Friday, 10 February 2017

A Pile of Skulls (But Not For Khorne's Throne)

More Sci Fi Bystanders

In January I decided to try to complete some of my Genestealer Cult Force, consequently I finished some of my Sci Fi civilians and personalities that have nothing to do with Genestealers. Oh well, that's nothing new. So on with the show;

Blinged Up Bloke

Here's the first one, a Moonraker Miniatures civilian from the Space Lords range. He can be used as a bloke going about his law abiding business, or other nefarious stuff. I do like the strut of this model, like he's pretty cocky about his lot in the Grim Darkness Of The 41st Millennium. This is partly why I gave him blue boots, two fingers at the Administratum or Ecclesiarchy, or even Adeptus Sanitorium. 

Give him a floppy hat and it's a futuristic Huggy Bear.

Foxy Nefertiti

From the Space Lords adventurers range this time, a bird with a big gun. Not quite a lascannon, nor a heavy stubber, yet it's a bit hefty for a lasgun or autogun. Quite a nice pose advancing. Looks to me to be a mercenary, or could easily fit into an Escher gang in Necromunda. The red bandanna also allows her membership to some of the more exclusive Catachan niteclubs and drinking boutiques.

Undisclosedly armed Una.

Alien Animal Wrangler

Yet another Space Lord. This one is balancing a small alien monkey on his arm. This is a fun model, he's got the near obligatory mohican hairdo (or mohawk in the U.S. I believe). A bionic hand - not all alien animals want to be wrangled, also a very probably reinforced codpiece. I painted his abdomen up a having metal plating with some sort of hosing connected to a small machine on his belt, perhaps one failed wrangling cost him his pancreas and a few other organs that he would've liked to have kept? All in all, a rather fine model, even if I have given him wonky eyes.

Sid Vicious(ly attacked by horrible critters).

Cheap Rent-A-Cop

A Space Lords adventurer, a funky chestplate is undone by some horrible mold lines and a 70's porno mustache. He looks like he's warning some juveniles off of the expensive museum display or the mechanical Grox toy for the under 5's. Either way he looks like he's going to draw down on the little punks and to hell with the impending court case!

"Only 3 students allowed in the shop at a time!".

Hugh J'sideburns

In the grim darkness of the blah blah blah, everyone seems to have access to a sidearm, even when they're holding their hand out for a) a present, b) a bribe or c) to just emphasis a point. One thing I will say for these Space Lord models, the sculptor(s) were insane in their attention to detail. All I can say is thank Odin for inks. There is also a fair bit of overcompensating going on in the Rogue Trader universe if the size of a man's gun is anything to go by.

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Casual Dynasty Actor

For some reason this model reminds me of Blake Carrington from 80's soap opera renown. Although MC Hammer pants are also visible. Most amusing aspect of this model is the large McDonald's drive thru ear phone and mic that he's wearing. 38,000 years later and they haven't  managed to make it as small as the ones in Marvel's agents of Shield yet. Still, I like the model and enjoyed painting it.

Walowitz Model

The sculptor of this model had a Nostradamus type vision when he creating this model with his skinny jeans. Kind of let down by the vacuum cleaner hose attached to the calculator in his hand. This model looks a bit starship captainesque with the heavily epauleted jacket but he also sports a McDonald's communication device (with an optical enhancer attachment). The rather large belt buckle makes me think of Walowitz from Big Bang Theory and so now the eyepiece is definitely an Xray scanner set to boobies!

Stock-taker or Imperial Flunkey

A White Jordi LaForge

Not being a Trekkie, I'm not sure how sacrilegious this comment is, the model below reminds me of Jordi LaForge from Star Trek ; The Next Generation. He's also got a handful of documents that sort of makes him look a bit anachronistic what with all his buddies having tubes coming out of them and such. He has got a large bracelet that could also have an esoterical timepiece built in, I just don't really know. Of course he could just be a religious nut, trying to get converts to the temple of Rogal Dorn's Mysterious Butt Plug. The glasses are to hide the glazed fanatical yet soulless stare from prospective converts. Could also be a celebrity washing detergent salesman.

"Are you happy with your wash?".

Orrible Arris

Orrible Arris is the younger brother of Strangler Arris, habitual detainee of The Black Hole Of Paraquat : a fine piece of scenery that I created. This model is an old Citadel Confrontation figure with some slight modifications. I gave him some sleeves for the top of his arms as running about in the 41st Millennium can get a wee bit chilly. I have also fashioned some less common weaponry for him mainly a set of adamantium knuckles (much better than brass) and a pool ball in a sock. The first is an easy conversion to make and the second is the sort of improvised item that can do a lot of damage (counts as a flail in Necromundan terms). Another obligatory mohican and a Bane-like mask makes him quite the menacing little shit.

the Name's Arris, Orrible Arris. 

Bloodbowl Orc, er Human Pit Slaves

These next two models are both early Bloodbowl Orcs converted to be Necromundan Pit Slaves. The first had a chainsaw attachment so I gave him a plastic Goliath arm and hey presto! A tooled up ex con from the underhive.

Waarrgh! The humans.
The second one was supposed to have a cybernetic grabber claw for his left arm, but I could never model the thing to my satisfaction so a few bits from my fishing tackle box that contains all my dismembered model parts and he got an Orky axe even though he is definitely not painted up as one! Just to make him even more Necromundary he was given some hazard stripes to warn off unwary hivers. He also reminds me of a rather cool 70's comic called Ironjaw, a Conan the barbarian type bloke who had an iron lower jaw. I rather liked it, but my brother only had a few issues.
"Look Out! Death Hazard!".

Skaven Casualty

I also finished an old Skaven casualty for my games, more to be used in the background than to use as a protagonist. It is one of the models that has taken an inordinately long time to paint. His cobblestone base shows that he was originally intended for Warhammer Quest. 

Nothing to see here!

The better, more isometric view.

Freebie Pile of Skulls

A while back I was perusing Heresy Of Us blog and it said, if you want a free pile of skulls email me, so I did. I subsequently forgot all about it until the model below arrived at my house shortly after Christmas. A quick white spray, devlan mud ink wash and some dry-brushing and voila! More atmospheric stuff for my pictures.

OCD for the Blood God!
I also placed my painted up Fabius Bile model for scale purposes and the fact that he'd appreciate it a bit more than most of my Imperial Guard models. The model itself is great, and for a freebie, awesome. I'm not entirely sure whether it is on sale or not but it makes a rather cool objective for most games, historical, fantasy, sci fi or pulp. As part of my hobby mentality shift (more of that in another post) I'm trying to make my gaming prettier to look at, and participate in, with that in mind a small pyramid of human skulls really fits the bill.

Fabius Bile loved to arrange skulls in alphabetical order.
So that's how I have set my stall out for 2017, more painting and finishing things to make my gaming more immersive. So until next time, thanks for reading.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Rebellionfest - Genestealer Cult Vs The Alpha Legion

A Disturbance In The Force

Welcome! Today I'm writing up a 40K battle report, first game in about 4 years I reckon. There are a few reasons for this, I was recently very much in an Inquisimunda, Bloodbowl, Kings Of War place and generally not in a 40K one. Also most of the members in my gaming group are in less of a 40K place. I had recently had a moment of weakness and bought the Genestealer codex and had a hankering to consign an Imperial planet or two to almost certain Tyranid destruction by means of rebelling again the authorities and setting up a big psychic beacon that says 'Get It Here!' in Tyranidese.

So my opponent for the game is Phil, 40K and Warmahordes aficionado. I told him I was going to play 'stealers and he decided that the Alpha Legion, with their sneaky tricks and enhanced reserves rules the game would probably have a lot of units returning to the table a fair bit. One of the cool rules for Phil's Alpha Legion army is any Cultist units destroyed get put into reserves on a 4+. Or as Phil says "nobody out revolts the Alpha Legion!".

Phil had the terrain set up in a nice manner with all sorts of wrecked vehicles, spacecraft and other Imperial architecture. We roll for table deployment etc and we were to play using the narrow sides for deployment. It was the first time I had played this in a non fantasy setting so it would be a learning game for me.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

The Search For Shpock

Magus Excreedius was annoyed. Two insignificant humans were unwittingly hindering his plans. Preacher Quisley Tiburculosis was a popular religious speaker who would be of great benefit to the cult if he could be 'persuaded' to preach what Excreedius wanted him to say. And Jocksie Shpock was the quartermaster for the massive manufactorium of Hive of Septus, one that produced weaponry for the Imperial Guard, bringing him into the fold would make any armed insurrection far easier. As luck would have both humans were due to be in the same part of the Hive at the same same, so killing two Ptera Squirrels with one stone would be easy. Two of the less disturbing Brood Brothers were set on survailance duty as luck would have it both targets were in buildings barely a 100 metres from each other. The warband was assembled and final instructions were given. Just as the his cult was ready to strike  another armed group entered the fray! These seemed to be a mixture of Tau and humans, whatever their motives they must not be allowed to steal the cults prey!

Space, The Final Frontier

The table before models got put on it.
Hot on the heels of my last stunning defeat, here's another attempt at victory! A game of Inquisimunda verses the ever wily Pat. My Genestealer warband AKA The Venerable Family of Father Olifarch take on Pat's Rogue Trader group called The Greater Profit. They had a bit of argy bargy against my Inquisition Cell a few weeks back. After my previous game Raiders Of The Lost Monolith, a game with Necrons and an actual point. I wanted to play another game without resorting to the ones in the Necromunda rulebook.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Last Minute Work In Progress Post

In an attempt to get one more post into 2016 I photoed some items I've nearly finished. The tablet was lying around so I took pics on that. It's not the best but it is the easiest for sharing quickly.

Space Ork Wartrack

First up is my Orky Wartrack. The bike was undercoated grey, then some purple and chestnut ink was liberally applied. Picked out some details and voila! A very nearly finished vehicle that post apocalyptic mutated freaks can happily ride along murdering and pillaging for scarce resources like food, fuel and sunblock. The  metal upright stand will be magnetised so I can attach esoteric items like guns and P.A. systems.
A Desert Hog

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Naked Yoda Orgy!

Well if you've clicked on the link hoping to see some Star Wars themed Jedi porn then you're in for a disappointment.

Vindicare Assassin 

I painted up a Vindicate Assassin to go in my Inquisition Cell. Also my Imperial Guard. Trouble is, I varnished the little fucker and got this awful chalky effect. That'll teach me to varnish in December! I recoated it with gloss and now I'm waiting for a nice 11C sort of day to respray with a matt varnish.

Soon my pretty, soon.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Raiders Of The Lost Monolith

On their way to Bluescreen, Jenna Pursuivant's Inquisitorial warband received a code blood signal that demanded immediate investigation. The mining planet of Scargill, ever a small backward place of no import sent a distress signal via Astropath. The message read :

+++Inquisitor missive. +++Seismic activity in the settlement of Kinnock has unearthed structure of alien design. +++Local operatives unable to gain entry +++considerable  fatalities.+++ Request immediate Ordo Xenos assistance.+++ The Emperor Protects+++

A mere week passed and the warband made planetfall. Scargill was a dour place with a populace with a sullen demeanor. Little time was wasted with the planetary Governor, one Thatcher Magz, a female, ruthless and cold - in fact the perfect Imperial servant. Interrogator Pursuivant made straight for Kinnock.  Initial scans showed the structure to be of Necron design but that was immaterial. It had to be destroyed for the good of the Imperium. As the Joker's advanced towards the structure another group were spotted coming towards the Monolith from the opposite direction! Treasure hunters, thieves or  gawpers, it mattered not. If they impeded the agents of The Emperor on their lawful business then blood will be spilled........

The Cause of all the fuss, The Monolith!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Great Rogue Trader Swindle

Antikos Karios and the rest of his corsair crew waited patiently. The crew of the Folkvangr were approaching and if they could be swiftly overwhelmed, it would be a simply matter to ransack their ship and take whatever he saw fit. As a pirate crew clandestinely working for the Cliatha Atar craftworld, they were semi autonomous. This attack on a Rogue Trader and her crew was merely some freelance mayhem that, Khaine willing, would net a tidy profit and improve his standing in the League Of Cutthroats - a loose confederation of pirate bands around the Yellowsoul Nebula. Padaxes, his voidmaster was as always quickest to react and set off at a sprint to close with the enemy. A series of Eldar war cries, both Craftworld and Commoragh in origin were heard and battle was joined.... 

More Miniature Action!

Another battle report! This time it's my Eldar Void Pirates (The Moonkillers) against Stuart's Rogue Trader crew, know as the Crew Of The Folkvangr. Our last game was a marginal victory for my Genestealer Coven. Both gangs had fought one game each so it was going to be as fair a game as it is possible in the somewhat skewed world of Inquisimunda.  As is customary, the whole dice rolling rigmarole began, the upshot being Stuart chose the northern table edge  for the imminent Gang Fight. I got the choice of the southern table edge or the southern table edge. I chose the southern table edge. More dice were rolled and first turn went to the Moonkillers.