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An Apothecary, a Chaplain, and a Land Raider Walk Into a Bar…

So my crazy month of August is finally over, and after travelling to Indianapolis and Chicago and running a 40k tourney all in about three weeks time, I’ve had some time off and played a game or two and now have some stuff to show off.

I’ve mainly been focusing on my Black Templar army as of late, as the Chaos Space Marine codex will probably be released sometime between October and the end of 2013 (hopefully) and I don’t want to build anything or paint anything, just to then find that the rules have changed and made this figure obsolete or requiring a big change to its weaponry or whatever. However, I suspect the Black Templars will be lucky to even get a new codex even in 2013, so I figure I’m safe to build, and soon start painting.

Land Raiders Gonna Land Raid

This is the first Land Raider I’ve ever built, and it’s a little bit of a handful, but not too bad. It’s actually a Land Raider Crusader (notice the Hurricane Bolter sponsons) and with proper clamping and big rubberbands, the construction isn’t too bad. Plus, I got to put all kinds of fun custom Black Templar bitz all over it, which I enjoy. I suspect I shan’t be building another one for this army (in the new edition of Warhammer 40,000, rules have changed to make vehicles a touch more  fragile, unlike the last edition, when vehicles were king) but I do have one for my Chaos Space Marine army. However, I’ll be waiting to build it, as I had mentioned.

From left to right: Doktor Pokesalot and Padre Plasma Pistol (the Triple-P)

These guys are mainly for a command squad I’m working on for my Marshall. The Apothecary is the standard build from the Command Squad box (although he does have a Black Templar shoulderpad, ‘natch) but the Chaplain is kind of a custom build for me. I used a Dark Angels robed body, a custom built crozius that I made from the Black Templar power axe, and a skull helmet and skull shoulderpad from MaxMini. Also, his left arm is magnetized, so he can swap between a plasma pistol (shown) and a bolt pistol, if points are an issue. I mostly like how he turned out, but now I’m trying to figure out how to paint him. However, I need to figure out how to paint the whole army, first. I should probably get moving on that, but I still have 15 terminators (five tactical and ten assault) and ten assault marines with jump packs to build, not to mention a few random hangers-on. Oh, and a Predator. And two and a half Landspeeder Typhoons. And two drop pods. And I should finish building the Storm Talon for my Space Marine ally detachment. And then I should build the 10 scout snipers and the Techmarine for that detachment. And then there’s the Grey Knight detachment.

I need more glue, is what I’m saying.

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Black Templar: A Third Army for Me, I Guess?

So, yeah: I’m building a small Combat Patrol force of Black Templar Space Marines now, because I am mental. If you’re not familiar with the Black Templars, they’re a chapter of the Space Marines that broke off from the Imperial Fists after the Horus Heresy, when the nearly-crippled Imperium of Mankind was trying to split up the remaining Space Marine Legions into smaller Chapters, so as to more easily nip that whole civil war thing in the bud, if you will. The Black Templars swore an oath to destroy the mutant, the heretic and the alien and since their founding, they have been on a non-stop 10,000-year crusade (or even multiple simultaneous crusades) to do just that. They technically don’t even have a home planet or main base of operations on some world; their main base of operations is their fleet of battle barges, strike cruisers and whatnot that are always on the move. These guys follow the ABC: Always Be Crusading.

Figure 1: a Black Templar Marshall and Emperor's Champion tear some stuff up

The fluff is cool and all, but the main reason I’ve chosen this army is because of the modeling and painting aspect, as is usual for me. Sure, they’re Space Marines (and there are a lot of Space Marines out there) but these guys have such specific iconography that I really dig. Their armor is mostly black (‘natch) with white shoulderpads and a little red and gold as accents, specifically on the veterans. Everything has got the cross on it, which is also a cool thing about this army: there’s an inexpensive upgrade box you can buy that just has tons and tons of cool bitz to make your Space Marines really look like Black Templars. It comes with specific shoulderpads, bolters, chainswords, tabards, helmets, even doors for your Rhinos and Landraiders, and all of it is covered with Black Templar iconography. For a pretty low price, you can get your troops kitted out quite nicely with a lot of custom bitz – special stuff that would cost a lot of cash if you were to buy the resin upgrade kits from Forge World.

Figure 2: Hey man... nice sword

Do I need a third army? Well, technically I’m not planning to build a whole full-blown army of Black Templar, just a much smaller Combat Patrol force. I already have enough stuff for my Tau and Chaos Space Marines to easily build 2000-point armies for each, so I don’t plan on going down that road again. That being said, the Tau are supposed to be getting a new codex rulebook sometime soon, between the next six months or a year. When that book comes out, I’ll check it out and if it doesn’t impress me, I could easily see selling my Tau army on eBay or something. Sure, they’re easy to build and paint, but there aren’t many cool options and the modeling is kind of dull, honestly. Chaos and Black Templar speak to me more as a modeler, I guess.

So that (and a little gamer A.D.D.) has caused me to place a small order for some troops and a few small vehicles. I played three games of Combat Patrol this weekend with different Black Templar lists, and I learned a few things, which is good. I’m sure you’ll see more on this blog as I progress forward with this plan. However, there’s a wrinkle: there’s a Combat Patrol tournament coming up on Saturday, January 21st, and I want to play in it. But, I need to make a decision – am I going to play the same list of Chaos Space Marines I played back in September, or a totally new Chaos list? Or am I going to try to crank out Black Templars in time? Or will the Tau make an appearance? I really have no idea at this point. Stay tuned, I guess.

Secret Project REVEALED

Now, I’ve been a fan of Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe since I was first exposed to it through first edition Space Hulk circa 1991 or so. We played the hell out of Space Hulk and I would pour through the booklets that came in the box and read all of the fluff that they used to fill out the pages. It was dark and weird and gothic and I really dug it.

As I may have mentioned here before, I got some friends to teach me 40k a few years later and I really didn’t like the rules for several reasons. Mainly, my problem was that the number of figures needed on each side to play a simple game was way too many. I was a poor college student and didn’t have the money for that many figures for my army. Also, I was an extremely slow painter and it would take forever for me to paint that many figures. And anyway, I had videogames to spend stupid amounts of time and money on. So that, as they say, was that.

Luckily for me, our friends at Games Workshop were able to keep me interested with Warhammer 40k videogames like Chaos Gate and Dawn of War, both of which I enjoyed immensely. And luckily for them, I did finally start to play some tabletop sci-fi skirmish games, and found that I could buy some groups of  GW figures (usually on eBay) for cheap and use them in my skirmish games. Therefore, through the mixture of these two things and the 40k novels of Mister Dan Abnett, I stayed interested.

Fast forward to my late thirties, and I now can save up a bit of money and purchase a 1500-1750 army without eating ramen noodles for six months. Also, I’m a (slightly) faster painter than I used to be and I don’t spend nearly as much time playing videogames as I used to (a big help) so the stars were aligned, to be sure. When a friend started trying to convince me to build an army so his Blood Angels army had someone to destroy and defile, I finally tipped over the edge and purchased an army for the glorious Tau Empire.

For the Greater Good, indeed.

Why the Tau, you ask? I generally like shooty armies, the Tau look cool and paint up quickly, and since I’m not a competitive player, I’m okay with the fact that the Tau aren’t the new hotness, tearing up the tournaments from coast to coast. Plus, I just always thought they were cool.

So, what’s the plan? We’ll the army has been purchased. I constructed torsos, legs and feet for all of the Crisis battlesuits (except the Broadsides, they showed up last) and trimmed flash and mold lines off of them, too. Now I’m starting to work on magnetizing the Crisis battlesuits so I can swap the guns really easily. However, I’m now thinking that I want to build a 500-point list and then build and paint that  so I can start playing small games sooner, therefore I have to nail down what that list will be so I know what to paint.

There’s one small monkeywrench in my plans: five weeks from today, I’m going to have to collect every single thing that my wife and I own and put it in a rented truck, drive it across town, and then unload it out of that truck and into a (mostly) empty house. As you may guess, this may slow down my plans for tiny, plastic world domination, but I’m going to try really hard to keep at it and play 40k with a painted army before the end of the year. That’s my goal, but my measure of success will depend on how many points that army is going to be. Is it possible to play a 50-point game?

Gen Con Booty Report

So, as I’ve mentioned, I was at Gen Con in Indianapolis a little while ago. It’s not just a place to get together and play games and demos and tourneys, it’s also a place to buy things. Many, many things.

Stuff I bought home from Gen Con... and a cat

The black case at the top of the photo is from Max Protection, and it was billed on the packaging as a “Miniature Case 2.0” and the photo showed a troop-style foam cutout inside. I found when I got home an opened it that it did not have that kind of cutout inside, it had spaces for card decks. Maybe I can fit warjacks in those holes, we’ll see. Otherwise, I’ll have to see if Battlefoam can cut me a custom piece of foam for it, which will cost more than I paid for the bag, but it’ll be worth it.

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Sci-fi Greatcoat Infantry

First, I’m going to be a teenage girl here and say: OMG.

Screencap from the Beasts of War video preview

I saw this video this morning on Tabletop Gaming News, made by the crazy guys from Beasts of War and I purchased one ticket to Bonertown:

I’ve been watching this product from Wargames Factory for a year now, maybe longer. It certainly feels longer. Wargames Factory makes plastic miniatures in tons of different genres (mainly historical), and they also have a section of their site called the ‘Liberty and Union League’ where users can come and suggest figures for Wargames Factory to design. If the idea gets enough votes (via ‘pre-orders’ where no actual money is put down) then Wargames Factory will produce and sell these figures.

The first set of Liberty and Union League minis that I purchased were a set of zombies and they’re fun to build and paint. I’ve used some as playing pieces for our game Zombie Rally when giving demos at conventions, and I want to paint up the rest of them for funsies.

But I’m really looking forward to getting these greatcoat sci-fi guys. They have this very cool vibe of being sci-fi but also looking kind of retro and gritty. They can be the shocktroopers of some draconian futuristic society or post-apocalyptic vigilantes trying to wrest order back from the clutches of lawlessness. I plan to buy a bunch when they come out, which will hopefully be soon.


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The Statistics – 2013

Minis games played:
• WH40k (1850 pts):
   BT/GK vs Kevin (Eldar/DE) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Jason (D.E.) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Kevin (S.W.) LOST
Minis finished:
 none yet
Terrain finished:
 none yet
Cons attended:
 Fire & Ice
updated 28FEB2013

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