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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BFG – Bastion Fleet Pics

Bastion Fleet

Bastion Fleet

Hi guys

You may have remembered me talking about putting together a Bastion fleet a while ago, a specific type of Imperial fleet that is based around defending the Eye of Terror, here and here. Well, I have finally finished painting them and gotten round to taking some picture for you all.

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“Battlefleeets Cadia, Agripinaa, Scarus and Corona, in particular, are collectively known as the Bastion Fleets. These fleets are given over to guarding the region of space around the Eye of Terror, or the Sectors Ocular as these  bordering regions are sometimes known. By their very nature, the Bastion Fleets are some of the most extensive and best equipped battlefleets of the Imperium, forced to exist in a state of near perpetual warfare against the frequent  raiders from the Eye of Terror. More rarely, these battlefleets are forced to assemble into vast armadas and repel the amassed threat of a Black Crusade, and to this end maintain substantial reserve fleets ready for action when
the existing Navy are.”

This fleet is rather special as it contains some now quite rare ships like the Apocalypse Class Battleship and Vengeance Class Grand Cruiser, while also using some of the very nice MangoZac Prows. The full fleet list is as follows:

Admiral Ld9, 2 x RR                      175
ZURISHADDAI
Apocalypse                                      365
AMMISHADDAI
Apocalypse                                      365
ELISHAMA
Vengeance Class Grand Cruiser   230
AMINADAB
Vengeance Class Grand Cruiser   230
ELIZUR
Cruiser – Dictator                           220
ZEBULUN
Cruiser – Dictator                           220
ISSACHAR
Cruiser – Gothic                             180
Special Torps                                  20
ZUAR
Cruiser – Gothic                             180
Special Torps                                  20
AMMIHUD
Cruiser – Tyrant          NC            215
MANASSEH
Cruiser – Tyrant          NC            215
PEDAHZUR
LCRUISER – Defiant                    130
AHIEZER
LCRUISER – Endeavour             120
PAGIEL
LCRUISER – Endeavour             120

I will add everything to a new page up at the top of the Blog header but please do stick around for a couple of blog posts detailing the ships.

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BFG – Hawking Class Exploration Cruisers

Hawking Class Exploration Cruisers

Hawking Class Exploration Cruisers

Hi guys,

Another quick BFG post, this time of two Hawking Class Exploration cruisers.

“The Hawking Class dates from the time of the legendary crusades of Lord Solar Macharius. The original Hawking was a hastily constructed vessel designed to range ahead of Macharius’ main battlefleet and search the Halo Stars for enemy fleets and new worlds to conquer.

Hawking 1

Hawking 1

Hawking 2

Hawking 2

The Hawking Class is an interesting vessel being a long range scout and reconnaissance ship, ranging far ahead of the main fleet in order to locate the enemy or explore unknown space. Very thematic and cool!  In game, the Hawking is a light cruiser with quite heavy armament. Although heavy, this armament is rather mixed with weapons batteries, torpedoes, and launch bays.

Stats

Stats

In addition to its armaments, the Hawking also comes with a number of special rules. It has Improved Thrusters, which adds +1D6cm when the ship is on All-Ahead-Full special orders, Improved Forward Sensors which add +1 to its Leadership rating, and Navigational Shields which mean it does not suffer a speed reduction when moving through celestial phenomenon or blast markers.

For me the Hawking provide a nice narrative addition to some of my Imperial fleets – especially for the Bait scenario – but also for my collection of defences. In this light, I have painted both neutrally, using a light gray / dark green / gold scheme which sits well with any of my Imperial fleets.

Launch bay addition

Launch bay addition

Prow conversion

Prow conversion

These Hawkings are made out of two re-cast Dauntlesses I managed to acquire – you can see the pretty shoddy resin casting on alot of the detail but at the price I paid they were still well worth it. Perhaps being out scouting for so long has caused battle damage! I have adding a number of things to the Dauntless base. First, I chopped up an Imperial launch bay section to make it slightly smaller and fitted it underneath the body of the ship in order to represent the post and starboard launch bays. Secondly, I added a number of aerials to the top of the ship and to the prow of the ship (a modelling drill is invaluable!) to represent the Forward Sensors.

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BFG – Ordo Hereticus Inquisitorial Cruiser & Group Shots

Ordo Hereticus

Hi guys,

Time for the final Inquisitorial Cruiser, this time from the Ordo Hereticus those inquisitors charged with hunting down the mutants and witches of the Imperium. Once again a stock Imperial Cruiser with some additions.

The Valourous Heart

The Valourous Heart

I decided to draw on more of a Sisters of Battle vibe for this Cruiser, firstly to give it a little differentiation from the other two, but also to tie into my 40k Sisters of Battle army. The paint job was therefore done in the ‘classic’ Sisters of Battle colours, black, dark red, and gold.

Bridge

Bridge

I used another of the Forge World 40k resin icons on this ship, just like with the Ordo Malleus cruiser, and placed it behind the bridge once again. The Fluer de Lys is a pretty established Sisters of Battle symbol so it fitted quite well.

Prow

Prow

Unfortunately the ship had suffered some damage to its prow before I bought it and I was quite stuck with what to do with it. Luckily I found a vaguely appropriate and appropriately sized 40k Icon piece in my bitzbox. Shaving the prow off flat gave me a surface to fix it too, only needing some greenstuff to meld the two together. It isn’t great, but given how mangled it was before I think it has come out fine. At least it will be nice and imposing then the Inquisitor rams with it!

Inquisitorial Cruisers

Inquisitorial Cruisers

Finally have a picture of all three of the Inquisitorial Cruisers together – Malleus, Hereticus, and Xenos. All souped up Imperial cruisers with enough to set them apart from regualr ships without breaking the theme. At nigh on 400pts each they are very (over) pricey, but make nice scenario or campaign pieces.

Thanks for reading!

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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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