January 20, 2020

Adeptus Titanicus - Legio Fureans, Part One

Last year, I jumped into Adeptus Titanicus with both feet, but it's taken me a while to get around to catch up with blogging. Even before I put together my first model (LOVE these minis), I knew I would be collecting at least two sides and I knew one of them would be the traitor Tiger Eyes - Legio Fureans!

I painted a few of these in the 80's, but I never really got to play the game and I'm not really what sure what happened to them. As soon as I saw the reboot and the new kits I knew my wallet was going to hate me.

The first model of my Axiom Battleline Maniple was this Reaver Titan. This was so much fun to paint. The flames are a mixture of decals and freehand work. I intend to add a banner to the gun and I've already made it, but I haven't worked how I want to attach it yet.

Next up, my favorite new kit, the Warhound!

January 7, 2020

Happy New Year!

I hope the turn of the calendar finds everyone well! Looking across my various blogs, 2019 was a very poor year for posting, even though I was quite productive. I painted loads of things I didn't bother with photographing.

I wanted to start off the year with some new units for Beneath the Lily Banners!

The first was painted for my collection by THE Barry Hilton and based by me to match the rest of my armies. I'm calling it Hilton's Regiment (though it could be used for many different early regiments with a flag swap).

These were actually painted for me back in 2018, but I realized I hadn't gotten around to photographing them, so I wanted to have the properly displayed. They were blooded for King William's cause in three separate games at the Guns of August 2018... In one game they failed to get into the mix because of where they were deployed, were ignobly ridden down by horse in another, and routed TWO Jacobite battalions in the third...

But wait! That's not all!

When Warfare Miniatures released the Volunteer/Militia codes (V01-06), the first thing I did when I got stock stateside was to pull three battalions for myself. I decided it was finally time to add these to my collection. Here is the first battalion, finished just this evening!

These models were a joy to paint and will be Irish Militia or early 1689-90 Irish Foot and may be used for either side. Not sure I like the color of that standard now that I'm looking at the photograph. As with all of my models, the flag is removable so it's easily changed. If I want to depict a two-flag unit, I can also press one of the pikemen into service as an ensign.

Finally, another project I hope to see come to fruition is the expansion of half a dozen units to five-stands for small-scale actions...

I painted these two stands for the Garden til Fods specifically for this project, but others will likely come as three-stand battalions in similar coat and facings to existing regiments that I can combine with said regiments - killing two birds with one stone. I already have two battalions of Dutch Guard and two battalions of grey coat/red facings foot so I'm currently at three battalions for this project so far. The cool thing is that a regulation BLB squadron is actually TWO scale squadrons, so my expanded forces can use my existing two-stand units for horse and mounted dragoons!

More on this in the future, but first up will be the other two battalions of militia!


November 13, 2019

Blackstone Fortress - Part Seven

Finally, something from the dim past of Rogue Trader and new menaces unique to the Blackstone Fortress!

Chaos Beastmen
Horned abhumans renowned for their ferocity and physical strength, Chaos Beastmen have fled their persecution at the hands of the Imperium and thrown in their lot with the Dark Gods.

Negavolt Cultists
Negavolt Cultists are Chaos-worshipping renegades of the Adeptus Mechanicus who fuse themselves with corrupt machinery that channels their own pain and hatred into of arcs of warp-infused energy that leaps from their electro goads.

Whew! It's with a great sense of accomplishment that I've finished the entire core box set. I'm not sure that I've EVER done this despite having painted several thousand GW models over the years!

So, what's next? Expansions, of course! To date I've purchased everything GW has made for this game and still plenty to paint for both the explorers and hostiles. I also have a really nifty set of 3D terrain tiles on the way to replace the card tiles from the box...

These were designed by The Dragon's Rest. As I have yet to spring for a 3D printer (it's on the list, but I keep buying models instead), I ordered my set from OTP Terrain.

Thanks for following along! I'll post more on this project as I get on. Once I get the terrain painted, there may even be some proper game reports...

November 10, 2019

Blackstone Fortress - Part Six

Backing up the Chaos Space Marines are contingents from traitorous Astra Militarum regiment!

Traitor Guardsmen
Renegades and deserters hailing from dozens of different Astra Militarum regiments, these Traitor Guardsmen obey their Chaos Space Marine masters with sycophantic loyalty, gunning down intruders with overwhelming firepower.

Rogue Psykers
Rogue Psykers are among the greatest risks to the Imperium, for their latent powers can lead to daemonic possession or sometimes even full-blown warp breaches. To encounter such dangerous psykers is to risk one’s very soul…

Almost done!

November 6, 2019

Blackstone Fortress - Part Five

Obsidius Mallex
Ever since becoming trapped aboard the Blackstone Fortress, the Chaos Lord Obsidius Mallex has strived to bend its terrible weaponry to his will and become a new power in the galaxy.

Chaos Space Marines
Hailing from Obsidius Mallex’s warband, the Servants of the Abyss, these towering Chaos Space Marines became trapped alongside their lord when an empyric cataclysm caused their dread cruiser, Impaler, to become fused with the Blackstone Fortress.

November 3, 2019

Blackstone Fortress - Part Four

There are strange creatures haunting the shadows in the Blackstone Fortress!

Spindle Drones
Seemingly formed of the same substance as the Blackstone Fortress, Spindle Drones serve as its white blood cells, swarming to attack any foreign intruder. The more resistance is offered, the more aggressive and dangerous they become.

Ur-ghuls are troglodytic predators whose speed is matched only by their blind savagery. Normally found hunting prey within they Aeldari webway, how they made their way onto the Blackstone Fortress in such numbers is a mystery.

As if these weren't bad enough, there seems to be a bit of a Chaos infestation as well...

October 30, 2019

Blackstone Fortress - Part Three

Taddeus the Purifier
Taddeus is a Ministorum Priest brought to the Blackstone Fortress by a holy vision seen in the burning remains of a particularly impertinent Imperial Navyman. Taddeus hopes to bring the Imperial Cult to Precipice, as well as purging any taint from the Blackstone Fortress itself.

Pious Vorne
Once a hive ganger, Pious Vorne now fights alongside Taddeus the Purifier, having discovered the joys of faith (not to mention burning heretics). Vorne has a pathological love of incendiary execution and seeks to slay any heretics who see the Blackstone Fortress as a refuge from the Emperor’s light.

UR-025 is an oddity, even by the standards of Precipice. Ostensibly an aged Imperial Robot in the service of a Magos of the Adeptus Mechanicus, it seems there are secrets to UR-025’s past that may be revealed as you play. UR-025 is interested not in the Blackstone Fortress itself, but the seemingly sentient constructs that inhabit it.

The robot is one of my favorite models from the set - there is something very oldschool about the design and the color makes me think of a refrigerator from the 70's...

Next up... The Hostiles!

October 27, 2019

Blackstone Fortress - Part Two

On to the Servants of the Emperor!

Janus Draik
Janus Draik is a Rogue Trader – one of the bold pioneers tasked with expanding the borders of the Imperium. The Blackstone Fortress is one in a long line of claims this explorer has made for the Imperium – and a source of invaluable archeotech and artefacts for future ventures.

Espern Locarno
The Blackstone Fortress is filled with treasures of ages past – and the Navigator Houses are interested in getting ahold of some of these. Espern Locarno is a sanctioned mutant tasked with rediscovering cargos which belong to his house by ancient right – as well as technologies to refine the ill-understood processes of warp travel.

I really enjoyed painting these models, especially the Navigator - more stalwart defenders of Mankind in the next post!