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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 ūüėõ

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 РDictator                           220
ZEBULUN
Cruiser РDictator                           220
ISSACHAR
Cruiser РGothic                             180
Special Torps                                  20
ZUAR
Cruiser РGothic                             180
Special Torps                                  20
AMMIHUD
Cruiser РTyrant          NC            215
MANASSEH
Cruiser РTyrant          NC            215
PEDAHZUR
LCRUISER РDefiant                    130
AHIEZER
LCRUISER РEndeavour             120
PAGIEL
LCRUISER РEndeavour             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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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 forward to 2014…

Having gotten the reminiscing out of the way, here is what I plan to get done over the next year:

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EPIC IG

Blog wise

Finish the EPIC Eldar army pics – 1 more post to go

Do EPIC Imperial Guard army pics

Finish the Lost and the Damned Tactica series – Daemon Engines and Air Support still to go

Get full Army / Fleet pics up for those that do not have them

Do more Daemon World playtesting / battle reports

 

Time to get painting!

Time to get painting!

Painting wise

Finish painting my EPIC Dark Angels

Finish painting my Necromunda gangs – Delaque, Pit Slaves, Escher, Redemptionist figures

Paint a 40k Army – probably Steel Legion

Finish off my Rogue Trader fleet – its composition has changed significantly since the last time it featured here

Paint up the remaining BFG models to match their fleets – Ork capital ships, Imperial light cruisers etc

Paint BFG Maelstrom and Bastion Fleets

 

The original Mighty Empires

The original Mighty Empires

Hobby wise

Convert a 1,000pt-ish Dark Eldar and Tyranid fleet for BFG from 40k bits

Organise all the Inquisition models I have into a coherent force

Work out how the original WHFB Mighty Empires works

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Looking back on 2013

This blog has been running for almost two years now, which I far longer than I had hoped for it to last. This year has been pretty tumultuous, both in the mini-wargaming world, and in terms of my “real” work.

A quick run down of the hobby happenings of this past year on here:

The biggest thing to happen was the breaking of the news of Specialist Games, both GW and FW, being pulled – which saw my blog stats go completely mental with 3000+ views per day. Luckily the withdrawal, apart from sending eBay BFG prices skyrocketing, has not had too much of an impact on my hobby or the hobby generally. With new manufacturers like Exodus Wars, Troublemaker Games, and DRM, the loss of GW stuff has not been too big of a blow.

I have managed to finish painting:

Gothic Imperial Navy Fleet

Gothic Imperial Navy Fleet

A 3,000pt Imperial Navy fleet using the Gothic Sector list.

Titans

Titans

A 7,500pt EPIC Titan Legions – This still needs tarting up with fancier bases, detail painting, and legion banners. Plus I have an Emperor Titan to add to the force.

My new posse

My new posse

A small Legends of the Old West Cavalry Posse.

Some of my WiP Epic Dark Angels

Some of my WiP Epic Dark Angels

I have also begun painting my EPIC Dark Angels, which I now have undercoated and base coloured.

Slightly less done than last year, but I think that is excusable given the work circumstance!

Quick picture

SoB

Steel Legion

Steel Legion

On the non-painting side of the hobby things have been a little different – the main thing being that I have gotten in 40k in a big way, collecting essentially three armies – Steel Legion, Sisters of Battle, and an Inquisition force – each of around 3,000pts.

I have also played my first ever game of Space Hulk, and picked up the amount of BFG, Necromunda, and Inquisimunda I have been playing. Sadly this means that Warhammer Fantasy and EPIC have taken a bit of a back seat, but I have still managed to get in a game or two.

Modelling wise, things have been relatively slow as well.

My work top

My work top

I have finished putting together a Bastion Imperial Navy Fleet (2,500pts) and a Chaos Maelstrom Fleet (1,500pts), but both now need painting etc.

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