Monday, 16 December 2013

An experiment: using home-printed transfers.

Hey guys,
Several months ago, I've posted about how I printed my own decals(, and I gave them a try this morning. Now, as you can see, it's not entirely perfect. It shows some white on the edges (it's white decal paper) which I need to cover with a bit of black paint. Other than that, it seems quite smooth. And though it doesn't really solve with use of a solvent (because of the gloss varnish coat), it looks pretty decent. Anyway, here are some very WIP photo's. Expect the final result very soon!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

New Blog on the Horizon: Storm of Iron

Very, very recently I've made my first steps as a Heretic; I've started a Chaos Space Marine army, which I will be building towards 1000 points, so it can compete in my FLGS weekly friday night battles, which some of you might know from my Thousand Points of Warfare series.
Today saw a turning point, because I've actually started working on a 10-man Chaos Marine squad and a Terminator Lord.

Here's what I'm planning for them:

Harkor the Demolisher - Chaos Lord with Terminator Armour/Combi-Melta/Power Axe - 117pts

Old Varrux - Helbrute with Missile Launcher and Plasma Cannon - 120pts

The Forgebreakers - 9 Marines with Bolters, Lascannon, Melta and Rhino, Champion with Power Fist -240pts

Harkor's Brazen - 9 Marines with Bolters, Lascannon, Plasma Gun and Rhino, Champion with Power Sword and Plasma Pistol -240pts

Heavy Support
The Hellmaw - Chaos Vindicator with Siege Shield and Combi-bolter - 135pts

Champions of Olympia - Havocs with 4 autocannons, Champion with Power Axe and Bolt Pistol

Army-wide Veterans of the Long War.

Points total: 997

The army will be very fluffy and modelled with true Iron Warriors iconography. Expect lots of Forge World Iron Armour, legion weaponry and GW's Iron Warriors bits. This will be one of my most ambitious projects yet and I am already very excited to share the ideas and creativity with you guys.
Pictures and a link to the blog will soon follow!

Thousand Points of Warfare: Tau Trouble!

Yesterday saw some action against the Tau and their shooty onslaught. I went up against Shadowsun and a cadre of Crisis Suits, two squads of Fire Warriors and Pathfinders and a bloody Riptide. Ouch time. I didn't make too many pictures this time. But let's just say that I got tabled down to the last marine. Had much fun though. Can't wait to use my Fellblade in upcoming Escalation battles.

The unlucky Predator which didn't survive the first turn

The heavy guns - Rifle dreadnought and Plasma Cannon
Chaplain Olmas leads a Tactical Squad

Fire Warriors and an (unpainted) Riptide.

Taking cover.

Deep strike!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Guardians of the Covenant Fellblade Superheavy Tank - Part VI: The washing

Hey folks,
November and October have been calm months for the hobby. I somehow couldn't find my mojo and thus left this great model (among others) gathering dust.  This week however, saw some action. I decided it was time to give the entire model a solid wash, giving it a familiar blotted and inky look. Of course, there is still a LOT to be done, but it starts to look less and less like a toy tank and more like a gritty vehicle of the forty-first millennium.
Especially weathering, home-made decals, the sponsons and the tank commander still need to be done.
One of the hardest things to decide was the colour of the barrels and coils near the base of the barrels. I decided to make them light metallic with a heavy sepia wash. The pictures below show the first layer.
I'll be finishing it soon, so expect some updates very soon!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Thousand Points of Warfare Tournament: The Pictures!

Hey folks!
Yesterday, the 2nd of November marked the day of the Small Grand Tournament (some participants jokingly named it as such). Even though I lost most of my matches, I had a ton of fun and there were some really good armies out there that were a joy to see and play against.
All in all, I had a match against fellow Dark Angels, Angels of Vengeance to be precise. At first we thought it was a draw, but after a recount of the Victory Points, I came out as the loser. 
The second match was against Necrons. That one didn't go so well. Save for my Warlord which just wouldn't die, all my units were wiped. Too bad. Last but not least, I played against the Green Tide. This was the match that I found most entertaining when compared to the others. All odds were in my favour, I seemed to be winning. Alas, until Boss Zagstrukk deep struck right into the back of my tactical marines and warlord, killing all, giving my opponent his much deserved Slay the Warlord victory point. Alas, I lost. But I lost with grace and dignity.

The pictures are in reverse chronology, but that doesn't matter one bit does it?


Orks doing what they do best. Chopping my bikers to bits.

The gun line on the right flank.

Little did the know what awaited them around the corner...

They died like they were painted: very well. Not before a bomb squig ran to my Predator!

Suddenly Necrons! (Mind you, the die was next to the objective marker)

The Angels of Vengeance. Brother against brother.

The Guardians of the Covenant are on the prowl.

Don't you get near to the Techmarine!

Wrecked Rhino, squad disembarking.

Angels of Vengeance Black Knights.

I told you, I always bring the scouts!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

A Thousand Points of Warfare: Even more pictures!

Hey folks,
It's been a while since I've posted. As of late, I've lost a bit of mojo when it comes to the Hobby. I've got a new blog in the works, a Fellblade, ac squad, terminators and some Iron Warriors in my WIPbox. Gathering dust, I might add. This has several reasons, none of which are quite interesting. Nevertheless, the mojo will come back in time, as it did previous times.

Anyhow, Sunday the 3rd, I will have a tourney at my FLGS. we will be playing with 1k points. A twelve-man tourney that will take the whole day. I've got several 1k lists ready, but can't seem to make up my mind and decide. Looking forward to it!

Anyway, enjoy the pictures of a battle earlier this month which I forgot to post. The pictures are a bit unclear, sorry for that. But those are the only pics I got, and on my iPhone they looked quite clear.

Enough bantering, take  look.


Thursday, 3 October 2013

A work in progress: Damocles Command Rhino. Part IV

It's been several months since my lasy post about this beauty. It's a Damocles Rhino and my, was it a joy to paint. It still lacks some weathering and ofcourse some decal work, but other than that it's done. The interior was a joy to paint and I'm happy with the way the interior worked out in the end.
I will be sure to post some pictures again when the end product is finished, until then, enjoy these.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Lore of the Guardians of the Covenant: The Lelith Incursion. Part I

The Lelith Incursion

Part 1


One of the most famous battles the Space Marines of the Guardians of the Covenant have fought, the Lelith Incursion was also one of the must brutal, grinding the chapter down to almost two thirds of its strength, costing the lives of many Battle-Brothers. The campaign began with a cry for help from the distant world of Chordis, a planet colonised during a crusade, several centuries ago. All this reached the ears of Inquisitor Volkov, who requested an audience with Lord Guardian Solaceon. His plea was that the Chapter sent its full strength against this alien threat. Volkov, being a Psyker, had long felt a shadow approaching through his witchsight. He felt the threat was so dire, that the entire Chapter needed to rush forth to meet this threat.
With just the formal request for aid from Chordis, Solaceon and his Council of Angels found no reason to march the entirety of the Chapter to war. Something that had not been done since the Second Battle of Mortikah, several thousand years ago. And thus, not the Chapter, but a strike force comprising of elements of several squads from different companies led by Chaplain Olmas, the acting Force Commander, got seconded to the Ordo Xenos and in the ancient strike cruiser In Crimson Clad the expedition went forth to meet the Xenos threat.

The veterans of the Lelith Incursion can well remember these vile Xenos. They describe black and grey beings, clawed and fanged with red eyes. The Lelith were said to move with the shadows itself, utterly deadly and highly psychic. And there were so many. A seemingly sophisticated society with primitive but efficient ships of their own, the Lelith came forth from the uncharted regions of the Halo Stars in vast numbers. No one but the Adeptus Astartes could have met such a threat and hope to be the victor. Though the price would be high indeed.
Chaplain Olmas led the strike force valiantly, gaining a firm foothold on the surface of Chordis, digging themselves in. There was no resistance. Until night fell.
Brother Thetys was the first to fall. Out of thin air they came, clawing their way through sacred Power Armour as if it were wax. The onslaught was bloody and brutal. Within minutes, over a tenth of the strike force's strength had been sapped. The casualties on the side of the foe were even bigger. Between the gunmetal corpses, white armoured apothecaries waded through scythed and clawed Xenos bodies to reap the Chapter's Due.

Chaplain Olmas was quick to adapt to the Xenos' style of warfare, the Guardians of the Covenant having fought against countless alien races. He distributed the strike force's strength between concentrations of the enemy, his Battle-Brothers being supported by swift attack craft such as Land Speeders and Astartes Bikes. The weeks that followed were dangerous and lethal. Each force testing each other's strengths and weaknesses. It was a war of attrition. A brutal stalemate into which many bodies fair and foul were ground to a bloody pulp. Casualties on both sides were staggering, but the sheer overwhelming firepower combined with the stubbornness of the Crimson Brothers made sure they were slowly winning.
The world of Chordis got turned into a charred husk. There had been no trace of its inhabitants to begin with, but following the war, even the last traces of Imperial civilisation had been all but gone.
As Chaplain Olmas thought the battle done; the last of the Lelith had been put to the sword, he received word from the strike cruiser In Crimson Clad. Strange alien vessels were bleeding from the warp. Within moments, the sky of Chordis turned purple and strange semi-organic drop ships fell from the atmosphere, impacting upon the surface shortly after.
Chaplain Olmas suddenly understood that the fierce war on Chordis, that had cost the lives of so many of his brothers had been a mere test. Seeing no chance to return to the strike cruiser, he decided have the remnant of the strike force dug in, while the cruiser sent a a desperate plea for help.

It was well over a month later when the astropathic choir of the Spire received the distress call. Upon hearing it, Lord Guardian Solaceon gathered the entirety of the Chapter and gave the now famous speech of deliverance. In his mind it was clear. The threat was dire, and an entire sub-sector was threatened. No longer would the Guardians of the Covenant send a strike force or a company.
The entirety of the Chapter would answer the call to war.

To be continued

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

A Thousand Points of Warfare: The Pictures

Last Friday night I had an awesome battle with two young lads, Melih and Rowan. Though their 1500pt list (we upscaled it a bit) was filled with some cheese (*cough* the Stormlord *cough*) and I got utterly wiped from the table, I still had a lot of fun. On my insistence, we filled the table with all sorts of terrain. The more terrain, the better.
I fielded two tactical squads, one with Ezekyle attached, the other in a rhino. A Mortis-Contemptor, a Company Master with a versatile Veterans squad, scouts and finally a rifleman dreadnought.
That against the shootiest and killiest army out there and two young rules lawyers which left no stone unturned.
All in all, though facing defeat, I had a blast.

Setting up the table.

The final set up of the battelfield.

Nightfighting. (The flash!)

This time without a flash. The scouts got wiped in two shots..

Some unpainted, but nevertheless deadly.

The Guardians march.

The Command squad in the trench.

Hunter squad. Killed with one volley of Battlesuit fire.

Into the fray!

Overview of the trenches.

The foe approaches!

Close combat!

Birds eye view.

Challenge! (Which I lost..)
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