I finished these rad-soaked nightmares a few weeks ago, but hadn’t gotten around to taking any pictures for the ribbon on the project… No longer! Here they are!
Built: November 19, 2015
Completed: January 13, 2016
Time Elapsed: 55 Days
The Vanguard come in at the cheapest of the Skitarii footies, and indeed the entirety of the Cult Mechanicus at around 9 points apiece. They’re a brutally nasty pill to swallow, simply on the merits of their versatility even in a vacuum.
Rocking a 4+ armour save and 6+ Feel No Pain, they fall in between Sisters of Battle and Scions in terms of durability. Mobility is increased tremendously through the addition of detachment-wide scouting from the Maniple, as well as the assault weapons and Relentless Special Rules.
Perhaps their most appealing ability is to render your opponent’s toughness by 1 in assault meaning you’re wounding Marines on 4’s instead of 5’s. You can also get into some pretty cool shenanigans in reaching previously invincible troopies toughness into an instant death threshold that’s manageable. Tyranid Warriors come to mind, being instant-gibbed by S6+ (NOT BAD).
They also have the ability to push out an insane amount of dakka, with each troopie getting 3 shots at 18″, where 6’s cause 2 auto-wounds instead of 1.
I imagine the Vanguard are going to be a mainstay in my Skitarii ranks, and these 5 represent the first of 15 that I have in the box.