Thursday, 30 July 2015

Militarum Tempestus: Army incoming!

Oops... So, it seems even when I'm on the other side of the world (I write this from a hotel room in Orlando where I currently am for work) that buying more toys is a bad habit. Those who follow my twitter will know that I found a Forge World tank that I'd completely forgotten about (a Sicaran of all things!) and blog readers will also remember me buying a Fellblade. Well, both have now gone from my possession. I just couldn't justify keeping the Fellblade as I can count how many games of Apocalypse I've played on one hand and the Sicaran would not be in the top three or even four choices for the heavy support slots in my Red Scorpions army. Shame, but those that have been following this blog know that I've been looking for a suitable allied detachment. Well, I've found one. Militarum Tempestus. They seem ideal on a number of fronts:
  1. Not a different paint scheme of Space Marines.
  2. Effective against all paint schemes of Space Marines.
  3. New range of models.
  4. Small range of models (i.e. it will be hard for me to go overboard and get one of everything as there are really only a few choices).
  5. They look really good!
  6. They will make a nice allied detachment for the Red Scorpions if not used separately.
  7. They're an excuse to make it a themed Inquisitorial force (yes, I'm justifying buying an army so I can buy a single model... That fact isn't lost on me).
I've bought the 'Militarum Tempestus Storm Scions' box set shown in the picture at the top, which will hopefully be arriving early next week when I'm home. I'll be moving on the Commissar as a Plasma Pistol on a 5+ armoured HQ seems a bit silly but will probably replace him with something else. Excited!!

Monday, 27 July 2015

How I fit 3800 points of Space Marines into a Kaiser2 Transport Bag

Slightly different post today, just to share my amazement at fitting 3800 points of Space Marines into a single transport solution. Its a KR Kaiser2 Transport Bag with the addition of an Aquilla1 case into one of its side pockets. When I started my Red Scorpions, I planned on only having an army that would fit into a 'single KR case' (which I had predefined as the Kaiser2, as I'd found one on offer on eBay). I figured that would give me a manageable 2000-2500 points of toys if I factored in vehicles etc. No, I've managed to get in far more than I thought. Just in case you doubt this, how I've managed to do it is below.

Case 1 - Top layer

Case 1 -Middle

Case 1 - Bottom layer

Case 2 - it looks like everything would break but nope, all good

Case 2 - with more goodies underneath

Aquilla1 neatly in the side pocket


Aquilla1 - Full bike squad and scout squad
As you can see, this is not a small army or an army made up of easy to transport models. It contains:
  • Land Raider Spartan
  • Land Raider Prometheus
  • Sicaran Battle Tank
  • Vindicator
  • Predator
  • 2 Storm Talons
  • 2 Rhinos
  • Thunderfire Cannon & Techmarine
  • 9 Bikes plus attack bike
  • 6 Terminator armoured models
  • 49 Power armoured models
Very impressive!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Review: More resin bases from hOgged_basing

An unexpectedly large bundle of resin arrived at my door this morning. After my review of the tactical objective markers I bought on eBay a couple of weeks ago, Mike over at hOgged_basing was kind enough to send through a number of other bases from the Urban Rubble range for me to have a look at. First impressions are how crisp the detail on them is. They're well cast and feel very solid. What I also like about them is that they're not cluttered like a lot of resin bases on the market, plus there is plenty of flat space allowing the two feet of the model to be placed down flat - something else a lot of other bases overlook. Very happy with how they look!

40mm (Terminator size)

40mm (Terminator size)

40mm (Terminator size)

40mm (Terminator size)

30mm (the 'new' Marine size)

Left - 100mm x 65mm (ideal for small chariot-type), Right - 70mm x 40mm (Bikes)

120mm x 92mm (Oval flying base size)
I've already put one of the 30mm bases to good use from the first order as my Techmarine was still on the old style. As you can see, with just the one coat of paint so far they already look really good!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Campaign Creation Part 1 - Finding Your Setting

I'm going to post up a series of articles on creating your own campaign system, as right now I'm writing one for our group. These articles have appeared (or at least, the first three have) on the House of Paincakes blog where I'm an (infrequent) poster. Must get round to doing more...

Let us start at the beginning…

Its all very simple

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Scenery: Home gaming begins with a Forge World ammo dump

In the coming months, I'm going to be building up a terrain board at home and making a good amount of scenery to go with it. This is the first step into the collection as it was going for a silly cheap price on eBay.

The next step is going to be deciding on exactly how to build the table and what theme to go for. Most people who play 40k tend to go for grey or brown, but I'm thinking of going more towards the old style of a green gaming table, and making a jungle complex type table. That would also mean that I'd probably base the Red Scorpions in a similar colour to get them to match the table.
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