Flight of the Valkyries

This post is a rarity: one devoted entirely to Warhammer 40k. Usually I just sneak in comments here and there, but my current involvement in the hobby warrants this completely separate post.

As you may or may not know, I am a moderator at Advanced Tau Tactica, the premier site for Tau players. I was pretty surprised when I was promoted, but it’s been a great experience for me. I own a Tau cadre that’s roughly 3000 points, including some models I haven’t finished yet, which is pretty big (and expensive). I’ve been collecting that army for a few years now, but am nearing the end (until a new codex is released).

This past weekend, I started my third army, the Imperial Guard. This is the main human force in the world of 40k, consisting of poorly armed men and a ton of tanks. My army, however, will be slightly different, following what I think is a pretty cool theme:

My main force will consist of Veteran Grenadiers riding in Valkyries, fast skimmer transports, and carrying some pretty dangerous anti-vehicle and anti-heavy infantry weapons. They’ll be backed up by a small force on the ground mounted in Chimera transport, along with some Hellhound flame-throwing tanks. There may also be some Hydras, but only if GW releases them in plastic or I save a lot of money (Hydras are Forgeworld-only models made of resin and very expensive, but are better detailed than the plastic counterparts).

Anyway, this army will take a long time to assemble. With my first purchases for my Tau army, I could play a standard game. For my Imperial Guard, it will be at least a year until I can do the same. Why? The Veteran Grenadiers are currently only available in metal in something like three poses, so I’m waiting for the plastic kits to replace them. I also don’t want to spend $60 on one unit ($118 when you include the Valkyrie), so I’m waiting it out. Hopefully I’ll be able to build and paint all of the vehicles before then (I’ll have a lot of time), so then once they come out I can play with the army almost immediately.

To further add to my geek-dom, I looked up valkyrie names in Norse mythology to start naming the vehicles which I’ll be buying tomorrow (two Valkyries). Yes, I’m just that cool.

EDIT: I bought both Valkyries, plus a small selection of hobby supplies, on Wednesday. I’ve finished building one vehicle and will be working on the other soon.


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