You have seen bit's of this project here and there. Now here is the project:The Freikorps of Paradyso
I started with two units you already know, and a bit of back-story. I took better pictures of the piranha. I will continue this thread with "new" material - and I hope you enjoy Backstory of this Army:
Paradyso got it's name for a reason. Of course - it was never a magical, heaven-like place. But it was one of those worlds where plants grew free - even centuries after Imperial colonialisation. A place where industrialisation and ecosystem had managed to coexist.
Paradyso was also a world on the very fringe of the Imperium of Man. Obviously, alien influence existed. Expecially the rather liberal aristocrats loved owning a technological trinket of the tau or two. So several generations of the govenour's family had turned a blind eye on these dealings.
Things changed drastically when an inquisitor with a ship full of SpaceMarines arrived from a forreign, spaceborn battlefield.
He discovered the Tau merchants all to easily and turned on all parts of the society he deemed to be corrupted. A war spawned up, and since his troups were thin, the inquisitor used all the means he had available.
When finally tau troops arrived to help the human inhabitants, he had already unleashed atomic and chemical weaponery uppon the planet. It became an easy win for the Tau, at terrible costs.
At the end of the war, the air was filled with poison. Smoke hang in the atmosphere, blocking most light. Cities lay in ruins. The Population was dying.
Let me start this project-log with a unit you might already know: My Gue'Vesa Piranha: Backstory of this Unit:
The Gue'Vesa of Paradyso view the Tau as their saviours. They take up the tau technology as a way of salvation. And due to their loyality, the earth-cast actually helped the humans to create primitive recreations of Tau technology. The hover-technology of this "Piranja" is one of the many examples.Conversion-Tips of this Unit:
This one was build using a japanese model of a "Last-Exile" Vanship and some Death-Korps of Krieg Soldiers. The Vanship-kit is rather nice to work with, main problem was the difference in scale: the Vanship is about 1:72 while the Death-Korps-Soldiers are the usual Warhammer-Scale, which might be about 1:50. While the outer measurements of the Vanship are perfect to mimic a piranha, you will need to reduce the shoulder-width of the soldiers with a knife. The arms will not fit, so I used some greenstuff to mimic arms.
The front part of the vanship-model already ends in a round tip that is _perfect_ for the burst-cannon. I would have chosen a fusion-blaster or magnetisation otherwise... but it just fit to well.
There is no easy way to really integrate the Drones into the model (if you manage to do that well, you have my adoration). So I simply drilled a hole in both drones and the lower side of the wings, put some neodyn-magnets into the wholes and fixed them with greenstuff. The drones now simply hand down but are detachable:
I did not use one of GW's fligher-bases, nor did I use the one provided in the Vanship-model (if you want to use that one, you will have _not_ to glue on one of the parts on the base of the model!). Like I often do, I used an inverted plastic-cup one can buy in supermarkets for about a Euro per 30 pieces. Those are cheap, but unlike GW's flight-bases, they do not break.Painting of this Unit:
I am lazy when it gets to painting. I spraypainted the body, brushed over with a lighter color. The metal parts are just black with some drybrushed copper-color of GW. I plan on painting the coat-of-arms of this army on this unit sooner or later - but I have not done so yet.More about this Unit
I showed the piranha once before, with other (but worse) pictures and less explanation. You can see the pictures here
I thought I should repost the following picture, to have everything in one place. These are theGue'Vesa Scouts of the Freikorps of Paradysio
I already spoke about them here
.A note on sexism:
I hope that I do not offend anyone by having a half-naked woman in the army. By now, there are also two half-naked men among the Freikorps of Paradyso - I hope that makes it fair. I will show those two guys soon.
But I would love add some more *clothed* women to the regular ranks of the Freikorps. If someone knows nice female miniatures (with gas-masks!) that might blend in with Death-Korps of Krieg minis... I would appreciate the tip.