Monday, 3 September 2018

Blood angels complete 5th company army showcase


Hi folks. Saving the best til (almost) last – here, finally, are my Blood angels. My first marine army back in second edition and my favourite marine chapter, this also serves as my largest army. I will try to break it down as best I can to fit in a single post. The battle company makes up the vast majority of the army and is formed as you would expect. Devastators and 5/6 of the tactical marines are magnetised at the waist and head to be interchangeable, as are many of the sergeant arms and one of the assault squads packs. In terms of the armoury, I have 6 rhino chassis and a land raider which are magnetised for different loadouts. I have a stormraven and hawk and would like to add a talon at some point to make up the air wing. 





Moving on to specialists now. I have 15 death company with magnetised JPs and some army. 3 squads of scouts make up 10th company support and I have a small squad of bikes and attack bikes from one of the reserve companies to aid with fast attack. A 10-man squad of sanguinary guard with magnetised helm options makes up my golden host. Finally, the first company is well represented with 6 dreadnoughts (1 DC, 1 lib, 1 chaplain, 1 normal and 2 furioso), 10 assault terminators, 10 terminators, 10 sternguard and 10 vanguard. 5 company veterans add to my elite squads. 





Lastly, on to the characters. I have an array of captains, priests and chaplains as seen below, as well as a few other supporting units. Of particular note is my converted Mephiston, who was featured in Warhammer visions! Sadly my terminator priests were no longer valid and so got converted into an ancient and one still remains as a priest for posterity. I do have a converted Seth who, maybe one day, will get a (Primaris?) detachment to go along with him. Of course all other special characters are present in either their original or slightly converted guise. It has been a pleasure to build this army over the decades and now, as always, it just needs some tlc to get it looking its best. Cheers.






Sunday, 26 August 2018

Ultramarines army showcase

Hi all,

Getting close to the final showcases now. Only Blood Angels and Deathwatch to go. As a brief update I was generously given a job lot of Primaris by a friend from our gaming club - between these and the new tooth and claw set I will be adding a chunk of Primaris marines to my deathwatch army, nearly doubling the boots on the ground. It also allowed me to add some reivers, aggressors, inceptors and a dreadnought to my Sons of Orar so they will be due a showcase update sometime before the nd of the year. Plus one random Gravis Captain who, in a departure from my previous approach, has been added to my Ultramarines. Reasoning being that he was nicely painted as a Smurf and it was either use or lose him. 

Speaking of updates, now seems a good time to recap hobby plans towards the end of the year. Having now acquired a few Space Marines I will aim to get them updated also, but this will push back other projects in turn. Despite taking part in a tale of gamers with the club, I have made precious little progress with anything Chaos and have decided to give up on it until next year - this will officially be the year of Chaos and Sororitas! In the meantime as well as marines I am steadily plodding through my admech which are seeing their tournament debut next week. As well as expanding my Knights to include Dominus patterns by the end of the year I am also looking to assemble some Imperial Guard to represent a Necromundan regiment. A host of smaller projects remain to either complete this year or in between larger projects next.

Anyway, it’s time for the Sons of Guilleman to take centre stage. This army has undergone a fair few evolutions in its time and is now complete save for a handful of Japan exclusive marines I want to get my hands on still to finish the tactical squads, hence why they are unfinished here. The army is formed around a battle demi-company with a variety of HQ units (including Robby G himself). There is first company support in the form of 2 units of vanguard, sternguard and terminators as well as  some scouts. A few unique units have snuck their way in also, namely a deredeo dreadnought and the HQ tanks from Warhammer world. Cheers.   

Full army shot

From above, note the 3 missing marines.

10 sternguard, 10 vanguard and some honour guard, a captain and 2 lieutenants.

2 rhinos, a razorback, landspeeder, dreadnought and deredeo.

Land Raider Excelsior (also has parts to be a godhammer or helios), Rhino Primaris and Predator with Chronus. Note also Guilleman, Calgar, Terminator Captain, Gravis Captain and Librarian




A stormhawk with drop pod behind.

Devastator, assault and tactical marines, with a company ancient and champion, Sicarius, Techmarine and Cassius.

2 more tactical squads, company veterans then an apothecary, Imperial space marine, Tigurius and chapter ancient/champion

2 units of scouts with Telion and Chronus
 

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Black Templars army showcase

Greetings folks.

Hot on the heels of the Raven guard showcase is the Black Templars showcase. By my count that leaves Blood Angels, Ultramarines and Deathwatch to go! Blood Angels will need to be split across 2 posts I suspect, Ultramarines are missing a couple of the Japanese exclusives that I haven;t managed to get ahold of yet and the Deathwatch I was hanging on to see if I would expand them with Primaris - I intend to ultimately but won't be for a while now so I may as well post them sooner than later. 

On to the showcase. This is a really nice themed army replete with characters and units fluffy to the Templars as both crusaders and sons of Dorn. It is principally an infantry army with a few supporting vehicles and a Stormraven to aid their mobility. There are conversions aplenty in there from the monk-hair scouts to the robed and GK-helmed terminators. I tried to make the most out of the BT upgrades and generic cloths/seals to ensure all marines have plenty on them. The captions below will expand upon the units. 

Full army shot


From above, note the 2 rhinos, razorback, drop pod and Stormraven.

4 Crusader squads - 2 melee with neophytes and 2 ranged.

Castellan Draco (lt), Helbrecht, Grimaldus and an Imperial space marine, with a bike squad and Techmarine on bike 

Emperors champion and Chapter Ancient, with a speeder and dreadnought, and of course a land raider crusader.

Converted terminators and converted centurions

Apothecary, Marshall, Company Champion and Chaplain

Company vets and vanguard

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Raven guard army showcase.

Hi folks.

So this one kind of slipped through the net. I was just going over which armies I needed to do a showcase for still (I make it 5 now - coming up soon) and raven guard stumped me a bit. I recalled taking the photos for them and posting them but couldn’t find the showcase anywhere. Turns out I posted them to the end of year round up but never actually gave them their own spotlight. So, without further ado, here it is.







My raven guard army was conceptualised as an almost pure infantry army that was jump pack heavy. As a result you can see that in addition to the demi-company it also has an extra assault squad and a fair few veterans. No Primaris reiver/aggressor spam for me, and aside from the devastators there are only a few units designed to operate at range, such as the storm eagle, rapiers and dreadnought. There are also a chunk of scouts which fit the fluff nicely and help to tip the army over the 100 model mark. This army also has Corax in it, although he has only graced the battlefield once in 7th when he took out Horus! Great army yet to make its debut in 8th edition. Cheers.


Sunday, 1 July 2018

Moving on to new projects and club scenery purge

Hi folks,

Been a while as I've mostly bee working on non-marine projects a few months now, aside for a bit of tinkering with my Dark Angels. Looks like Knights and my 'tale of gamers' pledge to gradually build up a thousand sons army will take priority for a while. But, I still need to put out a few showcases for armies that I haven't got around to doing yet. Blood angels certainly spring to mind. 

Anyway, one thing that has been taking up a lot of time lately is the gaming club scenery. I've been at the club for a year and a half now which has been great. Generally we fill 4 tables every Thursday night and store our scenery at the venue. This is a great set up, but what was apparant to me is although we had a decent amount of scenery, much of it was in need of repair / painting. I therefore pledge to tackle this to make games more enjoyable for everyone.


First things first, we needed cash. After a bit of a whip-round and sales of a few not-wanted items, we came up with a budget. Next, we needed a decent storage solution, as making all the repairs only to store things back in the same damaged and open-topped boxes was a waste of effort. Six 110L boxes later we had our storage solution. I then set upon the scenery, taking all of it home and sorting through it (luckily the wife was away for a few weeks). Also, I reinforced one of our sets of boards and added an old citadel mat to it to make it more attractive.


By using a lot of glue/sand and some hardboard/placemats, I was able to put together 25+ pieces of scenery, most of which are pictured below. We still have a bit more scenery that was donated and that we have bought with spare funds since then. One issue it that it still needs painting. I have a bit of the budget left to address this with later in the year. Also, we would like to make some LOS blocking rocks out of insulation board, which we also hope to have donated and work on later this year. 

 


Ultimately it's bee hard work but very rewarding to see people down the club enjoying it. It will,  however, be nice to have a break from it to enjoy my own hobbying for a while. Cheers.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Heroes of Badab army showcase


Who are the heroes of badab I hear you ask. Simply put, they are a themed army I created to represent each of the space marine armies of the badab war on the same battlefield. This army has gone through a few changes in the previous edition, most markedly changing from 5 raptors and 5 exorcists as scouts to 10 raptor scouts and 10 exorcist tacticals in a pod. 8th edition has seen changes by rounding up the star phantoms to a 10 man squad, the red scorpions company veterans to 5 man and giving each army save for the salamanders a character. I run them as ultramarines. Here is the organisation of the army - please note some models are still in different base colours before I restructured them. 



Fire angels - predator and counts as chronus due to preference for armoured warfare. 
Fire hawks - vindicator as preference for then plus a mk3 captain as use a lot of mk3. 
Sons of Medusa - relic javelin and techmarine as iron hands successors. 
Salamanders - contemptor dreadnought. 
Marines errant - fleet based hence stormtalon and a lieutenant. 
Novamarines - Tartaros terminators as stocks ancient patterns plus a catephractii captain to count as blaylock. 
Star phantoms - devastator squads as they prefer with plasma. Imperial space marine. 
Carcharadons - vanguard veterans led by tyberos 
Raptors - 2 squads of scouts with a counts-as telion
Red scorpions - company veterans and razorback with ancient, apothecary, champion and culln. 
Howling griffons - tactical squad in rhino led by jump chaplain. 
Minotaurs - tactical squad in rhino with enkomi and moloc. 
Exorcists - tactical squad in drop pod led by terminator librarian. 



And that’s it. Army finished. Any last minute additions? I was considering a salamanders hq which would leave either the named captain or ash mantle as options. Other than that there is nil to add. Obviously all the bases are finished nicely but the models themselves have a fair way to go. I’d like to try some custom decals on them when the time comes. Cheers.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Dark Angels army showcase

 
Dark angels. The first legion. The unforgiven. 

This army has been a pleasure to craft over the years and started as little more than a 2k doublewing army. The advent of dark imperium and the newer dark angels books brought he temptation of expansion after expansion. Ultimately, it has grown into my 2nd largest army after the blood angels. The theme is triplewing with grass and forestry bases. 

The deathwing comprise 27 terminators, 5 deathwing knights, a land raider crusader, venerable dreadnought and a host of characters. These are: Belial, a terminator librarian, chaplain, ancient, apothecary and champion. 



Ravenwing have several conversions in there, mainly characters. There’s sammael, a bike librarian, chaplain, champion, apothecary, ancient and techmarine. 2 squads of bikes each with an attack bike make up the core of the force. There are 8 black knights (who are amazing) and a pair of land speeders, one of which can be swapped out to a huntmaster or sammael in sableclaw. Lastly, a land speeder vengeance / darkshroud and dark talon / nephilim finish off the force. 





Finally, greenwing consist of a demi-company (30 tacticals, 10 assault and 10 devastator) as the core, as well as 10 scouts. Infantry characters include a converted azrael, 2 masters, 2 lieutenants, apothecary, imperial space marine, company and chapter ancient, champion, 2 interrogator chaplains, a librarian, a techmarine and the names characters asmodai and Ezekiel. In terms of armour there’s a land raider and 3 converted tanks which can be fielded as a predator / vindicator / whirlwind or rhino / razorback, plus a drop pod and standard dreadnought. A more recent addition was a bargain stormraven which, while green, is still painted as a salamander vehicle. Finally, there are a host of veterans who I intend to donate mostly to a fallen army project as they are much more restricted in dark angel armies now. 

 



So that’s it, an unintentionally huge army that I’ve had a lot of fun playing with lately. I want to thin out the veterans to get the numbers down and form a fallen army led by cypher. In terms of additions, i would love to add another dark talon to be able to field an air wing. A wishlist item is the Forgeworld relic plasma predator just because it fits the army. Lastly, I have parts to make some custom objective markers at some point. Cheers.