Mastodon Super Heavy Assault Transport

The Mastodon is one of the heaviest assault transports in the arsenal of the Legiones Astartes, seeing much action the Great Crusade, and into the years of the great heresy. Its cavernous assault bay, capable of housing almost half a Company, is protected both by thick layers of ceramite armour as well as crackling void shields. It also mounts a fearsome siege melta array, allowing it to breach even the most formidable defences with ease, as well as an array of secondary weaponry intended to defend the vehicle as it approaches its target. Unleashed by the Legiones against only the most fearsome of enemy redoubts, there are few obstacles that can halt the advance of the Mastodon.

Heavily armed and armoured, the Mastodon typically carries 40 power armoured marines, half that number of terminators and even Dreadnoughts dependent on the mission perimeters. Whilst embarked, the warriors within will defend their immense transport, turning the sponson weapons on any enemy brave or foolish enough to come close. It’s Siege melta array can easily destroy fortifications, and makes short work of armoured vehicles, whilst its Skyreaper Battery will tear through any airborne threat with ease. It is for this reason that the Jarls of the Vlka Fenryka favour this mighty instrument of war, delivering the All-Father’s executioners into the heart of the enemy.

Until Next Winter…

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Mastodon Super-Heavy Assault Transport WIP 03

Further momentum on the Wolves has seen progress continue on the mighty Mastodon.

The internals largely complete, trying to echo the beautiful descriptions of light timbers and ivory onboard the Rout’s warships, without actually having those materials.

The external colour pallet has been worked out, with black lower track armour to reflect the Sicaran previously painted and the red stripe to match in with the Spartans and Land Raiders.

Still a long way to go, but worth the effort!

Until Next Winter…

 

 

 

Land’s Raider Class Battle Tank(s), MkIIb Variant

The legions made extensive use of Land’s formidable mainline battle tank, favoured by all of the Astartes. By the outbreak of the heresy several chassis variants and patterns of the ubiquitous warmachine, the rout favouring the MkIIb variant for it’s refined design and the powerful phobos pattern assault ramp.

MkIIb ‘Phobos’ Pattern Raider Battle Tank

A ground assault boat, blunt in its application, the Phobos pattern Raider Tank is designed to protect it’s cargo of assault warriors in the most brutal of warzones. Favoured by the Jarls of Fenris for it’s ferocity, more than one Phobos has been garbed in the Morkai’s black shroud and enlisted to deliver those Deathsworn brothers into the heart of battle.

MkIIb ‘Proteus’ Pattern Raider Battle Tank

A rarely seen variant of the Raider Battle Tank, with the proteus configuration more commonly associated with the MkI chassis and the MkII chassis more commonly sporting the Phobos Assault Ramp. The MkIIb ‘Proteus’ does however see battle under the banner of the 6th Legion, a heavily armed and armoured tanks with a transport capacity. Used my squads and thegns to deliver kill teams, seeker squads and hunters to key objectives.

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Murgan Wulfricsson and ‘Morkai’s Blades’ Seeker Squad

Murgan Wulfricsson, known as the the Night-spear, is a pack leader of calculated ferocity and honed martial prowess. As the leader of the the murder-pack Morkai’s Blades, Wulfricsson leads his Seekers in pursuit of enemy commanders, officers and key savants who pose an ongoing threat to the All Father’s Imperium. They truely are slayers of kings.

Legion Seeker Squads were formed from those Legionaries who were chosen on pure merit as the best marksmen in their Legion. Comprised of a specialised force of Space Marines, it was the job of a Seeker Squad strike force to identify and take out an enemy’s command structure, its warlords, officers, priests, demagogues, whatever form their commanders took, and slay them with a well-placed bolt round while the chaos of battle raged around them. An irony for Rout is that the squads were first utilised by the Twentieth Legion, adopted by the Vlka Fenryka as a key strategy to overwhelm their enemy’s force.

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MkIIa Proteus Pattern Raider Tank WIP 03

Progress continues on the MkIIa Proteus Pattern Land Raider, with tracks added that are more befitting of Heresy Era tanks.

The tracks were procured from http://extra-armour.com/product/onslaught-tracks/ and are listed as ‘onslaught’ tracks, which are designed for the plastic land raider kit. The quality of these resin tracks is superb and all the required detail cut outs and links are carefully considered to make this a very straight forward addition to the standard plastic kit, well worth the price.

In order to fit the tracks, which were a late design decision the older tracks were carefully cut out, some collateral damage has occurred, but this will be made good prior to painting.

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Aurvandil Manisson ‘the lunar wolf’, Caster of Runes

A rune priest of unpredictable temperament and prone to fits of insane unintelligible chanting in a language unknown to the minds of mortal men, Manisson is however a talented scryer and soothsayer, known for his un-waveringly accurate predictions and forewarning riddles.

Manisson is known as the ‘Lunar Wolf’ among the Rout for two reasons, firstly because of his close ties with the Sons of Horus during the Great Crusade, serving alongside their Legion in the wars of compliance, and secondly as he has been found on more than one occasion out on the snows of Asaheim, ill dressed for the weather and bellowing at the Moon. It is Manisson’s firm belief that the Moon harbours a dark spirit that stalks his sleep and troubles his dreams.

Until Next Winter…