Thursday, August 20, 2009
My original force didn't include a Rough Rider force. I consider them one trick units and usually only good for the first charge. Then of course GW redid the whole Fantasy Warriors of Chaos line and I was sold. At first I liked the new chaos knights and how cool all the armor looked, and it started my mind thinking. The problem with the knight horses is the large size. They were just too big for any rough riders. While I have seen others convert Cadian RRs out of empire knights, I never thought the look fit the cadians too well, and the horses were a bit out of place with all the empire coverings on them. Then I saw the new plastic Marauders riders, and I had found the perfect kit! The horses were the right size and the riders could be converted with some of the bits from the FW renegade line, so I waited till the new box sets came out, and grabbed up 2 boxes of riders on the weekend they came out...WOO HOO!!
With a few bits from the bits box I set off to work on what I think is one of the coolest conversions to the army. I cut the marauders in half taking the riding legs and matching them to the FW Renegade torsos, which turned out to be a perfect fit. The horses came in lots of cool poses and I was also able to mount them on round 40MM bases like the Deathriders of Krieg, which looks better then the cav bases some RRs use in 40K. Above is my prototype model with the needed bits to make a good mix. I used a Cadian Sgt's chainsword arm for the lance arm, and I attached a marauder lance to the arm after cutting off part of the chainsword. I added a few bits from the tank sprue to give him some wargear. I used the arm of the Cadian grenade launcher as the other arm where he will hold on to the horse. On the other side in the pics below I used the folding stock Lasgun as an alternate weapon strapped to the horse, like an old style carbine. I also gave the rider a pistol as another option for weapons choice. At the time the old codex was being used, so some of the weapon options are not available with the new codex, but I will s till model them with the weapons, since I think they look great with them.
The arms are pinned in so I can adjust them to whatever pose I want him in and see what looks best for the action pose of the model.
The other arm will hold the chain strap, and notice the other weapon options for the rider, as well as the extra gear roll on the back of the horse.
For this squad I am going all out on the Sgt, and using one of my prized Enforcer torsos. I usually use them for officers only, but in the case of this one unit I made the exception and am using him as the squad leader.
With the prototype now finished, I will begin construction of the rest of the squad now, along the same formula.
Arkos forces also comprise of another force outside of his Space Marines. A division of elite army forces called The Legion of the Dragon. Originally created during the days of the great crusade, the LotD fist started out as a force of operatives working behind the lines of non Alpha Legion forces. The members of this force often trained alongside their Marine allies, learning all the lessons of covert ops from experienced Alpha Legion commanders. Often employed as spies and saboteurs, the LotD was an essential tool of the Alpha Legion in many theaters of war. With the coming of the Heresy, the High Command reworked the LotD into a larger fighting force to support Alpha Legion operations in the field as well as behind enemy lines. No longer having access to the Imperial Army, the High Command began a crash course and building its own version of an auxiliary army. The LotD is formed along similar lines to the IG of the imperium. Smaller in size the LotD is still large enough to mount full planetary invasions, should it be needed. The current size of the LotD is unknown, only members of the High Command have access to such information. Alpha Legion commanders can count on LotD support when needed.
Commanders Codename: Alpha Commander Gato "Ripper"
Warband: 901st Legion of the Dragon "Dark Vipers"
History: The 901st has been attached to Arkos forces for several years, often operating in the same sector as the Faithless in smaller detachments thru out several worlds. The Dark Vipers are experts in small unit operations behind enemy lines, raising rebellion, or build Alpha Legion cells in support of Faithless operations. The last time the entire regiment fought together was during the rescue of Lord Bruticus annihilation force. The entire regiment was sent in to help with evacuation of the outpost, and to hold back the Nid incursion.
Commander Gato under construction, we can make him better, we have the technology! Off comes the Plasma Pistol from the awesome FW Renegade Commander model and on goes the Bolt Pistol.
2 Minions in the Army HQ Squad under construction.
A finished shot of Commander Gato, with his faithful pet Ravage.
The Army HQ command Squad.....
The Army HQ Squad is also joined by a Rogue Psyker(Psyker Primaris), trained by the Alpha Legions sorcerers in the powers of the warp.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The Fortress of Arrogance project began right after I finished working on models for this years Games Day Big Battle event. I was still on a Super Heavy high so to say, and I started putting in time with the Subjugator and the Fortress at the same time. This isn't my first character tank for Apocalypse, because when the Baneblade first came out I converted the tank into a variant of the Imperial Armor Maximillian Weismann tank. I like the character and the firepower it came with along with Ballistic 4, can't go wrong there. I also like the idea of an Ace style tank so I converted mine to fit with my Tallarn army but using the same stats as the Max W tank. So I sought out another BS4 tank to build.
My Tallarn Max W variant and Lucky 13th Shadowsword
I've always like the Fortress, but building the turret and murals on it always stopped me from attempting to build it. I chose to scrap the mural idea, there was no way I was going to get close to that. The turret was another problem, but after a few builds before it, my skills with plasticard and greenstuff were much better now. So I was ready for a step up to something bigger and more challenging. Most of the building was straight forward, but building the pulpit for Yarrick took some work, and then came the painting. I had to paint every rivet on that tank gold....ARGH! It took me a few days, and most of my sanity to sit there and dot every little rivet on that tank gold. In the end there are only 4 rivets I didn't paint, which are well hidden and no one noticed, other then that every rivet has some gold plating on it. I also moved the HK Rocket to the front of the tank, I didn't like the position in the GW version. The mural area I left empty, I was going to attempt to write the name of the tank there, but changed my mind and left it blank. Besides with all that gold who would notice right....Since I did this on the fly and very quick I didn't get any pics during the build, but here are some after its all done and ready for battle.
OOOOOO!! So much Gold!
Yarrick reaching out and touching someone....
Off to battle we go....
That's all for now.....I'm thinking of building an Iron Saint Tallarn version tank next time...For now no more gold for me...at least for a little while....Enjoy!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
GW held Armies on Parade weekend as a national event here in the US. Several locations were taking part in this great event. Among those places was the Glen Burnie Battle Bunker, my usual hang out. There was a great turn out for the event with almost 20 armies for all 3 game systems participating in the event. The tables were packed with some great looking armies, among them I brought out my entire fully painted and based Death Guard army for the event.
Armies On Parade was an idea that first began at Baltimore Games Day this year. Participants who take part bring legal armies for the public to vote on. This event was a bit more loose then the GD restricted rules ones, for one no points limits, no limits on Forge World, and no FoC limits. This allowed for many to bring out their best painted models and display them for the crowds to vote on the best....I got shots of all the armies with my digital and here are the winners and some of the best looking armies I saw....
40K of course brought out the most participants to this event, with about 14 armies from 40K showing up. It was a surprise to most of us that for most of the day there wasn't a Codex Marine army present in the event till right before the voting started. A Crimson Fist army showed up at the last minute to claim that title. Heh! Someone forgot to wake up the Space Marines to this event. There were at least 2 Grey Knight armies, 4 Chaos SM armies, 2 Ork armies, 3 IG armies, 1 Nid army, 1 SM army, and 1 Chaos Daemons army
1st Place: IG
BYOC Sentinel.....Peek-A-Boo! I see You!
2nd Place: Chaos Daemons
Full FoC of Daemons! Ouch!
3rd Place: Orks
These Kommandos were awesome! Tricky Gits!
Fantasy Dwarfs with the help of some Grey Knights.....
Red Dwarfs over the Humans win....
Well there are your winners....Hmmm...I wonder would Squats had won 40K if they had showed up....Heh! There were other great looking armies present.....Here are some more...
An Ork Pirate Warlord on a Battlewagon....Having a bad Ice Pirates Flashback!
Check out the Jaws on that Khorne Landraider! CHOMP!
Nice paint job on the Valk.....
Iron Warriors and Khorne an interesting combo....
A Huge IG Steel Legion army....I still can't fit the whole army in one pic....the next two pics are much closer....
To the Left.....
To the Right.....
BUGS!! Run.....Lots of FW here....
Of course I save the best for last.....The Grey Death Legion stalking!
Well that's all folks....Enjoy as always! ;)
Sunday, August 2, 2009
The Battle Barge Anarchy's Heart is not only home to Captain Arkos "The Faithless", but also several other lesser warbands that work together in achieving the High Commands orders. Two of these warbands are lead by two other Lords subordinate to Arkos the Faithless.
Commanders Codename: The Shredder
Warband: The Red Reavers
History: The warband has a history of fast hit and run raids in the past. Attrition's due to combat losses has reduced this company down to a few squads of Raptors. Most of the members of the Reavers are also followers of Khorne. Some have even gone ahead and pledged their allegiance to Khorne, and supporting the Alpha Legion in its operations at the same time. Arkos has put these Raptors to good use in the past missions along with his own forces, applying the Alpha Legion combat doctrine of attacking from all directions. The Shredder is not a follower of Khorne although he doesn't discourage it of his troops. Shredder is a very aggressive and headstrong leader, often leading the charge into battle ahead of other Alpha Legion forces. He will often seek out enemy leaders and challenge them one on one.
Commander Codename: Lord Bruticus
Warband: Hydra Annihilation Force
History: Commander Bruticus was once a system lord of an Alpha Legion outpost system in the eastern fringe. This all ended when a Tyranid splinter fleet entered the sector where the system was located. The forces under his command were too few to stop the nid fleet from destroying the outpost and the city located there. His forces along with several Legion of the Dragon regiments fought a holding action while the system was evacuated. Afterwards Bruticus along with the last remains of his forces were reassigned to help Captain Arkos on the Anarchy's Heart. Arkos has seen fit to grant the commander the position of Master of the Barge, commanding all security operations on board the barge, and also serving as the reserve force and boarding force for the Anarchy's Heart. The Hydra Annihilation Force are an elite strike force of several Terminator Squads kept in reserve as a mailed fist should Akros have need of such shock troops. Bruticus leads his troops into battle often teleporting into the thick of the enemies defenses, with his mysterious green power blade he named "Hydra's Bite", the force is an army onto itself.