Reinforcements Arrive!

I’ve just completed Mortarion and lot of the newer Death Guard models for 40k, including a lot of Poxwalkers, new Plague Marines, and character models! A quick photo of that below:

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Next up: more Plaguebearers!

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The Fleet

Last year, for another great painting event (the Call of Chaos), I chose to do something different and prepare my Battlefleet Gothic stuff. With the appropriate upgrades (i.e. Warmaster and the obligatory Mark of Nurgle) it would be just shy of 1850pts and a viable fleet, and so I thought it would be a good opportunity to paint something outside of my normal scale and scope. The roster and stages of completion are below!

Death Guard Battlefleet – 1850pts

1.       Styx Heavy Class Cruiser – 275pts

2.       Acheron Class Heavy Cruiser – 190pts

3.       Chaos Devastation Cruiser – 190pts

4.       Chaos Devastation Cruiser – 190pts

5.       Chaos Devastation Cruiser – 190pts

6.       Chaos Devastation Cruiser – 190pts

7.       Chaos Murder Class Cruiser – 180pts

8.       Chaos Murder Class Cruiser – 180pts

9.       Chaos Idolater Class Raider – 45pts

10.   Chaos Infidel Class Raider – 40pts

11.   Chaos Infidel Class Raider – 40pts

In the fitting-docks:

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Basecoating (I went with an all-over black for uniformity, before the usual white, in a sort of zenithal manner):

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I then did the usual colour blocking (green trim and metals):

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An initial wash:

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I proceeded to weather, base and detail, before finishing:

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The warp roiled as the prows of the fleet cut through it. They knew their purpose: driven with the clarity provided by ten thousand years of fighting their cause. They had been called by Chaos, and answered the Warmaster’s summons for the next Crusade with their void-borne fury. 

 

Orbital Assault

The next project for the painting table sees a selection of flying models land, including the Daemon Primarch Mortarion himself, and a number of Drop Pods in the form of several Dreadclaws and a Kharybdis:

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These will as ever be multi-functional, for both my 30k and 40k Death Guard, and offer a very direct method of transporting the Legion into battle!

I’ll also be working on things I can potentially deploy within them, including a lot of the great new Death Guard plastic models, and a few other supporting bits in the form of a Librarian/Sorcerer and a Leviathan:

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I have a separate Dreadnought Drop Pod and standard Legion Drop Pods for Tacticals to come at some point as part of the Orbital Assault list, but there’s plenty to be getting on with here. The intention is to do this all in the traditional paint scheme I tend to use – with a few twists to account for the mutations on the new Plague Marines.

Bane of Forges

With the new Forgebane box-set being recently released (pitting the might of Mars in the form of the Adeptus Mechanicus against the dynasty of destruction that is the Necrontyr), it presents a opportune time to add reinforcements to my forces of the servants of the Omnissiah (or their Dark Mechanicus masters).

Having built up a household of Knights, I’d consciously painted them so they could be loyalist or traitor (with a paint scheme in homage to the Legio Mortis), and so that they could lend support to the Ad Mech force I was building. I was able to get in four games at a tournament with a Renegade list of three Knights (as pictured below) when 8th Edition was first released, and it was a really good experience to learn the mechanics.

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In picking up the new box, I was particularly enthralled by the Armiger Warglaives, as they are a wonderful hybrid between Ironstriders and Knights, which add a nice alternative option to an army list. I’d seen a nifty conversion on social media that channelled a particular vehicle from Star Wars, and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to do the same – having two Dunecrawlers needing to be built provided the impetus:

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With a similar connector, it means they can be usefully posed on either set of legs – and further still makes them look sufficiently alternative that they could be from another forge world, perhaps with dubious loyalties…

*Edit – I’ve now built the tops of the Armigers, and here they are on the Dunecrawler legs (similar to Defilers):

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I’ll look forward to painting them in a similar style to my other Knights, and look to tie them in with the usual spot colours and Martian basing scheme.

Cognisance

I became conscious that I hadn’t posted an update to this blog in ages – and felt that this should be rectified! Since the last post (April 2016), I have not been inactive in the hobby – and have plenty to show, both Death Guard and otherwise! With the recent release of Codex: Death Guard and the new Edition of Warhammer 40,000 (8th Edition), there is an entirely new range of lovely models to build and paint, including the Death Guard Primarch, Mortarion himself, in plastic. This should mean in due course I’ll be getting lots of the newer sculpts painted up in the traditional scheme in order to get them ready for the tabletop.

From a gaming perspective, this has mostly been dominated by games in the Horus Heresy, including a few narrative campaign weekends, such as Throne of Skulls. My Heresy-era Death Guard have therefore have become suitably battle-worn, to match their paint-scheme, and have grown yet further. The next project for them will be an Orbital Assault Drop-Pod list, as I’m looking to flesh out possibilities for running different Rites of War depending on the game or the event. To complement my Death Guard, I’ve been working through a number of Mechanicus/Mechanicum elements, which have been suitably themed to have potentially questionable loyalties, as to whether they may or may not be Hereteks… as not everything’s allegiance is binary…

This aspect of the hobby began in early 2016: I started initially with Skitarii Vanguard, putting together a core of six units – one of which will have three Plasma Calivers, and the rest will have three Arc Rifles:

In order to get a correct number of Arc Rifles, I bought extra from the Kataphron sprue – and with a cut Radium Carbine, and a small piece of plasticard, we were in business!

This progressed quickly, as I look to paint them in a Ryza-based scheme: the use of orange would appropriately tie in with my Death Guard, as well as being a lovely bright colour! After construction, I looked to get things sprayed grey (including a few other notable additions, such as the Dominus and the Kastelan Robots) to go with the pre-built and sprayed Ruststalkers and Infiltrators (which lurk in the back of the photograph…):

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Working then from a base layer of orange on the Vanguard, Robots, Datasmiths and Dominus, it was good to get the main colours on and blocked, before starting to work in on the lovely details:

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Metals and their first wash:

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Carbines and bases:

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Starting to pick out details:

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En masse:

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Then, wanting to venture further into the Heresy side of all things mechanical – I picked up some initial bits to start off with and to form the core of the army:

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I then worked on a larger selection of robots, in a variety of sizes. Some Kastelans:

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A mixture of 30k Mechanicum: Thallax, Castellax, Ursarax, a Domitar and a Thanatar, and associated Datasmiths and Priests:

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I’ve also focused on thematic basing, which I believe captures a suitable ‘Martian’ or technical off-cut style, completed with broken cogs and gears, a few tufts of hardy grass, and set around the Ironearth/Ironcrust Technical Paints:

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A close-up example:

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To lead them, I added and started to paint a Magos (to be used as Scoria for competitive games), and added another Thanatar for fire support:

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Here are a few WIP photos of Scoria:

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It was around this time that I added (yet) another Thanatar, and kept trying to keep everything cohesive, by tying in similar spot colours among the overarching scheme:

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Here’s a photo of the (ever-)growing Cohort:

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With a couple of pictures of the Thanatars complete, next to their master:

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To make sure my Legio Cybernetica Cohort remain legal, I did require some more Castellax to fulfil the core of my army, so had to bulk that up further. I tried to match those armed with four Dark Lances, with four more toting Heavy Bolters:

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As well as then thinking about the other things to start adding, such as an additional Magos Dominus and some Tech Thralls:

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For a Bolter & Chainsword event, Loyalty and Treachery, I also pledged to add a number of further options, including Vulturax, Krios Venators, and more Thralls. A few photos of them in progress are included below!

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For my Thralls, I wanted to pick out all the details as they are such great models (despite their relatively low points cost on the tabletop!). I’ve picked out all of the cables in different colours, and used these to help tie them in with the rest of the robots. I chose to do these in yellow, rather than orange, just to reflect both their semi-human nature and to be reminiscent of Hazardous Materials suits. A quick progress photo:

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More final details:

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The support cohort together as completed:

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Having completed this, I now have somewhere in the region of 4,000pts of Mechanicum (and a reasonable amount of Mechanicus, to be totalled), which has expanded into quite a sizeable amount of support units. Bar the Vulturax and the Krios Tanks, I’ve been able to magnetise a case to fit all of the above Mechanicum in – with a quick example shown below too:

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It has made things very usefully portable! I’ll follow this blog-post with a few photos of it in action: it plays very differently to the Death Guard within the Heresy setting, and will hopefully be a useful contrast and supporting element in future. With the new Forgebane boxed set having just been released, I’ll show some WIP photos of the Armigers, before looking to turn my focus back towards the Death Guard. Until next time!

Salute 2016 – Steampunk!

Last Saturday, I was lucky enough to make my annual pilgrimage to Salute this year, held at the ExCel Centre in London by the South London Warlords. It’s an event I’ve been attending since roughly 2000 (with the odd gap here or there), but is one of my personal wargaming highlights of the year! It’s always great to see so many different traders, displays and games all on one day, and an opportunity to catch-up with friends and immerse oneself in a day dedicated to all aspects of the tabletop hobby.

I had tactically reserved a few of the things I’d really wanted (The Horus Heresy ‘Red Books’, some Battlefoam and a copy of the new SAGA release for a friend), which meant I could dedicate time to enjoying the show more broadly, and seeing what else there was on offer. And, there is a lot! It really does include every company great and small, which is fantastic for seeing new things from every possible genre and theatre you could ever wish to play. With some fantastic show-only deals too, it’s always worth a look! There are a number of displays and participation events run by clubs and societies, as well as traders themselves – which makes for an action-packed day, with plenty to view and do.The day goes very quickly (when I was younger, it felt like it lasted an age, in a good way!) – and there’s inevitably so much to see, you can’t truthfully do it all justice – but some of the photos below are some personal highlights.

There was a giant Heresy game run by the South London Warlords entitled the ‘Brotherhood of Mars’ – which was great to see given my current focus on 30k:

 

 

Warlord Games had a couple of boards to show off their new game: ‘Beyond the Gates of Antares’. I’ve yet to open the starter box, but I’m looking forward to it!

 

Warlord were also demoing the rules for their new alternate war game – Konflikt:

‘All Quiet on the Martian Front’ looked very fun too:

 

Hawk Wargames were there as ever, and nice to post the annual photo of the amazing ship they normally bring:

 

There was a Mad Max participation game going on too – it looked like great fun:

 

Mantic had a great display board to advertise Deadzone 2.0 – I’m looking forward to the Kickstarter arriving soon!

 

And there was a huge Kings of War Demo too:

There was a rather large ACW game going on:

 

 

Shattered Void was once again on display before the Kickstarter goes live in July:

 

 

I was pleased to pick up a couple of Bolt Action bits (German Command and US Marines squad), three packs of Maxmini Plague Marine replacement heads, a new Daemon Prince and count-as Mutilators from HiTech – as well as this lovely large case from Battlefoam:

And, a new set of dice – to see if that helps my rolling!

Another fantastic year – and look forward to the next one!