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Sunday 29 March 2015

40K Joel & E18

I managed to get the converted crusader & an arco-flagellant  painted up, so without further ado let's take a look.

I really happy with the way this guy turned & I've named him Joel, I might add an inquisition symbol on the back of the robe as it looks a bit plain.

This guy I've named E18, painting these guys up gives a nice little break from painting sisters & yet there part of the army.

Well that's it no waffle from me this time out so as always my thanks for dropping in.

Thursday 26 March 2015

40K Squad De Vivre & fluff

As veteran sister superior Alpine Sunset walked down dormitory C on her last rounds of the day of the orphanage   a little voice called out to her " Tell us for the legions of long ago when the heretic   & unrepenting  died at your hands when you fought with the convent of the Black Rose".

Alpine knew without having to look around that the owner of the voice was the young girl of about 7 or 8 standard Terra years brought in by Father Felix last week along with a young mute boy.

Always a kind & gentle soul but as brave as a space marine chaptermaster, Alpine turned smiling & said " why child such tails would come between young folk & their sleep if told at this late hour" this remark was greeted by the moans of a hundred young girls who had hoped that sister superior would indeed tell them a tail.
Summer Time
Picked by the Canoness for those very qualities when she became to old to deliver justices to the enemies of the Emperor of mankind Sister Sunset was put in charge of the orphanage to see to the development of future battle sisters & the job could not be in safer hands as far as Canoness  Margaret Merril was concerned.

The sister superior was sure that what ever story she told would not keep the young girl Eva from her sleep but there was more timid girls in the dormitory, girl that would serve the Emperor not as battle sisters but as sister hospitaller's or dialogus's, not wanting to disappoint the girls Alpine said "I'll tell you how sisters & squads of the Black Rose get their names instead.
Mme Hardy
Having heard this tail many a time before but having to much respect for the sister some of the older girl's turned over on their pillows to try to go a sleep, & after telling you that continued Alpine I'll tell you the story of how my replacement who is still to this day one of the Dominion squads leader brought death to the scourge of Lappin IV.

With that all the girls sat upright in their beds all thought's of sleep forgotten, why some of them had even seen veteran sister Joie De Vivre before, "thank you Veteran Sister" they replied all most as one.
Joie De Vivre
So  she began, when a girl reaches a certain age & has proved her worth to become a battle sister, she must leave behind her birth name & instead pick one for herself from the many from of Rose's, all of which grow here on these very grounds.

From that day until the day of her death this is the name by which she shall be known & if she is worthy enough to become a sister superior then the squad she leads will be so named in her  honour, now you see if you can think of a name of a rose that you would like to pick while I tell the tail Eva she said.
White Diamond
War had be raging for many years on Lappin  IV & indeed across the whole Ordon system but try as they may the force's of the Emperor  where losing planet after planet, "The sister of the Black Rose had by this stage been fighting on Lappin IV for just over two years but by this stage it was only the main continuant which ran mainly a long the planets equator, so out side of the cities was very lush jungle.

It was out in these jungles that the Tyranid entity got his name the Scourge of Lappin IV, a massive Mawloc that was costing major damage a long the supply lines, at first it was thought it was numerous mawloc's & it was only after the Machanicum had come up with a device that they shot into the beast to track it that they learned it was only one
Alpine looked around her every girl in the drom was hanging on her every word, even with this device now implanted in the Scourge it still managed to bring death & destruction every time it broke the surface & try as they may no one could bring about its demise, that was until Joie De Vivre did a very brave thing.

Out on petrol with her Squad, the scanner in the Immolator picked up the tracker in the Mawloc, now its a well know fact the a Mawloc can detect the lightest foot step on the ground & this is what gave Joie her idea.

Seen a ruined building up a head & order the crew to stop the Immolator & to kill it engines, "this is what were going to do" she said I'm going to get out & run to the ruins a head, drawing the Mawloc after me while you's wait here, no they all started to protest but she cut them off at once & continued,
when you see the beast start to break the ground gun the engines & smash right into it at a fast a speed as you can.

That should hopefully stun the beast & together with the harder ground in the ruins give us enough time to kill it before it can re-burrow  & with that she was gone out the ramp of the vehicle running at full speed to the ruins, on the scanner the sisters watched the blips close in.

Joie made it to the ruin just in the nick of time, & found the ground start to move under her feet & was starting to fine it hard to stay on them, but Joie knew that that to fall over now would be her death, she need to stay upright until the last moment when she would try to leap clear of the danger zone.

Back in the Immolator the rest of the squad a long with the crew watch with baited breath, & the minute they seen the ground erupt shot forward in the machine quickly picking up speed know full well that to drive into the runs at such speed would be fraught with danger, but their sister was a lone up there & depending on them.

At the same time in the ruins Joie made her jump, but did not get far enough away & a large piece of masonry came down on her leg just below her knee sending a shooting pain through the battle sister, Joie didn't need anyone to tell her the leg was broking but she hadn't time to thing on it now.

What only took a moment to take place seemed to all of the sisters to take a lot longer, no sooner had Joie hit the ground then the Immolator came smashing into the Mawloc sending it prone a cross the floor & like a flash the Dominions where out of the Immolator pouring beams of melta fire into the beast, gain her feet & ignoring the pain Joie added a couple of plasma shots from her combi-bolter.

With the Mawloc drawing its last Joie came forward & drove her chain-sword into its neck bring a end to the Scourge of Lappin IV, so Eva have you though of a name yet Alpine asked ?

It just so happens I have sister superior the young girl replied I'm going to be know as Summer Time & when I become a battle sister she said & she smiled a smile as bright as any midsummers day sun,
Alpine didn't doubt for one minute that she would go on to be a battle sister & that Summer Time would be up there with the best of them.
From left to right Mme Hardy, Joie De Vivre, Summer Time, White Diamond, Bonica
Had it really been 23 years ago since that night the young Dominion asked herself ? Summer Time had only ever cried once in her life that she could remember & that had been 14 years ago just before she joined the sisterhood at Alpine Sunset's funeral, the ramp of the Immolator smashed down & Summer Time was back in the here & now fighting the enemies of the Emperor.
Squad De Vivre with their Immoltar

Well that it folks as always my thanks for dropping in.    

Sunday 22 March 2015

40K Squad Holden gets a Rhino.

Before I start I like to point something out, in my last post I said I picked up a knight in the shop & put up a picture of a lovely painted knight, I hope I didn't mislead anyone, the knight in that picture & in the one below is a club mates who I happen to play the week before & while I wouldn't have mined buying should a nicely painted model I don't think Stephen would have sold it to me.

A while back I said in a post that my aim was to try to get maybe 5 models of a tank or some other thing painted each week, now no sooner had I posted that then the weather got bad & I had a nice little trip away & then there was a bit of side tracking with the nids but fear not I've not forgotten the sisters & have been working away on them none the less.

With winter fading quickly & long days a head I feel I should be really able to put a hole in this army & need to as its part of my hobby to do list.

I'm really happy the way the added sister with the stormbolter turned out & can now look forward to a life where my rhinos will always have a stormbolter.

It does slow things down a small bit as I now have to paint a sister to go with the rhino but its a small price to pay, the squad with the rhino below where the first sisters I painted so nice to have their ride done as well.
Squad Holden & their transport

Well short & sweet this time out, as always my thanks for dropping in.

Thursday 19 March 2015

40K resisting was futile & a crusader conversion

A double header this time round for you good folk, so to kick off with it looks like I'll be doing another 40k army after all with a new codex coming, no its not blood for the blood god I left him behind a long time back.

No what I'm talking about is another god of war Mars or more to the point the Mechanicom, this will be I hope the last 40K army I ever build & one that I've always wanted to do I sat on the fence over doing a HH one for a long time but the problem I've found with FW armies is get them updated, you could end up having to buy the same book again for a lot of money just to get the updated rules.

With it now looking odds on that GW are going to do something on the Mechanicum front I've just falling over the fence on the lets do it side & to celebrate I even picked up a knight last night in the shop, I don't know if there will be any knights in the dex but even if not their the perfect allies.

Ok part two of the show,something I think I might have brought up before is having to have the same model in a squad, a real problem when your running what is more or less an all metal army which the SOB's happen to be, now while there's not really a lot I can do about the sisters themselves I can with some of the other models, on this occasion a crusader.

I've two of these models & if ever a pose was boring this is up there with some of GW best, so no way was I going to have two of them standing a round like this, to start I put a cut between the shield & the arm with my razor saw.
Then I cut between the back of the shield & the leg, you need to be careful here not to cut his foot off, unfortunately the way this model is done it mean the the shield as you can see in the picture below is not complete.
You could use a different shield if you had one but this is a nicely detailed one & it would be a shame not to us it, so what I did was shorten it, as you can see there like 3 ropes or chains or somethink on the shield so I cut the shield up to the bottom of the second one.

I all so removed the hand that was still on the top of the shield, if you don't like filling it might be better to just use a different shield.

The two pictures above are your finished shield front & back, now time to remove the sword.

I clipped out the middle piece & then it was time to start filling, did I mention there's a lot of filling in this conversion ?

I left on the handle above the hand but made it thinner & round so that I could pin the new sword on,
the picture above show what he should now look like.

These a the bit's I'm going to us, a chaos familiar, for the hilt, a plasma pistol, for the hand, & a terminator arm for the sword.

The hand & the hilt are on in the picture above, while in the one below I've added the sword.

I've put these up just to show you that I don't always get it right first time, the sword was fine but when I went to put the shield on it just looked wrong, so a bit of a 180.

I put the sword in the other hand & used a different hilt, put the shield in the hand that the sword had been in which is closer to the body & bent so the shield is in a more neutral position.

Before & after & now look different enough that when painted up on on the table no one will ever think that once they where the same model, anyway that it for this post I hope you found it interesting & as always my thanks for dropping in.

Monday 16 March 2015

40K Assassin Freed ?

+++ Transmitted : Deep Space Surveyor station Zeta-1-1-1 ............
+++ Received : Astropath Zemmond .......................................
+++ Destination  : Inquisitor Auel Brybycin ...............................
+++ Mission Time : 8 080 988 M41 ..........................................
+++ Telepathic Duct :  Terminus Kaleb ....................................
+++ Ref  : Ordo/Hereticus/33570845/GT .................................
+++ Author : Inquisitor Chang Koth ........................................

By the Authority of the Immortal Emperor of Mankind, this surveillance report is classified information of Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor Auel Brybycin (or his duly appointed deputies ) eyes-only.

Priority Grade : Omega-Absolutum
Re : Celexus Assassin/ 487543/W

Inquisitor, the location of the Assassin in question has been tracked to the Space Wolves penal colony asteroid Rura Penthe. Surveillance by deep space augur has produced picts of the prison facility and indications from visual survey and astropath intercepts are that there is a Battalion of Class Designation CAD and Battle Strength Index 1801 present on the asteroid. Assets appear to be those expected of a standard Space Wolf prison detail detachment including rapid response units. Picts are sufficient to show stationary vehicles present at the facility however the temporal sensitivity of the augur machine spirit does not allow us to identify moving troops. The centre of the facility has a walled compound that is impervious to our Astropaths and we believe this is where the Assassin is imprisoned. The pict shows this location.

The fist the Space Wolf's knew of the attack was a rhino been melted just as the dawn was breaking, then the cry's came from the long fangs in the watch towers, vehicles approaching quickly from the North-West.

Engines screamed as the stormwolf that had been sitting on the landing pad took to the sky's, this is claw 1 came the report back from the pilot the vehicles are for the Inquisition & Sisters of battle, going in for an attack run over.

At the same time the long fangs up in the watchtowers open up with krak missiles & lascannons & soon the only sound that could be heard for miles was that of exploding vehicles, but still the attacker's push on, now supported by a vulture gunship hovering above the landing pad unleashing the full furry of it punisher cannons into the terminators guarding the assassin, it was now clear what this attack was all about, the Inquisition wanted their pet back.

As the battle guards on their thunder mounts rushed from the gates each one leading a pack of Fenrisian wolf's, Inquisition henchmen & battle sisters where exiting from their rhino's, immolators, razorbacks & chimera's, while at the same time with exact military precision the first wave of storm-troopers where starting to land inside the walls of the prison using their grav chutes to jump from low flying valkyries.

Now the war was fought on both sides of the wall which was stretching the smaller force of the wolf's & soon all that was left of their forces outside of the walls was a brave lone wolf in terminator armour who bellowed out to day is a good day to die as he smashed into a combat squad of deathwatch marines that had jump down from the back of a valkyrie as it came in low.

Sensing that now was a good time to try to get free the assassin slipped free of his chains of his chains & assaulted the two remaining terminators after the other had die to the inferno pistol of a canoness who along with her command squad had smashed through  the walls in a razorback.

In the back of the valkyrie Major Dell & his command squad where getting knocked & rocked as the pilots swung the plane from side to side trying to dodge the stormwolf that was on it tail, something had gone wrong with their drop leaving far from the action so a valkyrie had doubled back to pick them up.

He could only hope that they would now get there in time, as over the vox-caster he could hear that heavy loss where been taking on bout sides, if it the Emperors will he & his men will be victorious this day.

  For many hours the battle raged both in the air & on the ground & many a brave man & woman layed  down their life's some in the brutal act of close, while for others it was before their feet ever touched, cut down as they descended from the skies.

Aided by the canoness the assassin finally managed to break free only to be recaptured again be the lone wolf who in turn was cut down by a hail of shots from the stormtropper command squad to once again give the assassin his freedom & just when it looked like he might get away he was knocked from his feet by a hovering stormwolf & dragged away by some long fangs, at this point the Inquisition assault flounder and their forces started to withdraw their mission uncompleted. 

This was a special mission that very quickly turned into a special game, a game that really had everything & that want more or less to the wire with the Doc needing to role a 3+ in the running stage of his last turn to recapture the assassin for the win, but in a game like this there really is no loser.

The idea behind the mission & the special rules for it can be found here for anyone who's interested 

What I didn't know at the time of writing it was the fact that the Doc had given the assassin model to my son-inlaw to give to me which he did sometime later, this was to lead to (yes you guessed it) me heading over to the Doc's without said assassin, but this in no way took away from the fun or enjoyment of the game.

The intro to this game along with the picture where sent to me by e-mail from the Doc & I'm sure you'll agree it was a nice little touch as it really add some flavour to the whole thing, so well done on that mate & on the wonderful table you set up for us to fight on.

I'll rap up this post with a big thanks to the Doc for a great game & as you won & there for still have the assassin we might have to do it all again sometime lol & my thanks to you for dropping in & as tomorrow is Paddy's day may your dice have all the look of the Irish.