• Matt

First born, shortest straw

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

I'd like to take the time to walk you through my collection of Vostroyan Firstborn.

The Vostroyan Firstborn refers to regiments of Imperial Guard raised from the world of Vostroya within the 40k universe. The regiments of Vostroya are made up from the planets firstborn, with those from the poorer families making up line infantry and children from richer noble families becoming officers. The second and third born from this world are tasked with production of the tanks, munitions and armament.

During the Horus Heresy, Vostroya sat back and refused to raise new regiments for the Imperium of man, reserving their population for their manufactorums (40k word for factories). The Imperium of man didn't take kindly to Vostroya's stance. As a result once the Horus Heresy was dealt with the ruling government of Vostroya pledged every firstborn to the Imperial warmachine.

Short straw indeed for those born on Vostroya.

The Vostroyan firstborn miniature range was released when I worked for Games Workshop back in 2006. I managed to order my army on the fabled weight discount. For those who do not know, Games Workshop used to offer a discount to their employees based on the weight of the metal. This meant that my army of white metal models, some one hundred strong cost me about £30. The idea was that staff would buy these armies, paint them up and encourage customers to start a new collection. I know shortly after I left, GW scrapped the weight discount so lucky me i guess.

The standard Vostroyan uniform is red, which goes well with the Cossack theme they have going on. However I've taken inspiration from the novel Legion in the Horus Heresy collection. The art work, pictured below almost depicts a Vostroyan uniform. However when I started painting the figures I wrongly assumed that the picture below was of one regiment, who's uniform was half magenta, half yellow. The art actually is of two different regiments kneeing before a Space Marine of the Alpha legion.

Anyway that's why my army is painted the way it is. So without further ado here are my Vostroyans.

Regimental Command

Captain Vastin on the Bear of Conquest, this model is an old Warhammer Fantasy Battle figure from the Kislev range.

The command unit also makes use of some of the Valhallan Ice Warrior range for the Master of Ordinance and Master of the Fleet. Both in different uniforms as they would be assigned to the regiment only.

Green Platoon

Lead by Lieutenant Bufkov.

The plasma discharge has been made by heating and twisting the sprue from those Necron green rods and then pinned in place.

Never refer to this heavy weapon as a MISSile launcher, 100% of the time it will miss if you say that. Rocket launchers for the win!

Games Workshop never made a Vostroyan Autocannon team. The one above has taken the gunner from the Lazcannon team and the loader from the Mortar team, the gun itself is produced by MaxMini. https://maxmini.eu/by-faction/guardsman/acannon-gun-platform-heavy

Mortar Teams
Heavy Bolter Teams

Yellow Platoon

Lead by Lieutenant Kenavitch.

The Rocket launcher team in the unit above were originally Steel Legion miniatures, unfortunately there was never Vostroyan Rocket teams made. With a head swap and some green stuff made them look like they belong. GW also never produced Vostroyan melta gunners...

While the Rocket team in this unit started as Valhallan Ice Warriors. The difference in the weapon signals that this launcher is the one in the army with Skyfire, if that's still a rule.

The spotters for the sniper teams were Steel Legion models, converted to fit. The heads started off as Space Marine sergeant heads with re-breathers, I ended up sculpting many bear skin hats.

I also used the muzzle brakes from the Kroot rifles to give the sniper rifles a different look while I sculpted a bear skin hat on one sniper so it wasn't obvious I was doubling up on one figure.