Thursday, December 29, 2011

Deathfin Assault! Deathwing/Space Sharks WIP

After a LOT of soaking and scrubbing I got most of the paint off of the second-hand termies.  Apparently a few layers down some of them had started out life as Ultramarines.  Who knew?  Some assembly and conversion later and here's where we stand at the moment.  I still have to add the storm bolter bayonets, but then they should be ready to start the painting process.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lost and the Damned Bibliography rolls along!

I've gone through most of the sources I could bring to hand personally, and have gotten a little help online too.  Also thanks to the Overlords for their mention of the bibliography in episode 80!

As of this writing the list has 73 entries, with over 30 named factions from Blood Pact to Zoicans and a couple dozen unnamed ones.  If you're interested in LatD or just read/listen to a lot of GW/Black Library stuff, please give it a look and let me know if you know something else I should include!  Thanks!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cheapo Deathwing

After a recent trade with ImpCommander, I now have the bodies for a 1500pt Deathwing army, pretty cheaply all told.

The army plan I have is for mostly shooty terminators.  I know it's not the flavor of the month with the 3++ shields, but I like the shooty ones, and it's not like I'm trying to take this to the top of NOVA or something; it's just a lark army.  With Belial, five squads of termies and a dread it's also pretty compact.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

First Bite! Space Sharks Ironclad WIP

Hope that everyone had a good Christmas.  During some down time last night and today I managed to glue this fella together, a pretty straightforward Ironclad Dreadnought for my Space Sharks.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Big Plans - 2012...2013...

Like the late Mr. Carr, aka "the Fox" to the left, I have a lot of unfinished business to attend to with my model collections.  New armies, adding to existing ones, misc. projects.

We'll see how much of this mess I get through in 2012.  Hopefully referring back to this list will help me to avoid purchasing too much new stuff.  Unless the new Chaos kits look good.  On to the list!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Captain Raptor!

Here's one of the books my son picked out at the library today.

I'm so proud.

In the fine tradition of super awesome mashups that make you wonder why they haven't been done as well before (see: Transformers, Dinosaur Train, etc.) and send kids into glorious rapture comes this combination of dinosaurs, spaceships, and pirates.

Told in a pulse-pounding melodramatic style it's sure to be endearing to pulp fans, and it's so chock full of awesomeness that a lot of it's pretty incidental, like the cyborg pirate dinosaurs with laser swords.

 Let me say that again, in caps: CYBORG PIRATE DINOSAURS WITH LASER SWORDS!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

There's more than one way to skin a heretic!

My bud Ethereal the Shadow gave me some good suggestions for my own recent Lost and the Damned fandex (which you can get in the tab above), some of which I was even smart enough to take!

Liking LatD himself, he put together his own version which you should check out too.  He's got some interesting mechanics, and it looks like it would be a good way to represent a Rogue Trader's forces or the earlier stages of a rebellion before Chaos gets deeply involved and generally makes a mess of things. 

There's lots of neat units like potentially infinitely respawning mobs of rioters, bike gangs, and saboteurs who can screw with enemy reserves.  And who wouldn't want an army that generates CARNAGE TOKENS?

He's also a whiz with formatting so his looks very nice, with all those fancy boxes and whatnot.  I'll have to see if I can get him to fiddle with mine for the next revision!  If you like what you see with his LatD, also be sure to check out some of his earlier fandex efforts for the Tau and Sisters of Battle over at Ethereal's Projects !

Monday, December 19, 2011

Lost and the Damned Bibliography

Just wanted to point out the new tab up above (see it?) with the link to what I hope with your help can become a pretty exhaustive resource for reading about Lost and the Damned style forces in GW/Black Library publications.  If you're interested, check it out, and if you know of things I've missed (and there are many!) please let me know!

Friday, December 16, 2011

11th Company Lost and the Damned Interview

For those interested, I recently recorded an interview with Pat from the 11th Company Podcast which should air in either episode 99 or 100.  Check it out, and the 11th Co. in general!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Codex: Lost and the Damned - Example army list

I wanted to give folks a sample army list using Codex: LatD to show a little bit of how it works, so I threw one together. For some of the things I'll also give a little bit of exposition.

List after the jump:

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Codex: Lost and the Damned - Designer's Notes

I just wanted to share some thoughts on the Lost and the Damned codex from my perspective, shedding some light on why some choices were made and why others weren't.

From the beginning, the project was defined at least as much by what it was NOT going to try to be as it was by what it was trying to be.

It was not trying to "fix" Codex: Chaos Space Marines.

It was not trying to represent any single force, like an Alpha Legion cell or the Blood Pact - such forces could be made, but no single one would be the focus, and units would generally be kept generic.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Codex: Lost and the Damned - Final Preliminary Beta Pre-release Secret Double Probation version up now!

Get it, read it, play with it, let me know what you think!

Lost and the Damned

Lost and the Damned army list
LatD army list
Codex Lost and the Damned
Codex: Lost and the Damned
Codex Latd
Codex: Latd
Lost and the Damned 40K
LatD 40K

Monday, December 12, 2011

What's Black and White and Red all over? Battle Report: Scythiak vs. Black Templars

In the second of my games at our local Games Day, I played Alex and his Black Templars, always a fun and tough opponent.  We rolled up a five-objective Seize Ground with Pitched Battle deployment.  With only two troops choices, could the Templars stem the Scythiak tide of bodies?

Snow Monkey Fight! Battle Report: Scythiak vs. Inquisition

At our local Games Day, my first game was against a fellow allegedly named "D.C."  who posts over at Assault Phase.  I brought in the Scythiak, he pulled out his Inquisition (Grey Knights henchmen) army and we played a 1500pt Annihilation/Spearhead match.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

High Point Games Day 2011 - all over but the backaches!

Well our local Games Day has come and gone, and I'm pretty worn out.  While not as big of a turn out as some of the previous ones, we still had around 25 folks and some fun games going on.  I got in a couple of 40K games, but more on those later after I finish my last paper for the semester!  For now I'll just toss up the pics of the games I wasn't involved in, with batreps to come later in the week.

It was great seeing some folks I rarely get to see these days, great to meet some new ones, and I managed to pic up some loot too.  I got some free bits from Chris that will find their way onto the Space Sharks, and bought a few things - some bits that will find their way onto Scythiak tanks down the road from "D.C." over at The Assault Phase , some books from Chris, and one of the backpacks GW released with Apocalypse, with the swappable Cadian and Chaos labels from Bryan. He had it with the Cadian labels on, but those were swiftly switched out for the more proper Volscani ones!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Warboss inbound!

Recently two blogs I follow, Gone to Ground and Three Color Minimum held a caption contest for the fellow here on the left.  Feeling the connection between the warboss and his favorite face-biter, I felt that a line from Babe would be appropriate.  So did those running the contest, and soon the happy pair will be WAAAAGHing their way over here.

But...I don't have much use for a warboss myself these days - Kaptin Krumpa would get jealous.  However, I know that there are a number of other local current or prospective warlords in my area who might be able to get proppa use out of him, likely overrunning my own armies in the process.

So local Ork players - anyone want a free warboss?  With combi-skorcha, attack squg, bosspole and eavy armor he comes in at a reasonable 90 points, not bad for seven S6 attacks on the charge plus leadership benefits!

Monday, December 5, 2011

High Point Games Day 2011!

This time with heat!

This Saturday, December 10th the local gamers will converge on High Point for our semi-regular Games Day.  If you are in the area or can manage to be in the area, come on out!  I hope to be there more at least a good chunk of the day.

Here's some shots and info from last year's event.  Typically there are a bunch of folks playing 40K and fantasy, a good bit of wheeling and dealing/model yard sales, and a number of folks playing other games like Aeronautica, BFG, Mordheim and others.  This year will be in the same spot, but in a different part of the building, actually in the office areas with good lighting, heat, and non-scary bathrooms instead of the warehouse.  Woot!

Typically we end up with around 50 folks total, so you should be able to find someone to play with.  The doors will be open from 9am to 9pm, twelve hours of gaming goodness, and all it will cost you is a smile and two canned food items that we will collect and donate.  Come on out!  Hope to see you there!

600 N Scientific St, High Point, NC

Some more pics from past events: HERE

Thursday, December 1, 2011

No Necrons here. Some of the other stuff going on around the web!

While Necrons and 6th edition rumors have been dominating the blogs lately, when I've been procrastinating from real work I've been looking elsewhere.  Here's some of the other cool stuff that you may have missed if you've been absorbed with Doomsday Arks, Resurrection Protocols, and how rapid fire may or may not change.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Lost and the Damned - Col. Ivan Mtumbe

Fourth in the series of special characters for the Lost and the Damned fandex, this time a Traitor Officer in the service of Tzeentch.

As with all of these characters, I welcome your feedback, especially with regard to pricing.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Lost and the Damned - Tianmut, Devotee of Slaanesh

Third in the series of Lost and the Damned fandex special characters, this time a depraved cult leader of Slaanesh.

As with all of these, I welcome your feedback, especially with regards to pricing.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Lost and the Damned - Pestilens the Reanimator

Second in the series of Lost and the Damned fandex special characters, this time an Astartes Lord with an affinity for the shambling not-so-dead.

As with all of these characters, I welcome feedback on him, especially with regards to cost.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Lost and the Damned - Keltinax, Headsman of Khorne

First in a series for the special characters for the Lost and the Damned fandex, today we look at Keltinax, Headsman of Khorne.  Keltinax is the special character version of the Mutant Warlord HQ choice, and is built as a close combat monster, literally.  He's essentially a cyber-shaggoth, a centauroid mutant whose lower half is akin to a Juggernaut, boosted by Khorne's gifts and blessings.

As with all of the ones in the coming days, I welcome your thoughts especially with regard to appropriate pricing.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Steampunk Officially No Longer Cool

I hate to be the one to break it to any steampunk fans, but it's over.

I went to see Arthur Christmas with sonofsonsoftaurus today (which is a pretty good movie), and before the movie they had a video for Justin Bieber's rendition of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".  The video and especially the Biebe's outfit is thoroughly steampunk.  All he needed was goggles, but I guess that it's hard to pout in goggles. I couldn't find a full-length video yet, but the below snippets should give you an idea.


But, other than that, Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans!  And happy whatever to the rest of you lot!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Endless Ones - Part Two

Through Flesh, mastery of the Materium.
Through Knowledge, mastery of the Flesh.
Through the Warp, mastery of Knowledge.
Through Will, mastery of the Warp.
Through Shaitan, mastery of All.
---From the Catechism of the Endless Ones

Shaitan! Binder, Retriever of Souls, Everpresent, The Great Shepherd, The Ascendant, Lord over Life, Voidwalker, Heirarch of the Outer Reaches, Archon of Koth, Master of the Endless Ones.
---Herald announcing the arrival of Shaitan

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tears of Sanguinius - Renegade Blood Angels

Among the numerous renegades that have gravitated into the orbit of the Endless Ones are a number of traitorous marines from the Blood Angels chapter and their successors.

Collectively known as the Tears of Sanguinius, they retain much of their Blood Angel associated iconography though they are now in the sway of She Who Thirsts, Slaanesh.

Rather than being driven mad by the Black Rage, the Tears view it as a blessing, being driven to heights of rapture through experiencing their primarch's agonies.  Unlike most other renegades who turn their backs on their origins, the Tears still revere their primarch for the gifts he bestowed to them in death.

The Tears of Sanguinius also have a secret goal in their service to Chaos.  They seek to gain control over the Talon of Horus, the weapon that felled their primarch and triggered the resulting ecstatic torments they enjoy due to their link with him.  The Tears believe that with the proper rituals, the Talon can be used not only to enhance their own bliss, but to bring more of the sons of Sanguinius into the arms of Slaanesh.  However currently the Tears are divided on how best to obtain the Talon - some wish to gain enough power to attack the Black Legion directly, while others believe the better path is to join with Abaddon's forces until they have the opportunity to betray him from within. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

As Many as the Stars in the Sky...

OK, not quite that many.  But recently the blog hit the mark of 200 Discriminating Readers, thanks a lot folks!  Glad the new folks saw something they liked, and that the old-timers are still hanging around.  Hope you still like what you see and aren't just too lazy to unsubscribe. ;-)

Today I also went back through the past several months and updated the Battle Reports tab.  I was surprised how many games I actually got in over the last few months!  I'm going to go back over those myself soon, life's been a blur lately!

Thanks again folks!  The next few weeks will be pretty hectic, but I hope to get some more Space Sharks glued together and maybe even get a game in.  Then December should see some serious progress!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Battle Report - Trenchant Criticism - Scythiak Usurpation vs. Pilgrims of Rust

I decided to blow off schoolwork for a bit and headed down to Hobbytown for a rare Saturday excursion.  It was great seeing and chatting with some folks I rarely get to hang out with, and got a game in with Aaron of Skies of Flies Ground of Rust .

We had been vaguely starting a small league, and pulled out our 1000pt forces to throw down.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Purging of Kadillus - Review Part 2

Finished the book this morning, overall pleased with it.  Part 2 will be pretty short.  Most of the themes carry over from Part 1, so no need to go there again.  SPOILERS AHEAD! 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Purging of Kadillus - Review Part 1

I'm part way through The Purging of Kadillus, by Gav Thorpe. I recently was pleasantly surprised by winning this as a prize from sons of thunder. As fate would have it, Gav was the "random guest" at The Overlords (dot co dot UK) podcast this week, though they didn't discuss the book. It's a good episode, check it out!

On to the book.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Space Sharks - Born to be Wild

(apologies to Steppenwolf)

Get those xenos runnin'
Heads bouncin' on the highway
Lookin' for some traitors
Or whatever comes our way

Yeah Sharks are gonna make it happen
Take your worlds in our embrace
Fire all of our guns at once and
Finish off some race

Claws of smoking lightning
Heavy bolter thunder!
Coming from the void
Gonna drag you under

Yeah Sharks are gonna make it happen
Take your worlds in our embrace
Fire all of our guns at once and
Finish off some race

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Space Sharks - We'll Bomb Your World and Melt You Too

Knocked out a couple more tacticals, the heavy and special weapons troopers. 

Space Sharks - More Tactical Marines

I managed to squeeze a little bit of modeling time in, and cranked out assembling two more tactical marines for the Space Sharks.  A massive accomplishment, I know.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Purge the Unread!

Through good fortune I just won a copy of the book on the left, supplied by the generous nature and good graces of Sgt. Brisbane over at sons of thunder .  Especially if you like Terminators, go check him out!

I had a choice between this and Fall of Damnos, but since my last couple of battles featured Orks vs. Dark Angels and that's the subject of TPoK, I figured that it was an appropriate pick!

Maybe some new 40K fiction is just what I need to inspire me back at the paint station!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Watch out for the wire! Battle Report Orks vs. Dark Angels 1000pts

Finally getting around to posting up the second battle I did a while back with Seneca, trying out league lists.

We used the same table as before but switched sides and did a Spearhead Seize Ground with three objectives.  Our lists were the same too, and can be found at the above link. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Official Lost and the Damned on the way as part of 6th ed Chaos updates?

There's some freaky looking beastmen...

Faeit 212 recently posted up some rumors doubtless gleaned from one of the big forums, but he didn't specify which one.  Poke around places like Warseer and Dakka and you'll probably find more commentary.

Some of the interesting bits were more confirmation that full-on Chaos Marines are eventually going to be differentiated from Renegades, which should make a number of people happy, and will let GW sell more Land Raider variants and Land Speeders to Chaos (Renegade) players.  Also, there are hints that Lost and the Damned and traitor guard focused armies may well be a part of this cycle.

Aside from rules updates, one would expect some new model releases, both resculpts and perhaps some new kits as well as some conversion sprues.  So put aside some of that Necron money and start saving now!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Battle Report: A Thousand Points of Beatdown - Orks vs. Dark Angels

Some of the local players are in the early stages of a small league, starting with 1000pt armies, with larger ones for some battles.  I was thinking about either using my Scythiak or Orks, but decided to bring the Orks for a test run with Seneca, who narrowly decided against his own Orks in favor of his first love, the Dark Angels.  We set up the table and objectives and battle was soon joined!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Follow this guy too!

The Dragon Watch

Another of the local gamers who I really don't get to see very often has started up a blog, and with the quality of his work it should be a great one.  Only one post so far, but start following it - when he gets more up it should definitely be worth it.

Whatadive just started up Casualties of a Paintbrush which should start having some great figures posted as well as other thoughts and whatnot.  Aside from his great work on various armies and projects (his Ork biker army is a treat) he's one of the main organizers for our local GW enthusiasts, one of the main local tournament and event organizers for things like our local Games Days so there may well be thoughts about running local events and community building too.  As he puts it:

I have been a GW gamer for a very long time. Started back in high school in '87. I then got out of it for a bit while in college and then got rolling with it again in '97. I mostly enjoy the games in the following order: Warhammer Fantasy, Aeronautica Imperialis, Battlefleet Gothic, Blood Bowl and Warhammer 40K.

I plan to mainly have this blog focus on  my painting of miniatures whether for my own armies or as various commissions.

So check it out!  I doubt that you'll be disappointed. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011, revised X-Com on the horizon?

X-Com is quite simply one of the greatest PC games of all time.  If you disagree, go back to your Zeldas or whatever and stop reading here.  For the rest of you, the enlightened, you will be interested to know that a successor to the original game with the same style (which is what made it so awesome) has been in the works. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Daddy, are you going to play Warhammers?

Today I got in a couple of quick Warhammer Fantasy games with Josh over at his house, getting a better feel for how 8th ed works.  We did roughly 500pts with Josh running his lizzies and me running his Empire (with some extra models thrown in to fill things out).

Monday, October 10, 2011

Dystopian Wars

by TroC--czarnyrobert at deviantART

With most of our RPG group unavailable, the few of us able to get together played a game of Dystopian Wars from Spartan Games.  John/vonshoot was kind enough to run a demo game for me and Joel, with me taking on the role of the noble Brits and Joel as the ruthless Prussians. 

For those unfamiliar with the premise, Dystopian Wars is set in an alternate past, one of the innumerable Steampunk style what-ifs.  There are Tesla Cannons, force fields, flying aircraft carriers, robot squids and more slapped on top of Victorian/WWI era warships.  If you're familiar with basic "real" naval tactics, a lot of that seems to translate over into the game, which is nice.  The big ships can easily overpower smaller ones, but smaller ships can provide cheap extra defense to other nearby ships, helping to protect against aircraft and torpedoes, which gives you  a reason to include them. 

For our game, we each had a battleship, three cruisers, three destroyers, and two bombers.  I have no idea if the points were balanced or not, but it felt pretty evenly matched.  The game was pretty easy to pick up, at least with someone running it and looking up charts for us.  I was surprised at how big the ships were; I thought that they would be a lot smaller for some reason.  Looking at my keyboard, the battleships were about as long as my spacebar and three key rows wide, the destroyers about as big as the enter or backspace keys.  Through Teutonic treachery and good play, Joel won the game, capturing my battleship while he was at it.  Thankfully the admiral died during the boarding action and will not have to live with that dishonor.

A lot of the designs seem cool, though some are over the top in kind of a tacky way.  I'm biased though so don't let that stop you.  I think things like giant robotic squid are cool, but giant tanks with colonnaded domes are a bit much, crossing over into levels of excess that would give Games Workshop designers or anime artists pause.

Bottom line it was a fun game, definitely worth playing.  The startup costs seem pretty low too if you want to get a small fleet of your own.  For example, here's a bundle with the fleet I had plus six extra small ships: BRITS

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Working through some backlog - Rainbow Wraiths

I tend to save bigger projects for when I have longer blocks of time available, so I can get significantly through a particular step before having to stop, clean up, put things away, etc.  So for times like now when I can only squeeze in five minutes at a time, I prefer to work on more one-off figures, like those above.  Nice, single-piece metals with no assembly required (other than sometimes attaching to a base).  I decided to do up the ringwraiths in a variety of colors to be able to tell them apart more easily in play and to have some extra fun with something different.  I love figures like these, lots of folds, recesses and raised areas, great for my preferred methods of getting things done quickly, washes/inks plus drybrushing.

The one on the left is traditional black, with grey drybrushing for highlights.  Next to him is blue ink over a grey undercoat.  He may be my favorite of the bunch.  Next is green ink over grey, then a series of flesh tones built up with bone armor, going for kind of a skin&bones necromancer look, then red ink over red paint for kind of a "bloodwraith" look.  Last on the right is a Reaper female fighter/paladin type, just simple metals with a bit of Ogryn Flesh wash over most of it. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

First time up against Dark Eldar

Or rather, the new Dark Eldar.  I played against them a lot in 3rd and some in 4th, but today was the first time facing the new book. 

I arranged a game with Alex and brought my Merkan Imperial Guard along, figuring that a footslogging horde would be a fun match against a superfast force.  Although at 83 guardsmen to 50 Dark Eldar I guess the horde needle wasn't too far in my favor.  Fun having two armies on the field with neither of them being predominantly T4 or 3+.  Despite multiple notes to myself, I managed to forget to bring a camera.  Next time I need to just put it in the car while I'm thinking about it!

We got a few comments about how much terrain there was, which is usually the case when you actually put 25% down.  Some of the terrain were some new donated pieces by another local gamer named Austin, who made some very cool, very sturdy adobe-type houses with removable roofs.

We played Dawn of War Annihilation.  I got some licks in, but BS3 IG + some poor fire lane choices + some very sturdy light skimmers + DE mobility + thoughtful play let Alex take the day.  His army is pretty similar to how I think I would build one, though I think I would drop the Incubi for some things like Hellions and Jetbikes.  Granted, his would be more effective!

Fun game, and glad I got to play Alex again.  Best moment of the game was, after having had some sidebar conversations earlier in the game about 40K's lack of "realism", having a Leman Russ ram the DE jetfighter and knock a weapon off.  Classic.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Endless Ones - Part One, Prelude

The Banishers chapter was founded as part of the 13th Founding in M36 alongside the Exorcists, with similar purposes and methods.  As part of their training they invited possession by minor warp entities under controlled conditions to enable them to better resist such intrusions.  

For most of their history the chapter had a distinguished record against all manner of foes.  Over time their careful safeguards began to fail, opening them to corruption.  Their contact with the denizens of the warp left residues of foreknowledge that aided them in future battles, and such success left many hungry for further insight.  Under the supervision of the Binders – the chapter’s Apothecaries and Librarians combined – marines sought longer and longer possessions by more and more powerful entities, both as a measure of pride and to wrest knowledge and power from them.  

The Binders labored along two tracks to perfect the chapter’s possession methods – physically improved recruits better able to resist the corporeal rigors, and better psychic measures to allow for domination of the daemons rather than the other way around.  The chief of the Binders in M38, Shaitan, was especially driven to push the envelope, and through his guidance the chapter acquired more targeted knowledge and equipment, sometimes through intentionally false readings of the Tarot leading to attacks on isolated Mechanicum installations and the purging of a “rogue” Inquisitor, with the confiscation of her library and artifacts. 

 Over time as such events became more common and the Binders’ experiments took ever more esoteric turns, others within the chapter leadership began to have more doubts as to Shaitan’s sincerity.  Chapter Master Hezekiah, accompanied by several Chaplains, burst into the concealed lower levels of the Binders’ laboratories and uncovered secrets that horrified them.  Cloning operations, forbidden geneseed tampering, and confined subjects of possession that had been allowed to run its course so that the changes over time could be studied closely.

Enraged at how far they had strayed, Hezekiah demanded that Shaitan and the Binders destroy the possessed marines and end their heretical studies at once.  Unwilling to be denied, Shaitan refused and battle soon erupted with the possessed being freed, slaying the Chapter Master and Chaplains.  Once loosed, the bloodletting would not be easily caged again.  Partisans of the Binders fell into line and clashed with those who doubted the more extreme paths the chapter was pursuing.  War raged within the corridors of the Fortress-Monastery, with brother slaying brother as previously concealed sorceries lashed out and previously tightly controlled daemons were given free reign against the reticent. 

  Shaitan’s faction emerged triumphant, but not without great loss.  Acclaimed master of the reduced chapter, Shaitan began to lay the next stage of plans as the Binders carefully collected the geneseed of their fallen brothers, friend and foe alike.

(This is the first part of the background for the eventual reworking of my Chaos MarinesMore will be forthcoming over time, but models will likely wait until after I get the Space Sharks sorted.  As a note, doing traitor background is generally more involved, as you have to come up with how they were before the turn, then why they turned, and what they're like now.  Loyalists have it so easy!)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

First wave of Mogambians completed

During the times when I have been left in peace long enough to work on something, but not left in enough peace to concentrate sufficiently on schoolwork, I've gotten some painting in.  I completed this first batch and got them dullcoated over the weekend.  Eighty-five figures in all so far.  Next step are the 30(?) Wargames Factory Zulus.

Here are the figures that will mostly be used for good guys, the more plains-based Mogambians.  With defending more wide-open spaces, missile weapons come in handy.  The Zulu figs will also be for the plains Mogambians, as heavier infantry.  The colorful fellows in the back will be various wizardly and priestly types.

A bunch of masked guys, plus a Reaper lady.  These will be some of the opponents, from more wooded and denser terrain.  Warriors and shaman-types.  For some the shields and masks will be magical, many with extra powers beyond protection.

A close up of a couple of the shields/masks, which were a lot of fun to paint.  I didn't have any particular rhyme or reason for painting them or how I paired up the painted shields to particular figures.  I basically took a color and went through the figures/shields and added a little to a number of figures, and repeated with different colors until they all looked like they had enough coverage.  Then I grabbed a figure, grabbed the first shield that caught my eye and put them together.  The pose of the guy on the right here is a bit unwieldy; those guys were tipping over even before adding shields.  The mask isn't as cool or fully-done as the other poses either, making it my least favorite sculpt out of the mask-guys. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

It's Raining Marines! Battle Report: Orks vs. Blood Angels, Part 2

(Part one can be found HERE )

The marine reserves streak down onto the battlefield.  Two assault squads land on my left, with terminators in the distance, a firepower dread facing the battlewagon and a third assault squad behind the dreads. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It's Raining Marines! Battle Report: Orks vs. Blood Angels, Part 1

John B and I had a game last night, his mixed-model marines as Blood Angels vs. my Blood Axe Orks.  1500pts, Annihilation/Spearhead.  More on that in a bit.

But first a minor interlude, another quick and dirty terrain piece from toy packaging, this time from a spy kit with various odd shaped pieces that makes for an interesting surface.  Probably destined for the local hobbytown to keep its fellows company. 

Shown here with a couple of Space Sharks test models for scale, and to taunt Badab enthusiasts with my lack of progress on that front.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Apocalypse is just the beginning

While we were painting, John N was talking about wanting to do some gaming using the upcoming Tomorrow's War  rules and our existing stores of 40K-scale figures.  He wanted some kind of narrative that would fit most of what we had available (plus zombies), and here's the first draft of the forces that may battle it out on these pages in coming months:

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