Monday, 22 March 2010

Things to come...

Well, its the forgeworld open day this weekend, I've decided to head on up to it this weekend, despite having to work in the evening (nottingham is around 3 hours away from my little town)

My intention is to grab one of the stunning (and event only) Death Korps Commissar on horseback

I'm not sure what he will be used as on the tabletop, my first thoughts are the following
  • Another Lord Commissar (he'll be a bit large and can't really be used as cavalry - maybe a note saying his horse never gallops - ever lol)
  • A rough rider sergeant - it fits right in with my "excessive commissar presence" theme which my army follows and i will eventually be buying the dkok rough riders giving me a squad of 6 for 80points of battlefield fast attack.
  • A special character for friendly or apocalypse games - basically a Lord Commissar with cavalry as his unit type - maybe he could issue an order or something.
Other upcoming plans include:

  • John has offered me his Forgeworld Double Scythed Hive Tyrant, so expect to see him pop up at Hive Splinter Borlin
  • Tanks!! - finally, the lucky 88th armoured division will get their tracks attached, and some serious paintwork to bring them into line with the infantry. expect to see some learning curves with forgeworld weathering powders - if I'm that brave.
  • Infantry - after fielding some (larger than 500 point) forces, I've remembered how much of my army isn't actually finished, and i've noticed my command squads - my pride and joy, are actually put to shame by some of the mere infantry. the conscripts and infantry squads look much better with their washes opposed to the regimental command and platoon commanders who were inked, so these are next on my list for re-painting...
  • A small tourney-esque day at DDWG - 4 games of 500 point Combat Patrol. So i'll probably just re-use my Calneage List, but will put more thought to this over the next week.

Inspired by the great Admiral Drax, I decided to do a bit of work on the title for the blog, and will probably come up with some nifty things to add in - any sugestions welcome.


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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.