BFG Necron Alternative Colour Scheme

Hi guys,

Quick Necron update.

I have tried out the alternative silvery colour scheme for my Necrons and am far far happier with it. The yellow, although a nice in my idea, just didnt seem to work on the model making it too flat and blocky. I am not a very good painter at the best of times so I think getting the yellow to pop while also doing the texture of the model justice was just beyond me. I still think a ceramic style Necron fleet would be pretty cool, perhaps using gloss enamel paints to get a feeling of smooth slick tile in a cream colour… :D

Silver scheme front

Silver scheme front

Silver scheme rear

Silver scheme rear

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EPIC Soulgrinder Conversions

Hi guys,

If any of you follow me on Twitter (@NovRain3946) you may have already seen this photo. If you don’t follow me, then you totally should. There tend to be alot more WiP pictures up there and it will let you know whenever I have posted a new thing up here. Plus there is a whole wide warhammery world out there to explore.

My EPIC Soulgrinders

My EPIC Soulgrinders

On topic – As some may know, I am in charge of the development of a Daemon World list for the NetEA project, the fan update / rules to maintain Epic Armageddon. As part of this, we have the Ghallamore Incursion list, representing a large scale daemonic incursion that occurs in the in the 41st millennium which is available here. Soulgrinders are quite important in the context of the list, offering speed and assault power.

40k Soulgrinder

40k Soulgrinder

One of the formation available to this list are Soulgrinders, an unholy fusion of daemon and machine based off a (rather nice, I think) 40k model. Now while I like the Soulgrinder model, I prefer the theme / look of the Forgeworld Plague Hulk and wanted to try and copy that kind of thing a little more for my EPIC versions.

Plague Hulk

Plague Hulk

So for my attempt I decided to mash together one of the small old style Nurglings with a multilegged robot body. Sawing through the body of some of the bigger Nurglings was a bit of a challenge but I am quite happy with how they have turned out so far. They still need greenstuffing to fill gaps and meld the two halves together a bit better. I do quite like the contrast between the smooth sleek bodies and the rotten Nurgle flesh so may just wash the metallic rather heavily in green / brown. For now, they go back in the case and I am concentrating on painting other things.

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BFG – Ordo Malleus Inquisitorial Cruiser

OXHi Guys,

Another quick BFG update, this time of the Ordo Malleus Inquisitorial Cruiser which pairs up the Ordo Xenos Cruiser recently featured here. I figured that since I wanted to make at least one Inquisition ship, that I would go ahead and build one for each of the Ordos. They each have their own aesthetic style so it only makes sense that although their ships will be similar, that they will still differ somewhat in style.

For this ship, I once again started with a standard Imperial Cruiser but this time I decided to show its Inquisitorial nature by mounting a large Inquisitorial “I” icon just behind the bridge piece. The icon comes from the Forgeworld resin set and is meant for 40k sized tanks etc, but makes a suitable large and grandiose spaceship piece to strike fear into the heart of the xenos, the heretic, and the mutant.

Apart from adding the big icon to the bridge piece, the only other additions are the two lance turrets along the spine to represent trading in the normal Bombardment Cannons for strength-2, range: 45cm lances firing Left/ Front/ Right for +15 points. This cruiser will also have traded in its Launch Bays for Torpedo tubes – there is something very fluffy about Ordo Malleus Inquisitors using virus bombs to exterminatus a planet – and once a Lord and the correct Ordo upgrade is purchased it brings it up to 385pts.

Inquisitorial "I"

Inquisitorial “I”

Paint job is just a heavy dry brush of gray over a black undercoat, with red and gold to pick out details. I have some Gray Knight Strike Cruisers that will join this cruiser to add to the Ordo Malleus component of the general Inquisition fleet which will also be making an appearance soon.

Pretty similar to an standard Imperial Cruiser

Pretty similar to an standard Imperial Cruiser

Sorry the blog has taken such a BFG heavy turn lately, but it is the game that I am most into at the moment and I am not really much of any game. I have pretty much dropped out of playing for geographical / work reasons, so for now I am just trying to work through my giant paint queue.

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BFG Necron Colour Scheme advice

Hi guys,

Quick post – I had planned on painting my Necron fleet in a bright yellow colour scheme and have painted up a tester model, but am now swithering over going for a bright silver look instead. I can’t decide so thought I would throw it up here to seek your advice.

Current Scheme - Yellow, black and silver details, then a black wash

Current Scheme – Yellow, black and silver details, then a black wash

The alternative is painting them with Boltgun metal, washing them with Badab black and then dry brushing some Mithril Silver over the top. Possibly using some brass for the pyramids / details.

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BFG – Ordo Xenos Inquisitorial Cruiser

Gregor Eisenhorn, famously of the Ordo Xenos

Gregor Eisenhorn, famously of the Ordo Xenos

Hi guys,

Another quick BFG post, this time of an Ordo Xenos Inquisitorial Cruiser. I love the more obscure ships that are available for BFG – transports, Rogue Traders, Xenos ships, System ships, and Inquisitorial cruisers!

A tarted up Imperial Cruiser

A tarted up Imperial Cruiser

This model, standing in for my Ordo Xenos Inquisitorial cruiser, is just a tarted up Imperial Cruiser. In the fluff, Inquisitors can be in control of any vessels from the size of a gun cutter to truly huge Battleships, while in the BFG rules they are simply listed as Inquisitorial Cruisers.

Rules - 2010FAQ

Rules – 2010FAQ

In general they are souped up cruisers with tonnes of customisability and battlecruiser levels of firepower. They are able to trade their launch bays for torpedoes, and can swap their bombardment cannons for two 45cm lances. They are quite pricey however at 270pts. This only get worse once the Inquisitor Lord is added at 75pts, a Xenos-tech upgrade is added at 35pts – topping out at 395pts! Also remember that the opposing fleet will get D6x50pts worth of escort vessels for free as well. Overall not cheap and definitely a fluff only piece!

Prow

Prow

This cruiser was made by drilling some holes in the prow of a regular cruiser model and tacking a chaos cruiser lance turret onto the front. A little bit more detail on the paint scheme, and Inquisitorial “I”, and a few more aerials rounded it off. Just enough to stand out in any of my Imperial fleets while not being too different from the normal cruiser shape etc.

I have also converted / painted up another two Inquisitorial Cruisers, one for the Ordo Hereticus and one for the Ordo Malleus, which will come up on the blog in the near future.

Thanks for looking!

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BFG – WiP Rogue Trader Cruiser

Rogue Trader Cruiser

Rogue Trader Cruiser

Hi guys,

Another BFG related post, it is my main interest at the moment and I still have alot of ships to paint so you will have to bear with me while I work my way through them. For now I bring you some work-in-progress shots of my GW Rogue Trader Cruiser model, which is now sadly rather difficult to get hold of.

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I have gone for the same gray / light gray scheme as the rest of the Rogue Trader fleet, aiming to also do the same Sepia wash over it. This is to tie the ships together – while the fleet differs in highlight colours and prow colours, I am hoping that using the same base colour and wash will style tie them together. While Rogue Traders may be individuals and have different paint schemes I would still like my fleet to look coherent on the table top.

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Given this, I am actually planning on repainting the prow colour as I stupidly used it already for a Dauntless that will also be in this fleet. I am thinking of trying out a cream prow, but will have to see how it looks once paint is applied. In the list for which this ship is bound it is representing a Rogue Trader Carnage class – one of the Chaos ships allowed in the fleetlist to represent re-fitted or looted ships – with a Targetting Matrix upgrade and a Veteran Rogue Trader on board.

Kar Duniash pattern prow

Also note the differences between this model and the standard GW Imperial Cruiser it resembles. Fluff wise most Rogue Trader Cruisers, including this one, are supposed to originate around the port of Kar Duniash in the Ultima Segmentum. Aesthetically the prow is very different being smooth and slightly upturned at the bottom. In addition the whole ship has a slightly ‘eastern’ feel about it with cupolas, domes, and arches recurring throughout the design, especially around the flatter but quite prominent bridge section.

I truly love the art that it liberally sprinkled through the BFG rules

I truly love the art that it liberally sprinkled through the BFG rules

For completion I am going to repaint the prow, possibly to cream and fill in the various domes with my usual ice blue colour. I am also planning on adding a number of shortish aerials in the slots on the model (four spaces just behind the bridge and two between the gun batteries) to help the model to stand out and represent the targetting matrix. Possibly a little work on the side fins and an attempt at free hand on the prow if I am feeling adventurous, before a sepia wash to tone the colours down and match with the fleet.

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BFG Bakka – Emperor Class Battleship

Emperor Class Battleship

Emperor Class Battleship

Hi guys,

Back with another addition to my Bakka fleet, bringing it up to a nice round 3,000pts, the Emperor Class Battleship. A pretty solid and common feature of Imperial Fleets, the Bakka fleetlist only allows one, and only as reserves, unless the character Lord Admiral Rath is taken. This fits in with the general ordnance light feel of the fleet and it differentiates the list from the more common Gothic sector list.

Prow

Prow

Bakka’s Emperor Class is very famous however! Named the Dominus Astra, it plays a key part in turning back the Tyranid assualt on Macragge.

“Roaring forward on its many tails of white fire the Dominus Astra ripped through the bio-ships with its jagged ram, weapons blasting from every gun port and turret, the enemy so close that the shot and detonation of its fusion cannon were simultaneous. For a brief instant the Dominus Astra kept the horde back with the blaze of its weapons before the Tyranids swept in like a tide of bone and flesh to cover it with their numbers.

A black globe crackled and flared into existence over the spot. Real space rippled visibly and then shuddered back before the groaning warp drives of the Dominus Astra as it hurled itself into the warp. Reality contorted under the strain: mass and warp energy collided in a cataclysmic implosion of black light and impossible sound. All of the closest Tyranid ships were dragged into the Astra’s displacement and were lost with it. Those further away were smashed in the swirling storm of dust, rocks and other detritus swept into the ship’s wake. Great flares of incandescent gas gouted up from Circe to incinerate the handful of surviving ships that remained in a holocaust of flame. The Dominus Astra disappeared into the warp never to be seen again.”

Lord Admiral Rath powers the great beast of a Battleship right into the heart of the Tyranid fleet before deliberately engaging the warp engines, seemingly suicidally sucking vast numbers of them with him into the Warp.

AMBRIEL - my Emperor Class

AMBRIEL – my Emperor Class

The ship is painted to match the rest of my Bakka fleet in Dark Red, Black and Gold, with the weapons slots being magentised to allow for easy swapping. In game the Emperor is probably the most popular Battleship taken, offering long range weapons batteries and numerous launch bays. In the context of the Bakka fleet list, it is the launch bays that are hardest to come by, but this is hampered by the difficulty of actually taking it. The Emperor Class can normally only be taken as a reserve ship, needing three other battleships before it can be selected. This means that is just isnt feasible in normal sized games. The only way around this is to take Lord Admiral Rath, who although Ld 10 w/ 2 re-rolls, +1 defending against boarding and weapons ./ ship refit, is still very expensive at 200pts!

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BFG Bakka – Jovian Class Battlercruiser

Jovian Class Battlecruiser

Jovian Class Battlecruiser

Hi guys,

Just a quick update with two new ships for my Bakka Fleet. First up is the Jovian Class Battlecruiser, a unique ship from Battlefleet Bakka.

“The Jovian is viewed with misgivings by many authorities in Battlefleet Bakka, as history and tradition are hard to set aside in the Imperial Navy in general and by the fleetlords of Bakka in particular. With the history of the Garerox Prerogative required reading in the fleet academies, the very idea that the Imperial Navy should need a dedicated attack craft carrier is viewed as anathema. However, the horrors of the First Tyrannic War cast a negative light on Battlefleet Bakka‟s inherent distrust of attack craft, and while their tactics of relying on massed battery and lance fire proved effective, it was only prudent that more attack craft should be made available to support the battlefleet.”

The Jovian is a typical Imperial Battlecruiser with a difference. As a attack carrier is has three launch bays on each side along with two 60cm dorsal lances. In addition to this, it receives +2Ld when the enemy is on special orders thanks to its improved sensor array.

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As a reserve vessel, I reversed the prow colours, but otherwise kept the ship the same as the rest of the fleet. The only other change was drilling a few extra holes just behind the bridge in order to mount some extra antennae. In game it helps to plug the severe ordnance deficiency that the Bakka fleet has although because of its delicate nature it needs to be well protected to survive.

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Looking forward to 2015!

Hi guys,

I aim to have a look forward to 2015 in this post.

I should be finishing up my PhD, moving away, and hopefully becoming employed in the next six months so modelling and gaming may take a back seat for a little while. I do have a fair amount of stuff already doen that will make its way up onto the blog in the coming months though.

 

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Blog wise:

I still have pictures of my EPIC Imperial Guard army to upload here

Possibly start doing another tactica series – any suggestions for which army?

Pics of my already painted Bastion Fleet

Various other painted BFG models

 

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Painting wise:

I am about 1/4 of the way through my EPIC Dark Angles, I really need to get back to them!

I have Necron, Dark Eldar, and Tau / Demiurge fleets still to paint

Tidy up / complete some of the recent EPIC acquisitions, just pieces here and there

Possibly start painting a 40k army

Paint up some Mighty Empire tokens made out of Warmaster characters

 

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Hobby wise

Assemble the last of all my models – an Eldar Corsair Haven Class Spire

Sell my WHFB Empire army, and possibly my 40k Steel Legion Army

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Looking back on 2014

So almost three years of the blog now!

Quick run down of last years achievements:

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I have managed to finally finish the Lost and the Damned Tactica series!

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I have finished my Bakka Fleet

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I have run a BFG campaign at my local club

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Updated the Daemonworld Epic list I am championing

An additional couple of thousand points of reinforcements for my Ork fleet

Doubled the size of my Ork Fleet

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Played a giant Nagash themed WHFB battle

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Painted up a World Eater themed Beserker Fleet

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