Of course we had to call the battle "Bloodbath at Orks' Drift!"
Friday, December 7, 2018
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
superb little bomb rats. Each comes with four cute little rodents strapped with explosives, jerrycans, artillery shells, etc. I thought that these fellows would be a great addition to my 40K Chaos Renegades army (some Renegade content here, here and here).
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Yuri's Wolves boxed set and have continued from there...
The infantry received a basic paint job as I really wanted to just get them done. The base uniform colour is GW XV-88 (ugh) with web gear highlighted Zamesi Desert. Helmets and ordnance is Catachan Green. Rifle furniture is Mournfang Brown. Skintone is Cadian Flesh. After the basecoating the whole model was washed with Agrax Earthshade.
The models were glued to popsicle sticks for painting and once completed, were superglued to the supplied bases. I really like how Battlefront now mold their bases with holes to accommodate the round figure bases, making it much easier to position the figures and do the groundwork on the base.
Of course, being that these are "motor rifle" troops they do require "motors"! I picked up two boxes of BMPs last weekend on a Black Friday trip to the States and that should give me just enough, when added to the two I've already done up. After that, another five T-64s (also Black Friday booty) should pretty much finish up the battalion.
Friday, November 23, 2018
|28mm Prussian Jaegers for the Franco-Prussian War from Wargames Foundry.|
My painting efforts this fall have been fixed primarily on GW's 30k/40k setting, driven in particular by the launch of the re-booted "Adeptus Titanicus". But my 28mm Franco-Prussian war project still grinds on in the background! In between bouts of building and painting new Titan models, I would be sure to paint a few Prussians - just to keep in practice, and to help move that project ever-closer to the finish line. The few figures here-and-there over the past month have finally added up to another unit for the collection - Prussian Jaegers.
|Newest Prussian recruits on maneuvers in my kitchen...|
These are 28mm castings from Wargames Foundry, sculpted by the excellent Perry Brothers. They are just lovely castings to paint. As with the other formed units I have been painting for this project, there are 24 castings in total - 20 in the formed unit, and four individually-based models to be placed on the table when the unit is maneuvering in a mixed-order formation with a skirmish screen to the front.
|Love the splash of green for the Prussian ranks!|
I had previously painted some 28mm Jaegers previously for the skirmishing portion of my 1870 collection, but these fellows represent the first "formed" unit for my collection.
My recollections on the Prussian OOBs of 1870 are a touch fuzzy, but I believe each Prussian corps included a battalion of Jaegers. I won't be doing any corps-sized games in this scale, but I still I wanted to include one in the force to give the Prussians a dash of a different colour among the ranks - some nice green to break up the waves of blue. I also like the old-school-ish look provided by the shakos - these troops have a bit of a Napoleonic look and feel to them still.
|A bit of variety among the poses. The Officer certainly seems calm and cool, while the musician is giving it his all with the horn!|
|The individually-based models out front are used to represent a skirmish screen.|
My goal remains the same - to play a game of Black Powder set in Franco-Prussian war using formed units. It won't be one of the major engagements or anything like that, but rather a smaller scenario, enough for the gang on Thursday night to have some fun. The Prussian side of that plan is coming together nicely, as the collection now includes six formed infantry units, an artillery piece, and a unit of Dragoons (which could be split into two smaller units on the table). That's a fair amount of bits to take the Prussian side in a small but engaging game, particularly if we engage in some "recycling" of units. A few more command figures, and the Prussians will be ready to go.
|My collection of Wargames Foundry Prussians to date...|
Over on the French side of the ledger, I still have only two formed units of infantry painted - indeed, the first figures I painted when I started this project last year - and a lone Mitrailleuse. Certainly the Franco-Prussian war went very badly for the French, and any scenario we attempt would want to reflect this, but it would be a bit much to expect this small group to hold out against the Prussian lot. The next edition of Curt's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge is approaching, and I hope to use the Challenge to dive back into the French side of things once again.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
|"Lucius Pattern" Warhound Titan for Adeptus Titanicus - a 3D print model.|
Some more painting desk progress for GW's rebooted "Adeptus Titanicus". This is another Warhound "scout" Titan. Its size and combat role are similar to the Warhound I posted earlier this month, but you will note this model looks a little different - and that's because it is! This is a "Lucius Pattern" Warhound model. The "Lucius Pattern" is a variant in style only - its function and game stats are identical to the current, more classic "Mars Pattern". It "scouts" (LOL), and is the quickest and most maneuverable of the God-Engines in the Titan Legions.
|WIP photo - about 3/4 finished. You would never guess I managed to smash one of the legs while putting this together!|
This is not a GW model, but rather a 3D print courtesy of my great friend Curt! He dropped the components off during a visit to Winnipeg a couple of weeks ago, and I hurried to get the model assembled and painted. It is sporting loyalist colours of Legio Gryphonicus.
Curt gave me the parts for this model in a trade. I painted up a "Mars Pattern" Warhound for Curt in exchange (see below). Since the trade model for Curt was a loyalist, that left a loyalist "hole" in my assembly of Warhound models. So this "Lucius Pattern" one was designated for the loyalist collection on my shelf. I do try to keep some parity between the opposing forces in my collection...
The Trade In
Here are some photos of the "Mars Pattern" Warhound I painted for Curt. He wanted an engine for his Demi-Legio Cerberus, so I tried my best to match his colours. This was armed with turbo-lasers and a plasma blast gun.
|"Mars Pattern" Warhound Titan - designated for service with Demi-Legio Cerberus, deployment to the Regina sector.|
|Curt will no doubt pop this sucker to a higher level, but I hope he is pleased with his new addition!|
I do not come close to the dramatic groundwork Curt likes to use on his Titans, so he is probably going to have to work this model over a bit - but I hope it serves with honour in the ranks of Curt's collection!
The Lucius Pattern Warhound
With the trade done, Curt duly left me the parts, and I got to work!
|Vulcan Mega-Bolter and plasma blast gun, a useful combo in the Adeptus Titanicus game.|
The "Lucius Pattern" used to feature in earlier Forge World sculpts of Titans. Back when there was still an official "Epic" game, Forge World supported with some products, including "Lucius Pattern" Reaver and Warhound Titans - designs which matched the very last metal Warlord Titan models GW ever made. The "Lucius Pattern" Reaver was a dreary looking affair, but the Warhound, on the other hand, was quite cool. In particular, the techno-hound shape to the head is brilliant - it looks industrial, to be sure, but somehow it still evokes the feeling of a loyal, devoted hound, on the scent of a target, in the company of a loyal master, ready to serve.
The new Titanicus launched months ago, but the Warhounds were nowhere to be seen, and stayed that way until recently. Being clever, innovative and impatient, Curt managed to score 3D print designs required to create some of these models for the new "Adeptus Titanicus". They look AMAZING, so I'm quite thrilled I was able to snag one for my own collection - particularly in light of the fact that a 3D printer is something I will never own, touch or bother with myself. It will be cool to have this touch of variety in my own Titan collection.
|Legio Gryphonicus decal visible on the lower leg.|
3D prints are certainly interesting, and I am quite fortunate to have a couple of great friends who are messing around with the things to create some neat stuff. There are still some flaws and challenges that come with 3D printed items which, in my view, still hold them back from being totally "ready for prime time" (or at least, on the 3D printers that regular people can buy). The main issue would be the little print lines which you can still make out on the surfaces of the model. There are also some surfaces (ones which seem to touch the 'plate') that come off quite rough, even after some extra preparation. 3D printed stuff requires a fair bit of extra preparation compared to the more conventional plastic models.
What I cannot fault, however, is how much these 3D prints can bounce back from near-catastrophe with a bit of super glue. In the preparation of this model, there was a disaster which involved the model falling from its base, hitting the floor, and shattering! I was furious at myself, of course, but some superglue fixed everything right up. Phew!
|Love the animation of the legs in this model.|
Even with the issues of lines and rough edges, the 3D printed stuff out there in the hobby world continues to improve all the time. You do see a lot garbage being put up for sale (to give an example, there has been a rash of WW2 stuff advertised on TMP's front page recently which looks just awful) , but the core of it is really starting to take off.
Furthermore I find it is the creativity, speed and agility of the people out there with the printer devices and the files to use them to be truly impressive. They certainly put the indolent, dim-witted buffoons of an entity like GW to shame. While the cartoonishly incompetent GW "marketing" folks shelter in their own mental Maginot Line with their lawyers, the people who truly enjoy and support the 30k/40k setting are out there churning out brilliant, creative stuff at a rapid pace. I mean, look at this model! It may have some flaws, but it appeared so soon after "Adeptus Titanicus" launched. Meanwhile GW, a shareholder corporation with large (not infinite, I know, but quite large) resources, has barely managed to get its own Warhound kits to market months after the re-launch of the core game. Are the GW kits nicer? Sure, definitely. But GW's analogue business pace is laughable and out of touch with the pace and passion of those who truly sustain its products.
And then there is the story of the pending upgrade/extra weapon kits for the Warlord and Reavers...but that is best left for another post...
|Poor thing...doomed to be fighting for the "Emperor"...so sad...|
Returning to the subject - as I said, I'm quite pumped to have one of these! Many thanks to my friend Curt for providing the model. I hope the fellows at the Fawcett Avenue gaming tables will enjoy having it stalk around the battlefield in some doomed effort on behalf of the so-called "Emperor"...
Monday, November 19, 2018
|Byron's Death Guard jet bikes prepare to make their stand amid the ashes of Isstvan III.|
|The battle lines are drawn - the glorious legions of Horus Lupercal assembled on the left side of the photo, while rag-tag pro-Emperor terrorists clog the table on the right side...|
|Byron has done a fine job on his Death Guard collection. Note the Volkite Culverins on that heavy support squad. Volkite weapons are not quite what they were in the 7th edition, but still...OUCH.|
|My Praetor (white cloak, centre) prepares to lead the attack.|
|The Death Guard lines await contact...|
In the story of the Horus Heresy, the initial wave of Death Guard had been sent down to take out the main defences on the outskirts of the Isstvan III capital city (known as the "Choral City"). Warned of the impending betrayal by Captain Garro, many of these Death Guard troops on the surface raced to seal themselves up in bunkers and fortifications they had just captured from the rebels. They survived the virus bombardment, and once the bombardment subsided, emerged on the ruined surface of the planet...as Horus landed troops to finish off these pockets of survivors, the Death Guard made an effort to move into the ruins of the Choral City and join up with the survivors from the other legions and simply hold out as long as they could.
|XVI Legion prepares to move out. Note the heavy support squad hunkered behind the Rhino...they would have a disappointing outing...|
So for our game last week, Byron's Death Guard forces would represent loyal marines who, having suppressed the rebellious regime on Isstvan III, were then betrayed and abandoned on the surface, bombarded from space and, once it was clear they had managed to heroically endure said bombardment, were subjected to a ground assault...at a power level of 90, his forces represented a blocking force, looking to hold out while larger groups of their comrades escape to join fellow surviving loyalists in the Choral City.
|A 20-man tactical squad races forward.|
|Contemptor dreadnought spearheads an assault, and a 15-man assault squad prepares to join the action.|
|Death Guard jet bikes arrive to help stabilize the loyalist line...|
Well, not so much...over four turns of 30k mayhem, both sides pounded each other to pieces. My 15-man assault squad and my
|The XVI Legion Praetor..."edges in" *cough* to help in the close assault...|
|The Death Guard dreadnought has just one wound remaining...the Sons of Horus Praetor draws a bead with his deadly plasma pistol, and...|
|KABOOM! Where did everyone go? Mortal wounds all around, including a couple on the Praetor himself...|
|Boy...that 15-man assault squad sure took a beating...|
|Surviving members of Byron's heavy support squad look to mop up a few more of their betrayers...|
Thanks again to Byron for the game - I just love the 30k setting, and it was great fun to push some Legion stuff around the table once again. Hopefully Isstvan III will be a setting we can return to again soon.