Monday, 29 March 2010

My Holy Land!! - Forgeworld Open Day

Yesterday, my friend Paul and I made it to the Forgeworld Open day 2010.

I only had one mission, to obtain a Death Korps of Krieg Commissar on Horseback - last year's even only model.

secondary motives were:

  • to get a glimps at the upcoming models
  • to scope out warhammer world for a campaign I intend to run in the future
  • have a look at the effects possible with the new weathering powders and how to apply them, then pick some up.
Here are the pictures I took throughout the day, theres not much "sneak peaking" in these photo's, but i did get close to some of the unreleased and WIP models on the stands. They are also in no particular order - you would have thought my camera had the ability to keep them in order of when they were taken, but apparently not.

An Excavation team on one of the gaming boards

Warhammer World's sense of humour presented with a "Heres a piece of scenery you can't afford" gaming table

The raging Titan vs stompa board

A thoroughly amazing Orky diorama

The upcoming Ork War Kopta - a chinook style weapons platform
The chaos monstrocities
The entries for the Painting Competition
A selection of models from the Warhammer world gallery

This valhallan army takes me right back when I first started the hobby, its been a staple army featured in white dwarves and codexes since 3rd edition (and probably before then) It inspired my first every army - valhallan IG

The new Blood angels on display

This Death Korps Battle Diorama was just stunning, every tiny detail is beautifully painted and modelled

The War kopta without crew
I'm not an ork player, but i love these new Grot Tanks!

Well there we have it.

All I have left to tell you is what I bought

I set out to buy the following

  • Salamander HQ - for the coming up 500 point games
  • Vendetta upgrades (mainly for the searchlight sensor arrays, much cooler then the supplied plastic ones)
  • Death Korps Commissar on horseback
I came back with

  • Vendetta upgrades
  • Deat Korps Commissar on horseback
  • Death Korps Death Riders
  • Weathering powders (set of 6 for £15)
so i'm at this very moment putting together my first death rider, (going to have to see if i can re-do my list to include them for the upcoming 500point game :D)

Next post, My forces are slowly but surely being properly based, my colonel commissar Winters (company commander) has bee re-painted, this time with a wash instead of ink, he looks much crisper and nicer all round now.

Cheers for reading.

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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.