Armed with handcrafted weapons passed down through the generations, the Vostroyan Firstborn hail from the Industrial Hive World of Vostroya. To atone for a sin committed during the Horus Heresy, every Vostroyan family must pledge their firstborn son to serve in the Imperial Guard. It is common for family ties to exist in Vostroyan regiments; it is typical for cousins to serve together, and for new recruits to be mentored by their older battle-hardened relatives.
In 2006, Games Workshop released the Vostroyan Firstborn, a metal range of Imperial Guard (Astra Militarum) models themed on the historical Russian Cossacks. The Vostroyan Firstborn were available on the GW website until the summer of 2018. While metal Vostroyan Firstborn models could still be found on eBay (often at premium prices), Wargames Altantic produces an affordable range of plastic miniatures, the ‘Les Grognards’, that could be used for the Vostroyan Firstborn.
Wargames Atlantic Les Grognards Sprue: Side 1
Wargames Atlantic Les Grognards Sprue: Side 2
Earlier this month, I purchased a box set of ‘Les Grognards’ miniatures, which includes the components to build up to 24 figures. Four optional head sprues are included in this kit, allowing you to build a diverse range of soldiers. I built and painted the miniatures in groups of six. I built and painted the first two groups (12 miniatures) as soldiers of the Aexe Alliance, a World War 1 themed trench warfare army featured in the sixth novel (Straight Silver) of the Gaunt’s Ghost series. I built and painted the remaining 12 miniatures as guardsmen of the Vostroyan Firstborn. I have finished the last group of six miniatures (presented here in this post) and plan on adding these miniatures to the Vostroyan Firstborn section of the Old Guard, a Warhammer 40K fan website dedicated to the Imperial Guard (Astra Militarum) regiments of old.
Vostroyan Firstborn: Painting Stage 1
Vostroyan Firstborn: Painting Stage 2
Vostroyan Firstborn: Painting Stage 3
Vostroyan Firstborn: Painting Stage 4
Vostroyan Firstborn: Painting Stage 5
Vostroyan Firstborn: Painting Stage 6
The Old Guard: An Astra Militarum/Imperial Guard Fan Site is a website dedicated to Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40K universe, with a focus on the classic range of Imperial Guard miniatures of old (the second edition of the game).