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XIII Legion – Contemptor Talon

In my Ultramarines collection, these guys hold the joint spot for my favourite miniatures thus far. I loved painting these so much. Great shapes, textures, loads of dynamism about them. Not 'too many' sub-assemblies. Not like the Redemptor had, gods that was painful even though I was pleased with the end result. The Contemptors were a lot easier, especially once the arms were magnetised. What, you don't magnetise your Dreadnought arms? Seriously do so, makes them easy to store, fun to play and flexible/cost effective to equip. I did a short guide right here. I'm still chuckling at my 'armless' Contemptor sweeping an Alpha Legion Praetor (sorry Chris buddy, it was a suck roll but it made for an epic saga and a cool bit of [...]

By | 2018-03-16T11:03:10+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Ultramarines|0 Comments

XIII Legion – Rhino party

I like Rhino transports, especially Deimos pattern. I like them a lot, they are part of the Imperium's DNA all the way back to good old Rogue Trader days. The M113 of the grimdark universe and just as adaptable. Sure they are laughably small for ten super-humans plus crew but I still love the little tuggers anyway. Technically I have two for the Tarssis force, but in reality I realised when I add them to the Mars pattern ones I did years back for 40K which are similarly weathered I actually have four plus a Razorback which is not a bad start at all. Include the Land Raider Proteus and the one with the missile launcher whose name eludes me right now and there is [...]

By | 2018-03-16T11:04:54+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Ultramarines|0 Comments

XIII Legion – In the pipe

After rolling out the armour the other day, it's the turn of the transports. I may as well start with the big guy; the Caestus Assault Ram. This was a beast of a kit, not particularly difficult to assemble but boy it's a heavy chunk of reason. Just like the tanks the palette and methods are largely the same with again a couple of minor deviations to accommodate for sheer size and the fact it is a flyer rather than ground unit. I applied a lot less oils in the weathering and instead used the airbrush to apply dust along lower edges and where the backwash would throw it over the wings. I also focused more black along leading edges off the front and wings [...]

By | 2018-03-16T11:06:19+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Ultramarines|4 Comments

XIII Legion – Armoured assault

With the infantry out of the way in my previous post (Boots on the Ground), I moved on to the fun stuff, for me at least which has always been the vehicles. Aside from the transports which I'll cover in a separate post, the two main tanks I took in the Ultramarines for Tarssis were the Sicaran Venator and Whirlwind Scorpius. The Venator I took for two reasons, firstly the look of it which just screams 30K and the height of the Imperium's technological power, but also because I fully expected to encounter at least one if not more super-heavies during my frontline games. As it happened I didn't meet a single one, even though there were plenty in attendance. Regardless this was probably the [...]

By | 2017-09-28T10:20:05+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Ultramarines|0 Comments

XIII Legion – Boots on the ground

As promised I'll be walking through my Horus Heresy Ultramarines I took to the Tarssis campaign last weekend. The heart of any force starts with the commander and the infantry, these were the first models I painted, my thinking being get the mountain of infantry out of the way first as it's always the most overwhelming part of assembling any new army and the rest then becomes much more relaxed. Motivation works differently for different people, but what experience has taught me is an overwhelming number of models to paint in one go, especially the rank and file is what tends to burn me out first, resulting in a lot of part built and abandoned armies. Not ideal when preparing for an event. The other [...]

By | 2017-09-26T17:56:54+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Ultramarines|1 Comment

Tarssis IV – Introduction

Although plan for wednesday's stream is a continuation of the Blood Angels Ancient for 40K I started last week (if there's no schedule snafu), the general chat will probably be all about Tarssis and the Horus Heresy 'all-weekend' narrative blowout laid on by Tom and Stu of the Geno Five Two podcast. Before I dive headlong into that a little scene setting is probably required. The Heresy (30K) scene where I am is pretty well established and the Tarssis IV campaign has been steadily getting bigger and bigger each time Tom and Stu run one. Originally it started as an intro campaign when the Betrayal at Calth box came out as a way of introducing new blood to the Age of Darkness ruleset with a fun [...]

By | 2017-09-25T22:16:38+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Ultramarines|0 Comments

Blood Angels Typhoon

Saturday's stream was all about getting my Blood Angels some Fast Attack spun up and ready to fight. Previously I showed the Assault Squad I put together for the Fate of Kronor gaming day and of course there are the Inceptors from the Dark Imperium box, but Blood Angels wouldn't be right without at least one Land Speeder so I figured I'd start with a biggie and roll out a Typhoon. To be fair it's only that variant because I found the missile pods in the bits box and figured "why not?". The pre-stream groundwork, other than assembly was to get the Speeder and crew primed and painted with the base colours which consisted of Vallejo Game Air Reds and black. This was all done [...]

By | 2017-09-20T18:49:17+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Blood Angels|0 Comments

Angels… Angels everywhere.

So much love for the hobby right now, feels like the heady days of my youth and Adeptus Titanicus. I have my painting mojo  and my gaming mojo. One could say I'm operating at peak hobby mojo-ness (is that even a word?). At time of writing Tarssis 4 is now a mere Imperium standard week away and I'm happy to say the XIIIth Legion are in a good place completion wise. The Vorax and Praevian Consul have been progressing in part on and off stream via my sporadic Twitch sessions and now the Caestus is all muckied up (weathering for the technically gifted) all I think I have left to do is the base and some mucky-up of the Dreadnought Talon and write up the background [...]

By | 2017-09-14T19:59:31+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Blood Angels|0 Comments

Tarssis minus three weeks

Only three weeks until the Tarssis 4 weekender and I decide now's a good time to learn streaming on Twitch. It comes as no surprise to me that it's a lot more difficult than I thought. Who would have thought painting, reading and talking at the same time could be such a challenge. Every time I stream is a voyage of discovery and new challenges, some of the lessons learned thus far: Silence is not golden, but there has to be a happy medium between me saying nothing and talking non-stop like a caffeine-fuelled Baboon. Who would have thought? Drink more. Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Just deal with it. I can't stay in shot to save my life. Nobody at either [...]

By | 2017-09-13T18:34:10+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Ultramarines|0 Comments

September Twitch-iness

A massive thanks before I get into the painting updates to Kurt and Chip who organised and hosted yesterday's 'Fate of Konor' 40K day at Incom Gaming in Cheltenham. Absolutely cracking days 8th Edition gaming; they never disappoint putting on a top show. Despite my Blood Angels getting absolutely mullered (blame the general not the troops, they put in a good effort) and each of the four games were all in their own ways a lot of fun with plenty of heroic and sometimes 'unfortunate' cinematic moments. Like my Captain slaying two Dark Angel Terminators in revenge after being mortally struck down, stabbed in the back by a treacherous deep strike behind my lines. Or my Redemptor spectacularly exploding and deleting only one (1) Night [...]

By | 2017-09-13T09:26:14+00:00 August 27th, 2017|Ultramarines|0 Comments