Gentle Readers (and other people that somehow ended up here...?), I do try to not live down to the very worst stereotypes about gamers... I HAVE been trying to rein in the spending and get stuff done... deplete the lead mountain, rather than adding to it. I have to admit, I have gone a little overboard in the last couple months - with all the Necromunda stuff I picked up... and then the Apocalypse stuff.... and a couple things FOR Apocalypse detachments... And then I told myself, that was IT - no more spending for the rest of the year. Maybe even the next couple years! Sweet Mother of Zeus, I have ENOUGH to paint!!So, when I was approached by a local gamer that was trying to get rid of his Imperial Guard Collection, I actually said "No, thanks, I've got enough"...But then I was thinking of a friend of mine that I thought might be interested and so a couple days later I asked for details... What did the seller have...? what did he want for them..? I am, however, a sucker for a good deal... And, friends,
This commission was for a custom Astra Militarum squad and a Sentinel. The upper body, head and weapon on the squad are from a third party provider in resin. Most of the faces were covered in a breathing mask. Bases are from Games Workshop. These were all painted with a colour scheme to match the Space Marine Storm Warden blue and metal colours. These were all painted to level 4 quality.
Autocannons! Do you need some heavy infantry cut down? Autocannons Do you need some light vehicles taking out? Autocannons Do you need to punch a hole in structures and defenses? Autocannons Do you need to lay down some serious suppressive fire? Autocannons Do you need some fast moving skimmers and flyers brought down to Earth? Autocannons
Special Weapons - Cadian Each Cadian squad is normally equipped with at least one special weapon. One favourite of the regiment at the moment is the flamer. The current planet they are operating on as a wealth of fauna and flora ... it has some large leaved growth and trees that limit line of sight and general vision. The flamer is ideal for clearing spaces and is also quite handy in emptying pockets of resistance, clearing out defended hard points and bunkers and generally really really putting the enemy off from approaching you.
Ogryn Squad "Righto Sir! Bash that big pointy thing and knock down that wall and shoot those noisy squishy things!" "One bad guy mash coming up sir! Load em up lads! We is going to be helping out the Sargeant here and taking out that there position" Ogryns are not known for their subtlety. If you want strong assault troops who are able to broadly follow a few simple orders than they can deliver a few key positions for you on the battlefield. Alternatively, if the enemy has crack troops making their way towards you then you can point and fire the Ogryn Squad in their general direction and watch chaos unfold as they launch into each other. More often than not the Ogryn Squad will steamroller over them and carry on looking for more things to shoot and bash.
Catachan Snipers - "The Ligar Scorpions" It is not just the Ratlings that are trained to hit a target the size of a credit chip from miles away. Some of the Catachan contingent make expert snipers. From birth on their Death World, Catchans are trained to use weapons and have to undergo regular target practice just to survive on their home planet. One of the smaller animals that infest their jungles is the Ligar Scorpions. These scorpions are about the length of a thumbnail and are coloured to match the background of the trees they normally spend most of their time hugging, lying in wait for their prey. They are patient hunters that actually wait for one of the other hundred odd species to run up the trunk of the tree by them before viciously striking out with their poisonous barb, instantly paralyzing their prey. The Ligar Scorpion squad act very much like their namesake - they are able to conceal themselves for long periods of time waiting for the right time to strike.
Ratling Snipers - "The Wasps" The Wasps pack quite a little sting. Ratling snipers, assuming you are able to feed them and keep them in drink and out of the stores, can make outstanding marksmen. The Wasps have worked with the regiment for many years. Able to make their way into the smallest of hidey holes they are able to hit the enemy from afar and with complete surprise, all with pinpoint accuracy.
Tank Crew There are times when the might of the Imperial Vehicle is just not enough. Sometimes that Chimera or Leman Russ may "brew up" and the crew inside need to escape and make their own way back to safety. Each member of the tank crew is armed at all times and they are prepared to fight for their lives. If they can return to the holding area they may be able to crew up any spare vehicles that are being repaired or worked upon and get back into the fight.
Scout Sentinels - Badger Unit The Badgers form part of the recon arm of the regiment. The venerable old sentinels are adept at getting in and out of the smallest places unseen and thus can provide valuable intelligence for the rest of the army.
Servitors Without these the main lifting and shunting of ammunition, food and other supplies simply would not happen.
Grey Knights - Squad Talnoc Noone quite knows why the Grey Knights are in the sector but they have appeared on the battlefield with the regiment on at least two occasions. Squad markings indicate their leader is Talnoc
Army on Parade - 001 I am slowly getting round to actually having a photograph of pretty much all my models that I have. I thought it might be useful for me to post them up on here a few blocks at a time. Stormtroopers - "Ash Wolves" The Ash Wolves were on secondment to the regiment. Usually operating out of the Saecarro sector they were brought in to investigate some unusual signals in the deserts on Vorix 6 Stormtroopers - "Red Serpents" The Red Serpents have been attached to the regiment for some time now. They are typically used for deep insertion behind enemy lines.
These little things were bought as presents for me (ok... I had them on a wishlist and I think my wife clicked at random on the list)I like the look of some of these. I think they match up with the old 2nd Edition / Rogue Trader type look very nicely and they add a bit of snazz to the collection I know the bases are not finished and look pretty rough. I was trying to experiment with a way to base them on a normal sized base as they come with a set metal base as they are one piece models. This was a dodgy attempt to cover it up with some air dry clay. I think a bit more work on this and it could be more presentable. I think some of these could easily pass for a marshal, or someone to call in a bit of air support or some such.
Remember those models that were a blast from the past? (well... ok... maybe posting on the blog after such a long time is that in itself) Well they did get a paint job... Pretty basic job but I am happy with them for the moment. In fact I had finished them and put them away before I even realised I had not done any real basic highlights or anything... hey ho! I think they could fit quite well in the stormtrooper type role. Or even specialist troops from PDF or something similar. They could also probably pass as Arbites in Necromunda.
Sunday I was over at the Dragon's Den participating in Battleforce Recon. Last year the event was held at Mana Bar, but Mana Bar has since closed... So they held it at the Den...It was pretty crowed back there... and this is before the War Wars: X-Wing guys showed up!I think there were around 24 players....?After the first round there was a break for lunch and everyone put out their armies on display. Last year I was the only one that brought a display board - this year, a lot of others had them! So many great armies!This was one of my favourites: Chad Jordan's Death Guard!Chaos Space MarinesMore Chaos Space MarinesSTILL More Chaos Space MarinesSone of STILL More Chaos Space MarinesI think these were Tom's Khorne Daemon HordeThere was at least one more Chaos player - they fellow with the Death Guard I played in Round One. Some just didn't put their stuff out on display....SO maybe 7 chaos...? about a third of the forces...?Ultramarines! I think there was at least one other Ultramarines player - or maybe Crims