Tuesday, 18 January 2022

2022 resolutions

 

Last week I looked back through my resolutions from 2021 and surprisingly, I did quite well with them! Well, this is a new year and a new list is required, now normally this is just the previous years list adjusted to take account of what has been done but this year I've had to actually think about it as I managed to do quite a bit last year. These are not in any sort of order, so I will highlight the ones that are more important than others.


1) kill team.

I have combined all the kill team stuff in to one point this year. Some of these have been on the list for several years and keep getting pushed back in favour of other projects. Well this year I intend to get some of them done! There are a number of teams that need painting;

a) Deathwatch

b) Tyranids

c) Sisters

d) Scout Marines

e) Chaos

f) DKoK

g) Ork Commandos

I don't intend on adding to this list, as there are not many more factions that I actually want for kill team, the only one that I can think of is Talons with Custodies and Sisters of Silence, but I do not intend on getting them any time soon. I don't know how many of these I will get painted but I intend to get some of them done at least.

2) No new models*

Ok, so I will not buy any new models this year*. 

* Ok, so there is a little caveat. I have mentioned a few time my intention to add conscripts and additional scions to my Dagr Ormr force once the new guard codex comes out. I still intend to do this and when the codex is out and I have checked to see if there are any changes that would.impact my force I will buy at least 60 conscripts, 20 scions and 3 or 4 taurox's. I will however, not be buying anything else. 

3) Paint Marines

I am currently working on the Dark Guardians (DA successor) and am over half way through. I still have a number of Eagle Knights (BA successors) to paint. In addition, I have a contemptor dread and iron clad dread to paint. These are going to be the main focus for the first part of the year. 

4) Catachan characters

So I have the three Catachan characters to paint up. Honestly I don't know if I will get around to it but it would be nice to get them done.

5) Knights

I have two Armiger Warglaives sitting in a box half primed, waiting for a proper paint job. I know roughly what I want to do with them but have yet to get around to it. These are fairly low on the priority list but I might do a few bits and pieces with them if I need a break from other projects.

6) AdMech 

I brought the later version on the start collecting box, before it changed to the new combat patrol boxes. I brought this to take my AdMech force up to the 500 point mark and to make it possible to field a codex compliant force, something I couldn't with the changes to the codex. This is however, the lowest priority for this year's to do list and I will only get around to this if I have nothing else to do, which I suspect will not be the case. 

7) Update pages

This is something I have been meaning to do for a while but never quite get around to. The whole site really needs an over haul and update but the pages especially, since there have been quite a few changes to the lore \ fluff of my army \ forces. It has been over 5 years since I started blogging and it's evident in some areas of the blog. I hope that I can do the updates when I'm round and about and not able to paint or model but then I have been able to do that for the last couple of years and haven't managed to actually do it, so we will see what happens!


So there it is, my list for this year. I think I should be able to compete at least half of them again this year but we will have to see what happens. Wish me luck!




Tuesday, 11 January 2022

2021 review

Another year has gone by and it's time to take stock of the years hobby progress, or more specifically the resolutions I set this time last year. Most years I have struggled to meet the majority of my resolutions, so we'll see how we get on this year;

1) complete my deathwatch kill team.

So, first point and first failure. With the changes to kill team this year, most of my teams have had some.major reshuffles and while the Deathwatch got off lightly, they were still impacted. I will try and get these finished this year, once I have finished all my other 40k marine forces. I still intend to get these up to a high(ish) standard, hopefully I can follow through with that bit as well.

2) paint and base terrain.

Smashed this one! Most of the MDF terrain is primed and painted with texture paint, there are just 2 buildings left to do. These are primed, I just haven't got around to taping up the windows and stuff before spraying with the stone chip paint. I have also done a load of scatter terrain for kill team plus containers. The only things I haven't done are the plant scatter terrain. I have the MDF sheets and I did cut some test templates out and painted them but haven't stuck any of the plants on yet.

3) complete chaos kill team.

Again, no. I haven't even touched these guys, as again, there have been a lot of changes to the team. I will hopefully get these painted up this year but they have dropped in priority.

4) complete marine scout kill team

Yet more kill team and yet more broken resolutions. Again, these might get some painting this year but they are low on the list still.

5) prime and one colour base coat primaries marines

Done, done and done! Not only have they all been primed and based but three of the armies have been fully painted, another is half painted and still currently on the paint table. 

6) paint up the remainder of the Dagr Ormr Militarum Tempestus force.

Done as well. These were done right at the beginning of the year. While they do need a dip in the quick shade still, I am counting these as done. The force will be expanded when when the new guard codex comes out, as I will adding a whole bunch of conscripts to the force.

7) get as much of the Hrossey Yeomanry primed and base coated as possible.

These are primed, based and finished! I have completed the whole army now, all the tanks and other vehicles have been painted up along side all the troops. I don't think that this force will be added to very much, so it is now fully painted and complete.

8) paint up Tyranid kill team

While I haven't done much with these guys, but I have figured out the colour scheme, which means that they have had more attention that all the other kill teams combined. I plan on painting these guys up this year, even if the team is technically no playable as I'm a warrior short still.

9) necrons

So all of these are now finished. All painted up, including some addition models that we got during the year. I don't think that there will be any more additions to the force for a while as these are my son's army and he is more interested in Star Wars at the moment. 


In addition to all these resolutions, I have also finished off all of the Hjaltland Light Infantry that I had, which wasn't much but it's all done. I have also started to paint up my Blood Angels successors, with over 500 points painted. In addition to all of this I have built all of the new Kill Team Octarius DKoK, although these are not painted yet as I'm waiting for the individual DKoK boxset to be released to finish the team. So all told, I think this has been a very successful year, mostly I would say due to several weeks in bed at the beginning of the year, thanks to a broken leg. I have managed to achieve 5 out of the 9 tasks I set myself, which compared to previous years is pretty good! I would hope that I could continue this momentum in to next year but I suspect that I would be able to sustain the same level of progress. Next up my plans for the year ahead and this year's resolutions.

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Stone Dragons

 The next force on the paint table was the Stone Dragons. Now, the Stone Dragons have had a bit of a convoluted  development, switching from ultramarine successors to space wolf successors, from system based to fleet based and back to home world based. One thing that hasn't changed is that the chapter is a crusading chapter, formed of many small crusading forces, such as this one. 

This force is based around the Phobos armour and stealth, a classic hunting party is you will. Lead by a Captain and a couple of Lieutenants, this force is the largest of the 500 point forces, coming in at 19 models in total. 

An incomplete family photo

Another angle

The force works in a number of ways but it mostly works around infiltrating and the unit of reavers and infiltrators backed up by the suppressors and eliminators. Now, there was a slight change of plan with this force, the suppressors were actually supposed to be part of the Eagle Knights but by the time I realised this they were already painted and transfers applied! So they are now part of a slightly bigger Stone Dragons force. 

The aforementioned suppressors with their eliminator buddies.

The eliminators are still headless as originally I wanted something classically Blood Angles but now I guess they will have to get the Space Wolf treatment and some wolf themed helmets. 

Headless warriors.

As with the previous marine forces I have tried my hands at transfers and I think that after some practice with the others I'm finally getting the hang of it. Ok so there not perfect, not by a long way, they are better than the first ones I did. I have tried to add in lots of details and extra little markings, to try and signify some of the deeds that they guys have done, I did think of adding in a lot more and I might go back and adds more later but for now they will do. 

Some of the transfer details. 

Eliminators

The eliminators are different from the rest of the force as they are a lot plainer, loosing a lot of the yellow markings, except their chapter badge and also a lot of the silver\metal parts. In addition, these guys are not finished as I really want to camouflage the cloaks to blend in to the grass basing and battle mat that i have. I had a go at doing some camouflage patterns on spare parts but I have yet to master the art. What I have decided is that I want a stippled effect but I have been struggling to get the right colour and intensity to the pattern. I have been asking around at the club and I think I've got a plan, I just need to try it out and see if it works, I'll let you all known as I'm brave enough to try it out!

Some of the extra details

Infiltrators

The infiltrators form the one half of the main force and are designated for ranged interactions. There was a slight error made here that I need to correct, as the Comms array man has his markings on his shoulder but the sergeant is missing his (the bloke holding his pistol), he has his Sgt insignia just above the chapter badge but no flashes below. I could probably just leave it but then it would fall foul of the lore, as no marine would reach Sgt without having claimed some sort of battle or personal honours. Apart from this minor issue, the squad is sorted.

Reavers

The reavers are very similar to the infiltrators but at least the Sgt has the right markings on. The only issue with these guys is that I really should have stripped a couple of the guys as the paint \ primer on them is very thick and not particularly flat in places. Luckily this isn't to noticeable from a distance and so it won't be noticeable on the table, it just annoys me that I didn't spend a bit more time preparing them.

The commanders

The leaders of the force are made up of a Captain and two lieutenants, one reaver and one infiltrator or Phobos armoured one. As usual I've taken a bit more time and care over these guys and I think I've done a good job. I've also gone and added a few more transfers, especially to the Captain.

Stranger details

More details

All in all, I really like these models and think that this is the best paint scheme of all the smaller marine force. The classic grey and yellow really works and stands out with out being to much. I will base these up with all the others when all the marines are finished, that is after I have dipped them in quick shade! 

Next up are the Dark Guardians, however, this may take a little longer than planned. We are currently away from home for a wedding, however we had to fly earlier than planned due to predicted weather issues, so we headed south several days earlier that originally booked and as such I didn't get a chance to finish the models and get pictures to post. I will try and get them done as soon after the new year as possible but that might be a few weeks away yet.

Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Emperor's Disciples

 Here we have the Emperor's Disciples, an even smaller band than the last lot! These fine examples of space marines are scions of Guilliman and if they are ever fielded they will form the core command and warlord for the army, which will makes sense in a bit, if it doesn't already.

Family portrait to start


The Emperor's Disciples are not very codex compliant and while it was thought that they were sons of Dorn and the Imperial Fists, the coming of the Primaris Marines and detailed genetic testing showed that they were actually sons of Guilliman. However this did not cause much change to the chapters structure, with them.maintaining their fleet based ways and more independent company structure. Here we have the chapter master and his personal guard of hand picked veterans. 

The chapter master and guard

Ok, if you haven't notice yet, then this figure is actually Marneus Calgar, chapter master of the Ultramarines, however for my purposes this is the chapter master Marcellus, Master of the Emperor's Disciples. There is a backstory to both him and the men he commands, namely that he was one Company Master of the 15th Campaign Company (lost \ destroyed companies are not replaced but new ones raised under a new number) and established himself as one of the most capable commanders of the chapter before crossing the Rubicon to become a Primaris marine. Unfortunately the then current chapter master did not survive the procedure, due to a number of reasons from old age through to damage to many of his current implants and systems. This elevated Marcellus to Chapter Master, by way of company master votes. 

Marcellus and his chosen honour guard.

Rear details

Ancient and Lieutenant

The company standard and it's attending ancient, a piece I'm quite proud of. I took some time with the details on the banner and while I've no doubt that it could be better, I think I did a good job on it. The Lieutenant is just a standard Lt with nothing special on him or about him. 

More details of the transfers

Standard details, i need to do something on the scroll but haven't found the right thing yet. 

I have done this up as the first company standard rather than the chapters standard for a couple reasons. The main one being that I didn't think that this was a very ornate and flashy standard that would befit a chapter standard, plus these are not being deployed as a chapter but as a chapter command force and such wouldn't be bringing the chapter standard. Lastly, I didn't have the bits I wanted to really make this a chapter banner, namely the transfer for the middle. While there is one there, it's really to small. If this was going to be a chapter banner, I would want the chapter symbol to take up most of the standard, which would involve freehanding the both parts, something I am not keen on! I do need to fill up the banner with something, what thought I don't know but I'll keep an eye open for something.

Veteran intercessor honour guard

Lastly we have the "veteran" intercessors. These will.be run as either standard intercessors in smaller games or veteran intercessors in larger games, where I will be able to.use troops from some of the other marine detachments. There are a few special intercessors in this unit and there is a reason for this, they are the units that my son painted up when he first painted some models. (You can see them HERE)

The company elite showing theor personal and campaign honours

While they are not exact copies, they a have taken a lot of inspiration from those models and with any thing I do like this there is a backstory to each model. I won't go into the details here but the short version is that one was honoured for exceptional individual bravery by s space wolf successor chapter and now wears the helmet of the wolf lord who he saved from certain death. The other wears the symbols of a blood angels successor chapter for his solitary stoic defence of their apothecary as he collected the geneseed of the chapters fallen warriors to stop it falling to heretic's from the death guard legion. Lastly the Sgt is honoured by the primogeniture themselves, the Ultramarines. Honoured for leadership and bravery during the plague wars, he wears his honours with less flash than his brother's but with just as much, if not more reverence.

The last two members

The last two members of the squad are just regular marines who have shown themselves to be exceptional marines through countless battles and deeds and have been chosen to accompany the chapter master as part of his body guard, they have yet to earn themselves honours such as their squad mates have but time will see if they manage to. 

Next up are the Stone Dragons, Space Wolves successors.