This will be my first venture away from Nids since coming back to 40k in the spring of 2010. I needed to mix things up a bit after a solid year of focusing on Nids and a series of intense tournaments with them. A friend also personally requested that I build a small army and feature it on the blog to help promote DaBoyz GT 2011. This is our premier local event here in Rochester, NY. They've been running this for 5 years or so, and has grown considerably in attendance, bringing in 90 players for the 40k event alone. We also feature some of the best terrain in the tournament circuit which can be seen HERE and in my 2010 GT Batreps.
This has been a comp event and will continue to be this year. That combined with Chris's ATC performance where he took Best General with no spam, really inspired me to build a comp-friendly Grey Knight army. With 3 months to go until the GT, I'm painting like a mad man already. I really want this army to pull in a lot of painting points. Not to worry though, I'm still getting games in with the Nids and will take them to the 'Ardboyz prelims this year. The GK articles will only punctuate my regular Nid batreps and articles.
Without further ado...
I went forward furiously assembling models and surfing for an inspirational theme. If you know me well, you know I don't like painting standard GW armies. I like to create my own hive fleets, chapters, etc. I had an inspiration from watching the animated Appleseed movie a couple years ago to create a 40k SWAT themed army. My initial idea was to do it with Tau, but the potential cost of 15+ battlesuits and several vehicles was daunting. Then the GK codex came out and with tons of flexibility and potential, I decided to adapt my concept.
Here the beginning test models for my ISWAT concept (Inquisition Special Weapons and Tactics). The theme is a highly mobile, mechanized unit designed to respond to deep urban threats. Perhaps they are on permanent assignment to police a troubled hive city.
Strike Squad Justicar
Death Cult Assassin
That's all you get for now, stay tuned for regular updates on conversions, painting, and basing this army over the nest three months up to DaBoyz GT 2011!
Returning to regular Nid content...