The Volyak XXI Rifles

2nd Company, with Attachments

I thought I’d show off my Guard army all in force.  I think that I need one more infantry model, as presently I have a single squad of remnants at 9-man strength.  I was thinking a medic.  More on this later.

All Guard 

The force has grown somewhat since I first set out on the project to re-do them all.  Mostly I’ve added infantry, mostly from spare pieces.  But I’ve also added the heavy mortars and the inquisitor squad, etc.  I’m pretty pleased with it’s size – certainly deserving of Apocalypse.  

Inquisitor and Greater Entourage 

I don’t pretend that the Inquisitor and retinue will add all that much to the force tactically, but in their defense they were built pretty exclusively for the self-build contest.

All together, the Volyak XXI Rifles, 2nd Company, Medium Infantry, consists of:

Company Command, Captain Karislov

-Advised by Commissar Greggory, Father Jakob, and guarded by Oon Tuffhide, staff and signal officers and veterans

-Company Command also includes the Light Support Platoon, which includes two fire support squads, an anti-tank squad, a mortar squad, a Cyclops Demolition Team, and a Chimera Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV)

The Company consists of three infantry platoons, two mobile and one semi-mobile

-Attached to the company platoons is a second Chimera IFV

-Each platoon is led by a lieutenant and equipped with various war materiel

From the Volyak XXI Rifles 9th Company, Armored, there are a number of attachments

-Mobile artillery support in the form of a Basilisk

-Medium reconnaissance in the form of a Salamander Scout

-Heavy armored support in the form of an expanded tank squadron

From the Artherian 4th PDF Combined Arms Regiment (disbanded) come further attachments

-Medium armored support in the form of an Elephant Mk I

-Light reconnaissance in the form of a Fast Attack Vehicle

-Immobile artillery support by a heavy mortar battery and an Earthshaker cannon artillery platform

-Attached general purpose infantry (standing militia)

Finally, there are a few Imperial attachments to add versatility and authority

-Ordo Xenos Inquisitor (mission codeword “Baron”) with personal combat retinue

-Imperial Stormtrooper squad, led by Lieutenant Stronoff

  It’s also rumored that an Imperial assassin has been operating in the vicinity…


All together it comes to 3754 points for 158 men and 15 vehicles.  I’ve done some Tables of Organization and Equipment (TO&E) but the short version is: 1 inquisitor, 1 commissar, 1 priest, 2 captains, 7 lieutenants, 198 other ranks (this is counting the tank crews): 210 men total represented in this fighting detachment.  That’s pretty much it.  There is some room for expansion – not a lot, and I obviously still have plenty to paint – but some room.  More on that soon…


Ever Onwards: Progress on the Imperial Guard

As my Winter break finishes, I, too, must finish with the painting I’ve been working on.  Besides building a few models, spray painting a few more, and overall spending too much money this holiday season, I painted the senior leadership of my Imperial Guard company, and a few other special members of the force.  I’ll post more on my Guard army in general later in the week.  First, the Vindicare Sniper.



Although I don’t (technically) have an Inquisitor to allow me to field him in anything less than an Apocalypse-sized game, he still might shine in such a target rich environment… I painted him to intentionally try to capture a form of active camouflage (similar to “Otacamo”), hence the coloration.





The company’s priest is a model of which I’m particular proud.  Based on the Uriah Jacobus model, without any conversions.  I was delighted to paint in blues and oranges after painting the same greens, greys and browns for the rest of the army.  The drybrushing for the animal pelt left me feeling quite rewarded.





The company commissar is another model with which I am very pleased.  For what I consider a model rather lacking in detail, I think the differences in the coloration, like the priest, bring a lot to the rest of the army, by having both points of differentiation and reflection with the rest of the force.  The power sword, swathed in its energy field, mirrors the captain’s own (see below); the bolter has the same coloration of other weapons; the sash is colored with the regiment’s main fatigue shade.



Although he might not be quick enough to get between a failed captain and the commissar’s bolt round, this is the captain’s ogryn bodyguard, based on the Nork Deddog model (for individualization, I’ll call him Oon Tuffhide).  Like the Vindicare, I think he finds the most efficient use of his points in Apocalypse-sized battles.




Based on the Captain Chenkov model, this is the company’s commanding officer, Captain Karislov.  Carapace armor, power sword, bolt pistol, iron discipline.  He forms the natural focus of the command platoon.



I also finished these five guardsmen.  The company signals officer, two sergeants with weapon swaps and also two veteran troopers with high-powered autoguns.  All of these models feature conversions, the last four with noticeable weapon swaps.

A Painted Tank and some Hair Sculpts

Two small advances to report.  First, Aaron and Keenan have finished building themselves and we have even sculpted hair onto them as befits their own looks, and it looks good.




In the background you can see the second thing to report: I painted a tank this week.  It took about two and a half hours one night, and I’m pretty pleased with the results.  Tank name “Shorty.”

dkanglsgrn rearview 


Project Updates (Modeling)

I actually have been busy with a lot lately, so forgive me for not getting pictures up sooner.  First, just a teaser photo of my friend, Aaron’s, “self-building” project, based on the Cato Sicarius model.

weedenfront weedenback

My own project and my brother’s are both coming along well, too.  Here’s a peak of a planning drawing:


Next, a few weeks ago I built the Space Marines from the Assault on Black Reach set, and Aaron built the Orks from it; I just forgot to post some pictures.  There’s still plenty to be done – most notably basing and painting – but here are some shots. 

blackreachmarines  orkses 

Finally, last night saw a host of building, mostly from trades and eBay purchases. 


On the Marines side of things, I acquired a large number of Scouts, including two Sergeant Naaman models.  I never really liked the original pose of Naaman, so on the first I cut the sword and repositioned it so the teeth were down (instead of behind); on the second I gave him a plasma pistol and put the sword in his other hand.  I’m pretty pleased with the outcome. 

convertednaamans allscouts 


I also acquired some more Guardsmen, most spectacularly some crew for my Heavy Mortar unit.  Also in the picture are two models I “converted” a bit ago – two more tank riders made into ground pounding Guardsmen. 

heavymortarscrew1 crew21 

Still left on the chopping block: myself, my brother’s self-build, another friend’s self-build; 3 Deffkoptas, 1 leader Nob, 1 looted Rhino, and maybe a surprise or two around the corner…

Fruit’s of the Summer: Imperial Guard Showcase

This summer has been one of significant progress for me and my model armies. I finished two fantasy armies, finished a Tau Empire force, started an Eldar army, and worked intensely on my Imperial Guard’s overhaul. But as the summer winds down, I am forced to admit that the time has come for me to postpone further progress. On Sunday I head back to college, and I most likely will not make any project advancement until various vacations during the school year. To go out with a blogging bang, I’ve taken a hefty amount of pictures of my Imperial Guard army, which stands currently at 3579 points. Perhaps in the future I’ll write a post concerning the background and fluff of the force, and maybe the army list will also receive some form of publication. For now I will focus on the models.
The Guard army stands approximately half finished. I completed, thanks to the help of brothers and friends, 91 infantry models and 6 vehicles. This leaves 55 infantry models and 8 more vehicles to be painted. My Imperial Guard army is made up of three different sub-divisions. The first and largest is the group of units from the parent regiment(s): the Volyak XXI Rifles and the Volyak XVII Armored. Next are local Planetary Defense Force (PDF) units attached to the Volyak regiment from the Artherian 4th Combined Arms regiment. Last and numerically the least are the attachments from Imperial Command, namely a squad of storm troopers and an operative from the Officio Assassinorium.
Painting wise I started by taking care of all of the PDF units in the force, so we can start there, as well.
Pictured in some of the images above, too, are the two storm troopers I’ve finished, in a blue and white camouflage scheme.
Out of the regular regimental units we finished quite a lot of the basic infantry, one vehicle and a cyclops demolition team.
I used this “photoshoot” opportunity to pull out all of my Guard and organize them. It’s a pretty significant force, fit for Apocalypse-sized games (and those are about the only kind that can handle all of those models at once).

Was that an Ogryn Bodyguard back in there? Yes. Yes, it was.

Lieutenants and Sergeants

Instead of posting about models painted since the last update, I thought I’d take a closer look at some special models out of the last batch. So I took some pictures of the Volyak XXI’s three lieutenants and its sergeants. Two sergeants haven’t been painted yet, and neither has the senior leadership of the company. I’ll start out by apologizing for the less than desirable resolution quality. First an image of the entire group:

The aspect I am most pleased with about the sergeants is the conversion work to the Valhallans. The three with straight-edged swords all came kitted with those old, goofy hand flamers, and with some snipping, gluing and painting now two have decent laspistols and one (thanks to the muzzle of a Kroot rifle) has an original bolt pistol.

I am more proud about the three lieutenants. First Platoon is led by Lieutenant Antipov, a classic Mordian Lieutenant with bolt pistol and chainsword.

Antipov takes to battle with carapace armor, a bolt pistol, sometimes meltabombs, usually Iron Discipline and sometimes a Chimera. Second Platoon is led by Lieutenant Porter, whose model features carapace armor, a laspistol, a lasgun, and a shotgun – usually I choose one to game with, and usually it’s the shotgun. He gets Iron Discipline and a Command Section filled up with grenade launchers or plasma guns.

Leading Third Platoon is Lieutenant Sternn, who is designed for close combat with a command section with flamethrowers, a power sword and laspistol, and of course Iron Discipline. Please excuse the feline in the following pictures.

I still have two sergeants to paint up, along with the Captain, Commissar, Priest, Ogryn bodyguard, etc. Soon I hope to have more progress to report on the hordes of basic Guardsmen.

For those of you who don’t travel this “blogring” regularly, I recommend all the blogs linked to on the side of the page. Of particular note are some projects currently going on.

The Inner Geek’s Reaver Titan –

DVDhawk’s Son’s of Sek –

Admiral Drax’s Cadians –

The First 5 Guardsmen

After finishing up the Skink, I went ahead and selected one model from each of the 5 uniform styles that make up the majority of my Guard infantry: new Cadian, Valhallan, Mordian, old Cadian, and Catachan. I painted these up as examples so that they can be referenced while working on the other 113 Guardsmen. At the same time my good friend Aaron was painting up the beginnings of his new Ork army: the Warboss and a Kommando with Big Shoota.

The color scheme for my Guard is simple. There are only three basic colors: Chaos Black for leather, Dark Angels Green for fatigues, etc., and Fortress Grey for armor. Based with Catachan Green, the flesh is done in Dwarf Flesh, the metallics in Chainmail, the icons/symbols in Shining Gold, and the rifle stock in Bestial Brown. All in all I am satisfied, and am particularly excited about the prospect of having an entire army finished in a cohesive color scheme.

I need to figure out, though, a better way to paint eyes. Maybe I just won’t paint them at all, and leave them fleshy.

“Skink” Salamander

Finished my first regular Guard vehicle tonight, although it’s not a Codex pattern. Using the spare pieces from a Basilisk (see previous entry) I built what amounts to a Salamander Scout Vehicle, although I call this one the Skink. Two heavy bolters and a closed top, this vehicle comes in at around 110 points using the VDR.

I think the flash made the colors look much brighter than they actually are, and so I tried one without the flash. All in all, I am very pleased with the color scheme. Soon it shall be employed én masse.