Thursday, October 17, 2019
Painting has been slow the last few months for a variety of reasons and I've spent most of my time on side projects that have been gathering dust for years. As such my 30k Legion project has been delayed. With the changing weather I decided to complete the last infantry models I have for the Imperial Fists. I have almost 5000 points painted, but I've lacked a large HQ unit. My terminator Centurion has been in an acting Praetor position for a while now and it's time the force had a proper HQ. The command squad below are the last infantry models I have for the Fists. After this I have some Rhino's, Stormraven and a Fellblade to finish, but I'll be holding off working on those so I can hopefully finish my Adeptus Titanicus maniple.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
|Reinforcements for the 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in "Team Yankee"|
|Mechanized company command stand (and an M113 for the group to ride around in).|
I first started painting Canadians for "Team Yankee" back in January of 2018, before any of Battlefront's models or rules had been released. So my initial Leopard C1s were a mix of models from the Plastic Soldier Company and an outfit called "Armies Army" - a niche outfit which had also released an insanely complete collection of infantry, M113s and Lynx vehicles.
|The bulk of the infantry platoon, with their M113s in the background. The blue flowers denote the platoon command stand.|
|The casting quality of Battlefront's metal infantry models continue to be, at best, average, but at least the range is complete and still available.|
|Supporting weapons for the platoon...a .30cal MG team (almost straight from WW2) and a 2-man 60mm mortar team. It's old school, but it all helps hold back the Warsaw Pact forces...|
|M113s...missing that iconic road wheel on the front (something the Canadian vehicles always seem to have in photos) but hopefully the little over-sized Canadian decals give enough "Canadian content" for the models.|
|Another view of the M113s...not my favourite Cold War vehicle by a long shot, but you will not find many NATO forces without them...|
With these reinforcements, I can now field multiple elements in my "Team Yankee" Canadian forces - a mechanized infantry company and a Leopard C1 squadron. While my gamer-lizard-brain will always immediately speculate about further expansion (a third mechanized infantry platoon, maybe to represent the combat engineers, would be nice, as would more TOW launchers, and the Leopard C1 squadron could use a couple more tanks) for now we have some additional variety in terms of options for our "Team Yankee" gaming.
Thanks for visiting - and stay tuned for more Long Weekend Painting Frenzy Output
Friday, October 11, 2019
|Canadian ADATS for "Team Yankee" - models from Battlefront|
|Patrolling the skies AND the ground!|
Leaving aside the technical aspects...would it really have been possible to do both of these things at once in a modern Cold War battlefield? It seems to me that watching the skies and being ready to protect air space is a whole different kettle of fish from watching the ground to the front and preparing to engage enemy armour...
|I believe there was a platform attached to the sides of the modified M113 which could be raised so crews could service the launchers.|
|Track those targets!|
It is Thanksgiving in Canada this weekend - so I hope all of you out there have a great weekend (and if you are in Winnipeg, that you survive the horrible weather). Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for visiting!
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Legions IV Hire.
- base: MSP Driftwood Brown
- next: Driftwood Brown with some thinned craft black and a drop of Doombull Brown
- then: Mournfang Brown
- lastly: Doombull Brown, washed with Reikland Fleshshade
Friday, October 4, 2019
|New big Titan, new big guns for AT18!|
The newer multi-part plastic Warlord Titans from GW are really amazing. They are not simple to assemble or to paint, but it's worth it in the end! Here is the latest addition to the collection, and it is showing off the new combos that are available as well.
"Standard" Armament - Apocalypse Launchers and Volcano Cannons
|New addition to the War Griffons collection.|
|Another view of the incredible detail on these new Warlord models.|
To address these drawbacks - and give some variety to the players - there are new weapons available to alter the weapon load! Let's look at some of those.
Carapace-Mounted Paired Laser Blasters
|Close-up of the carapace-mounted paired laser blasters.|
|A view of the swapped-out apocalypse launchers on the ground.|
Sunfury Plasma Annihilator
|Let's take the whole "Plasma Gun" thing to the biggest possible level....|
Arioch Power Claw
|No matter how big you are, sometimes you need to punch the enemy...|
For the aggressive Titan Commander that likes to see their work carried out up close, the Arioch Power Claw delivers! You won't even need to worry about your enemy's void shields if you maneuver close enough to bring this thing to bear on your foe. There is a trade-off to be made...while this weapon can devastate your opponents up close, your God-engine needs to survive the approach in the first place. The Warlord Titans are not exactly nimble, and if you equip your Titan with this weapon, you are sacrificing long-range hitting power for something that will not contribute until you are toe-to-toe with the enemy.
Still, it looks cool...and I can think of a few Fawcett Avenue gamers who would, given the choice, opt to include this weapon on their Warlord Titan.
Mori Quake Cannon
|The "Mori Quake Cannon" - blast your enemies AND shake them all around!|
But wait! There's more! The traits of this weapon don't only damage your enemies - they disrupt them, causing movement penalties for the enemy engines and even altering their facing, messing with their deployment and maneuvering plans. A nice bonus, and good chance for mischief.
This weapon is from Forge World, and so is cast in resin. Forge World also released the....
Macro Gatling Blaster
|THIS should be fun...|
|Why not have two of them?|
Vulcan Mega-Bolter for Reaver Titan
|Vulcan Mega Bolter on the carapace of a Legio Griponicus Reaver Titan.|
|Not the fanciest-looking weapon in the arsenal, but a real threat to the void shields of enemy engines.|
|Loyalist Warlord Titans on maneuvers...|
|Updated "family photo" of the loyalist forces...six Titans and two Banners of knights...not bad...|
Monday, September 30, 2019
|Some AT18 painting - another Cerastus Knight Lancer and a new carapace weapon for a Reaver Titan.|
The Cerastus Knight is one of the newer models GW have released for their Adeptus Titanicus re-boot ("AT18"). When it comes to the "fluff" of the story, the Knights are not of great interest to me, but the models are really lovely and the Knights can play an important role in the game. This specific Knight will join two I painted earlier this year to form a full-strength banner of Cerastus Lancers.
|This may shock you...|
|I can't say enough about the excellent decal sheets GW has released for AT18. They are very nice, and really help finish a model, especially the Knights, which are often sporting heraldry of their various "houses".|
|The Ion Shield, which is capable of delivering a short-range "shock blast".|
|The shock lance...another short-range weapon, but can be very deadly on the table if the Knight is in the right position...|
Warp Missile Rack
GW's support for AT18 has been hit-and-miss, but they are gradually releasing a greater variety of weapons for the Titans in the game. Selecting different weapons load-outs for your Titans was always a fun aspect of the original Adeptus Titanicus game - and while the new Reaver kits at least have a touch of variety in their weapon loadouts, Forge World has augmented the choice out there (for a price, of course) by releasing Warp Missile Racks designed to fit the carapace weapon mount on Reaver Titans.
|A one-shot deal, mounted in the carapace mount of a Legio Gryphonicus Reaver Titan.|
|Another view of the Warp Missile Rack. The missile itself can be removed to show it has been fired (and presumably has caused trouble for the Warmaster's minions...).|
|Reaver Titan and Cerastus Lancer banner - you can see the Cerastus Knights are pretty tall for Knights (it's all relative in the grim darkness of the far future).|
Thanks for visiting!
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
|"Alpha to omega!" A Preator from the Alpha Legion (name redacted) leads his detachment into action against the loyalists of the VII Legion during 30k gaming last week.|
|A view of the deployed forces on the first turn...|
|Deredeo class dreadnought covers the approach of the XX Legion.|
|Alpha Legion seeker squad - "Headhunters" - move out.|
|Wait a minute - who invited these guys??? The elite of the VII Legion teleport to the battlefield...|
|Where did the seeker squad go?? Eliminated by VII Legion Terminators...|
|Alpha Legion Preator confronts the Imperial Fist elite...|
|It's all-in with the Terminators...if we don't stop these guys, we don't stand a chance...|
|The Apothecary could only do so much...|
|"Hey, we're moving in on the objective, great news!"|
|"Oh no! Two huge dreadnoughts! Hope we can hold out!"|
|Suddenly there is only one survivor in the Alpha Legin tactical squad...|
|The covering fire had no effect...|
Hope everyone out there has enjoyed the final days of summer. The fall has now arrived - and the countdown is on toward another Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge...