The Vostroyans are one of the oldest Imperial Guard regiments, able to trace their regimental histories back to the Horus Heresy. The Vostroyans have a tradition that the firstborn son of every household will serve in the Vostroyan regiments, hence the name of the Regiments. Vostroyan soldiers and officers retain a very archaic appearance on the real world century Russian Cossacks. Firstborn use long and very ornate rifles, usually with wooden stocks. Officers bear lasguns integrated with axes. Thus, the Vostroyans are probably the regiment most evocative of the "retor-tech" background of Warhamer 40,000.
Vostroya is a world in the Halo Zone beyond the Eye of Terror, which swore allegiance to Mars during the Age of Strife. It is now ruled by a committee of Techtriarchs, a mix of Mechanicus Magos and more traditional Imperial planetary government. During the Horus Heresy, Vostroya refused to provide regiments to the Emperor, preferring instead to reserve the population in the manufactorium blanketing the world. After the Heresy came to an end the Vostroyans agreed to supply every first born son to service with the Imperial Guard.
According to Vostroya's Offering of the First Born, the eldest son of every family must enlist in the Regiments. There are no exceptions to this law, which applies even to the Techtriarchs and the most noble families. For most Vostroyans, it is an honour to join the Firstborn, as great importance is attached to the payment of the debt owed to the Emperor millennia ago. Unlike other Imperial Guard regiments that are raised en-masse, the Firstborn get a steady flow of new recruits from their homeworld. As a result, the Firstborn regiments have existed unbroken since they were first created. This is not always easy to organize, but ensures that Vostroyan regiments maintain their highest potential, as well as ensuring there's a core of veteran warriors. One consequence of this method is that the Firstborn are considered a brotherhood of warriors and are proud to train the recruits according to their own exacting standards. Few Imperial Guard regiments have a stronger brotherly bond than the Vostroyans. The Firstborn are trained in very difficult conditions among the ruined industrial areas of their homeworld.
The outskirts of Giadamak provided the perfect killing grounds for armoured warfare. When the hunter Cadres and Armoured Task Force came head to head the confident Imperial Guard forces were level in decisive killing blows dealt by combined fires from both the Hammerheads and Skyray teams.
The Forge World Studio, always a hive of activity, is more so than ever right now. Warhammer Fest
is less than a month away and preparations for it are speeding ahead in
high gear. Not only are the guys preparing loads of demonstrations and
displays for the weekend, there are also some awesome new models that we
want to have ready in time for you to buy there.
If you read this bulletin two weeks ago, you’ll know that Forge World will be unveiling an awesome new army, the Solar Auxilia, at Warhammer Fest. I managed to capture a picture of one of the Solar Auxilia’s vehicles just for you.
So the new forgeworld range they showcased at Open Day this year was to me; AWESOME! Its been a few year since anything new in the warhammer world left my mouth open and my bank account in pain. The new range is the Solar Auxilia which is FW's attempt to bring back the old Imperial Guard Regiments of our fond Rogue Trader days. Now they didnt follow a lot of ques from the old range, but in my opinion they made them perfect. It was just enough deep sea diver and space adventurer all rolled up into one. The vehicles look to be pretty cool too. Being a tank lover though I do wonder, in Rogue Trader guard players got Land Raiders and Rhinos but in a few of the following pics you can see Leman Russ turrets with strange barrels. So do we get russes or a new tank all together? Enjoy