Wednesday, 13 April 2011

New Models!!

Yes I had a bit of a Wallet explosion at Forgeworld Open Day this year, but then, I've never walked anywhere near a Forgeworld stand without my bank account screaming in pain as a large part of it is ripped out in one go! Of course I pre reserved it for collection, which is ALWAYS the smarty thing to do at FW open day, the queue is always immense. (it wraps around the entire hall of warhammer world, and takes an age to get to the front) A second Vulture... I've got some Rapid Response force thing in mind for apocalypse games :D
A new command squad, the new Hostile Environment cadians just rock! I'm using them to represent any veterans in my force, making it easier to remember which squads have a higher ballistic skill (which I often forget in the heat of battle)

So the Regimental Command Squads and Veteran Squads will get these funky models. I've actually bought enough to make two 10 man veteran squads, a command squad with 2 plasmas, vox, medic, Master of Ordnance, and a bodyguard, with 4 spare guys for special weapon replacement options.

the plasma gun guys look great, even on the running legs which arent my favourite, the pose just looks cool.
I'm going to have to think how to make this guy into a medic, though he has plenty of kit pouches on his helmet which will be very "mediccy"
I think the scanner will make a good Master of Ordnance upgrade for the command squad, I don't have the imperial armour detailing the scanner rules, and I can't imagine they would fit the lucky 88th fluff.

the hostile environment command squad came with this powerfist wielding commander, who i think will make a great Lord Commissar to wander the battlefield with my other Lord Commissar, keeping a close watch on the lucky88th.

And a second Cyclops!! I love these so much, they really do fit the Urban fighting style of this army, and in games of cityfight will be fantastic as either mobile demo charges, or in strictly "no forgeworld" games could represent some cities of death strategems (though my regular opponents wouldn't deny me the opportunity to play forgeworld gear)

So my painting progress is at a 'limping snail' pace, I'm going to concentrate on building stuff for a while, then once I've got a load of models lined up on my desk, I can concentrate on factory batching a load of vehicles and troops out. after that I have my various projects, such as "Battery 401" an Ordnance Detachment of the Lucky 88th, which I can't wait to get into, but I'm going to make it my personal mission to get the blasted army into a state of completeness.

this basically involves painting up the ragged ends of my infantry, as the general troops are mostly done. (this doesnt include the new squads I want to add in the future.)

Adding tracks to my vehicles, (I'm so lazy...) then getting them finished

building a valkyrie/vendetta, and painting the 2 vultures and 2 vendettas

Once I've hit this point I can start on the Battery 401, finish my Nids, and then plan the next army.... oh yes, I'm thinking that far ahead, i have a rough idea of what to do next, but need an excuse not to buy any for a few months (read: as long as possible) hence the ambitious goal of getting "everything finished first"

Anyways, Cheers for dropping by guys.

Oh, I almost forgot, I've started a Youtube Channel!!

It's going to host all my battle reports and gaming videos, and possibly some other stuff, but I'm new to all this stuff so it may take a while before anything good appears, I'm currently browsing youtube for inspiration (was watching some amazing sculpting tutorials which have sparked some ideas in my head) so hopefully I'll think up some interesting uses for this medium - suggestions welcome!

Cheers again

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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.