Faithful and fanatical are the warrior-priests of the Cardinals Crimson, stalwart defenders of the Imperium in the face of its unholy enemies.
Crusaders have been a long-time favourite of mine, going back to the 5th edition Grey Knights codex. At that time, I was planning an army of the Inquisition around a certain Inquisitor who made possible entire armies of random henchmen, and the Crusaders stood out as being a survivable choice among the rabble of disposable mercenaries, operatives and thugs that you could build your force from.
Although I fell out the hobby before the plans came to anything, I continued to love the Crusaders and was very surprised to find them folded into the Imperial Guard codex, especially since now I could take an entire unit of them! For now I’ve been painting up two boxes of them, equating to 4 models. I have to say, despite being resin (or “Finecast”) they arrived in a great state, with no damages or broken limbs. The clean-up was still lengthy but that was to be expected. It was worth it.
The Crusaders wage war with the sword and shield, and have access to Acts of Faith where they can pull off an additional movement phase or reviving one of their fallen brethren, among other things. From what I have read in their rules I can only say that they sound like an interesting unit, and I look forward to the day when I can actually get a game in, let alone get to use them!
As always, thank you for stopping by, and take care.