Saturday, 5 September 2009

Field Command - COD strategem extreme!

after BOLS had a thread discussing game expansions, Cities of Death, Apocalypse, Planetstrike. i fetched my Cities of Death book, and quickly remembered my army was supposed to be a cityfighting force, a hard bitten force of urban warfare specialists.
after a good rummage through my massive box of sprues, and a thorough look through the modelling section of the book, i stated to concoct some strategem modelling projects.
this one may have gotten out of hand, but it cerainly struck a chord with me when i saw the vostroyan Command stretegem.

so here it is, a WIP, Command "Key Building" Strategem for Cities of Death.

here you can see the setup without the guys in place. a table, chair, antenae setup and generator

the generator/antenae is looking quite simple at the mo, i want to add a speaker, but not sure where to get one from, i could nick them from vox casters i guess.

the table is really simple, as you can see

The seat is made up from an ejector seat taken from a Forgeworld Lightning fighter (my friend gave me the empty one years ago, i always had a feeling it would end up a field command seat) i figure it would have been found in the rubble and the commander would have laid claim to it.
i leant it up against some sandbags, its how i'd imagine a scratch built command chair
and some minor detailing on the back fleshes out the boring flat bit.
here the crew are shown in place, a commander pointing at a place on the map, steadying himself against the table, and a comms officer checking an auspex.

now for the fun bits!, the table top equipment
firstly, an angle poise desk lamp

made from the new sentinal searchlight, and the head of a spade(shovel) on the tank sprue

and below, the map, aerial photos, letter and "lucky ace - naked lady" cards

i have also made, but not pictured as it would be impossible to make out at the moment, a little stopwatch/compass, i ahvent decided which it will be, but it looks liek a pocket watch at the mo, pictures to come when its finished.

and because this picture dissapeared from mylast post, i thought id tack it on the end here, it shows the Iron halo base used for my vulture gunship.

on this note, i have to go to work, and will pick up my command strategem later on tonight.
im also currently awaiting my next delivery of iron halo bases, which i will be making into objective markers for the calneage tournement - i think they will also double up as COD strategem markers.
Cheers for now
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The Lucky 88th History

The Lucky 88th

The Royal planet of Borlina is just off the Cadian gate, once a thriving hive planet with a high percentage of royal and rich descendants from Terra itself. Now a diseased, war torn hell hole, home to a twisted secret the Inquisition would rather not recount.

The Curse of Borlina

During a Chaos incursion (Blood & Bile of the Rich Invasion 960.M41) Inquisitor Payne ordered the Orbital Bombardment of the entire planet, choosing Viral Bombing as the means of execution of the foul beasts and corrupted Governors.
Unfortunately the Borlina PDFs were also sentenced to death, whilst deeply in conflict with the Chaos forces.
Under pressure from Inquisitor Rayvenn (of the Black Storm), Inquisitor Payne mercifully ordered areas with high concentrations of loyal forces to be bombed with a weaker strain of the virus. Whilst the planet was bombed with Virus 1, a highly corrosive airborne agent which subsides after 1 day. Virus 13 (a Plague like virus with no corrosive element) was deemed legal for use over loyalist troops, who were forewarned, advised to find cover and don gas equipment. Low on supplies, deep in conflict and without gas equipment the lucky 88th miraculously fought off Virus 13 as if it was a bad case of flu.


A nearby Commissariat fleet jumped at the opportunity to put together their own personal force and made planet fall to gather together the pockets of loyal troops into a fighting regiment. This proved quite difficult, requiring the aid of the nearby Space Marine chapters (“Dragon Marines” and “Black Storm”) to seek out loyal forces.

The largest surviving regiment had barricaded themselves in the Master Palace, which impressed the commissariat no end, for it was a disease ridden nightmare, the very palace itself was a Nurgle infested monstrocity.
Having already adopted the name “Lucky 88th” due to the large amount of survivors from the 88th regiment the troops added a Lucky Ace symbol to their armour and vehicles, much to the annoyance of the commissariat who view it as graffiti and unofficial. In return the more senior commissars keep their gas-masks on when in combat to stir anger into the men, making them fight harder for the injustice caused to them. Lower Commissars tend not to test such practises, wary of the men turning on them when cut off from high command.

Recruitment: The Virus Run

Any outsider coming into contact with any surviving member of the Borlina virus attacks must first be inoculated from the infectious version of the virus which can be fatal to weaker immune systems. New Recruits however are not so lucky. Firstly they are put through a year of heavy training wearing gas masks. Graduation into the Lucky 88th is only complete after a gruelling month fighting through the Virus Run, a heavily infected area of the former Borlingrav Palace, now a Bastion of pestilence and disease. The survivors of this infamous death zone gain the respect of the rest of the regiment, except for the veterans who hate all outsiders including the commissariat.