weiss - June 4, 2008 07:17 AM (GMT)
Belated congratulations man, a well deserved entry. You should make a tally in your sig concerning the amount of people blinded by your colour scheme... :D

Tarik Torgaddon - June 8, 2008 04:21 PM (GMT)
Congrat's BCB. Truly a well deserved part of the great display case. An amazing idea and an ace colour scheme. :)

ShroudFilm - June 30, 2008 10:06 PM (GMT)
I love the fact that he's still adding more to this army... :D

dichotomancer - July 2, 2008 07:25 PM (GMT)
those sentinel/speeder things are really inspired and unlike anything else ive ever seen before!

great work!

shorty - July 28, 2008 06:31 AM (GMT)
I really like these guys. Hehe more "Pickelhauben" please. The Speeder like Constructs are also very nice. Hope to see your army crow a little bit more.

Do you plan to get some Superrheavies and trim them in your army style ? Like a Baneblade gone your way ?

Brother-Captain Basilus - August 2, 2008 12:34 PM (GMT)
Um, no, I don't think so... I want to get all my things finished that I have running at the moment. Then I just want to relax and play with my armies...

I know I won't do that, but it helps a bit if I tell myself this sometimes ;)

Also a superheavy would just not fit into the army least not a tank...maybe a Titan..but I'll finish things up and put pictures up here when I'm done.

Iacton - August 2, 2008 07:03 PM (GMT)
Yeah! A Titan, shaped like a horse, with a titan on it's back!! :lol:

I bet you would try and make it too! :blink:

Brother-Captain Basilus - August 2, 2008 07:21 PM (GMT)
Iacton, don't you think I alreay thought about a big horse-titan ? :lol:
Sure I did, maybe something like the Eldar Bright Stallion.

But at the moment noone is able to talk me into building such a thing :P

Vredesbyrd - August 2, 2008 08:14 PM (GMT)
A Trojan Horse with a Vulcan Maega Bolter in its gob! :ph43r:

Iacton - August 2, 2008 09:12 PM (GMT)
And wings.....

Maratheus - August 2, 2008 09:29 PM (GMT)
A Centaur titan perhaps? BCB must have enough projects to last a lifetime anyway :lol:
Also congratulations on the showcase. It's a really nice army with a unique theme.

Vredesbyrd - August 2, 2008 10:03 PM (GMT)
And a schlongalongalong cannon too! Oh no wait, that's more Slaaneshi...

Hmm, more realistically I think Maratheus has a point there, if you look in my Chaos blog you'll see the Centaur Kinght being made by Tiriel.

Lord_Mortirion - October 4, 2008 07:02 PM (GMT)
if ya build a titan ill buy you a marsbar!!!

Siegemaster - August 5, 2010 03:26 AM (GMT)
that is one unique army! very cool

Iacton - August 5, 2010 07:29 AM (GMT)
Again Seigemaster, welcome to the site, but please read the rules and go easy on the thread necros, or I'll wear out my mod pants... :P

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