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Gray Tigers: Sternguard Veteran Fighting Tigers (Updated 07/2009)
Fighting Tigers are bound by strict and holy vows. A few of these vows are: 

  • To always defend civilians; 
  • To serve bravely and selflessly; 
  • To uphold ancient Vedic traditions; 
  • To welcome guests; 
  • To seek knowledge and enlightenment; 
  • To shun earthly desires; and 
  • To never harm sacred animals. 
A Tiger that fails to uphold--or willingly breaks--any of these vows will be punished by the Tigers of Varuna, the equivalent of Space Marine Chaplains. A serious enough infraction will result in the offending Tiger being exiled from the Chapter. One such disgraced Tiger was Sudra Patel, whose story is told in "The Gray Tiger."

Despite what they have done, each Gray Tiger has the chance to redeem their self through heroic actions. To accomplish this, each is given a new suit of armor, painted gray, and permitted one weapon with a minimum of ammunition. Usually only two or three Gray Tigers exist at any time, but sometimes a handful will gather together as a squad to fight for their lost status.

The Harijan
Gray Tigers are also known as harijan or "untouchable" because they are forbidden to have any human contact. In creating harijan for use on the tabletop, I wanted to visually emphasize their separateness from the rest of the Fighting Tigers. Merely painting a few standard Marine figures gray (instead of orange or brown) just wouldn't cut it for me.

Fortunately, an alternative arrived in the mail. As part of a promotion, I received a free sample of several i-Kore VOID miniatures and I thought the Tactical Androsynths (below) would make great Gray Tigers.

i-Kore Tactical Androsynths
Above: Tactical Androsynths from i-Kore. I like GW, but I couldn't pass up these.
Photo © Copyright i-Kore Ltd. 2001

What I like about these figures is how they resemble the latest Games Workshop Marines, yet have many subtle differences. Each figure is a smidge slimmer, not quite as bulky as a GW Marine. This inspired me to describe the harijan armor (in the story  "The Gray Tiger") as being lighter, intended for one do-or-die mission.

As you can see from the accompanying photo, each suit of armor--with its blank facemask and single-eye targeter--has a slightly sinister look that I thought was appropriate. I suppose I could have used Chaos Marine figures, but that might have sent the wrong message: Gray Tigers aren't (necessarily) evil, they've just broken the rules. 


Gray Tigers armed with storm bolters, a plasma gun, and a multi-melta

At first glance, the rifles look like GW plasma guns, but I treat them as storm bolters. Each has a sleek, hi-tech look--perfect for Space Marines--and has an ammo belt running from the trooper's backpack to the gun. 

Painting the Gray Tigers
In addition to the way-cool armor, I also wanted a different paint scheme for the Gray Tigers. Fighting Tigers belong to one of two castes, or jatis: Jatis Mahaduyana (whose colors are orange and black), stationed in Veda's northern hemisphere; or Jatis Ghuyarashtra (whose colors are mustard and brown), stationed in Veda's southern hemisphere. 

Fighting Tiger: Jatis MahaduyanaFighting Tiger: Jatis Ghuyarashtra
Tigers from Jatis Mahaduyana (at left) and Ghuyarashtra (at right).
Gray Tigers belong to neither caste, so their color scheme and patterns are different.

Harijan, however, no longer belong to either jatis and thus wear gray. To paint them, I used Codex Grey with a wash of thinned Chaos Black to add definition. Weapons were Boltgun Metal and bases were Goblin Green (to match the rest of my army). The Gray Tigers were easy to paint and I think they look quite striking when placed next to my other Tigers. In addition to the story, I've created entries for Gray Tigers in Codex: Fighting Tigers of Veda and in the Army List and Tactics.
 
 
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