Posts Tagged ‘Warhammer 40000’

Battle Report – Adeptus Titanicus (1988) – #TBT Ep 116

Posted on November 16th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

  The Fire Wasps have mustered in force to break through the lines of the Deaths Heads in a ‘Blitzkrieg’ maneuver! Advertisements

Shadow War Campaign – The Tau and the Orks

Posted on November 15th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

What with birthdays and trips to Nottingham it’s been a while since I last posted an update on my Shadow War project, sorry about that. But I haven’t been idle and have finished my last two Kill-Teams.

The Tau are a bit of a cheat. When I started this project, the plan was not to buy any new models as I had plenty of old ones that deserved painting. I do actually have a Tau Fire Warrior squad but, not knowing much about Tau, I hadn’t realised that the Tau in Shadow War are actually Pathfinders not Fire Warriors. I could have used my Fire Warriors to put together a team, as they do have the option for Pulse Carbines which Pathfinders use, but I wouldn’t have had any of the right Special Weapons or Drones. Then, at small local Wargames show Valhalla, I stumbled across a box of Pathfinders for only £16 which seemed like a bargain, so I snapped them up.

The Pathfinders feature the full range of shooting options, including an Ion Rifle and a Rail Rifle and are accompanied by both a Recon Drone and a Pulse Accelerator drone. I even made use of my Fire Warrior box by pinching a hand with a pulse pistol for my Shas’ui. I reasoned that being the only member of the squad even approaching competent in close combat, it made sense to give him a bit of an edge and he didn’t sacrifice much range to do it.

The Tau were spray undercoated with Army Painter Wolf Grey and highlighted in Vallejo Wolf Grey (clearly they have much lighter coloured wolves in Vallejo’s part of the world). The highlights actually came out much stronger than I intended, but I like the effect. I think it gives them a cartoonish feel, which suits their slightly Anime inspired design. The black areas were Vallejo German Grey, highlighted with Dark Grey while the skin of the Shas’ui was Vallejo neutral grey higlighted with light grey. Given they amount of blue I was using I didn’t want to give them blue skin and I saw no reason why Tau shouldn’t have varied skin colours like humans.

I rather like how these have come out and it has me tempted to put together a larger Tau force for Warhammer 40,000. The start collecting box seems like pretty good value.

Anyway, now we turn to almost the principal reason for this project, the Orks.

I have been a 40K Ork collector longer than anything else and what really got me into them were Kev Adams incredibly characterful sculpts from Warhammer 40,000 1st and early 2nd edition. Back then, Ork background was based around the six major Ork clans. Space Marines had their chapters, Eldar their Craftworlds, Imperial Guard their regiments and Orks their clans. Virtually all the models were clan specific and had huge amounts of personality. The Orks were also much lighter in tone than the rest of the 40K Universe, with lots of daft humour that was well captured in the models.

I collected Orks through late 1st and early 2nd edition by which time Kev Adams had left Games Workshop. GW initially got other sculptors, mostly Alan and Michael Perry and Gary Morley, to imitate Kev Adams style, with varying degrees of success, until Brian Nelson came along and pretty much redefined the look of GW Orks, making them bigger, meaner and more bestial. I actually like Brian Nelson’s style, but they never had the same level of personality as the Kev Adams sculpts. Plus, in 3rd edition 40K GW all but dropped the clan concept and my interest in Orks waned.

Recently, the clan concept has been sneaking its way back in and found it’s way into Shadow War by defining the Skills that Ork Kill-Teams can take, in much the same way as the Space Marine chapters and the Imperial Guard regiments. This seemed like the perfect time to dig out my old models and give them the attention they so richly deserved.

For my clan choice I went with Blood Axes, sneaky gits who copy humans and even wear camouflage (though they don’t really know what it’s for and like to use bright colours). I picked them mostly because I had some models I wanted to use but their sneaky approach to warfare perfectly suits Shadow War.

These three Youths are a mix of metal and plastic. Back in the early 90s, Games Workshop were really into using seperate plastic arms on their metal models to give you more posing options. The two Orks on the left are of this type, metal models with plastic arms and weapons. The one on the left is an offical Blood Axe Ork boy, while the one in the centre is, technically a mad boy, though I thought his little shorts and tongue hanging out gave him a sort of boyish enthusiasm appropriate for a Yoof. The Ork on the right is entirely plastic, from the Space Orks boxed set, one of several multi-part plastic sets from the early 1990s which, in retrospect, feel somewhat ahead of their time. It was only after I got them altogether that I realised they were wearing matching hats.

For the black areas I stuck with my German Grey/Dark Grey combination. For the Green uniforms I used Vallejo Yellow Olive Highlighted with Russian Uniform WW2. The camouflage areas are old GW bubonic brown with Prussian blue stripes. The Ork skin is Vallejo Goblin Green with a GW Thraka Green wash and highlighted in Vallejo Golden Olive. Initially thought this would be too light, but I actually like how it has come out.

The two Ork boyz are actually Blood Axe Kommandoes and are not Kev Adams sculpts, but are by Alan Perry. I like them anyway and I think they’re slightly serious, no funny business, look is quite appropriate for two profeshunals. I used them same colour combinations as for the Yoofs, but with more emphasis on the camouflage patterns, which seemed only appropriate for Kommando fatigues.

The Orks on the left and right are Spanner boyz, specialists with Heavy Weapons. They are both originally Mek Boys, but their techie look seemed appropriate for Spanners. The one on the left has a Big Shooter. The one on the right presented me with a problem. He is clearly carrying a Flamer, but that isn’t an option for Orks. I initially thought of counting it as a Rokkit Launcha, but that felt silly and there was no way I was leaving that lovely old model out, so I decided to house rule it and let him have his flamer. I doubt it will unbalance the whole campaign and he probably stole it from an Imperial Guardsman, which is appropriate for the Blood Axes.

The Ork in the middle is technically another Boy, but the model is a Blood Axe Nob, so I decided to make him Sergeant Bogrot’s second-in-command and equip him with a bus chopper to show his superior Rank. He is clearly very pleased with himself.

Finally we have Sergeant Bogrot, my favourite Ork in the team and one of my favourite models of all time. Originally and Blood Axe Warboss, he has been slightly demoted for the campaign, but his Big Choppa should stand him in good stead. I felt I had no choice but to paint his big coat in black, but I stuck to the Team colours on his hat and his coat cuffs.

I am really pleased with the painting on both of these squads and, as soon as possible, I will pit them against one another and post the results. Watch this space.

Battle Report – Warhammer 40k – Dark Angels vs. Necrons

Posted on November 15th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

  Braden brings Azreal and his Dark Angels to face my Necrons in a 2000pts of Matched Play Open War! Advertisements

Battle Report – Warhammer 40k – Astra Militarum vs. Imperial Knight

Posted on November 8th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

  (NOTE: This was filmed Pre new Guard Codex) Owen preps for another ITC style event with his Astra Militarum against my Imperial Knights in 2000pts of Matched Play Secure and Control! Advertisements

Battle Report – Warhammer 40k – Space Wolves vs. Drukhari – 2k Matched Play

Posted on November 1st, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

  Jordan returns with his Drukhari to face my Space Wolves in another 2000pt Matched Play game! Advertisements

Orks, orks orks, get ready for some love !

Posted on October 24th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Orctober is a good month, not only becaus eit is the month that saw me come to this world or because of the trees getting coloured in all sorts of splendid colours from green to yellow, orange and red but because thanks to Erny, it’s become the international month of celebration of orcoid love.
Now I’ve taken part a few times in Orctober now and felt like giving it a go once again this year. I didn’t have any big plan for it but a quick look at my desk told me I had some fodder (don’t we all ?).

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Orks, orks orks, get ready for some love !

Posted on October 24th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Orctober is a good month, not only becaus eit is the month that saw me come to this world or because of the trees getting coloured in all sorts of splendid colours from green to yellow, orange and red but because thanks to Erny, it’s become the international month of celebration of orcoid love.
Now I’ve taken part a few times in Orctober now and felt like giving it a go once again this year. I didn’t have any big plan for it but a quick look at my desk told me I had some fodder (don’t we all ?).

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WizKids i Games Workshop udružuju snage

Posted on October 19th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Dva giganta u proizvodnji minijatura su udružili snage. A to znači samo jedno – još više Svemirskih Marinaca! Iz WizKids je danas otkriveno da je napravljen višegodišnji ugovor sa kompanijom Games Worshop kako bi franšiza Warhammer 40,000 stigla na još više stolova. Saradnja između ove dve kompanije uopšte […]

Battle Report – Warhammer 40k – Imperial Knights vs. Drukhari

Posted on October 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

  Jordan brings his beautifully painted Drukhari army to face my Imperial Knights in 2000pts of ‘Secure and Control’! Advertisements

Battle Report – Imperial Knight: RENEGADE – Throwback Thursdays Ep 113

Posted on October 12th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

  Several years ago Games Workshop experimented with small-print run mini games that bundled 40k model kits together. They were incredibly popular as model releases but the games themselves were never widely seen. Let’s check out the first; IMPERIAL KNIGHTS: Renegade with an honour duel between the Red Fang and Mastodon! Advertisements

Battle Report – Warhammer 40k – Lamenters vs. Necrons

Posted on October 11th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

  Adam from Greenleaf Terrain (https://www.facebook.com/greenleaf.terrain/) brings his beautifully painted Lamenters army to face my Necrons in a 2000pt game of No Mercy! Advertisements

Ordo Biologis acolytes

Posted on October 5th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

There are some ideas you just don’t see coming although they’ve been in your head for a while. Well these guys are of that kind !
I was very excited about the release of the objectives box along the new 8th edition of warhammer 40k and one model had especially grabbed my attention.

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Ordo Biologis acolytes

Posted on October 5th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

There are some ideas you just don’t see coming although they’ve been in your head for a while. Well these guys are of that kind !
I was very excited about the release of the objectives box along the new 8th edition of warhammer 40k and one model had especially grabbed my attention.

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Battle Report – Warhammer 40000 – Necrons vs. Deathwatch

Posted on October 4th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

  Chris is back with his Deathwatch to take on my Necrons in another Open War mission! Advertisements

Battle Report – Warhammer 40000 – Imperial Knights vs Astra Militarum

Posted on September 27th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

  Braden brings his Astra Militarum to face the House Metallum in a 2000pt / 3 Detachment Matched Play game of No Mercy! Advertisements

On the Paint Table – EDEN Convoy, Astra Telepathica and Militarum

Posted on September 23rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

  Check out what I painted this week and have a look at upcoming projects! Advertisements

Battle Report – Warhammer 40000 – Orkz vs. Blood Ravens

Posted on September 20th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

  Time for some Open War! As I finish the first of my Imperial Knights for my Questoris army, I roll it and some Vengeance Weapon Batteries into my Blood Ravens for a game against Mike’s freshly painted Orkz (done in six weeks!) using the new Open War cards from GW. Advertisements

On the Paint Table – Imperial Knights, Assassin and Telepathica

Posted on September 16th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

 
Check out what I painted this week and take a look at upcoming projects!

Battle Report – Horus Heresy – M.31 Ep 38

Posted on September 13th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

 
Dan Ellington makes time during his North American tour for some Horus Heresy as we play a 2000pt Tide of Carnage game between my Alpha Legion and his Mechanicum!

On the Paint Table – Imperial Knights, Skaard and Stormcast!

Posted on September 2nd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Halo Troynib – Life of a mutant in the underhive

Posted on August 31st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

OK, so like always, when you have a deadline, you always believe you have plenty of time just to realise 2 days before you don’t. ALWAYS.

This time, there was a modeling challenge on the Emporium FB page and though I really considered giving up, the idea to get my model judged by Andy Chambers was too exciting to falter.

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Halo Troynib – Life of a mutant in the underhive

Posted on August 31st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

OK, so like always, when you have a deadline, you always believe you have plenty of time just to realise 2 days before you don’t. ALWAYS.

This time, there was a modeling challenge on the Emporium FB page and though I really considered giving up, the idea to get my model judged by Andy Chambers was too exciting to falter.

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Battle Report – Shadow War: Armageddon – Ep 09

Posted on August 17th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Scavengers! Mike is back with his Tau to seek vengeance on the Blood Ravens for the casualties of their first encounter!

Olivia Headhunter – Oldhammer special

Posted on August 15th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Results over manners. That could be the definition of Olivia’s state of mind and practical way of handling missions. Not that any of her employers have had anything to say about it so far.
Olivia is a special character, not only because she’s one of the most fearsome female imperial guard models you’ve seen in a while but because she was the gift model at this year’s BOYL.

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Brattish authority – Leader and Juve

Posted on August 14th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Painting is like riding a bike it seems, it comes back pretty rapidly even after a long pause. To get a bit of motivation back I had put all chances on my side though : Goodwin models, a sculptor I enjoy and whose work I’m familiar working with, Confrontation models, one of my first loves and limited edition ones on top of that. 
Well it worked out exactly like planned for once. Pleasure was here. Oh yeah , sweeet sweeeeeet pleasure, my hair caressing their… erm… Good fun, if you see what I mean.

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