Monday, September 29, 2014

Post Heresy Thousand Sons - Rubric Marines painted

Not quite Heresy-related, but Thousand Sons nonetheless! I'd put together a unit of Rubric Marines using the russian kit ages ago and after getting the blue on 'em they've more or less just sat on the painting shelves gathering dust. Figured I'd pull 'em out and finish 'em up as a capstone on all the red-and-gold Thousand Sons I've done over the last several months!

I went with a shiny neon green in the eye sockets, and to represent their inferno bolts as a nice contrast color against the cooler blue tones. Their helmet crests got the standard yellow striping, which was carried through onto the flames on the Sorcerer's robes as well.

The rear shot shows off the rather cool chaos backpacks that come with the kit - they're a bit TOO chaos-y for use with their Heresy-era brethren, but I wanted to at least use 'em on one unit! I'm intrigued to see whether FW will put rules for them in the book, I would imagine not as the Rubric occurred well towards the end of the Heresy/beginning of the Scouring. But if they do, I'll be prepared!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Sorcerers and plasma support squad painted

Was going through and organizing the photo albums on my 40k repository site and I realized that I hadn't posted pics from the Sorcerers and plasma squad yet - so hey, free post! The first sorcerer on deck is Khalophis, captain of the 5th fellowship and member of the Pyrae cult. I didn't want to go with red flames as I felt they'd just blend into the reds of the armour, so in keeping with my 'keep the color count down' theory green warpfire it is!

I'm not particularly happy with how the gold works against the white loincloth, it's something that's been bugging me about the scheme on all of the character models I've done thus far - thinking I'm going to make them red instead, which should 'pop' against the white a little better. I want to try some OSL, but I'm just terrified of mucking it up. With all the washes and whatnot, any over-spatter will be essentially impossible to correct. That and I'm not entirely sure which shade(s) of green and in what order/intensity I need to be using (though I have a good working understanding of where to apply it and where not to apply it). More research is required!

Next up is Phael Toron, captain of the 7th fellowship and member of the Raptora cult - He gets to stomp around in the one leftover suit of Terminator armour I had from the 9-man squad, and I tried to tart him up a bit with the force axe and the beaky helm (as a nod to his cult affiliation). It was after the fact that I realized he's in the exact same pose as the sergeant in the terminator squad. Doh! I'm thinking I'm going to have to figure out a way to bodge together a transparent telekinetic shield effect attached to his outstretched hand. Even more research required!

Last but not least is plasma support squad Jafari. I realized a ten man squad would be over 300 points, which is a bit much for a unit in power armour that has a tendency to be just as dangerous to itself as it does the enemy. This marks the completion of all of the Thousand Sons infantry in the army!

Still a metric boatload of Spireguard infantry to go, though - not out of the woods yet! I went through and rearranged the guard units to match up with the current rumours and photos from the FW events. Looks like the "lasrifle sections" are a base 20-man squad (which seems reasonable what with that new transport mentioned to carry 20 men), so once the bits showed up in the mail I started building, only to realize that somewhere along the way I miscalculated and I was three sets of legs and a whole mess of heads short. Orders from Secret Weapon and Perry Miniatures are winging their way to me as we speak though! The army and weapons arrived from Anvil Industries, so I'm hoping to be able to spend a little time building the Adsecularis units over the weekend (though their heads have yet to arrive)...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Feast of Blades is go!

For the last couple years I've had the pleasure of attending Feast of Blades in Denver (one of the many benefits of living in beautiful Colorado) - two years ago I went down as a spectator and got in a pick up game with the illustrious Miniature Tim, and last year my buddy Dave and I went down to participate in the massive multi-day apocalypse game. This year however they're doing a Heresy tournament, so how could I resist taking the Thousand Sons into battle?

The event is set at 1750 points, so after a fair bit of back and forth list-building I've come up with the above. As the Prospero book keeps getting pushed back (recent scuttlebutt suggests that it's likely going to be book 6 or 7 at this point), I'm essentially stuck building a list using the 'generic' Age of Darkness lists. So in order to drive home the fact that the Thousand Sons are the masters of sorcery, what better way to lead off than with a trio of sorcerers! A couple blocks of tac marines backed up with a unit of terminators, plus some Javelin land speeders, a couple Predator Executioners and a Scorpius and I managed to hit 1750 on the nose!

Pulled the models out and snapped a family pic of the army. 1750 doesn't go too far! I'm under no illusions that the army will do well, or be even remotely competitive, but with all the sorcerer's shenanigans, it should at least be entertaining. I figure at least one of them is going to be sucked into the warp every game!

I plan on taking a bunch of pictures while I'm at the event, win or lose it's going to be a fun time - If you are planning on attending Feast of Blades stop by and say hello!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Heresy Era Mechanicum - Adsecularis build begins

The mechanicum lists that FW has put out thus far are rather interesting, for Troops I find they're either terrifying mechanical death machines or nearly defenseless rabble. I've done a fair few of the former, so now it's time for the latter! Now, I love the tech thrall models FW have done, but I find their poses all a bit too same-y for my tastes when it comes down to having huge swathes of them on the table. I thought I'd try my hand at building some of my own from various bits instead!

The tech-thralls come in units of up to 20, so I figured 40 of 'em would be the way to go. Interestingly I don't have to worry about them taking up a bunch of the army's points - the cost for all 40 is a whopping 130 points! The legs and torsos are from Blight Wheel miniatures, from their sino-russian range.

For arms and weapons, I'm going with some cybernetics and laslocks from Anvil Industries. I haven't used their bits before, but I've read lots of good feedback from folks who have. Quite looking forward to giving 'em a try! For a little extra detail I ordered up some of Anvil's small power plants as well. Not sure how the scale will work out, but if not for these, I'm sure I'll find a use for 'em!

I'm planning on using the "Lens Screen" heads from Ramshackle games, as I really like how they'll stylistically tie in the Adsecularis to the Thallax's heads!

I couldn't resist picking up some of their "Iron Brothers" heads as well, Not sure that I'll use 'em for the mechanicum, they may make for some interesting headswaps for some Prosperine Spireguard Stormtroopers! Sadly all these bits are coming from the other side of the planet, so I've got a bit of a wait ahead before I can see how they all work together...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - More HQ for the Sons!

Real Life(tm) has been taking up most of my time of late, so I've narrowed my sights down to doing some character models, where I can sneak in a half hour here and there and still feel like I accomplished something. To that end, Captain Sokhem Vithara has been getting all the brushtime I've had over the last week!

Rather pleased with how he turned out. It was suggested that the plastic plasma pistol ought to be swapped out with a heresy variant, which really helped change the look. As far as painting him went, the silver on the helmet and chain got a blue wash and a silver highlight rather than the usual boltgun metal/black wash/boltgun metal, which I think helps set it apart from the weapon, but also subtly complements the blue of the powersword/cables/plasma pistol. I'd tried a couple colors for the sash, but ended up settling on the white as all the other colors just looked too jarring - when in doubt, I find its best to try and stick with three main colors on a model!

As a reward for painting some stuff recently I indulged in some build time - The current iteration of the list I'm taking to Feast of Blades next month includes a trio of sorcerers (in lieu of a proper Ksons list from FW, I figure it'd at least be fluffy to run a lot of psykers) and as I only had two, a third was in order! I had a leftover Praetor in artificer armour that acted as the basis for the model - The original loincloth was cut away and replaced with one from the russian set, and the arms were replaced with some basic MkIII's (going to save the archaeotech pistol for something else). The khopesh-style staff is from Kromlech, while the helmet and shoulder pads are also from the russian kits. To help sell that he's a sorcerer I rooted around in the Closet of Doom for some Empire Flagellants and nicked a flame from one of their torches to represent some warpfire. Bolt pistol mag-locked to the thigh plate and job's a good 'un! I'm rather happy with how this one turned out, and can't wait to get some paint on him - In fact I HAVE to get some paint on him in order to use him at the tourney coming up on the 12th! Eep!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Giveaway results! ...And some old Ad-Mech goodness.

I wanted to say thank you all once again for all the kind words and encouragement over the years, and the outpouring of comments and congratulations on the 500th post was truly humbling. You folks are awesome, and I'm truly glad that my inane scribblings have provided entertainment and inspiration! I went through the list of commenters and fed them into the randomization cogitator to determine who gets the Rogue Trader rule book and the winner is...

Craig Bowles!

Drop me an email at moonlight (at) with your address and I'll pop the book in the mail to ya!

In other news, I finally finished up some models I've been sort of dilly-dallying over for quite a while. A whole mess of old models in fact, forming the basis of the Magos Covenant for the ever-growing Taghmata Omnissiah force.

The majority of them are from the old Skullz promotional set, plus a couple old metal tech-priests that had been lurking on the shelves for ages. At this point there's actually a viable painted army taking shape, with HQ and Troops models completed - still quite a lot to do though! I recently ordered up a mess of bits from various companies (Anvil, MaxMini, Blight Wheel and more) to come up with a couple large units of Tech-Thrall Adsecularis - the basic cannon-fodder rabble that gladly give their lives for the glory of the Omnissiah. Forge World has also been showing off a bunch of new Mechanicus models that have my wallet cringing in fear... Might be an expensive 4th quarter!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Heresy Era Thousand Sons - Plasma Support Squad and Terminator Sorcerer

Not a lot of hobby time overall this weekend but I did manage to sneak in an hour's worth of build time and put together the plasma-armed support squad for the Thousand Sons. Pretty straightforward, was thinking about doing a full 10-man squad but the unit gets ridiculously expensive at that point. Figure 5 is just about right!

I've also been poring over the army lists to see what I can come up with for the Feast of Blades event coming up next month. Seeing as the actual special rules for the Thousand Sons aren't going to be available for quite some time, I'm thinking that there's one thing that really makes them stand out, and that's the use of Sorcerers. Considering running a trio of 'em for the tournament, two in power armour attached to the tac squads, and one in terminator armour to accompany squad Phosis into battle.

Enter Malagor Auramagma! I had a few leftover terminator bits from the earlier squad build, and kitted him out with a curved axe-head that hadn't been included in the unit build previously, as well as one of the bird-style helmets to help him stand out. Quite looking forward to painting him soon (assuming Real Life(tm) lets up a bit)!