I'm currently suffering the nightly after effects of a hard training week at work; with my body not so kindly reminding me, via various aches and pains, that I'm not as young as I used to be. My power save function seems to kick in as soon as my tired arse graces the sofa; as a result there has been little activity on the hobby front for me since my last post.
In the meantime I'd like to ask for your valued opinions on a special character / unit I'm considering for my Blood Drinker army.
In the Fandex I'm constructing, the 8th Company 'Talus' The Talons, in addition to being the Chapters Assault Company, are also it's airborne specialists and they maintain both it's Land Speeder and Stormraven Squadrons.
I envisage The Talons having their own pilots, mainly selected from amongst Marines whose heritage lays with the Dushara Clan's Griffon Riders from the Chapter Homeworld of San Guisuga ( see my Blood Drinkers Origins post ) . I know this goes against the current trend of having Tech Marines crewing vehicles, but I feel Tech's should be a little more on the rare side, like Librarians, Chaplains and Priests. If he's going to be onboard, I want my engineer in the back, working the problems, in case some terrible space monkeys get loose; rather than sitting up front fighting with the controls and saying 'Oh Throne, Oh Throne we're all going to die.'
Getting back to the question at hand, I want to have a HQ unit that reflects The Talons specialism, made up of a Captain and possibly an honour guard.
I've come up with three options that I offer for your consideration, some more outlandish than others.
Option One : The MK14 'Bullock' Jet-Cycle
I have always loved Marine Jet Bikes and despite the IMO bonkers descision to retcon them out of existence, I'm sure I could summon up some fluff to explain the company being led by a few of these. Maybe the 'Drinkers stole a couple from outside the launderettes, while the Raven Wing were inside starching their robes.
Option Two : The Fire Chariot
Page 181 of The Horus Heresy - Collected Visions has a picture, albeit not that great, of this Crusade era machine being crewed by Blood Angels. It looks like, well a Chariot obviously, being pulled by a Jetbike. The Jetbike has a rider and the Chariot has a single Marine passenger. If I went with this idea, I see it as a single relic, kept by the Chapter from it's original share of the Blood Angels Armorium following the Second Founding and it would carry the Company Captain into battle swinging a suitably long and vicious close combat weapon.
Option Three : An actual fethin Griffon!
Following in the very large paws of the Thunderwolf cavalry of the Space Wolves; how about having one or more Griffons from the Chapter Homeworld? I really like the High Elf Griffon rider model from the Warhammer Island of Blood box and with maybe a few added cybernetics it might make a really striking unit; imagine these beasts swooping down alongside Stormravens and Speeders. I know the inclusion of monster mounts into the Marine section of the 40k verse has met with a wide degree of scorn. But the hobby loves wondrous variety and if the fluff fits then why not? After all the Orks have Squiggoths!
Well there they are, I welcome your comments and I'll also post up a poll with the three choices; obviously the next problem will be coming up with rules that I can get agreed by my opponents.
Pictures featured Rogue Trader era Mk14 'Bullock' Jet-Cycle, High Elf Griffon Rider, copyright Games Workshop Ltd.