Tuesday, 6 April 2010

On my Workbench + blood angels game

Well, I thought i'd drop some pics of my current WIPs

Firstly, my Death riders, they are being sprayed at the moment ready to be painted up.

You can see the extensive greenstuffing needed to make joins invisible

This picture shows some of the main moulding issues with these models, the canal joining the pistol handle to the saddle, this often required re-attaching the pistol handle as it snapped off, and carving the saddle/coat back into shape. This particular horse had issues with the reigns, whilst cutting them back into shape, i hacked a chunk off, and had to GS it back in - which was lovely...

And secondly, look who's joined the party - my first hive tyrant

I've sculpted a tongue for him, the mouth was a bit of a dodgy sculpt, and i didn't fancy the "Alien" tongue supplied, i figured something more in keeping with the other monsters would be more fitting.
I can't think what to do about the base. as far as i can remember, hive tyrants are normally on 60mm bases, but the base on this monster is already wider than that, so i could grind the resin base to 60mm, and build up a 60mm base to the same height with greenstuff, or make a nice wooden plinth stylebase and just make it 75mm the same width as the resin piece, or simply leave him as he is.


In other news, I played a game against some blood angels on sunday. 1500 points seize ground game.

It was certainly ineresting - i wish i'd had my camera. Death company Tycho is a real monster, he just doesnt die!!!

Jokingly we all made comments about how GW must have simply said "what if we made a character with all the USRs"

He managed to single handedly kill
  • 20 conscripts (killing 4, then catching them when they fail their leadership test of 2)
  • 10 infantry
  • 10 stormtroopers
  • colonel commissar winters + command squad
thats about 600 points worth of gear!

before succumbing to his wounds, and eventually an executioner blast.

Unit of the match on my side was definately the Medusa, with a librarian dreadnought, a whole squad of assault infantry and most of corbulo's body guard all chalked up in 3 shooting phases!

The game ended in a technical draw (george moved his only remaining troops to 4" away from the objective - but because there was no reason for this other than an honest mistake i concluded it would still be his objective) My remaining troops (2 autocannon teams) held an objective also, making it 1:1 Draw.

Things to take away from the game:
  • always take a medusa against marines.
  • always take the executioner against marines
  • always assault tycho - he's going to do it anyway
  • use conscripts and other squads to make enemy units subject to the "Rage" USR move around against their will. - this worked well for me, making tycho wander around in front of my gunline.
  • Baal predators are mobile! 12" and still firing is usefull for harrassing my men!
Anyway, cheers for dropping by, next to come, some painted images of death riders and over on hive splinte borlina - some painted hive tyrant images, once his tongue has set.

Cheers, TSINI


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.