Legions Imperialis Solar Auxilia Arvus Lighter

The Legions Imperialis Solar Auxilia Arvus Lighter was previewed this week and will be available next week for pre-order.

Affectionately known as the “little pig” among Solar Auxilia aircrews, the Arvus Lighter is a reliable armoured shuttle used for ferrying Lasrifle Sections across the battlefield.

This plastic kit contains eight Arvus Lighter models.

Legions Imperialis Support Weapons

Two packs of Legion Imperialis support weapons will be going on pre-order this Saturday. One pack for the Solar Auxilia, and one for the Legion Astartes.

The Solar Auxilia pack includes Rapier batteries, Tarantula platforms w and the Cyclops remote-controlled bomb.

Solar Auxilia Support Weapons

While the Solar Auxilia are famed for the quality of their infantry and tanks, their fire support companies are invaluable when confronting tougher targets. The Solar Auxilia Support set includes a total of 40 weapons platforms and auxiliary assets loaded with firepower, including Rapier batteries mounting quad launchers, laser destroyers, and mole mortar arrays, Tarantula platforms with lascannons and Hyperios missile launchers, and the dreaded Cyclops remote-controlled bomb.

The Legion Astartes pack also has Rapier batteries, Dreadnoughts, and Tarantula platforms.

The Space Marines of the Horus Heresy also adopted the Rapier platform for their own support firepower, and deployed talons of dreadnoughts for long-range fire and close combat. The Legiones Astartes Support kit contains 24 miniatures, including Leviathan Dreadnoughts with storm cannons and cyclonic melta lances, Deredeo Dreadnoughts with Anvilus autocannon batteries and Hellfire plasma cannonades, Rapier batteries with quad launchers and laser destroyers, and Tarantula platforms with lascannons and Hyperios missile launchers.

I like the Legion Astartes pack.

Legions Imperialis Malcador Infernus and Valdor Tank Destroyers

The Legion Imperialis Malcador Infernus and Valdor Tank Destroyers for the Solar Auxilia will be going on pre-order this Saturday.

Legions Imperialis Malcador Infernus and Valdor Tank Destroyers

Unleash fiery destruction and annihilate enemy vehicles with the combined power of the Malcador Infernus and Valdor Tank Destroyer heavy tanks, which use the venerable Malcador chassis to mount enormous weapons far larger than a Leman Russ could carry. Each multi-part plastic kit contains two Malcador Infernus tanks and two Valdor Tank Destroyers for Solar Auxilia armies.

I do like the Malcador Infernus, it is a “crocodile” style variant of the Malcador. The Valdor is also a nice looking model.


Legion Imperialis Spartan Assault Tanks

The Legion Imperialis Spartan Assault Tanks will be going on pre-order this Saturday.

Spartan Assault tanks are massive armoured conveyors built to carry infantry across treacherous battlefields, and they join Legions Imperialis as the first Transport Detachment that can carry Terminator squads. This plastic kit contains four Spartans with options for sponson-mounted quad lascannons or laser destroyer arrays.

These are nice looking models.

Legions Imperialis: Rhino Transport

I have been thinking about getting some miniatures for Legions Imperialis since it was released. So was pleased to get the Legions Imperialis: Rhino Transport boxed set for Christmas.

The Rhino is the most widely used armoured personnel carrier in the Imperium. Based upon ancient STC technology, the fundamental design is robust, reliable, and easy to maintain, with an adaptive power plant that can run off a wide variety of fuels. Within the Space Marine Legions, the Deimos pattern was the most widespread, serving as the basic armoured transport available to the Legiones Astartes and the foundation on which a number of other war machines were based.

In the box you get two sprues that can be used to construct ten models.

This was the first time I had seen these models in the flesh. They are smaller than I thought they were going to be, but are (obviously) bigger than the older original Epic miniatures. However I thought they would be larger than they are.

I like how the box has come with transfers covering the many legions of Legions Imperialis.

When it comes to painting models, I do like to see how others have been painted. These are the images from Games Workshop.

I am thinking I will paint these as Imperial Fists.

The first stage will be constructing the models. Unlike the older Epic models, which were a single casting, these are multi-part kits.


Finally, it’s coming…

Legion Imperialis Logo

We finally got the announcement that Legion Imperalis is on its way.

Next week there will be a two week pre-order window for Legion Imperalis.

It also looks like there will be a wealth of releases. As well as the boxed set there appears there will be a range of models, accessories, scenery and other stuff all released at the same time.

A quick Google search shows that the boxed set will have a RRP of £120. The pack of ten Rhino APCs will be £30.

Don’t quite know what I will pre-order at this point.

Legions Imperialis Solar Auxilia

Over on the Warhammer Community site they have showcased Legions Imperialis miniatures painted by community painters.

One force caught my eye, and it was a Solar Auxilia force painted by Gadge.

Legions Imperialis models are incredibly detailed despite being in epic scale, so it’s really important not to lose this detail with overly thick paint or too many layers. Drybrushing and Contrast paints are the key to this ‘sand and spinach’ scheme that will look good on both desert and temperate battlefields. I started off with a base coat of Zandri Dust Spray undercoat, which was drybrushed up with Flayed One Flesh, where the tonal difference helps pick out every hatch and rivet. To avoid swamping the model with excessive paint, I used Creed Camo Contrast paint to apply the camouflage bands and blotches, as the translucent quality of Contrast paint allows the existing highlights on the base coat to surface. Other parts were painted variously with Black Legion, Blue Horror, and Evil Sunz Scarlet, before being outlined lightly with Agrax Earthshade. Lastly, I applied weathering by giving the tracks a light drybrush with Terminatus Stone, before dipping a brush in Ratling Grime, wiping most of it off, and dabbing it all over any areas where I felt the tanks would be either well-oiled or getting in contact with a lot of grime – the vents, grills, gun barrels, and wheels.

I did like the scheme and it reminded me of the Aeronautica Imperialis Valkyrie Assault Carriers that I painted.

I think I might use the same scheme and process on any Legions Imperialis Solar Auxilia I get.

See the Aeronautica Imperialis Valkyrie Assault Carriers workbench.

Legion Imperialis Land Raiders

We have seen a preview of the forthcoming Legion Imperialis Land Raiders.

Legion Imperialis Land Raiders
These look really nice and looking forward to getting some to paint.

I actually thought we had seen these already. I suspect that might be more down to the fact that when Space Marine and Epic 40000 were released the Land Raider was in those initial releases. Looking back at the (delayed) forthcoming Legions Imperialis boxed set, I see and realise now, that Land Raiders are not part of that set.

So will we see a Typhon Heavy Siege Tank as well now?

Legion Imperialis Batte Report

In the next issue of White Dwarf there will be an early battle report for Legions Imperialis.

From the cover:

Blood Angels take on the Death Guard in our first Legions Imperialis battle report.

The Warhammer Community website says

…and you can whet your appetite for the upcoming Legions Imperialis in an early battle report. 

This will be an issue of White Dwarf I will get when it comes out.

Now what does this tell us about the release date for Legions Imperialis? Well, not anything concrete, but I wonder if this means we might see Legions Imperialis before November? If not then in November?