Monday, 4 April 2011

Forgeworld Open Day 2011 at Warhammer World, The Annual Pilgrimage!

I have been unable to update my blog for some time now, mainly because of an extreme laptop failure, but also the non stopness of work and real life things. but I have commandeered a laptop and will update you on my annual pilgrimage to Warhammer World for the Forgeworld Open Day 2011

This year I was only in it for 3 things

  • Imperial Treadhead Pron (including the new Imperial Guard Transport)

  • To get my models onto some Forgeworld Gaming Tables (pics/vids + report when my laptop comes back from the shop...)

  • Pick up my reserved Forgeworld order (to be discussed in future posts)

I didnt go mad with the pics this year, I had a little chat with a couple of the designers, namely Phil Stutcinskas and Darren Parrwood, about the design of Imperial Vehicles, the design Process of the models in general and Phil helped me with my weathering powder question:

"Q: What do you use to hold it on the models? A: White spirit, you can mix in a bit of varnish if you want"
Onto the pics: I like the idea of the crassus, a mobile bunker for a platoon of men, my only concern was that my platoons tend to consist of 57 men, not the 25 this is built for... also if i had £80/90 to spend on it, i have a long list of other vehicles that would come 1st (thunderbolt, macharius heavy bolter, malcador defender, stormblade, possibly a gorgon...) so i'd have to come into a lot of money before i'd grab one of these armoured tortoises
the new eldar titan is just huge, even compared to the imperial ones.

Imperial Guard Pron...

This twin hulled dark eldar vehicle is only a concept, but does give an insight into some future xenos vehicles on route.

A few concept sketches

The eldar titan head/commander

Soon to come: The Lucky 88th take the helm of my blogging progress, and the nids get a lie down for a while.



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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.