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Old 06 Feb 2008, 22:05   #1 (permalink)
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I'm considering doing up some Steel Legion themed Rough Riders. I have two options I am considering:

Bike based (using SM bikes, since scratch building will be a pain and the Kunvershun Klinic bike comes out to about $60 each)
Riding desert lizards (Cold Ones)
Riding desert tigers/big-cat like creatures

If I go with the Tigers, I would use either a suitable set of tiger mounts I found in from another range, or commission an original sculpt and cast them in resin. If I do the latter I would consider making extra and selling them, though that would probably cost $15-20 per mount, possibly with no rider included.

I'm leaning towards the Bikes (this is, after all, the Steel Legion), but I havent seen anyone do big-cats Rough Riders yet...

Opinions / Ideas / Interest?
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Old 06 Feb 2008, 22:15   #2 (permalink)
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Well, it would have to be able to breath in poisonous environments, like the Ash Wastes of Armageddon.
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Old 06 Feb 2008, 22:29   #3 (permalink)
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Lizards - no. Just wouldn't be suited to Armageddon's climate. But riding big cats of some sort sounds pretty cool and original, and would loook great if modelled well. However, if I were you I'd give them some sort of gas mask or genetic enhancements to survive the Ash Wastes - look at the Kreig Death Riders for inspiration.
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Old 06 Feb 2008, 22:39   #4 (permalink)
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I think lizards are still a viable choice, alot of lizards are hardy so just imagine giant alien ones.
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Old 06 Feb 2008, 23:46   #5 (permalink)
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Giving a breather to the animal is feasible.

The Ash Wastes don't cover the entire planet, from my understanding. I imagine the Rough Riders might not be used in the Wastes, or would give rebreathers to the animals when in the wastes. Are the wastes completely unliveable, or only to humans and terrestrial creatures? Are there no native life forms in the wastes? This we don't know, as there is not a lot of info is available on Armageddon, unfortunately. I don't recall the Orks being depicted as using rebreathers, so if they can adapt, Armageddon should be able to support some kind of life.

Lizard was being considered because Cold Ones are relatively inexpensive (about half the cost or less of the tigers I'm looking at). There are definitely desert dwelling lizards, I imagine a lizard would survive better in the ash wastes than a mammal.
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Old 07 Feb 2008, 00:14   #6 (permalink)
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There are jungles on Armageddon...
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Old 07 Feb 2008, 00:27   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah, that are extremely dangerous and filled to the brim with Orks..
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Old 07 Feb 2008, 00:30   #8 (permalink)
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I believe that bike are alot better for the steel legion. It just seems more right that the steel legion would ride machines rather than animals.
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Old 07 Feb 2008, 00:50   #9 (permalink)
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True, bikes would be able to keep up with the vehicles a lot better than animals could.
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Old 07 Feb 2008, 01:03   #10 (permalink)
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True, bikes would be able to keep up with the vehicles a lot better than animals could.
It's a tossup there. Rough Riders would use their animals as agile combat mounts, not necessarily as long range transport. Otherwise they'd ditch the Atillan horses, Krieg horses, and weird Tallaran reptile mounts, and go with motorbikes, unless those were in short supply.

Besides, it's also about the 'cool' factor here :-) Hard to decide between 'somewhat cool but very thematic' and 'very cool but only somewhat thematic'. D'oh!

Thanks for the feedback so far, guys!

Maybe I'll have to make both...
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