Long time ago I had started painting some Vostroyan Imperial Guard and imagining a setting that would have mixed some traits of the WH4000 universe with the aesthetics of Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and some echoes of Kronstadt and the Russian Revolution.
Nausicaa – originally an independent system, moon to a huge dark extinct planet – has been conquered by the empire and transformed into a cradle world, destined exclusively to the breeding of new soldiers – something between a rural utopia and a human farm.
Soldiers are collected at regular intervals by imperial spacecrafts visiting Nausicaa. A small imperial garrison and occupation troops from the collaborating Tolmekian kingdom police the moon and prevent rebellions. The soldiers are taken very young and receive their training, under the tight surveillance of Tolmekian officials and imperial Commissars, during the voyage that will bring them to the battlefront. (For some reason, they are also required to grow impressive moustaches and beards.)
The project is meant to reproduce one “batch” of troops that manages to organise a rebellion while still in transit and, once deployed, openly takes arms against the empire. Their enemies, however, being no less than demons, the Nausicaans will find themselves in a crossfire: yielding neither to chaos nor to the emperor, they will decide stand against both and set a small example of freedom and anarchy for the rest of the galaxy, hoping it may not be forgotten.
Part of the force will be composed by GW Vostroyans (and the project may get a strong push if ever they will produce a plastic set for them, or any other decent and cyberpunkish Imperial Guard kit). Given the limitations of the Vostroyan range, however, I spent some time looking for alternative models and found some in the Warmachine Khador faction, as you may remember.
This is a test model for the Nausicaan Garrison troops – or light infantry, at any rate – that will stand alongside the better armoured and armed Vostroyan models. They are suitably similar, as I have discussed in previous posts and I painted this in a matching colour scheme.
Here’s one of the Vostroyan models I have painted for a comparison.
The quality of the Warmachine sculpts is not great, and they suffer from a lack of variety. So, trying out my limited conversion skills I messed around with a few arms and rearranged some of the poses with decent results. Overall, I don’t want to give these models a detailed paintjob, so this quick, impressionistic, style will have to do. I’ll post better pictures as soon as I’ll get some better natural light.
I’m definitely looking forward to painting the beautifully wild Khadorian officer, somewhat inspired by Cossacks, that I am going to use as a Commissar. And, since the release of the Skitarii and the Adeptus Mechanicus vehicles I’ve been toying with the idea of adding some of those models to the mix as well…