Sunday, 6 March 2016

Alpha Legion: HQ Progress & paint scheme test

Well that went well. Above is the first test model for the colour scheme I mentioned back in a post in January (the delay is annoying but thanks to the car crash that has left me still unable to fully use my right hand without pain). This is the Army Painter Plate Steel with a single coat of Tamiya Clear Blue brushed over the top. I'm incredibly impressed with the outcome and finish, which is far nicer than the camera makes it look - it's actually very even but reacts to the light very nicely. Hoping to get some more done on him in the next week.

Next up is a very simple conversion I've made up for the Alpha Legion special sniper HQ - Exodus. It's a Forge World MKIV Recon guy, with the Dynat shoulder pad (see the guy above) and an Alpha Legion helmet. I think it will make him stand out enough, without being too prominent in the Alpha Legion style.

Next up is again a very slight conversion on the Betrayal At Calth Chaplain, into a functional substitute for a Saboteur (weapon swap and a melta bomb hidden under his cloak).

And finally the Betrayal At Calth Praetor, who I will use as a the Sergeant for the Lernean Terminator Squad - I felt the ornate nature of his gear made him suitable for a sergeant of a specialist Terminator unit. He could of course still be used as a Praetor or other HQ of some sort, but this is how I'm going to run him mostly I think.

All in all, I'm really glad to make some hobby progress. While it may not be much, it's the best I've been able to do for the last month or so. Hopefully after upcoming medical appointments I'll be able to do more, as I've a LOT to do before this army is complete.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Blood Bowl: Five teams one shelf

Five fully painted Blood Bowl teams on a single shelf with a dedicated light. That makes me happy. Regular readers will know what comes next - Yes, three are gone to new owners. The plastic Ork team centrally went sailing on the Bay the weekend the images of the new Blood Bowl prototypes hit the interwebs. The two teams flanking them (Undead and multi-purpose Elves) have also gone as I wasn't entirely happy with them once they were finished. Vampires and Dwarves (outsides) I'm happy with and probably should share some pictures of if I haven't already.

Progress has been slow the last month after a pretty bad car crash in which my MG was written off by a careless Zumba instructor (!) in her Mini. I'm yet to have pain free and fully functioning dominant hand due to suspected nerve and/or tendon damage so my Alpha Legion are going to have to wait for some attention.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Alpha Legion: 30k List Planning - That escalated quickly

According to Battlescribe, I'm up to about 2700 points - oops... I've done as much as I can to save money on this while still having a fun, fluffy list that I'm hoping will be nice and usable in both 30k and 40k (that to be decided upon).

This is what I'm building, so any feedback very welcome. Please do keep in mind that it's to be a fun list, not a tournament list, but I think it'll have enough to cause some changes in plans for my opponent at some point during or after deployment. I'm listing it as a 2700 point list to show what is owned, so it'll be trimmed down to lower points as required.

HQ - 435 points
- Armillus Dynat, using the Pride of the Legion rule
- Centurion, Saboteur (using the Autilon Skoor model as he can't be used with Dynat)
- Centurion, Chaplain (from the Calth box)

Troops - 1080 points
- 10 Recon Legionnaires with sniper rifles and Cameleoline (one with have an Alpha Legion helmet and shoulder pad, so I could use him as Exodus in other games).
- 5+1 Legion Terminators in Cataphractii armour all with Volkite Chargers and a variety of weapons (Calth squad, plus the Praetor as a fancy Sergeant - this unit could be used as a Lernean squad if need be due to the Volkites).
- 10 Veterans with two Missile Launchers and Flakk (Calth marines)
- 10 Veterans with two Heavy Bolters (Calth marines)

Elites - 335 points
- Contemptor-Mortis with two Multi-Meltas
- Contemptor-Mortis with two Kheres Assault Cannons (both Calth, with a bit of conversions)

Fast Attack - 300 points
- 10 Headhunters with Banestrike Ammo (Calth marines with close combat weapons, maybe adding in some of the new Forge World bits)

Heavy Support - 545 points
- Land Raider Phobos
- Land Raider Spartan

The plan is the Spartan will probably take Dynat, the Chaplain and the Cataphractii and one of the two squads of Veterans will ride in the Phobos. The other unit will sit back, while the recon squad (which could play as two squads) will infiltrate and create annoying fire lanes. Dreads will provide some close range shooting cover. The Headhunters' ability to infiltrate or outflank make them interesting, but they could equally be the unit in the Phobos if there was a particularly important infantry unit to hit early. 

I'm hoping there is sufficient AA with the two Mortis and the Flakk in the Veterans, along with the twin/quad linked lascannons on the Land Raiders. 

Thoughts hugely welcome!

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Alpha Legion: Quick colour test

This was a quick first attempt at getting the Alpha Legion colour I'm going for. It was a simple spray of Army Painter Plate Steel, then a single brushing of Tamiya Clear Blue. That was it. Far simpler than I imagined. As you can see this is slightly bluer than the Forge World scheme used for their models, but as you can see from the plate below far closer to their colours in the books (which also note Alpha Legion use various colours).

Overall, I'm happy! Can't wait to get some models built and painted up. Got the first model built, which is Autilon Skoor (shown below) - who was a limited edition model. While I can't use him and Dynat in the same list, he will proxy up nicely as a Saboteur I think or be used as the named HQ in smaller games where his lower points cost will be handy.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Alpha Legion: A new beginning. Again.

Ooops... So I now have a 30k/40k army, and it's another big one. The Knights went, as my armies do. Mainly as after having conversations with people who had played against them it wasn't good fun. I don't like that in an army as I want my opponents to enjoy the game as much as I do.

So with that in mind, and with the fact that Games Workshop dropped Betrayal at Calth, I spent some money. The hardest decision was picking a Legion. I've previously done Night Lords and Raven Guard, so ruled them out. After some searching round for ideas, I was stunned by the Alpha Legion colour scheme on the Forge World website and especially this guy - Armillus Dynat

Wow. Then I researched how to paint that colour and thought f***. Further research into the Legion allowed me to stumble upon the colour prints in the Forge World books that show a much more blue colour that I'm looking forward to aiming towards. Hopefully I'll get that tried this week and post a quick picture.

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