February 6, 2020

Adeptus Titanicus - Legio Fureans, Part Three

Right! Here is my Warlord Titan and leader of the maniple, Rakarth Mors!

I love painting these models. The basic paint job is so quick and it allows you to really spend time on the details and weathering. I went for the basic build of two volcano cannons and two missile launchers. I think this will work well with my other titans.

I'll try to get a shot of the whole family up this weekend!

January 24, 2020

Adeptus Titanicus - Legio Fureans, Part Two

Next up we have not one, but two Warhounds! These models have to be among my favorite Games Workshop kit! I built the pair with identical weapons because I expect them to stick together and I think they will be most effective if all of their guns have similar ranges. I should warn you, I suck at actually PLAYING these games as my choices are based on what I thought looked cool... treat any tactical advice I might give with suspicion.

Something that's so great about Adeptus Titanicus is that each of the warmachines can have unique heraldry. Even though both of these Warhounds are clearly members of the Legio Fureans, they bear markings that identify them as individuals.

To give these models an obvious sense of scale, even to those unfamiliar with the game, I dug out some old Epic models and ruined walls to add detail to the bases. The traitor Space Marines above have been painted as Emperor's Children, chosen for contrast against all of the yellow armor. Technically, these are too small in scale to go with the newest version of the titan models, but I like how it looked.

I should point out that these kits are very easy to magnetize to swap weapons, but I've chosen not to do this. I figure if I need a different combo, I'll paint more titans! I need to get around to naming my titans as that's a big part of the lore. Maybe by the time I've run through the next couple of posts I'll have sorted this out.

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...