Redroran ranger regiments are perfectly capable of operating as regular line infantry when necessary but most Imperial commanders recognise the fact that their skill set is best employed elsewhere. Infiltrating enemy lines to perform raids or capture vital objectives prior to a ground offensive. Being left behind during enemy offensive to wreck havoc on enemy rear areas or holding defensive positions in particularly difficult terrain.
All of these missions require ranger units to be self sufficient not being able to rely on the usual artillery and armour support of regular Imperial guard formations. For this reason mortars are a popular and vital part of Ranger regiments every company has one or two mortar squads attached to the command platoon. Being light and man portable mortars allow the rangers to bring artillery support with them even far behind enemy lines or difficult terrain.
So the mortars are painted. the usual suspects are used for the crew figures with the addition of some arms from the excellent Victoria miniatures heavy weapons arm set. The mortars are the standard games workshop imperial guard models.
I’m off on holiday with the family for a week so their won’t be any updates for a while. When I’m back there are two more ranger squads, a special weapons squad and another Skunk bears armoured car to paint (all are primed and ready to go) to finish this army.
Every Rangers regiment has a platoon of storm troopers attached to the regimental HQ. Equipped with better armour and using MK2 Tegean patteren hellguns these highly trained squads rarely fight as a full platoon but are used to perform dangerous missions or bolster regular ranger companies. Tegean pattern hellguns forgo the backpack mounted battery of most hellguns for a larger magazine battery, are short and handy and have a full auto mode making them very popular for close quarters work.
So here is my Storm trooper squad based on Anvil industry Afterlife miniatures I’ve added a anvil industry flame unit and GW las-gun barrels to the guns. I also did head swaps using spare heads from the Defiance games USMC miniatures or Crooked dice miniatures beret heads. I think they turned out quite nice but these guys are noticeably smaller than the other miniatures in my army.
Having finished the company command squad I have now completed the two platoon command squads for my rangers. Not a lot new here really same base miniatures (the now defunct Defiance games USMC) with various anvil industry and Games Workshop heads, weapons and bits. I should point out the bases which are resin and purchased off ebay and are the first time I’ve really used custom bases I like them but getting figures to stand naturally on bases with so much external relief can be a challenge.
Command squad 1st Platoon
Command squad 2nd Platoon
Still pushing along with my Redroran Rangers and have now finished the Company command section led by Captain Jory Botterill. Miniatures are the same source as the rest of the army though the captain has benefited from the great little officer conversion sprue from Heresy Miniatures . You’ll notice the Redroran’s have no commissars this due to the high number of “accidents” that befall commissars who are sent to Redroran regiments especially during long range missions behind enemy lines.
Took a break from guardsmen to add another piece of scenery to my collection in this case a Wall of Martyrs bunkers to go with the defence emplacement I painted up last month. A lovely plastic kit. I ‘d be happy not to have the piles of dead bodies everywhere but I guess it helps reinforce the grim dark 40K look.
Completed my first special weapons squad for my Rangers army command platoon. These guys are armed with sniper rifles (rifles supplied by Heresy miniatures ) and I even managed to sneak in an original Rogue Trader 1987 plastic space marine head. I’ve given the no rifle armed troopers some scanners to give the impression they are No.2 looking for targets for the snipers.
Here are a few pictures of my second Redroran Rangers squad. Like the last squad armed with missile launcher and grenade launcher using the same base miniatures and conversion parts. These guys are mostly painted with Revell Aqua colour paints which are really nice paints with a good range of military type colours for painting guardsmen