21 Sep 2018

The Crashed ship

In an earlier post I talked about how I'd ended up doing some CAD designs that Blotz were kindly going to turn into actual kits. The first set is finished and I'v got all but one of the kits in the set now.

Now I've got my mitts on them I'm going to start painting them as soon as I've finished the Stormtroopers. Basically I want to take some cool photos of the ship set once it is painted and need the troopers to add into the pictures. ;-)



The smallest set is just some barricades made from hull fragments.

Several of the pieces are side hull sections. I was still learning at this point but tried to keep some design consistency running through the set and used copied details to try and achieve this.


Airlock



cargo door



Evac deck

There are two different escape pods in the set. One intact that fits into the Evac deck as an un-jettisoned pod and one which has crashed.



I'd tried to make it reminiscent of the crashed star destroyers on Jakku and I think the engine nozzles is probably the piece that captures that the most.



Junt gave me an idea for an internal bulkhead door which was nice and simple but good for placing between hull pieces on the table.


The other bits make up the command structure on the ship with a bridge, raised observation deck and the radar domes.







I'm aiming to get it all finished in the next few weeks so I can pop it down and get some piccies of the (almost) complete set.

Plenty to keep me busy!

TTFN


As summer comes to a close....

I've been a busy boy lately but I need to be as I've got so many projects on the go at the moment that it is hard to know what to try and finish. Especially difficult as I want to do it all!

I have made some efforts to try and get small jobs done and put away as I have soooo many bits and bobs hanging around in the man cave prepped and undercoated.


The VSF project is still bubbling away quietly. I’m waiting on a few more Aeronefs from Blotz but thought I’d get some crew painted whilst I wait for them. I find little sets of figures like this refreshing to paint as they tend to be pretty different to the massed batch painting that comes with wargaming forces.


Also started some deck guns for the VSF which shouldn’t take long to do.


Also finished were some much needed additions to my Iron Warriors force. Sadly their first outing was less than stellar as they got absolutely smashed by a leviathan with a grav-bombard!



Bit of scenery done as well. Started them ages ago and had stalled on the painting the beige. Got a second coat on finally and then added some weathering. Lovely models!


Been building more stuff despite having lots on the go already. Couldn’t resist putting together the Dunecrawler from a cheap purchase starter box purchase from Ebay. Very cool figure and I’m looking forward to painting a bundle of stuff for the Mechanicum soon.


Priority does seem to have shifted to the Star Wars Legions stuff in the last few days as I picked up all but the last kit for the crashed star ship range that I designed with Blotz earlier in the year. Whilst I’m getting the scenery sorted I’ve started getting my Imperial forces done. They were a cheap double set that Junt spotted for Tea Urn and I. We snapped it up! They were badly put together and poorly undercoated but with a bit of TLC they’ve come out okay. I did a test one to see how much of a pain the black and white scheme was to paint but it wasn’t too much of an issue so I’m looking forward to painting these now!

The dreads and the servo crane set have taken me up to 204 items painted this year which I’m okay with. I’ve lost count of how much I’ve purchase this year which is far from my intention of only buying a minimal amount.

;-)


TTFN

24 Aug 2018

Progress!


I've gotten my bum into gear and pushed ahead to finish off the massed dryads that were glowering at me from the paint queue. 60 at once can be somewhat of a chore but its a great feeling once they are all completed.




Only 12 figures to paint to finish off the army! I'd best get cracking with them.......



....but only once I've finished off these bad boys! It's bizarre, but I really enjoy painting Iron Warrior stuff. Before I started them I would have been convinced that painting the dull metallic colours would bore me and that the stripes would drive me mad. Actually the opposite is true!

Varnish and basing and they'll be done. Then back to the Sylvaneth.......maybe.

TTFN
 

3 Aug 2018

The chase is on….


They’d been found. Months of meticulous planning had gone up in smoke due to bad luck. Equipment failure had taken out two of the field dampening generators that had been masking their presence. They weren’t down long but sadly long enough to mean detection.

The subsequent assault was expected and Luna Wolves had put their contingency plans into action withdrawing quickly and quietly after the first wave of assault troops had retreated. Taking the dampening field generators with them to hide their departure the entire force slid into the night.

The contingency base was not as secure as the underground complex being little more than a staging post but it would have to suffice whilst the new situation could be assessed and a new strategy drawn up.



Stealth tech and heavy foliage is good for hiding a base but not enough to stop a ground patrol blundering upon it and it became apparent as they approached that this had happened. This mission seemed cursed with poor luck! The area was laced with caches of equipment, supplies and weapons.

The reserve site was already lost due to its discovery by the Iron Warriors but those supplies were essential and had to be recovered if there was any chance of pulling any hope of withdrawal from the rapidly worsening situation. The base must be taken back, albeit briefly, to get to the cached 
equipment.




Breaking from the surrounding jungle the Luna Wolves barrelled forward into the base, dashing to cover as much ground as they could before their arrival was noticed however it didn’t take long…



The Iron Warriors had the advantage of cover but the Luna Wolves pressed the attacked gunning down one heavy support squad of Iron Warriors whilst they tried to position their Las-cannons. (1)



A Luna Wolves breaching team drew the fire of a heavy bolter team perched on the base superstructure and their heavy shields stopped most of the shots but increasingly the powerful explosive rounds got through.



Catching the beleaguered marines in a cross fire, an advancing Iron Warriors squad gunned down the last of them leaving crumpled bodies and dis-guarded shield littering the open ground between buildings.



Unseen by the newly arrived Luna Wolves, Iron Warriors within the complex began to move through the buildings keeping themselves sheltered from the firefight raging in the compound outside.



The counter attack had left the Iron Warriors left flank dangerously exposed. A tactical flaw that did not go unnoticed and with massive strides the huge form of a Contemptor dreadnought forged across the courtyard raking the enemy positions with a torrent of fire from its assault cannon.



With practiced efficiency the Luna Wolves capitalised on the moment, rising from their cover and pouring fire into the Iron Warriors. Plasma fire and bolter rounds tore through them. There was only one option left for the survivors of the unit and the last few fell back.



Trying to seize back the initiative, heavily shielded Iron Warriors broke forth from the building hoping that attack from a different direction would stall the Luna Wolves assault and give the iron Warriors a chance to remove the threat of the plasma gunners whose fire had proven so devastating.



All the Luna Wolves were familiar with the base and as such this manoeuvre was fully anticipated. The Iron Warriors were met with a storm of fire as they left the safety of the building and many were cut down as they closed for hand to hand combat. They pushed on hoping the momentum of their charge would carry them to the enemy.



The charge faltered and the comms were alive with the roared orders from command…..(2)



But it wasn’t enough as the last of them were seared and blasted by the combined horrors of explosive rounds and blazing plasma bolts. (3)



The last of the Iron Warriors patrol force were beaten back and the Luna Wolves began to retrieve the much needed caches. Time was against them and they would need to move quickly to cover enough ground to have a chance of evading the inevitable Iron Warrior re-enforcement's.

Solid Win 8-3 to Junta and his Luna Wolves using the tactical objective cards.


TTFN

(1)    Bugger. I needed them to stop the dreadnought!
(2)    Bugger. Ah well, I can use some re-rolls.
(3)    FML.

An unexpected discovery....

The Iron Warrior scouts had discovered the old bunker complex but had retreated to call in re-enforcements as the auspex’s had picked up signs that someone was using the old base.


The power fist pulled the bulkhead door apart with ease. They were in. They come in force to find out who’d crept in under their radar. The shrieks of the torn metal were just dying out when the corridor erupted with the roar of bolter fire. Silhouetted in the doorway the terminator faltered momentarily under the barrage but then surged forward in to the storm of fire. Other entrances were being blown open and the Iron Warriors were in. Whomever was in there were fully aware that they’d arrived.






As the Iron Warriors pushed into the unknown they brought their own weapons to bear forcing the defenders to seek cover. Some didn’t make it.



With the incoming fire briefly lessened the Iron Warriors push onwards. They must find out who it is they are facing!



Powerful shards of las-fire pierced the gloom around the heavy footed terminators at the front of the assault. One found a target but the unrelenting armour defected it sideways sending masonry chunks flying as the beam gouged through the corridor wall. (1) The threat of the lascannons was quickly nullified as the weapons position was pounded by return fire.



From the darkness came the unknown inhabitants of the underground facility. White armoured figures with stature equal to the Iron Warriors. Confused shouts echoed across the comms. Luna Wolves? Not the Sons of Horus? No. Luna Wolves.



Calls went down the line to forge ahead with the attack. If they weren’t Sons of Horus then their allegiances were unknown. They must be dealt with! The two forces met in the confined space stirring up a deafening cacophony as shield bearing breaching troops met Dug in defenders.



As las-cutters strobed in the furious melee the roar of combat intensified in the side chambers and tunnels around them. Happening across a gun line of Luna Wolves a unit of Plasma gunners from the Iron Warriors took a terrible green hued toll upon the Luna Wolves until they themselves were overcome by a fresh wave of troops firing bolt rounds at close range barely able to miss in the tight corridors. (2)


With the defenders falling the Iron Warriors pushed ahead only to be faced with the massive forms of dreadnoughts barely able to fit down the corridors to face the steel coloured invaders. The tide had turned. The massive machines broke the attack, forcing the Iron Warriors back out of the complex. Fighting the rear guard were the terminators facing off the mighty strikes of the towering dreadnought. The skilful 1st company warriors waited until the right time and then counter attacked bringing one of the dreadnoughts down. The falling goliath blocked the main entrance and the Iron Warriors withdrew. They’d been fought off but would be back with greater numbers.



Upon their return the Iron Warriors found the place quiet, still and empty. Distant hidden exits were found flung open with signs that a sizeable force had departed.
Who were they? What were they doing?

A solid win to the Luna Wolves for Junta.

TTFN!


(1)    Junt tonked his rolls with a lascannon devastator squad and my termies were left unscathed!

(2)    20 man blob squads of marine can still give you a fair walloping back even after taking heavy casualties!