Wednesday, 28 October 2015

And Now for Something Completely Different...

Eldritch Raiders! I've had these for almost a year, the genesis of my collection is as follows:
I've always loved the Book of the Astranomican for its flavour, army lists and a fantastically fun scenario; so when I saw some figures on the dreaded eBay for a decent price I splurged, some might say I went a little bit overboard but I ended up collecting 32 infantry representing approximately 1500 points that I could lay on the table, with absolutely no upgrades whatsoever which includes every character available with the exception of the cadre Pirate commander. 
What really struck a chord with me though is a very dear friend of mine named Lightfoot died unexpectedly in a motorcycle accident and the name of the shadowlord model was named Lightfoot that pretty much sealed the deal for me and I jumped in with both feet.
So with my Skaven finally done (an army
is never done I need a screaming bell and to paint up my greater daemon of the horned rat) 
I'm just getting around to the Pirates  now here's a photo of my progress so far on my test models: 
it's taken me five days to get 32 guys cleaned, assembled and based, with a ton of pinning, then primed and the initial body suit/mash armor base coated with tamiya spray TS-70.
These guys went through the most intricate paint stripping I've done and they came out looking brand new, honestly. The bases are actually cool IMHO and will simulate the surface of Mars. 
I was also sick and tired of doing bases the same way after doing my Skaven so this time I'll have virtually no vegetation whatsoever I might put some dead tufts in there just for some flavor but that's pretty much it.
I hope to have these initial 10 guys finished by the end of November that might be a bit of wishful thinking but I'm going to do my best. 
Id like to include some jet bikes and I would like to use a couple of the more modern viper jet bikes and use them as grav attack (hovererers) they fit the description to a T and are sculpted by Jes Goodwin who is my favourite sculptor of all time. 
Here's a color swatch for the entire army 
the top row is for power weapons it would start with tamiya paint olive drab followed by dark angels green from '95 followed by emerald green from '95 followed by scorpion green from '95 gonna try to do a lightning affect on all power swords and squad leader helmets in all my squads.
the second row is for the common ft trooper helmets; Japanese uniform Yellow followed by pale yellow both by Vallejo game color, I want to do tiger striping so if anyone has tips on a sound technique please comment below. 
the third row although you can see it's blobbed together cause I'm a complete fucking idiot is Vallejo black or I should say matte black, the middle is black Gray and at the end is the wondrous beautiful army painter uniform grey that would be used for weapons/any kind of underlay.
the third tier is the actual armor color it started out with tamiya olive drab followed by Vallejo game color medium gray followed by Vallejo game color French MIN grey; that was the plan anyway but I'm so in love with the green now it's such a lovely colour; from far away it appears to be black at mid range appears to be green gray and up close it's blatantly obvious that it's green you really have to take a second look So I may stick with it and highlight it up just using greens. 
the final row at the bottom is for any kind of metallics to use for chain blades any kind of hosing etc. On the left I used leadbelcher from modern GW ( boo hiss)  then Vallejo gunmetal metal and on the far right citadel Mithral silver from an old bottle circa 1995. 
I want for them to resemble the old Eldritch Raiders paint job but I want them to be their own thing, less neon and more militaristic. I also I cannot stand the name Eldritch Raiders so I'm going with void dragons. 
I have a special surprise once the project is done... Nah I'll tell you right now it's going to be a prefect holding loft the pirate cadres official flag I got it from the high elves skycutter. 
It is nicely molded front and back so no freehand (phew) 
In the future I plan to do a full dreadnought host but I think I may alter the color schemes cause quite frankly they deserve to really stand out. 
I got my mits on the assassin variant ghost warrior which I'm quite proud of.
Storyboard wise he will be my commander's bodyguard but game wise they're damned killers. 
I'm not using the dreadnoughts found in the pirate list I'll be using the ones found in the Redbook compilation I want a banshee and I want a war demon because quite frankly eldar dreadnoughts kick fucking ass they look cool and if your opponent doesn't make them a priority well then he could be up shit's creek.
I want to know what you guys think I don't know why I am doing a blog if I only get like a couple of comments am I doing something wrong? Not enough insight? I don't know. 
So if you're bothering to read it shoot me some ideas, what you like or don't as this is my first rogue trader army list, and I'm open to comments,
thanks have a nice day. 

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Clan Scourge 3k Army List

24_Cigarettes has collected and painted a massive Skaven Horde from which the 3,000 point army shown in the adjoining photographs was selected. 
The Sacred Standard of Clan Scourge carried by Warlord Skrail. The standard is imbued with the Talismanic and Relic properties. 
A single survivor from each of the Clan's  victories is crucified upon the banner's crossbeam, such unfortunate souls endure horrific torture as their flesh is flayed from their bones by bound carrion birds. The power of the standard keeps these poor victims alive so that every ounce of pain is wrought from them without mercy until all but a shallow husk remains. 10th Hero: Hand weapon, heavy armour, BSB, Talismanic & Relic properties: 178 points.

Xerxes Orc Hewer; Lord of Decay & general. 25th Hero with Heavy Spell-Tempered-Armour, magical halberd with Degenerative & Parasitic properties. 187 points.

Festerlice the Deceiver, Emissary of Clan Pestilens. 20th Wizard with hand weapon. 230 points.

28 Clanrats with spears, light armour shield, standard bearer & musician. 195 points

26 Clanrats with spears, light armour shield, standard bearer & musician. 182 points.

25 Skavenslaves with hand weapons, standard bearer & musician. 67.5 points.

20 Plague Monks with hand weapon and light armour, Magical Relic Standard & musician. 121 points.

3 Plague Censer Bearers with Deadly Plague Censers and light armour. 123 points.

Verminlord Raidraze; 15th Hero with Magical Degenerative & Hell-Honed double-handed-weapon, light armour & shield. 117 points.

20 Stormvermin, +2 Shock Elite with Double-Handed Weapons, light armour and shields. 223 points.

Warpsquealer Blackmaw; 15th Wizard. 147 points.

20 Black Skaven +1 Shock Elite with halberd, light armour and shield, Magical Relic Standard and musician. 201 points. 

4 Warplock Jezzalachis with hand weapon and Warplock Jezzail. 156 points. 

3 Warpfire Throwers with light armour and Warpfire Thrower. 243 points.

10 man Koga Ninja Team (Gutter Runners) with poisoned attacks, light armour, shield and slings. 145 points. 

Lash-Tyrant Slavrax; Emissary of Clan Moulder with Magical Degenerative and Parasitic double-handed-weapon, Beastmastery and heavy armour. 145 points.

6 Rat Ogres and 3 Beastmasters with light armour and shield. 261 points.

3 Plague Censer Bearers with light armour and poisoned wind globes. 
78 points.

You will notice, being the astute reader you are that I've overspent by 4 points on characters, not that big a deal; well it shouldn't be anyway, if I met an opponent who made it a big deal I would seriously reconsider playing them; I'm not a rules lawyer and can't stand playing them. 
I took units I liked over the most combat effective; I played a mock game with 8 Warpfire throwers and it was shall we say an eleven bbq. It was hilarious for me, not so much for the elves. 
I engineered my list with my opponent's enjoyment in mind, I haven't been accused of being a power gamer yet and I hope not to be. 
I definitely believe in the Stillmanic approach to army building; make a list & never change it, paint/model your magic items and to hell with the odds, enjoy yourself! 
That being said the army in smaller denominations has a record of 4-1, which I attribute more to luck than battlefield acumen. 
Thanks for reading, thanks for following and thanks for watching my collection grow! Please comment or ask a question,  they are always welcome! 

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Clan Scourge; A Call to Arms

Well it's been a long road; 31 months?! but assembled before you are my finished Skaven figures in their entirety; otherwise known as Clan Scourge. 
The count comes in at 255 figures and could accommodate an army between 3600-4000 points. It has been a lot of work and I'm pretty proud of it's completion. 
The painting itself is to a fairly high battlefield standard, with some decent basing technique, in my opinion. 
The most important thing was having the force look coherent, which it does despite the additional colour palettes used on the shock elites and plague monks. 
Soon I'll post my army list and unit photos with some close ups on army characters etc.
Thanks for stopping by and for watching the army grow, comments welcome! 

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Shields finished

Clan moulded beastmasters, 4 out of 10 total with painted shields will have to suffice, I only need 3 of these for my 3k list, I had a few other poses but these ones looked the most normal with shields.
Clan Eschin Gutter Runners.
They all turned out alright.
Next up are my finished last alternative figures, hopefully soon an army with finished bases!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Trouble in Paradise

My new painting familiar decided my chaos hounds weren't up to snuff and decided to brush them off the painting table. She's my harshest critic (besides myself) This was a bit of a setback.
Tomorrow is a new day however; my shields and jezzailachis are finished as are my pack of gnawdooms (more of that tomorrow. 
Thanks for stopping by, comments always welcome.