Friday, 15 November 2013

Mustering More Guard

 As promised in my last post, a few more pictures of my Guard. Sadly the images aren't the best, thanks to a still busted camera, but this is what i've gotten painted so far.

Still to go is another couple of squads from first Platoon and the rest of the Aegis defense line. With any luck i'll be picking up some of the new special effects GW paints on Sunday, to add a bit of oomph to the bronze on my Aegis and tanks. Look for a review in the next week or so, touch wood.

Until then i remain,
Your Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-pope.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

So what replaced the Space Wolves?

Good morning to everyone on this rather dreary day, the weather seems intent on annihilating my garden at the moment - we're talking floods, lawn turned to a quagmire (giggity), trees being blown to 90 degree angles, the works - so what better time to update my blog?

As those who have read past posts, and i'm always amazed by how many people do, will know, i had planned a Space Wolf  force to take part in a campaign at my local GW, only to suffer a wound in their making and pretty much get scared off.

Still wanting to play in the campaign meant that i needed to choose a new army and get a few units ready ASAP. The army i went with is one that's a break from my usual power armoured shenanigans: The Imperial Guard

My usual camera is currently refusing to work, so forgive the photo quality. This is one of my Platoon leaders, Sergeant-at-Arms Troughton. Unfortunately it's hard to pick out some of the details, but half of his face has been painted up as healed scar tissue, this is a leader who fights on the front lines.

At the same time i also picked up one of these beauties, an Aegis defense line. I cannot stress how useful this thing is. A deployable cover save is a big boost to a guard army, and the quad autocannon has already claimed a Hellchicken and Dark Eldar Voidbirdy. £18 well spent.

As soon as i can get my camera working, i'll upload more shots of the army so far - it's definitely more than one guy and his quad.

Until then i remain,

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-pope.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

So...where's the Space Wolves?: Or Why knife safety is important.

So last post i revealed my intention to convert up some Heresy era Space Wolves, using Chaos Warrior and Space Wolves parts. And i began in earnest after that post, cutting and gluing some more mini's and getting some painting done.

Then i had the idea of using a plastic flying stand stem to make some icicles for the bases, a la an old White Dwarf terrain article.

So i grabbed a spare stem, grabbed my knife and cutting board and got to work. Now the stem i chose was one of the newer ones from the ball and socket connections. So i needed to get rid of the ball.

Off i went, merrily trying to cut it, pushing quite hard. Too hard in fact. The stem broke, the cutting board slipped, and the knife went straight through my jeans and into my right thigh.


After 18 years in the hobby, you'd think i'd know better, but no, i'm still making stupid mistakes. And this one was the worst.

I spent four hours in casualty, bleeding profusely, before being seen and stitched up. Five stitches, several jabs and a load of butterfly stitches later i was sent on my way.

So i'm afraid to say for the time being, Space Wolves have been shelved for a project that involves less knife work. I'll return to them once my leg has healed up and i buy a new, sharper knife that won't need me to apply so much pressure.

I'll be posting about the project that's been swapped in for the GW Liverpool 40k campaign in the Space Wolves stead in the next few days,

So until then i remain,

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-pope.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Heresy on a budget.

Ahoy once again.

In the next couple of weeks/months, my local GW is once more embarking on a campaign, this time for 40k. As per the usual drive to bring in money for the store, the requirement is starting a new force and building it up as the campaign progresses.

With this new incentive provided, a lot of the regulars are looking at Heresy era forces, with Heresy era Thousand Sons popping up already. Keen to keep up with the cool kids and stay home with the downies, i've been looking at Heresy stuff, torturing myself browsing Forgeworld and looking at the excellent work of folks like Templarscrusade01 (check out his Youtube channel if you haven't already, it's well worth it).

So what to do when you've got the desire but your wallet is lacking the funds?

Well rather than despair, i dug back through dozens of pages of Warseer painting logs and the interwebs, looking for old school Heresy armies. How did people do it before Forgeworld launched their range?

A lot used third party parts. This isn't an option in my case, because a) i want to use the army in a GW store and events and b) I have issues with some of the companies releasing said parts.

So how else?

My wandering through the interweb eventually found me at this site:

And bam! just like that, i had my army.

This great blog posted a tutorial on making pre-heresy Space Wolves using the Space Wolf squad box and Chaos Warriors from Warhammer Fantasy. Perfect. The tutorial itself goes step by step on how to convert them, which was a massive help. I urge anyone reading this to take a look at his blog and be sure to leave him lots of nice comments, because it really was the inspiration i needed.

So on Sunday i dashed to GW and grabbed the nearest box of puppies and Warriors and got to work with a craft knife.
 These are the first two to be painted up. I followed the aforementioned brilliant tutorial, using the Warriors of Chaos and Space Wolf kits, combined with a couple of heads from my bits box - in this instance a Grey Knight helmetless head and a cut down Berzerker head.
 I've still got to finish off some knotwork patterns on their cloaks, but for the most part they are ready to take the field. They just need a lot of friends to arrive.
The reasoning for the beardless Grey Knight head, is because this is an early Space Wolf force. This is back in the days when Terrans still fought in their ranks, and they went around calling themselves The Rout.

So adding to my massive backlog of things to paint are a squad of ten converted Grey Hunters. I'm planning on another two squads of ten after this, before branching out into some of the other areas of the Space Wolf codex. I'll be using the 40k rules for now, but with luck i'll switch over to the 30k legion list just as soon as i can scrape some pennies together.

Until next time i remain,

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Pope.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Personalities of the World Eaters.

 A Lieutenant in the 8th Assault Company of the World Eaters, Adruk distinguished him on the slaughterfields of Istvaan V, showing himself to be willing to go to extremes in the name of blood shedding. 
In the later years of the Heresy, he name became a by-word for carnage.
Sergeant of 9th Companies 12th Assault Squad, Demet showed impressive skill with his chainswords, duel wielding them to terrible effect against the enemies of the Warmaster.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Glory of the Blood

 Originating on the world of McKay's Folly, the Glory of the Blood cult were responsible for multiple killings in the Hives dotting it's surface. When a warband of World Eaters attacked, it was this cult that rose in insurrection, hampering the Planetary Defense forces from mounting a defense.
It is unknown just how many innocents died thanks to their sabotage. When the World Eaters finally tired of their sport and departed, the cult vanished with them.
 Private Riggs is a tragic part of the Cults history. Blinded and deafened in the opening stages of the World Eaters invasion, Riggs opened fire upon his comrades, believing them to be the enemy. Taking advantage of his infirmities, the Cult swept him up. Even now he murders loyal soldiers of the Imperium, all the while believing himself part of a Holy Crusade against the Emperors enemies.
The Stalker in the Dark is known as the most prolific serial killer to ever strike on McKay's Folly. Responsible for hundreds of horrific deaths, none have glimpsed the face beneath his mask, it's glowing red eyes the last sight of his innocent victims.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Blaidd Drwg, Butcher of Fenris, Chosen of the Eightfold Path

Among the warbands of Chaos, few are as infamous as the Chosen of the Eightfold Path. Comprised of Astartes that have betrayed and murdered their kith and kin, this notorious band has carved a path of blood across a Segmentum. 

Perhaps the most infamous of this vile group is the warrior known as Blaidd Drwg. Once a proud Astartes of the Space Wolves chapter, the Butcher of Fenris is said to have killed his packmates before fleeing into the dark.
Each member of the Traitors wears a shoulder pad, bearing three blood drops: One represents the shedding of their own blood,one the shedding of an enemies blood, the third, and largest, the shedding of the blood of an ally.
The Butcher carries the remains of his victims in a sack stitched from their skin upon his back. Throughout the Segmentum, mothers whisper to naughty children that if they do not behave, the Blaidd Drwg will come to claim their bones.