Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Character Design Competition entry

Atratos, over at the Rules Manufactorum is hosting a Character Desing Contest.

The entries are in, and the voting is open for a couple of weeks.

Jumping at the chance to get some feedback from a character rules set i've been toying around with (and a shot at a prize) I thought I'd give it a go.

I decided to look at the lucky 88th's military commander - Colonel Commissar Winters

This Forgeworld model single-handedly inspired the Lucky 88th's Fluff. His gas mask was the reason for the virus bombing background, and because of how amazing the model looked, i wanted him as my commander - rather than a commissar advisor - hence the over use of commissar models in my army representing platoon commanders etc.


Colonel Commissar Winters
One Company Command Squad in your army may replace its company commander with Colonel Commissar Winters for 120 points


Army: Lucky 88th
Affiliation: Imperial Guard
Planet: Borlina – near the cadian gate

Born and raised on Raye, a commissariat training planet, young Commissar Winters was destined for great things. Upon hearing the distress signals from neighbouring Borlina’s 88th PDF force, their planet virus bombed for corruption, Winters cut short his Training and took it upon himself to gather the remnants of the Borlina PDF and piece together a fighting force under the watchful eye of the commissariat. After a harsh campaign, the “Lucky 88th” was born; a rag-tag, war torn and broken army forced into military excellence by a harsh regime of summary executions by the commissars and a large conscription from neighbouring systems.

Leading with fear and inspiration, Winters commonly places himself at the head of any advancing force, his mastery of swordplay proving invaluable in the field of battle.

Unit Type:
  • Infantry (Unique)

  • Carapace Armour
  • Plasma Pistol
  • Ceremonial Power Sword
  • Frag Grenades
  • Refractor Field

Special Rules:
  • Stubborn
  • Colonel Commissar: Winters Functions exactly the same as a Regimental commander with 2 orders, and has the following special rules, as detailed in the Lord Commissar entry of Codex: Imperial Guard.
    • Summary Execution
    • Aura of discipline

Body Guard: Winters Company Command Squad Must take the Carapace Option (already included in Winters’ Points cost)

Ceremonial Power Sword: Winters’ WS is boosted to 5 on the first turn of combat, whether his squad initiated the assault or were assaulted themselves.

Gas Mask: Winters dons his gas mask in battle, instilling an anger into the men for the great injustice caused to them, every strike of their weapons in combat becomes revenge for a fallen comrade.

Any friendly unit (with the exception of conscripts) assaulting the same enemy unit as the colonel commissar gains thePreferred Enemy rule. (note this does not effect Winters himself, but does affect his command squad)


Please feel free to give any feedback or criticisms.

If you do like the character, head on over to the competition and read through some of the other entries - vote for whichever you feel is the best all round.

And a Big thank you to Atratos for hosting the competition, I might have to do something similar myself one day, maybe when I finally get around to organising this campaign at warhammer world.


In other news, i'm getting there with the building of my new Death Riders, 4 down, 2 to go. they are a pig to get together, the hind legs slot in beautifully, but the front legs not so much. then theres a few gates which meld to the body of the model, these need carving back into shape, and i've also had a mishap with the reigns on one horse, they had completely melded back to the horse's neck, and whilst cutting them down (to look less like a cobrahorse hybrid) i hacked a large chunk of the reign off. this has meanta hefty amount of econstructive surgery, and i'm no greenstuff expert. pictures to come tommorrow.

Cheers, TSINI - Vote for Colonel Commissar Winters :D
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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.