Monday, February 24, 2014

City of Death...

I can't believe I'm saying this but, I think I need some more terrain. Thankfully I have an Imperial Sector waiting to be built and a few other big pieces waiting to be painted.  Here is a glance at my Urban battlefield - using the new Frontline Gaming Mats (Urban Combat).  I ended up getting two of these mats for use in larger games.  The grass/snow/etc other mats are also very nice, but as I already have lots of green and brown felt I decided to wait.

Here you can see just the mat. The color looks off due entirely to my camera and not the actual mat detail.

+++Commander Dante has dispatched a small recon force of Blood Angels to take and hold this key city; knowing that eventually the ongoing campaign versus the "Fallen" will arrive at this theater.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mega Battle (Escalation / Stronghold Assault / Apoc)...

Excuse the cheesy/bad photoshop job here; this was the start of our mega battle. Dark Angels and IG versus Blood Angels, Grey Knights and the unexpected Eldar. Additionally Orks were appearing all over the battle field from various secret (random) deployments to harass both sides.

 This was the DA & IG deployment side.

 Here some Eldar, Blood Angels, Grey Knight Terminators and a Baneblade wait for instruction.

 Here you can see the mysterious Eldar set up a kill zone to eliminate a sudden Ork threat - however in that moment the Red Thirst came over the Sanguinary Guard and they rushed into close combat before the Eldar could fire a shot.

Here are some great narratives by the other players:
Rumblings in the warp disrupted the astropathic transmission sent by Dante during the climax of their previous battle. Reports of Dark Angels treachery never reached the Ordo Hereticus.

When the Dark Angels' deception was revealed to the Grey Knights, they joined forces with the Blood Angels, and attempted to forcibly sanction their old allies. Meanwhile, Eldar forces spilled from the webway and offered to join the fight, their seers whispering warnings of a hidden menace. It is unclear what threat the Eldar psykers divined, but as the earth quaked beneath the feet of titans and the tracks of massive battle tanks, something stirred. Orks burst from the ground and began attacking anything in sight. The infestation inadvertently helped the Dark Angels and their Imperial Guard allies halt the enemy advance, and escape the planet.

Intercepted vox transmissions used veiled language and obscure codes, but Grey Knight librarians and inquisitorial code breakers were able to decipher repeated references to "the fallen."
And another:
Incense wafted across the command chamber and through the banks of servitors. The vapor splashed into the Lord Generals tattooed face, a smirk on his lips. Hooded officers stood to his left and watched the pic caster with delight as an Imperial Baneblade detonated into the horizon. The Lord General turned to them.

"Where were they when the Orks nealry razed our world?"

"They couldnt be bothered to help such a small system but look at us now." The officers shrunk back as his voice began to rise. 

" The Imperium and these Xeno swines are being crushed by our might!" He slammed his fist on the arm of his control throne.

An officer with a grizzled beard knelt forward and saluted.

" Lord Azrael will be pleased we have repaid our debt to his glorious chapter." 

"Indeed." The Lord General lit a fragrant Tanyee cigarette and inhaled deeply. 

"Land the rest of our troops 3 clicks north of the refinery, we'll advance our infantry through the dense forests there, It'll be just like home in that mess."

The officers nodded and scrambled for their cogitor consoles. 

"This fight's just warming up" he muttered as he took another long draw off his cigarette.
In the end commander Dante and his allies were unable to seize any of the objectives; and the treacherous Dark Angels and their conscripted IG were able to withdraw from the planet unscathed. None know if the Eldar will continue to fight alongside Dante and the Grey Knights but it's clear that their arrival portends greater threats on the horizon...

Friday, February 21, 2014

Imperial Bastions...

A few more pieces approach completion... the scheme is clearly very simple but with a little more detailing I think they'll turn out nicely.  The pictures are sadly not too good.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Honoured Imperium...

I finally have a decent blog submission and another piece to my Terrain archive... the Honoured Imperium is now complete. I started aggressively working on the two Imperial Bastions but then immediately ruined them with thinner (long story)...

Well here are a few more pics:

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Escalation and Stronghold Assault...

Got to try an Escalation / Stronghold Assault game last night that went quite well. We 'house-ruled' several little things but overall it ran pretty smoothly. From the Apocalypse book we used the Warhound Titan rules, and we had to come up with some 'counts-as' improvisations for some of the terrain.  Here are a few pics:

A fuzzy picture of the board before the game...

Deployment (Blood Angels versus Dark Angels & Grey Knights with Titan)...

Here are the 3 primary objectives, and the basic narrative was; The capsule in the middle of the fortress contained some secrets, obviously regarding the traitorous Dark Angels. Dante meaning to expose these secrets needs just enough time (6 turns?) at just the right planetary orbit to transmit a message... the Dark Angels however manage to convince the Grey Knights to come do some dying while they prevent Dante from turning them out...

The Death Company and Death Company Dreadnought are eagerly waiting to kill anything that comes through that gate/wall...

The wall has been breached and from the battlements a single devastator and Corbulo's combat squad remain...

These were more-or-less the final throes:

The game ended on turn 6 and the attackers had not yet claimed any of the objectives, though they had wiped most of the Blood Angels off the board. Had this gone another turn they would have taken it all.

This was a really fun game; it was certainly casual and as the 'defender' I know that the two Attackers took it rather easy on me - not to mention I had 1410 points worth of Fortifications that gave me access to weapons I would not normally have.  Turn-1 I put a licking on the Titan and I thought it might go down early in the game, but it managed to survive and deal some serious death.  I'd be more than happy to try this type of game again...

And check out the Lazarus Effect for a more pictures!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Cruising Speed ...Incoming Flyer!

I suppose Cruising Speed is a tad exaggerated as it really took me about 3 years to convert, magnetize and build this model. It's not much to look at yet, but finally it's built!

Now I just need a warm, dry day to prime this thing and get started on the airbrushing.

Friday, January 3, 2014

A Few More Pieces...

I need to just keep going here... this week I built these bunkers and some small miscellaneous parts:
I already have the Honoured Imperium and Skyshield Landing Pad built but still unpainted.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Jarvis We're back in Hardware Mode...

Plastic-crack is a helluva drug - I don't even remember buying this stuff!

Anyway, playing with fortresses and crazy siege scenarios are right up my alley so I've started some new projects and rekindled an old one:

Phase 1 of the defense network waiting for paint (3 defense lines, 1 comm, 4 lascannon batteries, 3 quadguns):

So a project I've been 'working on' for years is finally getting some love; I've been converting the old Warhammer castle for 40k and now the time is right.  I used extra sprue bits to mount these turret guns so they can still move; next I have to add the stone-wall around the gun placement with textured plasti-card and green stuff. This is just a glimpse of a very early WIP stage:

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Yeah, so where have I've been for the last 2 months? The Nurgle Chaos army is still (very) slowly progressing but my attentions have been almost entirely focused here: