Pictured are two freshly painted Aleutians showing off the lovely new arm stripe scheme - a shortened version of the Tempestor-Captain’s full arm stripes - which can also be seen on the two troopers at the bottom whom you may recognise from earlier photos. Originally intended as an honour marking for a particularly fearsome Scion, I ended up liking it so much that now everyone save the medic has them.
A particularly fearsome Scion, you say? And what’s up with that dude’s helmet stripe?
That trooper is the most badass Aleutian to throw themselves out of a Valkyrie. Built as a humble line trooper, they were placed into a Command Squad as part of a Halloween game alongside two volleyguns, a medic, and the Captain. The game’s theme was to kill increasingly large amounts of zombies with a single HQ choice each, the others being a Terminator Sorcerer with biomancy and a Tau Commander with gun drones. My rolling being what it is, the volleyguns were dead by turn 2, so it was just the Captain, the Medic, and this one flamer left of my men.
And by the Emperor that one flamer made up for it.
That flamer secured a 25-1 K/D ratio for THE WHOLE SQUAD, meaning it likely had about 40 kills to itself by the time the Scions finally fell, the ridiculous kill count thanks in part to some well placed Enfeebles by the Sorcerer (who was totally an Ultramarine Librarian and not a Thousand Son, Inquisitor, he was wearing blue!). Though only the Tau and his gun drones made it out alive, that one Scion made sure we made it that far, and for that alone they were honoured with the helmet stripe.
TL:DR; The flamer burned a LOT of people in one go so they get a fancy helmet.