9 March 2015

Space Wolves - Adepticon 2015

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Logan had gathered his company commanders and battle leaders in one of the great halls of Fenris. As always, someone where missing out, on missions in the name of Russ and the Emperor.

A scribe entered the hall, moving silently towards Logan. He bowed and handed over a datasleet. Logan studied the message; he handed it over to Njal and demanded attention! The room fell silent. “Brothers, we have been called to aid our battle brothers of the Ultramarines, Crimson fist and the Black Templars”! A commotion started in the room, insults were uttered and Ragnar started laughing. 

Bjorn took a step forward and again the room fell silent. Njal and Logan looked at each other. Harald, this task is yours. Ragnar drew his breath as if to speak out, but was cut short by Logan. Even though this requires drop pod deployment, we recognize the use of Harald and his wolves as a key element in this mission. “Muster your force and be ready to launch as soon as possible”. 

The old wolf looked back at Logan, he grinned and revealed his canine teeth. “I will make sure that this will be a saga to remember”!

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As I am sure you all have understood by now, my Adepticon 2015 Space Wolves army is now finished.

4 March 2015

Crimson Fists for Adepticon 2015

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It started on the plane back from Adepticon 2014. As we settled into our seats for the long trans-Atlantic flight back east we were talking about what had been our favourite events at the con.

We'd taken part in a couple of tournaments, shopped as well as taken a handful of classes. We'd gone sightseeing the days prior to Adepticon kicking off, while our biological clocs were ajusting.

What we all agreed on was our Main Event, though, was the Team Tournament. Lots of cool people! Squaring off against cool, themed and good-looking armies. It was a blast, and we knew we had to do it again.

This time we'd do a couple of things differently, though...
We would take a properly themed force - and we would beware the Kraken! ;)

A few ideas were tossed around, but the choice quickly fell on Space Marine armies. We'd all choose a different Chapter and take thirty to forty models - mainly deployed via Drop Pods.

Over the course of the following year, a lot of list building took place. In-between a lot of sidetracking and procastination, models were bought, buildt and painted.

Now, just two weeks before we kick off again, I can present my Crimson Fists:
I'm taking a Codicier with a squad of Sternguard Veterans. There's also two Tactical squads. All three have Drop Pods. Finally there's a tank-hunting Devastator squad, backed up by a Techmarine with a Thunderfire cannon.

See you in a couple of weeks!

18 February 2015

Transport tiles – Adepticon 2015

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As mentioned in an earlier post, 4 of the TSB members are travelling to Chicago in March – attending “Adepticon 2015”. Upon leaving the Adepticon event in 2014, we decided to field four Space Marines chapters, and I took the job making bases for all the models so the forces would be “coherent”.

We also wanted to bring “transport tables” for a better presentation of our forces, and that would make it easer to manoeuvre around during the event. We decided not to use wood boards ore sand, since we will have to bring them in our suitcases. At the same time we needed sturdy tiles.

It was a project that fell onto me. I suggested the GW Realm of battle table extension sets. We found that the 2 X 2 tiles where to large for an ordinary suitcase, so Jørn brought forth he’s electric saw… (cutting of one tile edge 6")

After filing and sanding the edge of the tiles, I washed them thoroughly (including using mineral spirits), and base coated them with GW Chaos Black Spray. I retrieved some dark brown paint from earlier table projects, and painted the tiles.
I then started dry brushing the stone eras using VGC Stone grey.
The tiles where dry brushed with VGC Desert yellow, then VGC Pale sand. The skulls where dry brushed VGC Pale Sand and again using a mix of VGC Pale Sand and VGC White. The tiles where then washed with my “goup mix” (resembling a dark version of VCA Burnt Umber) thinned in water and mixed with PVA glue. Finally, the tiles where given a solid coat of GW Satin Warnish (Purity seal). This is how they turned out.
What next? Something for our troops to home in on…



30 January 2015

Black Templars army – complete

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Finally:) It was decided, on our final day at Adepticon 2014, to field a Space Marines army in 2015. 4 Generals – four army’s. I opted for the Black Templars, an army I have always admired, both the painting scheme and the fluff.

My 1000p army consists of 3 Crusader Squads (two Melta and one Plasma squad), and one Sternguard (Sword Brethren) squad - all in Drop Pods. As my general I chose to go with a Chaplain (of course). Finally, a Thunder Fire Cannon for some serious ump!

I am looking forward to fielding them in battle.

This is how my army turned out:
Crusader Squad with Drop Pod

Stearnguard Veterans with Drop Pod

Thunder Fire Cannon and my Chaplain

The whole army

What next? I hear the roar of engines…

6 January 2015

Eldar Corsairs Wave Serpents - Ørnulvs #1 Project 2015

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Adepticon 2014; Trond and myself faced an Eldar Wave serpent list. We where shot to peace’s by the end of turn 3! Of course Trond have fielded Wave serpents fore a long time now, and with great success during the last edition of the Eldar Codex, but the experience at Adepticon really opened my eyes to the awesome potential of the Wave serpent. And then the new Dark Eldar Codex arrived. With the Raiders getting more expensive, and the Wyches loosing Haywire grenades, it dawned on my to join my Dark Eldar with Eldar. After all, they are the same kin…  

Having decided not to create an Astra Militarum army after all, I returned all bought models, and received in return enough Eldar models to create an ally for my Dark Eldar.

Now - how to paint them? How to make the appearance of a joint force, distinctive – jet coherent? Since the Craft Worlds are so distinct with rigid colour schemes, and the Aspect warriors so individually vibrant, I had to get around it all to keep everything gloomy and dark as would befit my Dark Eldar army.  Eldar going bad, why not? Eldar Corsairs - done!

I wanted to make the models reflect that they “have gone bad”. Hence I started modifying the original design, adding lots of Dark Eldar bits to them.

A large skull was added to the rear end door, a large bladevane added below the hull together with skulls on each side.

Underneath the front section bladevanes where added, missiles used to make a jagged appearance inside the u-shaped front, and spears with skulls added to the hull front, and barbed wire with skulls added to both sides.

It was time to paint them. I decided to paint all the parts separate, gluing the model together once finished with the paint job.
Work in progress, weapons, turrets and the rear section of the hull

Work in progress, the bottom of the hull and the upper section of the hull
Behold – a Corsair Wave Serpent showing the “rectangular” version of the markings used by my Dark Eldar Cabal.

Front view

Rear view

Each Wave serpent has two gun options, Twin Linked Scatter Lasers or Bright Lance.

Turret with Twin Linked Bright Lance

All three of them

The model is of an older design, and very “wobbly” since the base rod is so tiny compered to the size of the model. I will have to make a new stand for them at some point.

What next? Time to bring on some heat…