BFG – Gray Knights Strike Cruisers

Strike Cruisers

Strike Cruisers

Hi guys,

Just another quick update post with some recent BFG painting I have been doing – four recast Gray Knight strike cruisers. Again the quality was not great on the cast, but the price and rarity of the originals more than made it worth it.

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They are very simply painted in silver with a wash with bronze used as the main contrast colour.

I hope everyone is having a good time and getting lots of hobby-time in!

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BFG – Desolator / Conqueror Class Battleship

Hi guys

Sorry I have been quiet for a while, a surprisingly large amount of work has come my way. On the hobby front I have not been doing a whole load apart from buying some bits and pieces, including a Chinese resin cast Ad-Mech Battleship which I will get round to putting pictures up of. This post is just a quick update on my recent painting.

Chaos BB

Chaos BB

Prow

Prow

This is a Desolator Class Battleship model, minus the weapons battery pieces that go on the side, and will be part of my Beserker Fleet that was previously featured here. It will either be used as a Desolator or as the Conqueror, which is the World Eaters Battle Barge.

Thanks for reading!

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BFG – Tyranid Hive Ship 2

asHi guys,

Back again with the second Hive Ship in my 1,500pt fleet. This one is a classic carrier style Hive Ship that forms the cornerstone of almost all Tyranid fleets, the aim is to be the biggest toughest carrier possible and swarm the board with ordnance.

Hive Ship 2

Hive Ship 2

This is another Phalon ship from Ground Zero Games, an FT814. Difference compared to the other one is that it is slightly bulkier and has two of the protuberances rather than the one.

Hive Ship 2

Hive Ship 2

I settled for the addition of some 4k Nid bits as underused little flappy legs just to bulk up the outline of the ship in comparison to the other ships. The ship in the list is more usual than the previous one, being a Hive Ship with Ld9, Prow Pyro-Acid Batteries, Thorax Launch Bays, 3 x P/S Launch Bays, 2 x Reinforced Carapace, Extra Spore Cyst. This means that the ship has 8 Launch bays, FP 8 45cm Front Weapons Batteries all mounted on a 12DC 5 Shield base. This makes it really rather tough and able to pump out great amounts of ordnance at a pretty decent Leadership value. All rather good for 380pts.

Comparison shot

Comparison shot

Once again the ship is perhaps a little small for a 12DC ship in comparison to the Imperial Battleships but I feel It can be pulled off as these are some of the bigger battleship sized vessels in the game.

I hope everyone is having a nice Easter break and getting on with alot of hobbying. Sadly I haven’t had a game of any game system in absolutely ages, but modelling and painting are going well.

Give me a comment!

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BFG – Tyranid Hive Ship 1

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Hi guys,

Good news, I passed my PhD and am now a Dr!

However, more importantly, I have also been doing some BFG modelling which is the reason you are all visiting. Some of you, if you follow me on Twitter (which you totally should do @NovRain3946), will know that I recently bought myself some models to build a BFG Tyranid fleet. With this addition I now have a fleet for every race in BFG – Imperials x3 (Gothic, Bakka, Bastion), Chaos x 2 (Regular and Beserker), Eldar x 2, Tau, Demi-urge, Orks, Tyranids, Necrons, Dark Eldar, Rogue Traders, Ad-mech, Inquisition, and Space Marines.

Hive Ship

Hive Ship

Anyway apart from boasting, the reason for this post is to let you know I have been doing some work on the models I bought. I had previously had a stab at building a Nid fleet from 40k bits but was unhappy with the result and although Winter’s Bio-Forge is very nice the range is limited and a little pricey for me. Instead I bought a whole host of models from the Ground Zero Games Phalon range and planned to combine them with 40k bits to produce a slightly different style of Nid fleet.

Hive Ship

Hive Ship

In the fleet list I have written up I have gone for two Hive Ships, which are pretty important. One is the bog-standard LB Hive, but the other is a rather odd beast that I am hoping to experiment with. Currently I have it as a Hive Ship with Ld9, Prow Pyro-Acid, Thorax Pyro-Acid, 3 x P/S Pyro-Acid, Tenacity, Solar Vanes, Dorsal Vents which comes to 395pts. This means it carries alot of firepower and is faster and more manoeuvrable than would be expected – hopefully serving as a useful distraction!

Comparison shot

Comparison shot

This is the FT813, and I expected it to be slightly larger than it is. Still with the addition of some wide spreading 40k bits I think it still comes out bigger than the Imperial ship. Another slight issue is how small the soon to be featured cruiser models are.

Thanks for reading!

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BFG – Bastion Fleet Pics 6

Apocalypse Class Battleships

Apocalypse Class Battleships

Hi guys,

Last post of the ships that make up my newly painted Bastion fleet, this time a pair of Apocalypse Class Battleships, the Zurishaddai and the Ammishaddai. Both are very rare models now, and regularly go for stupid amounts on eBay, but I managed to snap up both of these for less then the original selling price.

The Zurishaddai

The Zurishaddai

The Ammishaddai

The Ammishaddai

“The Apocalypse class is an ancient design that is generally believed to have been the precursor of the Retribution class battleship millennia ago. The superior technologies used to construct the multiple lance turrets on the Apocalypse have now all but been forgotten and so the small number of examples of this ship can never be replaced.”

The Apocalypse is a particularly cool battleship with its fearsome lance batteries and distinctive prow, but is a little lacking in game. It has 6 lances on either side which is great, but even then the ship will struggle to knock down the shields on a regular cruiser. It really needs another ship to have knocked down the targets shields first and really benefits from the Lock-On special order which boosts its range from 30cm to 60cm for the cost of a blast marker.

Prow

Prow

Lances

Lances

Luckily in the Bastion fleet list I am planning pairing up a Vengeance Grand Cruiser and an Apocalypse Class Battleship seems to offer a good mix of 60cm weapons batteries and 60cm lances which should make it possible to talk about damaging / crippling important enemy ships from the first turn.

That brings this fleet series to an end, with only a few more all fleet pictures left to post up. I will add all of these to a page tab up at the top of the blog like I usually do, and please leave me a comment / feedback.

Thanks

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BFG – Bastion Fleet Pics 5

Vengeance Class Grand Cruisers

Vengeance Class Grand Cruisers

Hi guys,

Next up are a pair of Vengeance Class Grand Cruisers, a steady old workhorse of the Imperial fleet that draws on both Imperial and Chaos fleet aesthetics to create what I think is a really nice model. I particularly like the broad, flat, heavy prow and the two bridges.

The Aminadab

The Aminadab

The Elishama

The Elishama

Unfortunately the Grand Cruiser model is now rather rare, being limited to eBay sellers, which is disappointing as it forms quite a key selling point of the Bastion Fleet list and has alot of variants that really add to the number of choices available to an Imperial / Chaos admiral. Still there are a variety of ways around that, including magnetising the ships you have (these are not, but could easily be made so) or conversions such as this rather good one on the Specialist Arms forum (also rather good for BFG and Warmaster, but covering all of the Specialist Games).

Prow shot

Prow shot

I also rather like the Vengeance in game terms as it provides long range fire power to the Imperial fleet (FP10 WB @ 60cm and 2 lances @ 45cm per side) while being rather sturdy. Although lacking the 6+ armoured prow of most Imperial cruisers, I feel its range and extra shield makes up for this quite well. Plus when your guns and Left/Right, you are likely to be abeam anyway.

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BFG – Bastion Fleet Pics 4

Gothic Class Cruisers

Gothic Class Cruisers

Hi guys,

Last set of pictures of the (boring) cruisers for this fleet I promise. This time it the pair of Gothic class cruisers in the list, the Issachar and the Zuar, that are in the spotlight. As anyone that has played me at BFG will know, I love my Gothic Class Cruisers! While they do get some flack from being solely lance-boats and rather vulnerable in a prolonged fight with another similar sized ship, I love the ability to have them deliver the killing blow to the enemy after their shields have been knocked down. Any opportunity to lock on with these beauties is always seized!

Prow and Lance turrets

Prow and Lance turrets

That brings us to the end of the cruiser class ships in the fleet with a nice round mix – 2 Gothics, 2 Tyrants, 2 Dictators, and 3 Light Cruisers. This gives me a fairly heavy ordnance presence with 10 launch bays, 2 Nova Cannons, and a spread of torpedoes. I kind of need this number of launch bays as none of the larger ships offer any.

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BFG – Bastion Fleet Pics 3

Dominator Class Cruisers

Tyrant Class Cruisers

Hi guys,

This post features the pair of Tyrant class cruisers in the list – both given additional the weapons battery upgrade and replacing their torpedoes with Nova Cannons. This makes them rather fearsome, but also rather expensive. They sport FP10 45cm Weapons Batteries on the side which is pretty nice for an Imperial ship. The reason I have had to do this is because the Bastion fleet list does not include the more regular Dominator class cruiser.

Tryants

Tryants

Another prow shot

Another prow shot

Colour scheme should be fairly obvious by now – gray spraypaint, lighter gray drybrush, dark red prows, gold detailing. This sets it apart from all my other fleets as a much lighter scheme while still being relatively neutral.

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BFG – Bastion Fleet Pics 2

Two Dictator Class Cruisers

Two Dictator Class Cruisers

Hi guys,

Second fleet pic post up now. This time it is two of the Dictator Class Cruisers that form the bedrock to most Imperial Fleets you come across, especially those not large enough to field a Battleship (which is ALWAYS an Emperor class… *yawn*). The necessity of ordnance (bombers and fighters) in BFG really irritates me sometimes as it constrains the realistic ship selection for small games. Although the Escort Carrier does exist, and the Bakka fleet list helps a little, it still seems a point of poor game / list design that the Dictator is such a required choice.

Sorry to bitch :P

Two Dictator Class Cruisers

Two Dictator Class Cruisers

Note the mangozac prows which bring the cruisers in line with the Voss pattern of prows such as the ones found on the (rare now) Apocalypse Class Battleship and the (always rarer than hen’s teeth) Voss pattern light cruisers from GW. The whole point of this fleet was to have a top heavy and Voss pattern fleet in contrast to my Gothic sector fleet.

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BFG – Bastion Fleet Pics 1

Light Cruisers - bought from a guy on Warseer

Light Cruisers – bought from a guy on Warseer

Hi Guys,

First set of detailed Bastion pictures. This set deals with the three light cruisers that are part of the list; the Pedahzur, the Ahiezer, and the Pagiel. All of these models were bought from a guy on Warseer who scratch-built a conversion and then cast them in resin. They were quite nice casts, but are sadly now out of production. They came without weapons panels, so I was free to assemble them into what I felt was the best / most fluffy combination of a single Defiant and two Endeavours. The weapons panels are only blutac-ed on, so I could change them if necessary.

2 Endeavour Class Light Cruisers

2 Endeavour Class Light Cruisers

Two Endeavour Class Light Cruisers

Two Endeavour Class Light Cruisers

Defiant Class Light Cruiser

Defiant Class Light Cruiser

Defiant Class Light Cruiser

Defiant Class Light Cruiser

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