|Nathaniel Garro says "bring it on"...|
Over the winter I participated in Curt's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. This "virtual" event pits figure painters and gaming types from all over against their own piles of unpainted lead, plastic and metal. To add extra flavour, the participants will often pursue side duels, a race-within-a-race to see who can complete the most work related to a given scale, period, setting or theme - you name it. These side-duels add to the fun and give extra motivation. Since I'm so keen on the 30k setting, I've had a 30k side duel for two years running - whoever paints the most 30k stuff wins, with the winner receiving a painted figure from the other(s). Last year I lost to JaimeM, and so sent him a staff officer from the Sons of Horus to keep an eye on the Word Bearers he had completed during that edition of the Challenge.
This year I was more prepared, and was lucky to come out on top of the 30k duel, which also drew a larger crowd. Not only was JamieM back, but we were joined by Iannick and AlexS. I spent the whole fall of 2016 prepping figures to paint during the Challenge, so I was pretty motivated, but Alex is a prodigious painter, so I kind of thought he might just come along one week having painted a whole company of Marines...
|Big sword, big gun, big armour...Garro is ready for anything|
|No more XIV Legion markings...Garro instead sports the marks of the Knights Errant|
Garro would go on to join the shadowy "Knights Errant", a group of elite Space Marine Legionnaires and assorted high-level operatives reporting to the Emperor's own eminence gris, Malcador the Sigilite. While Rogal Dorn led the high-level military response to the Horus Heresy, Garro and the other Knights Errant seemed to be tasked with "doing what needed to be done", using Malcador's unparalled access to old records, rare technology, otherwise forbidden lore and knowledge, the Knights Errant carried out a "shadow war" or sorts against Horus and those who followed him.
|The posing on the figure is very dramatic, and Alex has done a wonderful job with the painting|
Thanks very much Alex for this wonderful figure! He looks great on the shelf, an inspiring presence for the loyalist forces, and I look forward to figuring out some narrative-style games to use him in with our group here in Winnipeg!