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  1. #11

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    Wow! Those speeders look awesome! And the scouts look great aswell!

  2. #12

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    where are the silencers and the heads from Those are sick

  3. #13

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    very distinctive, looks cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenstuff777 View Post
    where are the silencers and the heads from Those are sick
    The silencers are kroot gun muzzles and the heads are from pig iron. Hope that helps

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    Argonaught Pattern Land Speeder Storm

    Scouts of the Night Hawks 9th company are not born in the saddle; they must first earn the right to take to battle on their own bike. Those proving themselves in the blood of combat move up the ranks to either piloting a Storm or being granted a scout bike while remaining in the 9th. For all of the reasons that the Argonaught Pattern Land Speeder has become a staple in the chapter, so has the Argonaught Storm. The Argonaught Storm sports increased engine capacity versus the standard Argonaught to aid in pushing its larger chassis up to similar speeds. The vehicle is capable of carrying novitiates into battle as well as wounded brother-soldiers from it. Tow lines can be extended from the roof of the crew compartment which safely trail behind the vehicle for use in towing damaged equipment back from the front when required. The heavy reliance on Argonaughts and bikes by the Night Hawks means that no equipment is forfieited lightly. The plume of dust left in the wake of the tri-thrusters pay homage to the coming storm and the namesake of the vehicle.



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    Good fluff, and -amazing- conversions. Seriously. They rock. I can't wait to see more!
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    Truvel XI
    Part 1
    The Fade



    The Strike Cruiser Persistence circled in high orbit above Truvel XI.

    "Long-range Auspex scans are having difficulty penetrating the dust storms" rattled a low voice.

    "Thunderhawk deployment in 15 minutes" Arkavius voxed to the Astartes stationed aboard the Persistence. As a veteran sergeant of the 3rd company, Arkavius was more than familiar with situations such as this.
    The command deck jumped into action as deck officers began shouting commands to ready the Cruiser into a lower orbit capable of supporting the landing party. The bridge was Spartan and devoid of luxury. A life of hardship had bred into the Night Hawks an appreciation for the 'little things'; ostentatious displays were therefore not encouraged on board and the human crew did well to follow the example.
    Trophies from hard fought battles or challenging foes were kept as a common practice by many chapters of the Adeptus Astartes and the Night Hawks are no exception. The trophies kept by the Night Hawks however were generally small such as teeth, scales or strands of jewellery and were typically fashioned into chains to be worn around the marine's neck.

    "Out of sight, out of hand" was a common saying on their home world of Korak Prime; anything one could not keep nearby was soon to become someone else's. Arkavius released a rather large canine suspended around his neck; liberated from the mouth of an over-sized ork nob which had almost taken his life. He left command to Sir Marniun Vex of the Imperial Navy and made for the launch bays.


    Upon entering the launch bay two thunderhawk gunships were completing their final checks. To his left Arkavius inspected his 21 assembled battle brothers including sergeant Harkur and a Thurion, a tech-marine of many years. Their mission was to be conducted at the behest of the Adeptus Mechanicus within the Truvel system. Four expeditions to Truvel XI had vanished without so much as a distress call. The Night Hawks had maintained a strong relationship with the Mechanicum for much of their history and were honour bound to investigate. Whatever lie on the planet was of much importance to the Mechanicum and Arkavius could see the eagerness in Thurion's eyes.

    Balled fists struck breastplates as the two squads acknowledged their orders and made for the thunderhawks. The transports had been ready loaded with their bikes, assault bikes and an Argonaught Speeder.

    "Take us down and set us on the outside of the cloud" Arkavius commanded the thunderhawk pilot. As the Persistence entered low orbit the auspex had been able to scan most of the planet save for a large northern continent. This landmass was host to a massive electromagnetic storm which was interfering with the ship's sensors. The 'cloud' as they were calling it appeared to cover a semi spherical area one thousand kilometres in diameter. The reduced visibility would prevent the thunderhawks from travelling inside and the deployed squads would be on their own.



    The landing was uneventful. A pass in the vicinity of the landing zone did not grant any further insight into the anomaly.
    "Looks like we're going in blind" brother Kronex commented as he rode off the assault ramp of the thunderhawk.
    "I'm sure you won't be hard to find" replied a broken voice over the vox; the storm interfering with the signal. Kronex had a habit of keeping trophies predisposed to rot. His presence was always accompanied by a distinct aroma which did not seem to bother him.
    "If the storm dissipates we will contact the Persistence; return to the ship and await further instruction" Arkavius instructed the pilots. It was not uncommon for Night Hawks squads to deploy for weeks without contact. He rode to the front of the pack and signalled onward with his power sword before disappearing into the haze.

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    Truvel XI
    Part 2
    The Open Road


    Once the marines had passed the barrier formed by the cloud it became evident to Arkavius that the anomaly was not a naturally ocurring phenomenon.
    "Mercy of the Omnisiah" Thurion griped over general vox; clearly annoyed by the rutted topography over which the flock was attempting to travel at speed. Thurion was no stranger to field duties but his preference for the serenity of a mech bay, alone with his tools and a machine spirit, was obvious in his demeanor.


    "Vox interference increasing steadily with increased proximity to the centre of the cloud" Harkur spoke after blink clicking to a private channel with his fellow sergeant.
    "I have no doubts the source of this interference lies at its centre" Akravius replied as he expertly navigated his bike over boulders and ruts.
    The interference was imparing the navigation auspex on his bike but Arkavius cared little. Years of tracking experience bolstered by his genehanced abilities endowed him with a sense of direction that far removed his need for the bleeps of an auspex.
    The flock made good time or as good as could be expected with the terrain they were covering. Despite this Arkavius longed for the day he would ride a Mar-Pattern Hoverbike as one of the 1st Company. Though the hoverbikes were not capable of true flight they were able to hover nearly one metre above solid ground which proved invaluable in covering rutted terrain. Arkavius could recal images of dark robed figures roaring past him on the outskirts of his village as a child. That moment had been so extraordinary as to inspire him to make the journey across the southern desert. Although much of his memories from his life preinduction were no more, the image of the jetbike still inspired him.

    Nearly two days and 400 kilometres into the journey the topography began to change. Large craters were sporadically visible with weathered metal shrapnel at their centres. No wind blown sediments were collecting within the craters due to the storm overhead.
    Although their catalepsean nodes allowed the marines to go without sleep for sustained periods of time, navigating the rough terrain did not allow them solid rest. With no sign of hostiles Arkavius directed the marines into a large debris crater. Their vox signals were now essentially non functional and the sergeant gave his orders with curt hand gestures. A defensive perimeter was established around the crater utilizing the rocky outcropings from its edges as cover.
    The guard was cycled throughout the afternoon and the battle brothers took time to rest. With only 100 kilometres to the epicentre of the cloud Arkavius knew this might be the last full rest they could count on.

    Thurion made no attempts to rest and spent the hours beneath the Argonaut tinkering with a vestigal air intake on the underside of the speeder. No doubt left behind to prevent any disrespect to the original design, the intake was no longer needed to aid in cooling the non-existent antigrav plates. The intake routinely clogged with debris from beneath the speeder while operating. Although the speeder could operate with only the roofmounted intake operational, it made a deep rumbling noise when clogged which Thurion could not help but think was the machine spirit's discomfort. Thurion vowed to rest in the passenger's seat once they continued their journey so long as the machine spirit was content to permit it.

    As the sun began to set Arkavius gave the signal and led the flock onward into the darkness.

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    Nice skills on the land speeders! I may make squad if its cool with you

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    Edward Hopper would be proud.


 

 
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